April 23: Bob Dylan at Budokan was released in 1979
The Budokan album was only supposed to be for Japan. They twisted my arm to do a live album for Japan. It was the same band I used on Street Legal, and we had just started findin’ our way into things on that tour when they recorded it. I never meant for it to be any type of representation of my stuff or my band or my live show.
~Bob Dylan (to Kurt Loder – March 1984)
I believe this double LP was made available so our hero could boast of being outclassed by Cheap Trick, who had the self-control to release but a single disc from this location.
~Robert Christgau (robertchristgau.com)
Released 38 years ago today (April 23).
The album was slaughtered by many critics.. especially in the US.
“The writers complain the show’s disco or Las Vegas. I don’t know how they came up with those theories. We never heard them when we played Australia or Japan or Europe. It’s like someone made it up in one town and the writer in the next town read it. I don’t know what the reviewers mean half the time. I don’t even care.”
~Bob Dylan (to Robert Hilburn – Nov 1978)
….when we recorded Bringing It All Back Home, that was like a break through point, it’s the kind of music I’ve been striving to make and I believe that in time people will see that. It’s hard to explain it, it’s that indefinable thing..
~Bob Dylan (Paul Gambaccini Interview, June 81)
This is the point where Dylan eclipses any conventional sense of folk and rewrites the rules of rock, making it safe for personal expression and poetry, not only making words mean as much as the music, but making the music an extension of the words. A truly remarkable album.
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine (allmusic.com)
#1 – Subterranean Homesick Blues
Johnny’s in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I’m on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he’s got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It’s somethin’ you did
God knows when
But you’re doin’ it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin’ for a new friend
The man in the coon-skin cap
By the big pen
Wants eleven dollar bills
You only got ten
..His talent takes many forms. He is one of the most compelling white blues singers ever recorded. He is a songwriter of exceptional facility and cleverness. He is an uncommonly skillful guitar player and harmonica player.
~Stacy Williams (“Bob Dylan” LP. liner notes)
Dylan’s first album can hardly be faulted. It is a brilliant debut, a performer’s tour de force,….
~Michael Gray (BD Encyclopedia)
We found all the songs that Dylan has recorded (except one, Braggin’) was recorded by Frank Sinatra. We included Braggin’ with Tony Pastor and his orchestra (playlist 2)
1 I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plans
2 September of My Years
3 I Could Have Told You (released, see video above)
4 Once Upon a Time
5 Stormy Weather
6 This Nearly Was Mine
7 That Old Feeling
8 It Gets Lonely Early
9 My One and Only Love
10 Trade Winds
It will be called Triplicate and it is a triple album.
Divided into three thematically themed discs: disc 1: ‘Til The Sun Goes Down – songs of life in its autumn days, of memory and time now past disc 2: Devil Dolls – songs of fairly hot love and love gone cold disc 3: Comin’ Home Late – songs about love and how the promise of love magnifies the beauty of life, questioning life’s meaning and finding it in the hopes of love.
“Each disc to be presented in a thematically-arranged 10-song sequence, illuminating compositions from great American songwriters interpreted by Dylan through his artistry as a vocalist, arranger and bandleader.”
The expected release date is March 31st 2017
Produced by Jack Frost (aka Bob Dylan)
For Triplicate, Dylan assembled his touring band in Hollywood’s Capitol studios to record hand-chosen songs from an array of American songwriters.
The first song from the album is I Could Have Told You:
Several songs have been performed live.
01. I Could Have Told You – Borgata Event Center – Atlantic City, NJ – 2016.07.10 (disc1)
02. That Old Feeling – Borgata Event Center – Atlantic City, NJ – 2016.07.10 (disc 1)
03. How Deep Is The Ocean? (How High Is The Sky?) 07:52 – The Mann Center – Philadelphia, PA – 2016.07.13 (disc 2)
04. I Could Have Told You – The Mann Center – Philadelphia, PA – 2016.07.13 (disc1)