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Bob Dylan’s Blind Willie McTell 5 great versions





Kurt Loder: I heard an outtake from the Infidels sessions called Blind Willie McTell. Is that ever going to come out? It’s a great song.
Bob Dylan: I didn’t think I recorded it right. But I don’t know why that stuff gets out on me. I mean, it never seems to get out on other people.
~Bob Dylan (Kurt Loder interview 1984)

[Blind Willie McTell] He was just a very smooth operating bluesman. His songs always reminded me of… As trains, but that ‘s just my hang up, you know, trains. And his vocal style, and his sound seems to fit right in with that lonesome sound. His kinda, you know, Ragtime… kinda thing on a 12 string guitar, so it made everything he did sound, you know, give it a little higher pitch. You know, you could probably call… You could probably call… you could probably say he was the Van Gogh of Blues. You could probably say he was the Van Gogh of the country Blues.
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Bob Dylan: 5 great songs recorded in 1983




This is not a “best from 1983” list, just 5 Great songs Bob Dylan recorded in 1983.

Blind Willie McTell (electric version)

I didn’t think I recorded it right. But I don’t know why that stuff gets out on me. I mean, it never seems to get out on other people.
~Bob Dylan (to Kurt Loder, March 1984)

Studio A
Power Station
New York City, New York
April/May 1983

Infidels recording session. Produced by Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan.

Not released.

Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem”
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

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Jan 12: Bob Dylan Performs “Blind Willie McTell” as a Tribute to Martin Scorsese in 2012





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bob dylan MArtin Scorcese Hollywood Palladium Theater 2012

Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To New Jerusalem”
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Dylan’s “Blind Willie McTell” @ the 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony – 12 January 2012 – was performed as a tribute to Martin Scorsese.

And what a Great version he gave…

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October 6: Bob Dylan Blind Willie McTell, London, England 2000 (video)



bob dylan london 2000

Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem”
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

A FANTASTIC version.

Wembley Arena
London, England
6 October 2000

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August 24: Bob Dylan: Blind Willie McTell, Vienna, Virginia 1997 (video)





Bob Dylan 1997

Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem”
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Filene Center
Wolf Trap Farm Park For The Performing Arts
Vienna, Virginia
24 August 1997

  •  Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

This is also included on the bootleg set, The Genuine Bootleg Series Take 3
This is a bootleg that took the first 3 volumes of Dylan’s official Bootleg Series as it’s mold, they pick the “best” obscure Dylan material and try to presents it in a chronological context. They sometimes pick some very strange takes, it has to be said.

3rd

Review: 
Perhaps the best so far of the Bootleg series. Incredible unreleased songs, including some very rare, hard to find gems.  The packaging is as breathtaking as the material. A glossy, gatefold case contains picture sleeves for each disc.  Each sleeve has a rare, glossy photo. Includes yet a different  40 page booklet containing 24 more rare, vintage photos. This is part of a true labor of love series of CD packages that also include  1  &  2.
– Bobsboots

And it has this incredible live version of Blind Willie McTell with great sound, I’ve played it hundreds of times. It is fantastic!


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