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January 20: Bob Dylan Released Blood On The Tracks in 1975





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A lot of people tell me they enjoy that album. It’s hard for me to relate to that. I mean, you know, people enjoying the type of pain, you know.
~Bob Dylan (to Mary Travers April 1975)

Well, Blood On The Tracks did consciously what I used to do unconsciously. I didn’t perform it well, I didn’t have the power to perform it well, but I did write the songs; they can be changed but the idea was right…
~Bob Dylan (to Matt Damsker, September 1978)

In stunning, total contrast to the previous album, Before the Flood, this 16th Dylan album triumphantly shows more subtlety and nuance than anything he’d ever done, and as honed a use of understatement as on John Wesley Harding. At the time this was the most unexpected leap of Dylan’s career. After years of comparatively second-rate work and a considerable decline in his reputation, here was an album to stand with Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

Early one mornin’ the sun was shinin’
I was layin’ in bed
Wond’rin’ if she’d changed at all
If her hair was still red
Her folks they said our lives together
Sure was gonna be rough
They never did like Mama’s homemade dress
Papa’s bankbook wasn’t big enough
And I was standin’ on the side of the road
Rain fallin’ on my shoes
Heading out for the East Coast
Lord knows I’ve paid some dues gettin’ through

Tangled up in blue

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Jan 20: Bob Dylan @ Opera House, Washington 1986 (Video)





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Opera House
Washington, District Of Columbia
20 January 1986
Martin Luther King Day

  1. The Bells Of Freedom (Stevie Wonder)
  2. I Shall Be Released
  3. Blowin’ In The Wind
  4. Happy Birthday (Stevie Wonder)

2, 3 released in the UK on DVD Bob Dylan Live Transmissions: Part One, RMS 2661, March 2008.

Musicians:

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • 2 Stevie Wonder’s band Wonderlove
  • 3 Stevie Wonder (shared vocal), Mary Travers (shared vocal), Noel Paul Stookey (shared vocal & guitar), Peter Yarrow (shared vocal & guitar)





-Egil

Jan 18: Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone 1992





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Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?
People’d call, say, “Beware doll, you’re bound to fall”
You thought they were all kiddin’ you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin’ out
Now you don’t talk so loud
Now you don’t seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Radio City Music Hall
New York City, New York
18 January 1992
Taping for Late Night (w/ David Letterman) 10th Anniversary show

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Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder & Van Dyke Parks: Do Re Mi (Woody Guthrie) LA Jan 2009 (Video)





Lots of folks back East, they say, is leavin’ home every day,
Beatin’ the hot old dusty way to the California line.
‘Cross the desert sands they roll, gettin’ out of that old dust bowl,
They think they’re goin’ to a sugar bowl, but here’s what they find
Now, the police at the port of entry say,
“You’re number fourteen thousand for today.

This is a beautiful version of Woody Guthrie’s “Do Re Mi” performed in Jan 2009. It was aired on the History Channel documentary “The People Speak“.

But first here is Woody Guthrie – The Asch Recordings Vol. 1 (1944):

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Bob Dylan – The Times They Are a-Changin’ (released Jan 13, 1964)

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The message isn’t in the words, …. I don’t do anything with a sort of message.
I’m just transferring my thoughts into music. Nobody can give you a message like that.
~Bob Dylan (to Ray Coleman, May 1965)

Dylan’s third album reflects his mood in August-October 1963. It is also a product for his need to live up to and expand on the role he found himself in, topical poet, the restless young man with something to say, singing to and for a new generation.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan Performing Artist I: The Early Years 1960-1973)

Released January 13, 1964 – 54 years ago today…  it is one of his weakest albums from the 60’s.. and still a fantastic album.

“The Times They Are A-Changin'” @ The White House in Feb 2010:

The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – 5/7/65 – Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England:

Oh, but you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Bury the rag deep in your face
For now’s the time for your tears
(The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll)

The story I took out of the newspaper and I only changed the words.
~Bob Dylan (to Steve Allen, Feb 1964)

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