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Bob Dylan – Great Duets part 7: Hidden Gems





A duet is a musical composition for two performers in which the performers have equal importance to the piece. It is often used to describe a composition involving two singers. It differs from a harmony, as the performers take turns performing a solo section rather than performing simultaneously.

Part1, Part2, Part3, Part4, Part5, Part6

Bob Dylan has done a lot of duets, we have collected some of our favourites and will present them in batches of three. Today we have really dug deep and come up with some seldom heard treasures. Continue reading Bob Dylan – Great Duets part 7: Hidden Gems

Johnny Cash covers Bob Dylan – part 2

Dylan & Cash

“I love Bob Dylan, I really do. I love his early work, I love the first time he plugged in electrically, I love his Christian albums, I love his other albums.”
~Johnny Cash

In this series of post I’ll present all the Dylan covers by Johnny Cash I could find. They will be presented chronologically with facts related to the recording.

PS! duets are not included, rather check out:

Here is part 1: Johnny Cash covers Bob Dylan – part 1

One Too Many Mornings
Date: October 29, 1965
Location: Columbia Studio, Nashville, TN.
Producers: Don Law – Frank Jones.
Released: Johnny And June (1979), Bootleg Volume II: From Memphis To Hollywood   (2011) & The Man In Black 1963-1969, Plus   (1995)

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Continue reading Johnny Cash covers Bob Dylan – part 2

Classic TV: Bobby Bare and Friends – John Prine and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott 1985

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Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and John Prine on the ‘Bobby Bare and Friends’ TV show back in 1985.

Bobby Bare: Considering you’ve seen everywhere in this vast wide country…where is favorite place?
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott: …right there in the front seat of my motor home…movin’.

The whole show is fantastic, and the interviews mention snippets about Bob Dylan several times. John Prine tells about how he ended up buying his first Dylan record.

There is also a nice anecdote from Jack remembering a time when he and Bob Dylan were shown an ‘after hours’ bar in Greenwich Village and includes the tell-tale line: “And some stranger, perfect stranger, who probably didn’t know who Bob was, and so Bob was very comfortable with him…”.

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Another highlight is the part where Bobby Bare plays Kris Kristofferson’s song about Elliott to him. Priceless!

– Hallgeir

August 1 in music history

August 1: The late Jerry Garcia was born in 1942 (read more)

There’s no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a person or as a player. I don’t think eulogizing will do him justice. He was that great – much more than a superb musician with an uncanny ear and dexterity. He is the very spirit personified of whatever is Muddy River Country at its core and screams up into the spheres. He really had no equal. To me he wasn’t only a musician and friend, he was more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than he’ll ever know. There are a lot of spaces and advances between the Carter Family, Buddy Holly and, say, Ornette Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without being a member of any school. His playing was moody, awesome, sophisticated, hypnotic and subtle. There’s no way to convey the loss. It just digs down really deep.
~Bob Dylan (Jerry Garcia’s Obituary – 10 August 1995)

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 August 1: Bob Dylan & George Harrison: New York City, New York, 1971 (Videos) – post update (read more)

This was Dylan’s first live performance in two years. Harrison had to twist his arm to get him to take part in the benefit concert, and we can be very glad he did: it’s a stunning performance (both shows), modest, confident, richly textured, with Dylan feeling and communicating genuine love for the music he’s playing (in the case of” Blowin’ in the Wind” this was his first public performance of the song in seven years). Most of all, Dylan’s voice on this midsummer afternoon and evening has a rare, penetrating beauty that is immediately noticeable to almost anyone who hears it. This is, in a very real sense, the Dylan a large part of his audience dreams of hearing; this is the voice to fit the stereotyped or mythic image of Bob Dylan, guitar strumming poet laureate of the 1960s.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan Performing Artist I: The Early Years 1960-1973)

 Bob Dylan & George Harrison 1971
 Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (born Elliot Charles Adnopoz, August 1, 1931) is an American folk singer and performer.

Allmusic (Craig Harris):
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is one of folk music’s most enduring characters. Since he first came on the scene in the late ’50s, Elliott influenced everyone from Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger to the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. The son of a New York doctor and a onetime traveling companion of Woody Guthrie, Elliott used his self-made cowboy image to bring his love of folk music to one generation after another. Despite the countless miles that Elliott traveled, his nickname is derived from his unique verbiage: an innocent question often led to a mosaic of stories before he got to the answer. According to folk songstress Odetta, it was her mother who gave Elliott the name when she remarked, “Oh, that Jack Elliott, he sure can ramble.”

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 Robert Cray (born August 1, 1953, Columbus, Georgia, United States) is an American blues guitarist and singer. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he has led his own band, as well as an acclaimed solo career.  robert_cray.box
 “I’m a Boy” (Recorded 31 July – 1 August 1966 – IBC Studios in London, UK) is a 1966 rock song written by Pete Townshend for his band The Who. The song, like other early recordings by the band, such as “I Can’t Explain”, “The Kids Are Alright” and “Happy Jack”, centers around the early power pop genre. The song was originally intended to be a part of a rock opera called ‘Quads’ which was to be set in the future where parents can choose the sex of their children. The idea was later scrapped, but this song survived and was later released as a single.  I'm_a_Boy_single

Spotify Playlist – August 1