Dylan’s voice is extremely rough, but the performance, if anything, even more intense than the English shows
~Clinton Heylin (A Life In Stolen Moments)
Great 66 Show where Dylan sounds very stoned, and still brilliant.
For this show he uses a borrowed guitar, as his had been broken. When compared to the Sydney show, this performance is more laid back.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
20 April 1966
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Pain sure brings out the best in people, doesn’t it?
– Bob Dylan (She’s Your Lover Now)
..‘She’s Your Lover Now’, a gleeful masterpiece more redolent of its era than most things that came out at the time..
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)
On January 21, 1966 @ Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios, NYC Dylan tried this song 19 times. It was the only song he tried this day, he would never return to it..
None of the 19 cuts were complete… he never nailed it.. but the one on “The Bootleg Seriers 1-3″ came close…
This beauty is @ #17 on my list of Dylan’s 200 best songs.
Bootleg Series 1-3 version:
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See the man with the stage fright
Just standin’ up there to give it all his might.
And he got caught in the spotlight,
But when we get to the end
He wants to start all over again.
August 17: The Band released Stage Fright in 1970
Stage Fright is the third studio album by The Band. Much more of a rock album than its predecessors, it was a departure from their previous two efforts in that its tone was darker and featured less of the harmony vocal blend that had been a centerpiece of those two albums. It also included the last two recordings by The Band of new songs credited to pianist Richard Manuel; both were co-written with guitarist Robbie Robertson, who would continue to be the group’s dominant lyricist until the group disbanded in 1976. Nonetheless, the tradition of switching instruments that had begun on the previous album continued here, with each musician contributing instrumental parts on at least two different instruments.
Engineered by an up-and-coming Todd Rundgren, and produced by the group themselves for the first time, the album was recorded at the Woodstock Playhouse in their homebase of Woodstock, New York.
Stage Fright (from The Last Waltz):
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“I play patterns. I’ll make up a pattern and just play it.”
“Well, let’s see: I started [in music] at nine and quit. Then got back to it when I was twelve. Then I became a party star. In fact, I became a party!”
April 03: The late Richard Manuel was born in 1943
For me he was the true light of the Band. The other guys were fantastic talents, of course, but there was something of the holy madman about Richard. He was raw. When he sang in that high falsetto the hair on my neck would stand on end. Not many people can do that.
A nice tribute video – I’m just a country boy:
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Classic concert: Rick Danko Live At Capitol Theatre Dec 17 1977
About a month after the release of his self titled album, Rick Danko, Danko did a tour to support the album. He did not mean to rest on his laurels after The Band had split up and he clearly enjoys this concert. And the album is good, he had some very fine songs to bring the audience. In the concert we present here today he played 8 of the 10 songs from the album and included a few covers and some favourites from The Band’s catalogue.
Rick Danko Live At Capitol Theatre Dec 17 1977 :
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