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July 14: Watch Bob Dylan @ Poplar Creek Music Theater, Chicago, Illinois in 1988

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Here are a great video with the 5 first songs.

Poplar Creek Music Theater
Hoffman Estates
Chicago, Illinois
14 July 1988

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G. E. Smith (guitar)
  • Kenny Aaronson (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)

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March 22: Bob Dylan released Bringing It All Back Home in 1965


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….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

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Jan 14: Bob Dylan – The Second Recording Session for “Bringing It All Back Home” in 1965


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….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, Jun. 1981)

The first session didn’t result in any master versions… but on the second session Dylan nailed 5 masters: Love Minus Zero/No Limit, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Outlaw Blues, She Belongs To Me & Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream

Some background from wikipedia:

Bringing It All Back Home is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released in March 1965 by Columbia Records. The album is divided into an electric and an acoustic side. On side one of the original LP, Dylan is backed by an electric rock and roll band—a move that further alienated him from some of his former peers in the folk song community. Likewise, on the acoustic second side of the album, he distanced himself from the protest songs with which he had become closely identified (such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall”), as his lyrics continued their trend towards the abstract and personal.

The album reached No. 6 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart, the first of Dylan’s LPs to break into the US top 10. It also topped the UK charts later that Spring. The lead-off track, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, became Dylan’s first single to chart in the US, peaking at #39.

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The Lumineers plays Bob Dylan

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The Lumineers are a folk rock band, based in Denver, Colorado. The two founding members and songwriters of the Lumineers are Wesley Schultz (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion). Schultz and Fraites began writing and performing together in New Jersey in 2005. Neyla Pekarek (cello, vocals) joined the band in 2010. Stelth Ulvang (piano), and Ben Wahamaki (bass), joined the band as full-time members in 2012. Their self-titled debut album was released on Dualtone Records on April 3, 2012, eventually peaking at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in January 2013. As of December 2013, their debut album has been certified Platinum in the US and Ireland, with Gold certifications in the UK, Australia and Canada.

We did a write-up on Lumineers prior to the release of their self-titled debut album in 2012.

We have dug up three very fine interpretations of Bob Dylan songs from The Lumineers.

The Lumineers do “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (Bob Dylan Cover) at Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain on 6/8/13.

The Lumineers – Subterranean Homesick Blues:

Wesley Shultz, talks about how he managed to learn Subterranean Homesick Blues (nola.com):

“Hard to say. That one felt like it happened quickly. It helps if I write it all down. But I learned it in chunks. I love Dylan, but I learned that song kind of as a bar trick, because it was something that would immediately grab people – what is this guy doing?

We had a funny thing happen at a couple of festivals, where there were sign-language people who actually had to sign the song on the side of the stage. I think that’s a lot more difficult. But they nailed it each time.”

The Lumineers – “when the ship comes in” at Beantowne Gourmet in Allendale on 4/14/08.

The Lumineers – When the Ship comes in:

Wesley Schultz covering “Boots Of Spanish Leather”, Video by Andrea Alseri. Taken from the Look Sessions.

The Lumineers – Boots of Spanish leather:

– Hallgeir