First of all… “Street-Legal” is a fantastic album. I have never “understood” all the criticism it got.. and still gets, and I even dig the original overall sound & production.
The first & second recording session (April 25 & 26) did not produce much (probably only a master of “We Better Talk This Over”), but on this sessions we (probably) got 4 masters: No Time To Think, Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat), True Love Tends To Forget & Changing Of The Guards.
Continue reading April 27: Bob Dylan 3rd Street-Legal recording session, 27 April 1978
If anyone is in doubt about Dylan’s 78-concerts… check out this one!
20 October 1978
- My Back Pages
- I’m Ready (Willie Dixon)
- Mr. Tambourine Man
- Shelter From The Storm
- It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
- Tangled Up In Blue
All right, this is a ballad I wrote a few years back, concerning three people who were in love with each other, all the time.
- Ballad Of A Thin Man
This is a song I’ve been singing for quite some time. Funny how it means more to me now than it did when I wrote it.
- Maggie’s Farm
- I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
- Like A Rolling Stone
- I Shall Be Released
- Going, Going, Gone
- The Times They Are A-Changin’
- It Ain’t Me, Babe
- One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
- Blowin’ In The Wind
- Girl From The North Country
- Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)
- Masters Of War
- Just Like A Woman
- Simple Twist Of Fate
- All Along The Watchtower
- All I Really Want To Do
- It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
- Forever Young
- Changing Of The Guards
- Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
- Billy Cross (lead guitar)
- Alan Pasqua (keyboards)
- Steven Soles (rhythm guitar, backup vocals)
- David Mansfield (violin & mandolin)
- Steve Douglas (horns)
- Jerry Scheff (bass)
- Bobbye Hall (percussion)
- Ian Wallace (drums)
- Helena Springs, Jo Ann Harris, Carolyn Dennis (background vocals)
April 23: Bob Dylan at Budokan was released in 1979
The Budokan album was only supposed to be for Japan. They twisted my arm to do a live album for Japan. It was the same band I used on Street Legal, and we had just started findin’ our way into things on that tour when they recorded it. I never meant for it to be any type of representation of my stuff or my band or my live show.
~Bob Dylan (to Kurt Loder – March 1984)
I believe this double LP was made available so our hero could boast of being outclassed by Cheap Trick, who had the self-control to release but a single disc from this location.
~Robert Christgau (robertchristgau.com)
Released 37 years ago today (April 23).
The album was slaughtered by many critics.. especially in the US.
“The writers complain the show’s disco or Las Vegas. I don’t know how they came up with those theories. We never heard them when we played Australia or Japan or Europe. It’s like someone made it up in one town and the writer in the next town read it. I don’t know what the reviewers mean half the time. I don’t even care.”
~Bob Dylan (to Robert Hilburn – Nov 1978)
Continue reading April 23: Bob Dylan at Budokan was released in 1979