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Bob Dylan: Live versions of all the songs from “Love & Theft”

Happy birthday “Love and Theft” – released September 11, 2001.

To celebrate this great album I’ve collected live versions of all the tracks on the album.

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#1 – Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
Brighton Centre
Brighton, England
4 May 2002

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August 25: Bob Dylan released “Not Dark Yet” in 1997


A lot of the songs (on Time Out Of Mind) were written after the sun went down . . This one phrase was going through my head: ‘Work while the day lasts, because the night of death cometh when no man can work … It wouldn’t let me go. I was like, what does that phrase mean? … It was at the forefront of my mind for a long period of time, and I think a lot of that is instilled into this record
~Bob Dylan to Jon Pareles, 1997

‘ Not Dark Yet ‘ is many folks’ favourite song on Dylan’s 1997 album, and for sure it pushes all the right buttons: a gorgeous vocal, a brooding melody, the darkling worldview and that seemingly effortless way he captured the dusk in his veins.
~Clinton Heylin (Still On The Road)

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “Not Dark Yet” (Videos)

Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day
It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal
There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Some facts:

  • Dylan has played “Not Dark Yet” 152 times live
  • First time was @ Columbus Civic Center, Columbus, Georgia – 30 October 1997
  • Last performance: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut – 8 September 2012
  • Peak year: 1999 with 57 renditions

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great live versions of “If You See Her, Say Hello”




If you see her, say hello, she might be in Tangier
She left here last early Spring, is livin’ there, I hear
Say for me that I’m all right though things get kind of slow
She might think that I’ve forgotten her, don’t tell her it isn’t so

 

This brilliant song has been performed 88 times live by Dylan.

  • First performance:  Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida – April 18, 1976
  • Last performance: Coveleski Stadium, South Bend, Indiana – July 4, 2009.

Her are 5 samples, enjoy..

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “I Shall Be Released”

They say ev’rything can be replaced
Yet ev’ry distance is not near
So I remember ev’ry face
Of ev’ry man who put me here
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released

The whole world is a prison. Life is a prison, we’re all inside the body. Freedom only comes from knowledge and knowledge is power. So just because you’re out there in the desert, facing an endless sky and an unknown nothingness, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re free. You’re trapped in the desert. Only knowledge of either yourself or the ultimate power can get you out of it. I don’t know that much.
– Bob Dylan to Philip Fleishman (Feb. 1978)

Performances:

  • 51 acoustic w band – top year 2001 (18 times)
  • 28 acoustic – top year 1976 (27 times)
  • 1 time as an instrumental in 1978
  • 420 times w/band – top year 1978 (111 times)

First live performance: War Memorial Auditorium, Plymouth, Massachusetts – 30 October 1975.

Last live performance: Stodoła, Warsaw, Poland – 7 June 2008
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