February 5: Happy 74th Birthday Al Kooper

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Al Kooper, by rights, should be regarded as one of the giants of ’60s rock, not far behind the likes of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in importance. …. he was a very audible sessionman on some of the most important records of mid-decade, including Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” Kooper also joined and led, and then lost two major groups, the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears. He played on two classic blues-rock albums in conjunction with his friend Mike Bloomfield. As a producer at Columbia, he signed the British invasion act the Zombies just in time for them to complete the best LP in their entire history; and still later, Kooper discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd and produced their best work.
~Bruce Eder (allmusic.com)

Al Kooper Tribute:

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January 9: Joan Baez was born in 1941 – here singing Bob Dylan songs

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Joan Baez has recorded many Dylan songs. Her unique and beautiful voice carries some of them to different places. For many Dylan enthusiasts, Joan Baez’s interpretations are the only tolerable ones, besides Dylan’s own¬†ūüôā

Baez first met Dylan in 1961 at Gerde’s Folk City in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

Here are my chosen 5:

Farewell Angelina:

Check out this full post about the song.

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20 Songs Released in 1981 You Must Hear

My rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed
  • Restricted to only 20 songs

1981 was not a great year in music for me, but still some wonderful albums & singles were relesed. Here are my 20 chosen songs.

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    • Every Grain of Sand – Bob Dylan

      Written by Bob Dylan, recorded in Los Angeles in the spring of 1981 and released in August of that year on Dylan’s album Shot of Love.

      The love in “Every Grain of Sand,” though firmly rooted in Dylan’s conversion experience and his Bible studies, immediately and obviously reaches beyond its context to communicate a deeply felt devotional spirit based on universal experiences: pain of self-awareness, and sense of wonder or awe at the beauty of the natural world.
      -Paul Williams (Bob Dylan, performing artist:The Middle Years )


      In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
      When the pool of tears beneath my feet floods every newborn seed
      There’s a dying voice within me reaching out somewhere
      Toiling in the danger and the morals of despair


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Classic concert: Bob Dylan Hard Rain TV Broadcast Video (May 23rd, 1976)

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In pouring rain, Dylan plays the open air Hughes Stadium at Colorado State¬†University in Fort Collins. He has elected to film this show to replace the¬†aborted TV special from Clearwater. In the longest set of the tour, there are¬†several highlights, not all appearing in the TV special. …¬†Included in the TV special, although in a most peculiar order, are second¬†encore “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” the entire Dylan/Baez set (“Blowin’¬†in the Wind,” “Railroad Boy,” “Deportees,” and “I Pity the Poor Immigrant”);¬†three songs from the first set (“Maggie’s Farm,” “One Too Many¬†Mornings,” and “Mozambique”); and three from the last set (two tremendously¬†powerful readings of songs from Blood on the Tracks, “Idiot Wind”¬†and “Shelter from the Storm” and a faded “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”).¬†Despite the storm clouds raging, the crowd appears to be very enthusiastic,¬†even singing “Happy Birthday” for Dylan before the second encore.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Dylan appeared on the September 11-17, 1976 issue of TV Guide and consented to a rare interview with the magazine to promote his first network television special.

Four of the eleven (ten in the video below) performances heard in the television broadcast (“Maggie’s Farm”, “One Too Many Mornings”, “Shelter from the Storm”, and “Idiot Wind”) were included on the nine track album of the same name released by Columbia records ten days before the special aired.

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November 25: The Last Waltz was recorded in 1976 (full 4h20m concert)

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This film should be played loud!

This is a message on a title card at the beginning of the film. The greatest concert movie ever made. This post concerns the movie, the audio releases have to wait for it’s own post.

Wikipedia:

The Last Waltz¬†was a¬†concert¬†by the rock group¬†The Band, held on American¬†Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at¬†Winterland Ballroom¬†in¬†San Francisco.¬†The Last Waltz¬†was advertised as the end of The Band’s illustrious touring career,¬†and the concert saw The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including¬†Paul Butterfield,¬†Eric Clapton,¬†Neil Diamond,¬†Bob Dylan,¬†Emmylou Harris,¬†Ronnie Hawkins,¬†Dr. John,¬†Joni Mitchell,¬†Van Morrison,¬†Ringo Starr,¬†Muddy Waters,¬†Ronnie Wood,¬†Bobby Charles¬†and¬†Neil Young.

The event was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary of the same name, released in 1978. The film features concert performances, scenes shot on a studio soundstage and interviews by Scorsese with members of The Band. A triple-LP soundtrack recording, produced by Rob Fraboni, was issued in 1978. The film was released on DVD in 2002 as was a four-CD box set of the concert and related studio recordings.

Trailer:

I have several versions of the film, and I’ve seen many versions of it. I’ve seen it at the cinema, I’ve played it to death on video casette, I have two DVD releases , a blu-ray release and I’ve seen/heard quite a bit of bootlegs of the show.

This is a film that I’m really passionate about, and I have often wondered if there’s footage, filmed sequences, that is not in the official version. Whatever condition such film would be in was irrelevant, I wanted to see as much as possible of the legendary concert.

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Watch: Kris Kristofferson Talk About Bob Dylan and Other Influences in 1984

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Bob Dylan was a bigger influence than Beatles or Elvis
– Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson talks about his many song writing influences. Among them are John Prine, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Mick Newbury (and more). Kristofferson is a great story teller and has incredibly good taste.

He also talks about Dylan’s impact on popular music in general.

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