Bob Dylan: 7 live versions of “Mississippi”

I’ve been criticised for not putting my best songs on certain albums but it is because I consider that the song isn’t ready yet. It’s not been recorded right. With all of my records, there’s an abundance of material left off – stuff that, for a variety of reasons, doesn’t make the final cut. ..Except on this album, for which we re-cut the song ‘Mississippi.’ We had that on the “Time Out Of Mind” album. It wasn’t recorded very well but thank God, it never got out, so we recorded it again. But something like that would never have happen ten years ago. You’d have probably all heard the lousy version of it and I’d have never re-recorded it. I’m glad for once to have had the opportunity to do so.
~Bob Dylan (Press Conference (French coverage) De la Ville Inter-Continental Roma Hotel, Rome, Italy – 23 July 2001 )

Mississippi” is the second song on Bob Dylan’s 2001 album Love and Theft. The song was originally recorded during the Time Out of Mind sessions in January 1997, but was ultimately left off the album; Dylan rerecorded the song for Love and Theft in May 2001.

Jackson County Fairgrounds
Central Point, Oregon
9 October 2001

Every step of the way
We walk the line
Your days are numbered
So are mine



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Bob Dylan: 5 Great live versions of “Love Minus Zero/No Limit”

My love, she speaks like silence
Without ideals or violence.
She doesn’t have to say she’s faithful
Yet she’s true, like ice, like fire.

Written by Bob Dylan for his fifth studio album Bringing It All Back Home and recorded January 14, 1965.

Performed 365 times live, first @ Troy Armory, Troy, New York – Feb 12, 1965 & last @ 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colorado – Oct 30, 2012.

Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, California
3 September 1965

People carry roses
And make promises by the hours
My love laughs like the flowers
Valentines can’t buy her.


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Bob Dylan: 10 Great Live Versions of “Dignity”

Of the virtues, I suppose I think integrity is the most essential. Not dignity – a thief can have dignity.
~Bob Dylan (to Barbara Kerr, Feb 1978)

‘Dignity’, which describes so resourcefully the yearning for a more dignified world, would have been the album’s [Oh Mercy] ideal opening track. It scorches along musically, declaring its allegiance to the timeless appeal of the blues, while sounding, above all things, fresh. Its lyric, meanwhile, though ‘Dylanesque’ in that it sounds like no-one else’s work and sounds like a restrained, mature revisit to a mode of writing you might otherwise call mid-1960s Dylan, is fully alert and freshly itself, admits of no leaning on laurels, and has the great virtue that while not every line can claim the workaday clarity of instructional prose, the song is accessible to anyone who cares to listen, and offers a clear theme, beautifully explored, with which anyone can readily identify.
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

Dignity was originally recorded for “Oh Mercy” in 1989, but Dylan wasn’t satisfied with it… and left it behind.

Officially there are 5 different versions available:

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The Rolling Stones: 5 Great Live versions of “Gimme Shelter” (Audio/video)

Oh, a storm is threat’ning
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away

My Favourite Stones song. The original album version can hardly be surpassed, but there many great live versions, here are 5 wonderful examples & the album (Let It Bleed – 1969) version.

Album version:

War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away

The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, USA
July 20, 1972

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Bob Dylan – 7 great live versions of “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine”

I dreamed I saw St. Augustine
Alive as you or me
Tearing through these quarters
In the utmost misery

“I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” was originally released on his 1967 album John Wesley Harding. It was recorded at the first John Wesley Harding session on October 17, 1967.

Dylan only performed this great song 39 times live, first Aug 31, 1969 (Isle Of Wight, England) & last performance was Jun 16, 2011 (Cork, Ireland). Top year was 1975 with 16 performances.

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August 26: Elvis Presley Released “Suspicious Minds” in 1969

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We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much baby


Recorded between four and seven in the morning, during the landmark Memphis session that helped return the King to his throne, “Suspicious Minds” — the final Number One single of his lifetime — is Presley’s masterpiece: He sings so intensely through the fade-out that his band returns for another minute of the tear-stained chorus.
~rollingstone.com

Together with “Mystery Train” this is my favourite Elvis song.

Suspicious Minds:

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