Bob Dylan: 10 Brilliant live versions of “Tangled Up In Blue”

Early one mornin’ the sun was shinin’
I was layin’ in bed
Wondrin’ if she’d changed at all
If her hair was still red

Studio version
Recorded: December 30, 1974
Recorded location: ound 80 Studio, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Producer: Bob Dylan
Engineer: Paul Martinson

Live:
Performed onstage: 1975-76, 1978, 1984, 1987-2018 -> 1685 times
First time: Nov 13, 1975
Last time: Aug 28, 2018

Boston Music Hall
Boston, Massachusetts
21 November 1975 – Evening

Her folks they said our lives together
Sure was gonna be rough
They never did like
Mama’s homemade dress
Papa’s bank book wasn’t big enough



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Bob Dylan Best Songs from the 70s – 6 different lists (Rolling Stone, Uncut, The Guardian and more..)

Early one mornin’ the sun was shinin’
I was layin’ in bed
Wondrin’ if she’d changed at all
If her hair was still red

Four of the original lists aren’t actually made up of songs only from the 1970s, but I’ve pulled out the songs recorded in the 1970s and ranked accordingly.

The Guardian

From the list “Bob Dylan’s 50 greatest songs – ranked!” – April 2020

    1. Idiot Wind – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
    2. Tangled Up in Blue – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
    3. I Shall Be Released – Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II (1971)
    4. Hurricane – Desire (1976)
    5. Simple Twist of Fate – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
    6. Isis – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
    7. Slow Train – Slow Train Coming (1979)
    8. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
    9. If Not For You – New Morning (1970)
    10. Forever Young – Planet Waves (1974)
    11. Went to See the Gypsy – New Morning (1970)
    12. Changing of the Guards – Street-Legal (1978)

Idiot Wind

Tangled Up In Blue

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Bob Dylan: Live versions of 9 songs from “Blood On The Tracks”

A lot of people tell me they enjoy that album. It’s hard for me to relate to that. I mean, you know, people enjoying the type of pain, you know.
~Bob Dylan (to Mary Travers April 1975)

In stunning, total contrast to the previous album, Before the Flood, this 16th Dylan album triumphantly shows more subtlety and nuance than anything he’d ever done, and as honed a use of understatement as on John Wesley Harding. At the time this was the most unexpected leap of Dylan’s career. After years of comparatively second-rate work and a considerable decline in his reputation, here was an album to stand with Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

Blood on the Tracks is the fifteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on January 20, 1975 by Columbia Records.

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November 23: Watch Bob Dylan singing Tangled Up In Blue in London 2003

bob dylan london 2003

Early one mornin’ the sun was shinin’
I was layin’ in bed
Wond’rin’ if she’d changed at all
If her hair was still red
Her folks they said our lives together
Sure was gonna be rough
They never did like Mama’s homemade dress
Papa’s bankbook wasn’t big enough
And I was standin’ on the side of the road
Rain fallin’ on my shoes
Heading out for the East Coast
Lord knows I’ve paid some dues gettin’ through
Tangled up in blue

Shepherds Bush Empire Theatre
London, England
23 November 2003

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & piano)
  • Freddie Koella (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Recile (drums & percussion)

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November 21: Bob Dylan Tangled Up In Blue live in Boston 1975 (video)

He had a job in Santa Fe
Working in an old hotel
But he never did like it all that much
and one day it just went to hell….

The best video on youtube.

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Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1978


[about touring only for the money] They always say that. There are more important things in the world than money. It means that to the people who write these articles, the most important thing in the world is money. They could be saying I’m doing the tour to meet girls or to see the world. Actually, it’s all I know how to do. Ask Muhammad Ali why he fights one more fight. Go ask Marlon Brando why he makes one more movie. Ask Mick Jagger why he goes on the road. See what kind of answers you come up with. Is it so surprising I’m on the road? What else would I be doing in this life – meditating on the mountain? Whatever someone finds fulfilling, whatever his or her purpose is -that’s all it is.
-Bob Dylan (Jonathan Cott Interview, Portland – Sept 17, 1978)

Facts from Wikipedia:

A year-long world tour, performing 114 shows in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe, to a total audience of two million people. For the tour, Dylan assembled an eight piece band, and was also accompanied by three backing singers.

Location North America, Europe,
Oceania, Asia
Start date February 20, 1978
End date December 18, 1978
Legs 5
No. of shows 114

Universal Amphitheater
Los Angeles, California
7 June 1978

  • 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)

One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)

I didn’t mean
To treat you so bad
You shouldn’t take it so personal
I didn’t mean
To make you so sad
You just happened to be there, that’s all



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