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Out Of The Vault - Show # – 8 – DYLAN # 2

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The Textones – CLEAN CUT KID – From their album “Midnight Mission” 1984.  Written by Dylan and recorded during the Infidels sessions in 1983, but not finished until the “Delta” sessions until July1984.  Released on “Empire Burlesque”, 1985, a year after the Textones version.

Michael Franti & Spearhead – SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES – Released in 2012 on the 4 CD set of Dylan covers “Chimes of Freedom” as a benefit for Amnesty International.  Most of the cover versions of Dylan songs had never been released prior to this.  It was written by Bob Dylan, and originally released in 1965 as a single on Columbia Records.  It appeared 19 days later as the lead track to the album Bringing It All Back Home. It was Dylan's first Top 40 hit, peaking at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Lucinda Williams – POSITIVELY 4TH STREET From The Village - A Celebration of the Music of Greenwich Village by Various Artists” CD- 2009. First recorded by Dylan in New York City on July 29, 1965. It was released as a single by Columbia Records on September 7, 1965, reaching #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song was released between the albums Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde, but wasn't included on either LP. The song's title does not appear anywhere in the lyrics and there has been much debate as to the significance or what individual the song concerns. Dylan once lived on 4th Street in Manhattan.

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Kris Kristofferson – QUINN THE ESKIMO – Taken from the 2012 release “Chimes of Freedom”.  Written by Dylan and first recorded during The Basement Tapes sessions in 1967. The song was first released in January 1968 as "The Mighty Quinn" by the British band Manfred Mann and became a great success.

 

Tom Morello The Nightwatchman – BLIND WILLIE MCTELL - Taken from the 2012 release “Chimes of Freedom.  A song by Bob Dylan, about the blues singer Blind Willie McTell. It was recorded in 1983 but left off Dylan's album Infidels and officially released in 1991 on the The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991.

Furnace Mountain featuring Aimee Curl – BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER – From their Frogville Records release “Shack Album”, 2003.  Dylan wrote and released it in 1964 on his album The Times They Are A-Changin'.  Dylan's recording features the artist solo on the acoustic guitar, playing the song fingerpicking.  Lyrically, "Boots of Spanish Leather" is a forlorn ballad.  Most critics have not found it far-fetched to say that this song was written about and maybe to Suze Rotolo Dylan's New York City girlfriend in the early '60s, who in the summer of 1962 left him for Italy.

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Johnny Cash featuring the Avett Brothers – ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS –Taken from the 2012 release “Chimes of Freedom”.  Johnny Cash covered the song on the album Johnny & June in 1978. He also recorded two versions of the song with Dylan while Dylan was recording Nashville Skyline. (The song, along with several others he recorded with Dylan, were never officially released). He would cover it again as a duet with Waylon Jennings for the album Heroes.  Bob Dylan’s version was released on his third studio album The Times They Are a-Changin' in 1964.

 

Eric Clapton – DON’T THINK TWICE, IT’S ALLRIGHT - From the CD “The 30th Anniversary Concert” – 1993.  Recorded live October 16, 1992, Madison Square Garden, NYC.  It is a song written by Dylan in 1962, and released on the 1963 album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, although the song has appeared on several of Dylan's greatest hits compilations, including Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II (1971), The Best of Bob Dylan (1997) and The Essential Bob Dylan (2000). Another version of the song, recorded as a demo for Dylan's music publisher M. Witmark & Sons in 1963, was included on two releases in Columbia's Bootleg Series: Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack (2005) and Vol. 9 – The Witmark Demos: 1962–1964 (2010).

 

The Band – WHEN I PAINT MY MASTERPIECE - From the CD “The 30th Anniversary Concert” – 1993.  Recorded live October 16, 1992, Madison Square Garden, NYC.  It is a 1971 song, first recorded by The Band, who would release their version on Cahoots. Dylan subsequently recorded the song for Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II, on which it is segued back-to-back with "Tomorrow is a Long Time". Dylan and The Band performed the song together at a New Year's Eve concert later that year, a recording of which was released as a bonus track on the 2001 CD reissue of The Band's live album Rock of Ages.

 

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North Mississippi Allstars – STUCK INSIDE OF MOBILE WITH THE MEMPHIS BLUES AGAIN - From their Album Keys To The Kingdom, released February 1, 2011.  Written by Bob Dylan and appearing on his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde.  The album version also appears on 1971's Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II. An early studio take, done in a faster cut-time, was released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack. As the recording indicates, Dylan had difficulty fitting the words to the tempo, and evidently this led to its rearrangement, as heard on the official album, in a more "rock" oriented 4/4 time.

 

Robert Hazard and the Heroes – BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND – from his self-titled five-song EP Robert Hazard, released in 1982.  He is probably best known for composing and recording the song "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", which Cyndi Lauper covered, turning the song into a best-selling hit.  Written by Dylan in 1962 and released on his album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan in 1963. Although it has been described as a protest song, it poses a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war and freedom. The refrain "The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind" has been described as "impenetrably ambiguous: either the answer is so obvious it is right in your face, or the answer is as intangible as the wind".

 

 

 

 

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