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Bob Dylan Live 1964

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Live 1964: Concert at Philharmonic Hall — The Bootleg Series Volume 6, a two-CD all-acoustic set from Halloween 1964 is scheduled for release March 23, 2004.

The recording captures a 23-year-old Dylan at a transitional moment in his career, two months after the release of Another Side of Bob Dylan, the last acoustic album he would record before … the electrified rock heard on Bringing It All Back Home, several songs from which he previewed at this concert.

Live 1964 shows Dylan at the peak of his early performing powers. Less than three years since his first album was released, he offhandedly jokes with his audience, fending off enthusiastic hecklers with deft wit and snappy comebacks, only to turn around and deliver blisteringly intense versions of protest songs, folk tunes, talking blues, love ballads and a few theretofore unreleased, indefinable songs, including “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Gates of Eden” and “It’s Alright Ma,” that would spark a musical revolution over the course of the next year.

Disc 1
1. The Times They Are A-Changin’
2. Spanish Harlem Incident
3. Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues
4. To Ramona
5. Who Killed Davey Moore?
6. Gates of Eden
7. If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Got To Stay All Night)
8. It’s Alright Ma, (I’m Only Bleeding)

9. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
10. Mr. Tambourine Man
11. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

Disc 2
1. Talkin’ World War III Blues
2. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
3. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
4. Mama, You Been On My Mind
5. Silver Dagger
6. With God On Our Side
7. It Ain’t Me, Babe
8. All I Really Want to Do

Sounds like this will be right up my alley. I personally found “The Royal Albert Hall” concert a bit underwhelming, but that recording had years of hype and legend building to live up to. (And live recording of electric rock and roll was in its infancy in 1966, whatever the talents of Bob and his backup Band.) Anyway, it should be interesting to compare this CD to the best of today’s acoustic troubadours. Or is it unfair of me to even suggest the comparison?

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  • The Dude

    So far, I’ve dug all the Bob Dylan’s Live “Bootlegs” CD, so I can’t wait to get this 1964 one. As for comparing the Ramblin’ Rabbi to today’s acoustic troubadours, it’s like comparing apples to Bob Dylan.

  • ClubhouseCancer

    This arrived in my mailbox TODAY and it’s glorious. I’ve had various versions of this over the years, but this one sounds incredible and includes everything he played that night, including 4 tunes with Joan Baez.
    This stuff is beyond great. the funny songs are acid and hilarious, and the protest ones are like intense and burning. Dylan’s confidence and genius were in full bloom on this night — one listen to his joyous, crazed howls in the first verse of “Don’t think Twice” should dispel all doubt that this guy was a master singer.

  • Bob re-issues are even more redundant than Beatles re-issues. Almost every note of this stuff has already been out for ages. It’s appalling how people will continue to buy the SAME stuff again and again. New cover, presto, more money changes hands.

    Consider (if you will) the last Phil Ochs LP, Gunfight at Carnegie Hall – which was supposed to be double record – has NEVER been released in its proper form. That’s not to mention zillions of other live Ochs recordings, including the Free John Sinclair gig where he debuts Lennon’s ‘John Sinclair.’

    Bob, Bob, and more Bob – no wonder Ochs killed himself.

  • Vince Prygoski

    Did Ochs sing Lennon’s song at the Ann Arbor/Crisler Arena rally? Lennon and Yoko Ono were there, and I think that Lennon sang his song about John Sinclair. Ochs, IIRC, sang “Here’s to the State of Richard Nixon” and possibly a few of his other songs. But I do not think that Ochs sang Lennon’s “John Sinclair,” rather, the former Beatle sang that one himself, possibly with backup vocals from Yoko.