Dylan's Christian period

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I listened to Saved today for the first time and thought it was fantastic. "What Can I Do For You?" in particular stood out, with some of the best harmonica playing on a Bob record, like up there with Live 1966. And the groove is top-notch throughout the album (the rhythm section is Tim Drummond and Jim Keltner). But we seem to have no general thread about this period on ILM. So let's talk about it. I'm thinking of the recorded legacy of this period as the three albums Slow Train Coming, Saved and Shot of Love. Infidels is arguably part of it too, and in fact I personally think this period never ended but that's not important for this thread. What songs do you think are particularly great from this period, and why? Are there live performances that you think are great? I have a show from New Orleans from 1981 and a boot comp called Yonder Comes Sin, but I'd like to know others worth attending to. Any thoughts you have about this period (including hate as long as you can back it up) are welcome.

Euler, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 19:27 (ten years ago) link

Toronto 1980 (all Jesus songs), Earl's Court 1981 (mix of Jesus songs and older stuff) are the best of the ones I've heard. Really like the live stuff from this period! "When He Returns" is a fave, as is "Ain't Gonna Go To Hell For Anybody."

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 19:30 (ten years ago) link

Also, "Angelina" from the Bootleg Series is one of my fave Dylan songs, period.

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 19:30 (ten years ago) link

"Solid Rock" and "Every Grain of Sand" are the keepers. Dylan himself (and Bono) adores Shot of Love's title track.

Roman Polanski now sleeps in prison. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 19:31 (ten years ago) link

Agreed that Saved is fantastic. Gospel Dylan is just fine by me. Personally I think his singing in this period is about as good as he ever got - it's the sweet spot when his voice was grizzled enough that he doesn't have to force it (like on his very early albums, where you think his barely post-pubescent voice is going to crack when he tries to growl like an old bluesman) but before the last intact vocal cords snapped somewhere around the late 80s/early 90s. I love his intonation and phrasing here, the band is on fire, the backup singers are a perfect foil, and he rarely rocked harder than on tracks like "Solid Rock".

o. nate, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 19:36 (ten years ago) link

I got Slow Train Coming about a year ago and love it. which is weird cuz in general I'm not a fan of this particular production/arrangement style but the plastic-y 80s vibe coupled with a sleazy-sounding Dylan in born again preacher mode really works.

love Gotta Serve Somebody especially

the taint of Macca is strong (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 19:38 (ten years ago) link

Those are all beautiful songs. On the album take of "When He Returns", Dylan sounds like he's going to break down, and with lyrics like those, it's clear he was going through something heavy.

"Truth is an arrow and the gate is narrow that it passes through."

Is that an outtake from the KJV? "Verily I tell you..." I mean: truth is an arrow, that is, sharp, piercing, it flies fast, and it's shot by someone. There are deep mysteries there. Why is it shot at the gate? If this is speaking of the trajectory of faith, then the narrowness of the gate shouldn't be a concern since the arrow is going to pass through anyway. And then the echoes of Augustine's conversion ("how long, how long"):

"How long can I listen to the lies of prejudice?
How long can I stay drunk on fear out in the wilderness?"

Dylan is exhausted; it's why if we were drinking I'd be arguing that Street-Legal is really the start of the Christian period, that "Changing of the Guards" announces the change ("Eden is burning").

Euler, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 19:41 (ten years ago) link

Saw him in May 1980 in Providence, just before Saved came out. Almost everything he played was from that album and Slow Train Coming. It was a great show — the band absolutely smoked — even though I couldn’t make out his damnation/hellfire speeches between songs due to the poor acoustics. For the last song, “Pressing On,” he took the microphone and started dancing in front of the stage. It wasn’t exactly a representative Dylan show, but it was my first.

Jazzbo, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:07 (ten years ago) link

"Gotta Serve Somebody," however is a stupid song.

Roman Polanski now sleeps in prison. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:09 (ten years ago) link

xpost haha, yeah there are a few truly wacky apocalyptic rants on bootlegs. On that 1980 Toronto set, he starts explaining how Russia invading Afghanistan is all predicted in the bible.

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:10 (ten years ago) link

Gotta Serve Somebody," however is a stupid song.

I don't think it's that bad - but I prefer "Precious Angel" and "I Believe in You" from that album.

o. nate, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:23 (ten years ago) link

stupid? I like the resignation in it.

the taint of Macca is strong (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:25 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, like a fuckin' slave. And, man, I love that period's studio-rock, but Dylan's backing band here defines antiseptic.

Roman Polanski now sleeps in prison. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:27 (ten years ago) link

I love Dylan's deadpan delivery on "Gotta Serve Somebody", especially as the rhymes get a little funnier towards the end, eg. the way he sings "milk" and "bread" in this:

Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk,
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk,
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread,
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed

o. nate, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:38 (ten years ago) link

I don't take Dylan as a theologian particularly seriously. As far as the lyrics go from this period, what I like is how mystified Dylan seems by what he's saying. There's conviction there, but whatever he experienced, his lyrical voice was having trouble expressing.

I like the music on Saved a lot more than on Slow Train Coming, on the whole. I think Wexler understood Dylan's vision better on this one.

Euler, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:41 (ten years ago) link

Shot of Love > Slow Train Coming > Saved

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:43 (ten years ago) link

and yeah, the humor on Slow Train Coming is puzzling in the context of this, like, topically heavy album. "Man Gave Names To All The Animals" is a dopey lyric, like a Basement Tapes lyric without the double entendres. But it's still good for a simple laugh. It's corny but that's our Bob.

Euler, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:43 (ten years ago) link

"Shot of Love > Slow Train Coming > Saved" seems to be the conventional wisdom and I get why that is, but anyone reading who has ears, let them hear Saved again. Although I've tried for years to buy it on CD and never succeeded in finding it.

Euler, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:45 (ten years ago) link

Has "Saved" been remastered? I've actually never owned it! My older brother had it ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:49 (ten years ago) link

eMusic has Saved - but I don't know if it's been remastered. I think Saved is better than Slow Train - and the production is definitely a lot less sterile.

o. nate, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:51 (ten years ago) link

I remember hating "Gotta Serve Somebody" in 1979, but I heard it on the radio the other night and thought it sounded great. I love the combination of the air-tight production and that creepy, menacing vocal. I've always resisted getting these albums but I might have to add them on eMusic.

Brad C., Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:53 (ten years ago) link

I love the combination of the air-tight production and that creepy, menacing vocal.

yeah this is the kinda contrast (intentional or not) that finally got me to appreciate Steely Dan - this shiny, sleek, perfectly constructed light pop that's set against an actively creepy but sorta funny narrative/singer

the taint of Macca is strong (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 20:55 (ten years ago) link

Dylan's music is missing the harmonic complexity and jazzy solos of the Steely Dan though - with this kind of production it ends up sounding more like Dire Straits than Steely Dan, unfortunately.

o. nate, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 21:04 (ten years ago) link

I generally like the slickness of Slow Train, I think it does have a kind of menace to it.

Elsewhere, some of the surreal, Book of Revelations meets Highway 61 lyrics are really incredible -- stuff like the aforementioned 'Angelina', "Caribbean Wind", "Foot of Pride", "Jokerman" etc. Really weird, ambitious writing ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 21:04 (ten years ago) link

yeah I'm going to make an extended dive into Bob's 80s this week I think, looking for more of the confusion that's grabbing me on these. By the 2000s I think he's figured out his new lyrical voice and that's probably my favorite Bob overall but I'm intrigued at present by the struggle for a new voice after Street-Legal (I need a copy of Budokan too I think).

Euler, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 21:09 (ten years ago) link

Budokan has its moments, but overall it's pretty limp. The later US 1978 tour is waaaay better. Look for the Hush Sweet Charlotte bootleg ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 21:12 (ten years ago) link

Dylan's music is missing the harmonic complexity and jazzy solos of the Steely Dan though - with this kind of production it ends up sounding more like Dire Straits than Steely Dan, unfortunately.

OTM -- what I was trying to say upthread.

Roman Polanski now sleeps in prison. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 21:28 (ten years ago) link

sounding more like Dire Straits than Steely Dan, unfortunately.

def. the sound of Dire Straits (dunno how unfortunate that is)

the taint of Macca is strong (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 22:00 (ten years ago) link

A sound I would, of course, expect from the producer of Slow Train Coming.

Roman Polanski now sleeps in prison. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 22:04 (ten years ago) link

No, wait -- Knopfler didn't produce STC.

Roman Polanski now sleeps in prison. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 22:05 (ten years ago) link

Wexler ennit. altho Dylan specifically was going for Knopfler's sound and wanted him originally iirc

the taint of Macca is strong (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 22:07 (ten years ago) link

Doesn't Knopfler play on Slow Train, though? Or am I making that up.

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 22:10 (ten years ago) link

He sure does, which explains my confusion (he did produce Infidels).

Roman Polanski now sleeps in prison. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 22:12 (ten years ago) link

I said that Wexler better figures out Dylan's vision on Saved than on Slow Train Coming, but a better way to put what I was trying to express is: Wexler helped Dylan realize a better sound for the vision Dylan had, such as they understood it, on Saved than on Slow Train Coming. Dylan may not have agreed, since he dumped Wexler for Plotkin on Shot of Love and then, yeah, Knopfler for Infidels.

Euler, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 04:16 (ten years ago) link

This topic has provided the only praise that I have ever seen for the 'Christian' period of Bob Dylan.

Josh L, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 13:03 (ten years ago) link

I think you'll find that serious (haha) Dylan fans have plenty of good stuff to say about this period. Obviously the evangelism of the lyrics is always going to be a turn-off for some, but it really is a fascinating time for Dylan.

tylerw, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 13:43 (ten years ago) link

The cover art is great too:

http://www.earthwaverecords.com/pictures/albumimg/d/a0115351.jpg

Euler, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 18:55 (ten years ago) link

haha, that cover is nutso. you'd think it was some super-obscure private-press xtian rock record from 1977. But no, it's a BOB DYLAN record.

tylerw, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 21:02 (ten years ago) link

There's conviction there, but whatever he experienced, his lyrical voice was having trouble expressing.

That sounds about right. The songs seem to be either literal renderings of scripture or these terrifically confused metaphors.

Count me as a fan of Budokan (since someone referenced it upthread)--to a point. It seems like a bit of a conceptual coup, actually: rendering his '60s songs, including some protest numbers, as fully-arranged, showstopping Vegas numbers. Actually it sort of anticipates his Perry Como-esque Xmas album in its nonchalant mindfuckery.

Also, I thought the brief segment w/Christian Bale in I'm Not There captured this era of Dylan pretty well/amusingly. Although I am not a big fan of that film as a whole.

amateurist, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 23:01 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, I actually thought that the I'm Not There/Christian (!) Bale segment was the most successful in that movie. Just the utter sincerity of Bale's performance caught something vital about this period in Dylan's career. Of course, the sincerity is just another mask, but it's maybe one of the more convincing masks.

tylerw, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 23:04 (ten years ago) link

you guys are nuts that movie is awesome

"look its Allen Ginsberg!"

the taint of Macca is strong (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 23:10 (ten years ago) link

oh i liked it! it's like catnip for Dylan nerds.

tylerw, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 23:11 (ten years ago) link

did you guys catch moondog in the greenwich village sequence??

amateurist, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 23:12 (ten years ago) link

i've been trying to get my gf (not a Dylan nerd) to watch it so I can get a neutral assessment

feed them to the (Linden Ave) lions (will), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 23:13 (ten years ago) link

yeah i honestly don't think anyone not steeped (DEEPLY steeped) in Dylan lore would get a whole lot out of the movie. Maybe I'm wrong ...

tylerw, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 23:14 (ten years ago) link

Film nerds, maybe ...

tylerw, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 23:15 (ten years ago) link

btw i'm not kidding about moondog, haynes sticks a guy in a moondog costume in one of the quick panning shots of the early '60s village. i kind of want to hug haynes for that.

amateurist, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 23:17 (ten years ago) link

I saw the film with two folks I wouldn't really characterize as Dylan nerds (ie, my wife and an old gay buddy of ours) and they both really dug it. They don't hate his music or anything but they're hardly obsessives (y'know my wife has some sorta weird childhood associations with Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, buddy likes early 70s Dylan, etc.)

I think I was the only one of the three of us who was excited about all the detail/ephemera tho.

the taint of Macca is strong (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 23:23 (ten years ago) link

and yeah I spotted Moondog

the taint of Macca is strong (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 7 October 2009 23:23 (ten years ago) link

Christian Dominance

Οὖτις, Thursday, 5 March 2020 23:55 (one month ago) link

Calvinist Dylan

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Thursday, 5 March 2020 23:55 (one month ago) link

infidels is nice on CD — you really get that crisp knopfler sound. sly + robbie bringing the bounce.

tylerw, Thursday, 5 March 2020 23:57 (one month ago) link

eh I love lots of "you nonbelievers are going to hell" music. Tons of reggae, the Louvin Brothers, etc. Thinking of this in the context of Dylan's earlier folk "finger-pointing" songs is appropriate imo.


eh I love lots of "you nonbelievers are going to hell" music. Tons of reggae, the Louvin Brothers, etc. Thinking of this in the context of Dylan's earlier folk "finger-pointing" songs is appropriate imo.


otm

Webcam Du Bois (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 5 March 2020 23:58 (one month ago) link

zing touched again

Webcam Du Bois (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 5 March 2020 23:59 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I know "Dylanologists" well say they're in the great tradition of his 'finger-pointin'' songs from the '60s, like it's hearing a Born Again "Positively Fourth Street," but they don't have the wit or sharp humor to make the comparison any more than superficial. I tried to like them, but a lot of times they just sound like sour haranguing.

RE: "Infidels," if you took out some of the worst songs (maybe the ones with the bizarre crackpot lyrics on the evils of space travel) and replaced them with better outtakes like "Blind Willie McTell," "Foot of Pride," etc. it would be an excellent album.

birdistheword, Friday, 6 March 2020 00:02 (one month ago) link

I'm sorry, but if you can't find humor in Dylan's christian songs . . .

Shakes, if you like going to hell stuff, check out Dylan's between song rants/sermons from his christian period on youtube. Like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75_ceACC7-o

Dylan: [rambling story about the Antichrist.]
Combative Audience Member: "Rock and roll!"
Dylan: "You can go down and rock and roll. You can go see KISS. You can rock and roll your way all the way down to the PIT!"

Followed by Dylan asking for the house lights to be brought up so he can see the people heckling him. It's just like Dylan with the Hawks in 66 except Jesus is his backing band.

Biden my time/Drinking her wine (PBKR), Friday, 6 March 2020 01:57 (one month ago) link

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3p37uv

The above one is great. Rambling story in which Dylan compares biblical prophecy to the recent Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, during which Dylan cites a list of great philosophers such as "Plato . . . who else now . . . Jimmy Reed? . . . Nietzsche . . . ." Then the band tears into the best version of Solid Rock ever, almost heavy metal.

Biden my time/Drinking her wine (PBKR), Friday, 6 March 2020 02:10 (one month ago) link

Or maybe it just ain't funny, but comedy's subjective. I'm sure "Man Gave Names to All the Animals" is a riot with plenty of people.

birdistheword, Friday, 6 March 2020 02:13 (one month ago) link

I grew up in the 70s and early 80s in a non-denominational evangelical church that was a lot like this. Most of the members of the church (including my parents) were ex-hippies who came to the Church in a type of rejection of the excesses of the 60s.

Yeah, me too. This wikipedia page about Lonnie Frisbee talks about the genesis of that movement, which had its epicenter in Southern California. Dylan's gospel period always seemed completely if not normal then at least not weird, because I grew up hearing people talk like that.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonnie_Frisbee

o. nate, Friday, 6 March 2020 02:15 (one month ago) link

That song is a great childrens song

I think sour hectoring is a fair assessment and hey sonetimes thats what I want tbh

Οὖτις, Friday, 6 March 2020 02:16 (one month ago) link

Xps

Οὖτις, Friday, 6 March 2020 02:17 (one month ago) link

Oh man great links PBKR! Thx

Οὖτις, Friday, 6 March 2020 02:17 (one month ago) link

Lonnie Frisbee, another real life Pynchon name

Lol yes

Οὖτις, Friday, 6 March 2020 02:25 (one month ago) link

Followed by Dylan asking for the house lights to be brought up so he can see the people heckling him. It's just like Dylan with the Hawks in 66 except Jesus is his backing band.

― Biden my time/Drinking her wine (PBKR)

the hawks in '66 rocked harder than christ ever did

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 6 March 2020 03:26 (one month ago) link

https://frinkiac.com/meme/S08E17/145494.jpg

birdistheword, Friday, 6 March 2020 03:34 (one month ago) link

Apologies, is there any way to delete my last two posts? I'm still new at this and completely botched a post that's no longer worth posting.

birdistheword, Friday, 6 March 2020 03:35 (one month ago) link

wow thanks for the tip on the Sinéad cover of "I Believe In You", that's a devastating performance. it also appears on some kind of maxi-single for "Thank You For Hearing Me" from 1994, along with a remix of "Fire On Babylon" that's making my hair stand up.

Joey Corona (Euler), Friday, 6 March 2020 16:13 (one month ago) link

Listening to O'Connor cover now.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 March 2020 16:13 (one month ago) link

Lots of otm 2019-20 posts (as I said at some length on Rolling Bootleg Series, I think another ilox's "cocaine dreams" sums up a lot of the giantor box sampler, despite frequent musical excellence). Re gay, he mentioned still hanging out with Ginsberg, and when interviewer asked how he squared that, replied to the effect that no prob (think he might be into Personal Priesthood Principle, like it's up to *you* to Choose---but might be projecting my own pre-Moral Majority experience as Southern Baptist)(It's still a thing with
at least some of them; not all churches are in the Convention, which itself currently tries not to issue so many Assholy statements, having driven so many congregants away).

dow, Sunday, 8 March 2020 21:56 (one month ago) link

*gigantor* box sampler

dow, Sunday, 8 March 2020 21:57 (one month ago) link

Something like individual gays, old friends etc. no prob, but as political masses, uh-oh (am reminded of Delany recalling a pre-Stonewall bust, down by the trucks---so many guys came swarming out, that even he got scared, and he was one of 'em).

dow, Sunday, 8 March 2020 22:01 (one month ago) link

My band is actually working up a version of “Man Gave Names...” It’s not a song we find stupid, or funny or whatever. We just like it.

A perfect transcript of a routine post (Dan Peterson), Monday, 9 March 2020 00:30 (four weeks ago) link

Cool, please post at some point. For some dark reason, my computer will no longer let me post YouTubes, but
here's this round-up (it's also on spotify, apple, play)
https://www.google.com/search?q=Townes+Van+Zandt+Man+Gave+Names+To+All+The+Animals&oq=Townes+Van+Zandt+Man+Gave+Names+To+All+The+Animals&aqs=chrome..69i57.31557j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

dow, Monday, 9 March 2020 01:32 (four weeks ago) link

shot of love may be the best one of these, and i love them all! "property of jesus," what a jam!!!!

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 23:00 (three weeks ago) link

eh idk if it's the *best*... I mean, it has Lenny Bruce on it

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 23:01 (three weeks ago) link

count me among the few weirdos who likes "lenny bruce." the lyric is.... yeah, but the arrangement feels kinda proto-paul westerberg solo somehow

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 23:25 (three weeks ago) link

trouble no more is, forgive me, a revelation

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 19 March 2020 14:43 (two weeks ago) link

shot of love may be the best one of these, and i love them all! "property of jesus," what a jam!!!!

― mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson),

Pleasantly ephemeral -- I like the gutbucket mix. "Every Grain of Sand" and "in the Summertime" though.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 March 2020 14:47 (two weeks ago) link

"every grain of sand" has been one of my fav dylan songs ever since i heard emmylou harris' cover, i was happy to love his version. "in the summertime" is amazing. heavy van morrison energy to these records (i guess it's all the gospel?)

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 19 March 2020 14:50 (two weeks ago) link

supposedly there's a Clash version of "In the Summertime" with a howling Joe Strummer plonking away on the piano

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 March 2020 14:54 (two weeks ago) link

I mixed this down to a wieldy 4hrs w/ segues and some other odds-and-ends, it never leaves my phone

hmu anybody if you would like!

https://i.imgur.com/zqquwMw.jpg

1 Ain't No Man Righteous, No Not One Take 6
2 When He Returns Take 2
3 Slow Train Toronto April 18-19 1980
4 Dead Man, Dead Man Outtake
5 Making a Liar Out of Me Rehearsal
6 Are You Ready? Toronto April 18-19 1980
7 Ain't Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody Toronto April 18-19 1980
8 Watered-Down Love Outtake
9 When You Gonna Wake Up? Oslo, July 9
10 You Changed My Life Take 4
11 Do Right To Me Baby Toronto April 18-19 1980
12 Cover Down, Pray Through Toronto April 18-19 1980
13 Stand By Faith Rehearsal
14 Gotta Serve Somebody Bad Segeberg [July 15]
15 In the Summertime Boston [October 21]
16 Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar Take 2
17 Precious Angel Toronto April 18-19 1980
18 Solid Rock Toronto April 18-19 1980
19 I Believe in You Toronto April 18-19 1980
20 Shot of Love Outtake
21 City of Gold San Francisco, CA, November 22
22 Gonna Change My Way of Thinking Memphis [January 31]
23 What Can I Do For You? Toronto April 18-19 1980
24 Man Gave Names To All The Animals London, June 27
25 Slow Train London [June 29]
26 Caribbean Wind Rehearsal (pedal Steel)
27 Jesus Is The One Lorelei, Germany, July 17
28 Rise Again Rehearsal
29 Knockin' On Heaven's Door London, June 27
30 Saving Grace Toronto April 18-19
31 Radio Spot Portland, January 1980
32 Blowin' In The Wind London, June 27
33 Gotta Serve Somebody London, June 27
34 When He Returns Toronto April 18-19
35 Thief On The Cross New Orleans, LA, November 10
36 Covenant Woman Take 3
37 Dead Man, Dead Man London, June 27, 1981
38 Trouble in Mind Take 1
39 Pressing On Take 1
40 Blessed Is The Name Santa Monica [November 20]
41 Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar San Francisco [November 13]
42 Solid Rock San Diego [November 1981]/Philadelphia [October 1979]
43 I Believe In You London, June 27
44 Ballad of a Thin Man London, June 27
45 Shot of Love Avignon [July 25]
46 Help Me Understand Soundcheck
47 Caribbean Wind San Francisco [November 12]
48 Ye Shall Be Changed Outtake
49 Every Grain of Sand Rehearsal
50 Slow Train San Francisco [November 16]
51 Gotta Serve Somebody Take 1
52 Band Introduction London, June 27, 1981
53 Like a Rolling Stone London, June 27, 1981
54 Pressing On Toronto April 18-19

Webcam Du Bois (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 19 March 2020 15:10 (two weeks ago) link

Pressing On is my jam

Οὖτις, Thursday, 19 March 2020 15:17 (two weeks ago) link

also one of the few songs from this period where I actually think the album version is the best one

Οὖτις, Thursday, 19 March 2020 15:18 (two weeks ago) link

Trouble No More is the perfect soundtrack to these times. "When you gonna wake up?"

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Thursday, 19 March 2020 23:32 (two weeks ago) link

coming at you chinaski

Webcam Du Bois (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 19 March 2020 23:42 (two weeks ago) link

D/l now - should keep me plenty busy. An immense thank you.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 20 March 2020 17:37 (two weeks ago) link

"caribbean wind" is a great song, should've been on shot of love

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 27 March 2020 15:29 (one week ago) link

The cry of the peacock, flies buzz my head
Ceiling fan broken, there’s a heat in my bed
Street band playing “Nearer My God to Thee”
We met at the steeple where the mission bells ring
She said, “I know what you’re thinking, but there ain’t a thing
You can do about it, so let us just agree to agree”

fuckin amazing

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 27 March 2020 15:32 (one week ago) link

xxp you're welcome!

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 27 March 2020 15:35 (one week ago) link

every time i hear "when he returns," no matter the arrangement, studio or live, it's the best song i've ever heard, but the live version with the burning organ on it and the second studio take on trouble no more really hammer it home

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:25 (one week ago) link

Yeah, Caribbean Wind has an amazing cinematic quality to it like some of the stuff off Desire.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:49 (one week ago) link

Those lines Brad quoted are nearly a screenplay.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:50 (one week ago) link

just watched the trouble no more film! bob's harmonica solo during "what can i do for you?"! literally transcendent

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 27 March 2020 21:20 (one week ago) link

That is one of my favorite things of this entire period. Like he is channelling the holy spirit.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Friday, 27 March 2020 22:14 (one week ago) link

Fuck yeah brad otm wrt Caribbean Wind, just floored me the first time I heard it on Biograph

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Saturday, 28 March 2020 00:32 (one week ago) link

i know i said upthread that shot of love was maybe the best of these but that was initial excitement i think, even though "property of jesus" and "in the summertime" really knock me out. saved is the best one imo and is swiftly becoming... my... favorite... dylan... record?

both of the complete live shows in the box set are AMAZING. toronto 1980 is perfect, and then just the next year at earl's court all the arrangements are completely fuckin different!

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 13:41 (one week ago) link

Agree that Saved is the best studio and that Toronto 1980 show is the best period.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 13:47 (one week ago) link


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