On September 11, 2001, 13 years ago, Bob Dylan released “Love And Theft,” his 31st studio album.
The album followed the acclaimed Daniel Lanois/ Dylan produced Time Out Of Mind, and established that Dylan was back in the saddle, writing new, amazing songs and making tremendously good albums. After it came Modern Times, which some critics looked at as the third of a trilogy of superb albums.
Dylan sees it differently, at least he did when he spoke to Jonathan Lethem in 2006.
Time Out of Mind was me getting back in and fighting my way out of the corner. But by the time I made “Love And Theft,” I was out of the corner. On this record, I ain’t nowhere, you can’t find me anywhere, because I’m way gone from the corner. I would think more of “Love And Theft” as the beginning of a trilogy, if there’s going to be a trilogy. If I decide I want to go back into the studio.
It turns out that Dylan has performed every song on the album life.
Here is a live version of the album I put together.
“Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum,” Byron Bay Bluesfest, AUstralia, April 26, 2011:
“Summer Days,” Limani, Thessaloniki Harbour, Greece, June 22, 2014
“Bye And Bye,” Uptown Theater, Kansas City, MO, October 28, 2002:
“Lonesome Day Blues,” The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia, August 27, 2014:
“Floater (Too Much To Ask),” The Point Theater, Dublin, November 26, 2005:
“High Water (For Charlie Patton),” The 02, Dublin, Ireland, June 17, 2014 :
“Moonlight,” US Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, WI, October 28, 2001:
“Honest With Me,” Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, October 8, 2011:
“Po’ Boy” Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC, July 28, 2009:
“Cry A While,” Kirjurinluoto, Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland, July 17, 2014:
“Sugar Baby,” Brighton Centre, Brighton, England, May 4, 2002:
One more version of “Suger Baby,” Edgefield, Troutdale, OR, August 29, 2010:
[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” There’s info about it here.]
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