When you pair the amazing Van Morrison with a Bob Dylan song you usually get magic, and such is the case with this live recording of “Just Like a Woman.”
It’s from the late show of a two set performance at the now defunct Lion’s Share club in San Anselmo, CA, August 8, 1971.
Morrison played the small club –it was really a hole in the wall, but a great hole int he wall — 13 times in the early ’70s. I caught one of those shows and it was incredible.
But then I saw a lot of Van Morrison shows. I saw him at Winterland and at the Inn of the Beginning in Cotati and at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and at the Old Waldorf, also in San Francisco.
He’s one of a kind, every show was different, every show was pretty damn excellent.
Anyway, enjoy Van Morrison covering Dylan for over seven minutes.
[In August of this year I’ll be publishing my rock ‘n’ roll/ coming-of-age novel, “True Love Scars,” which features a narrator who is obsessed with Bob Dylan. To read the first chapter, head here.]
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Forty years ago, on January 10, 1971, Bob Dylan appeared in the NBC documentary, “Earl Scruggs: His Family & Friends.”
Dylan opens the documentary singing and playing “East Virginia Blues,” accompanied by Scruggs and others. They also perform the instrumental “Nashville Skyline Rag.”
In 1968, Flatt and Scruggs had released an album, Nashville Airplane, that included four Dylan songs: “Like A Rolling Stone,” “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and “The Times They Area A-Changin’.” That album was produced by Dylan’s producer, Bob Johnston, and utilized many of the session musicians Dylan used on Blonde On Blonde and his other Nashville sessions. Other Flatt and Scruggs Dylan covers appeared on 1970’s Final Fling.
Also from the Scruggs documentary, this cool performance of Scruggs and The Byrds performing, in the second half of the video, Dylan’s “Basement Tapes” song, “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”:
Here’s Clarence Ashley singing “East Virginia Blues.” Dylan likely knew this version:
And here’s a version by Roscoe Holcomb:
Flatt and Scruggs, “Like A Rolling Stone”:
Flatt and Scruggs, “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”:
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