While the official version of “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” was released on December 21, 1965, a different version was mistakenly released as the A-side of what was supposed to be the “Positively Fourth Street” single three months earlier on September 7, 1065.
As a kid I heard “Positively Fourth Street” on the radio, loved it and went to the record store down the hill from where I lived and bought a copy.
I was surprised to discover a different song on the A-side but it was just as great as “Positively Fourth Street.”
Michael Bloomfield and Al Kooper both play on this version, which according to Clinton Heylin, was recorded on July 30, 1965 at Columbia’s Studio A in New York:
Here it is as well in better fidelity:
Forty-nine years ago, on December 21, 1965, the official version recorded with the Hawks on October 4, 1965, was released.
On October 5, 1965 Bob Dylan began recording Blonde On Blonde at Columbia Recording Studios, Studio A in New York.
Off and on through January 27, 1965 Dylan and a bunch of musicians that included The Band made many recordings. Most of them didn’t make it onto Blonde On Blonde. After that Dylan headed for Nashville where the bulk of the album was cut.
Below are some of the New York versions recorded. I’m obsessed with Blonde On Blonde, so I find all of these fascinating.
“I Don’t Wanna Be Your Partner”:
“Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window”:
“Number One” (Instrumental):
“She’s Your Lover Now”:
“Stuck Inside Of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again”:
“I Wanna Be Your Lover”:
“She’s Your Lover Now” (Solo):
“Visions of Johanna”:
“Please Crawl Out Your Window” (another version):
“Please Crawl Out Your Window” (and another version – cuts off):
“I’ll Keep It With Mine”:
“Visions of Johanna” (another version):
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