Listen: Deep Into Bob Dylan’s “Visions Of Johanna”

“Visions Of Johanna” is an endlessly fascinating song. It’s a song that reveals itself slowly, over the years. And then the light changes and you hear it totally different.

I’ve gathered together two outtakes from when Dylan was calling the song “Freeze Out,” a bunch of live recordings from the 1966 tour of Australia and Europe, and the official version released on “Blonde On Blonde.”


“Freeze Out 1” (VOJ outtake)

“Freeze Out 2” (VOJ Outake)

Live: “Visions Of Johanna” (April 13, 1966, Sydney)

Live: “Visions Of Johanna” (April 20, 1966, Melbourne)

Live: “Visions Of Johanna” (May 5, 1966, Dublin)

Live: “Visions Of Johanna” (May 16, 1966, Sheffield)

Live: “Visions Of Johanna” (May 27, 1966, London)

Official version, “Visions Of Johanna,” off Blonde On Blonde

Visions of Johanna by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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