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Audio: Bob Dylan & The Band In Concert, Jan. 15, 1974 – Listen Now!

Forty years ago, on January 15, 1974, Bob Dylan and The Band performed the first of two shows at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.

This was the sixth show of the tour.


Bob Dylan – acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar, harmonica, piano, vocals
Rick Danko – bass, vocals
Levon Helm – drums, vocals
Garth Hudson – organ, piano, synthesizer, clavinet
Richard Manuel – acoustic and electric pianos, organ, drums, vocals
Robbie Robertson – lead guitar

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Audio: Dig Neil Young’s Rare ‘Live At The Bottom Line – NYC, 1974’ Concert

In 1974 Neil Young played The Bottom Line in New York and his set included songs from his upcoming On The Beach.”

Here’s your chance to download the show.

Head over to the Aquarium Drunkard site and go for it.

Or stream it here:

Track listing:

Pushed It Over The End (AKA Citizen Kane Jr. Blues)
Long May You Run
Ambulance Blues
Revolution Blues
On The Beach
Roll Another Number
Motion Pictures
Pardon My Heart
Dance Dance Dance

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Video: Historic 1974 Early Footage of Patti Smith – ‘Paint It Black,’ ‘Piss Factory’ & More

Patti Smith, 1974, Max’s Kansas City.

In 1974 Patti Smith performed at Max’s Kansas City backed by Lenny Kaye and Richard Sohl.

These videos find Smith performing songs that she soon dropped from her set, including “Picture Hanging Blues” and “We Three.”

The video was shot by photogrpaher Bob Gruen.

Although the quality is crude, this is amazing and if you dig Patti Smith you’ve got to see it.

“Paint It Black”:


“Hey Joe”:

“I’m Wild About That Thing”:

“Picture Hanging Blues”:

“Piss Factory”:

“The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game”:

“We Three”:

“We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together”:

[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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Audio: Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood On The Tracks’ Sessions, Dec. 27, 1974 – ‘Idiot Wind’

Thirty-nine years ago, on December 27, 1974, Bob Dylan entered Sound 80 Studios in Minneapolis and re-recorded two songs he’d previously recorded in New York for a new album he was working on. Those new versions of “Idiot Wind” and “You’re Big Girl Now” are the ones that ended up on Blood On The Tracks.

I remember when I first listened to Blood On The Tracks when it was released in late January, 1975. The song that immediately blew me away was “Idiot Wind.” I thought at the time that Dylan had finally written a kind of followup to “Like A Rolling Stone” due to the bitterness in his voice and the bite of the chorus:

Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your mouth
Blowing down the backroads headin’ south
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth
You’re an idiot, babe
It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe

The Blood On The Tracks sessions began at Columbia A&R Studios in New York on September 16, 1974. That studio was where he’d recorded his first six albums including Highway 61 Revisited. Dylan recorded in New York off and on, wrapping up on September 25, 1974. A test pressing of the album was made and Dylan planned to release that version of the album, which has been circulating as a bootleg ever since.

However Dylan changed his mind after playing the test pressing for his brother David who, according to Clinton Heylin, suggested Dylan recut the album in Minneapolis with local musicians.

“I had the acetate,” Dylan said years later. “I hadn’t listened to it for a couple of months. The record still hadn’t come out, and I put it on. I just didn’t… I thought the songs could have sounded differently, better. So I went in and re-recorded them.”

Two sessions took place — one on December 27 and a final session on December 30. Five songs recut during those sessions made it onto the album, and, of course, there has been disagreement for nearly 39 years now as to whether Dylan should have stuck with the New York tracks, or gone with the mix of New York and Minneapolis tracks as he did.

Dylan said to a radio interviewer who told him she enjoyed Blood On The Tracks:

“A lot of people tell me they enjoyed that album. It’s hard for me to relate to people enjoying that kind of pain.”

Below you can hear the versions of “Idiot Wind” and “You’re A Big Girl Now” that made it onto the album. I’ve also included versions that didn’t. Plus a couple of live versions.

“Idiot Wind,” Sound 80, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 27, 2013:

Idiot Wind by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“You’re A Big Girl Now,” Sound 80, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 27, 2013:

You're a Big Girl Now by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Idiot Wind,” New York sessions outtake:

Track 04 by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Idiot Wind,” outtake — stripped down acoustic version:

Track 11 by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Idiot Wind,” live New Orleans May 3, 1976:

“You’re A Big Girl Now,” New York outtake, Sept. 23, 1974:

You're A Big Girl Now (NY Outtake) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“You’re A Big Girl Now,” Jones Beach, Wantaugh, NY June 30, 1988

Plus “Up To Me,” a track recorded in New York that didn’t make the album:

Up to Me by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark