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Audio: 54 Years Ago Bob Dylan Arrives In New York – ‘Talkin’ New York,’ ‘Spanish Harlem Incident’ & More


Fifty-four years ago, on January 24, 1961, Bob Dylan arrived in New York, where within a few months he would not only get a rave review in the New York Times and meet the legendary record man and producer, John Hammond, but would be signed by Hammond to Columbia Records and by the end of the year he’d record his first album, Bob Dylan.

Dylan recorded his first six albums in New York, and the city was his base of operations from ’61 into ’66.

I thought I’d pull together some of Bob’s recordings that are either about or take place in New York in some way, or were recorded in New York.

“Talkin New York” live at Town Hall, April 12, 1963:

“Song To Woody”:

“Hard Times In New York” recorded by Cynthia Gooding, March 11, 1962:

“Spanish Harlem Incident,” alternate take:

“Ballad In Plain D,” alternate take 2 (partial):

“She Belongs To Me,” Free Trade Hall, Manchester, May 7, 1965:

“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” Free Trade Hall, Manchester, May 7, 1965:

“Freeze Out 1,” (“Visions Of Johanna” outtake):


“Love Minus Zero/ No Limit” and “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” and “From A Buick 6” (alternate takes):

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Audio: My Imagined Bob Dylan Album

Bob Dylan has released at least three of the best rock albums. Period.

Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde On Blonde and John Wesley Harding are classics.

And his earlier albums, particularly Bringing It All Back Home, are exceptional too.

But Dylan has recorded many songs, and many versions of songs, that have not been officially released, or have only turned up decades later on the official bootleg series releases.

So sometimes I think about the albums that might have been.

Here’s one of my imagined Dylan albums, comprised entirely of tracks that didn’t make it onto official studio albums.

1 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window:

2 Roll On John (1962)

Roll on John by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

3 Freeze Out (later titled “Visions of Johanna,” 1966):

4 She’s Your Lover Now (solo piano version, 1966):

5 Let Me Die In My Footsteps (outtake, early ’60s):

Let Me Die In My Footsteps (Unedited) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

6 She Belongs To Me (outtake, 1965)

7 I’ll Keep It With Mine (Blonde On Blonde rehearsal, 1966)

I'll Keep It With Mine (Rehearsal) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

8 Blind Willie McTell (1983):

Blind Willie McTell by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

9 Desolation Row (Outtake, 1965):

Desolation Row by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

10 On A Rainy Afternoon (hotel room jam, 1966):

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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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