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Watch Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Review, Clearwater, FL – April 22, 1976 – ‘Just Like A Woman,’ ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ & More

These videos are from a rejected TV special that was shot at the Starlight Ballroom of the Biltmore hotel in Clearwater, Florida on April 22, 1976 during Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Review tour.

Here’s nearly an hour of the Rolling Thunder Review:

And some individual songs:

Bob Dylan, “Lay Lady Lay”:

Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn, “Knocking On Heaven’s Door”:

Bob Dylan, “Just Like A Woman”:

Bob Dylan, “Isis”:

Bob Dylan, “Like A Rolling Stone”:

Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A-Changin'”:

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, “Blowin’ In The Wind”:

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine”:

Joan Baez, “Diamonds and Rust”:

Bob Dylan and Bobby Neuwirth, “When I Paint My Masterpiece”:

[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 1976 S.I.R. Rehearsal Part 3 – ‘LAY LADY LAY’

Another day, another song from Bob Dylan’s 1976 S.I.R rehearsals with the Rolling Thunder Revue. Today a partial run-through of “Lay Lady Lay,” and then a full run-through of the same song were uploaded. And so here they are.

The full run-through lasts over five minutes.

You can check out my two previous S.I.R. rehearsal posts: Post one and post two.

“Lay Lady Lay”(Take 1):

“Lay Lady Lay” (Take 2):

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Audio: Bob Dylan’s 1st (Real) ‘Nashville Skyline’ Session – Feb. 13, 1969

Forty-five years ago, on February 13, 1969, Bob Dylan entered Columbia Music Row Studios in Nashville and began recording an album that would surprise many of his fans.


Because on Nashville Skyline Dylan debuts a country-style voice we’d never heard before.

This was a new Bob Dylan, and it took some of Bob’s fans a bit of adjustment to get hip to the new scene.

While there are those who dismiss Nashville Skyline as lightweight, or damn the songs because they’re not ‘heavy,’ I’ve always dug this album.

It’s Dylan being Dylan, confounding expectations. But it also sounds great. His singing is terrific and his country songs sound like the real thing, only they’re Bob Dylan country songs.

And it’s really cool that Dylan and Johnny Cash duet on “Girl From the North Country.”

Bob did an interview with Jann Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone, in June of 1969, two months after the album was released.

WENNER: On “Nashville Skyline”–who does the arrangements? The studio musicians, or…

DYLAN: Boy, I wish you could’ve come along the last time we made an album. You’d probably enjoyed it… ‘cause you see right there, you know how it’s done. We just take a song; I play it and everyone else just sort of fills in behind it. No sooner you got that done, and at the same time you’re doing that, there’s someone in the control booth who’s turning all those dials to where the proper sound is coming in… and then it’s done. Just like that.

And a bit later in the interview:

WENNER: On “Nashville Skyline,” do you have any song on that that you particularly dig? Above the others.

DYLAN: Uh… “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You.” I like “Tell Me That It Isn’t True,” although it came out completely different than I’d written it. It came out real slow and mellow. I had it written as sort of a jerky, kind of polka-type thing. I wrote it in F. That’s what gives it kind of a new sound. They’re all in F… not all of them, but quite a few. There’s not many on that album that aren’t in F. So you see I had those chords…which gives it a certain sound. I try to be a little different on every album.

WENNER: I’m sure you read the reviews of “Nashville Skyline.” Everybody remarks on the change of your singing style…

DYLAN: Well Jann, I’ll tell you something. There’s not too much of a change in my singing style, but I’ll tell you something which is true… I stopped smoking. When I stopped smoking, my voice changed… so drastically, I couldn’t believe it myself. That’s true. I tell you, you stop smoking those cigarettes (laughter)… and you’ll be able to sing like Caruso.

WENNER: How many songs did you go into “Nashville Skyline” with?

DYLAN: I went in with uhh… the first time I went into the studio I had, I think, four songs. I pulled that instrumental one out… I needed some songs with an instrumental… then Johnny came in and did a song with me. Then I wrote one in the motel… then pretty soon the whole album started fill in’ in together, and we had an album. I mean, we didn’t go down with that in mind. That’s why I wish you were there… you could’ve really seen it happen. It just manipulated out of nothing.

WENNER: How many songs did you do with Johnny?

DYLAN: Well, we did quite a few. We just sat down and started doing some songs… but you know how those things are. You get into a room with someone, you start playing and singing, and you sort of forget after a while what you’re there for. (laughs)

Read the whole interview here.

During the first session Dylan recorded three songs that made it onto the album: “To Be Alone With You,” “I Threw It All Away” and “One More Night.” He also cut a version of “Lay Lady Lay” that he wasn’t happy with, and two other songs that he didn’t use.

Backing Bob on this and other sessions for the album were the top Nashville session cats:

Norman Blake – guitar, dobro
Kenneth A. Buttrey – drums
Johnny Cash – vocals
Fred Carter, Jr. – guitar
Charlie Daniels – bass guitar, guitar
Pete Drake – pedal steel guitar
Marshall Grant – bass guitar on “Girl from North Country”
W.S. Holland – drums on “Girl from North Country”
Charlie McCoy – guitar, harmonica
Bob Wilson – organ, piano
Bob Wootton – electric guitar on “Girl from North Country”

Below are the tracks that appeared on the album, along with alternate takes, a live recording and a couple of warm-up takes.

Dig the music!

“To Be Alone With You” (album version):

To Be Alone With You by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“I Threw It All Away,” album version:

I Threw It All Away by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“I Threw It All Away,” 1969 Nashville sessions, rehearsal:

I Threw It All Away by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“I Threw It All Away,” Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN May 1, 1969:

I Threw It All Away by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“I Threw It All Away,” alternate version, February 16, 1969

I Threw It All Away (Alternate Version, Nashville Skyline) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“I Threw It All Away,” George Harrison session, May 1, 1970:

I Threw It All Away by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“One More Night,” album version:

One More Night by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“One More Night,” alternate take:

One More Night by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Lay Lady Lay,” alternate take:

Lay Lady Lay by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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Audio: Bob Dylan Covers The Everly Brothers; The Everly Brothers Cover Bob Dylan

Photo via CNN.

Yesterday, following Phil Everly’s death, Harold Lepidus (at examiner.com) did a great post about songs by Bob Dylan that the Everly Brothers covered, and songs by the Everlys that Dylan covered.

Unfortunately, he only included audio of one of those songs.

So today I tracked down all of the audio and you can check it out below.

There’s a very cool, very loose version of “All I Can Do Is Dream” that Dylan sang while jamming with George Harrison in 1970, and a version of “Let It Be Me” off a B-side of the European “Heart Of Mine” single released in 1981).


“The Everly Brothers, “Lay Lady Lay” off EB 84 (1984):

The Everly Brothers, “Abandoned Love” off Born Yesterday (1985):

Bob Dylan jamming with George Harrison (May 1, 1970), “All I Have To Do Is Dream”:

All I Have To Do Is Dream by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Bob Dylan, “Let It Be Me,” B side of “Heart Of Mine” European single (1981):

Bob Dylan and The Band, “All You Have To Do Is Dream” (a Basement Tapes reording possibly inspired by the Everly’s “All I Have To Do Is Dream”:

All You Have To Do Is Dream [Take 1] by Bob Dylan & The Band on Grooveshark

Plus in case you missed by Phil Everly obit yesterday, here are the Everly songs Bob Dylan included on Self Portrait:

Bob Dylan, “Let It Be Me”:

Let It Be Me by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Bob Dylan, “Take A Message To Mary”:

Take a Message to Mary by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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