Archive for the 'Bob Dylan' Category

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

In the hands of David T. Walker, “Lay Lady Lay,” a cornerstone of Dylan’s Nashville Skyline, slides into a jazzy, languid, space residing somewhere just shy of early 70s porn groove and after-midnight lounge. I use neither descriptor as pejorative. Found on the Tulsa-born session guitarists 1970 solo joint, Plum Happy, the track, while devoid […]

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Happy birthday to your hero and mine, the forever inscrutable Bob Dylan. For more than five decades, he’s brilliantly confounded expectations and confused audiences in an extremely entertaining manner. And that seems to have been his intention all along, judging from this firecracker of a song, recorded way back in 1962 during the sessions for […]

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

While spinning the recent reissue of Dylan’s Gospel, I was reminded of two incredibly odd Dylan “reinterpretations.” To that, introducing Bob Dylan’s music through the lens of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. First up is their cover of “Queen Jane Approximately”, whose vocals and instrumentation are so boisterously rough and rousing that even the […]

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Light In The Attic just reissued the Los Angeles Gospel Choir’s Dylan Gospel LP, a downright excellent collection from 1968. Bob himself, of course, had his own gospel period about a decade later, releasing a trilogy of albums inspired by his conversion to Christianity in late 1978. Dylan’s born again music remains controversial even today, […]

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Of the many, many tribute albums concerning the Dylan catalog, the Lou Adler produced Dylan’s Gospel stands as one of the most coherent. Tracked at Sound Recorders in Hollywood, this 1969 set by The Los Angeles Gospel Choir takes the bard’s material and works it from the inside out — from fairly catholic renditions (see […]

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The studio recordings Bob Dylan made in 1965 are undoubtedly up there with the best rock and roll ever put on tape. The remarkable thing about this period, however, is how ramshackle Dylan’s process was at the time. Dylan told Allen Ginsberg that he would: “go into the studio and chat up the musicians and […]

Monday, September 9th, 2013

In the early 1970s, rumors floated around the lunatic fringe that the dude making records under the name “Bob Dylan” was not in fact Bob Dylan. The real Dylan had died in that 1966 motorcycle accident and an imposter had taken his place. It’s unlikely anyone took this theory seriously — even in a “Paul-Is-Dead” […]

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The imminent release of Dylan’s Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait has been met with derision in some quarters. Do we really need a collection of alternate takes and unreleased material drawn mainly from Dylan’s most famously loathed LPs? To which I say: Yes, yes, we do. For those of us who have gone […]

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

The announcement of the latest installment of Bob Dylan’s indispensable Bootleg Series is yet another reminder of the sheer depth of the man’s archives. But even with outtakes regularly emerging in official form, there’s plenty of great stuff still slipping through the cracks. With that in mind, we’re kicking off “Odds & Ends,” a new […]