That this song, a legendary outtake from Bob Dylan’s 1983 album Infidels, heralded the Band’s long-hoped-for return to the studio was fitting.
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By 1981, Benmont Tench had seen success as a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, had been part of several hit moments. That doesn’t mean he was ready to be thrown in the deep end — all alone — on a Bob Dylan session.
I’m sure there will be those who balk at a title like that, what with Neil Young, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan himself, of course, appearing on this gala 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration reissue.
The introduction of a new studio to experiment with might have felt like a happy challenge for another Band, in another place. Instead, Albert Grossman’s just-opened Bearsville facility ended up feeling, as Robbie Robertson once said, “too bright and cold.” Much of the music on 1971’s Cahoots, to be honest, did too
The title is a misnomer, of course. Bob Dylan has been releasing lost treasures for so long now — his Bootleg Series, which dates back to 1991, is up to Volume 10 — that you can find official versions with ease these days.
Al Kooper’s task, in reminding us of the towering genius possessed by his late friend Mike Bloomfield, wasn’t in finding dusty unheard tracks for From His Head to His Heart to His Hands. When it comes to Bloomfield, who overdosed at just 37 in 1981, the likelihood is that almost everything on this new Kooper-curated triple-CD/single-DVD set comes as aRead More
Bob Dylan, at Robbie Robertson’s urging, handed one of his most famous songs off to Otis Redding in the hopes that he would do his own Stax-ified version of it. Things didn’t quite work out that way, however.
Ian Tyson, the Canadian folk singer, tells George Stroumboulopoulos that he is pretty sure he gave Bob Dylan his first puff of pot.
For me, “Not Dark Yet” is the best thing Bob Dylan had done in ages, this perfect enigma from a guy who’s made a career of such sleights of hand.
The Byrds’ breakthrough single, a charttopping 1965 version of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” came to them almost by accident — and created quite a rift along the way.