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Another Self Portrait: The Bootleg Series Vol. #10

I have to admit, I have always struggled with Dylan’s 1970 album, Self Portrait, but from what I have read (and heard) of the just released box set, Another Self Portrait: The Bootleg Series Vol. #10, I am excited to uncover some of the lost music from what was a strange period in Dylan’s career. And as always, there is a release to suit every fan, including a 3 x vinyl set and a 4CD box set featuring the first official release of Bob Dylan and The Band live at the Isle of Wight. This series has never failed to deliver, so I can’t wait to spend some quality time with the 30+ rarities that have been rescued from the vaults.

Here’s a glimpse of what has been uncovered …

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Bob blows the Duquesne Whistle

The release of Tempest, Bob Dylan’s 35th album is edging ever closer. So far Bob has released Early Roman Kings on a trailer for American TV show, Strike Back but now, the first official clip (and one would expect the only) from Tempest is available over at The Guardian.

Like the clip for Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ from Together Through Life, it’s a violent affair; the will of the heart pit against mace, the police force and a vengeful man. All the while Bob roams the street leading a band of misfits, including a Gene Simmons look-a-like. It’s whacky stuff!

And then there’s the song… the band is firing; their jazzy swagger allowing Bob’s worn voice to sound off ‘like the sky’s gonna blow apart’.  Roll on September 11… it’s the day the budget will be delivered in QLD, but in this house all that matters is that there is budget for Tempest to come on home.

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Bob Dylan: Early Roman Kings

At 71, Bob Dylan is still throwing curve balls like no other… this time premiering the track Early Roman Kings (from the forthcoming album, Tempest) as the soundtrack to the trailer for Season 2 of Strike Back. And by the sound of things, Bob and band have got their blues groove well and truly on!

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Bob Dylan’s Tempest

As I am sure you all know, Bob Dylan is set to release his 35th studio album, Tempest on September 11. This album will mark 50 years since the release of his debut with Columbia Records and Bob is no stranger to the September release, dropping Love and Theft on that fateful day back in 2001. While the tabloids search for a ‘new Bob’, we will never see another artist like him. I have recently been reading Time Magazine’s tribute to Bob in this 50th anniversary year and I wholeheartedly concur that a world without the man, seems completely unfathomable. With Dylan in the world, there is light…

Here’s a teaser for the new album that Amazon have posted on Youtube. Though, I strongly urge you not to buy it from there… head down to your local, or if you need to buy online, but it from the official site!

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Two Bob Dylan Gems

Big thanks to Gabrielle Bryden for sending me through a link to this first gem… links to audio of the much sought after 1969 bootleg of the Dylan / Cash Sessions. Dylan was immediately turned on to Cash’s work in 1955 when I Walk the Line stormed the airwaves. Cash was equally impressed with Dylan when he burst on to the scene in 1962, stating in his autobiography that he listened to The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan almost constantly when it was released. You can listen to 11 tracks from the session here. And if that’s not enough to satiate you, here’s footage of Bob and Johnny performing One Too Many Mornings.

The other gem I discovered is footage of Andy Warhol’s 1965 Bob Dylan Screen Test. Dylan looks hilariously unimpressed and apparently after the filming resisted strong come ons from Warhol to star in a feature film, taking the painting Double Elvis as payment and rushing out the door. For all you Bob fans, the version of Like A Rolling Stone that plays in the background is enough to click play on this one.

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Negativity don’t pull you through…

Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Bob Dylan

So true Bob, negativity is a heavy load. A dead weight.

This morning as I wake to experience the beginning of my 41st orbit of the sun, wife and son smiling, I feel totally free of any negativity… this Lost Shark is indeed blessed.

And as I share my birthday with Bob, I couldn’t help but share this gem… A clip from Eat the Document, featuring Bob and band laying Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues.

Now if that didn’t put a smile on your face and shed the weight, I hope this will.

birthday morning rust on the watering can

*****

See you all next week when I return from Blackall,

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The longer you live, the better you get

So said Bob Dylan at the tender age of 27 and indeed, he just keeps getting better! Here’s a link to the Smithsonian’s top 10 Dylan Moments. I am sure many of you out there have your own and I would love to hear about them. My number one is definitely seeing Bob backed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers aged 15 at Lang Park. That night is forever in my heart and mind.

I also just had to share another of the BBC tributes… this time a show dedicated to the eternally magnificent, Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. For me, the album has taken on even greater significance with the death of Suze Rotolo earlier this year. On the show, the best of the British Folk Scene reinterpret the album. here’s the playlist:

Blowin’ in the Wind by Seth Lakeman; Girl from the North Country by Thea Gilmore; Masters of War by Martin Simpson; Down the Highway by While and Matthews; Bob Dylan’s Blues by Ewan McLennan; A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall by Karine Polwart; Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right by Ralph McTell; Bob Dylan’s Dream by Martin Carthy; Oxford Town by Coope, Boyes and Simpson; Talkin’ World War III Blues by Billy Bragg; Corrina, Corrina by Cara Dillon with The Scoville Units; Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance by Rory Mcleod; and I Shall Be Free by Rab Noakes with Fraser Speirs.

 So Bob, I hope you are celebrating your 70th in style.

The first day of my forties has been wonderful… my lovely wife presented me with the limited edition box set of Okkervil River’s new album, I Am Very Far this morning and it is just magnificent.

It comes in a wooden box and features a print, hard cover lyrics book, 7″ single of two demos, a letter from Will Sheff, the album on deluxe vinyl and CD. I am going to savour this one…

I also managed to set off the fire alarms at my school today and have the whole place evacuated while cooking potato rosti’s. We discovered the fire alarm in is super sensitive!

And tonight we are off to have a Thai feast at our local restaurant.

Yep, feeling really blessed.

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