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April 23, 2014
by Egil

Today: The Rolling Stones released Sticky Fingers in 1971

The Rolling Stones - sticky-fingers

Sticky Fingers was never meant to be the title. It’s just what we called it while we were working on it. Usually though, the working titles stick.
~Keith Richards 1971

While many hold their next album, Exile On Main St., as their zenith, Sticky Fingers, balancing on the knife edge between the 60s and 70s, remains their most coherent statement.
~Chris Jones (

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April 23, 2014
by Egil

Bob Dylan: Blowin’ In The Wind, Tokyo, Japan April 5, 2014 (video)

bob dylan tokyo 2014

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, ’n’ how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ’n’ how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Zepp DiverCity
Tokyo, Japan
April 5, 2014

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April 23, 2014
by Egil

Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan at Budokan, released 35 years ago today


The Budokan album was only supposed to be for Japan. They twisted my arm to do a live album for Japan. It was the same band I used on Street Legal, and we had just started findin’ our way into things on that tour when they recorded it. I never meant for it to be any type of representation of my stuff or my band or my live show.
~Bob Dylan (to Kurt Loder – March 1984)

I believe this double LP was made available so our hero could boast of being outclassed by Cheap Trick, who had the self-control to release but a single disc from this location.
~Robert Christgau (

Released 35 years ago today (April 23).

The album was slaughtered by many critics.. especially in the US.

“The writers complain the show’s disco or Las Vegas. I don’t know how they came up with those theories. We never heard them when we played Australia or Japan or Europe. It’s like someone made it up in one town and the writer in the next town read it. I don’t know what the reviewers mean half the time. I don’t even care.
~Bob Dylan (to Robert Hilburn – Nov 1978)

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April 22, 2014
by Egil
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Bob Dylan: Blind Willie McTell, Vienna, Virginia 24 August 1997 (video)

Bob Dylan 1997

Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem”
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Filene Center
Wolf Trap Farm Park For The Performing Arts
Vienna, Virginia
24 August 1997

  •  Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

This is also included on the bootleg set, The Genuine Bootleg Series Take 3
This is a bootleg that took the first 3 volumes of Dylan’s official Bootleg Series as it’s mold, they pick the “best” obscure Dylan material and try to presents it in a chronological context. They sometimes pick some very strange takes, it has to be said.


Perhaps the best so far of the Bootleg series. Incredible unreleased songs, including some very rare, hard to find gems.  The packaging is as breathtaking as the material. A glossy, gatefold case contains picture sleeves for each disc.  Each sleeve has a rare, glossy photo. Includes yet a different  40 page booklet containing 24 more rare, vintage photos. This is part of a true labor of love series of CD packages that also include  1  &  2.
- Bobsboots

And it has this incredible live version of Blind Willie McTell with great sound, I’ve played it hundreds of times. It is fantastic!

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April 22, 2014
by Egil

Bob Dylan: Just Like A Woman, Clearwater, Florida 22 April 1976 (Video)


Nobody feels any pain
Tonight as I stand inside the rain
Ev’rybody knows
That Baby’s got new clothes
But lately I see her ribbons and her bows
Have fallen from her curls
She takes just like a woman, yes, she does
She makes love just like a woman, yes, she does
And she aches just like a woman
But she breaks just like a little girl

Starlight Ballroom
Belleview Biltmore Hotel
Clearwater, Florida
22 April 1976 – Evening

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April 22, 2014
by Egil

Today: The late Charles Mingus was born in 1922 – 92 years ago


 Just because I’m playing jazz I don’t forget about me. I play or write me the way I feel through jazz, or whatever. Music is, or was, a language of the emotions.
~Charles Mingus


Irascible, demanding, bullying, and probably a genius, Charles Mingus cut himself a uniquely iconoclastic path through jazz in the middle of the 20th century, creating a legacy that became universally lauded only after he was no longer around to bug people.
~Richard S. Ginell (

Charles Mingus Triumph of the Underdog (1998 documentary film)

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