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Bob Dylan records master version of “Visions of Johanna” in 1966

Big day here at “Johanna’s Visions”….  One of the greatest works of art mankind has created… was nailed in Nashville on February 14, 1966 – 46 years ago.

From Wikipedia:

Visions of Johanna” is a song written and performed by Bob Dylan on his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde. Dylan first recorded the song in New York City in November 1965, under the working title of “Freeze Out”, but was dissatisfied with the results. When the Blonde on Blonderecording sessions moved to Nashville in February 1966, Dylan attempted the composition again with different musicians, and decided to release this performance. Three alternate versions of the song have been officially released: one of them a November 1965 studio outtake, and two others live performances from his 1966 world tour.

Several critics have acclaimed “Visions of Johanna” as one of Dylan’s highest achievements in writing, praising the allusiveness and subtlety of the language. Rolling Stone included “Visions of Johanna” on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, Andrew Motion,poet laureate of the UK, listed it as his candidate for the greatest song lyric ever written. Numerous artists have recorded cover versions of the song, including The Grateful DeadMarianne Faithfull and Robyn Hitchcock.

Here it is:

a live version from Gaumont Theatre, Sheffield, UK May 16, 1966:
(great sounding bootleg)

Other Feb 14:

-Egil

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