I´ve posted some great versions of VOJ lately. There seems to be strong opinions among our readers regarding “best VOJ live version”, so why not compare different versions?
I´v nominated 10 versions and would love to get feedback – use the comments section in this post or comment on my post on Alldylan´s FB page -> Alldylan @ Facebook.
Try to pick 3, but any number will do.
My top 3:
- Sheffield 1966
- Portsmouth 2000
- Dublin 2005
If we get enough response, I´ll compile the results and update this post.
16 May 1966
Continue reading Bob Dylan: best live versions of “Visions of Johanna”
Kurt Loder: I heard an outtake from the Infidels sessions called Blind Willie McTell. Is that ever going to come out? It’s a great song.
Bob Dylan: I didn’t think I recorded it right. But I don’t know why that stuff gets out on me. I mean, it never seems to get out on other people.
~Bob Dylan (Kurt Loder interview 1984)
[Blind Willie McTell] He was just a very smooth operating bluesman. His songs always reminded me of… As trains, but that ‘s just my hang up, you know, trains. And his vocal style, and his sound seems to fit right in with that lonesome sound. His kinda, you know, Ragtime… kinda thing on a 12 string guitar, so it made everything he did sound, you know, give it a little higher pitch. You know, you could probably call… You could probably call… you could probably say he was the Van Gogh of Blues. You could probably say he was the Van Gogh of the country Blues.
~Bob Dylan (Eliot Mintz Interview, March 1991) Continue reading Bob Dylan’s Blind Willie McTell 5 great versions
This was one incredibly good concert. I last saw Dylan at the final Beacon Theater concert which I thought was good but not great. The set list appears to be written in stone. But the delivery of the music by Bob and the band rose to a much higher level than I have experienced at any of the recent concerts I have attended in the past ten years. He and the band are completely in sync with one another. If you have the opportunity to see this series, you are in for a real treat.
~Arnie Bernstein (boblinks.com)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
April 21, 2015
- Bob Dylan – piano, harp
- Tony Garnier – bass
- George Recile – drums
- Stu Kimball – rhythm guitar, maracas
- Charlie Sexton on lead guitar
- Donnie Herron – banjo, viola, violin, electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel
Continue reading April 21: Bob Dylan Fort Lauderdale 2015 (videos)
Nice setlist & a lovely version of “Visions of Johanna”.
E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall
University Of Akron
19 April 2013
- Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar, grand piano & keyboard)
- Stu Kimball (guitar)
- Duke Robillard (guitar)
- Donnie Herron (violin, mandolin, steel guitar)
- Tony Garnier (bass)
- George Recile (drums & percussion)
Continue reading April 19: Bob Dylan at University Of Akron, Ohio 2013 (audio)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 April 1978
- Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
- Billy Cross (lead guitar)
- Alan Pasqua (keyboards)
- Steven Soles (rhythm guitar, backup vocals)
- David Mansfield (violin & mandolin)
- Steve Douglas (horns)
- Rob Stoner (bass)
- Bobbye Hall (percussion)
- Ian Wallace (drums)
- Helena Springs, Jo Ann Harris, Debbie Dye (background vocals)
Continue reading April 1: Bob Dylan Sydney, Australia – 1978 (audio)