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Today: Bob Dylan recorded master version of “Changing of the Guards” in 1978 – 34 years ago

Recorded @ Rundown Studios - Santa Monica, California - 27 April 1978.
This was the 3rd Street-Legal session, produced by Don DeVito.

This recording session included:

1. No Time To Think
2. Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)
3. True Love Tends To Forget
4. Changing Of The Guards

A Great session, as all the 4 tracks was included on the coming album:
Street-Legal” (1978).

This is my fav song from a fantastic and highly underrated album.
And btw.. the sound of the album never bothered me, but it was nice to get the 1999 remixed release.

first verse:

Sixteen years
Sixteen banners united over the field
Where the good shepherd grieves
Desperate men, desperate women divided
Spreading their wings ‘neath falling leaves.

From Wikipedia:

Changing of the Guards” is a song written by Bob Dylan, released in 1978 as a single and as the first track on his album Street -Legal. As an A-side single it failed to reach the Billboard Top 100. However, it was included on Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Volume 3, released in 1994.

…although it hurts to stop this part of the daily calendar.. we need to move on…

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  1. Street Legal is a great album, and I think the last collection of Dylan’s dense/surreal poetic style. I particularly like New Pony (really down and dirty), No Time to Think (as you stare in the mirror, etc…) We Better Talk this Over, and Where Are You Tonight. Ah, hell, I like the whole LP. I heard that band live, and was fairly transported to another dimension (of course I was tripping at the time, .)

    • I also love the whole album, it was my first serious dip into the world of Dylan (along with the live album from Budokan, which also have a special place in my heart) and I love the mood of the record!

      - Hallgeir