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Voldar: Bob Dylan's debut album was released 50 years ago, on March 19, 1962 "Bobby popped every p, hissed every s, and habitually wandered off mic. Even more frustrating, he refused to learn from his mistakes. It occurred to me at the time that I'd never worked with anyone so undisciplined before." John Hammond Bob Dylan self-titled album was released in the U.S. on March 19, 1962. It was produced by the man who signed him to Columbia Records, John Hammond. The LP featured two original compositions ("Talkin' New York" and "Song To Woody"), and eleven cover versions, mostly old folk and blues numbers. Below is a collated list of song titles, songwriters, song lengths, and publishers, taken from the "nonbreakable" mono vinyl LP, catalog number CL 1779: Side one (19:33) 1. "You're No Good" J. Fuller (Jesse) 1:37 No Publisher Listed 2. "Talkin' New York" B. Dylan 3:15 Duchess Music Corp. (BMI) 3. "In My Time of Dyin' " (No Credit) 2:37 No Publisher Listed 4. "Man of Constant Sorrow" Arr: Bob Dylan 3:06 Duchess Music Corp. (BMI) 5. "Fixin' to Die" B.White (Bukka) 2:17 Leeds Music Corp. (ASCAP) 6. "Pretty Peggy-O" Arr. Bob Dylan 3:22 Duchess Music Corp. (BMI) 7. "Highway 51 Blues" C. Jones (Curtis) 2:49 Duchess Music Corp. (BMI) Side two (17:31) 1. "Gospel Plow" Arr: Bob Dylan 1:44 Duchess Music Corp. (BMI) 2. "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" R. von Schmidt 2:32 No Publisher Listed (Actually trad. arr. Reverend Gary Davis, Eric von Schmidt, and/or Dave Van Ronk) 3. "House of the Risin' Sun" (No Credit) 5:15 No Publisher Listed 4. "Freight Train Blues" (No Credit) (Actually trad., Roy Acuff) 2:16 No Publisher Listed 5. "Song to Woody" B.Dylan 2:39 Duchess Music Corp. (BMI) 6. "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" L. Jefferson (Blind Lemon) 2:40 No Publisher Listed he original title was going to be "Free Wheelin'." The album did not cost much to make, with Hammond joking it cost $402 . Bob Dylan was recorded in two sessions, at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, on November 20 and 22, 1961. It was not a big seller initially, and the lack of success led to Dylan being called "Hammond's Folly" (although it did chart in the U.K. three years later). Here's more detailed information from Michael Krogsgaard: The recordings for Dylan's first album were done during two days, but under the same job number. Studio A Columbia Recording Studios New York City, New York November 20, 1961, 7-10 pm Produced by John Hammond. Engineers: Knuerr and Dauria 1. You're No Good (Jesse Fuller) O68726 Take 1C 2. You're No Good (Jesse Fuller) Take 2C 3. You're No Good (Jesse Fuller) Take 3b 4. You're No Good (Jesse Fuller) Take 4b 5. You're No Good (Jesse Fuller) Take 5C 6. You're No Good (Jesse Fuller) Take 6b 7. You're No Good (Jesse Fuller) Take 7b 8. You're No Good (Jesse Fuller) Take 8C 9. Fixin' To Die (Bukka White) CO68727 Take 1C 10. Fixin' To Die (Bukka White) Take 2C 11. Fixin' To Die (Bukka White) Take 3C 12. He Was a Friend of Mine O68728 Take 1b 13. He Was a Friend of Mine Take 2C 14. House of the Risin' Sun (trad.) CO68729 Take 1b 15. House of the Risin' Sun (trad.) Take 2C 16. House of the Risin' Sun (trad.) Take 3C 17. Talking New York CO68730 Take 1C 18. Talking New York Take 2C 19. Song To Woody CO68731 Take 1b 20. Song To Woody Take 2C 21. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (Eric Von Schmidt) CO68732 Take 1C 22. Man of Constant Sorrow (trad.) CO68745 Take 1C 23. In My Time of Dyin' (trad.) CO68733 Take 1C Session: 7-9:45 pm. Notes after November 22, 1962 session. Studio A Columbia Recording Studios New York City, New York November 22, 1961, 2:30-5:30 pm Produced by John Hammond. Engineers: Knuerr and Brosnan 24. Man on the Street CO68743 Take 1b 25. Man on the Street Take 2C 26. Man on the Street Take 3b 27. Man on the Street Take 4b 28. Man on the Street Take 6b 29. (As I Go) Ramblin' Round (Woody Guthrie) CO68744 Take 1C 30. (As I Go) Ramblin' Round (Woody Guthrie) Take 2C 31. Man of Constant Sorrow (trad.) CO68745 Take 1C 32. Man of Constant Sorrow (trad.) Take 2b 33. Man of Constant Sorrow (trad.) Take 3C 34. Pretty Peggy-O (trad.) CO68746 Take 1C 35. Pretty Peggy-O (trad.) Take 2C 36. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Blind Lemon Jefferson) CO68747 Take 1b 37. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Blind Lemon Jefferson) Take 2C 38. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Blind Lemon Jefferson) Take 3C 39. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Blind Lemon Jefferson) Take 4C 40. Gospel Plow (trad., arr. Dylan) CO68748 Take 1C 41. Highway 51 (trad.) CO68749 Take 1C 42. Freight Train Blues (John Lair) CO68750 Take 1C 43. House Carpenter (trad.) CO68751 Take 1C Session: 7-9:45 pm. 1-8 "You're No Good" on recording Sheet 29 and 30 "Ramblin' Blues" on recording sheet. 20 overdubbed at Columbia Recording Studios, December 8, 1964 5,11,16,18,20,21,23,33,35,39,40,41 and 42 released on Bob Dylan. 13, 25 and 43 released on The Bootleg Series. 16 released on the CD-ROM Highway 61 Interactive in overdubbed version. Most people did not buy the album until after they'd heard "Blowin' In The Wind" and other early classics, although Pete Townshend and others have claimed that they loved it when it was originally released. It has often been dismissed as a minor album, with only one "major" original composition - "Song To Woody." For many fans, it was a late addition, something the "complete" their collection. Now, with a half-century of hindsight, the album comes across as a marvel. Dylan, who was twenty at the time, slams through the material with a reckless intensity, like a sort of folk punk, or an acoustic Billy Bragg. What many people don't realize is that this was virtually unheard of at the time, especially on a major label. Dylan appeared to have moved far behind the album by the time it was released. According to Hisbobness, Dylan has only revisited five songs from the album since the early 1960s : "Song To Woody" (51 concert performances), "Pretty Peggy-O" (50), "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" (27), "Man Of Constant Sorrow" (21), and "House Of The Risin' Sun" (7). ----- "Man Of Constant Sorrow" received a lot of attention when it was featured in the Coen brothers' 2000 movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou. The soundtrack included four versions of the song- two vocal (Soggy Bottom Boys with Dan Tyminski), and two instrumental (by Norman Blake and John Hartford). The soundtrack album was produced by T-Bone Burnett, who toured with Dylan in the Rolling Thunder Revue. Burnett has produced (or co-produced) critically acclaimed albums by the Wallflowers, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, Elton John & Leon Russell, and the soundtrack to Crazy Heart, among others. Dylan contributed a song to Burnett's soundtrack of Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood. In 2002, the soundtrack of O Brother won three Grammys - "Album Of The Year, "Best Male Country Vocal Performance" ( "O, Death" by Ralph Stanley), and, for Dan Tyminski's version "Man Of Constant Sorrow," "Best Country Collaboration with Vocals." Soon after, Dylan brought the song back into his live repertoire for eight performances. The Animals' 1964 hit version of "House Of The Rising Sun" is considered one of the catalysts of Dylan "going electric." Dylan originally learned the song from Dave Van Ronk, and got to record it first. Animals' lead singer Eric Burdon said their version was not learned from Dylan, but from a folk singer named Johnny Handle. The Animals also recorded a re-write of "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down," titled "Baby Let Me Take You Home." This was credited to Bert Russell (a.k.a. Bert Berns) and Wes Farrell, and was also released in 1964. Dylan has sporatically revived the song on stage since the mid-1980s. Dylan paid tribute to the Animals in their home town by performing "Risin' Sun" in Newcastle, England, on April 12, 2007. "Pretty Peggy-O" is based on an old Scottish folk song. The original was probably called "The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie." It is also known by other titles, including "Fennario." (In his version, Dylan starts off by saying, "I've been around this whole country but I never yet found Fennario"). It has been recorded by Joan Baez, Simon & Garfunkel, and the Grateful Dead, among many others. Dylan's former guitarist G.E. Smith said that knowing this song- when Dylan requested it - ended up being his audition: "I was, like, '[Expletive] yeah, I learned it from you!' It's cellular, man. Bob had been playing with these heavy session cats from LA, and they didn't know it. I got the gig." The recent Amnesty tribute, Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, featured Marianne Faithfull doing a live cover "Baby Let Me Follow You Down," while Silverstein did "Song To Woody." http://www.examiner.com/bob-dylan-in-national/bob-dylan-s-debut-album-was-released-50-years-ago-on-march-19-1962

Voldar: Bob Dylan's first album turns 50 Fifty years ago this past Monday, Robert Zimmerman's debut album was released under a pseudonym - Bob Dylan. It would have been near impossible to predict from this 1962 record, a self-titled LP, that the young university dropout would one day revolutionize music. "Before Dylan, it was all pop music and love songs. What Dylan started doing is writing about subjects that mattered on a wider level," says Mike Heron of The Incredible String Band, a Scottish psychedelic-folk band formed in the '60s and heavily influenced by Dylan. In September of 1961, after a performance on the Greenwich Village circuit at the Gerde's Folk City club, Dylan received a strikingly positive review in The New York Times by Robert Shelton, who described his voice as "trying to recapture the rude beauty of a Southern field hand musing in melody on his porch." Within a few weeks, Dylan had signed a five-year contract with Columbia record executive John Hammond, who had heard a recording of Dylan's harmonica playing and read Shelton's review. Three short sessions later, Dylan's eponymous first album was released in North America. In a year, it had sold less than 5,000 copies, barely breaking even. However, while other executives at Columbia dubbed Dylan "Hammond's folly," Hammond himself, who had also discovered Billie Holiday, remained confident and began to plot Dylan's next project. His music seemed to spread almost by word of mouth, making its way to folk clubs across the Atlantic, where songwriters such as Heron were eagerly snatching up imported records. Dylan's first album remained in obscurity until, three albums later, it reached No. 13 on the U.K. charts in 1965. Most of the tracks on the album were recorded in one or two takes, and when asked if he wanted to do any extra takes, Dylan said no. "Dylan wasn't into the technology. He just wanted to play the music ... and the result was great," says Grammywinning Nashville session musician Charlie McCoy, who is responsible for some of Dylan's greatest albums. "He certainly wasn't into overdubbing ... or showing us the songs beforehand. It made everything very spontaneous." McCoy backed Dylan on five of his records, including Blonde on Blonde and Nashville Skyline. After calling up Dylan's then-producer Bob Johnston for free theatre tickets, Johnston invited Mc-Coy to the New York studio. It was August of 1965 when Dylan and McCoy first met. Soon after, Dylan said to Mc-Coy, "Hey, why don't you grab a guitar and help me with a song?" Then, Dylan told him to play along and, without rehearsing, they began to record Desolation Row with Mc-Coy as the lead guitarist. "We played it once, played it back, recorded it again ... and then the bass player had to leave and that was it," McCoy says with a laugh. They finished the epic 11-minute track in two takes, and it was chosen as the album closer on Highway 61 Revisited. Almost 10 years later, in 1974, Dylan's then-sound engineer Phil Ramone called Eric Weissberg to recruit him for the upcoming album, Blood on the Tracks. Following the laying down of four tracks over two days with Weissberg on guitar, Dylan suddenly decided to switch bands. "We didn't really have a rehearsal ... we would run a song down a couple of times without the mikes on and then record," Weissberg says. Used to working on more meticulously planned sessions, Weissberg says it was hard to adapt to Dylan's offthe-cuff recording style, and was daunted by the prospect of recording songs without having had the chance to even scribble down their chord progressions. "It was very bizarre. We didn't understand it from a professional standpoint. We did play the music and all that, but I don't think any of us had worked with anyone like (Dylan) before," he says. The consensus among biographers seems to be that to try and capture Dylan's essence in words is to lose it. Like any of his linguistically kaleidoscopic visions, he changes based on perspective. On the 50th anniversary of his expansive recording career, then, perhaps Dylan's studio ethic may be the closest we will ever come to understanding him, as an expression of human emotion over mechanical precision. "Recording with Dylan turned on a light bulb in my head," Weissberg says. "Now I sort of understand why he likes things to sound unrehearsed and spur of the moment ... it's an energy." Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/entertainment/Dylan+first+album+turns/6363239/story.html#ixzz1qO9mOd8E

Voldar: Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' as a film? 10 albums seeking scripts A Brazilian production company has acquired the rights to Bob Dylan's landmark 1975 album "Blood on the Tracks" for an English-language feature film, according to Variety, and considering the imagery of "Shelter From the Storm," "Buckets of Rain," "Idiot Wind" and "Tangled Up in Blue," there could be lot of bad weather up on the screen. "Our goal is to work with a filmmaker who can create a classic drama with characters and an environment that capture the feelings that the album inspires in all fans," one of the producers told Variety. Maybe they're on to something here -- we can think of 10 other classic albums we'd like to see on the big screen. Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell": Operatic, overwrought and and catchy, this 1977 tapestry of sexed-up youth with no place to go could be "Hairspray" meets "SuperBad" ... or "Glee" with leather pants. Guns N Roses' "Appetite for Destruction": Starring Tilda Swinton as an androgynous Axl Rose lookalike named Mr. Brownstone and Sasha Baron Cohen as a Slash-headed transvestite named the Rocket Queen, Appetite: The Movie could have the feel of a superhero flick. (Plot: Brownstone battles the Queen for control of a post-apocalyptic Sunset Strip, where a genetically evolved race of super-landlords called Adlers have kidnapped Brownstones love interest, Sweet Child.) Bruce Springsteen's "Darkness on the Edge of Town": Any album by the Boss could be turned into cinema of hope and despair, but the tracks on this 1978 collection already read like titles from a film score: "Streets of Fire," "Badlands," "The Promised Land," "Something in the Night." The Clash, "London Calling": "Jimmy Jazz"? "Guns of Brixton"? Somebody get Guy Ritchie... Arcade Fire, "The Suburbs": Set in suburbia, of course (which suggests either Gus Van Sant or Mike Mills at the helm), this ode to teen angst and despair in the outer ring could easily be made for $10 million. In fact, by the time you're done reading this, "The Suburbs" treatment will have already made it onto the Black List. De La Soul, "3 Feet High and Rising": A neon-colored ode to the Daisy Age -- think "Yo Gabba Gabba" meets "Shrek" -- the tracks on De La Soul's classic hip-hop album are perfect for a G-rated animated feature. The song titles write the script for you: "The Magic Number," "Potholes on My Lawn," "Buddy," "Transmitting Live from Mars," and other multi-colored images will drive the kids crazy. Neutral Milk Hotel, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea": The classic psychedelic indie rock concept album would work as a stop-motion animated film -- but, then, dozens of grad students have probably already done this. Kanye West, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy": The title alone should guarantee a $20 million opening weekend -- and quadruple that if West can snag Taylor Swift to commit to the female lead. Slayer, "Reign in Blood": Four horsemen, swords, daggers, buxom women -- "Game of Thrones" meets "Saw." The Traveling Wilburys, "The Traveling Wilburys": An Adam McKay-directed buddy comedy starring Will Ferrell as Jeff Lynne, Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan, Russell Brand as George Harrison, Jonah Hill as Roy Orbison and Kristin Wiig as Tom Petty. We're thinking "The Three Stooges" meets "Grumpy Old Men." http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2012/04/dylans-blood-on-the-tracks-as-a-movie-10-other-albums-looking-for-scripts.html

Voldar: . Bob Dylan starts tour in Rio de Janeiro, musically references the Titanic Bob Dylan just completed his first show of 2012. The gig at Rio de Janeiro's Citibank Hall marked the start of a 15 date tour of South, Central, and North America. The publicity shy Dylan was photographed arriving in Brazil. Here's a translation of the article: Frowning, Bob Dylan arrives in Rio for Brazilian tour Bob Dylan arrived late on Friday, the 13th, at Galeao Airport, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for her (sic) tour. With a few guy friends, Dylan did not want to know the photographers. Head down, the singer went to the car. In the Rio de Janeiro, Bob Dylan will show in Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre, but vetoed journalists and paparazzi In addition, the following message was posted on guitarist Charlie Sexton's Facebook page yesterday: Tonight's set list has been posted on Bill Pagel's Bob Links page, Dylan's official set list page, and Wikipedia. Unlike most recent Dylan concerts, it proved difficult for fans to get tweets, or any other instant information, during the performance, and had to wait for the post on Pagel's site after the show's completion to find out what Dylan played. Just like the old days. The band line up appears unchanged: Tony Garnier (bass), George Recile (drums), Stu Kimball (rhythm guitar), Sexton (lead guitar), and Donnie Herron (various stringed instruments). The set list can be viewed below. Visit Bob Links later for more detailed information: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Citibank Hall April 15, 2012 1. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 2. It Ain't Me, Babe 3. Things Have Changed 4. Tangled Up In Blue 5. The Levee's Gonna Break 6. Tryin' To Get To Heaven 7. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' 8. Desolation Row 9. Summer Days 10. Simple Twist Of Fate 11. Highway 61 Revisited 12. Forgetful Heart 13. Thunder On The Mountain 14. Ballad Of A Thin Man (encore) 15. Like A Rolling Stone 16. All Along The Watchtower For those who like to over analyze set lists, it is interesting that Dylan played "Desolation Row" at this show. The song references the Titanic, the legendary passenger liner that sank on April 15, 1912, exactly 100 years earlier to the day. The Dylan composition includes the lines: Praise be to Neros Neptune The Titanic sails at dawn And everybodys shouting Which Side Are You On? Additionally, Sirius XM's Deep Tracks channel played the Unplugged version of "Desolation Row" this morning, after Theme Time Radio Hour. This week's show was, appropriately enough, a rebroadcast of the "Baseball" episode. http://www.examiner.com/bob-dylan-in-national/bob-dylan-resumes-tour-rio-de-janeiro-musically-references-the-titianic

Voldar: , . ... Bob Dylan's two nights in Sao Paulo, Brazil Bob Dylan played two concerts at Credicard Hall in San Paulo, Brazil, over the weekend. Here are the set lists, courtesy of Dylan's official site and Bob Links. Sao Paulo, Brazil Credicard Hall April 21, 2012 1. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right 3. Things Have Changed 4. Tangled Up In Blue 5. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' 6. Make You Feel My Love 7. Honest With Me 8. Every Grain Of Sand 9. The Levee's Gonna Break 10. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 11. Highway 61 Revisited 12. Love Sick 13. Thunder On The Mountain 14. Ballad Of A Thin Man 15. Like A Rolling Stone 16. All Along The Watchtower // 17. Blowin' In The Wind Four tour debuts - "Every Grain Of Sand," two from Time Out Of Mind ("Love Sick" and "(To) Make You Feel My Love"), and the encore of "Blowin' In The Wind." Sao Paulo, Brazil Credicard Hall April 22, 2012 1. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 2. It Ain't Me, Babe 3. Things Have Changed 4. Tangled Up In Blue 5. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' 6. Not Dark Yet 7. Summer Days 8. Simple Twist Of Fate 9. High Water (For Charley Patton) 10. Tryin' To Get To Heaven 11. Highway 61 Revisited 12. Forgetful Heart 13. Thunder On The Mountain 14. Ballad Of A Thin Man 15. Like A Rolling Stone 16. All Along The Watchtower // 17. Blowin' In The Wind Tour debut of another song from Time Out Of Mind, "Not Dark Yet." Three songs returned to the set that haven't been played since the first night - "Forgetful Heart," "It Ain't Me, Babe," and "Tryin' To Get To Heaven." Dylan also brought back "High Water (For Charley Patton)" (second time this tour), "Summer Days" (third), and "Simple Twist Of Fate" (fourth, after one night off). For more details, please visit Bob Links. Last thoughts on Levon Helm: I spent the last couple of days listening to a poor sounding audience recording of the Levon Helm Band at Boston's Orpheum Theater from 2008, a show I attended. Revisiting that evening was a reminder of aspects I left out in my appreciation of the legendary musician, actor, and author. I had forgotten the wild reaction of the fans. There was non-stop cheering from the rowdy crowd, which reached a fever pitch during the encores of "I Shall Be Released" and "The Weight." More that 2000 fans drowned out the assembled multitude on stage with their spontaneous vocal accompaniment. The feeling in the air was Helm coming full circle, leading a musical hybrid reminiscent of the Band and Levon & the Hawks. It was comforting to see Helm regain his voice, return to the road, and record Grammy-winning albums. Not to take anything away from the other members of the Band, but in his final years, Helm reclaimed the legacy as the soul of the Band. Continue reading on Examiner.com Bob Dylan's two nights in Sao Paulo, Brazil, plus more on Levon Helm - National Bob Dylan | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/article/bob-dylan-s-two-nights-sao-paulo-brazil-plus-more-on-levon-helm#ixzz1sspWzT7j

Voldar: Will Bob Dylans Presidential Medal of Freedom Lead to a Nobel Prize? Bob Dylan may have a better shot than ever at getting a Nobel Prize, now that President Obama has announced he will receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom. The movement has been building for the past few years. Dylan has won 11 Grammys including a Lifetime Achievement Award (in 1991) an Oscar and a Pulitzer Prize. France even named Dylan a Commandeur dans lOrdre des Art et des Lettres. To his supporters, the Nobel is the lone citation that has eluded Dylan, who turns 71 next month. Characteristically, Dylan has seldom commented on the possibility. In a July 2001 press conference in Rome, a European journalist suggested that Dylan could win a Nobel. Dylan acknowledged: I hear about that, but who would that put me in the company of? When a reporter at the Rome news conference mentioned that a Pulitzer would put Dylan in the category of Ernest Hemingway, Dylan shrugged it off, noting, I play (music), intimating that people like Hemingway were more traditional writers of distinction. Perhaps President Obamas seal of approval will put Dylan over the top. The other Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients are: Madeleine Albright, the former Secretary of State; John Doar, a legendary public servant and civil rights leader during the 1960s; William Foege, a physician and epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox in the 1970s; former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn; Gordon Hirabayashi, who defied the relocation and internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II; Dolores Huerta, a civil rights, workers and womens advocate who worked closely with Cesar Chavez; Jan Karski, who served as an officer in the Polish Underground during World War II; Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts in 1912; Toni Morrison, one of the great American novelists; Shimon Peres, an advocate for Israels security and for peace; John Paul Stevens, an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1975 to 2010, and Pat Summitt, a widely respected college basketball coach. http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/04/26/will-dylan%E2%80%99s-presidential-medal-of-freedom-lead-to-a-nobel-prize/

Voldar: Bob Dylan's four nights in an Argentinian movie theater, tour summary so far Bob Dylan and his band played four shows in the last five nights in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at an Art Deco style theater influenced by New York's Radio City Music Hall. The concerts began with three consecutive gigs, opening last Thursday and concluding tonight. Teatro Gran Rex, Buenos Aires, Argentina April 26, 2012 1. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 2. It Ain't Me, Babe 3. Things Have Changed 4. Tangled Up In Blue 5. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' 6. Tryin' To Get To Heaven 7. High Water (For Charley Patton) 8. Spirit On The Water 9. The Levee's Gonna Break 10. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 11. Highway 61 Revisited 12. Love Sick 13. Thunder On The Mountain 14. Ballad Of A Thin Man 15. Like A Rolling Stone 16. All Along The Watchtower // 17. Blowin' In The Wind No tour debuts tonight, but the following seven songs returned to the set list, each for the third time: "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," "High Water (For Charley Patton)," "It Ain't Me, Babe," "The Levee's Gonna Break," "Love Sick," "Spirit On The Water," "Tryin' To Get To Heaven." All other songs except "Blowin' In The Wind" have been performed every night of this tour, with "Blowin'" taking the encore spot the last four shows. April 27, 2012 1. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 2. Girl From The North Country 3. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' 4. Tangled Up In Blue 5. Honest With Me 6. Desolation Row 7. Cry A While 8. Make You Feel My Love 9. The Levee's Gonna Break 10. Love Sick 11. Highway 61 Revisited 12. Simple Twist Of Fate 13. Thunder On The Mountain 14. Ballad Of A Thin Man 15. Like A Rolling Stone 16. All Along The Watchtower // 17. Blowin' In The Wind Tour debuts for "Cry A While " and "Girl From The North Country." Returning to the set list were the second "Make You Feel My Love," the fourth "Desolation Row" and "Honest With Me," and the sixth "Simple Twist Of Fate" of the tour. April 28, 2012 1. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 2. To Ramona 3. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' 4. Tangled Up In Blue 5. Summer Days 6. Not Dark Yet 7. Jolene 8. Ballad Of Hollis Brown 9. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 10. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll 11. Highway 61 Revisited 12. Forgetful Heart 13. Thunder On The Mountain 14. Ballad Of A Thin Man 15. Like A Rolling Stone 16. All Along The Watchtower // 17. Blowin' In The Wind Tour debuts of four "biographical" songs -"To Ramona,""Jolene,""Ballad Of Hollis Brown," and "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll." Returning to the set were the second "Not Dark Yet," the third "Forgetful Heart," the fourth "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, " and the fifth "Summer Days" of the tour. April 30, 2012 1. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 2. Man In The Long Black Coat 3. Things Have Changed 4. Tangled Up In Blue 5. Rollin' And Tumblin' 6. Spirit On The Water 7. Summer Days 8. Desolation Row 9. High Water (For Charley Patton) 10. Simple Twist Of Fate 11. Highway 61 Revisited 12. Blind Willie McTell 13. Thunder On The Mountain 14. Ballad Of A Thin Man 15. Like A Rolling Stone 16. All Along The Watchtower // 17. Blowin' In The Wind Tour debut of "Rollin' And Tumblin'." Returning to the set were the second "Man In The Long Black Coat," the third "Blind Willie McTell," the fourth "High Water (For Charley Patton)" and "Spirit On The Water," the fifth "Desolation Row," the sixth "Summer Days," the seventh "Simple Twist Of Fate," and the eighth "Things Have Changed." Here are the tour song summaries so far: Song number, song title, show number (See list below): All Along The Watchtower 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Ballad Of A Thin Man 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Ballad Of Hollis Brown 9 Beyond Here Lies Nothin' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Blind Willie McTell 2 6 10 Blowin' In The Wind 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Cry A While 8 Desolation Row 1 3 6 8 10 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right 2 4 Every Grain Of Sand 4 Forgetful Heart 1 5 9 Girl From The North Country 8 A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 2 4 7 9 High Water (For Charley Patton) 3 5 7 10 Highway 61 Revisited 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Honest With Me 2 3 4 8 It Ain't Me, Babe 1 5 7 Its All Over Now, Baby Blue 3 6 John Brown 6 Jolene 9 Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 The Levee's Gonna Break 1 4 7 8 Like A Rolling Stone 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll 9 Love Sick 4 6 7 8 Make You Feel My Love 4 8 Man In The Long Black Coat 3 10 Not Dark Yet 5 9 Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 2 3 Rollin' And Tumblin' 10 Simple Twist Of Fate 1 2 3 5 6 8 10 Spirit On The Water 2 3 7 10 Summer Days 1 2 5 6 9 10 Tangled Up In Blue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Things Have Changed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 10 Thunder On The Mountain 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 To Ramona 9 Tryin' To Get To Heaven 1 5 7 APRIL TOUR DATES (Show number, date, location, venue): 4/15 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Citibank Hall 4/17 Brasilia, Brazil - Ginasio Nilson Nelson 4/19 Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Chevrolet Hall 4/21 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall 4/22 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall 4/24 Porto Alegre, Brazil - Pepsi On Stage 4/26 Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Gran Rex 4/27 Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Gran Rex 4/28 Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Gran Rex 4/30 Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Gran Rex Remaining shows for this leg of the tour: May 2, Santiago, Chile - Santiago, Chile; May 5, Heredia, Costa Rica - Palacio de los Deportes; May 7, Monterrey, Mexico - Auditorio Banamex; May 9, Guadalajara, Mexico - Telmex Auditorium; May 11 and 12 Mexico City, Mexico - Pepsi Center. http://www.examiner.com/article/bob-dylan-s-four-nights-an-argentinian-movie-theater-tour-summary-so-far

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Voldar: Bob Dylan's set list for Santiago, Chile As I am writing this, a friend is reporting that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are paying tribute to the Band's drummer and singer, Levon Helm, at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center. They are covering the iconic "The Weight," from the band's debut, Music From Big Pink. According to Bruce Bernfeld, it's an "Acoustic full band with crowd singing the chorus." E Street Band members Clarence Clemons and Nils Lofgren toured with Helm and Rick Danko in Ringo Starr's first All Starr Band, back in 1989. Elsewhere in the world, Bob Dylan just played the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. The live set list was posted in Facebook's EDLIS Parties & Gatherings page, and confirmed on Bob Links: Santiago, Chile Movistar Arena May 2, 2012 1. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 2. It Ain't Me, Babe 3. Things Have Changed 4. Tangled Up In Blue 5. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' 6. Desolation Row 7. Cry A While 8. Tryin' To Get To Heaven 9. The Levee's Gonna Break 10. Simple Twist Of Fate 11. Highway 61 Revisited 12. Love Sick 13. Thunder On The Mountain 14. Ballad Of A Thin Man 15. Like A Rolling Stone 16. All Along The Watchtower // 17. Blowin' In The Wind Back in the list were the tour's fourth "High Water (For Charley Patton)," "It Ain't Me, Babe," and "Tryin' To Get To Heaven," and the fifth "The Levee's Gonna Break" and "Love Sick" "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" also returned after missing only one show. For those looking at patterns, "Tryin' To Get To Heaven,""Forgetful Heart,"and "It Ain't Me, Babe," have only been played on "odd" numbered gigs (1, 5, 7, and 11 for "Heaven" and "Ain't Me"; and 1, 5, and 9 for "Forgetful Heart.") According to an article posted on the Santiago Times' website, while in Chile: (Dylan's) management requested that his hotel not be luxurious but rather be located in a suburb far away from noise and possible harassment. Dylan will have special security to stop stalking by press or fans at the airport and the arena. No expanded flatscreens will be used during the concert and the arena will not be completely filled guaranteeing fans a little more intimacy with the artist. Bob Dylan previously played Chile in 1998 and 2008. http://www.examiner.com/article/bob-dylan-s-first-ever-concert-chile

Voldar: Monterrey, Mexico 8 may Bob returns to Mexico after 4 years. Great show in Monterrey! So good to meet Liiz Dylan from this city and see again Federica from Italy and Lurrette from France before the show. Dylan appeared on stage! I really couldn't believe he was there, in my country! Leopard-Skin started a little weak in my opinion. But things got much better with Man in the Long Black Coat with Bob on guitar, beautifully played! Another good one was Things have changed playing harp. TUIB from Blood of the tracks also well received by the audience. Then it came the time for the first highlight of the night, Cry a while, I couldn't believe my ears and my eyes! Bob enjoying a lot and smiling at his band every time he could! The bluesy and rock n' roll new arrangements made it so enjoyable for the people at the Auditorio Banamex. Spirit on the water cooled down things a little bit but then came another highlight, Summer days, one of the best performances I've ever seen! Wow! Everybody was dancing and shouting with the new arrangements! Desolation row another favorite of the people was really nice. High water was good but there had better ones. Simple Twist was so beautiful, so sensitive as usual; I would say one of the best performances of this tune Bob has ever given! Then Highway 61 revisited shaking the place as we are used to, so powerful! Blind Willie McTell with Bob center stage with harp was excellent and people just loved it. Thunder on the mountain at the beginning a little bit slow but at the end was fantastic as usual. Ballad of a thin man always a masterpiece, just great! Like a rolling stone made everyone go crazy! All the Auditorio Telmex singing this classic! Bob left the stage but returned quickly to introduce his band and played an incredible Watchtower! After this, Bob said good bye to the audience and even sent kisses to them! Never seen this in any Dylan show! Marvelous! In this right moment a guy from the audience jumped to the stage, surely to hug Bob but the security guys sent him to the floor (tackled him) and took him out! First time I see that! Blowing in the wind was the second encore of the night! Also everybody was singing this one at the venue! Well is now time to go to bed and get things ready to fly to Guadalajara! http://www.boblinks.com/050712r.html

Voldar: , , . http://www.bobdylan.com/us/home Dylan's New Masterpiece Bob Dylan's Website sets a new standard for modern music. Based on the latest incarnation of bobdylan.com, the times they are a-changin' for top musicians' Websites. The old guy has set a new standard: This fourth redo in 15 years leaves his site as the richest, most comprehensive of any modern-music artist's. There's a page for all Dylan songs ever performed or recorded (we counted 521), most allowing you to listen to the tune, buy it, link to the history of the album and performance, and download the sheet music. It amounts to thousands of clickable ways to lose yourself in music's equivalent of a presidential library. http://online.barrons.com/article/SB50001424053111904370004577390064174262618.html

Voldar: Dylan, Albright to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom (Reuters) - Musical legend Bob Dylan, novelist Toni Morrison and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright are among 13 people who will be awarded the country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Barack Obama next week, the White House said. The presentations will be made at the White House on May 29. Also chosen to receive the award were former senator and astronaut John Glenn, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Jan Karski, an officer in the Polish underground who carried the first eye-witness accounts of the Nazi Holocaust to the outside world. The award also will be given to John Doar, a key figure in the Justice Department during the civil rights era; William Foege, who helped spread smallpox immunizations around the world; Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought Japanese-American World War Two internment; civil rights campaigner Dolores Huerta; Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low; and former University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt. Peres will not attend the ceremony and will receive his medal at a separate event, the White House said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/23/entertainment-us-usa-obama-medal-idUSBRE84M00920120523

Voldar: BOB DYLAN & THE TITANIC: A RUMOUR My sources suggest that the forthcoming Bob Dylan album may well include a song about the Titanic: a song that is about 14 minutes long. I know no more - and I can't really know" even that much. But if it turns out to be true, it's surely a very rare example of his releasing something to tie in so handily with the centenary of a famous event. Not that it would be Dylan's first allusion to this maritime disaster. As I wrote in Song & Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan, he first mentions the Titanic in Desolation Row': The most striking evocation of impending catastrophe [in the song is] achieved very simply - in the one arresting line The Titanic sails at dawn'. That summarises concisely the tone and colouring of the whole song." Then there is Dylan's evocation of this same sense of foreboding in a rather later song. Quoting again from Song & Dance Man III: In 1981s Caribbean Wind (issued on Biograph, 1985)...the Street band playing Nearer My God To Thee' is not only an allusion to the meaning-loaded event of the sinking of the Titanic... but to the group of blues songs that arose to express it decades before Dylan first uses its symbolic clout himself in 1965s Desolation Row: a group of songs which includes Hi Henry Browns Titanic Blues: Titanic sinking in the deep blue sea / And the band all playing Nearer My God To Thee.' " The footnote attached to that paragraph includes this: The clutch of such songs reflected African-American delight at the sinking of the Titanic, because it signified whiteys come-uppance, pride coming before a fall and so on. This feeling, however, was not restricted to black Americans. The Russian symbolist poet Alexander Blok wrote: The sinking of the Titanic has made me indescribably happy; there is, after all, an ocean.' " Hi Henry recorded his song 20 years after the sinking of the ship. I'm interested to know, 80 years further on, whether Bob's forthcoming Titanic track (if it exists, and if it is forthcoming) will draw upon any of these old blues songs, perhaps interweaving some of their lines of blues lyric poetry into his own 2012 text. http://michaelgrayouttakes.blogspot.com/

Voldar: Bob Dylans New Album: The Story So Far Our sources indicated in late February that Bob Dylan had been into the studio with members of his tour band to record a new album. The sessions are reported to have begun in January 2012 at Groove Masters, a semi-private studio facility owned by musician Jackson Browne. The studio, on Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, is where Dylan recorded both Together Through Life and Christmas In The Heart. He is said to have spent up to two months working on the album. Then, in March, David Hidalgo revealed to The Aspen Times that he had been involved with the recording of a New Dylan album and that whilst he had been brought in primarily to play accordion and guitar, he ended up adding Mexican instruments, including tres, to some tracks. Hidalgo said the recording sessions were nothing like the earlier ones he had done with Dylan. He had previously played accordion and guitar on Together Through Life and accordion, guitar, mandolin and violin on Christmas In The Heart. Next, it was leaked on the Internet that Uncuts Alan Jones would get to hear the album week commencing May 14. Its not certain that any such a listening session actually took place. Nevertheless, some individuals, on both sides of the Atlantic, are anticipating media listening session in the near future the likes of Rolling Stone magazine and USA Today have been mentioned. Given the restrictions that apply, it is doubtful whether these events will yield any more information. Sonys marketing people will have a plan and letting people like us know, people who actually buy the albums, would mean that they have little purpose in life. Listening sessions for Sony staff in New York and London have already taken place but those attending are warned not to talk about the album. ISIS received information about a 14-minute Titanic song before this rumour was carried on the Internet. It is, however, our policy not to publish such rumours until we get some form of independent confirmation. This has now been forthcoming. Meanwhile, we have heard the album will contain 10 tracks and is 68 minutes long. The most likely release date is September, prior to the Grammy deadline and in the run-up to the holiday season. This fits a common pattern in the past. As well as the 14 minute song, there is believed to be another that is 9 minutes in length. There are, as so often in these situations, unconfirmed stories. We are currently trying to check out a couple of these. Watch this space. http://www.bobdylanisis.com/contents/en-uk/d19.html

Voldar: Bobfest 12, A Celebration of Dylans 71st RED BANK While Bob Dylan was off celebrating his recent Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian award that our nation has to offer) and his 71st birthday, Pat Guadagno and his Tired Horses were busy paying tribute to the American icon just as they have been doing for the past 15 years, with another mind-boggling performance at Bobfest 12 A Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration. Hosted by 101.5 FMs Big Joe Henry, for the first time in its illustrious history Bobfest was held at the Count Basie Theatre. And, I must say that Pat Guadagno and the Tired Horses, along with this years special guests, Rob Papparozzi (harmonica/vocals), Jeff Levine (Hammond B3 organ), Steve Rielly (acoustic guitar/vocals), John Philippidis (acoustic guitar) and Aura Guadagno (vocals), had no trouble settling in at the venerable old music hall. Kicking the night off with an inspired rendition of Tangled Up In Blue, Pat Guadagno (lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars) and Tired Horses, Rich Oddo (electric guitar, vocals), Phil Red River Rizzo (bass/vocals), Steve Delopoulos (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Marc Muller (pedal steel guitar, mandolin, electric guitar, vocals), Rene Woolley (drums), Andy McDonough (keyboard, accordion, vocals), Yuri Turchin (violin) and Mary McCrink (vocals, tambourine) never looked back as they easily won over the enthusiastic crowd. Some of the first sets more impressive moments came on Dylan gems like Sweetheart Like You (Pat Guadagno in fine voice, mournful harmonica and violin), Watching the River Flow (with Rob Papparozzi on vocals the Horses blues it up/great vibe and feel, crowd favorite), Oh, Sister (Steve Delopoulos chips in with a most moving lead vocal), Lily, Rosemary and the Jack Of Hearts (Pat G. nails vocal/tight band number), Ring Them Bells (Mary McCrink soars on lead vocals/Steve D. also up to the task), It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry (way cool laidback, down home vibe with Marc Muller on lead vocals and electric g.), Tweeter And The Monkey Man (featured Rich Oddo on lead vocals, big, bad, band number on Dylan and Wilburys ode to Jersey, huge cheers), I Shall Be Released (Red River on lead vocal/in honor of Levon, Rick and Richard of The Band), Hazel (one of Pats very best vocal efforts), Tough Mama (Horses rock with Rich and Pat on electric guitar), This Wheels On Fire (killer P.G. vocal/forget the wheel the whole bands on fire!) and Forever Young (wonderful first set closer with Pat and Aura Guadagno on vocals, Marcs pedal steel guitar oh yeah!). As for the second half of the show, Andy McDonough, Rob Papparozzi and Jeff Levine got the crowds attention with a soulful interpretation of Dont Think Twice, Its All Right, after which Pat and Tired Horses came out like gangbusters with rockin renditions of Rambling, Gambling Willie (Steve Rielly gets in on the action with hot lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Tombstone Blues (Guadagno and Tired Horses perfect together), Trust Yourself (Mary out of this world with show stopping vocal, Jeff kills on Hammond B), Every Grain of Sand (great Steve D. vocal, Yuri works his magic on violin, a true beauty), Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) (monster ballad with Pat and Steve D. on lead vocals and John Philippidis on acostic guitar), Romance in Durango (Pat, Mary and the Horses head south of the border, terrific number), The Grooms Still Standing At The Alter (Steve P. at his absolute best on lead vocals as Horses kick up their heels), Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (classic Dylan and Guadagno garners partial standing ovation), Hurricane (Pat sings and plays the hell out of this one, Yuri does his best Nero as Rene Woolley and the Horses burn/another partial standing o.), Blowin in the Wind (Steve P., Mary and P.G. share vocals on this wonderfully gorgeous version, standing o), Mr. Tambourine Man (band gets standing ovation with everyone on vocals) and Like A Rolling Stone (everybody up for this rousing closer). Look, Pat Guadagno, his band the Tired Horses and all of this years special guests upheld Bobfests longstanding tradition of excellence with outstanding musicianship and stellar vocal efforts. If you are a Bob Dylan fan or just a lover of great music, year after year. Bobfest is a must see. And now that Bobfest has moved to the Count Basie Theatre lets all hope that one of Red Banks hipper traditions has found a permanent home for many years to come! Produced by co-founder Tom Moog the concert benefited the local charity the Rock & Roll Music Fund and the Anthony X. Guadagno Scholarship Fund. Established in honor and memory of Berklee College of Music alumnus bassist Tony Guadagno, the endowed scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding bass player from New Jersey who displays a passion for rock and roll. http://trtnj.com/lifestyles/arts-entertainment/bobfest-12-a-celebration-of-dylans-71st/

Voldar: First Details of Bob Dylan's Upcoming Album 'Tempest' Here is the full track listing for Tempest: "Duquesne Whistle" "Soon After Midnight" "Narrow Way" "Long and Wasted Years" "Pay in Blood" "Scarlet Town" "Early Roman Kings" "Tin Angel" "Tempest" "Roll on John" Bob Dylan has revealed more information about his upcoming album Tempest, including cover art and the track listing. It's his 35th studio album. The album contains 10 songs, including a John Lennon tribute entitled "Roll on John," which quotes lines from multiple Beatles songs, including "Come together right now" from "Come Together" and "I heard the news today, oh boy" from "A Day in the Life." The title track is a 14-minute epic about the sinking of the Titanic, which actually refers to a scene from James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic at one point. The chorus of another standout track, "Pay in Blood," includes the line, "I'll pay in blood, but not my own." Tempest arrives in stores on September 11th, 11 years to the day after the release of Dylan's 2001, LP Love and Theft. Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/first-details-of-bob-dylans-upcoming-album-tempest-20120717#ixzz2274libEh

Voldar: Bob Dylan's Tempest: first listen Im searching for phrases to sing your praises, croons Bob Dylan on Soon After Midnight. It is fantastic to be able to report that popular musics greatest troubadour is still as brilliant and bewildering as ever. Words spill out on his 35th album, Tempest, to be released by Columbia next month: one liners, couplets, random observations, overheard expressions, inverted slogans and non sequiturs, verses and images often set up in baffling opposition to one another. What sounds at first like a gentle country love song contains the admission My heart is fearful / Its never cheerful / Ive been down on the killing floor and concludes with the threat to drag the corpse of somebody called Two Timing Tim through the mud. Theres a lot of blood spilt on Tempest through murder and revenge, chaos and confusion. On the Muddy Waters style, harmonica-driven blues of Narrow Way, Dylan declares this is a hard country to stay alive in / Im armed to the hilt. Although unfolding with a lot of wit and relish, this is Dylans darkest, maddest, most provocative collection of songs in a long time. The word is that Dylan is pleased with his latest effort, or, as someone at his record company told me, he wants people to hear it. I have had the privilege of being amongst a select few journalists around the world to be allowed a sneak preview. It would be absurd to attempt a definitive review based on such a cursory listen but I was blown away with the mad energy of the album. At 71-years-old Dylan is still striking out into strange new places rather than revisiting his past. Although he no longer attempts to scale the heights of poetic imagery and dense metaphor that established him as popular musics greatest lyricist, instead writing in bluesy couplets, the extreme collision of ideas and characters and the mysterious, ambivalent arcs of his narratives creates a pungent effect. Dylan still has the power to disturb and thrill. I emerged from this listening session feeling like I had been on a journey into the weird dream territory of Ballad Of A Thin Man, where nothing is quite what it seems. His voice, often little more than a croak on stage these days, invests these ten tracks with the spirit of something ancient. Sure, he has the wheeze and gargle of an old man, but the words come through loud and clear, delivered with real relish. Los Lobos founder David Hidalgos fiddle weaves through the acoustic shuffle of Dylans touring band, guitarist Charlie Sexton, Stu Kimball and Donnie Heron, drummer George Receli and bassist Tony Garnier. The sound is a continuation of the blues, country and folk styles that run through all his later work, but with less of the kind of Thirties pastiche hes played with since 2001s Love And Theft . There is a sense is that Dylan is still honing in on that wild, mercurial music he hears in his head. These ten tracks range from the throwaway blues of Early Roman Kings to the nine minute ballad Tin Angel to the title track which runs to 45 verses and 14-minutes, relating a vision of the sinking of the Titanic. The albums beautiful, surprising conclusion, Roll On John, is almost out of character, a shaggy, loose piano and organ lament for one of rocks great dreamers, John Lennon. Dylan sings to his lost friend your bones are weary, youre about to breath your last / Lord you know how hard that bit can be before breaking into an elegiac, bittersweet chorus (Shine a light / Move it on / You burned so bright / Roll on John). This is an album I cant wait to hear again, the sound of a great artist approaching the twilight of his career with fearless creativity, our finest songwriter regarding the murderous madness of the world with an unflinching gaze and a loving heart. Roll on, Bob. Tempest is released on September 10 on Columbia http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/bob-dylan/9461252/Bob-Dylans-Tempest-first-listen.html

Voldar: . Bob Dylan's North American summer tour starts, concert added, new single deleted Bob Dylan and his band began their North American summer tour tonight in Canada. The concert took place at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grandstand, in Saskatchewan, the prairie province where his friend and verbal sparring partner Joni Mitchell got her start. Here is the set list, courtesy of Dylan's official site: View slideshow: Bob Dylan at the Capitol Theatre, N.Y. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Things Have Changed Tangled Up In Blue Rollin' and Tumblin' Sugar Baby Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum Trying To Get To Heaven Summer Days Desolation Row Highway 61 Revisited Simple Twist Of Fate Thunder On The Mountain Ballad Of A Thin Man Like A Rolling Stone All Along The Watchtower // Blowin' In The Wind In addition, Bob Links reported Dylan played guitar, harp, and, specifically, piano (not keyboard). In other news, a new date has just been added to this leg of the tour. Dylan's official "Upcoming Dates" page today posted details of an appearance at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, on September 4. Dylan will be the first act to appear at the re-opened historic venue. Here is the information from the Capitol's website: Bob Dylan and His Band Tue, September 4, 2012 Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm The Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY $65.00 On Sale 8/17 @ 10AM This event is 18 and over This event will have a general admission standing room only floor and a reserved seated balcony. Reserved balcony tickets will NOT have access to the general admission floor. The pre-sale starts on August 13 at 10 a.m. ET, while the general sale begins August 17, also at 10 a.m. Below is an updated itinerary for the summer 2012 North American tour: AUGUST 10 Lloydminster, Alberta - Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds AUGUST 11 Lethbridge, Alberta - Enmax Center AUGUST 12 Cranbrook, British Columbia - RecPlex AUGUST 14 Missoula, Montana - Big Sky Brewery AUGUST 17 Rapid City, South Dakota - Barnett Arena AUGUST 18 Sioux Falls, South Dakota - Sioux Falls Arena AUGUST 19 Fargo, North Dakota - Fargo Civic Center AUGUST 21 Rochester, Minnesota - Taylor Arena AUGUST 22 Des Moines, Iowa - Wells Fargo Arena AUGUST 24 Fort Wayne, Indiana - Parkview Field AUGUST 25 Indianapolis, Indiana - White River State Park AUGUST 26 Cincinnati, Ohio - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend AUGUST 28 Youngstown, Ohio - Covelli Centre AUGUST 29 Johnstown, Pennsylvania - Cambria County War Memorial AUGUST 30 Salisbury, Maryland - Wicomico Youth & Civic Center SEPTEMBER 1 Big Flats, New York - Tag's Summer Stage SEPTEMBER 2 Bethel, New York - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts SEPTEMBER 4 Port Chester, New York - Capitol Theatre SEPTEMBER 6 Lewiston, New York - Artpark Outdoor Amphitheater SEPTEMBER 7 Holyoke, Massachusetts - Mountain Park SEPTEMBER 8 Uncasville, Connecticut - Mohegan Sun Arena SEPTEMBER 9 Hershey, Pennsylvania - Star Pavilion Dylan's tour with Mark Knopfler begins October 5. "Early Roman Kings," the much anticipated first single from Dylan's upcoming album Tempest, was listed on Amazon as an MP3 download only release beginning August 7. However, it was never made available to the public on that site. A couple of other sites did not get the memo, and sold it until they were instructed to stop. Someone got their signals crossed. http://www.examiner.com/article/bob-dylan-s-north-american-summer-tour-starts-concert-added-new-single-deleted

Voldar: Bob Dylan plays concert rarity in Sioux Falls, South Dakota When Bob Dylan played South Dakota's Sioux Falls Arena last night, he dug out "This Dream Of You," a deep cut from his 2009 album, Together Through Life. According to His Bobness, Dylan has played this song in concert only six times, all in the year of the album's release. Below is last night's set list, courtesy Dylan's official site: Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, South Dakota: August 18, 2012 Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Things Have Changed Tangled Up In Blue Summer Days The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll High Water (For Charley Patton) A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall Honest With Me This Dream Of You Highway 61 Revisited Simple Twist Of Fate Thunder On The Mountain Ballad Of A Thin Man Like A Rolling Stone All Along The Watchtower // Blowin' In The Wind More detailed information can be found at Bob Links. Returning to the set list were the second "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," and "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll," and the fourth "Summer Days," of the tour. Interestingly, "Hattie Carroll" is usually played in tandem with "Ballad Of Hollis Brown," but the latter was not performed tonight. Dylan has sung a total of 32 different songs so far on this leg of the tour. If the recent past is any indication, do not expect Dylan to play anything from his upcoming album, Tempest, until after it has been released on September 11. This was the sixth show on this leg of the tour, with 16 more to go. The next gig is tonight at North Dakota's Fargo Civic Center. Dylan's tour with Mark Knopfler begins October 5. http://www.examiner.com/article/bob-dylan-plays-concert-rarity-sioux-falls-south-dakota

Voldar: ,... Stephen Wooten: Bob Dylan concert disappoints fan After many weeks of anticipation, I attended the Bob Dylan concert at the Arena on Saturday night. I have been a Dylan fan for many, many years, from his folk days to his early electric, from his protest songs to his country songs and love ballads to his rowdy rock and roll. So I waited for the big night waited for what should have been a great concert. The concert I attended was not the one I waited for. First of all, the sound system at the Arena is so bad that Dylan often was halfway through a song before I could tell what song he was performing. There was no spotlight on Dylan or the band, so you could not see them well. It might have been different for the first few rows on the floor, but back in row 13, you could not see well at all. It must have been even worse for the people sitting in the seats off the floor. Our chairs on the floor were padded, but they were so close together they made airline seats seem spacious. To his credit, Dylan did start on time and didnt screw around. He played almost two hours straight through. And he does rock. But there was no interaction at all with the audience. And because the sound was so poor, you could not understand what he was singing, so the relationship wasnt through his poetry either. I have been to many concerts at the Washington Pavilion. This was my first and last concert at the Arena. I longed for the Washington Pavilion. By the end of the night, I was sorry: Sorry that I had spent money on a disappointing concert, sorry that I had missed the master poet and artist Dylan, and sorry that he had missed the opportunity to connect with me. I should have stayed home. Stephen Wooten, 61 http://www.argusleader.com/article/20120821/VOICES/308210007/Stephen-Wooten-Bob-Dylan-concert-disappoints-fan?odyssey=nav|head&nclick_check=1