September 27, 2016

"On Nov. 11, Columbia Records and Legacy Records will release Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings, a 36-disc boxed set..."

"... with 'every known recording' from his tours that year..."

28 comments:

Brent said...

No price mentioned.
Will wait for miriad bootlegs on internet.
Isn't technology wonderful?

alan markus said...

36 discs? I used to be a prolific buyer of vinyl albums (500+) that I eventually dropped off at Goodwill - now have about 300+ CDs that are sitting in boxes in my brother's basement after I copied them unto my computers about 8 years ago - and I never listen to them. I have purchased 2 CDs in the last 5 years & perhaps a few dozen ITune songs.

PB said...

The perfect gift for the obsessive-compulsive Dylan fan. Who then screams for this for every year of Dylan's life.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

How many CDs must a Dylan fan buy,
Before they realize he can't carry a tune in a bucket?

The answer, my friend, is too fucking many.

Ann Althouse said...

It's timed for Christmas. What do you get your old man, the life-long Dylan freak?

Ann Althouse said...

"Will wait for miriad bootlegs on internet."

You don't need to get your old man a Christmas present. Just remind him that the internet exists.

But if you do want to give him a substantial object, remember the free internet stuff you get from me on this blog and buy the Dylan boxed set through my Amazon portal.

Ron said...

and 47 years ago today...Abbey Road was released.

surfed said...

Bob at the height of his powers. "That thin wild mercury sound" live. I'm not sure it's worth 36 discs but culling a few classic takes off the internet should be interesting. Always liked the sound you get from amphetamines, Fenders and tube Marshalls.

Chuck said...

"36-CD boxed set" sounds like something out of The Onion. Will this put a dent in worldwide aluminum supplies?

Chuck said...

For the Bob Dylan set, it is a bit surprising that it isn't being released on a set of 2,475 78-rpm acetates.

GWash said...

well i'm an old man and a dylan fanatic and i also happen to love his voice especially the older, higher register... for some reason it takes me right back to being a 13 year old and listening to those records until mom made me stop... trying to figure them out on the guitar and listening to Gene Shay on sunday nights on the sly.. along with Kweskin and the gang... great times/memories and VOICE ! (not to mention an intro to blues, american trad folk etc) my boyhood friends and i still share anything dylan and we are all still playing trying to figure out the finger picking on 'don't think twice'...

YoungHegelian said...

I'm sure that the folks who spring for this set will discover the reason why these recordings sat on a shelf for all these years: most of them aren't very good. Among 36 discs, there will no doubt be some real ass-kickin' concert performances, but most of it will be also-rans that both artist & producer thought "Nah, let's do another take.".

Now that we baby-boomers have gotten old, corporations are selling us our youth at wildly-over inflated prices. hey. it's Marvel Studios complete raison d'etre.

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CWJ said...

Shades of SCTV's Dave Thomas.

K-tel presents -

Gordon Lightfoot sings every song ever written.

Every Band plays Stairway to Heaven.

GWash said...

well dylan never was one to pass up a buck... after he always said the he only wanted to be a song and dance man... i agree with the comment that much of it will not be worth listening to... but there will BE MOMENTS.. i'll let someone else do the heavy listening...

Jeff Gee said...

This has to do with maintaining the copyright on the recordings in Europe, where they pass would into the PD after 50 years if they were not issued. The 2012 '50th anniversary collection'(4 discs worth of material from 1962) even says "The Copyright Extension Collection Volume 1" on the cover. It was released only in Europe and wikipedia says only 100 copies were pressed. But it was bootlegged widely and I guess they put out everything, and most of the post 1962 collections already have 'best of' discs quarried out of them.

SteveBrooklineMA said...

Including the never before released "Kleenex Tapes," where a recorder was accidentally left on, and 32 minutes of Dylan blowing is nose was recorded for posterity.

surfed said...

Well commenters it could be worse. It could be live Dylan recordings from his 2014-16 tours which were, to coin a word, dreckful.

johns said...

I saw Dylan live in Chicago in the Fall of 1965. first half acoustic, second half electric. Great concert.
I saw him again last year at the Hollywood Bowl. The band sounded great.

Sigivald said...

What madman would buy that?

(Mr. Gee is presumably correct on the motivation, suggesting the answer is "basically nobody" because "selling even one copy" isn't the point.

Wanna bet they're press-on-demand?

Maybe apart from a small run for the rabid completists?)

Crimso said...

"Boxed set?" That's not a box, that's a cargo container.

Will Cate said...

Big fan of Bob's Bootleg Series Vol. 4 which documents the Manchester Free Trade Hall stop on this tour. For years I had that concert on a real bootleg.

jr565 said...

Bob Dylan the bathroom bootlegs. 12 discs of Dylan taking dumps. Occasionally reading a newspaper.

jr565 said...

Why are they releasting this as CD's and not as DVDs? You could fit all that content on like 2 DVD's?

Earnest Prole said...

The Holy Grail

jr565 said...

"The answer, my friend, is too fucking many."
THe answer my friend, is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind.

jr565 said...

My mom just saw him live a month ago, and he was doing tunes from the 30's like Play misty for Me. No original material, exept perhaps for the encore. She was shocked and disappointed. I had to tell her that his last two albums were of these types of songs. That seems to be what Dylan is intersted in these days. She then downloaded one of the albums and kind of likes it now.
But, still, a whole concert from bob dylan and no bob dylan songs? who does he think he is? Dylan fans dont want to here Smoke Gets in your eyes from Dylan.

Amexpat said...

I'm a big fan of the bootleg series, but this and the complete Basement Tapes are way too much of something.

I suspect that there's something to Jeff Gee's point about copyright protection. Dylan sells a lot of his music to films and it often works very well to hear a rare recording.