074 – “Tombstone Blues”

Episode 74“Tombstone Blues.”Highway 61 Revisited.Blockhouse.Recorded November 4, 2018. Context (3:20) “Tombstone Blues” was Dylan’s first song recorded after “Like a Rolling Stone” and would be followed by “Desolation Row.” It was put to tape on July 29, 1965. (The entire session is available on The Bootleg Series, Volume 12: The Cutting Edge.) The song features Mike […]

071 – “One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)”

Episode 71“One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later).”Blonde on Blonde.Blockhouse. Recorded October 14, 2018.  Context (4:15) Recorded in Studio A in New York City on January 25, 1966 in 19 takes. It’s the only Blonde on Blonde song not recorded in Nashville and led to some confusion as to who’s playing on the song. Sean Wilentz wades […]

070 – “On the Road Again”

Episode 70“On the Road Again.”Bringing It All Back Home.Blockhouse. Recorded October 7, 2018. Context (3:00) “On the Road Again” was recorded in four takes on January 14, 1964 and thirteen takes on January 15, 1964. All featured on The Cutting Edge. While the song title is probably a play on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, there is also […]

028 – “4th Time Around”

Episode 28. “Fourth Time Around.” Blonde on Blonde. September 7, 2017. The smoky-fire-hellscape-raining-ash Bunker. Rainier’s. The song was recorded on February 14, 1966 and released on 1966’s Blonde on Blonde. While not as illuminating as “I Want You” or “Visions of Johanna,” the roughly twenty takes on The Cutting Edge are fantastic and worth it (even if it’s just […]

020 – “I Want You”

Episode 20. “I Want You.” Blonde on Blonde. Budokan. Completely Unplugged. Cutting Edge. Bunker. New microphones. July 13,  2017. Outburst Citrus and Portland IPA. “I Want You” was recorded on March 10, 1966 (from three am to seven am) and was the last song recorded for Blonde on Blonde. Al Kooper noted, “nobody has ever captured the sound […]