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Track Talk 272 Blind Willie McTell
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Author:  Felliniesque [ Mon October 10th, 2011, 12:50 GMT ]
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Flesh-Colored Christ wrote:
According to today's Guardian it was really written by M Knopfler. http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2 ... k-knopfler. Wikipedia says so too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_Willie_McTell_(song). I always thought it was too good to be by Dylan.

Hahaha such bullshit

Author:  Untrodden Path [ Fri January 13th, 2012, 23:44 GMT ]
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A very fine performance from Fairfax, 1998...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&featu ... MbICWBHNUE

Bob plays some blistering solos, Bucky lays down some beautiful steel work, and Larry's bazouki simply ushers one into heaven... glorious, absolutely glorious.


Add to that, last night's incredible Critic's Choice performance...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOGv-Dji ... ata_player

Seriously, have we died and gone to heaven?

Author:  smoke [ Sat January 14th, 2012, 00:22 GMT ]
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JRJ wrote:
stuart wrote:
One of his very best lyrics, and a brilliant recreation of St. James Infirmary. It's one of those songs where knowing the original track enriches Dylan's rewrite, so here is a Louis Armstrong version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzcpUdBw7gs

Good point! Dylan's "Blind Willie McTell" is an interesting recreation of "St. James Infirmary" and one of the better songs he did in the 80's and it is interesting that he didn't release it at the time. I made this point in another thread but if anyone is interested in the song "St. James Infirmary", there is a great site which you can find here which collates something like a 100 different recordings of "St. James Infirmary Blues" by various artists which you can listen to. My favourite version of the song is probably one of the versions done by Josh White (although I am also a big fan of Snooks Eaglin's version as well as the version done together by Dave Van Ronk and Ramblin' Jack Elliott). As much as I like Dylan's take on the song, I think I enjoy these versions more.


WOW

Amazing link buried in there!!! I hope to spend some good hours exploring!

Author:  belfast [ Mon January 26th, 2015, 00:59 GMT ]
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Just came across the Band's version, done for their 1993 album Jericho (years after Richard Manuel died and of course long after Robbie Robertson was done recording anything new with them): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AygowPLl06k

This is a big reason why Dylan decided to put it in his set lists, correct? He never played it live until this recording was released, and his arrangements seem to be based on it.

EDIT: Ah, just saw an early post here that quotes Dylan confirming this.

Author:  panther [ Wed January 28th, 2015, 07:56 GMT ]
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belfast wrote:
Just came across the Band's version, done for their 1993 album Jericho (years after Richard Manuel died and of course long after Robbie Robertson was done recording anything new with them): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AygowPLl06k

This is a big reason why Dylan decided to put it in his set lists, correct? He never played it live until this recording was released

Dylan first played it live in August 1997. I was at the show.


This song is dynamite (released, acoustic version -- the electric one is rather forgettable). Musically it's just a copy of 'St. James Infirmary', but it's a damn good one. Dylan officially lost his mind around this period in terms of track selection for releases.

Author:  inthealley [ Sat January 31st, 2015, 17:14 GMT ]
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Statesboro Blues is one of my favourite blues, especially two things.
Firstly he looks over in the corner and Grandma and Grandpa have the blues too ...
Secondly, has to to leave (the recording studio) in order to make a recording - which is pretty good!

I have heard it said - can't remember where - that Bob only uses Blind Willie because the name scans so well .......

Author:  marker [ Thu March 19th, 2015, 21:35 GMT ]
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I love the arrangement of this song that Bob introduced a few years back for that Martin Scorsese tribute
thing and I actually think that it would fit 'The Set' perfectly...
Bob did it just once last year and it was phenomenal, Bob was in such great voice this night and this song
really showed it off nicely:)

Tokyo Japan
March 31 2014
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/ckely7k ... _(03-31-14).aiff

If you really wanna notice the difference in quality of 2014 to what came before,
here's the Scorsese thing from a few years back:


And here's a cool one from Columbia MD
from 2013:
https://youtu.be/qIeb_E2ekps

Author:  twistedpin [ Sat March 21st, 2015, 10:04 GMT ]
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Flesh-Colored Christ wrote:
According to today's Guardian it was really written by M Knopfler. http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2 ... k-knopfler. Wikipedia says so too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_Willie_McTell_(song). I always thought it was too good to be by Dylan.


Bob wrote the music, Knopfler did the lyrics.

;)

Author:  wormington [ Tue August 29th, 2017, 18:12 GMT ]
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God, is this good. One of the most epic songs Bob´s ever written.
The last verse particularly,
"I´m gazing out the window of the St. James hotel
and I know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell"
Man, what a moment. I was just now hearing it, and had to stop, gaze out of my own window, possibly with a deep, longing Morgan Freeman look in my face, while vaguely wondering about the mysteries of creation. This is one of those songs, as large as life.

Sorry for the fanboy, irrelevant post, but I just heard this song again for the millionth time and couldn´t contain my enthusiasm!

Author:  juststepintothearena [ Tue August 29th, 2017, 19:04 GMT ]
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from the summer tour

Quote:
Re: Dover, Delaware – 17 June 2017 - LIVE SET LIST
notdarkyet wrote:
juststepintothearena wrote:
http://www.expectingrain.com/discussions/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=91355

https://youtu.be/MkrzaHxA-lY

~ MP3 ~ A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL ~
~ DOVER, DELAWARE ~ JUNE 17, 2017 ~

~ MP3 ~ BLIND WILLIE MCTELL ~
~ DOVER, DELAWARE ~ JUNE 17, 2017 ~

[both are the only appearance since summer 2015 in Germany]

... are also permanently linked on http://www.notdarkyet.org/

Author:  eltedioso [ Thu August 31st, 2017, 20:47 GMT ]
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A masterpiece for sure. Here's a cover version I like: https://youtu.be/LN0l2B_xesc

[full disclosure: it's me.]

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