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Author:  Isis_ [ Sun July 8th, 2012, 16:55 GMT ]
Post subject:  What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

I know he played on Pledging My Time, but what others? If any.

Author:  BostonAreaBobFan [ Sun July 8th, 2012, 17:08 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

She's Your Lover Now
Can I Please Crawl Out Your Window
Visions of Johanna
One of Us Must Know

Other members of the Hawks are on the album, too. Levon stepped down as the drummer at some point.

Author:  Isis_ [ Sun July 8th, 2012, 17:20 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

BostonAreaBobFan wrote:
She's Your Lover Now
Can I Please Crawl Out Your Window
Visions of Johanna
One of Us Must Know

Other members of the Hawks are on the album, too. Levon stepped down as the drummer at some point.


Thank you! I knew about She's Your Lover Now & Can I Please Crawl Our Your Winddow.

I never knew he played on One Of Must Know. Is that the studio version of Visions too? or the outtake?

Author:  BostonAreaBobFan [ Sun July 8th, 2012, 17:27 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

I don't think it's the BOB album version - I think his take made it on the Boot Series #7 release- (No Direction Home)

If I'm wrong someone will come along and let both of us know.

Author:  raging_glory [ Sun July 8th, 2012, 17:58 GMT ]
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I thought BoB had mostly Nashville session musicians except for Robbie and Al Cooper. The Hawkes originally went in the studio in NY but Bob was dissatisfied those sessions so they moved on down to Nashville.

I could be way off though. :P

Author:  BostonAreaBobFan [ Sun July 8th, 2012, 18:39 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

Correct.

Author:  TheFatChocobo [ Sun July 8th, 2012, 18:42 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

Robbie is definitely on Leopard-Skin, too.

Author:  BostonAreaBobFan [ Sun July 8th, 2012, 20:02 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

Robbie's the only member of the Hawks that accompanied Bob to Nashville.

Author:  PSB [ Sun July 8th, 2012, 21:00 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

Pledging My Time
Visions of Johanna (yes, the Nashville version)
One of Us Must Know
Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat
(Probably) Most Likely You Go Your Way
(Probably) Temporary Like Achilles
Absolutely Sweet Marie
Obviously Five Believers

The only other member of the Hawks on the album itself is Rick Danko who plays bass on "One Of Us Must Know," which was recorded in NYC.

Author:  Ain't Talkin' [ Sun July 8th, 2012, 21:23 GMT ]
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raging_glory wrote:
I thought BoB had mostly Nashville session musicians except for Robbie and Al Cooper. The Hawkes originally went in the studio in NY but Bob was dissatisfied those sessions so they moved on down to Nashville.

I could be way off though. :P


You are way off. Bob JOHNSTON was dissatisfied. It was his idea to move it down to Nashville so Bob could focus and write.

Author:  raging_glory [ Sun July 8th, 2012, 21:59 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

New York sessions
Producer Bob Johnston, who had overseen the recording of Highway 61 Revisited, started work with Dylan and the Hawks at Columbia Studio A, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York on October 5. They concentrated on a new arrangement of "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?", a song recorded during the Highway 61 sessions but not included on that album. Three further numbers were attempted, but none progressed into completed songs. Both the fragmentary "Jet Pilot" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover", a quasi-parody of the Beatles' "I Wanna Be Your Man", finally appeared on the 1985 box set retrospective, Biograph. Also attempted were two takes of "Medicine Sunday", a song that later evolved into "Temporary Like Achilles".[8]
On November 30, the Hawks joined Dylan again at Studio A, but drummer Bobby Gregg replaced Levon Helm, who had tired of playing in a backing band and quit the group.[9] They began work on a new composition, "Freeze Out", which was later retitled "Visions of Johanna", but Dylan was not satisfied with the performances recorded that day. One of the November 30 recordings was eventually released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack in 2005.[10] At this session, they completed "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" The song was released as a single in December, but only reached No. 58 on the American charts.[9][11]
Dylan spent most of December in California, performing a dozen concerts with his band, and then took a break through the third week in January following the birth of his son Jesse.[12][13] On January 21, 1966, he returned to Columbia's Studio A to record another long composition, "She's Your Lover Now", accompanied by the Hawks (this time with Sandy Konikoff on drums).[14] Despite 19 takes, the session failed to yield any complete recordings. Dylan did not attempt the song again, but one of the outtakes from the January 21 session finally appeared 25 years later on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991.[14][15] (Although the song breaks down at the start of the last verse, Columbia released it as the most complete take from the session.)[14]
Around this time, Dylan became disillusioned about using the Hawks in the studio. He recorded more material at Studio A on January 25, backed by drummer Bobby Gregg, bassist Rick Danko (or Bill Lee),[a 1] guitarist Robbie Robertson, pianist Paul Griffin, and Al Kooper on organ.[16] Two more new compositions were attempted: "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" and "One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)". Dylan was satisfied with "One of Us Must Know"; the January 25 take was released as a single a few weeks later and was subsequently selected for the album.[17]
Another session took place on January 27, this time with guitarist Robbie Robertson, bassist Rick Danko, Al Kooper, and drummer Bobby Gregg. Dylan and his band recorded "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" and "One of Us Must Know" again, but Dylan was not satisfied with the recorded performance of either song.[18] Also at this session, Dylan attempted a rough performance of "I'll Keep It With Mine", a song which he had already recorded twice in demo form. The musicians added some tentative backing, a rendition biographer Clinton Heylin described as cursory.[19] The recording was ultimately released on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 in 1991.[15]
A shortage of new material and the slow progress of the sessions contributed to Dylan's decision to cancel three additional recording dates. Six weeks later, Dylan confided to critic Robert Shelton, "Oh, I was really down. I mean, in ten recording sessions, man, we didn't get one song...It was the band. But you see, I didn't know that. I didn't want to think that."[20]

Recognizing Dylan's dissatisfaction with the progress of the recordings, producer Bob Johnston suggested that they move the sessions to Nashville. Johnston lived there and had extensive experience working with Nashville session musicians.

Author:  Isis_ [ Mon July 9th, 2012, 02:44 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

TheFatChocobo wrote:
Robbie is definitely on Leopard-Skin, too.


Not the solo, it says on the album notes that Bob played the solo on Leopard Skin.

Author:  BostonAreaBobFan [ Mon July 9th, 2012, 02:45 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

He still played on it.

Author:  The Mighty Monkey Of Mim [ Mon July 9th, 2012, 03:11 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

Isis_ wrote:
Bob played the solo on Leopard Skin.

No, just the noodling on the intro. The solo proper was Robertson.

Author:  Isis_ [ Mon July 9th, 2012, 03:47 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

Oh ok, thanks BostonAreaBobFan & MightyMonkey for clearing that up.

Author:  Isis_ [ Mon July 9th, 2012, 05:43 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

On a side note, does anyone all the albums he's played with Bob on. Excluding the Basement Tapes, Planet Waves, Before the Flood. Is there any others? Like guest appeared on the odd song.

Author:  TheFatChocobo [ Mon July 9th, 2012, 12:02 GMT ]
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Robbie plays beautifully on Sign Language.

Author:  elmer [ Mon July 9th, 2012, 14:58 GMT ]
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check here: http://www.bjorner.com/bob.htm

robbie on all 5 nyc sessions and 3 of 5 in nashville

too many songs to type

Author:  PSB [ Mon July 9th, 2012, 15:41 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: What songs did Robbie Robertson play on Blonde on Blonde?

Isis_ wrote:
On a side note, does anyone all the albums he's played with Bob on. Excluding the Basement Tapes, Planet Waves, Before the Flood. Is there any others? Like guest appeared on the odd song.


Robbie played guitar on "It Takes A Lot To Laugh" on the last show of the first Rolling Thunder Tour, the "Night of the Hurricane" at Madison Square Garden, December 8, 1975.

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