Farewell, Angelina (song)

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"Farewell, Angelina"
Song by Bob Dylan
from the album The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991
Released March 26, 1991
Recorded January 13, 1965
Genre Folk
Length 5:27
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Tom Wilson

"Farewell Angelina" is a song written by Bob Dylan in the mid-1960s, and most famously recorded by Joan Baez.

Recording[edit]

Dylan attempted to record "Farewell Angelina" only once, during the first session for his 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home, and he abandoned all attempts to record the song again.[1] Dylan's one recording of the song was eventually issued in 1991 on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991.[2]

Joan Baez's version[edit]

Joan Baez included this song on her 1965 album Farewell Angelina. In the UK the song was issued at the same time as a single. Baez' version, though only about half as long as Dylan's recording, was very similar in structure and showed her moving away from pure folk music with the use of string bass accompaniment. Baez has often included performances of the song in her concerts, from 1965 through the 2010s. A live version appears on 1984's Live Europe '83.

Cover versions[edit]

"Farewell Angelina" has remained a continuous part of Joan Baez' concert repertoire, being recorded twice for live albums during the 1980s. The song has also been recorded by the New Riders of the Purple Sage (on Oh, What a Mighty Time), John Mellencamp (on Rough Harvest), Tim O'Brien, Show of Hands, and Danu's When All is Said and Done.

Pierre Delanoë and Hugues Aufray translated it into French under the title Adieu Angelina, which itself has been recorded many times.

French version of the song has been recorded by Nana Mouskouri (who sang also a German version).

A rare acoustic version was recorded by Jeff Buckley in the early 1990s. The Celtic jam band Wake the Dead recorded it in 2006 for their third album Blue Light Cheap Hotel. Bobby Bare recorded it on his 2012 album Darker Than Light.

In 1997, it was translated and released by Bengali Singer-songwriter Kabir Suman.

Translated into Swedish (Adjö, Angelina) by Michael Wiehe appearing on the 2007 album Dylan på Svenska [3](Dylan in Swedish) Mikael Wiehe & Ebba Forsberg. Translated into Swedish (Farväl Angelina) by Per Gessle appearing on the 1985 album Scener.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bjorner, Olof, Still on the Road 1965, 785
  2. ^ "Farewell, Angelina by Bob Dylan". Bob Dylan official website. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.mikaelwiehe.se/dylan_pa_svenska2.htm