The 1966 Live Recordings

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The 1966 Live Recordings
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Live album by Bob Dylan
Released November 11, 2016
Recorded February 5, 1966 – May 27, 1966
Genre Folk, rock
Length 29:37:01
Label Columbia
Producer Jeff Rosen, Steve Berkowitz
Bob Dylan chronology
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The 1966 Live Recordings is a 36-CD boxset of live recordings from the 1966 Live Tour by Bob Dylan, released on Legacy Records in November 2016. It includes every known recording from the tour, including audience tapes. Most of the set was unreleased at that point and some tapes never circulated before.[1]

Background[edit]

The 1966 Live Recordings was released as a way to prevent the recordings from legally entering the public domain in Europe, in a similar fashion to The 50th Anniversary Collection (1962), The 50th Anniversary Collection 1963, and The 50th Anniversary Collection 1964. Studio sessions from 1965 and 1966 were released as part of The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 (with the live recordings from 1965 offered as digital download for the purchasers of the Collector's Edition).[2]

Promotion[edit]

The set was announced on September 27, 2016,[1] the track "Tell Me, Momma" was uploaded the next day on YouTube for promotion,[3] and the release was supported by a 12-minute documentary.[4]

Other releases[edit]

The concert from Manchester (Discs 19 and 20) was already released in 1998 as part of The Bootleg Series Vol. 4. A concert from the boxset (London, 26 May 1966 - Discs 28 and 29) was released separately in November 2016 under the title The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert. Additionally, the 13 April 1966 show in Sydney (discs 1 and 2) was released as an Australian only, limited edition double LP under the title Live in Sydney 1966.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [5]
The New York TimesFavorable [6]
Pitchfork Media9.3/10 [7]
Uncut4/5 stars [8]

The 1966 Live Recordings currently maintains a 93% positive ("Universal acclaim") rating at MetaCritic.[9] Jesse Jarnow from Pitchfork said "A classic tour from start to finish, the set’s only drawbacks owe more to the format than the music", praising the great performances but insisting on the repetition of the same setlist.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bob Dylan except "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down".

All tracks in mono except CBS Records recording (Discs 17, 19, 20, 28, 29, 30 and 31) which are in stereo.

Musicians[edit]

Musicians per Olof Bjorner.[10][11][12][13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bob Dylan – The 1966 Live Recordings". Bob Dylan. September 27, 2016. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Second Disc – Still On "The Cutting Edge"". December 4, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "Tell Me, Momma". Bob Dylan. September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 5, 2017 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "Youtube – The Untold Story Behind The Recordings". Bob Dylan. November 11, 2016. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (November 11, 2016). "The 1966 Live Recordings". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  6. ^ Jon Pareles; Jon Caramanica; Nate Chinen (December 14, 2016). "Dylan's '66 Tour, A-Track and Leon Redbone". New York Times. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Jesse Jarnow (December 15, 2015). "The 1966 Live Recordings". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  8. ^ Uncut Review by Damien Love (November 11, 2015). "The 1966 Live Recordings". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  9. ^ "The 1966 Live Recordings". Metacritic. 2016-11-11. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Bjorner (February 17, 2000) Island Garden, Hempstead, February 26, 1966 Bjorner's Still on the Road. Retrieved July 21, 2010
  11. ^ Bjorner Jacksonville Coliseum, Jacksonville, March 5, 1966 Bjorner's Still on the Road. Retrieved July 21, 2010
  12. ^ Bjorner (March 13, 2009) PNE Agrodome, Vancouver, March 26, 1966 Bjorner's Still on the Road. Retrieved July 21, 2010
  13. ^ Bjorner (August 7, 2000) Arie Crown Theater, Chicago, November 26, 1965 Bjorner's Still on the Road. Retrieved July 20, 2010