Listen to Highlights From Bob Dylan’s ‘The 1966 Live Recordings’
Bob Dylan fans are getting an early glimpse of The 1966 Live Recordings, the 36-disc box culled from live dates with the Band.
As previously reported, the 1966 Live Recordings tapes turned up while Dylan's longtime label, Columbia, was putting together last year's The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12. "We were continually struck by how great his 1966 live recordings really are," explained Adam Block, president of Columbia's archival Legacy imprint. "The intensity of Bob’s live performances and his fantastic delivery of these songs in concert add another insightful component in understanding and appreciating the musical revolution Bob Dylan ignited some 50 years ago."
Highlights from the set are now streaming courtesy of NPR's First Listen program, which offers a 15-song cross section of the set. The 1966 Live Recordings is due in stores Nov. 11, and available to pre-order now.
Dylan isn't just busy on the reissue front — he also has a new release of a sort to promote. As Stereogum reports, he has an art exhibition, titled The Beaten Path, due to open Nov. 5, and to celebrate its impending debut, he penned an essay about his artwork for Vanity Fair.
"There was a conscious attempt to dismiss consumer culture or popular culture, including mass media, commercial art, celebrities, consumer or product packaging, billboard signs, comic strips, magazine advertising. The Beaten Path works represent a different subject matter from the everyday imagery of consumer culture," he explained. "In every picture the viewer doesn’t have to wonder whether it’s an actual object or a delusional one. If the viewer visited where the picture actually existed, he or she would see the same thing. It is what unites us all."
Check out Dylan's complete Beaten Path essay at Vanity Fair's site, and listen to the 1966 Live Recordings at NPR.
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