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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Best Album of 2015

Yes, the material is up to fifty years old but my pick is the amazing collection of alternate takes from Bob Dylan's epic recording sessions in 1965 and 1966 that produced, in little more than one year (imagine this today) the greatest album by anyone (Highway 61) plus Bringing It All Back Home and the two-lp Blonde on Blonde.  Besides Bob, the songs feature the top guitarist of the mid-1960s, Mike Bloomfield, and The Band, when they were still the back-up band, The Hawks.  The new collections come in two-lp, six-lp (my copy) and then one for completists including every note.... Here are some of the highlights (which only scratch the surface) available for free over at YouTube...

Most fans have said they prefer every single song in the released version but I disagree in a few cases, such as "Please Crawl Out Your Window"  (no cowbell) and one take of "Highway Revisited 61" (thanks to the vocals).

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