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BOB vs. A.J. WEBERMAN The Phone Conversations (1971)

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Weird Scenes…

Just in case you were curious… here’s an oddity from 1971, which finds our hero Bob D. in a discourse with his trash-stealing nemesis, garbologist, A.J. Weberman, in a series of phone conversations regarding Weberman’s ongoing journalistic efforts to root out the “real” Robert Zimmerman. It’s somewhat funny, and possibly even a little revealing, making one wonder why Bob even gave this guy the time of day, much less took Weberman’s rantings seriously enough to debate him, as BD works to correct A.J.’s misconceptions and writings – which results in A.J. reading his upcoming articles to Bob for approval. Before they end up calling each other pigs – Bob for being a rich fuck and A.J. for rooting around in trash. From the sound of it all, you have to figure that something in Bob Dylan vs A.J. WebermanBob must have relished the attention, while simultaneously being repulsed by A.J.’s stalking. But then… trying to figure Bob out was always an endless endeavor, as A.J. should have learned, but never really did. These files, believe it or not, were actually released in 1977 by Folkways Records (and later withdrawn) as The Historic Confrontation, though… I have no idea if these old hard drive files of mine are the same ones issued by Folkways. You can listen to “Part 3,” below, to get a little taste of what fan adoration was like for Mr. Z. Find the original LP for a couple of hundred bucks at Amazon, HERE.

Bob vs. A. J. Weberman, Part 1 (12:02)
Bob vs. A. J. Weberman, Part 2 (12:00)
Bob vs. A. J. Weberman, Part 3 (11:58)
Bob vs. A. J. Weberman, Part 4 (13:31)

Enter The Wormhole #59 (Bob)

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NOTE: This is one where we can’t use last names in comments, as comments are searchable. In fact, we shouldn’t use album titles, either… or even say much about the circumstances of this limited (to only 100 copies) package. We’re sure you’ll understand why… and thanks for playing the home game.

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Dylan Hears A Who (2007)

Dylan Hears A Who (2007)
Dr. Seuss Via Dr. Zimmerman Parody

You probably know the story. It surfaced last year on a web page – a mixture of Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 style and Dr. Seuss’ other-worldly visions. Beyond that, it really all comes down to whether you get the (well done) joke or not. Apparently, Dr. Seuss’ estate didn’t, as reports surfaced that there were legal ramblings afoot over the use of the Doc’s words. Dylan didn’t seem to care one way or the other. Since the original web page has now been “retired,” here are the site’s original MP3s for your amusement.


Oh, The Things You Can Think! (4:39)
Green Eggs And Ham (3:43)
Miss Gertrude McFuzz (10:23)
McElligot’s Pool (9:11)
Too Many Daves (3:06)
The Zax (5:07)
The Cat In The Hat (12:37)

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The sound is pretty damn good, though the performances are just rehearsals – so the dual legends are just feeling their way around each other; comparing key preferences,  working intros & segues and just generally seeing what works and what doesn’t. The singing suffers the most in this format, as the lead vocals are more or less just signposts for the musical changes. As a result, you rarely get a complete version and the overall dynamics are pretty much nil. Many numbers fade in or are abruptly cut off, as well. That’s all OK. As stated previously, I naturally gravitate to rehearsals and studio sessions, just for the chance to hear artists creating ideas on the fly, while working out the details. Which is why (to me) this set is far more interesting than this union’s officially released live album. But, that’s not saying much either. We originally scored these tracks from The Big O (who still have ‘em… if you want to download them one track at a time), but they omitted one commercially released track (Vol 1, Disc 2, Track 3), which we’ve added back in. The last disc of the six CDs is a G. Dead Hour radio broadcast from March, 2002, which relates to this material. Disc four’s opening track can be heard below. Click the back covers for readable pop-ups of the track listings. Other than that… as usual, no names (Bob’s OK) in comments, please. It helps to keep us out of the search engines. Thanks. Don’t forget the BOB Archives.


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Volumes 1-8 of Bob’s studio outtakes. You’ve probably seen these collections floating around for the last year or so. It took me a while to dig in, but these sets are a fine treat indeed. Superior sources, incredible unions (Cash, Harrison, Knopfler), career highlights and smart sequencing make all this some of the best Bob money can’t buy. There’s also an entire live series, which we’ll get around to posting later. I’m purposely being cagey with the text to stay out of the search engines. If you’d do the same it would be appreciated. Links in comments. Click the back covers for pop-up track listings. Click Bob’s Back to access ALL of our rare Bob. JUST ADDED: Volume 8.

 

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V/A: UNCUT Presents: Highway 61 Revisited Revisited (2005), SPIN Presents Newermind: A Tribute Album (2011) & REVOLVER: Live From Austin, Texas (2006)

When we were gathering together some stray MOJO magazine CDs, our pal Logan came up with a few hard to find ones and, just to be a nice guy, sent along a couple of other cool magazine freebies. Uncut Presents: Highway 61 Revisited Revisited, is a collection of artists recreating some obscure album Bob Dylan released 40 years earlier. A great listen with some unexpected twists. You can check out Dave Alvin, sounding like he’s back in Vegas with The Pleasure Barons on the title track. Logan also sent us a promo CD from The Netherland’s Revolver – a record company-backed promotional CD that spotlights 12 artists (and their releases) from the Live From Austin, Texas series. You get a track from each, including Richard Thompson (in a trio format with bassist Danny Thompson), Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, John Hiatt, the great Delbert McClinton and others. The last CD is a free download from SPIN magazine, and was released just this weekend. It features a bunch of (largely unknown) acts celebrating 20 years of Nirvana’s Nevermind. I only gave it a spot check, but most of what I heard was radically re-interpreted, which kinda undermined the whole idea for me. Amazon‘s got the Dylan tribute. Thanks again, Logan.

UNCUT Presents: Highway 61 Revisited Revisited (2005)
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Like A Rolling Stone (6:04)
MARC CARROLL Tombstone Blues (5:17)
PAUL WESTERBERG It Takes A Lot To Laugh… (4:07)
RICHMOND FONTAIN From A Buick 6 (4:12)
WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY Ballad Of A Thin Man (5:58)
AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB Queen Jane Approximately (5:00)
DAVE ALVIN Highway 61 Revisited (5:01)
THE HANDSOME FAMILY Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (5:43)
SONGDOG Desolation Row (9:55)

SPIN Presents Newermind: A Tribute Album (2011)
MEAT PUPPETS Smells Like Teen Spirit (4:54)
BUTCH WALKER & THE BLACK WIDOWS In Bloom (3:25)
MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS Come As You Are (3:48)
TITUS ANDRONICUS Breed (2:59)
THE VASELINES Lithium (3:59)
AMANDA PALMER Polly (3:32)
SURFER BLOOD Territorial Pissings (2:18)
FOXY SHAZAM Drain You (4:04)
JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD Lounge Act (3:05)
CHARLES BRADLEY & THE MENAHAN STREET BAND Stay Away (3:14)
TELEKINESIS On A Plain (3:07)
JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD Something In The Way (4:12)
EMA Endless Nameless (5:24)

REVOLVER: Live From Austin, Texas (2006)
FATS DOMINO Blueberry Hill (2:41)
TONY JOE WHITE Polk Salad Annie (5:11)
WILLIE NELSON On The Road Again (2:10)
DELBERT McCLINTON Givin’ It Up For Your Love (4:01)
JOHN HIATT Have A Little Faith In Me (4:11)
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON Me And Bobby McGee (4:06)
SUSAN TEDESCHI Voodoo Woman (5:39)
STEVE EARLE Guitar Town (2:33)
DWIGHT YOAKUM I Sang Dixie (3:26)
RICHARD THOMPSON She Twists The Knife Again (3:31)
SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET She’s About A Mover (3:11)
TEXAS TORNADOS Mendocino (4:48)

MOJO Presents x 3 – The Roots Of Bob Dylan (2006), Motown Nuggets (2009) + Stoned (2007)

Three more freebies from the UK’s MOJO Magazine. The Roots Of Bob Dylan is another in an unending series of CDs spotlighting those who’ve influenced Bob. Motown Nuggets is kinda self-explanatory, buried treasures from one of Earth’s most valued vaults. Stoned is a collection of Rolling Stones covers and original recordings. All are at Amazon for a buck or two apiece. Check the archives for dozens more MOJO discs. Three more next Sunday.

 

MOJO Presents: The Roots Of Bob Dylan (September 2006)
SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE You’d Better Mind (2:07)
JULIA LEE Mama Don’t Allow It (2:53)
LIGHTIN’ HOPKINS Baby Please Don’t Go (2:48)
MUDDY WATERS Rollin’ Stone (3:05)
KAREN DALTON How Did The Feeling Feel To You (2:50)
RICHIE HAVENS High Flying Bird (3:33)
JOSH WHITE Good Morning Blues (4:24)
HANK WILLIAMS Lost Highway (2:40)
THE COUNTRY GENTLEMEN House Of The Rising Sun (3:22)
CISCO HOUSTON Dark As A Dungeon (2:50)
CHARLIE POOLE White House Blues (3:26)
THE STAPLE SINGERS Uncloudy Day (2:57)
THE HIGHWAY Q.C.’s Working On The Building (2:23)
BIG BILL BROONZY When The Sun Goes Down/Going Down This Road Feeling Bad (7:24)
THELONIOUS MONK Ruby, My Dear (7:44)

MOJO Presents: Motown Nuggets (February 2009)
THE CONTOURS Do You Love Me (2:50)
MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS Come And Get These Memories (2:20)
THE SUPREMES Run, Run, Run (2:15)
EDDIE HOLLAND Leaving Here (2:26)
JUNIOR WALKER & THE ALL STARS Tune Up (3:01)
MARVIN GAYE At Last (I Found A Love) (2:37)
THE MARVELETTES Locking Up My Heart (2:19)
THE JACKSON 5 I Found That Girl (3:06)
THE FOUR TOPS Still Water (Love) (3:10)
THE MIRACLES Baby Don’t You Go (2:54)
THE TEMPTATIONS Fading Away (2:33)
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS Didn’t You Know (3:31)
BOBBY TAYLOR & THE VANCOUVERS Does Your Mama Know About Me (2:45)
MARV JOHNSON Come To Me (2:14)
MABLE JOHN You Made A Fool Out Of Me (2:24)

MOJO Presents: Stoned (September 2007)
THE TEMPTATIONS Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (2:30)
IRMA THOMAS Time Is On My Side (2:49)
CHRIS FARLOWE Think (3:32)
JOE SIMON Let’s Spend The Night Together (5:42)
ERIC DONALDSON Cherry Oh Baby (3:01)
CHUCK BERRY Come On (1:47)
BENNY SPELLMAN Fortune Teller (2:08)
BO DIDDLEY Crackin’ Up (2:03)
SANDIE SHAW Sympathy For The Devil (5:35)
NANCY SINATRA As Tears Go By (2:46)
STEREOPHONICS Angie (4:16)
TURIN BRAKES Moonlight Mile (3:55)
BILLY BRAGG She Smiled Sweetly (2:46)
JIMMY REED Honest I Do (2:36)
GENE ALLISON You Can Make It If You Try (2:07)

JEF LEE JOHNSON The Zimmerman Shadow

The Zimmerman Shadow
The Blues Via Dylan

I was pre-disposed to like this album, being a big fan of guitarist Jef Lee Johnson’s debut album, Blue. His resume as a session guitarist is rich (Ronald Shannon Jackson, among others), but his releases sometimes sound more like a young popster with a blues edge than a veteran black experimenter with a gifted avant-guitar touch. The Zimmerman Shadow, an off-beat 2009 Bob Dylan covers album, is another outside-the-box release for Johnson. It sounds live in the studio, and runs the gamut from free improv to slightly jazzy renditions to near-pop expression – all cloaked in the guise of an after-hours studio jam band. Somehow, all of this sounds OK when applied to Dylan’s material. Not unlike Hendrix’s re-interpretations of Dylan’s work, Johnson takes the melodies and filters it all though his own blues sensibilities – in the end, offering a complete reinvention based on Dylan’s source code. The 8 minute, “Highway 61″ has slight echoes of Hendrix, mostly in Jef Lee’s vocal phrasing, while “As I Went Out One Morning” uses the John Wesley Harding tune’s melody to anchor a moody, quiet and expansive 11 minute exploration that lapses into an improv/feedback jam. Dylan fans may or may not be amused. Johnson fans will savor this as another example of his back-handed approach to career decision-making. It’s out of print, but used copies are at Amazon, HERE.


I Am A Lonesome Hobo (5:33)
Highway 61 Revisited (8:18)
As I Went Out One Morning (11:35)
Knockin‘ On Heaven’s Door (1:35)
Idiot Wind (7:57)
Ballad Of A Thin Man (4:45)
Blind Willie McTell (5:11)
One More Cup Of Coffee (4:09)
Knockin‘ On Heaven’s Door (2:47)
From A Buick 66 (6:39)
Not Out Of The Book (0:21)
Knockin‘ On Heaven’s Door (3:44)

 

MOJO Presents x 3

Three more free CD samplers from the UK’s MOJO Magazine. We’ve got more MOJO‘s in the archives, so check ‘em out. These are promo-only releases, but the ones below are all at Amazon (for a few bucks or a few pennies) – Dylan Covered, Heavy Mod & I Love NY Punk!). Three more next Sunday.

 

 

MOJO: Dylan Covered (September, 2005)
JULIE DRISCOLL, BRIAN AUGER & THE TRINITY – This Wheel’s On Fire
THE HOLLIES – My Back Pages
NANCY SINATRA – It Ain’t Me Babe
HUGH CORNWELL – Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues
THE STANDS – Lay Lady Lay
BEN WEAVER – Ballad Of A Thin Man
ROGER McGUINN – Up To Me
MICHAEL WESTON KING – Simple Twist Of Fate
THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS – To Ramona
CHRIS WHITLEY – Spanish Harlem Incident
ANDREW BIRD & NORA O’CONNOR – Oh, Sister
FAIRPORT CONVENTION – Si Tu Dois Partir
THE LONG RYDERS – Masters Of War
JOHN MARTYN – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
M. WARD, CONOR OBERST & JIM JAMES – Girl From The North Country



MOJO PRESENTS I Love NY Punk! (November, 2005)
NEW YORK DOLLS – Trash
WAYNE COUNTY & THE ELECTRIC CHAIRS – Fuck Off
BLONDIE – Rip Her To Shreds (Live)
MIKE DEVILLE – She’s So Tough
RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS – Going Going Gone
THE REAL KIDS – All Kindsa Girls
JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS – Chinese Rocks
BUSH TETRAS – Cowboys In Africa
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS – Bored
SUICIDE – Keep Your Dreams (Live)
THE DICTATORS – The Next Big Thing
TELEVISION – See No Evil
(Live)
BAD BRAINS – Sailin’ On
THE STIMULATORS – Loud And Fast Rules
JAMES CHANCE & THE CONTORTIONS – King Heroin


MOJO PRESENTS Heavy Mod (January, 2009)
THE MOVE – Walk Upon The Water
THE YARDBIRDS – Shapes Of Things
CARAVAN – Place Of My Own
DEEP FEELING – Pretty Colours
DEEP PURPLE – Emmaretta
THE CREATION – How Does It Feel To Feel
THE 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS – Slip Inside This House
APHRODITE’S CHILD – The Four Horsemen
BLOSSOM TOES – I’ll Be Late For Tea
SMALL FACES – Song Of A Baker
THE PRETTY THINGS – Baron Saturday
DAVID AXELROD – Holy Thursday
HUMBLE PIE – Growing Closer
THE ATTACK – Mr Pinnodmy’s Dilemma
BUBBLE PUPPY – Hot Smoke And Sassafras

 

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bob Dylan’s Jukebox (2006)

Bob Dylan’s Jukebox (2006)
Even What He Likes Is Marketable

In a perfect world, Bob Dylan’s star power wouldn’t be needed to sell this collection to the public. But… the Dylan connection is tangible, and this works, if only as a roadmap for Bob’s own songwriting inspirations. It’s a diverse “originals” collection, too, made up of songs that Dylan has covered, in one way or another, throughout his career. Some of these 25 recordings are scratchy and challenged, which is probably to be expected. And, probably how Bob likes ‘em, anyway. But, I still can’t shake the feeling that Dylan doesn’t even know this collection – with his name on it – even exists. Amazon.


LITTLE RICHARD – Tutti Frutti (2:27)
ELVIS PRESLEY – Milkcow Blues Boogie (2:37)
ARTHUR “BIG BOY” CRUDUP – That’s All Right (2:56)
ARTHUR “BIG BOY” CRUDUP – Mean Old ‘Frisco (2:37)
LIGHTNIN” HOPKINS – Automobile (2:50)
WOODY GUTHRIE – Pretty Boy Floyd (3:13)
CISCO HUSTON – 900 Miles (3:36)
MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT – Candy Man (2:46)
MEMPHIS JUG BAND – Stealin’, Stealin’ (2:58)
BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON – Jesus Make Up My Dyin’ Bed (3:12)
ROY ACUFF – Wait For The Light To Shine (2:39)
JOHNNY JACK – This World Can’t Stand Long (2:41)
BLIND BOY FULLER – Mama Let Me Lay It On You (2:57)
BLIND WILLIE McTELL – Delia (2:32)
JOSH WHITE – St. James Infirmary (3:41)
THE CARTER FAMILY – Little Moses (3:14)
THE STANLEY BROTHERS – Little Maggie (2:19)
MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS – I Got Blood In My Eyes For You (3:15)
LEADBELLY – Midnight Special (2:12)
BUELL KAZEE – The Wagoners Lad (3:06)
THE BENTLY BOYS – Down On Penny’s Farm (2:51)
HANK WILLIAMS – Lost Highway (2:43)
RICHARD RABBIT BROWN – James Alley Blues (3:07)
ROBERT JOHNSON – Stones In My Passway (2:30)
CHUBBY PARKER – King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O (3:10)

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MOJO Presents… Dylan’s Scene (2010)

Mojo Presents: Dylan’s Scene (December, 2010)
…But No Dylan

His name’s on the front and his pic is on both sides of the cover, but there’s no Dylan to be found on the latest free CD from Mojo Magazine. The December issue features a cover story on Bob and this disc, subtitled The Sound Of Greenwich Village, is a decent cross section of the New York folk scene, though… more than anything else, this collection ties together the connecting threads of the 60s blues and folk scenes, whether it was intended to do that or not. Featuring the likes of Joan Baez, Eric Andersen, Pete Seeger, a few names I don’t recognize and others loosely connected to the folk revolution, like John Lee Hooker and Allen Ginsberg. Art included.


JOHN LEE HOOKER – Boom Boom (2:30)
JOAN BAEZ – There But For Fortune (3:09)
ERIC ANDERSEN – Close The Door Lightly When You Go (3:25)
PETE SEEGER – We Shall Overcome (4:37)
KAREN DALTON – Same Old Man (2:40)
NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS – Tom Dooley (2:49)
MIMI & RICHARD FARINA – Celebration For A Grey Day (3:44)
MARK SPOELSTRA – Sugar Babe, It’s All Over Now (1:56)
DAVE VAN RONK – Hesitation Blues (2:31)
THE FOC’SLE SINGERS – Rio Grande (2:42)
KENNETH PATCHEN – State Of The Nation (2:33)
BUKKA WHITE – Fixin‘ To Die Blues (2:49)
LIGHTNIN‘ HOPKINS – Coffee House Blues (2:09)
THE CLANCY BROTHERS – The Wild Colonial Boy (2:43)
ALLEN GINSBERG – Auto Poesy To Nebraska (9:05)