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Bob Dylan – Greatest Single Ever Made (Like A Rolling Stone)

Greatest Single Ever Made – Like A Rolling Stone
source: Highway 61 Interactive disc
Released: 2000

How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

This is a pirate disc in the strictest sense of the definition, since it was taken from an official release. That release is the 1995 Highway 61 Interactive CD-ROM. However, let it slide for several reasons. First off, the disc is long out of print. The manufacturer is out of business. Only one song could be played via a standard audio CD player… all others were imbedded in the CD-ROM program.

The released disc had two tracks. Track two was an audio track of the electric version of House Of The Rising Sun. That’s the first track on this boot.

Track one was the computer track. Interactive was really quite a nice disc, with some great interactive segments, and a lot of unique recordings. One segment is a virtual 1964 CBS studio. If you go into the control room, you can pull up various versions of the greatest single ever made. These recordings are what is to be found on this boot title. The biggest problem with the CD-ROM is that it was designed for Windows 95 format, is not completely compatible with Windows 98 and above. Therefore, few get to benefit from it these days.

Quality: (8½ stars first track) (9½ stars last few tracks)

– Review from
“Like a Rolling Stone” explodes with fury, but it’s never been clear exactly who its target is. The speculations have ranged from Joan Baez in particular to his audience in general, with more than a smear of misogyny in the former case, misanthropy in the latter. Miss Lonely, who has–according to that “reductive” reading–gone from riches to rags, is asked in a tone of bitter contempt how it feels to be like a rolling stone.”

If the society lady in “Like a rolling stone” was Jackie Kennedy and Napolean in rags was LBJ who was the siamese cat ???

Dylan was already a controversial figure by the time this classic was released. The previous year he had shocked folk purists with his conversion to the electric guitar and he recorded this song with a full rock band. However it was session musician Al Kooper who made the most telling contribution to the track. Kooper was there merely to watch but when Dylan decided a second organist was needed he bluffed his way into the job and improvised a swirling, circular melody on the Hammond. Dylan loved it and boosted it up in the mix.

Dylan’s vocals are also pushed up high in the production, emphasizing the importance of the biting lyrics, which were taken from a 24-page short story he’d written about a society girl who has fallen on hard times.

The finished result revolutionised music in a way that few other songs have ever done. At over six minutes it broke down barriers on the notoriously time-conscious commercial radio and it proved that complex, intricate lyrics were no barrier to success. Folkies may have been outraged but it remains Dylan’s biggest hit.


“I think it’s one of those songs that’s pretty timeless,” Al Kooper says. “The other one that comes to mind is ‘Good Vibrations.’ When you hear it on the radio, it could have come out yesterday. It’s a timeless record — so is ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’ They’re putting out something unique, that has not been done before. And because they were recognized, it’s become ageless. Which is great. We hear music that was done by people who died before we had a chance to pick up on it — for instance, Robert Johnson. So you’re really glad, when you pass on, that you know people are going to hear ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ and ‘Good Vibrations’ and ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ and Robert Johnson. It’s a good feeling.”

No matter how timeless “Like a Rolling Stone” might turn out to be, what happened over the two days of recording sessions makes it clear that had circumstances been even slightly different — different people present, a different mood in the studio, different weather in the streets outside, a different headline in the morning paper — the song might never have entered time at all, or interrupted it. “I told all the musicians, you quit playing, you’re gone,” Bob Johnston says of the sessions that followed. “You quit playing, you’re never going to hear that song again.

Dylan would start a song — they’d be a third of the way through, and someone says, Waal, I didn’t git that. The bass stops, or the piano player. Dylan would forget about that song and you’d never hear it again.” “Like a Rolling Stone” is a triumph of craft, inspiration, will, and intent; regardless of all those things, it was also an accident.

Listening now, you hear most of all how much the song resists the musicians and the singer. Except on a single take, when they went past the song and made their performance into an event that down the years would always begin again from its first bar, they are so far from the song and from each other it’s easy enough to imagine Bob Dylan giving up on the song, no doubt taking phrases here and there and putting them into another song somewhere down the line but never bothering with that thing called “Like a Rolling Stone” again. Following the sessions as they happened, it can in moments be easier to imagine that than to believe that the record was actually made — that, circling around the song like hunters surrounding an animal that has escaped them a dozen times, they caught it. That is what makes an event, after all: it can only happen once. Once it has happened, it will seem inevitable. But all the good reasons in the world can’t make it happen.

From Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads by Greil Marcus.
Copyright 2005 by Greil Marcus.

I really like to read Marcus’ book if anyone wants to get me a copy!

Poetic Accident: Recording ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ (NPR)
Talk of the Nation, April 11, 2005 · Music journalist and author Greil Marcus talks about Like A Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads, his new book about the recording of the 1965 hit.

64 kbps, 16:49

Greil Marcus on Recording ‘Like a Rolling Stone’

A Review of Greil Marcus’ “Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads”
Exploring the Unmapped Country
By Ron Jacobs

From the greatest lyricist of all, Dylan used words in a way the Beatles (whom I admire) never did. Consider his lyrics in Mr Tamborine Man and in Like a Rolling Stone both 1965. This is my favourite song of all. It’s a six minute song that passes in no time. I’ve always felt each verse covers some part of Jackie Kennedy Onasis’ life, with that stinging question at the end of each part. “How does it feel!” But I’d love to know what the man himself has to say.


Some Dylan fans speak about this masterpiece;

Is “Like A Rolling Stone” the most epic single of all time? Did Dylan create a new kind of songwriting with his complex lyrics? What do you think of Bob’s songs?
– David Walton/Wakefield

Bought it when first released in ’65. I have never got tired of listening to it. The organ bits are great.
-frans ghent

when you put highway 61 in your player, the first thing you hear is that brilliant snare drum en then that C chord, suspended on the third and fourth beat. that great organ sound, the biting lyrics, dylan’s “vocal backbeat” …time…fine… dime…prime… make you wish the sound never comes to an end. after hearing “rolling stone” for the first time, my life was never the same again.
– Pete Fenelon, York

A grown-up singer singing a grown-up song; suddenly rock could be “about” something more than teenage lust; it could move the head not the heart.
– musiclover, london

historically there is no real argument – this is the most important song of the last fifty years. this song more or less started ‘popular culture’. it also happens to be hair-raisingly good.
– Jonathan Carter, Swindon

I’m only 13 and this is one of (if not THE) greatest song I have ever heard!
– Colin Millard/Notts

This song changed popular music forever.
-Janet , Manchester

A total gem! Dylan is a linguistic gymnast who never fails to capture the imagination!
-Patrick- London

Powerful message within this song, one you must work out for yourself. Use your imagination let it run off in many tangents for only then can you reach a conclusion. How can you achieve the heights of joy if you have never experienced the depths of despair. “How does it feel”
– chris brighton

there is brilliant, absolutely brilliant, stupendously brilliant and then there is Like a rolling stone.
– lee c leicestershire

The greatest ‘song’ accessible by the masses. Look at it from whatever angle … you’ll find something.
– george wellington

If the society lady in “Like a rolling stone” was Jackie Kennedy and Napolean in rags was LBJ who was the siamese cat ???
– Sam, York

This is the greatest single song ever. it not only is great musically with a fantastic with a fantastic organ part but it also has some of the best lyrics ever which remain potent today.
– Sean Stennett Liverpool

Such a uplifting, real song from his royal bobness
– les newman

A pulsating tune put to aggressive lyrics makes a potent cocktail
– David Irwin, Kelvedon

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?
People’d call, say, “Beware doll, you’re bound to fall”
You thought they were all kiddin’ you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin’ out
Now you don’t talk so loud
Now you don’t seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You’ve gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
And now you find out you’re gonna have to get used to it
You said you’d never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He’s not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And ask him do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain’t no good
You shouldn’t let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain’t it hard when you discover that
He really wasn’t where it’s at
After he took from you everything he could steal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They’re drinkin’, thinkin’ that they got it made
Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things
But you’d better lift your diamond ring, you’d better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can’t refuse
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You’re invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone (From Unreleased Hard Rain)

Bob performs this classic in his recorded, but unreleased Hard Rain concert. A real good version!

From: JMLiles


House Of The Rising Sun (electric)
I Shall Be Free #10 (extra verse)
Like A Rolling Stone (14 Takes)

For true fans of His Bobness!



if pass: dublindog

October 11, 2008 Posted by | Bob Dylan, Music_ClassicRock, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

Jagger & Springsteen & Others – Satisfaction

All star jam of this stone cold Stones classic!

Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty… and many many more!

This took place at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Awards on 20 January 1988 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York.

I can’t get no satisfaction

I can’t get no satisfaction

‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try

I can’t get no, I can’t get no

When I’m drivin’ in my car

And that man comes on the radio

He’s tellin’ me more and more

About some useless information

Supposed to fire my imagination

I can’t get no, oh no no no

Hey hey hey, that’s what I say

I can’t get no satisfaction

I can’t get no satisfaction

‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try

I can’t get no, I can’t get no

When I’m watchin’ my TV

And that man comes on to tell me

How white my shirts can be

But he can’t be a man ’cause he doesn’t smoke

The same cigarrettes as me

I can’t get no, oh no no no

Hey hey hey, that’s what I say

I can’t get no satisfaction

I can’t get no girl reaction

‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try

I can’t get no, I can’t get no

When I’m ridin’ round the world

And I’m doin’ this and I’m signing that

And I’m tryin’ to make some girl

Who tells me baby better come back later next week

‘Cause you see I’m on losing streak

I can’t get no, oh no no no

Hey hey hey, that’s what I say

I can’t get no, I can’t get no

I can’t get no satisfaction

No satisfaction, no satisfaction, no satisfaction

June 23, 2008 Posted by | Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, Mick Jagger, Music_ClassicRock, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Bob Dylan, Ron Wood & Keith Richards – Voices Of Freedom – Live Aid rehearsals and performance 1985

Bob Dylan, Ron Wood & Keith Richards : Voices Of Freedom

Live Aid rehearsals and performance, July 1985

MP3 192kbps
Artwork Included

This is a fascinating document of the coming together of some of the greats of modern music, back in 1985, for the Live Aid scam.

The actual show the boys played was very poorly received. There were, apparently, technical problems which hampered the audience’s ability to properly hear the great music.

Most of the tracks here are from the rehearsals for the gig at Ronnie Wood’s apartment, on July 12 & 13, 1985.

The tracks played at the actual Live Aid show in JFK Stadium, Philly, PA on July 13, 1985 are also here.

First Rehearsal

01 Blowin` in the wind
02 Unknown
03 Ballad of hollis brown
04 Careless Ethiopians (F.Hibbert)
05 Conversation #1

Second Rehearsal

06 Blowin` in the wind
07 Conversation #2
08 Ballad of Hollis Brown jam #1
09 Ballad of Hollis Brown jam #2
10 Ballad of Hollis Brown jam #3
11 Conversation #3
12 When the ship comes in (fast version)
13 When the ship comes in (Slow version)
14 Dark Eyes
15 Conversation #4
16 Ballad of Hollis Brown #4

Live Aid Concert

17 Intro
18 Ballad of Hollis Brown
19 When the ship comes in
20 Blowin` in the wind


Tracks 1-16: Live Aid rehearsals. Ronnie Wood’s apartment, July 12 & 13, 1985
Tracks 17-20: Live Aid concert. JFK Stadium, Philly, PA July 13, 1985.

Here’s God and a few Stones;

Thanks to elcamaleongalegobrasileiro

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April 21, 2008 Posted by | Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Music_Bootleg, Music_ClassicRock, Rolling Stones, Ron Wood, _MUSIC | 2 Comments

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash- I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry

A great snippet where Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash duet on the Hank Williams classic I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry, from “No Direction Home”.

April 1, 2008 Posted by | Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment