Title - 'The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert!'
Artist - Bob Dylan
OK, let's get to clearing this whole "real" thing up before we delve into this wonderful, wondrous live album from the great Bob Dylan.
Live 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert is a two-disc live album by Bob Dylan, released in 1998. It was recorded at the Manchester Free Trade Hall during Dylan's world tour in 1966, hence the quotation marks around the false attribution to the Royal Albert Hall. Extensively bootlegged for decades, it is an important document in the development of popular music during the 1960s.
The setlist consisted of two parts, with the first half of the concert being Dylan alone on stage performing an entirely acoustic set of songs, while the second half of the concert has Dylan playing an "electric" set of songs alongside his band the Hawks. The first half of the concert was greeted warmly by the audience, while the second half was highly criticized, with heckling going on before and after each song.
So, as you can tell from all that, for decades, Dylanís performance in Manchester was incorrectly labelled ie: The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert. But now, for the first time ever, the REAL Royal Albert Hall concert, originally recorded for a live album by CBS Records, is finally being released.
Released on December 2nd, 2016 via Columbia / Legacy Recordings, this 2CD live show is also included in the massive 36CD (!) 1966 Live Recordings box set.
1. She Belongs to Me
2. Fourth Time Around
3. Visions of Johanna
4. Itís All Over Now, Baby Blue
5. Desolation Row
6. Just Like a Woman
7. Mr. Tambourine Man
1. Tell Me, Momma
2. I Donít Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
3. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
4. Just Like Tom Thumbís Blues
5. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
6. One Too Many Mornings
7. Ballad of a Thin Man
8. Like a Rolling Stone
Originally recorded for a live album by CBS Records, and now legitimatley released and mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Chris Shaw. The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert is an incredible live show from the master. But remember that Dylan's move to electric music, and his apparent disconnection from traditional folk music, continued to be controversial, and his UK audiences were particularly disruptive with some fans believing Dylan had "sold out".
Remembering the unbelievably complex lyrics to his unbelievably long songs, without ever faltering, Dylan (who played this show on May 26th, 1966, just two days after his 25 birthday) took ahold of these 15 songs that night and through his mnd, body and soul into bringing them forth for the Brits.
Being an audiophile, I should also mention that this very same live set, which had also never before been released on vinyl, has just been created by Columbia / Legacy Recordings for a very special Black Friday Record Store release! With only 6,000 units created, The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert (2 LP) (140g Vinyl) is a real gem to behold on vinyl, trust me (I also have one of those for review). This brand new indie-retail exclusive for US, wide for non-US, gatefold sleeve is an album you definitely need in your Dylan collections (alongside the 2CD, of course), of that have no doubt.
Oh, and with regard that aforementioned 36CD box-set, simply entitled Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings, releasing November 11th, 2016 also via Columbia / Legacy Recordings, it follows in the wake of last yearís The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966 collection, which mopped up the manís studio output from that fertile period.
While the Collectorís Edition of The Cutting Edge included 18 discs, the limited expanded edition of The 1966 Live Recordings will be double in size, running to the alluded to 36 discs.
The source material includes recordings made with the CBS mobile, plus soundboard and audience tapes. While the infamous Manchester Free Trade Hall show from May 17, 1966, has previously been released as volume 4 of Bobís Bootleg series, and two other tracks Ė I Donít Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) and Visions Of Johanna Ė appeared on 1985ís Biograph, a majority of these live sets have never been released, officially or otherwise.