Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings

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by David Chiu

You really have to be a true Bob Dylan fan to want to take in all 36 CDs from this new boxed set that collects all of the live recordings the legend made during his controversial US, UK, Europe and Australian tours in the pivotal year of 1966. Announced by Sony Legacy this past Tuesday, The 1966 Live Recordings set includes previously unreleased soundboard recordings, CBS mobile recordings, and audience tapes featuring Dylan and the musicians who would go on to form the Band (Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson) making music history. “While doing the archival research for The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12, last year’s box set of Dylan’s mid-60s studio sessions, we were continually struck by how great his 1966 live recordings really are,” Adam Block, president of Legacy Recordings, said in a press release. “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.” This new set certainly surpasses Bob Dylan Live 1966, the 1998 installment of The Bootleg Series; following the release of the massive box will be the 2-CD The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert, a correction of sorts to Dylan’s performance in Manchester being often mistaken for taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, which is set for release on December 2.

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Set description for The 1966 Live Recordings is as follows:

Disc 1 – Sydney, April 13, 1966 (Soundboard recorded by TCN 9 TV Australia)

Disc 2 – Sydney, April 13, 1966 (Soundboard recorded by TCN 9 TV Australia)

Disc 3 – Melbourne, April 20, 1966 (Soundboard / unknown broadcast)

Disc 4 – Copenhagen, May 1, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 5 – Dublin, May 5, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 6 – Dublin, May 5, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 7 – Belfast, May 6, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 8 – Belfast, May 6, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 9 – Bristol, May 10, 1966 (Soundboard / audience)

Disc 10 – Bristol, May 10, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 11 – Cardiff, May 11, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 12 – Birmingham, May 12, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 13 – Birmingham, May 12, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 14 – Liverpool, May 14, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 15 – Leicester, May 15, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 16 – Leicester, May 15, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 17 – Sheffield, May 16, 1966 (CBS Records recording)

Disc 18 – Sheffield, May 16, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 19 – Manchester, May 17, 1966 (CBS Records recording)

Disc 20 – Manchester, May 17, 1966 (CBS Records recording except Soundcheck / Soundboard)

Disc 21 – Glasgow, May 19, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 22 – Edinburgh, May 20, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 23 – Edinburgh, May 20, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 24 – Newcastle, May 21, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 25 – Newcastle, May 21, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 26 – Paris, May 24, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 27 – Paris, May 24, 1966 (Soundboard)

Disc 28 – London, May 26, 1966 (CBS Records recording)

Disc 29 – London, May 26, 1966 (CBS Records recording)

Disc 30 – London, May 27, 1966 (CBS Records recording)

Disc 31 – London, May 27, 1966 (CBS Records recordings)

Disc 32 – White Plains, NY, February 5, 1966 (Audience tape)

Disc 33 – Pittsburgh, PA, February 6, 1966 (Audience tape)

Disc 34 – Hempstead, NY, February 26, 1966 (Audience tape)

Disc 35 – Melbourne, April 19, 1966 (Audience tape)

Disc 36 – Stockholm, April 29, 1966 (Audience tape)

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