Bob Dylan – “Precious Angel” b/w “Trouble In Mind” (S CBS 7828) (1979)


(Columbus, Ohio) — Fans of Bob Dylan were yesterday treated to a concert at The Value City Arena in the Jerome Schottenstein Center where the star apparently, and really we’re just guessing here, remembered all the lyrics to all of the songs he performed.

“It’s not an easy thing to do,” explained long-time Dylan watcher Gary DeSoto. “His songs are absolutely jam-packed lyrically. So, judging only by the rhythm of his vocalisations, I’d say, pretty much, he sang all the correct words in the correct order.”

Others concert-goers were equally impressed: “It’s hard to say for sure, given that he sounds like he’s swallowed a bag of ten-penny nails,” enthused Jaden Carver. “But I know he sang the right number of verses when he did ‘Desolation Row’ so, it seems in all likelihood, he got all the [lyrics] right.”

Audience members remained particularly impressed that Dylan seemed to sing the entirety of brooding Slow Train Coming-era non-Lp b-side, “Trouble In Mind”. “I’d completely forgotten the song existed,” gushed Fi Green, “and here’s ol’ Bob, quite possibly, singing accurately the whole thing.”

While they certainly could be forgiven for being unwilling to be 100% categorical in the matter, everyone interviewed for this story said they believed it was probable that Dylan appeared, for all intents and purposes, to recall and deliver the entire lyrical content of the repertoire he performed yesterday evening in the Schott, though one listener ventured that the veteran folk singer may have switched to Mandarin Chinese at one point during “Love Sick“.

A spokesman for Columbia records could neither confirm or deny that Dylan managed to remember the words to all the songs he sung last night: “Well, if you say so,” he said. “Then, sure, anything’s possible.”


Editor’s note: I rate Dylan’s Christian records highly, so any chance to further glimpse behind the scenes, I go for. Maybe the Bootleg Series Volume 11 will delve a bit deeper.

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Public Enemy – “Rebel Without A Pause” (651245 6) (1987)

The PEAww, they look so young.

Self-styled public enemy no. 1’s first song created for It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, they certainly started as they meant to go on: shouty, cacophonous, belligerent and self-righteous. And yet it’s still party music.

I found this along with the Fear Of a Black Planet vinyl and other twelves by PE (“Public Enemy No. 1”), Prince (“Alphabet St.”) and a couple early Go-Go ones by Trouble Funk on D.E.T.T. Records, more of which later.

One of the interesting things about boot fair record shopping (and to a lesser extent chazzing) is when a collection presents itself as a collection. In the case this morning in Etchinghill, this person’s boxes were very deep in terms of early hip-hop and go-go, both specialist subjects. According to the seller, they were her ex’s dad’s records, though I believe she was at least partly mistaken. Yes, there were Lps from the 50s/60s suggestive of someone old enough to be this lady’s former father-in-law, but I think it’s highly unlikely the old man bought Def Jam et al. and these actually belonged to her previous husband. I could be wrong, though.

Published in: on August 3, 2013 at 10:19 am  Comments (2)