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.
Dylan With The Band Live 1966 (LP, Unofficial). Royal Albert Hall 1966 (LP, Unofficial). The Amazing Kornyfone Record Label.
Bob Dylan’s 1966 tour, when he took the battle to go electric that had started at the Newport Folk Festival in July 1965 to audiences around the world, is the most mythologised in the history of rock’n’roll: the legend of an unstoppable speeding artist hitting the immovable wall of his audience’s preconceptions about who he was, and breaking through. There’s a fellow up there looking for The Saviour. And two nights after Manchester, with the Judas jeer still ringing in his ears, there came Glasgow, where Dylan faced his most restive crowd yet – and, just when it sounded like the factions in the audience were on the verge of physical violence, taunted them further: Bob Dylan’s backstage. He couldn’t make it for the second half.
A live album was being contemplated, so Columbia had their own team tape Sheffield, Manchester and both London shows. Alderson remembers handing the tapes over to Columbia when he got home, but a source close to the Dylan camp maintains he actually gave them to Albert Grossman’s office. To round out the box set, Dylan’s team scoured the planet for other 1966 live tapes. The Sydney and Melbourne shows were recorded for TV broadcast, with the surviving tapes appearing on the set. American fans also taped February shows in White Plains, New York, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Hempstead, New York.
Bob Dylan, center, with the Band (Garth Hudson not visible) February 2, 1974. The 40-concert, 30-date, 21-city tour began on January 3, 1974 and ended on February 14, 1974. The show reunited Dylan with The Band on stage after the release of Dylan's Band-backed Planet Waves album. This was a high-profile comeback for both acts.
During the months he spent on the road in 1966, Dylan refined a way of inhabiting and transforming his own songs that was different from anything he'd done before. Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. Bob Dylan, The 1966 Live Recordings. Courtesy of the artist. Before he began the tour that's documented on the 36-disc set The 1966 Live Recordings, Bob Dylan was on record as being ambivalent about the road. His electric adventure had started months earlier, with a short, sonically flawed performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
In December 1963, Dylan had offended a leftist New York audience by accepting a free-speech award with some atrociously-wrought, off-the-cuff remarks about hypocrisy, youthful alienation, and how he saw a bit of himself in Lee Harvey Oswald. The singer offended even more people the following summer with the release of Another Side of Bob Dylan-an album devoid of the fixed moral standpoint in his earlier protest self, and containing instead songs of personal freedom, whimsy, and wounded love. In the wake of the Beatles' take-over of American top-40 radio, some members of the older Popular Front folk establishment shook their heads in dismay at what was becoming of their new Woody Guthrie. One folk commissar, writing in the respected Sing Out!
Bob Dylan Live 1962-1966 doesn’t offer anything but the simple pleasure of enjoying a Bob Dylan performance. Its compilers were wise to stick with familiar hits and beloved numbers, although one might feel the collection is missing some key songs. Ultimately, though, that’s not the point; if anything, this is just a simple, no-frills reminder of what made Bob Dylan so great in the first place. The sound quality varies a bit, but it's mostly very good to excellent. And there's no arguing with the playlists; I mean, really, this is Bob Dylan - peaking in performance - in his early career prime.
|A1||Tell Me Mama|
|A2||I Don't Believe You|
|A3||Baby Let Me Follow You Down|
|A4||Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues|
|B1||Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat|
|B2||One Too Many Mornings|
|B3||Ballad Of A Thin Man|
|B4||Like A Rolling Stone|
NotesThis is a rare 1970 USA release by the Zerocks Label, recorded at the Albert Hall 1966
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|QWA-1||Bob Dylan||The Royal Albert Hall Concert 1966 (CD, Album, Unofficial)||Not On Label (Bob Dylan)||QWA-1||US||1988|
|TMQ7107||Bob Dylan and The Band||Bob Dylan and The Band - Royal Albert Hall (LP, Unofficial)||Trade Mark Of Quality||TMQ7107||US||1971|
|71017||Bob Dylan||Royal Albert Hall 1966 (LP, Unofficial)||Trade Mark Of Quality||71017||US||1971|
|TAKRL 900||Bob Dylan||Royal Albert Hall 1966 (LP, Unofficial)||The Amazing Kornyfone Record Label||TAKRL 900||US||1978|