May 22, 2009 Playlist

"The Miles & Bob Show"
Miles Dewey Davis III    Robert Zimmerman

The annual birthday tribute to Bob Dylan (b. 24 May 1941) & Miles Davis (b. 26 May 1926)

"John Wesley Harding" by Bob Dylan (1967)
Bob Dylan  "John Wesley Harding"  1967 (USA)
This year it's Dylan's turn to have the CAOTW for the Bob & Miles Birthday Special, and this is one of his most noteworthy and unsung albums.  This surprisingly understated record followed a period of tremendous turmoil in which Bob nearly died, and perhaps as a result his songwriting made a huge stylistic shift.  During the years 1965-66, Dylan had been an absolute sensation -- the only artist who could be considered the equal of (if not greater than) the Almighty Beatles.  Then he got seriously injured in a motor cycle accident, and spent the "Summer of Love" recuperating in upstate New York with the Canadian gang who would soon come to be known as The Band.  While everybody else was freaking out and turning day-glo with flowers in their hair, Bob turned his back on the trends of the day and refocused his songwriting efforts on the traditional folk and blues themes that had originally inspired him.  Of course, no one really knew what was going on with the "disappeared" Dylan at the time, and when John Wesley Harding came out at the very end of 1967 few seemed sure what to make of it.  But before you know it, "mellow" rustic music with an old timey flair suddenly became all the rage (beginning with the Byrds and Grateful Dead going "country" and continuing on through the rise of the Eagles and similar soft-rock groups in the 1970's.)
For video, here's Neil Young playing the most famous song from this record (which was popularized by Jimi Hendrix.)
(N) = New Release

Artist Song Album Year Country
Bob Dylan A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
1963 USA
Miles Davis Walkin' (live) Cookin' At The Plugged Nickel rec. 1965 USA
The Byrds The Times They Are A Changin' (by Bob Dylan) Turn! Turn! Turn!
1965 USA
The Byrds Spanish Harlem Incident (by Bob Dylan) Mr. Tambourine Man
1965 USA
The Byrds My Back Pages (by Bob Dylan) Younger Than Yesterday
1967 USA
The Band This Wheel's On Fire (by Bob Dylan & Rick Danko) Music From Big Pink 1968 Canada
Hard Meat Most Likely You'll Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine (by Bob Dylan) Through A Window 1970  UK
Manfred Mann Get Your Rocks Off (by Bob Dylan) Get Your Rocks Off 1973 UK
Miles Davis Seven Steps To Heaven Seven Steps To Heaven 1963 USA
Miles Davis Ife Big Fun rec. 1972 USA
Bob Dylan The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest John Wesley Harding
1967 USA
Jimi Hendrix Drifter's Escape (by Bob Dylan) South Saturn Delta (compilation CD) rec. 1968 USA
Judas Priest Diamonds & Rust (by Joan Baez, about Bob Dylan) Sin After Sin 1977 UK
Spirit Like A Rolling Stone (by Bob Dylan) Spirit of '76 1975 USA
The Isely Brothers Lay Lady Lay (by Bob Dylan) The Iselys Live 1973 USA
Miles Davis What I Say Live Evil 1971 USA
Frank Zappa Flakes (Dylan parody) Sheik Yerbouti 1979 USA
Bob Dylan Idiot Wind (live) Hard Rain
1976 USA
Olivia Newton-John If Not For You (by Bob Dylan) Greatest Hits rec. 1973 Australia
Johnny Rivers Positively 4th Street (by Bob Dylan) Realization 1968 USA
Jane S. Piddy Cold Fact (N) rec. 1970 (2008 Light In The Attic) USA
The Band I Shall Be Released (by Bob Dylan) Music From Big Pink 1968 Canada
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