May 27, 2011 Playlist

"The Bob & Miles Show"
Miles Dewey Davis III    Robert Allen Zimmerman 
The annual birthday tribute to Bob Dylan (b. 24 May 1941) & Miles Davis (b. 26 May 1926)
"Bringing It All Back Home" by Bob Dylan (1965)
Bob Dylan  "Bringing It All Back Home"  1965 (USA)
It's time for the annual birthday salute to the Midwest's two great iconoclastic musicians of the 20th century:  Bob Dylan (who turned 70 this week) and Miles Davis (who would have turned 85 yesterday.)  The story of how Bob Dylan "changed everything" by adding electrified rock instruments to his folk music stylings is well known, and along with the arrival of The Beatles is often viewed as one of the key turning points in what we now call "the sixties."  This is the album where it all started -- unsung genius producer Tom Wilson had just invented "folk rock" by dubbing drums and electric guitar onto a song by then-unknown folkies Simon & Garfunkel -- the result was #1 smash "The Sounds of Silence."  So next he convinced the king of the folkies to rock out, thus bringing together the opposing worlds of socially & politically conscious "protest singers" with the broader youth culture of "rock and roll."  Bringing It All Back Home bridges that gap by including a side of rock & roll songs containing folk themes and also a side of subtlely electrified folk balladry.
Here's a caustic interview from 1965 with the newly electrified "protest singer."  Bob's first rock & roll album also produced his first hit single, "Subterranean Homesick Blues", which peaked at #39 on the US pop charts.  Another classic rock track from this album is "Maggie's Farm" (performed here at Farm Aid in 1985), but the most timeless composition on this album is probably "Mr. Tambourine Man" which was a massive hit for The Byrds, launching their career (this version is performed by Bob along with members of The Byrds, who had a massive hit with the song.)
Our other birthday boy this week is the sublime instrumentalist Miles Davis, who also flipped wigs by adding rock instruments to what was supposed to be unplugged music:  here's some acoustic Miles from the 1950's and some electric Miles from the 1970's.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
National Lampoon Those Fabulous Sixties (Bob Dylan parody) Radio Dinner 1972 USA
Cher Blowin' In The Wind (Bob Dylan) All I Really Want To Do 1965 USA
Manfred Mann Just Like A Woman (Bob Dylan) As Is 1966 UK
The Hollies The Times They Are A-Changin' (live - Bob Dylan) The Long Road Home (compilation) rec. 1968 UK
The Great Society (Grace Slick) Outlaw Blues (live - Bob Dylan) Conspicuous In Its Absence: Recorded Live At The Matrix rec. 1966 USA
The Band I Shall Be Released (live - Bob Dylan) Before The Flood 1974 Canada/USA
The Byrds You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Bob Dylan) Sweetheart Of The Rodeo 1968 USA

Bob Dylan It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) Bringing It All Back Home
1965 USA
Bob Dylan Bob Dylan's 115th Dream Bringing It All Back Home
1965 USA
Bob Dylan Maggie's Farm (live) Hard Rain 1976 USA
The 13th Floor Elevators It's All Over Now Baby Blue (Bob Dylan) Easter Everywhere 1967 USA
Race Marbles Like A Dribbling Fram (Bob Dylan parody) Nuggets vol. 3: The Acid Gallery rec. 1960's USA
Cheech & Chong Testimonial By R. Zimmerman (Bob Dylan parody) Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album 1974 USA
Bob Dylan & The Band Goin' To Acapulco The Basement Tapes rec. 1967, rel. 1975 USA/Canada
National Lampoon Down To Jamaica (Bob Dylan parody) Goodbye Pop 1975 USA
Sonny Laugh At Me (Bob Dylan "inspired") The Wondrous World Of Sonny & Cher 1966 USA
Vampire Hands
Bob Dylan Blues Skull Judge (N - split album with Daughters Of The Sun) 2010 (Modern Radio) USA
Miles Davis In A Silent Way / It's About That Time In A Silent Way 1969 USA
Miles Davis Prince Of Darkness Sorcerer 1967 USA
Miles Davis Ah-Leu-Cha (Charlie Parker) Round About Midnight 1957 USA
Charlie Parker (with Miles Davis) Dewey Square The Legendary Dial Masters (compilation) rec. 1947 USA
Beastie Boys Finger Lickin' Good (includes Bob Dylan sample) Check Your Head 1992 USA
Beastie Boys
Lee Majors Come Again Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (N) 2011 (Capitol) USA
Guzzo Pinc & The Longsleeves Cynthic Girl The Clap (N) 2011 (Free Agent) USA
Lunar Dunes Ayaz Galaxsea (N) 2011 (4Zero) UK
The Rick Ray Band View From A Train Can't Lie Hard Enough (N) 2011 (Neurosis) USA
Akron/Family Say What You Want To Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT (N) 2011 (Dead Oceans) USA
White Fence Get That Heart White Fence Is Growing Faith (N) 2011 (Woodsist) USA
The Feelies Way Down Here Before (N) 2011 (Bar/None) USA
Nico I'll Keep It With Mine (by Bob Dylan) Chelsea Girl 1966 Germany
Miles Davis Rated X Get Up With It 1974 USA
XTC All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan) White Music 1978 UK
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