Bob Dylan Massive Collection 1966 Recordings
In this 36 disc box set you will find all the tapes of Bob Dylan from his time touring the world in 1966. It captures audiences and their excitement or their combativeness as well as each mesmerizing performance by the man himself.
Capturing the ambitious rise of the artist, the 1966 Live Recordings box set contains total of 36 discs and each showcases this talented singer’s exhilarating performances spread across various cities such as London, Paris and Manchester. Believed by critics to be his best time, the 60s are well articulated and soothing to the soul in this collection. It even manages to grasp a little of the controversial audience he faced during the time. Be it brandishing his prowess with the electric guitar in front of other rock bands or sticking with political song compositions – he was always at the forefront of it all.
Now you may be thinking why 36 CDs but that’s because he held a lot of concerts during that year. As you progress past the first couple of CDs and onto the later ones, it becomes evident that he sticks to a chronological list from performance to performance. Be it a gritty audience, a welcoming one he performs the same set list in almost the exact same order no matter the tour he is on. Then there are CDs showcasing his missing songs or incomplete creations as well as a few overtly vocal tracks. There are a few mostly audience tapes capturing the audience reaction more than the artist’s performance. Overall, this collection is an excellent amalgamation of what it meant to be part of the Bob Dylan entourage.
Dylan’s histrionics are well documented throughout the recordings and while you can’t really make out much of the audience recordings, you can for instance, figure out that he slurs his words on few occasions, desperately tries to fumble with his instrument getting them to tune up. As you head into the 26th and 27th disc you get to the point where he celebrates his 25th birthday in Paris and enters a frenzied state on stage. All these tiny details are caught in perfect harmony for diehard Dylan fans.
The British paper never really gave much credit to Bob Dylan suggesting that their music was not typical and that they had few nuances that should not exist. For instance, the double organ and piano attack, filling song corners with R&B, basically mixing things up was what irked them most. However, these are the signature of any Bob Dylan creation and more so evident when on stage in live recordings. The 1966 Live Recordings bring these subtleties out to the forefront and show you a whole different picture of the artist himself.