Bob Dylan – The 1966 Live Recordings: The Untold Story

by Steve Spohn
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BobDylan1966LiveRecordingsAmerica’s preeminent rock poet has just released Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings – an enormous 36-disc box set containing every known recording from his infamous 1966 World Tour. Dylan has also shared a behind-the-scenes look at the making of those treasured recordings in a 12-minute mini-documentary, Bob Dylan – The 1966 Live Recordings: The Untold Story Behind The Recordings. It’s a well-packaged slice of rock history you won’t want to miss!

The 12-minute short mixes vintage never-before-seen footage from 1966 and an interview with Dylan’s sound engineer Richard Alderson. He talks about the challenges that came with amplifying live performances of Dylan’s electric band, which included guitarist Robbie Robertson, bassist Rick Danko and keyboardists Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel as well as drummer Mickey Jones.

Here’s how Dylan’s new release, The 1966 Live Recordings, is billed:

A monumental 36-disc box set featuring every known recording from the mythic and controversial 1966 tour of the US, UK, Europe and Australia. With the exception of the Manchester concert (May 17, 1966) released as Bob Dylan Live 1966 The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 in 1998, a pair of songs appearing on the 1985 Biograph compilation and a smattering of others, the overwhelming majority of tracks and performances on Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings are previously unreleased in any format – official or bootlegged – and are being made available now for the very first time.

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Steve Spohn is a former Saturday Night Live and Nickelodeon Television executive. Growing up near Princeton, NJ, led to a musical addiction, with WMMR in Philly and WNEW in NYC providing the daily dose. When not attending or planning to attend Bruce Springsteen concerts, he's plugging away as a screenwriter in Beverly Hills. Reach Steve at