The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert

Live 1966: The ‘Royal Albert Hall’ Concert is a two-disc live album by Bob Dylan, released in 1998. It is the second installment in the ongoing Bob Dylan Bootleg Series on Legacy Recordings, and has been certified a gold record by the RIAA. It was recorded at the Manchester Free Trade Hall during Dylan’s world tour in 1966, though early bootlegs attributed the recording to the Royal Albert Hall so it became known as the Royal Albert Hall Concert. Extensively bootlegged for decades, it is an important document in the development of popular music during the 1960s. The set list consisted of two parts, with the first half of the concert being Dylan alone on stage performing an entirely acoustic set of songs, while the second half of the concert has Dylan playing an ‘electric’ set of songs alongside his band the Hawks. The first half of the concert was greeted warmly by the audience, while the second half was highly criticized, with heckling going on before and after each song. After touring North America from the fall of 1965 through the winter of 1966, Dylan, accompanied by the Hawks (later renamed the Band), embarked on a six-week spring tour that began in Australia, wound through western Europe, Ireland and the United Kingdom, and wrapped up in London. Dylan’s move to electric music, and his apparent disconnection from traditional folk music, continued to be controversial, and his UK audiences were particularly disruptive with some fans believing Dylan had ‘sold out‘. … However, Dylan’s now-legendary confrontation with a heckler calling out ‘Judas‘ from the audience, clearly heard on the recording, was well documented as having occurred at Manchester‘s Free Trade Hall on May 17, 1966. … Dylan rejected that edition; three years later, he authorized a markedly different version for his second ‘Bootleg Series’ release. One song recorded at Dylan’s real Royal Albert Hall concert had been previously released: his May 26, 1966 performance of ‘Visions of Johanna‘ on the Box set Biograph. …”
YouTube: Bob Dylan – The 1966 Live Recordings: The Untold Story Behind The Recordings 12:31
YouTube: Visions of Johanna (Live at Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK – May 17, 1966, Fourth Time Around, Desolation Row, Baby, Let Me Follow You Down, I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met), Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, Like a Rolling Stone

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