Too Much Of Nothing

Bob Dylan 1970

 

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Olof Björner

 

A summary of recording & concert activities,

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CONTENTS:

 

1      INTRODUCTION.. 2

2      The Year At a glance.. 2

3      CALENDAR.. 2

4      RECORDINGS. 3

5      SELF PORTRAIT.. 3

6      NEW MORNING.. 5

7      SONGS 1970. 7

8      SOURCES. 8

9      SUGGESTED READINGS. 8

9.1       General background.. 8

9.2       Article compilations. 9

9.3       Selected article. 9

 


 

1               INTRODUCTION

A lot of time spent in studios in Nashville and New York results in the songs released on Self Portrait and New Morning, and later on Columbia Records "revenge album" Dylan. Apart from the songs on New Morning these songs are covers. No live appearances are known from 1970, only the brief appearance in the TV program Earls Scruggs Documentary in December.

 

2               The Year At a glance

 

 

 

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3               CALENDAR

3 – 5 March

Self Portrait sessions in New York City.

1 May

New Morning session in New York City.

1 – 5 June

New Morning sessions in New York City.

8 June

Release of Self Portrait.

9 June

Dylan accepts an honorary doctorate in music at Princeton University.

30 June

New Morning session in New York City.

July

Release of Wigwam/Copper Kettle single.

Summer

Dylan visits Israel.

12 August

Last New Morning session in New York City.

18 September

Jimi Hendrix dies.

4 October

Janis Joplin dies.

21 October

Release of New Morning.

November

Tarantula is finally published by MacMillan.

December

Dylan participates in the TV program Earl Scruggs Documentary.

 

4               RECORDINGS

 

35 March

New York City, New York

Self Portrait sessions

1117 March

Nashville, Tennessee

Self Portrait overdub sessions

26 – 27 March

Los Angeles, California

Self Portrait overdub sessions

30 March

Nashville, Tennessee

Self Portrait overdub session

23 April

Nashville, Tennessee

Self Portrait overdub sessions

1 May

New York City, New York

New Morning session

15 June

New York City, New York

New Morning sessions

30 June

New York City, New York

New Morning session

13, 23 July

New York City, New York

New Morning overdub sessions

12 August

New York City, New York

Last New Morning session

December

Carmel, New York

Earl Scruggs Documentary

 

For details please refer to the corresponding Still On The Road session pages.

 

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5               SELF PORTRAIT

This album was recorded during three recording sessions during spring 1969 in Nashville, Tennessee and three more a year later in New York City. Session overview[1]:

 

 

# of

take released on

 

Date

Song

takes

SP[2]

DY [3]

24 April 1969

Living The Blues

6

6

 

 

Spanish Is The Loving Tongue

7

 

7

26 April 1969[4]

Take Me As I Am

1

1

 

 

A Fool Such As I

1

 

1

 

I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know

1

1

 

 

Let It Be Me

1

1

 

 

Running

1

 

 

3 May 1969[5]

Take A Message To Mary

1

1

 

 

Blue Moon

1

1

 

 

Ring Of Fire

 

 

 

 

Folsom Prison Blues

 

 

 

3 March 1970

Pretty Saro

6

 

 

 

Little Sadie

1

1

 

 

Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

1

 

 

 

Went To See The Gypsy

1

 

 

 

In Search Of Little Sadie

1

1

 

 

Belle Isle

1

1

 

 

Universal Soldier

1

 

 

 

Copper Kettle

1

1

 

 

When A Fellow's Out Of A Job

1

 

 

 

These Hands

1

 

 

 

It Hurts Me Too

1

1

 

 

The Boxer

1

1

 

 

Spanish Is The Loving Tongue

1

 

 

 

Woogie Boogie

1

 

 

4 March 1970

Went To See The Gypsy

5

 

 

 

Thirsty Boots

5

 

 

 

Tattle O-Day

1

 

 

 

Railroad Bill

1

 

 

 

House Carpenter

1

 

 

 

This Evening So Soon

1

 

 

 

Days Of ’49

1

1

 

 

Annie's Going To Sing Her Song

1

 

 

 

Early Morning Rain

1

1

 

 

Wigwam

1

1

 

 

Time Passes Slowly

1

 

 

5 March 1970

Alberta

2

 

 

 

Alberta No. 2

1

1

 

 

Little Moses

1

 

 

 

Alberta No. 1

1

1

 

 

Come A Little Bit Closer

1

 

 

 

Come All You Fair And Tender Ladies

1

 

 

 

My Previous Life

3

 

 

 

Gotta Travel On

1

1

 

 

Went To See The Gypsy

1

 

 

 

Time Passes Slowly

1

 

 

 

Come A Little Bit Closer

2

 

 

 

All The Tired Horses

1

1

 

 

For more details about some of these sessions please refer to the corresponding session page in Still On The Road.

 

Live history

Song

Debut

Gotta Travel On

Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida, 18 April 1976.

I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know

Athletic Park, Wellington, New Zealand, 5 February 1986.

Let It Be Me

Stade de Colombes, Colombes, France, June 23, 1981.

The Boxer

Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Florida, 2 September 1999 in duet with Paul Simon

Early Morning Rain

Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 3 July 1989.

 

The other songs on Self Portrait have probably never been played live.

 

Performances during The Never-Ending Tour:

The Boxer

1999

Early Morning Rain

1989 – 1991

 

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6               NEW MORNING

At least 195 takes of 50 songs during 8 recording sessions yielded the 12 songs on New Morning. 1 further song was released as a single and another 7 were later released on Dylan. A couple of the songs were also tried out during the Self Portrait sessions, see previous chapter. Here's a summary of the sessions[6]:

 

 

# of

take released on

Date

Song

takes

NM[7]

BS[8]

DY[9]

MP[10]

 

1 May [11]

Sign On The Window

5

5

 

 

 

 

 

If Not For You

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

Time Passes Slowly

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working On A Guru

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Went To See The Gypsy

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Song To Woody

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mama, You Been On My Mind

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Met Him On A Sunday

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Too Many Mornings

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost Riders In The Sky

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupid

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

All I Have To Do Is Dream

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gates Of Eden

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Threw It All Away

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Don't Believe You

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matchbox

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your True Love

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telephone Wire

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishin' Blues

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Ain't Me, Babe

1

 

 

 

 

 

1 June

Alligator Man

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ballad Of Ira Hayes

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

Oh Lonesome Me

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Ann

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Jane

8

 

 

5|8[12]

 

 

2 June

Spanish Is The Loving Tongue

2

 

 

 

2[13]

 

 

Mary Ann

9

 

 

7

 

 

 

Mr. Bojangles

6

 

 

6

 

 

 

If Not For You

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Passes Slowly

14

 

 

 

 

 

3 June

Jamaica Farewell

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can't Help Falling In Love

3

 

 

3

 

 

 

Long Black Veil

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lily Of The West

2

 

 

2

 

 

 

One More Weekend

2

2

 

 

 

 

4 June

Bring Me Water

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Angels

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow Is A Long Time

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Yellow Taxi

7

 

 

5+7[14]

 

 

 

New Morning

3

3

 

 

 

 

5 June

If Dogs Run Free

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

Went To See The Gypsy

4

4

 

 

 

 

 

Sign On The Window

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winterlude

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

I Forgot To Remember To Forget

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Man In Me

2

1|2[15]

 

 

 

 

 

Ahoooah (Owau)

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father Of Night

11

11

 

 

 

 

 

Lily Of The West

4

 

 

 

 

 

30 June

Blowin’ In The Wind

13

 

 

 

 

 

12 August

If Not For You

5

5

 

 

 

 

 

Time Passes Slowly

8

3

 

 

 

 

 

Day Of The Locusts

7

7

 

 

 

 

 

For more details about some of these sessions please refer to the corresponding session page in Still On The Road.

 

Live history

Song

Debut

If Dogs Run Free

Halle Münsterland, Münster, Germany, 1 October 2000.

If Not For You

State Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 14 April 1992.

The Man In Me

Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 20 February 1978.

New Morning

Saenger Theater, New Orleans, Louisiana, 19 April 1991.

 

Day Of The Locusts, Father Of Night, One More Weekend, Sign On The Windo, Three Angels, Time Passes Slowly, Went To See The Gypsy and Winterlude have probably never been played live.

 

There are no officially released live versions of the songs on New Morning.

 

Performances during The Never-Ending Tour:

If Dogs Run Free

2000, 2001

If Not For You

1992 – 2001

The Man In Me

1988 – 1991, 1993 – 2000

New Morning

1991 – 1992

 

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7               SONGS 1970

 Winter    

All The Tired Horses

 

Wigwam

March

Went To See The Gypsy

 

Woogie Boogie

May

Air To Breathe[16]

 

I'd Have You Any Time [17]

 

If Not For You

 

Time Passes Slowly

 

Working On A Guru

August

Day Of The Locusts

 

Father Of Night

 

If Dogs Run Free

 

The Man In Me

 

New Morning

 

One More Weekend

 

Sign On The Window

 

Three Angels

 

Winterlude

 

8               SOURCES

Tim Dunn

I Just Write 'Em As They Come.
Annotated Guide to the Writings of Bob Dylan

A Not-A-Ces Publishing Venture 1990.

Glen Dundas

Tangled Up In Tapes — 4th Edition

A Recording History of Bob Dylan

SMA Services, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada 1999. Softcover 334 pages.

Clinton Heylin

A Life In Stolen Moments.

Bob Dylan Day By Day 1941-1995.

Schirmer Books 1996, 404 pages.

Clinton Heylin

Bob Dylan, The Recording Sessions 1960-1994

St. Martin's Press, 1995, 233 pages.

Michael Krogsgaard

Positively Bob Dylan. A Thirty-Year Discography, Concert & Record Session Guide 1960-1991.
Popular Culture, Ink. 1991. 500 pages

 

 

9               SUGGESTED READINGS

9.1         General background

Michael Gray

Song & Dance Man III. The Art Of Bob Dylan

Cassell 1999. Hardback 918 pages (!!)

Clinton Heylin

Behind The Shades. A Biography.

Summit Books 1991, 500 pages.

Anthony Scaduto

Bob Dylan. An intimate biography. New American Library 1973

Robert Shelton

No Direction Home. The Life and Music of Bob Dylan.
New American Library 1986.

Howard Sounes

Down The Highway. The Life Of Bob Dylan. Groove Press 2001.

 

9.2         Article compilations

Carl Benson (ed)

The Bob Dylan Companion — Four Decades of Commentary.

Schirmer Books, New York 1998. Softcover 306 pages.

Craig McGregor (ed)

Bob Dylan. A Retrospective. William Morrow 1972

Elizabeth M. Thomson (ed)

Conclusions On The Wall. New Essays On Bob Dylan.

Thin Man 1980

 

9.3         Selected article

Interview: Harvey Brooks – The Telegraph 47 (Winter 1993)

 

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[1]  Overdub sessions not shown.

[2]  Self Portrait

[3]  Dylan

[4]  No session sheet available from this session, there was probably several takes of each song.

[5]  No session sheet available from this session, there was probably several takes of each song.

[6] Overdub sessions not shown.

[7]  New Morning

[8]  Bootleg Series

[9]  Dylan

[10]  Masterpieces

[11]  Session with George Harrison.

[12]  Either take 5 or 8.

[13]  Also released on single.

[14]  A splice of take 5 and 7.

[15] Either take 1 or 2.

[16]  No recording known.

[17]  Co-written with George Harrison and recorded by him on the album All Things Must Pass, which also contains a nice cover of If Not For You.