Every day at 5:30 PM Albert highlights songs spanning Bob Dylan's career from deep cuts to collaborations, to recent recordings. Today he is featuring "Tears of Rage", "On The Road Again", and "Forever Young (Live)" from The Last Waltz.
Tears of Rage: "Tears of Rage"--melody by Richard Manuel and lyrics by Bob Dylan--was recorded both by The Band on Music From Big Pink and Bob Dylan and The Band on The Basement Tapes. Considered one of the most celebrated tracks from The Basement Tapes, it was in fact first recorded in 1967 during rehearsals at Big Pink, The Band's house in Upstate New York with The Band backing Dylan on lead vocals. This version of the song was widely bootlegged but wasn't officially released until The Basement Tapes in 1975. The non-Dylan version with Richard Manuel on lead vocals, however, was featured on The Band's Music From Big Pink in 1968. The song has since been recorded by various artists including Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia and Gene Clark.
On The Road Again: Produced by Tom Wilson--the famed produced who also worked with such acts as The Velvet Underground, The Mothers of Invention, and Simon and Garfunkel among others--and recorded in January, 1965, "On The Road Again" is featured on the electric first side of Dylan's fifth studio album, Bringing It All Back Home. The record is separated into two sides: the electric side and the acoustic side. On the whole Bringing It All Back Home, continued to distance Dylan from the folk community as on the electric side he had a rock band backing him and the second song featured more personal lyrics than the protest songs he was known for. It was also the first of Dylan's albums to break the Billboard Top 10, peaking at number 6.
Forever Young (Live): This track originally was featured on Dylan's 1974 album, Planet Waves, in both a slow and a fast version. The record--Dylan's fourteenth--was also a collaboration with The Band and was supported by a reunion tour beginning a few weeks before its release. It was originally slated to be titled Ceremonies of The Horsemen, a callback to the track "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" off of Bringing It All Back Home, but Dylan chose to change the title at the last minute, delaying the album's release. This version is a live recording, on November 25th, 1976, from what was supposed to be The Band's final show. Other guest performers included Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, The Staple Singers, Neil Young, Bobby Charles, Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood, Ronnie Hawkins, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell. Martin Scorsese filmed the concert for a documentary of the same name, which came out in 1978.