Genuine Live 1966 (Disc 1) :: A Phoenix in April

Welcome to the second year running that I am planning to dedicate to the all encompassing person that is Bob Dylan. I have a great year planned for your Fridays, beginning with the mammoth Genuine Live 1966 Disc which is an 8-CD Box Set from Bob’s 1966 tour which sees him in Australia and England playing songs just … amazingly. Although this isn’t my favorite Bob year of the era, and Bob is audibly exhausted, this is still a portrait of an artist at such a pinnacle in his career – it’s just beautiful. I will be giving you the next 7 CDs over the coming weeks. Here’s what Bob’s Boots has to say…

This incredible 8 CD box set from Scorpio is the ultimate documentation of the 1966 world tour. The sound quality is as good as the best known recordings. The package itself warrants owning this visual stunner. Always at the top of the game, Scorpio adds this crown jewel into their already impressive catalog. The covers are all rare period photos and images that have to be seen to be believed. Each of the 8 discs slips into a cardboard sleeve not unlike a vinyl LP jacket. The jacket then slips into a gatefold cardboard cover. The covers bear a logo altered from the old CBS ‘eye’ logo. Each of the five covers are presented as a set, with individual names, photos and graphics. The individual CDs can be seen by clicking on the name of each one at right. The entire set comes housed in a fabulous looking cardboard box with a great photo cover and a gold foil sticker. The CDs are gold, each with a different color ink that touts ‘Robert and the Hawks’, along with the tracks. As well as a lone wolf logo, Scorpio has borrowed another logo for the CD design … a ‘Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab’ type logo emblazoned on the left side of each disc lends a touch of class. All of this over the top excess would make any collector drool, …but it doesn’t stop there. Scorpio has also included two full color tour booklets, 3 vintage looking black and white postcards. And a jaw dropping fold out 9½” x 14½” poster. You can see it full size by clicking the thumbnail at right. This extravagant set will be one of the highlights of any size collection.

1. She Belongs To Me 3:44
2. Fourth Time Around 4:51
3. Visions of Johanna 7:52
4. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue 5:54
5. Desolation Row 11:01
6. Just Like a Woman 5:43
7. Mr. Tambourine Man 7:35