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Clean Cuts [Sick Cat, 1CD]
Empire Burlesque sessions, New York, NY and Hollywood, CA, July 1984-April 1985. Very good soundboard, speed-corrected version.
After more than 20 years, opinion is still divided when it comes to Bob Dylan’s 23rd studio album, Empire Burlesque (1985). According to the wikipedia, “fans and critics continue to debate the album’s merits, especially when compared to Dylan’s classics of the 1960s, ’70s and 2000s.”
Kurt Loder, reviewing the album in Rolling Stone magazine, called the album “a blast of real rock & roll, funneled through a dense, roiling production – custom-chopped-and-channeled by remix wiz Arthur Baker – that affords Dylan more pure street-beat credibility than he has aspired to since… well, pick your favorite faraway year. Could there be actual hits hunkering here? Is Dylan “back”? Again? One is tempted to trumpet some such tidings.
“Because of the basic nature of its material, however elliptically presented, Empire Burlesque is bound to confound and exasperate many listeners. I continue to miss the emotional specificity of past Dylan masterworks, like “Tangled Up in Blue,” and grow weary of his woozier generalities (”Emotionally Yours” could be about a lover, or it could be about Jesus; it’s so lacking in detail, I can’t imagine how anyone could care). But I am heartened when he cranks up and rocks out, as he does here. Dylan may never resolve the tension between spiritual conviction and rock & roll kicks, but I like to think he’s straying in the right direction.”
In 1992, Sick Cat released Clean Cuts, a collection of Empire Burlesque outtakes. As bobsboots.com pointed out: “The biggest problem with this release is in trying to put too many tracks on it! The technology of the day allowed 70 to 72 minutes recording time. This disc is 72:02. However, to achieve that time constraint of the CD, the songs were mastered about 10 per cent too fast.”
A Dylan fan took the trouble to speed-correct the tracks and these are offered here.
Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released.
These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.
Track 01. Go ‘Way Little Boy (A)
Track 02. Driftin’ Too Far From Shore (B)
Track 03. Who Loves You More (B)
Track 04. New Danville Girl (C)
Track 05. Something’s Burning Baby (C)
Track 06. Tight Connection To My Heart (D)
Track 07. Clean Cut Kid (B)
Track 08. I’ll Remember You (C)
Track 09. Seeing The Real You At Last (C)
Track 10. Trust Yourself (C)
Track 11. Emotionally Yours (C)
Track 12. When The Night Comes Falling (D)
Track 13. Waiting To Get Beat (D)
Track 14. Straight A’s In Love (B)
Track 15. The very Thought Of You (B)
Track 16. Never Gonna Be The Same Again (D)
A. Power Station, NYC
Ronnie Wood - guitar, Marvin Ettioni - bass, Benmont Tench - organ, Don Heffington - drums
B. Delta Sound Labs
Bob Dylan - piano/synth, Ronnie Wood - guitar, John Davis - bass, Anton Fig - drums
C. Cherokee Studio
Ira Ingber - guitar, Carl Sealove - bass, Vince Melamed - keyboards, Don Heffington - drums, Madelyn Quebec - backing vocals
D. Shakedown Sound Studios
Bob Dylan - keyboards, Al Kooper - guitar, Mick Taylor - guitar, Ted Pearlman - guitar, Stuart Kimball - guitar, Sly Dunbar - drums, Robbie Shakespear - bass
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