July 27, 2015 – 7:57 am

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Newport 1965 [Flying M Production, 1CD]

Live at the Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island; July 25, 1965. Public domain.


On Saturday, July 24, 1965, Bob Dylan performed three acoustic numbers, “All I Really Want to Do”, “If You Gotta Go, Go Now”, and “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” at a Newport workshop. According to Jonathan Taplin, a roadie at Newport (and later a road manager for the acts of Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman), Dylan made a spontaneous decision on the Saturday that he would challenge the Festival by performing with a fully amplified band. Taplin said that Dylan had been irritated by what he considered condescending remarks which festival organizer Alan Lomax had made about the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, when Lomax introduced them for an earlier set at a festival workshop.

Dylan’s attitude, according to Taplin, was, “Well, fuck them if they think they can keep electricity out of here, I’ll do it. On a whim he said he wanted to play electric.” Dylan then assembled a band and rehearsed that night at a mansion being used by festival organizer George Wein. On the night of Sunday, July 25, Dylan’s appearance was sandwiched between Cousin Emmy and the Sea Island singers, two decidedly traditional acts. The band that went on stage to back Dylan included two musicians who had played on his recently released single, “Like a Rolling Stone”: Mike Bloomfield on lead guitar and Al Kooper on organ.
Two of Bloomfield’s bandmates from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band also appeared at Newport: bassist Jerome Arnold and drummer Sam Lay, along with Barry Goldberg on piano.

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Thanks to Flying M for sharing the tracks at The Traders Den.

Flying M noted:

Folk Rouge is the source of the stereo tracks on this presentation. This version is different as it has been speed corrected and cleaned of many of the vinyl noises that marred the silver disc. Bob Dylan “1965 Revisited” used for three seconds of missing intro to “Maggie’s Farm”.

TLH (wav) > Adobe Audition 3.0 (combine tracks, insert patch, speed correction, manual click and pop repairs) > CD Wav > TLH [flac 8]

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Track 01. Peter Yarrow’s introduction and tune up * 1:23 (2.3MB)
Track 02. Maggie’s Farm 5:27 (9.2MB)
Track 03. Like A Rolling Stone 5:56 (10.0MB)
Track 04. Phantom Engineer (early version of ‘It Takes A Lot To Laugh, A Train To Cry’) 3:31 (5.9MB)
Track 05. encore call and tune up * 2:41 (4.5MB)
Track 06. It’s All Over Now Baby Blue * 5:21 (9.0MB)
Track 07. Mr Tambourine Man * 7:00 (11.8MB)
32 mins

* from mono tape source

Bob Dylan - vocals, guitar and harmonica
Mike Bloomfield - lead guitar
Al Kooper - organ
Sam Lay - drums
Jerome Arnold - bass
Barry Goldberg - piano

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  1. 17 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - NEWPORT 1965”

  2. taped this off xrt in chitown in the 70’s, listened to it til the tape exploded, searched FOR YEARS for it…cept for maybe beatles on ed sullivan, the greatest moment in rock history…

    By y lee on Jul 27, 2015

  3. beautifulness

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 27, 2015

  4. Bob’s great sellout? A fascinating premise, sure to inflame the acolytes, courtesy of Elijah Wald, a pop music provocateur if there ever was one:

    By Happy Camper on Jul 27, 2015

  5. Thanks Big O. This is the turning point in rock and roll. Even the Beatles were influenced by this move by Dylan.

    By Marc on Jul 27, 2015

  6. Superb. We’ve had this a long time, but it is now good to have it as a neat package…thanks for taking the time to make it possibile. A night to remember.

    By Canute on Jul 27, 2015

  7. sellout miass the great folk scare was finally over.

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 27, 2015

  8. twas no sellout it was a creative progression. thx for the link HC ill be checking out that one.

    damn straight sarge some of that folk stuff was truly scary.

    By barth on Jul 27, 2015

  9. Joe Boyd’s book details this moment as well. Thanks. It will interesting to listen to

    By Kong on Jul 27, 2015

  10. Thanks Big O. Incredible good sound, 50 years ago! Iconic turning point.

    By elke on Jul 27, 2015

  11. Seeger’s rigidity about this was the one thing I never liked about him. You can take issue with how Dylan went about it, but at some point someone had to say “screw Ticky Tack Boxes, it’s the goddamn 20th century.”

    By thor on Jul 28, 2015

  12. thor , i couldn`t have said it any better.

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 28, 2015

  13. thor, Seeger had a lot invested in the folk scene. Ego, yes, but also a whole lotta love and hope and idealism. I’m a huge Dylan fan: 53 shows, maybe 4-5 times that many boots. But he had a young punk’s attitude. I understand Bob, but I feel for Pete.

    By Ken on Jul 28, 2015

  14. “Maggie’s Farm” sounds like a direct refutation of the folk purists to me. Ain’t gonna work on Lomax’s farm no more?

    By Just Bill on Jul 28, 2015

  15. its all folk music, its not sung by rabbits.

    By truth tooth on Jul 28, 2015

  16. TruToo: it’s not not sung by rabbits, it’s not sung by HORSES! Gitcher quotes right!

    Haven’t read the Wald book yet, but I gather from reviews it suggests that Bob considered himself and his career far more important than “the cause”, therefore he was considered a betrayal to those who supported him and for whom his earlier songs so powerfully articulated their beliefs.

    That said, this posting sure is one mofo sonic improvement over prior versions!

    By Happy Camper on Jul 28, 2015

  17. quote?
    we don`t need no dang quotes. ha!

    By truth tooth on Jul 28, 2015

  18. thanks, bigO!


    By I-) on Aug 11, 2015

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