September 16, 2010 – 10:49 am

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Sessions 1970 [no label, 1CD]

Studio Sessions at Columbia Studios B, New York, NY; May 1, 1970. Very good soundboard.

Recently, an Australia collector sent me some discs and this is one show you don’t already have in your collection. George Harrison’s involvement is only as a sideman. - Philip Cohen

The following was posted at

Bob Dylan and George Harrison are remembered for working together in The Traveling Wilburys in the late 1980s, and, of course, Bob Dylan’s guest appearance at George’s Concert For Bangladesh in 1971.

This session is from May 1970, when both artists were busy on solo projects. Indeed Bob Dylan released two albums in 1970, Self Portrait and New Morning, the latter proving far more popular with his critics. George Harrison was of course working on All Things Must Pass,his legendary ‘triple’ album.

Bob Dylan co-wrote I’d Have You Anytime with George Harrison, which appeared as the opening track on All Things Must Pass (which also included a cover of Dylan’s If Not For You).

These sessions may well have prompted or been a part of those developments. Whatever the case, it is clear as you listen, that they were very comfortable with each other, and enjoying themselves. This then is Bob Dylan and George Harrison’s Studio Sessions at Columbia Studios B, New York, NY, on the 1st May 1970.

At the same time, someone else posted on the site:

Only half of this is the Dylan-Harrison stuff (starting with Song To Woody). The first half (Ghost Riders to Rainy Day Women)… is from a different session in Nashville on May 3, 1969. That session featured Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. I’ve seen this stuff on different boots but I know that Never Get Out Of The Boat has the complete sessions.

The page also elicited the following comment:

I have listened to the version of these tapes that are on the Almost Went To See Elvis bootleg and I firmly believe that the tape is mostly continous and that George Harrison Is on all the songs.

Whatever the case, it is a rousing good session and thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

These tracks are no longer available for download.

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  2. These tracks were posted on Nevergetoutoftheboat with different dates and lineup:

    By Steve on Sep 16, 2010

  3. hey bigo, thanks! this is pretty good.

    By Ed Saad on Sep 16, 2010

  4. Hey Philip, that was a great session in May 1970.
    You can tell they enjoy it - and that does not exist at Bob often.
    The titles “When’s My Swamp Gonna Catch Fire?”and “Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance” are new to me. You may be out of this session - but so far they have never been assigned to this. It also lacks “If Not For You”- here you can hear clearly the “crying” guitar from George - if the take is not from this session, then have Bob and George have been together again in the studio.
    Possibly on “Self Portrait” - although this song is there, backed by violins.
    Thank you, Philip

    By stevie on Sep 17, 2010

  5. thanks as usual. fun listening.

    as you seem to be on a Dylan kick recently, how’s about rotating Isle of Wight 1969 back to “restart”…

    By Scott Brookman on Sep 18, 2010

  6. Thanks for sharing this one. I have some of this on a disc called Yesterday but this has some songs I don’t see on there.

    By Matt on Oct 19, 2010

  7. Thank you for this amzing post! I’m very grateful for the opportunity to listen to this historic session.

    By Improper Bostonian on Jan 17, 2012

  8. Great!
    Thank you very much!

    By bob on Feb 18, 2012

  9. Does anybody have any way to get this??? I want this sooooo bad…

    By hi there on Dec 19, 2014

  10. check just slightly short of half way down here -

    By darth on Dec 20, 2014

  11. Thanks so much darth! YOU ROCK!

    By hi there on Dec 29, 2014

  12. it would seem opinions vary if u could imagine that.

    By darth on Dec 29, 2014

  13. Don’t worry about it, darth! Everyone with half a brain knows that, YOU’RE THE BEST!

    By hi there on Dec 30, 2014

  14. half a brainers are darths buddys.
    full brainers know hes a dick.

    By big red nek on Dec 30, 2014

  15. WOW.

    By hi there on Dec 31, 2014

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