Bob Dylan – Folk Rogue (1998)

FrontCover1This album is one to grab for several reasons. First of all, The Newport shows from Freebody Park are essential both to any serious Dylan collection, as well as to any music historian. This set compares the sublime acoustic folk ’64 show to the infamous ‘Electric’ ’65 show that forever changed the face of folk, rock, and folk-rock music. The entire CD is soundboard recordings, and this is the best sounding Newport recordings ever. The filler material is of fascinating historical importance as well. The two missing songs from the newly discovered Hollywood Bowl show. Finally, the aesthetics are nice andthe venue information is complete. (

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In the span of exactly 365 days, from his July 26, 1964, appearance at the famed Newport Folk Festival to his return on July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan rocketed from folk luminary to lightning rod. After first abandoning the protest themes of his classic early anthems to focus on more poetic, personal subjects, Dylan next forsook the rigid traditions of roots music to go electric, drawing on the spirit of rock & roll to forge a revolutionary and controversial sound all his own. The must-have bootleg release Folk Rogue 1964-1965 contains both Newport sets in their entirety, and the contrast is extraordinary: while the 1964 audience treats sublime, introspective songs like “It Ain’t Me, Babe” and “All I Really Want to Do” with reverence and awe, the 1965 crowd seems poised on the brink of anarchy, and regardless of whether the catalyst was the elemental ferocity of the music, the inadequate sound system, or the brevity of the three-song set, the tension is palpable, and it elevates Dylan and his band to remarkable heights.

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Adding a pair of songs from Dylan’s September 3, 1965, show at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl for good measure, Folk Rogue 1964-1965 remains the definitive single-disc presentation of this landmark material. Soundboard-quality fidelity and tasteful packaging complete an essential collection, although Dandelion’s two-disc From Newport to the Ancient Empty Streets in LA adds the Hollywood Bowl show in its entirety while subtracting “It Ain’t Me Babe” from the 1964 Newport appearance, so comparison shopping is recommended. (by Jason Ankeny)


Bob Dylan (guitar, vocals, harmonica)
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (08. – 10.)
Joan Baez (background vocals on 01.)


01. It Ain’t Me, Babe 3.39
02 All I Really Want To Do 4.09
03. To Ramona 4.33
04. Mr. Tambourine Man 7.27
05. Chimes Of Freedom 8.00
06. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright 3.33
07. All I Really Want To Do 1.37
08. Maggies Farm 6.47
09. Like A Rolling Stone 5.54
10. Phantom Engineer 4.13
11. Tombstone Blues 4.45
12. It Ain’t Me, Babe 4.38
13. We Want Bobby 1.56
14. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue 5.33
15. Mr. Tambourine Man 6.55

All songs written by Bob Dylan

Track 1 recorded July 24, 1964 at the Newport Folk Festival with Joan Baez
Tracks 2-5 recorded July 26, 1964 at the Newport Folk Festival
Track 6 recorded May 6, 1965 at City Hall, Newcastle, U.K.
Track 7 recorded July 24, 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival afternoon workshop
Tracks 8-10 recorded July 25, 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival with the Butterfield Blues Band
Tracks 11-12 recorded September 3, 1965 at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California
Tracks 13-15 recorded July 25, 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival



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2 thoughts on “Bob Dylan – Folk Rogue (1998)

  1. Maybe I’m a neanderthal, but I don’t mean to be anymore than a stick means to be a stick. I mean a stick is what it is. I am what I am. Are these just incredibly interesting things to read, or is there music connected here somehow? If there is, please tell me how to find it.


  2. Hi

    Thanks for all your precious gifts.
    Could you please provide new links for Dylan’s ‘Clean Cuts’ and ‘Between Saved and Shot’?


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