Bob Dylan - Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 / Like A Rolling Stone
Format:Vinyl, 7", Single, 45 RPM
Vinyl is VG+ to VG++ some light scuffs. Name written on A side of label
Country: Canada Issue
Released: late 70`s
Style: Folk Rock
A Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 2:26
B Like A Rolling Stone 6:00
Producer - Bob Johnston (tracks: A) , Tom Wilson (tracks: B)
Written-By - B. Dylan
"Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" is a song by Bob Dylan and the opening track of his 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde.
The song is notable for its unusual instrumentation, being the only song on Blonde On Blonde to feature a brass band, and the somewhat controversial "They'll stone ya" in every line of the verses, plus the refrain of "But I would not feel so all alone--everybody must get stoned!".
The song is essentially a simple blues chord progression in the key of F. The parts played by the trombone, tuba, piano, bass, drums, and tambourine remain practically the same in all of the verses, but Dylan's harmonica playing and vocal performance are both wildly varied, and generally not in the same key as other instruments. There can also be heard much laughter and shouting in the background, mixed down to a low volume level, and Dylan himself laughs several times during his vocal delivery.
The song sounds as if it is being played by musicians who are very high on marijuana, and that is possibly intentional. According to Howard Sounes' book Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan, Dylan refused to play the song "straight," meaning sober, and large milkshake cartons of "Leprechaun Cocktails" (normally served in shot glasses) were brought in for the band to consume. Dylan did not touch the alcohol but was high on cannabis, having passed joints around before the recording.
"Like a Rolling Stone" is a 1965 rock song by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Its confrontational lyrics originate in an extended piece of verse Dylan wrote in June 1965, when he returned exhausted from a grueling tour of England. "Like a Rolling Stone" was recorded a few weeks later as part of the sessions for the forthcoming album Highway 61 Revisited. During a difficult two days pre-production, Dylan struggled to find the essence of the song, which was demoed without success as a waltz. A breakthrough was made when it was tried in a rock music format, and rookie session musician Al Kooper improvised the organ riff for which the track is known. However, Columbia Records was unhappy with both the song's length at over six minutes and its heavy electric sound, and were hesitant to release it. It was only when a month later a copy was leaked to a popular disco and heard by influential DJs that the song was put out as a single. Although radio stations were reluctant to play such a long track, "Like a Rolling Stone" reached number two in the US charts and became a worldwide hit.
The track has been described as revolutionary in its combination of different musical elements, the youthful, cynical sound of Dylan's voice, and the directness of the question in the chorus: "How does it feel?". "Like a Rolling Stone" transformed Dylan's career and is today considered one of the most influential compositions in post-war popular music and has since its release been both a music industry and popular culture milestone which elevated Dylan's image to iconic. The song has been covered by numerous artists, including Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Bob Marley & The Wailers.
Bob Dylan-Rainy Day Woman #12 & #35
Bob Dylan at Woodstock in 1994. Unbelievable talent.
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone voted this #1 out of the 500 most greatest songs in history, and with good reason.