Bob Dylan – Eat The Document Soundtrack
Columbia CL 2663 (fake – never released)
(reconstruction sourced from “The 1966 Live Recordings” (2016 Columbia Records))
Bob Dylan (guitar, harmonica, piano, vocals)
Robbie Robertson (lead guitar)
Rick Danko (bass, backing vocals)
Garth Hudson (organ)
Richard Manuel (piano)
Mickey Jones (drums)
An album that never was: the theoretical soundtrack to the unreleased documentary film “Eat The Document”, which chronicled Bob Dylan’s famous 1966 World Tour, backed by what would become The Band.
All recordings on this reconstruction are taken from “The 1966 Live Recordings”, all being Alderson’s fantastic mono soundboard recordings. The tracks are presented in the order as seen in “Eat The Document”, with the exception being that “Mr. Tambourine Man” is moved up to open Side B as a sort of acoustic intermission, and “Like A Rolling Stone” is moved down to end the album and create a finale. Side A opens with the energetic Liverpool 5/14/66 performance of “Tell Me, Momma”, which was also featured on The Band’s 2005 anthology “A Musical History”. This is followed by the driving Cardiff 5/11/66 take of “I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)”. While the film features a montage of three performances of “Ballad Of A Thin Man” (from Newcastle, Cardiff and Glasgow), here we will use the entire Newcastle 5/21/66 performance in which Dylan truly accuses the audience itself to be the flabbergasted Mr. Jones. Concluding the side is the anguished Belfast 5/6/66 performance of “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues.”
Side B begins with what we now know as the serene Newcastle performance of “Mr. Tambourine Man”, which merges into the rollicking Liverpool “Baby, Let Me Follow You Down”. Next is the dusty Belfast performance of “One Too Many Mornings”; since the recording was incomplete, a patch is used from Sheffield 5/16/66 to create a full take of the song which luckily includes a large amount of booing from the audience, followed by Dylan’s taunting. After an audience member requests his biggest hit, Dylan obliges and the album concludes with the powerful Liverpool “Like A Rolling Stone”. The resulting album not only fills in the ambiguity left from “Eat The Document”, but creates a hair-raising live record filled with some of the highlights from his 1966 Tour, worthy of a theoretical release in March 1967 (a place surely taken by “Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits”). Although as an imaginary soundtrack to a film that was never released, it's a bit of a stretch... but when you got nothing, you got nothing to lose.
1. Tell Me, Momma (4:38)
2. I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (5:52)
3. Ballad Of A Thin Man (7:27)
4. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (5:45)
5. Mr. Tambourine Man (9:37)
6. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (4:35)
7. One Too Many Mornings (3:38)
8. Like A Rolling Stone (7:40)
Many thanks to whomever compiled this fake LP (including artwork), wrote the notes above and posted it in the first place.
Fake labels by Cousin--Mike
Artwork Included (front, back, labels)