2      The Year at a glance



5      NEW TAPES

5.1       Genuine Bootleg Series

5.2       Infidels sessions








This year Bob Dylan decided to surprise us by NOT surprising us. Same procedure as last year. Same band, same songs, same show format. And, it has to be said, same high quality or even higher than 1993. In fact in terms of Bob Dylan's own performance, this has to be the best year since 1988. Still there were some disappointments. No song debuts, excluding one performance of Lady Came From Baltimore by Tim Hardin. Not until the MTV Unplugged sessions was Dignity performed although it was done at various soundchecks during the year. And why no songs from World Gone Wrong?

Other noteworthy happenings: the Cooper & Lybrand deal, the Great Music Experience performance in Nara, Japan, The Woodstock '94 performance and finally MTV Unplugged.


2        The Year at a glance




3        CALENDAR



A Carlene Carter CD-single with tracks from the album Little Love Letters is released. An extra non-album track is Trust Yourself with background vocals by Dwight Yoakim, Howie Epstein, Joe Romersa, Kevin Welch and Bob Dylan. For once Bob's vocal is quite audible and it is a pretty good version. This session dates from January 1993.


Dylan gives Cooper & Lybrand the right to use a recording of The Times They Are A-Changin' done by Ritchie Havens in their commercials. When published it causes great traumatic reactions from fans all over the world.


A *stereo* copy of the promotional Freewheelin' is found in California and sold at auction at a five figure price.

February 4

Akihiko Yamamoto interviews Dylan in the lobby of Hotel Okura. It is later printed in the April issue of CROSSBEAT.

5 February

Dylan starts his first tour in Japan since 1986 in Sendai. The surprise opener is Jokerman, not played since the 1984 European tour followed by another surprise, If You See Her, Say Hello, last time performed in Osaka Fu, Japan 14 February 1978. Also included is In The Garden, which had been absent in both 1992 and 1993. Jokerman turned out to be the standard opener during 1994.

16 February

During the show in Hiroshima a reworked acoustic version of Masters Of War is performed. A breathtaking version, that Dylan apparently likes and plays regularly during the rest of the year. Masters Of War haven't been played acoustic since 12 April 1963 in New York City.

22-25 February

The Far East Tour ends with three shows in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, all "first countries" for Dylan.

23 March

Dylan makes a surprise performance at The Rhythm and Blues Concert at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. He tries a duet with Trisha Yearwood on Tomorrow Night.

5 April

An extensive Spring tour starts in Springfield, Illinois. Jokerman is played live for the first time in the US.

6 April

The show at The Adler Theater in Davenport Iowa contains an acoustic version of Tim Hardin's Lady Came From Baltimore. It is played only twice and proves to be the only live debut 1994.

7 April

A new interview with Dylan is published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

8 May

The Spring tour ends with a show at "The Memphis In May Beale Street Festival".

9-11 May

Dylan records at least five different tracks at the Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. All songs are covers. Boogie Woogie County Girl is released on A Tribute To Doc Pomus in March 1995. A part of My Blue Eyed Jane is later released on Highway 61 Interactive in 1995, and the whole track with a new vocal from 1997 is released on the tribute album The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers in August 1997. The other tracks remain unreleased.

20-22 May

Dylan participates in The Great Music Experience, a three day concert in Nara, Japan co-sponsored by UNESCO's World Decade For Cultural Development Project. This was intended to be the first of a series of events to be staged at important and beautiful cultural sites each year until 2000. No more instances were however realized. This year the "western world" artists that joined various artists from Japan included Joni Mitchell, INXS, Ry Cooder, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Dylan performed the same three songs each day: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, I Shall Be Released and Ring Them Bells. He was backed by the New Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and a backing group with the ubiquitous Jim Keltner on drums and the inevitable Ray Cooper on percussion. Dylan's performance was nothing short of stunning. Made grown men cry, as Q put it. Each concert ended with I Shall Be Released (again!) with all the participating artists on stage. The last day was broadcast live on radio and TV in over 50 countries around the world.

22 May

Release of Stevie Nicks: Street Angel, which includes Just Like A Woman on which Dylan plays guitar and harmonica. This track is probably recorded in December 1993 or January 1994.

3 July

The perennial European tour starts in Paris. For once the opener is not Jokerman, but To Be Alone With You.

16 July

The Czech President Vaclav Havel with wife attend the show in Prague.

17 July

The show in Krakow, Poland has to be interrupted after the acoustic set after heavy raining during the entire set.

25 July

Last show in Europe takes place in Kiel, Germany.

10 August

After only two weeks rest the next tour starts in Portland, Maine.

14 August

Dylan plays Woodstock '94 as part of the US Summer Tour. The first electric set is only four songs, making this the only 1994 show without Tangled Up In Blue. The whole show is broadcast on radio and TV all over the world. Highway 61 Revisited ends up on the official audio release.

16 August

Release of the CD box Allen Ginsberg: Holy Soul, Jelly Roll - Poems And Songs (1949-1993). The set includes three tracks from the Record Plant session in New York City, 20 November 1971: Vomit Express, September On Jessore Road and A Dream. The latter is not previously in circulation. Dylan plays guitar and sings backup vocal. Also included is Airplane Blues from Dylan's own studio in Santa Monica, Rundown Studios, 23 February 1982. The released take is the so called "slow version". Dylan plays bass.

20 August

Concert #600 on the Never-Ending Tour takes place in Cleveland, Ohio.

23 August

Release of the soundtrack to Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. Dylan sings a song from 1952 called You Belong To Me, written by Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart and Chilton Price. It's an acoustic solo recording recorded at the same time as Good As I Been To You. Unfortunately the soundtrack producer, Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, decided to overdub the last instrumental part of the track with dialogue from the movie.

29 August

The short US Summer Tour ends in Detroit, Michigan.


Dylan sues Apple Computers for using the name DYLAN (DYnamic LANguage) for a programming language.

16 September

Columbia Records employees are called to the 20th floor conference room between 12.30 and 1.30 to listen to a selection of tracks from the season's new products. First out is Dignity from Dylan's forthcoming Greatest Hits Vol. III!

1 October

After a month off the road Dylan resumes the never-ending touring in Ithaca, New York.

9 October

The last of three shows in Boston Dylan plays two extra encores, the first being Two Soldiers (a.k.a. Blue-Eyed Boston Boy). This is the only live performance of a song from World Gone Wrong in 1994.

17 October

The day before his first concert at The Roseland Ballroom Dylan joins Grateful Dead in The Madison Square Garden for an embarrassing listless version of Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.

20 October

Seen in the VIP-part of Roseland Ballroom during the last concert are Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. They join Dylan for two extra encores: Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 and Highway 61 Revisited playing guitars but not singing.

22 October

The show in Rochester, New York, is interrupted after the first encore, Like A Rolling Stone, due to audience invasion of the stage. Later it turns out that the whole thing was arranged and filmed for an ongoing documentary about Bob Dylan! The same crew that filmed Supper Club is working on this project. They also filmed Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young at Roseland Ballroom in New York.

26 October

Second take of "the-enthusiastic-audience-has-invaded-the-stage-we-can't-go-on" scene, again after Like A Rolling Stone.

1 November

Third and last take.

2 November

Ruth Tyrangiel files a palimony suit against Dylan. She claims to have lived with him between 1974 (!!) and 1993. She also says that she helped Dylan to write some of his songs and that he promised to marry her. Ruth Tyrangiel played "The Girlfriend" in Renaldo & Clara and appears in three scenes. All this is of course very strange, Why has nobody heard of her during all these years? And 1974? Then why wasn't she mentioned in the 1977 divorce? Note though the thanks to "Ruthie" on the Knocked Out Loaded cover (only on the original LP version).

8 November

Release of Woodstock 94, containing Highway 61 (sic) from Dylan's set.

9 November

Drawn Blank is published. This book contains almost 100 drawings by Dylan, many in pencil and some in charcoal and ink. Also included is a foreword by Dylan dated September 1994.

10 November

In Jackson, Tennessee Carl Perkins joins Dylan for a third encore and sings Matchbox.

13 November

This year's last show, in New Orleans, ends with an extra encore, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35. This is show #104, making 1994 the year with most concerts since 1978!

15 November

After just two days rest Dylan and his band starts the rehearsals for MTV Unplugged. Dignity is tried at least four times as well as other songs not played during the tour.

15 November

Release of Greatest Hits Volume 3. Dignity from the Oh Mercy session is included. Brendan O'Brien, who produced Pearl Jam's second album has produced an instrumental backing. Only Dylan's vocal and piano is left from the original recording.

17-18 November

Taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City. The band is enhanced with keyboards played to great effect by Brendan O'Brien. For set-lists please refer to section 4.


Release of Mike Seeger: Third Annual Farewell Reunion on Rounder Records. Dylan sings Ballad Of Hollis Brown accompanied by Mike Seeger on banjo. This track is recorded at Grandma's Warehouse in Los Angeles, 19 May 1993.


Release of a three-track CD single containing two versions of Dignity, the album version and a "radio edit" omitting four verses. The third track is A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall from 22 May in Nara, Japan with The New Philharmonic Orchestra.

14 December

First broadcast of Bob Dylan Unplugged on US MTV. The broadcast version contains 8 songs taken mostly from the second taping session. A notable exception is the exquisite rendition of With God On Our Side in which the verses about World War II and "The Russians" are timely omitted.

24 December

First broadcast of Bob Dylan Unplugged on MTV Europe. The set is identical to the one shown in US.





Here’s a list of recordings from 1994 other than concerts. For details please refer to the corresponding session pages in Still On The Road.


23 March

The Rhythm, Country & Blues Festival

9–11 May

Memphis recording session

18 May

Rehearsal for The Great Music Experience

20 May

The Great Music Experience, 1st day

21 May

The Great Music Experience, 2nd day

22 May

The Great Music Experience, 3rd day

30 September

New York City studio session

15 November

Camera rehearsals for MTV Unplugged taping sessions

16 November

Rehearsals for MTV Unplugged taping sessions

17 November

1st MTV Unplugged taping session

18 November

2nd MTV Unplugged taping session


5        NEW TAPES

5.1       Genuine Bootleg Series

The release of the bootleg CD set The Genuine Bootleg Series contained the following new tracks:



Nobody 'Cept You

new version, i.e. not the same as the one on The Bootleg Series.


Stop Now

one of the songs co-written with Helena Springs recorded at the Street Legal sessions in May, 1978.


Am I A Stepchild or Stepchild

A Dylan composition which has never surfaced as a studio recording, this live PA-version is from the first 1978 US show in Augusta, Maine, 15 September 1978.


Caribbean Wind

An early rehearsal version with different lyrics and arrangement from the October rehearsals at Rundown Studios in Santa Monica, California. The gem of this collection.


Don't Ever Take Yourself Away

An out-take from Shot Of Love. Interestingly enough the lyrics here differ from the copyrighted version.


5.2       Infidels sessions

The Power Station, New York City, New York, 11 April - 8 May 1983.

Two more tapes with Infidels out-takes surfaced in 1994. The first one is ca 60 minutes and contains:

1.    Sweetheart Like You

2.    Someone's Got A Hold Of My Heart

3.    Lord Protect My Child

4.    Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground

5.    Foot Of Pride

6.    Tell Me

7.    I & I

8.    Union Sundown

9.    Julius & Ethel


11.Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight

Of these tracks 1 and 8 are new versions. Union Sundown is hilarious with Bob singing fake lyrics except the chorus. Track 4 is the original mix with another harmonica solo.

The second tape is also about 60 minutes and has the following:

1.    This Was My Love

2.    This Was My Love

3.    Julius & Ethel        

4.    Straight A's In Love  

5.    Straight A's In Love  

6.    When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky

7.    Sweetheart Like You   


1.          second intro is new

2.          this is the new version, that came into circulation last year

3.          same as the one we have, but this one seems to be in mono, the guitar has disappeared almost completely. This version is brighter than the stereo version.

4.          same as the one we have, but without the mumbled intro, again slightly better (brighter) sound

5.          same as 4!!

6.          same as Bootleg Series!

7.          this is the multi-take tape that we have before but in much better quality *and* with an extra 7 minutes at the end including a new complete take!

Note that tracks 4-6 are not really Infidels out-takes, but recorded during the Empire Burlesque sessions in 1984 and 1985.