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Live and Unreleased

Unreleased Dylan Songs Bob's Performed Live In Concert

Compiled by Alan Fraser

I Shall Be Unreleased (Rhino Records, 1991) - a compilation album of cover versions of then unreleased Dylan songs which includes the still unreleased AIN'T NO MAN RIGHTEOUS, NO NOT ONE performed by Jah Malla. Bob performed the song live in 1979 and 1980

Revised: 17 January, 2017

This is an extracted list of unreleased Dylan songs performed live for an audience. I haven't included songs performed only at soundchecks. The performance at the New York Town Hall, 12 Apr 1963, intended for a live album, is the source for five of these still unreleased songs! Sadly, because of fear of bootlegging, Bob no longer tries out new songs in concert as he did when these were performed (the last is from 1984).

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(Indefinite and definite articles at the beginning of song titles are ignored,, so A WOMAN LIKE YOU is on the "W" page, and THE KING IS ON THE THRONE is on the "K" page.)


Live Songs Still Unreleased

(for more details see the appropriate pages above)

AIN’T GONNA GO TO HELL FOR ANYBODY - Performed live in 1980 April-May and then November-December

AIN’T NO MAN RIGHTEOUS (NO NOT ONE) - performed live in Nov 1979 and May 1980

BALLAD OF A GLIDING SWAN - from BBC TV play "Mad House On Castle Street", recorded at BBC Studios, London, 30 Dec 1962, broadcast Dec 1962

BLESSED IS THE NAME - performed in concert 43 times in late 1979 and in early 1980

CITY OF GOLD - performed live during the Nov-Dec 1980 tour

COMING FROM THE HEART (THE ROAD IS LONG) (Bob Dylan/Helena Springs) - performed live at St. Paul, MN, 31 Oct 1978

COVER DOWN, BREAK THROUGH - performed live Apr-May 1980

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - performed live Jun-Jul 1984

I WILL LOVE HIM - performed live at Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada, 19 Apr 1980, and at Le Theatre Saint-Denis, Montreal, Canada, 23 Apr 1980

JESUS IS THE ONE - performed eight times in Europe in Jul 1981

LETíS KEEP IT BETWEEN US - performed live in the USA, Nov-Dec 1980

LOVE YOU TOO MUCH - performed live twice, at Binghamton, NY, 24 Sep 1978, and at Madison Square Garden, New York, 29 Sep 1978

STEPCHILD - performed live in the USA and Canada Sep-Dec 1978

TALKIN’ FOLKLORE CENTER - only known performance is at Gerdes Folk City, New York, on 16 Apr 1962, as part of a medley with TALKIN’ NEW YORK

THIEF ON THE CROSS - performed live at Saenger Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, 10 Nov 1981

Former Entries Officially Released (since 1998)

ALL OVER YOU - performed live at the New York Town Hall, 12 Apr 1963. A demo version has now been released by Bob on "The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos 1962-1964", 2010, and this live version was released on the limited edition 6LP set "50th Anniversary Collection 1963", 2013

BOB DYLANíS NEW ORLEANS RAG - performed live at the New York Town Hall, 12 Apr 1963, and this live version was released on the limited edition 6LP set "50th Anniversary Collection 1963", 2013

DUSTY OLD FAIRGROUNDS - performed live at the New York Town Hall, 12 Apr 1963, and this live version was released on the limited edition 6LP set "50th Anniversary Collection 1963", 2013

HERO BLUES - out-take from "The Times They Are A-Changin'" performed live at New York Town Hall, 12 Apr 1963, but not performed again until Jan 1974, when Bob performed a version with revised lyrics twice with The Band. A live performance of this song (misidentified, but probably the live 12 Apr 1963 performance) was made available for download on the Apple Computer music store in Apr 2003, see . The "Times" out-take with fake applause was included as a "live" track on a recently discovered acetate of a version of the eventually unreleased album "Bob Dylan In Concert", see "Searching For A Gem", 2004. A demo version has now been released by Bob on "The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos 1962-1964", 2010, and the 1963 live version was released on the limited edition 6LP set "50th Anniversary Collection 1963", 2013.

LONG DISTANCE OPERATOR - performed live at Berkeley, CA, 04 Dec 1965 and possibly on other dates in Nov/Dec 1965, now officially released on the 208 track download set 50th Anniversary Collection 1965, Columbia/Legacy (USA), 4 Dec 2015 (R-1645, see 2015)

TELL ME, MOMMA - performed live with the Hawks in 1966. Now released by Bob on "The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1996, The 'Royal Albert Hall' Concert", 1998

YOU’VE BEEN HIDING TOO LONG - performed live at the New York Town Hall, 12 Apr 1963, and this live version was released on the limited edition 6LP set "50th Anniversary Collection 1963", 2013


Songs in BLUE are still not released on a regular Bob Dylan album!


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