Bob Dylan In Concert: Brandeis University 1963
by Bob Dylan
Released: Apr 2011
Dylan's archival train keeps a-chugging. Brandeis University 1963, recorded weeks before the release of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, isn't a historical landmark, but a glimpse into Dylan's stage persona and set list during his transition from interpreter to songwriter. He's already a master troubadour. One minute Dylan tickles nervous funny bones with "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues"; the next he plunges a dagger into our collective conscience while retelling the "Ballad of Hollis Brown." Later on, he turns Old Testament: "And I'll stand o'er your grave/ 'Til I'm sure that you're dead."