Song of the Day #3,369: ‘Tears of Rage’ – Bob Dylan

A nice Random Weekend selection today from Bob Dylan’s album The Basement Tapes, which was released in 1975 but largely recorded in 1966. Dylan was backed by members of The Band on many of these songs, which were recorded in various homes in Woodstock, New York.

‘Tears of Rage,’ the closing track of Disc One, was written by Dylan and Richard Manuel. It is widely interpreted as an indictment of American materialism in the aftermath of the Vietnam war.

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Song of the Day #2,550: ‘Johnny Todd’ – Bob Dylan & The Band

basement_tapesThis Random Weekend selection is a very special dedication to my sainted mother, who turns 70 today.

My extended family will be celebrating this milestone over the next two weeks on cruise around the northeastern U.S. and into Canada, so I’ll be lining up some appropriate tunes to mark the time through the end of July.

Random Weekends will proceed as usual, of course. Now let’s spin the wheel and see what iTunes serves up to mark my dear mother’s birthday.

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