Bob Dylan & George Harrison: “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”

More from the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. This is the first song in Bob Dylan’s five song set. From Wikipedia:

As Harrison had envisaged the resulting five-song set from Bob Dylan was the crowning glory of the Concert for Bangladesh for many observers. Backed by just Harrison, [Leon] Russell (now playing Klaus Voormann’s Fender Precision bass) and Ringo Starr on tambourine, Dylan played five of his decade-defining songs from the 1960s: “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall“, “Blowin’ in the Wind“, “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry“, “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” and “Just Like a Woman“. It was Dylan’s first stage appearance since the Isle of Wight Festival in August 1969 and a performance that critics would laud for years to come.

Bob Dylan in very strong voice:

Lovely lyrics:

Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden

Prophetic even. Here’s that executioner at play.

If you missed the other songs from this concert I recently posted, here you go. Each is a masterpiece of writing and performance:

■ Leon Russell’s amazing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” & “Young Blood”

■ George Harrison & Eric Clapton’s dual-guitar version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

If you’ve never heard Leon Russell, don’t miss this opportunity. A master whose name comes up all too rarely these days. Enjoy.


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