Saturday, April 12, 2008

Days of the week: Seven Days

Bob Dylan: Seven Days

Can´t let a new theme start here without playing a song that covers not just one day of the week, but all seven of them... Seven Days is a composition Dylan never recorded in the studio as far as we know. He played it live only five times during the second phase of his Rolling Thunder Revue in ´76, but then gave up on it, apparently because he wasn´t really happy with the arrangement. Well, I for one don´t think there´s anything wrong with Seven Days. Nice violin part by the great Scarlett Rivera too. "She had a face that could outshine the sun in the skies". This version was recorded live in Tampa, Florida on 21 April, and eventually ended up on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3. By the way: Stone Ron Wood did a take of Seven Days on one of his solo albums way before Dylan´s version saw the light of day. In March ´76 Eric Clapton was recording his No Reason To Cry in the Shangri La studios in Malibu, and Bob was living in a tent in the back of the garden there for some reason. Woody was also hanging around and one day Dylan played Seven Days for both of them, saying to Clapton: "You can have this song if you want it". Slowhand didn´t take him up on it, but Wood sure did.


Matt said...

The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3!!! That's another box set I need to repurchase! Thanks for the reminder, and thanks for the song!