Jewels And Binoculars

Bob Dylan

Number

Year

Format

VT 192-217

2000

CDR


   Special Features

Comes with a 100 page booklet, a copy of Dylan's 1966 European tour program, and a slipcase-style box w/three inner boxes.
  
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The Booklet:

The booklet included with this title features the following information:

- Introduction by the folks at Vigotone (reproduced below)
- Track listings (reproduced on each separate page)

- 1966 World Tour itinerary (not reproduced)
- Bob Dylan's 1966 Calendar [partial] (not reproduced)

- Partial transcript of the Bob Fass radio show (not reproduced)
- An article about the "hotel tapes" [from Clinton Heylin's book] (not reproduced)
- Information about Eat The Document (not reproduced)

- Eat The Document: a scene by scene synopsis by Verily E. Weasel (not reproduced)
- Some location listings for Eat The Document (not reproduced)
- Eat The Document - The Meaning of the Title (not reproduced)
- A transcript of two film reels from the Eat The Document archives [Dylan & Lennon] (not reproduced)

- The Blonde On Blonde Sessionography (not reproduced)
- Blonde On Blonde - Song By Song [from the 1966 Blonde On Blonde Songbook] (not reproduced)
- Bob Dylan in Nashville; article from Hit Parader - October 1966 (not reproduced)

- Press About Bob Dylan and the World Tour [reviews] (not reproduced)
- Press Conferences From Around The World [transcripts] (not reproduced)
- The Accident; an article about Dylan's 1966 motorcycle accident (not reproduced)

- Live song index (not reproduced)
- Thanks from the folks at Vigotone (not reproduced)

Notes:
  Due to the size and scope of this collection, I've decided to present it a bit differently.  Below is the text from the back of the box and the introduction from the liner notes.  At the bottom of this page are links to individual pages that include track listings for each of the disks in the collection.
   Everything in this collection is in black and white!  All of the scans are really grayscaled!  Your monitor hasn't blown a circuit!
   The huge booklet that comes with this set has transcriptions of the radio broadcast, press conferences, and Eat The Document.   It also includes a load of other articles about Dylan.  I've reproduced the notes unique to this set, but not the content that Vigotone swiped from other sources.
   All of the disks in the Jewels And Binoculars collection come in double jewel boxes, except disks 25 & 26 (VT-216/217) which come in a cardboard sleeve that resembles a gatefold vinyl record jacket.
      

Box Back Text:

Herein on 26 CD's are all the extant recordings of the Bob Dylan / Hawks 1966 World Tour (apart from those still locked away in the vaults), along with interviews, alternate studio performances and mixes, and even some informal hotel room recordings.  In addition, this set contains an exact reproduction of the rare 1966 tour program as well as a 100 page book of text and photos documenting the tour and Bob Dylan in 1966.

The 1966 Dylan / Hawks World Tour is the stuff of legend.   But unlike most legends from a bygone era, the goods are here to back this one up.   Right here, in this boxed set.  Listen and enjoy.

 

Liner Notes:

          The 1966 Dylan / Hawks World Tour is the stuff of legend.   But unlike most legends from a bygone era, the goods are here to back this one up.   Right here, in this boxed set.  While knowing the historical context of these performances will no doubt increase the listener's enjoyment of them, it's not crucial to the understanding of why they are so exalted.  All one needs to do is LISTEN.
          Herein are all the extant recordings of that tour (apart from those still locked away in the vaults), along with interviews, alternate studio performances and mixes, and even some informal hotel room recordings.  Even a cursory listen to them will reveal one clear truth -- that Dylan was ON every night (and every day) in 1966.  "On" both in terms of performing splendidly and his bringing his art to new levels, but also "on" in the sense that he was DYLAN (not Bob or Bobby, and surely not Robert Zimmerman) every single moment, on stage and off.  From his biting put down of an Australian journalist ("are YOU successful?"), to his clever ways of dealing with audience hostility ("if you wouldn't clap so hard") to his weary yet triumphant "thank yeeeeew" that ends the famed Manchester concert, he was INSIDE everything he did, with every ounce of his being.
          Except for some brief flashes during the 1979/80 "Born Again" Tour, and a few magical nights of the "Never-Ending Tour", Dylan (or any other rock performer, for that matter) has never again achieved this level of intensity, or challenged his audience so greatly while not being pretentious, condescending or boring.  It's clear that the quality of the performances were in direct relationship with the hostility coming from the crowd, but it was more than that.  Dylan just KNEW he was right about the quality of his music, and nothing could (or did) sway him.  And even if Dylan's motorcycle crash in the summer didn't bring this era to a close, something else (burnout? drug OD?) WOULD have.   Levels of brilliance of this sort are not designed to be maintained.  But the residue is still with us.  So listen up!
Mr. Jones
June 2000
  

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