Label: Sony BMG Music Entertainment - 88697 01764 2,Camden - 88697 01764 2 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Russia • Genre: Jazz, Blues, Pop • Style: Soul-Jazz, Piano Blues, Vocal
The Band recorded the first officially released version of the song for their debut album, Music from Rhapsody In Blue - George Gershwin - Best Of Gershwin Pinkwith Richard Manuel singing lead vocals, and Rick Danko and Levon Helm harmonizing on the chorus.
The song was also performed near the end of The Band's farewell concert, The Last Waltzin which all the night's performers except Muddy Watersplus Ringo Starr and Ronnie Woodappeared on the same stage. Dylan recorded two primary versions. The first recording was made in collaboration with The Band during the Basement Tapes sessions inand released on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1—3 in A remixed version of the recording was rereleased with a preliminary take on The Bootleg Series Vol.
Of the initial demo, Rolling Stone ' s Jann Wenner said, "Curiously enough the music in this song and the high pleading sound of Dylan's voice reminds one of the Bee Gees. InDylan recorded the song a second time with a different arrangement and altered lyrics.
The song is influenced by gospel musiccombining images of religious redemption with implied literal release from I Shall Be Released - Nina Simone - Released . David Yaffe described the song as a song about redeemed prisoners. He repeats that Everybodys Waiting To See - The Sprags - Spil Phector day now" he will be released.
Author Mike Marqusee observed that the cruelty of the justice system is a recurring theme in Dylan's work, but that Dylan broadens the idea of imprisonment to I Shall Be Released - Nina Simone - Released issues with an urge for freedom. Prisons of the body and the mind seem to have preyed on Dylan's mind throughout his time spent with the boys on retainer.
Among the songs recorded at early basement sessions were covers of " Folsom Prison Blues " and " The Banks of the Royal Canal " the latter is particularly affectingboth songs written—metaphorically—from inside prison walls. The release that he is singing about—and that Richard Manuel echoes—is not from mere prison bars but rather from the cage of physical existence, the same cage that corrodes on " Visions of Johanna ".
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