Most Definitely Not Van Gogh
This tape was recorded in a hotel room in Denver by Robert Shelton
who also can be heard on the tape. It's Dylan and Robbie Robertson
trying out new songs, two of which are Just Like a Woman ("best
song I ever wrote", says Bob) and Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands.
The other three songs have never been released, and one of them is easily
up to the standards of Blonde on Blonde. This is a song which has
no title but I prefer to think of as Most Definitely Not Van Gogh
(Some people have taken up the habit of calling it Positively Van
Gogh, but I doubt Bob would have recycled such a similar song title
when he had so many other adjectives to exhaust first). The tape is loose
and there are lots of starts and stops throughout as they work out
arrangements and modify tempos. At one point Bob can be heard telling
Shelton he doesn't have to hang around if he doesn't want to.
Sound quality is poor, but entirely reasonable considering the unusual nature of the material: two future masterpieces and one unknown major work in the process of being born but busy dyin'.
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