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Bob Dylan – Denver Hotel Room -1966

Hotel Room.

Denver, Colorado.

March 12th, 1966.

1. Most Probably van Gogh

2. Most Probably van Gogh

3. Most Probably van Gogh

4. Don’t Tell Him, Tell Me

5. If You Want My Love

6. Just Like A Woman

7. Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands

Bob Dylan (guitar & vocal), Robbie Robertson (guitar).

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’.


  • Van Gogh and Just Like a Woman appears on Seven Years of Bad Luck (Vigotone)
  • Van Gogh appears on Genuine Bootleg Series Take 2 (Scorpio)
  • If You Want My Love

    Bob Dylan – Positively Van Gogh – Denver Hotel Room  13 March 1966 -Original Record

    Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands

    Don’t Tell Him, Tell Me

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    Special thanks to Ghost Dylanist


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