How Bob Dylan recorded 'Bringing It All Back Home' in three days

During the early years of his career, Bob Dylan could work at an unprecedented speed without the quality level of his work plummeting. While some artists would slave for months in the studio to tirelessly work on an album, that wasn’t his style, and he recorded the seminal Bringing It All Back Home in just three days. Astonishingly, that’s not even the album that he made in the quickest span of time, and he miraculously recorded 1964’s Another Side of Bob Dylan in just one session. His record label, Columbia, wanted to cash in on his newfound success, and the singer-songwriter was under immense pressure to release at a prolific rate. 1964 was an odd year for Dylan, and he began to develop a taste for experimentation after falling in love with the blues. However, the folkie was aware that the move would upset his fans and for that reason, he knew from the offset that Bringing It All Back Home couldn’t be all-electric. For the first day of the recording process, it was Dylan recording solo. However, things didn’t go to plan with the only song making the album from that day being ‘Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream’, and even that take wasn’t taken from the same session. The next day they decided to change it up completely by inviting a selection of esteemed session musicians to join them and add some colour to the recordings. Immediately, Dylan knew that this was the right move, and within hours, they had finished five songs. Despite that session going swimmingly, in the evening, Dylan began recording with a whole new set of musicians apart from guitarist Bruce Langhorne, who was present for both. However, the chemistry simply wasn’t there between the set of people he’d assembled and the recordings weren’t usable. […]

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