Ballad of a thin Man
I don't believe you
Like a rolling stone
Blowin' in the wind
Masters of war
Just like a woman
Don't think twice, it's all right
It's alright Ma (only bleeding)
Right after the original LP came out in Europe,
a nearly identical LP was released in the USA.
The only ways to tell the
difference is that the American piece has two white labels. The
piece has one black and one white label. The USA issue
was in a slightly
thicker cover; and it was mastered from a different plate that shows up
in the matrix. The British version has a dash on either side of the '2'.
The USA version has no dashes.
There was also a color vinyl version of this LP
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Great quality field recording on this 1978
British release. Simple
but nice cover. Blank labels (One side white, one black).
further information on jacket.A second press the same year has a
full printed label that says "King
Earl Robert's Masterpiece" Another label to appear is blue with a
silver 1 & 2.
In 1984 This piece was released in Germany from MIG.
There were 100
pieces issued in a 'rainbow color' printed cover. LPs
were # stamped. One
side of the blank label was stamped with the matching number.
Matrix: 100 MIG 001 A/B
Background by CD Pinkerton
Dylan is very talkative throughout the entire night of this final
performance of the Earl's Court residency. He introduces a third of the
songs, and thanks the audience for their applause each time. He makes
reference to a Randy Newman song that was popular at the time called
Short People. Because the song was misinterpreted by some
intellectually challenged persons as actually being a hate song
perpetuated against the
vertically challenged, there were radio stations banning its airplay.
There was at least one state in the USA that introduced a bill that
would have made it illegal to play in the entire state. Dylan pokes fun
at the political nonsense after Ballad of a Thinman by saying that he
wrote it 15 years before "Ballad of Short People",.. but, He continues,
"this is the song that got me in lots a trouble" to introduce Maggie's
Farm. This LP is but a few highlights of the twenty-eight songs