by Tony Attwood
OK, I know I keep going on about Dylan’s forgotten or lost gems, and no, I don’t think that every little scrap of six notes knocked out at random by Bob is yet another work of genius. But this guy throws away and forgets half evolved songs that 10,000 talented songwriters would, given the chance, scrabble across the floor to pick up and call them their own.
And so here we have “Almost Persuaded” which was recorded most likely in April 1981
This is a simple but highly effective chord sequence which I can’t recall from any other Dylan song, and it is the chord sequence here that plays over and over again, determining the melody.
In case you are interested the sequence is
F G C
(Repeat ad infinitum )
Just that over and over again. But as you can hear it leads to a perfectly acceptable melody line which itself demands a plaintive narrative in the lyrics. As ever I am not going to try and transcribe the lyrics – although I think Bob might be saying at one point “I lost the record”.
Indeed so plaintively perfect is this chord sequence and melody I’d suggest this is a perfect song of the type that someone could come along and finish off, send to Bob and then get his ok for the song to be released as a 50/50 composition. Anyone want to try? You could make a fortune (and cut me in for 10% for introducing the idea, while you are at it).
If more proof is needed of how much potential this sequence with the backing rhythm offers just listen to the guitar solo – it just naturally evolves itself around the sequence and you just know that given another run through the lead guitarist could indeed soar to ever greater heights.
Indeed this little extract could have it all.
Here is another copy of the same recording, just in case the first one should disappear. This one has the benefit of leading onto Caribbean Wind, which I could personally listen to for always and a day. And if that were not enough, just leave this compilation running for a truly gorgeous live version of “Visions”. In fact, just give up life and keep listening.
Oh Bob you absolute tormentor.
Please someone give us the lyrics.
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