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  • Enforced Method Acting: Recorded in Nashville with professional studio musicians, so Dylan pulled a lot of tricks to loosen them up, including making them trade instruments with each other ("Rainy Day Women"), "forgetting" to tell them just how long a song was ("Sad-Eyed Lady"), et cetera.
  • Release Date Change: May 16, 1966 is commonly cited as the album's release date, but all evidence suggests it wasn't actually available for purchase until the last week of June. One possibility is that Dylan decided at the last minute he wasn't satisfied with the album and postponed it (he did the same thing eight years later with Blood on the Tracks). It's known that there was an overdub session for "4th Time Around" on June 16, which makes sense if it was an eleventh hour touch-up situation. It's entirely possible that Blonde on Blonde was released the same day as Freak Out!, June 27, which means they share the title of "rock's first double album".
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  • Throw It In!: "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" has one genuine flub on Dylan's part ("I sp—he built a fire on Main Street") and one other possible one ("the tea preacher" might be because he started to say "teacher" instead of "preacher" and corrected himself).
  • Working Title: Boasts such classic tunes as "A Long-Haired Mule and a Porcupine Here", "What You Can Do For Your Wigwam" and "Seems Like a Freeze-Out"...or, as they ended up becoming, "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35", "Pledging My Time" and "Visions of Johanna".
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Dylan wrote a good chunk of the lyrics for this album in the recording studio, often leaving the musicians to jam or play cards while they waited for him to finish.

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