I Shall Be Released

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"I Shall Be Released" is a 1967 song written by Bob Dylan.

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"I Shall Be Released"
Song by The Band
from the album Music from Big Pink
ReleasedJuly 1, 1968 (1968-07-01)
GenreRoots rock
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)John Simon
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"I Shall Be Released"
Song by Bob Dylan
from the album Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II
ReleasedNovember 17, 1971 (1971-11-17)
RecordedSeptember 24, 1971
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)Leon Russell
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"I Shall Be Released"
Single by The Heptones
LabelCoxsone/Studio One
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)C.S. Dodd

Dylan recorded two primary versions. The first recording was made in collaboration with the Band during the Basement Tapes sessions in 1967, and released on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 in 1991. A remixed version of the 1967 recording was rereleased with a preliminary take on The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete in 2014. Of the initial demo, Rolling Stone's Jann Wenner said, "Curiously enough the music in this song and the high pleading sound of Dylan's voice reminds one of the Bee Gees."[1]

The earliest official release of the song was by English musician Boz Burrell under the name Boz, whose version was released as a single on May 3, 1968 on Columbia.[2] The Band recorded their version of the song for their debut album Music from Big Pink, released two months later in July 1968, with Richard Manuel singing lead vocals, and Rick Danko and Levon Helm harmonizing on the chorus. The song was also performed near the end of the Band's 1976 farewell concert, The Last Waltz, in which all the night's performers except Muddy Waters, plus Ringo Starr and Ronnie Wood, appeared on the same stage. Additional live recordings by the Band were included on the 1974 concert album Before the Flood and the 2001 expanded CD reissue of Rock of Ages.

In 1971, Dylan recorded the song a second time with a different arrangement and altered lyrics. He was accompanied by Happy Traum and the song was released on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II.