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It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
Composer: Bob Dylan

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry was performed once by the Grateful Dead, with the Allman Brothers and Merl Saunders, in June 1973. It was also performed 5 times in 1991 and once in 1992.

The song was performed by the Garcia/Saunders band, Legion of Mary, Jerry Garcia Band and the Jerry Garcia/John Kahn acoustic duo. In total the song was performed about 60 times by various Garcia bands.

It Takes A Lot To Laugh was performed by Bob Dylan with The Dead on August 8, 2003 but not included on the concert CD of that show. It was also performed by Jerry Garcia sitting in with Bob Dylan on June 25, 1995.

The song was first recorded by Bob Dylan on June 15, 1965. The version released on Highway 61 Revisited was recorded on July 29, 1965. The working title for the song during recording sessions was Phantom Engineer.



Grateful Dead

info Postcards Of The Hanging, 2002

Jerry Garcia

info Live At The Keystone, 1973
info Live At The Keystone Volume 1, 1988
info Garcia Plays Dylan, 2005
info Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings, 2012

Furthur

info Sept 23, 2011, Eugene, OR

Bruce Hornsby

info Here Come The Noisemakers, 2000
info BMG Visa, Vol. 3, Various Artists, 2000
info Live: October 9, 2004, Charlotte NC, 2005
info Live: October 15, 2004, Portsmouth VA, 2005
info Live: October 19, 2004, Ridgefield, CT, 2005
info Live: December 6, 2004, Madison, WI, 2005
info Live: December 12, 2004, Grand Rapids, MI, 2005
info Live: February 16, 2005, Montgomery, AL, 2006
info Live: September 2, Gilford, NH, 2006
info Live: December 3, 2005, Williamsburg, VA, 2006

 
Bob Dylan

info Highway 61 Revisited, 1965
info Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3, 1991
info Bringing It All Back Home/Highway 61 Revisited/Blonde on Blonde, 2001
info Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue: Bootleg Series, Vol. 5, 2002
info Q: Bob Dylan, Vol 1: Freewheelin' Bob Dylan/Bringing It All Back Home/Highway 61 Revisited, 2002
info No Direction Home: The Soundtrack: Bootleg Series, Vol. 7, 2005
info Blues, 2006

Other recordings

info Super Session, Bloomfield-Kooper-Stills, 1968
info New! Improved! Blue Cheer, Blue Cheer, 1969
info Fiends and Angels, Martha Velez, 1969
no info American Avatar, The Lyman Family with Lisa Kindred, 1969
no info Phluph, Phluph, 1969
no info Alun Ashworth Jones, Al Jones, 1969
no info What Is Me?, Graham James, 1969
no info Concert For Bangladesh, George Harrison, 1971
no info And The Shelter People, Leon Russell, 1971
info Medicine Ball Caravan, Various Artists (Stoneground), 1971
info Family Album, Stoneground, 1972
no info Clean Living, Clean Living, 1972
no info A Pale Horse, Dave Carlsen, 1973
info The Earl Scruggs Revue, Earl Scruggs, 1973
no info Tracy Nelson, Tracy Nelson, 1974
no info The Winkies, The Winkies, 1975
no info LA Jets, L.A. Jets, 1976
no info Ends and Means, Hopney, 1977
info The Heart of Gold Band, The Heart of Gold Band, 1986
no info Two Steps Forward, Bad News Reunion, 1981
no info Last Orders Please, Bad News Reunion, 1983
no info Rich Kid Blues, Marianne Faithfull, 1988
info Double Dose, The Heart of Gold Band, 1986
info Songs Of Dylan: As Performed By Fifteen Great Artists, Various Artists (Kooper / Stills), 1989
info Songs Of Bob Dylan (Start label), Various Artists (Kooper / Stills), 1989
info The Best of Yesteryear, Blue Cheer, 1990
no info Keene On Dylan, Steven Keene, 1990
no info Main Liners, Jim Christopher and Brown Burnett, 1992
no info Orphans and Outcasts, Vol. 1, Ian Matthews, 1993
no info Test of Time, Happy & Artie Traum, 1994
no info Long Black Train, Noah Hunt & Jason Dennie, 1995
info Doin' Dylan, Various Artists (Chris Wilson), 1996
no info Carousel of Dreams, Aquablue, 1997
no info Urban Folk, Vol. 2: Self Destructive Fools, Red Morton/Roger Wilson/Simon Edwards, 1997
no info Tribute to Jeff, David Garfield & Friends, 1997
info Hippydip, Various Artists (Leon Russell), 1997
info The Dylan Project, Steve Gibbons, 1998
info Heart of Gold Band, The Heart of Gold Band, 1998
no info I Can't Complain, Phoebe Snow, 1998
no info And The Times They Were A-Changin', Various Artists (Kooper / Stills), 1998
no info HOB Winter Sampler, Various Artists (Phoebe Snow and Michael McDonald), 1998
no info The Second Act of Free Being, Richard Hunter with Susan Cutrona, 1998
info Sundown on the Forest, Kingfish, 1999
info Tangled Up in Blues: Songs of Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Taj Mahal), 1999
info This Ain't No Tribute: Blues Cube, Various Artists (Taj Mahal), 1999
no info EP, Crystal Creek, 19??
no info Chinese Work Songs, Little Feat, 2000
no info It's All Over Now Baby Blue, Marianne Faithfull, 2000
no info True, Marianne Faithfull, 2000
no info Hop The Wag, Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, 2000
no info Full Circle, Shawn Pittman, 2001
info It Takes A Lot To Laugh, Andy Hill and Renée Safier, 2001
no info Spotlight, Tir Na Nog, 2001
no info Live...Half in the Bag, The Steepwater Band, 2001
no info Under the Radar/Chinese Work Songs, Little Feat, 2001
info Beth Loves Bob, Beth Scalet, 2001
no info Through the Looking Glass, Toto, 2002
info All Blues'd Up: Songs Of Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Taj Mahal), 2002
no info Turnin' Back the Pages, Stephen Stills, 2003
no info Out Of The Woodwork, Beaucoup Blue, 2003
info Down Upon the Suwannee River, Little Feat, 2003
no info Full House, Frankie Miller, 2003 (CD bonus track), 2003
no info Bluesman Play White Boys Blues, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Taj Mahal), 2003
info On The Road: October 16, 2004, Austin, TX, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: Travelogue Fall 2004, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info Omaha, NE: August 31, 2004, Little Feat, 2004
info Tornoto, Canada: November 8, 2004, Little Feat, 2004
no info Across the Decades, Fairport Convention, 2004
no info Chickenhead Blues, Rick Tobey, 2004
no info Nice Days Under Darkest Skies, Ygdrassil, 2004
info Highway 61 Revisited Revisited, Various Artists (Paul Westerberger), 2005
info Portland, OR: March 12, 2005, Little Feat, 2005
no info Killington, VT: April 10, 2005, Little Feat, 2005
info Collingswood, NJ: April 13, 2005, Little Feat, 2005
info Jim Thorpe, PA: April 21, 2005, Little Feat, 2005
no info Burning Bright: The Life And Music Of Ashley Hutchings, Ashley Hutchings, 2005
no info Tribute to Jeff Revisited, David Garfield & Friends, 2005
no info Sure Heart, Steve Martel, 2005
no info Four Upstanding: Live, The Escape Committee, 2005
no info Red White and Blues, Various Artists, 2005
no info Rock Revisited, Various Artists (Taj Mahal), 2005
info Duluth Does Dylan Revisited, Various Artists (Wet Dog), 2006
info Bob Dylan Uncovered, Various Artists (Little Wilson Band), 2006
no info This Is the BBC, Robyn Hitchcock, 2006
no info All My Friends Are Back Again: The Al Jones Anthology, Al Jones, 2006
info Save The Dave Benefit, George's Majestic, Fayetteville, AR, March 04, 2006, Various Artists, 2006
no info The Fairport Companion, Various Artists (Al Jones), 2006
no info Bluesman Play White Boys Blues, Various Artists (Taj Mahal), 2006
no info A Walk On The Blues Side, Various Artists (Taj Mahal), 2006
no info An Introduction to Marianne Faithfull, Marianne Faithfull, 2006
info After The Crash, Dylanesque, 2006
info Try Me One More Time, David Bromberg, 2007
no info 30 Year Low, The Mendoza Line, 2007
no info Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys, 2007
info F.O.E. Hall, Fairless Hills, PA, March 30, 2007, Trident, 2007
no info Clapton Is God: The Cream of Early Eric Clapton, Various Artists (Martha Velez), 2007
no info Festival Cropredy 2002, Fairport Convention, 2008
no info White Chocolate, Al Kooper, 2008
info Mary & Jay... Do Bob, BitterSweet, 2008
info Comanche Boots, Terry And The Pirates, 2008
info In the Well, Kokomo, 2008
info Live, Bethel Woods, NY, 8/12/08, Allman Brothers Band, 2008
info Live, Hartford, CT, 8/20/08, Allman Brothers Band, 2008
info Live, Clarkston, MI, 8/27/08, Allman Brothers Band, 2008
info Live, Morrison, CO, 8/30/08, Allman Brothers Band, 2008
info Live, Virginia Beach, VA, 10/01/08, Allman Brothers Band, 2008
info Live, Atlanta, GA, 10/10/08, Allman Brothers Band, 2008
info Live, Beacon Theater, NYC, 3/13/09, Allman Brothers Band, 2009
info Live, Beacon Theater, NYC, 3/17/09, Allman Brothers Band, 2009
info Live, Los Angeles, CA, 5/19/09, Allman Brothers Band, 2009
info Live, Canandaigua, NY 8/22/09, Allman Brothers Band, 2009
info Live, Chicago, IL 9/2/09, Allman Brothers Band, 2009
info Live, Nashville, TN 10/14/09, Allman Brothers Band, 2009
info Live, Atlantic City, NJ, 11/13/10, Allman Brothers Band, 2010
info Live, Beacon Theater, NYC, 3/18/11, Allman Brothers Band, 2011
info Live, Beacon Theater, NYC, 3/26/11, Allman Brothers Band, 2011
info Pure... Psychedelic Rock, Various Artists (Kooper/Stills/Bloomfield, 2011
info A Nod to Bob 2: An Artists Tribute to Bob Dylan on his 70th Birthday, Various Artists (Ray Bonneville), 2011
info Diggin' On Dylan, Denny Freeman, 2012

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