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Favorite Decade of Dylan Live
A) 1960s 27%  27%  [ 21 ]
B) 1970s 37%  37%  [ 29 ]
C) 1980s 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
D) 1990s 15%  15%  [ 12 ]
E) 2000-09 13%  13%  [ 10 ]
F) 2010- 8%  8%  [ 6 ]
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PostPosted: Mon May 14th, 2018, 19:13 GMT 
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A) 1960s
B) 1970s
C) 1980s
D) 1990s
E) 2000-09


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PostPosted: Mon May 14th, 2018, 19:15 GMT 
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70’s for sure. Can’t top those two RTR legs.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14th, 2018, 19:35 GMT 
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As high as the ‘60s bar was, the ‘70s raised it.
When Bob came back, he came back. ‘74, ‘75, ‘76, ‘78, ‘79
Five stunning years.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15th, 2018, 05:19 GMT 
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Tough to call between 60's / 70's but I'll take the 60's.
Not least because of the joy of watching his amazing development over that 61-66 period.

70's wonderful too of course.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15th, 2018, 06:05 GMT 
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gerardv wrote:
As high as the ‘60s bar was, the ‘70s raised it.
When Bob came back, he came back. ‘74, ‘75, ‘76, ‘78, ‘79
Five stunning years.

Nothing stuns me more than the horrible Vegas style tour of '78. Some of those arrangements are nauseating. Worst version of Love Minus Zero I'll ever want to hear. Dylan At Budokan came out around the same time as the soundtrack to Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees. A long, long way from the 60s.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15th, 2018, 06:24 GMT 
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The 70s
Because every tour was so different from the one before or after. All the changes he was going through in this few years.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15th, 2018, 12:27 GMT 
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My favorite was the late 1990s with Larry Campbell and Bucky Baxter.

They backed him up on vocals.

That's when Bob had a Cowboy Band.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15th, 2018, 12:49 GMT 
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I would go 1995 to 2004... Not to be difficult but because there isn't an errant note or vocal in that entire period.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15th, 2018, 12:55 GMT 
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Untrodden Path wrote:
I would go 1995 to 2004... Not to be difficult but because there isn't an errant note or vocal in that entire period.



I agree. Great sound in that era.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15th, 2018, 15:17 GMT 
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Untrodden Path wrote:
I would go 1995 to 2004... Not to be difficult but because there isn't an errant note or vocal in that entire period.

Except for the occasional bout of upsinging.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15th, 2018, 20:26 GMT 
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I went to one of his shows in Hammersmith, 1991 and it was nearly my last. He had a three piece band with him and the sound and song selection was pretty dire. However, I returned in 1993 and he was much better but nowhere near as good as he was. Although I didn't go to any shows in the sixties and only one in the seventies I've voted for the sixties, based on the recordings I've heard. I'd put the 2000's ahead of the eighties and the nineties.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15th, 2018, 22:31 GMT 

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The '60s; nothing tops that.


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PostPosted: Wed May 16th, 2018, 02:26 GMT 

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No love for 50's Bob? I'm surprised. For me, the essential, the real, Bob Dylan is still the Golden Chords. Everything else he did, great as it is, really just follows the blueprint Bob and Monte and LeRoy laid out sixty years ago at the Duluth Armory and Collier's Bar-B-Q.


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PostPosted: Wed May 16th, 2018, 08:02 GMT 
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1988-1998?


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PostPosted: Wed May 16th, 2018, 08:43 GMT 
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60's. I love the shyness he used to show in his first concerts of the 60's, the stories he told, the way he interacted with the public, not to mention that the 1960-1964 is my favorite period of his music. He looked so cute with his guitar, his harmonica holder and his hair disheveled. He was so kawaii ^_^

After that, my favorite decades in order:

70's (especially the RTR)
90's (except for 1991-1992, which I don't like so much)
80's (especially 1981 and 1988-1989)
2000-09 (especially 2000-2004)
2010- (except for the Sinatra covers)


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PostPosted: Wed May 16th, 2018, 12:04 GMT 
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Not even a question.


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PostPosted: Wed May 16th, 2018, 14:11 GMT 
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I picked the 2000s, just because there's so much variation and any given year was at least pretty-good. My favorite individual tours are from other decades (RTR in the 70s, Petty round one in the 80s), but both had relatively static setlists and only lasted a year or two. And those decades also had some of my least favorite tours: 1974 comeback, 1989 run.


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PostPosted: Wed May 16th, 2018, 15:14 GMT 
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The 1980s aren't getting much love here. I voted 90s myself, but Hard To Handle with Petty and even some of the the Grateful Dead stuff was awesome. Not to mention Real Live was in the 80s and Tangled Up In Blue and Tombstone Blues was great on that album IMO.


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I think the current decade has been excellent so far.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 03:33 GMT 
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It's an interesting question because there is a case to be made for the 1970s over the 1960s -- more musical diversity, more different bands (and bandannas).

But I'm still going with the 1960s, and I really don't have to think about it too much. Solo-acoustic Bob, especially the very early days c.1961 to early 1963, and also spring 1965 (such as in Dont Look Back) is the pinnacle of his live performance, never bettered. So, right there, that wins it for the '60s. But then there's also his most famous live-incarnation, the 1965-66 w/Hawks tours. Though I'm personally not a fan of the band-performances in spring 1966 (when I think snarky confrontation became more of a priority than musicality), some of the 1965 or early-'66 ones I've heard are great. There's not much more after that, unfortunately, but the 1968 Guthrie-memorial mini-show is great, and almost the whole 1969 Isle of Wight concert is superb, and is now available in (near-)professional quality, giving a nice official representation of that period.

The 1970s were certainly musically interesting, but a mixed bag. The '74 tour is strong on musicality and energy, but low on inspiration or spontaneity. The 1975 RTR shows are mostly good, if a little raw-throated and 'coked-up' (I'm guessing) for my tastes, but still very good. The 1976 RTR stuff I've heard is not really to my taste, though still features Dylan in good voice (and is the last time he'd have a great "live" voice that wasn't really nasal). 1978 is the big-band tour -- poorly represented on the live album -- that was well-received in Europe and shat on in the US. 1979 is certainly high on inspiration, which just about makes it, but kind of low in vocals and song selection.

The 1980s start off quite well (esp. in '81 when he starts to recover from the Fire & Brimstone stuff), but 1984 is a "big event" mess (like 1974, but with worse musicians), and everything thereafter is Dylan with no voice.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 03:42 GMT 
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^Don't forget that the 70’s also has his brilliant set from the Concert for Bangladesh, along with his Last Waltz appearance (not the mention the out of this world Bitter End performance of Abandoned Love).


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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 04:55 GMT 
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TimEdgeworth1 wrote:
I think the current decade has been excellent so far.


Interesting, cos all the other Tim Edgeworths have voted 70s...


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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 05:13 GMT 
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1960s
1960s
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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 10:59 GMT 
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95 - 2005. I love the upsinging

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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 12:57 GMT 
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95 - 2005. I love the upsinging

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When Bob's as horizontal as he is in your avatar, upsinging's the only option.


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