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PostPosted: Thu September 5th, 2013, 00:53 GMT 
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“Our evil and our good are getting closer together… we’ve become so sophisticated, you can barely tell one from the other.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock

I just came across this quote by Alfred Hitchcock and was reminded of the last lines of Ring Them Bells.

They're breaking down the distance between right and wrong.


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PostPosted: Thu September 5th, 2013, 01:05 GMT 
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Boy that's true.
The Supper Club version is primo. (The Supper Club all around is primo)


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PostPosted: Thu September 5th, 2013, 01:11 GMT 
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^Would make an wonderful Official Bootleg Series release...


Ring Them Bells is such a beautiful song. After hearing the recent What Good Am I? I'd love to hear him roll it out for the next leg of this year's tour.


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PostPosted: Thu September 5th, 2013, 09:56 GMT 
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Ring them bells, ye heathen
From the city that dreams
Ring them bells from the sanctuaries
’Cross the valleys and streams
For they’re deep and they’re wide
And the world’s on its side
And time is running backwards
And so is the bride

Ring them bells St. Peter
Where the four winds blow
Ring them bells with an iron hand
So the people will know
Oh it’s rush hour now
On the wheel and the plow
And the sun is going down
Upon the sacred cow

Ring them bells Sweet Martha
For the poor man’s son
Ring them bells so the world will know
That God is one
Oh the shepherd is asleep
Where the willows weep
And the mountains are filled
With lost sheep

Ring them bells for the blind and the deaf
Ring them bells for all of us who are left
Ring them bells for the chosen few
Who will judge the many when the game is through
Ring them bells, for the time that flies
For the child that cries
When innocence dies

Ring them bells St. Catherine
From the top of the room
Ring them from the fortress
For the lilies that bloom
Oh the lines are long
And the fighting is strong

And they’re breaking down the distance
Between right and wrong


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PostPosted: Thu September 5th, 2013, 10:05 GMT 
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Great track, both versions on TTS (Supper Club and piano only) beat the somewhat spacey album version. To me, this song feels somewhat like a prayer.


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PostPosted: Mon February 24th, 2014, 21:31 GMT 

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For me, this song reached its zenith in that powerhouse year of 1995. The song
had been lived in for awhile at that point and had achieved the grandiosity it was capable of in the year prior at Nara:

http://arthurfromholland.blogspot.com/2 ... -nara.html

Prior to that incredible performance, Bob had selected the song to be part of his famed Supper Club
set and it's an extraordinary rendition...sensitively sung and spiritually attuned, it's a quiet masterpiece...

http://njnnetwork.com/2010/03/ring-them ... bob-dylan/ (For video, scroll down...)

But for my money, these two previous performances were stepping stones which led to this one.
In 1995, Bob had full control of his voice and his band at the time was
just as strong & at the top of their game along with him...
He only did the song 4 times that year and this was the second and easily the best:

Dublin Ireland
April 11 1995
http://www.sendspace.com/file/7gttn8


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PostPosted: Mon February 24th, 2014, 22:28 GMT 
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Thank you for the Ireland link. That indeed is special.


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PostPosted: Tue February 25th, 2014, 00:00 GMT 
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marker, one of these days you or somebody is going to have to compile your list of track talk live recommendations. If not a lengthy comp--at least we'll have the reference list. Prior to listening to this one from Dublin in 1995, my favorite non-Supper Club/Nara version was from Ames, Iowa, in the fall of 2002. But this one's better. Nice show too-always had it, but never had really given it a real listen.


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PostPosted: Tue February 25th, 2014, 00:05 GMT 
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John B. Stetson wrote:
marker, one of these days you or somebody is going to have to compile your list of track talk live recommendations. If not a lengthy comp--at least we'll have the reference list.


I second this.


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PostPosted: Thu February 27th, 2014, 20:45 GMT 
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ObservationBlogger wrote:
John B. Stetson wrote:
marker, one of these days you or somebody is going to have to compile your list of track talk live recommendations. If not a lengthy comp--at least we'll have the reference list.


I second this.


Yes, so much good stuff.


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PostPosted: Tue December 22nd, 2015, 17:44 GMT 

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Just came across the first live outing of this song from back in 1989.
Perhaps the only time Bob ever performed the song solo on the piano.
well, Chris Parker provides some percussion, but that's it...
It's a deeply moving rendition with a gorgeous reading by Bob.
Listening to this song in this manner makes me really wish he's pull
this out now and try it this way again in 2016:

Poughkeepsie NY
October 20 1989
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/4a3xp6k ... -89%29.mp3


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PostPosted: Fri March 11th, 2016, 07:37 GMT 
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marker wrote:

But for my money, these two previous performances were stepping stones which led to this one.
In 1995, Bob had full control of his voice and his band at the time was
just as strong & at the top of their game along with him...
He only did the song 4 times that year and this was the second and easily the best:

Dublin Ireland
April 11 1995
http://www.sendspace.com/file/7gttn8


Does anyone still have that hyped Dublin 1995 shows? It's not even on A-Z...


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PostPosted: Sat March 12th, 2016, 08:10 GMT 
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New contender for "best Ring them bells" (besides Supper Club): Slovenia 1999. (Can't believe I missed that one all this time)


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PostPosted: Tue August 22nd, 2017, 17:51 GMT 

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Here's a lovely one.
From 2005, this version is very interesting in that Bob does this odd
thing with the audience (and maybe even the band) where after every verse, the band institutes
a holding pattern that stops the song in its tracks and allows everyone to anticipate the next verse or chorus.
It's such a great move on this song (he's done it to lesser effect before ex. Sugar Baby 2009) because that chorus
is so powerful, it explodes here following the third verse. Bob was in great voice in 05 and this might be one of the finer
takes of this song. Denny's two verses of solo are really lovely and strangely, they close out the song wonderfully.
The third of three times he did this song in 2005:

Erfurt Germany
November 6 2005
http://www.mediafire.com/file/57zhuwoth ... -06%29.mp3

And I don't have the whole show, but here's the Dublin 1995 rendition for you, Anr Bjotk:):

Dublin Ireland
April 11 1995
http://www.mediafire.com/file/zmfct8rl4 ... _Bells.mp3


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PostPosted: Tue August 22nd, 2017, 21:56 GMT 
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marker wrote:
Here's a lovely one. ... The third of three times he did this song in 2005:

Erfurt Germany
November 6 2005 ...

This 31st ever "RING THEM BELLS", which was also the latest performance of this gem to date, was definitely the high point of the entire show, which I witnessed at the front of the stage on that glorious Sunday.

It was only the 8th time Bob pulled this one out in Europe, and only the 2nd time he ever sang it in Germany (after Hannover in May 2000). The version in Erfurt was as good as it gets, with Bob Dylan singing these beautiful lyrics with authority and conviction.

An interesting "coincidence" is that Erfurt is the home of the largest bell cast during the Middle Ages and, at 2.5 m (8 feet) in diamater, it is still the world's largest medieval free-swinging bell.


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PostPosted: Tue August 22nd, 2017, 23:45 GMT 

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marker wrote:
and time is running backwards,
there's no place to hide


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