Time Out of Mind was my first Dylan album. I was in high school when i saw the Grammy performance. i remember thinking as the song started that it sounded very strange and mysterious. The dancing people in black behind him only added to its strange nature. It was so moody it reminded me of The Doors who I was very into at the time. I knew it was Bob Dylan but at the time I only knew him as "Times They Are A Changin" protest Bob which I could never get into because it was such dusty grandma music. But this....wow. Not the Bob Dylan I knew.
And then Soy Bomb...I then was like "Is this part of the act??" If it was, this was pretty wild shit. I sort of realized after a second that it was not part of the show basically because of Bob's detached glance over at him followed by the eyebrows raised on "I'm love sick."
They take him off and Bob dives into the solo which is ferocious and pulls anyone watching right back into the song.
It's the perfect Bob Dylan event. Spontaneous, mysterious, and at times terrifying. A man on a tightrope.
It's a brilliant performance of the first great song of Modern Bob's career.
here it is uncut in all it's glory for anyone desiring to relive the beautiful event:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZwPqeZJ ... re=related
Nostalgia aside, it is most certainly not the best performance of the song. Many came thereafter. To pick one is foolish but I feel compelled to post this one for reasons that must be heard to be recognized:
Feb. 6 1999http://www.sendspace.com/file/2hs79i
The stupid soybomb thing was part of the act. Dylan admitted it in an interview.