i have had a really similar experience with the same song, but a different version.
the performance of Hard Rain from Brixton in 2003 just blows me away completely every time I hear it. The band is incredible and bob's delivery is absolutely flawless. i like this one a lot more than the album one because of a sort of knowing, wise quality in bob's voice, as though he is singing it with more authority because he's an older man. particularly the way he says "my darling young one" and "my blue eyed son".
and he just uses timing and emphasis so spectacularly - by the last chorus he's somehow made the song so intense and powerful that it actually almost makes me cry. im just amazed by how fantastically he conveys the song.
i have had similar moments with a lot of bob's performances and that's what makes him so special to me, the way he sometimes gets inside his own songs so well and just blows me away. ive never really felt that about any other artist, maybe jimi hendrix sometimes.
Yes, I agree with you in every respect, and feel exactly the same way you describe here, about the Bangladesh version of the song. You have a gift for articulating all of these things much better than I do, and I envy you for this. I wish I could articulate all of these thoughts and opinions the way you do. Although I can definitely say I feel much the same way you do about this track (aside from the fact we are talking about 2 separate and different versions of the song), but I have a hard time communicating them like that. I wish I could the way you did, but you are so right about that. There is definitely something infinitely more mature about the delivery of the later version (versus the earlier 1963 version). And I also just like the sound of the music, the acoustic guitar and his voice ---- all much better on the Bangladesh version than the 63 version, as well). I can't really explain it, it just is what it is, you know.
By the way, I have been reading a lot of your comments about the original version of BOTT (in other threads here at ER). Can you please tell me how I can get my hands on this, or do you happen to know where I can download it safely, without risking getting a virus? I'd especially like to hear those other versions of the songs on that collection.