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PostPosted: Fri October 27th, 2017, 00:41 GMT 
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Tonight is the anniversary of Bob's legendary concert at Carnegie Hall in 1963. Listening to this evokes a strange feeling in my mind and heart. This is just a 22 year old kid playing original songs to an audience that hangs on to every word. I believe this to be Dylan's greatest concert in his many years. Never before has Boots of Spanish Leather been so tender, The Times They Are A-Changin' so passionate, Don't Think Twice so beautiful, and Masters of War so vicious. This is definitely a young man who had full control of his songwriting and stage presence. Dylan can try to claim that he was not a protest singer, but after listening to this pristine recording, you might start to think otherwise. Also included is the amazing Lay Down Your Weary Tune, which foreshadows the introspective writing of his future. When you listen to this perfect concert, you can realize just what those folkies were losing and why they were so upset when Dylan grabbed his electric guitar.

Saturday, October 26, 1963 at 8:40 P.M.

The Times They Are A-Changin
Ballad of Hollis Brown
Who Killed Davey Moore
Boots of Spanish Leather
Talkin' John Birch Society Blues
Lay Down Your Weary Tune
Blowin' in the Wind
Percy's Song
Seven Curses
Walls of Red Wing
North Country Blues
Talkin' World War III Blues
Don't Think Twice It's All Right
With God On Our Side
Only a Pawn in Their Game
Masters of War
The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
When the Ship Comes In

Please do yourself a favor and listen to a young Bob Dylan just before he had the world in the palm of his hand.


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PostPosted: Fri October 27th, 2017, 09:27 GMT 

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It's a great concert, no doubt about it. There was a poll on here a few months ago and the Town Hall concert of Apr 63 did surprisingly well up against Carnegie Hall. The one thing about the October concert, especially in the last five songs, is the preacher element, the voice of a generation. It's not a surprise in retrospect that within three or four months he decided he had to change direction. Perhaps the death of JFK was an element in that but perhaps also there was no further to go down that road.

I can well recall going to the Surbiton folk club sometime in late '64 probably to hear Shirley Collins and talking to people about Dylan about Another Side and these folkies were saying ' He's sold out'. For that part of his audience in England at the time it wasn't going electric, that came later, it was going from the exterior to the interior landscape. To me Lay Down Your weary Tune is a special song because it signalled the route ahead.


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PostPosted: Sat October 28th, 2017, 17:24 GMT 

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I totally agree ! quite simply the finest concert from Dylans acoustic period in terms of consistency of performance.Such a shame Columbia released the 1964 Halloween show instead.That 1964 show which although has a certain charm and mixes older songs with forthcoming newer material, is marred by a sloppiness of being Dylan being a little worse for wear.The Carnegie Hall concert is totally different, with Dylan fully focused vocally and delivering many definitive versions of his early classics.
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PostPosted: Sat October 28th, 2017, 17:54 GMT 

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Mail Train wrote:
Saturday, October 26, 1963 at 8:40 P.M.

North Country Blues
Talkin' World War III Blues

Please do yourself a favor and listen to a young Bob Dylan just before he had the world in the palm of his hand.


Such a great show...thanks for providing the reminder to go back and listen again! How stunning it is that Dylan has performed a number of transcendent shows in such varied styles over the years. A career that includes this Carnegie Show, Manchester 1966, any of a number of Rolling Thunder Revue shows in both 1975 and 1976, the 1980 Massey Hall show in Canada, the Earls Court shows in 1981, the December 17, 1995 tour-capper in Philly...such restless, Whitmanesque energy in this guy!

For the record, there was a performance of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the great Carnegie show in between "North Country Blues" and "Talkin' World War III Blues."


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PostPosted: Sat October 28th, 2017, 19:06 GMT 

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and what a great performance of Hard Rain it is up there with the very very best versions


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PostPosted: Sat October 28th, 2017, 19:51 GMT 
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Hatmatter wrote:
For the record, there was a performance of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the great Carnegie show in between "North Country Blues" and "Talkin' World War III Blues."

Ahhhh! Must've forgot to type it in. Thanks for telling me. It is a fantastic performance.


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PostPosted: Sun October 29th, 2017, 02:31 GMT 
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greatmate wrote:
Such a shame Columbia released the 1964 Halloween show instead.That 1964 show which although has a certain charm and mixes older songs with forthcoming newer material, is marred by a sloppiness of being Dylan being a little worse for wear.

So true. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why Columbia thought it was a good idea to release the ultra-sloppy Halloween '64 show when there was no other official document of the 1961-1964 years, live. That show has Dylan sending up his own songs and playing drunk, while the Carnegie Hall show (or the Town Hall show) has him razor-sharp and at the peak of his early, acoustic years. Just a bad, bad decision.


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