North Wind Blowing

CJ's Review

The complete show from Oslo, offering an interesting track listing and a performance to match. It's a show of contrasts. After a rousing bums-off seats opener Dylan turns the mood on its head with an eerily atmospheric Long Black Coat followed by a sprightly Watchtower, and a stately, subdued Positively 4th Street. Tangled is, once again, entracing, with Dylan stretching and twisting the vocals, wringing out the very essence of the song. Hollis Brown, sung with a sparse banjo based backing proves to be particularly evocative, and even Ballad Of A Thin Man is sung with an uncharacteristic melancholy, almost sympathising with, rather than chiding Mr Jones. Indeed the whole performance has the feeling of a winters evening wrapped up by a log fire reminiscing over adventures past, not in a overly romanticised way but certainly with the benefit of hindsight and without rancour. It's the sound of a man who's been there and done it and he's now taking the opportunity to reflect on it for a while.
The whole mood is summed up with the closing song, My Back Pages. It's a superb moment when it finally all comes together. Recording quality is excellent, good clear vocals, well balanced separation, and a relaxed and informal atmosphere. .

Tfeb B (8)


18 Jul 96 Oslo, Norway

Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
Man InThe Long Black Coat
All Along The Watchtower
Positively 4th Street
Most Likely You Go Your Way
Tangled Up In Blue
Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
Ballad Of Hollis Brown
Absolutely Sweet Marie
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Highway 61 Revisited
Girl From The North Country
Rainy Day Women 12 & 35
My Back Pages

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