From: xyx Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 22:09:44 EDT Greetings from the DEEP. In an effort to catch up with the 3-4 month backlog on the new, the not-so-new and those that fell through the cracks, here's my skinny on the latest "field recordings..." VOICES IN THE GARDEN 1CD (QR-20) January 16-21, 1998 NY City Tracks: 10 Time: 78+ Source: Audience Quality: Very, very good A "concept" disk compiling the 10 different tracks that Bob generously offered up during the acoustic sets at the 5-night Garden residency (w/Tangled being the one common denominator each night but not included owing to time constraints, it seems). While listening to this wonderful set of performances it dawned on me that each and every one of these tremendous songs were penned between 1962-64, and 35 years later thay all sound as fresh as ever. All 10 tracks in consistently VG++ quality and awe-inspiring performances one and all. Particularly pleasing to sample this set from beginning to end in one session and marvel at the unique vocal stylings and phrasings that Bob employs to set himself apart (and above) other singers past and present :-) An astounding collection w/a cover caricature guaranteed to bring a guffaw, with a couple of other great pics to boot. OneTooMany/JBrown/TomorrowIsA LongTime/HattieCarroll/DRow/BabyBlue/HardRain/GirlOfNC/Times/TMan. IN THE SUMMERTIME 2CD (Dandelion DL 022/23) 10 July 1981, Drammen, Norway + Rainbow Music Hall, Denver, CO 22 Jan 1980 Tracks: 29 Times: 69/72 Source: Soundboard Quality: Very Good Finally, the Drammen '81 board in its entirety. While a smidgen over- recorded, this serves as a nice companion piece to the outstanding "Avignon" '81 board, with a slightly varied set list and several different tracks. Only the Dylan sung tracks are included here, and sing well he did during the entirety of the Europe '81 trek. The 8 bonus tracks were reportedly salvaged from a Columbia Archives (acetate?) and supposedly considered for actual release. True or not, if Dylan's '80 "religious" shows appeal to you, this one's for you. Only the Toronto '80 board eclipses these tracks in trems of quality and the performances are full of gospel soul. An outstanding set nicely packaged with 8 page booklet, color pics, essay. Drammen: Times/ServeSomebody/IBelieveInU/LARS/ManGaveNames/Girl OfNC/ThinMan/Summertime/SlowTrain/LetsBegin/LBruce/JLAW/FYoung/ JesusIsTheOne/HeartOfMine/WakeUp/InGarden/Blowin'/Ain'tMeBabe/ Knockin' Denver: WhenHeReturns/ManGaveNames/PAngel/STrain/Change MyWayOfThinking/DoRightToMeBaby/SolidRock/SavingGrace ALWAYS ON MY MIND vol 2 1CD (ES 012) Konstanz, GER 3 JUL 96 Tracks: 10 Time: 71+ Source: Audience Quality: Outstanding The killer opening 10 tracks from the sensational Konstanz show (the balance of which can be found on the exceptional ALWAYS vol 1 set - which also provided a wonderful, complete Detroit 94 collection). Easily one of the highlights of '96, IMO up there with Berlin, Magdeburg and Pistoia as the top performances that year. Sublime versions of I Want U, Shelter, Tambourine Man & One Too Many Mornings stand out, sung with a delicate, deliberate grace and with the reins pulled a little on the music. Stately and elegant sounding, with much conviction. You'll play these over and over, as each has those chilling moments that raise the goosebumps and leave you with mouth agape in awe. Excellent sound, upfront and true, every nuance and pluck intact. Astounding. Flood/IWantU/Watchtower/Shelter/RiverFlow/Silvio/TMan/Masters/One TooMany/Maggie's. JUST BECAUSE 2CD (LS 001/002) Lewiston, NY 16 Aug 94 (14) + filler Roseland, NYC 19/20 Oct 1994 (4) Tracks: 18 Time: 69+/69+ Source: Soundboard/Audience Quality: VG+ A soundboard recording from '94 making its bow on disk in very good quality, albeit with a smidgen more hiss than on some circulating tapes. Strong show with some excellent peformances of IfNot4U, IDontBelieveU, MamaYouBin, and particularly Hattie Carroll and a phenomenal Girl Of the North Country show closer. The bonus trax from Roseland are spirited and include the truly unforgettable version of Shelter From The Storm - if you have never heard that one, well, shame shame (it is now on the SONY Dylan website in amazing quality) . Some glitches are inherent that require noting: two songs inhabit one track on disk one, which is preferable to the converse, I suppose. Additionally, the If You See Her on disk 2, track 5 is listed but absent from the mix, so don't expect to hear that one. Again, the Lewiston is a good one and the Shelter is otherwordly. A worthwhile disk despite the glitches. Complete track list: JokerMan/IfNot4U/WatchTower/BelieveU/Tangled/BabyTonight/Mama YouBin/Masters/Hattie/GodKnows/BlackCoat/Maggie's/ThinMan/GirlOfNC Filler: BigGirl/Shelter/SimpleTwist/Joey. TIME & TIME AGAIN 2CD (Dandelion DL 41/42) NYCity 16 Jan 98 complete (15) + filler Jan 17/20/21 98 (9) Tracks: 24 Times: 77+/71+ Source: Audience Quality: VG++ More from the MSG stand, this one the complete opening night show that I had the privilege of attending. So much has been written about these shows that to belabor the point becomes tedious - Dylan and his band were outstanding and played the hell out of it every night. The OneTooMany is breathtaking, the new arrangement of JohnBrown leaves you marveling at his genius and the TOOM tracks are swampy, chilling and delicious. When you get SimpleTwist, OneTooMany & a glorious MyBackPages in one show, what's not to like? Recording quality is just shy of excellent and the generous sampling of bonus trax are well chosen - Senor/Can't Wait/TearsOfRage/BornInTime/BlackCoat/Shelter/MillionMiles/Memphis Blues/H61. Combining this with VOICES above and Cats' MSG below, you 've got the NYCity residency pretty well covered. MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 2CD (Crystal Cat CC452/53) 21 Jan 98 NYCity (16) + various Fall/Winter 97 (6) various NYCity 98 (6) Tracks: 27 Times: 78+/76 Source: Audience Quality: Outstanding After the embarassingly bad anomaly of "LoveSick At Wembley," Crystal Cat returns to form nicely with this set from the finale of the MSG residency, presenting that show in the razor sharp, crisp sound that we've come to expect from prior Cat releases. While not the best show IMO, the sound is outstanding with all instruments ringing true and bubbling perfectly just under Bob's impeccable roar. The butchering of Shelter is the only lowlight here. What sets this one apart are the carefully selected and well-chosen bonus tracks, several of which make their CD debut* and are worth mentioning: CantWait Starkville, MS 10/24/97, TomorrowIsALongTime/MakeYouFeel MyLove Columbia, SC 11/2/97, BeNotAStranger* Columbus, OH 11/7/97, White Dove* NYCity 12/8/97, RagtimeAnnie* Chicago 12/14/97, This Wheels New London 1/14, plus more Garden filler: NotDarkYet 1/17, More&More* w/Van 1/18, BigGirlNow 1/18, BornInTime 1/20, and Blue SuedeShoes* 1/21/98. Further plaudits to the artwork, design and 2 booklets containing pieces of the MOJO interview plus TOOM lyrics & beautiful color pics taken from the show. Gorgeous package. NOT DARK YET 2CD (A&E A19710612-01E) New London, CT 14 Jan 98 (16) + filler Los Angeles 17-19 Dec 1997 (8) Tracks: 24 Times:72+/75+ Source: Audience Quality: Excellent Another release presenting the TOOM-heavy New London, CT show and bearing the same title as its predecessor. For a review of this show, see the previous DEEP. Quality-wise, another outstanding effort and I may give the nod to this release as it is as clear and crunchy as a fresh bagel chip. Well, the bonus tracks here will simply floor you and the quality is top notch - even a fresher bagel chip than the main content!!! All lowdown and dirty field recordings with an aura of 50 year old soil to all of them: Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie, Cocaine, MrTMan, It Ain't Me Babe, Rovin' Gambler and MyBackpages. They all have that "Smithsonian Anthology of Folk Music"-feel to them. Thrown in are duets with Sheryl Crow on Knockin' and Highway 61. Sheryl's cool but how great would it be to hear a duet with Gillian Welch or Lucinda. Great stuff!! HIGHWAY OF DIAMONDS vol 1 - THE NEVER ENDING TOUR (WWL013) Compilation of various live tracks 1988-1997 Tracks: 12 Time: 70+ Sources: Audience Quality: VG+>Excellent A semi-enjoyable compilation of tracks with every year represented save 1990 and 1994. While not up to the compilation standard of PURE HEAT or several HARD TO FIND sets, some intriguing perfromances included here, such as Frankie Lee & Judas Priest/Trail Of The Buffalo from '88, And It Stoned Me/Tomorrow Is A Long Time from '89, One More Cup of Coffee '91, Peggy-O '92, Man In Me '93. The remaining 5 tracks (95-97) are forgettable insofar as the oddity factor - Dignity, 4th Street, Don't Think 2x, LARS & You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - with only the unforgettable Berlin 4th Street (religions have been founded on less :-) ) a standout but we've heard all about that one from SOUL. Nice color cover. The disk would imply it's a promo - it's not. HIGHWAY OF DIAMONDS vol 2-TV Performances 1993-97 (WWL-014) Tracks: 12 Time: 72+ Sources: TV Quality: Excellent Superb sounding collection of various TV performances, including the Prince's Trust, previously available only on a hard to find Japan set. No need for any critique here beyond listing the tracks: Pancho & Lefty / Hard Times Willie Nelson's Big Six-O 28 Apr 93 Forever Young w/Bruce R&R HOF 2 Sept 1995 Restless Farewell Sinatra 80th 19 Nov 1995 Pillbox Hat/Tom Thumb's/Silvio/Pos4thSt/H61 Hyde Park 29 June 1996 Knockin' / Hard Rain / Forever Young Pope Gig, Bologna, IT 27 Sep 1996 Great color cover from Willie's Big Six-O. A good one. SUNSET STUDIO 1965 1CD (Firepower FP-034) Nov/Dec 1965 studio Tracks: 10 Time: 42+ Source: Studio Quality: OK A Japanese release of outtakes from the studio sessions w/the Hawks and nothing that we have'nt seen before in better quality. If you don't have it already, it may be worthwhile. The 10th track - Jokerman outtake - is a puzzle. Housed in a beautiful, color glossy slipcase. Tracks: Midnight Train/CrawlOutYourWindow/IWannaBeYourLover/Number1/Johanna/She's YourLoverNow/CrawlOut/IfYouGottaGo/KillingMeAlive/Jokerman. So-so. AT THE SPECTRUM 1974 2CD (AMS 838) Philadelphia, PA 8 Jan 74 Tracks: 18 Times: 41/44 Source: Audience Quality: Decent Surprisingly, a worthwhile 1974 audience recording in decent quality. While not up to current quality standards, an enjoyable set with some rarely offered tunes - Something There Is About You and Nobody 'Cept You. Don't be fooled by the listed tracks - As I Went Out One Morning & Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands - they are not on there, but, of course, if you are going to spring for this one you would most likely know that anyway. Nicely housed in a color, glossy slipcase, as are most Japanese disks these days. DAY & NIGHT 2CD (Killing Floor KF 98009/10) Seattle, WA 9 Feb 1974 Tracks: 37 Time: 71/68 Source: Audience Quality: Fair Both the afternoon and evening shows on 2 disks in (somewhat) listenable quality but by no means good. The quieter songs sound better than the electric numbers, and includes a rare performance of Wedding Song. Beautiful color, glossy slipcase w/great cover pic & design. For 1974 completists only, IMO. POWER GREED & CORRUPTIBLE SEED 2CD (Montserrat BRCD 1909/10) Montreal 5 Aug 97, Paris 24 Mar 95, Jimmy Rodgers Tribute 1997 Tracks: 23 Times: 68/57 Source: Audience/Studio Quality: Lame A forgettable release with the Montreal '97 gig presented in poor quality & bonus tracks containing 5 songs from Paris '95 that are abominable. Filled out with the Dylan track "My Blue Eyed Jane" from the Jimmy Rodgers soundtrack. Avoid at all costs.
CDRs OF NOTE: Only CDRs with professionally printed covers/tray cards/ inserts AND only from established labels will be mentioned here. Those cheesy (homemade), laser printed/color xerox cover CDRs merit no space. CALIFORNIA OR BUST 2CD (CIB Archives CIB 10/11) UCLA-Los Angeles, CA 21 May 98 (14), Anaheim 23 May (3), UCLA 22 May (5), Vancouver 14 May (5) Tracks: 27 Times: 74/74 Source: Audience Quality: Exc/VG++ Beautifully packaged 2CD set chock full of tunes from the West Coast arena gigs. While I'm not a big fan of these things, when done like this they are easy to swallow. Color glossy covers w/great graphics, all the gig info, color pics, cartoon tray card and back tray pic. Disk itself is nicely silk- screened w/ sharp, printed graphics. Quality is very, very good to excellent throughout, nicely recorded with a clean, warm sound and packing a wallop also. The entire 21 May UCLA gig is on disk one thanks to some between song editing. Great performances of ManInMe, RankStrangers, MakeYou FeelMyLove & RESTLESS FAREWELL are among the the highlights. Bonus trax from 3 other West Coast '98 gigs are top notch, well-selected and include the 2nd ever live performance of I'm NotSupposed ToCare, which is wonderful. Complete track listing: SweetMarie/ManInMe/ColdIronsBound/JLAW/Silvio/RankStrangers/Masters/ Tangled/FeelMyLove/H61/FYoung/LoveSick/RDW/Restless Farewell LayLadyLay/ImNotSupposedToCare/Times/Maggie's/IfUSeeHer/Simple Twist/ThisWheelsOnFire/AintMeBabe/Senor/BigGirlNow/MemphisBlues/ IShallBeReleased/MrTMan. An excellent collection from top to bottom. A few more like this should bring some converts. NIGHTS OF THE LIVING ICONS 1CD (CIB Archives CIB 13) Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell & Bob Dylan sampler from May 1998 West Coast US Tour Tracks: 13 Time: 75+ Source: Audience Quality: VG+ A classy looking single CD w/tracks from the 3 "icons" in very good+ quality. Color glossy cover w/nice pics, poster repro, caricatures, sharp graphics & cool-looking silkscreened disk. Track list: VAN: Tupelo Honey>Crazy Love / Fire In The Belly/ Burning Ground /Cypress Avenue/ Healing Game JONI: Black Crow/Refugee Of The Road/Big Yellow Taxi/Crazy Cries of Love BOB: Cocaine Blues/Stone Walls & Steel Bars/Tangled/Cold Irons Bound WESTERN ELECTRIC 1CD (Wild Wolf) Hollywood Bowl 3 Sept 1965 Tracks: 13 Time: 72:11 Source: Board or Reel-Reel Quality: Very Good The recently surfaced Hollywood Bowl "board," the second electric performance by Dylan w/the Hawks. A fascinating recording with both the acoustic & electric sets in "nowhere near 'Guitars Kissing' quality" but stunning nonetheless. Sensational b&w pic on cover w/classy title graphics, plus rare back cover pic w/gig info, tracks, personnel. Sharp looking! An incredible acoustic set by Dylan gives way to a loose yet tentative electric performance, more of a feeling out and "searching for the groove" type gig. Interesting to compare this to the more "polished" performance from Berkeley later that year and then to the transcendent electric '66 gigs. This is the first step in the "evolution" and provides a vital link that runs from Newport through Manchester & London. This ones a must. Track listing: SheBelongsToMe/ToRamona/GatesOfEden/BabyBlue/DRow/ LoveMinusZero/Mr.TMan........ electric: IDontBelieveU/TomThumb's/ FROMABUICK 6/Maggie's/ThinMan/LARS No doubt we'll be seeing "regulars" like this, particularly since another tape supposedly came into circulation with the missing electric trax Tombstone Blues and It Ain't Me Babe.