Date: Wed, 8 Nov 1995 14:38:03 +0500 To: email@example.com From: xyx Subject: DEEP BENEATH THE WAVES vol. 7 Blub blub blub, greetings from the deep once again. Wish I could spend more time down here, however, being that I'm at the mercy of non-Sony entrepreneurs and those who deliver come rain or snow, my oxygen tank never knows whether it's coming or going ("You're being obtuse," said Tim Robbins to the warden in the classic flick "The Shawshank Redemption."). Dispensing with the obtusity (not a word, but it sounds good), let's get to it. For newcomers to the DEEP, the purpose of this "column" is to review new CD releases of one Robert Blind Bob Boy Lucky Grunt Zimmerman Wilbury Dylan. And no, you won't find any reviews here of "Unplugged" (Sony edition, at least) or "Greatest Hits Vol 3." Slim pickin's in this edition. Nonetheless.. here she blows-----------by the way, I hope I have'nt lost my critical faculties, as one poster suggested is the case with this list's members. "DOWN IN THE FLOOD" 1CD (Money Maker Records MR-007) Live in Aschaffenburg, Germany, Unterfrankenhalle, 15 March 1995 Total time: 76:57 Unusual to get almost an entire show on 1 CD, but that's what you get here, this CD omitting only "I'll Be Your Baby Tonite." This was one of several shows in March where the gig was only 13 songs, presumably due to Bob not being up to snuff in the health department, flu and all that. I'll call this show the "Sounds Like He's Congested-Give Him Some Afrin, How Does He Play the Harmonica With Stuffed Up Nasal Passages Show." The set list is fairly standard with a couple of surprises. Quality is very, very good, vocals are clear, upfront and detailed, and the music is crisp and alive. Despite the congestion, Dylan gives a fine performance, particularly on an under- stated "Senor" that ends with a great harp flourish, a "caress those lines," tender reading of "Just Like A Woman" (with another killer harp run at the end) and a monster vocal performance on "I Shall Be Released," the highlight of the show, no doubt. Listen to him softly sing the first few lines of each verse and then come thundering in on the closing lines in all his raging glory. Turn it up, there's no distortion, let Jerry G. get a load of it & pop a big smile up in Heaven. "Watchtower" sounds a bit different to me, almost as if there's no lead, it's not bad but begs out for some razor sharp leads to enhance it. Acoustic set is MrTMan,Masters,Boots - all done with the expected stately elegance we've come to expect. Tangled Up & Memphis Blues are given standard, average treatments. Surprisingly, HWay 61 stands out, the band is right on target - listen to this and realize how important Bucky's pedal steel playing is to the overall sound. He drives this tune. LARS ends things up nicely. Not a great show, IMO, but one where the band really shines, all the subtle nuances are intact. Dylan's vocals sound a bit different - you can tell he realizes his voice is affected - and it seems as if he's totally aware of this while he's singing. It makes for an interesting performance, IMO, and adds to the proceedings. As stated earlier, very fine quality. A fine job by a label I've not heard of - nice package, too, with a cartoon cover of crows and a funny caricature of BD on the rear cover and on color pcture CD. Recommended as a nice addition to Prague & Brussels to document the first shows of Spring '95. xyx P.S. That was a long one. Anyone think I'm down under too long, or do you like 'em this way? Gotta go - feel the bends coming on. I was gonna do an oldie, maybe later.