Subject: DEEP BENEATH THE WAVES vol 36 From: xyx Date: Mon, 22 Jul 1996 15:37:25 +0500 The first DEEP since the authorities put the worm in the 2 Big Apple establishments finds three worthy additions here beneath the waves. Sadly, that leaves only 4 on the "up and coming list." More on those another time........ "RING THEM BELLS" 1CD (Moonlight ML 9635) OH MERCY outtakes March 1989 Time: 61:00+ Source: Studio outs Trax: 16 Quality: Outstanding Moonlight continues a nice run of high quality pieces with a fine collection of the "new" OH MERCY outtakes tape, which I'm told has been in circulation about a year. To my ears, "RTB" sounds a couple of generations better than DEEDS of MERCY (DOM), with virtually no hiss and a less "bass-heavy" sound than "DOM." It also sounds a lot more punchy and clear, IMO (Rainman also says it is a corrected speed). As good as "DOM" is, "RTB" is appreciably better. Be forewarned, though, that this collection does not supercede "DOM," i.e. it is not the same tape. "RTB" does not include the 3 takes of "Series of Dreams" or the take of "WhatWasItYouWanted." It does, however, have ADDITIONAL versions of "ShootingStar,"Political World" and 2 abbreviated versions of "RingThemBells." It was quite a disappointment when both of these "tapped" out abruptly about 00:01:30 into each take but such is the nature of outtakes. I believe the rest of "RTB" (God Knows 1&2, What Good AmI, MostofTime 1&2, EverythingIsBroken, BornInTime, Dignity, DiseaseOfConceit) mirror "DOM," albeit in better quality. If I'm wrong about this or anything else above, please correct me-somebody. All in all, an excellent and very worthwhile collection of outtakes, most of which are drastically different lyrically and musically from their released counterparts. Essential listening and highly recommended. "ALL HALLOWS EVE & MORE" 2CD (Midnight Beat MB CD079/80) Live in NYC at Philharmonic Hall 31 Oct 64 /WBAI-FM Radio(Broadside), NYC, May 62 Times: 63:00+, 53:00+ Sources: Soundboard/FM Tracks: 18 live '64, 3 FM + 3 interview segments from '62 radio show Quality: Excellent A major release by Midnight Beat that, IMO, improves upon all of the previous CD releases of this legendary show. The quintessential Dylan concert up to that point in time and as important to 1964 as the Manchester broadcast is to 1965 or "Guitars Kissing" to 1966. The sound is much smoother, fuller and has more "punch" than previous CDs I've heard of this show, which were characterized by a flat, tinny sound. This one is pristine, with Dylan's voice more natural and the the guitar/harmonica eliciting a much richer tone. Since everyone has this show in one format or another (RIGHT?), no need to list the tracks. All I'll say about the show is that it is Dylan at his early best - humorous, charming and witty in-between songs and strong, confident and defiant during them. He sounds great, and the 3 duets he does w/Joan Baez are a delight (especially when his phrasing (deliberately?) screws her up during "MamaYouBin"). This is a must have no matter how you look at it and a real joy to listen to. As a bonus, you get the WBAI-FM "Broadside" radio show from '62 in superb quality, w/3 entertaining interview segments and 3 early gems: Ballad of Donald White, Death of Emmitt Till and Blowin'InTheWind w/Gil Turner, Pete Seeger & Sis Cunningham. The double-jewel packaging is superb, w/ a classy black and gold color scheme and vintage Bob&Joan b&w photos on the cover, in the booklet and gracing the actual CDs, which look phenomenal. Best thing is, they sound as ggod as they look. Essential listening for everyone. "LAGUNA BEACH" 2CD (MB CD 067/68) Monterey 5/27/95, R&R HOF 9/2/95 +1 Times: 63+, 61+ Source: Soundboard/TV/Audience Quality: excellent Another presentation of the Monterey soundboard previously reviewed in THE DEEP under "Guided By The Eternal Light" and "Loud & Strong," the latter of which also covered the R&R HOF tracks. See these reviews for a detailed analysis, all we will say here is that the quality is excellent throughout, although I did'nt give it a full listen. The assumption is that the quality remains consistent throughout and is on par with the previous releases of this same material. In other words, if you want this material (& it IS well worth it) then this is not a bad set to get. If you already have "Loud & Strong," pass on it. The bonus track after the R&R HOF is from Brixton, 30 Mar 95, "I Shall be Released" w/Costello. A highly recommended set if you don't already have it elsewhere on CD.