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Subject: With One Hand Waving Free - Bob Dylan 1995 - part 1 of 8
WITH ONE HAND WAVING FREE
BOB DYLAN 1995
by Olof Bjorner
A summary of recording & concert activities.
New releases, tapes & books.
Copyright (c) 1996 by Olof Bjorner
All Rights Reserved
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Part 1 of 8
1. INTRODUCTION \
2. THE YEAR AT A GLANCE |
3. CALENDAR |
4. RECORDINGS |-- part 1 of 8
4.1 New releases | ===========
4.1.1 MTV Unplugged |
4.1.2 Highway 61 Interactive |
4.1.3 Greatest Hits Volume 3 CD+ |
4.2 Recordings from 1995 |
4.3 New tapes |
5. THE NEVER-ENDING TOUR CONTINUES \
5.1 Introduction |
5.2 The Musicians |
5.3 The show |
5.4 Europe Spring Tour | -- part 2 of 8
5.4.1 Dates and venues |
5.4.2 The songs |
5.4.3 Statistics |
5.4.4 Comments /
5.5 US Spring Tour \
5.5.1 Dates and venues |
5.5.2 The songs | -- part 3 of 8
5.5.3 Statistics |
5.5.4 Comments /
5.6 Europe Summer Tour \
5.6.1 Dates and Venues |
5.6.2 The songs | -- part 4 of 8
5.6.3 Statistics |
5.6.4 Comments /
5.7 The Fall Classics Tour \
5.7.1 Dates and Venues |
5.7.2 The songs | -- part 5 of 8
5.7.3 Statistics |
5.7.4 Comments /
5.8 The Paradise Lost Tour \
5.8.1 Dates and Venues |
5.8.2 The songs | -- part 6 of 8
5.8.3 Statistics |
5.8.4 Comments /
5.9 Summary \
5.9.1 Show statistics |
5.9.2 Alphabetical song list |
5.9.3 Song statistics | -- part 7 of 8
6. NEW BOOKS |
7. REFERENCES & SOURCES /
APPENDIX: THE SET-LISTS -- part 8 of 8
1995 proved to be yet another high profile year for Bob Dylan in terms of
released products, TV appearances and live performances. 116 concerts make
this the year with most played concerts ever, even topping 1978.
The consistently excellent quality of the live performances won high praise
from fans and critics alike.
Released products included the MTV Unplugged both as audio and video, the
interactive CD-ROM Highway 61 Interactive, Greatest Hits Volume 3 as
enhanced music CD.
The thing really missing was a new record with new Dylan songs or at least
some new songs played live, and a long over-due change of the touring band,
which when the year ended had backed Dylan on exactly 300 shows.
2. THE YEAR AT A GLANCE
Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
X release of Highway 61 Interactive
====== Europe Spring Tour
X X release of MTV Unplugged
US Spring Tour =======
Europe Summer Tour ======
Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Museum Opening X
The Fall Classics Tour ========
Sinatra 80th Year Tribute Concert X
Paradise Lost Tour ==
Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
January 5 World Gone Wrong is nominated for a Grammy in the Traditional
Folk Album category.
January According to the Edna Gundersen interview in USA Today on
May 5, Dylan spends three weeks in January writing new songs.
February Release of Highway 61 Interactive CD-ROM, see 4.1.2.
February The so called Emmett Grogan acetates finally come into
circulation. They were given to Emmett Grogan by Dylan
sometime in late 1965 or 1966 and contain acetates from the
recording sessions of ANOTHER SIDE and HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED
as well as one track from the 1964 Newport Festival.
Please refer to 4.3.1.
March 1 World Gone Wrong gets a Grammy as best Traditional Folk Album!
March 10 For the second time since he resumed the regular touring in
1974 Dylan has to cancel a show due to illness, in this case
March 11 Still weak from his illness Dylan performs the first of no
less than 116 concerts in 1996. Shortly before the concert
he decides to skip his guitar for the evening and perform
the entire set with hand held mike and harmonica. This
pattern would prevail during most of the Spring and Summer
shows, with the first two electric and the first two
acoustic songs guitar-less.
The show starts with Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood),
which is to become a regular opener. First known live version of
this song, not counting the guest appearance at The Band's
New Year's Concert 1971.
March 14 Unbelievable is included in the set for the first time since
November 6, 1992 in Gainesville, Florida. Dylan plays
harmonica on all songs except the last.
March 20 "A Primitive's Portfolio", an interview by Malcolm Jones Jr.
conducted in early March, is published by Newsweek.
March 24 Elvis Costello is the support act playing an all acoustic
solo set, trying out a number of new songs. This is the
first of five opening shows, the other being the Brixton
concerts and the concert in Dublin.
March 28 Release of the Doc Pumus album 'TILL THE NIGHT IS GONE which
includes "Boogie Woogie Country Girl" with Bob Dylan backed
by his regular touring band. The track was recorded in New
Orleans in May 1994.
March 30 At the second of three shows at The Brixton Academy in
London, Dylan finally starts varying the set a bit more,
leaving out both Tangled Up In Blue (for the first time
since October 8, 1993 in Sacramento, California in a full
length concert) and Maggie's Farm (for the first time since
November 9, 1994 in Nashville, Tennessee).
Elvis Costello joins Dylan for a great version of I Shall Be
Released during the encores. Costello plays guitar and
shares the vocal.
March 31 Elvis Costello again joins Dylan during I Shall Be Released
and they are then accompanied by Chrissie Hynde and Carole
King on back-up vocals on Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35.
April 11 The European tour ends in Dublin with a two hour show
including guests Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, and Carole
King during the encores. After the show Dylan hugs Carole
King so hard that she falls off the stage and breaks her
April 11 MTV Unplugged is released in Europe, se 4.1.1.
April 12 Dylan and Costello are filmed in a Dublin street doing I
Shall Be Released presumably for some TV program.
May 5 MTV Unplugged is released in USA.
May 5 Release of MTV Unplugged commercial video.
May 5 "Dylan on Dylan, Unplugged and the birth of a song" is
published in USA Today. Another Edna Gundersen interview,
probably conducted in late April.
May 10 The Spring tour starts in San Diego, California. The set
includes Seeing The Real You At Last, last played in
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada on August 27, 1992.
May 15 At the show in McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, California,
Obviously Five Believers finally makes its live debut. Also
included is a slow version of Never Gonna Be The Same Again,
which has only been tried once before, in Melbourne,
Australia, February 21, 1986.
May 17 Pledging My Time is played again for the first time since
September 9, 1990 in Austin, Texas.
May 19 Sheryl Crow, who has been opening for Dylan at the LA shows
joins Dylan for yet another duet version of I Shall Be
June 15 Dylan plays the first of five concerts as opening act
"a very special guest", for the Grateful Dead.
June 21-22 In great contrast to the huge outdoors concerts with
The Grateful Dead, Dylan plays two shows in the 800 all-
standing Theater of The Living Arts in Philadelphia.
The first night is particularly intense and ranks as one
of the best concerts during the Never-Ending Tour.
An acoustic Visions Of Johanna is one of the highlights.
This song has not been in the set since Minneapolis,
Minnesota, September 3, 1992. Tangled Up In Blue returns
to the set, but now in acoustic version! At this concert
it is the acoustic encore. It will be played regularly in
acoustic set during the remainder if the year.
The second show opens with Drifter's Escape, which turn out
to be a fairly common alternative to Down In The Flood as
opener. Drifter's Escape was last played November 12, 1992
in Clearwater, Florida.
June 25 At the last show of the spring tour in Washington DC, Jerry
Garcia joins the band playing guitar on the encores.
June 29 As usual Dylan plays the summer festival circuit mixed with
a number of regular shows, this time starting in Oslo,
July 15 Martin Banks from the Birmingham Evening Mail manages to get
an ad-hoc interview in the hospitality tent after the
Phoenix Festival show.
July 27 Dylan opens for The Rolling Stones in Montpellier, France,
playing one of his shortest sets ever, just 9 songs and no
encores. Later Dylan joins The Rolling Stone on, you
guessed it, Like A Rolling Stone. The whole thing was
recorded and filmed by The Rolling Stones for a possible
later single & video release, but as could be expected,
Dylan's contribution was less than impressive, so in the
end they had to use another live version for their fall
release of the Stripped album and the accompanying CD single.
July 30 The Summer tour ends with a show in Nyon, Switzerland.
August 9 Jerry Garcia dies of a heart-attack at a California drug
rehabilitation center, Serenity Drug Treatment Center in
Marin Co., California.
August 10 The Bob Dylan press statement on Jerry Garcia is issued:
"There's no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a
person or as a player. I don't think any eulogizing will do
him justice. He was that great, much more than a superb
musician, with an uncanny ear and dexterity. He's the very
spirit personified of whatever is Muddy River country at
its core and screams up into the spheres. He really had no
equal. To me he wasn't only a musician and friend, he was
more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than
he'll ever know. There's a lot of spaces and advances
between The Carter Family, Buddy Holly and, say, Ornette
Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without
being a member of any school. His playing was moody, awesome,
sophisticated, hypnotic and subtle. There's no way to convey
the loss. It just digs down really deep. "
August 11 Dylan attends the Jerry Garcia funeral service at the St.
Stephan church in Belvedere, California.
September 2 At the concert that opened the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Museum in Cleveland, Dylan and the band plays a five song
set. Bruce Springsteen is the main attraction during this
whole shebang and duets with most artists as well as playing
his own set with the E-Street band. Dylan and Springsteen
sing Forever Young as the last song in Dylan's set, which
also includes a powerful Seeing The Real You At Last.
September 23 The Fall Classics Tour (yes, the tours seem to have names
again!) starts with a kind of public rehearsal at a small
club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida called The Edge.
The 14-song set contains no less than 8 covers. Most notable
is that the acoustic set includes no Dylan song.
September 24 At the show at Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers, Florida, Dylan
signs about a dozen autographs for people who climb on-stage
between the encore numbers. He even signs a guitar that
someone had brought into the show.
September 29 The Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale publishes an interview
by journalist John Dolen called "A Midnight Chat with Bob
Dylan". The interview takes place at Dylan's hotel in Fort
Lauderdale after a band rehearsal.
At the show in Sunrise Music Center, Alison Krauss, who is
the opening act, joins Dylan on-stage and plays fiddle on One
More Night, which makes its live debut with vocals by Dylan.
September 30 Dickey Betts joins Dylan on-stage at the show in Tampa,
Florida, playing guitar in the second electric sets and on
the electric encores. He also sings his own Ramblin' Man as
the first encore.
October 16 Sheryl Crow returns to play accordion on 5 songs as well as
sing back-up on Alabama Getaway at the show in New Orleans,
October 24 The enhanced CD version ("CD+" in Sonyspeak) of Greatest
Hits Volume 3 is finally released. Unfortunately it is
impossible to access it on most computers, even though the
2-disc set is accompanied by a third disc only containing
drivers for various CD-ROM reading devices. The music is
the same as on the regular music CD release and in addition
there is a lot of lyrics and two videos, one is Tangled Up
In Blue from Renaldo & Clara and one is the promo video for
Jokerman. For more details please refer to 4.1.3.
November 4-5 The shows in Austin, Texas see a number of guests: On the
first night Charlie Sexton on electric guitar in the second
electric set and the last encore, and Ian Moore also playing
electric guitar on the electric encores. The second night
Ian Moore returns and again plays electric guitar on the
electric encores. Doug Sahm plays electric guitar in the
second electric set and the last encore and sings on
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues.
November 9 Yet another duet takes place in the Symphony Hall in Phoenix,
Arizona, when Stevie Nicks joins Dylan on I Shall Be Released
November 19 The Frank Sinatra 80th Birthday Tribute is recorded at the
Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Dylan intends
to play That's Life but instead, at Sinatra's request,
performs a beautiful version of Restless Farewell backed by
the touring band and a string quartet. A live version of
this song is known only from the 1964 Canadian TV-program
Quest. At the post-show party at Sinatra's home only four
musical guests are invited. Eydie Gorme, Steve Lawrence,
Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
November 26 Dylan attends the Bruce Springsteen solo acoustic concert at
Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, California.
December 7-17 Contrary to his habit of ending the touring after
Thanksgiving, Dylan plays 10 shows in December with
Patti Smith as opening act. The tour is billed as "Paradise
Lost Tour". Although the tour with Patti Smith was set up
after a request from Dylan, it takes three shows before they
meet, but during the last 7 shows the acoustic set is
augmented by a duet with Patti Smith on Dark Eyes.
December 14 Former band-leader on The Never-Ending Tour (1988, 1989 and
most of 1990) G.E. Smith joins Dylan on stage at The Beacon
Theatre in New York City for the last encore, as always on
this tour, Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35.
December 11 Music critic, journalist and biographer Robert Shelton dies
after a severe stroke a week earlier in his home in Brighton,
England. Robert Shelton wrote the influential New York Times
review of Dylan's performance (opening act for The
Greenbriar Boys) at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village
on September 29, 1961. In 1986 he published his biography
No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan.
4. NEW RECORDINGS
4.1 New releases
4.1.1 MTV Unplugged
MTV Unplugged is released on CD, Cassette, Video, Laserdisc and vinyl
The tracks selected are:
On European US
CD LP CD LP video recording date
Tombstone Blues x x x x x 11/17/94
Shooting Star x x x x x 11/18/94
All Along The Watchtower x x x x x 11/18/94
The Times They Are A-Changin' x x x x x 11/18/94
John Brown x x x x x 11/18/94
Desolation Row x x x x x 11/17/94
Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 x x x x x 11/18/94
Love Minus Zero/No Limit x x x 11/17/94
Dignity x x x x x 11/18/94
Knockin' On Heaven's Door x x x x x 11/18/94
Like A Rolling Stone x x x x x 11/18/94
With God On Our Side x x x x x 11/17/94
On the European CD and LP versions Knockin' On Heaven's Door was originally
released with an overdubbed three second loop of audience hand clapping and
whistling, making the track virtually unlistenable. This overdub was removed
on later releases and Sony Music replaced the CD at the customers' wish.
Dignity, John Brown and Knockin' On Heaven's Door are also released as CD
and cassette singles in various versions. On one of the Dignity singles
It Ain't Me, Babe from Renaldo & Clara (Cambridge, MA, November 20, 1975)
is released for the first time.
4.1.2 Highway 61 Interactive
The CD-ROM "Highway 61 Interactive" contains a number of "worlds" which the
user can visit and check out various scenes with photographs and
memorabilia, listen to interviews or song snippets, and watch videos.
Lyrics to most released Dylan songs are included.
The CD-ROM was produced by Graphix Zone Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment,
1995. It contains one song, "House of the Rising Sun", that is playable on
an ordinary CD player and 1879 files totaling 612,781,934 bytes for use on
a multimedia computer. The same CD-ROM works both on a PC (with MS-Windows)
and on a Macintosh computer.
There are at least two official releases of the CD-ROM plus a promo release.
The latter is rumored to contain some early material (1958), which was
excluded on the official releases. The main difference between the different
official releases seems to be that some bugs in the earlier release(s) have
been fixed, e.g. that the program hanged when you tried to save your
The CD-ROM contains among other things:
8 Dylan interviews
7 pictures and paintings by Dylan
103 Dylan songs (most only snippets: 15-60 seconds)
- 23 videos
- 12 unreleased but circulating
- 12 previously uncirculated
- 2 unreleased videos from The Supper Club 1993
14 songs by other artists.
The videos are:
Blood In My Eyes, Promotion Video
Blowin' In The Wind, From "Hard Rain" TV
Blowin' In The Wind, Live w. intro, photos
Dignity, MTV Unplugged video
Girl From The North Country, Live in MSG
Hattie Carroll, Live Leicester, 650502
If You See Her, Say Hello, Renaldo & Clara
Isis, from Renaldo & Clara, Montreal
Jokerman, Promotion video
Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Album parade
Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Live MSG
Maggie's Farm, Live, Newport 1965
Masters Of War, Video illustrated - full length
My Back Pages, Live in MSG 1992
Only A Pawn ... From Silas Magee's farm
Series Of Dreams, Promotion video
Simple Twist Of Fate, Video Renaldo & Clara
Song To Woody, Pictures of Woody & BD
Subterranean Homesick Blues, Don't Look Back - full length
Talking New York, Scenes from the Village
When He Returns, Live video, Toronto 1980
You Ain't Going Nowhere, Spinning CD
The unreleased recordings are:
Blue-Eyed Jane from the May 1994 sessions in New Orleans
I Shall Be Free No. 10
Like A Rolling Stone 9 different takes
Mr. Tambourine Man with Rambling Jack Elliott from Another Side Sessions
Note. This information is abstracted from the article "A GUIDE TO THE
HIGHWAY 61 INTERACTIVE CD-ROM" or "I wouldn't know how to use it if I had
to" by Sven Erick Alm (email@example.com) with the author's kind permission.
Please refer to this excellent work for further details.
4.1.3 Greatest Hits Volume 3 CD+
The CD Plus Version consists of two disks, with 7 songs on each. The order
of the songs is changed compared to the regular, non-multimedia one disk
release in order to get the disks in chronological order.
1. Knockin' On Heaven's Door Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid
2. Forever Young Planet Waves
3. Tangled Up In Blue Blood On The Tracks
4. Hurricane Desire
5. Changing Of The Guards Street-Legal
6. Gotta Serve Somebody Slow Train Coming
7. The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar Shot Of Love
1. Jokerman Infidels
2. Series Of Dreams Bootleg Series Vol. 3
3. Brownsville Girl Knocked-Out Loaded
4. Silvio Down In The Groove
5. Ring Them Bells Oh Mercy
6. Dignity Greatest Hits Vol. 3
7. Under The Red Sky Under The Red Sky
The 14 audio tracks are playable on an ordinary CD player, but can also be
played on a computer from the Audio and Lyrics sections of the CD Plus.
The Main Menu of the CD Plus contains the following sections:
Audio Plays the audio tracks, shows photos/credits
Lyrics Plays the audio tracks, showing the lyrics with the current
line highlighted. Clicking on a line in the lyrics makes the
audio jump to that line.
Catalog Shows the album covers of all Dylan albums. Clicking on a
cover plays a short sample (15 seconds) from one of the songs
and shows the song titles or the liner notes/song credits.
Video Each disk contains a full length video, see below.
Discography Contains the albums represented on the CD Plus disguised as
tape boxes. Clicking on a box brings up that album, where you
can hear short (15 seconds) samples from all songs on the
Photos Contains photos of Dylan with accompanying music samples.
Parts of the Jokerman video is also showed.
Biography Contains a time axis covering the period 1972-1989. Clicking
on a year shows information about Dylan's activities that year
and plays a music sample.
Disk one: Tangled Up In Blue (Live, Boston, MA, November 21,1975)
Disk two: Series Of Dreams (Promotional video)
In addition, there are several samples from the Jokerman video in the Photos
Section on both discs.
Note. This information is abstracted from the "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
Volume 3 CD Plus. A summary of the audio content." by Sven Erick Alm
(firstname.lastname@example.org) with the author's kind permission. Please refer to
this excellent work for further details.
4.2 Recordings from 1995
(Please note that this section does not include the shows of the
Never-Ending tour. They are covered in section 5 below).
July 27 Guesting The Rolling Stones
Espace Grammont, Montpellier, France
1. Like A Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan (guitar and shared vocal) plus The Rolling Stones.
Stereo audience recording, 6 minutes.
Sep 2 Opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
1. All Along The Watchtower
2. Just Like A Woman
3. Seeing The Real You At Last
4. Highway 61 Revisited
5. Forever Young
Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar), Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar &
electric slide guitar), John Jackson (guitar), Tony Garnier (bass),
Winston Watson (drums & percussion).
5 Bruce Springsteen (guitar & shared vocal).
Broadcast live by various TV-stations in the US.
Stereo TV broadcast, 28 minutes.
Nov 19 Frank Sinatra 80th Birthday Tribute
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
1. Restless Farewell
Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar), Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar),
John Jackson (guitar), Tony Garnier (bass), Winston Watson (drums)
and a string quartet with unidentified musicians.
Broadcast in "Sinatra: 80 Years My Way" by various television
networks all around the world on Frank Sinatra's birthday December
Stereo TV recording, 6 minutes.
4.3 New tapes
4.3.1 The Emmett Grogan Acetates
All tracks previously released except where noted. Most tracks
are longer than the released versions and several contain comments
by the producer, Tom Wilson.
June 9, 1964, Columbia Studios, New York City
CO 82218 I Don't Believe You
CO 82219 Chimes Of Freedom
CO 82220 Motorpsycho Nitemare
CO 82221 Mr. Tambourine Man (1)
CO 82222 All I really Want To Do
CO 82223 Black Crow Blues
CO 82224 I Shall Be Released # 10 (2)
July 26, 1964, Newport Folk Festival, Rhode Island
All I Really Want To Do (3)
July 29, 1965, Columbia Studios, New York City
CO 86838 Tombstone Blues
CO 86839 It Takes A Lot To Laugh
CO 86840 Positively 4th Street
Positively 4th Street
July 30, 1965, Columbia Studios, New York City
CO 86843 From A Buick 6 (so-called rare version)
From A Buick 6 (regular version)
CO 86844 Please Crawl Out Your Window (4)
August 2, 1965, Columbia Studios, New York City
CO 86846 Highway 61 Revisited
CO 86847 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
CO 86848 Queen Jane Approximately
Queen Jane Approximately
CO 86849 Ballad Of A Thin Man
August 4, 1965, Columbia Studios, New York City
CO 86937 Desolation Row
(1) unreleased, with Rambling Jack Elliott on the choruses
(2) unreleased, except most of last three verses
(3) unreleased, except for the last verse, which is in the film
(4) mistakenly issued as Positively 4th Street
4.3.2 "Bootleg Series Volume 5-6"
A tape from what is supposedly the finalized mastered version of The
Bootleg Series Volume 5-6. It has the complete show from Manchester,
England May 17, 1966, thus adding a few new tracks, previously not in
4.3.3 Other new old tapes
- a complete audience tape from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, May 4, 1976
is now in circulation.
- a 45 minute telephone interview from Portland, Oregon on November 30, 1980.
- a full Avigon 1981 PA-tape
- a PA-tape from Jones Beach, New York, June 30, 1988
Expecting Rain | Olof 1994