Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000 Greetings from the DEEP.....hope all you readers out there (3 or 4 at least, by now) enjoyed the Holidays and here's wishing you a safe and happy New Year. A flurry of activity lately has left us with some compelling content which is surveyed below. I can't recall when such a fine spate of releases last hit but these are sure to sate the appetities of many, at least until the magnificent Fall '98 run starts appearing. So, dive in and we'll see you next time around. Oh, by the way........do pay a visit to the excellent FIELD RECORDINGS site, another valuable resource when requiring information on the "underground" (and it's alphabetical, too!!!). Cheers T-670 "ATLANTIC CITY 27.02.99 Mixing Desk (sic**)" (No label) (1)(Atlantic City, NJ); February 27, 1999 early show (2)(Atlantic City, NJ); February 27, 1999 late show Tracks: 26 Times: 76/78 Source: Aud Quality: VG+++ Both Atlantic City Feb 99 shows, complete, on two disks in "just shy of excellent" audience quality but by no means from the mixing desk. Could be the taper sat "IN" the mixing desk area but this recording is most assuredly not taped "FROM" it :-) Both performances are quite good, the sound is there and it's a shame that BD chose not to be a little more adventurous with the set list. Still, a few gems include Lay Lady, Big Girl, She Belongs To Me, Friend of the Devil and the Not Fade Away rave-ups, though the late show NFA is marred by all the a-holes who felt obliged to storm the stage. I can still hear the jerks outside the doors, "I touched him, I touched him." What an embarassing scene...... surprised they let anyone on stage at all after that debacle.... anyway, a worthwhile addition to the live canon. Tracklist: (1) Watching The River Flow, Lay Lady Lay, Can't Wait, Just Like A Woman, Silvio, Cocaine Blues, Masters Of War, Tangled Up In Blue, Make You Feel My Love, Highway 61Revisited, Love Sick, Don't Think Twice, Not Fade Away (2) To Be Alone With You, You're A Big Girl Now, Can't Wait, She Belongs To Me, Memphis Blues Again, It Ain't Me Babe, Mr. Tambourine Man, Tangled Up In Blue, Friend Of The Devil, Highway 61 Revisited, Love Sick, Blowin' In The Wind, Not Fade Away T-671 "ACOUSTIC THUNDER" 1CD (Wild Wolf 75/76) Compilation of 14 SOLO acoustic tracks from Rolling Thunder 76 (13) and 75 (1) Tracks: 14 Time: 69+ Source:Aud/Line Quality: VG>Exc This one makes you stand up and take notice. Not a casual listen, as the quality on some of the tracks, while always very listenable, requires your rapt attention. Do so, and find yourself wholly engrossed by the unique performances contained therein. From the unglitched "Visions" and for-the-ages rewritten "If You See Her" from Lakeland (previously available on the excellent and rare "Un1976Titled"), to the haunting "One More Cup Of Coffee" from Clearwater with Scarlett's breathtaking 1:30+ violin intro and Dylan's unbelievable vocal performance (the only cut of the 14 where Dylan is accompanied), to the ultra-rare "It's Alright Ma," (Mobile-evening) "Baby Blue" (Houston) and "4th Time Around" one-off (Maine 11/26/75), to the ever-elusive "Spanish is the Loving Tongue" from San Antonio, this set showcases the solo Dylan at his most unique and adventurous best during the RT tour and includes good quality versions of mainly rare performances. As mentioned, best to fully immerse yourself in this one while able to give it your full focus, i.e. car, home alone, head cans. It yields best results that way, IMO. Vintage color picture cover with snazzy design and killer Bob color pic on back cover. Essential listening. TrackList: Visions of Johanna (unglitched) - Lakeland, FL 4/18/76 If You See Her, Say Hello (w/all diff lyrics) - same as above Tangled Up In Blue - Tampa, FL 4/21/76 Times They Are A-Changin' - Clearwater, FL 4/22/76 (aft) One More Cup Of Coffee - Clearwater, FL 4/22/76 (eve) Just Like A Woman - Pensacola, FL 4/28/76 Mr T Man - Mobile, Ala 4/29/76 It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) - same as above Simple Twist Of Fate - Hattiesburg, Miss 5/1/76 Love Minus Zero/No Limit - New Orleans, LA 5/3/76 (eve) It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - Houston, TX 5/8/76 Spanish Is The Loving Tongue - San Antonio, TX 5/11/76 It Ain't Me Babe - FT Worth, TX 5/16/76 Fourth Time Around!!!!! - Augusta, ME 11/26/75* T-673 "ACROSS THE BORDERLINE" 2CD (Wild Wolf 4-99 1/2) Europe, April/May 1997 compilation + 1 Tracks: 25 Times: 71/70+ Source: Aud Quality: Excellent A "(bathed in a stream of) Pure Heat"-like compilation of rarely played, unique and/or occasionally transcendant performances from Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy and Austria (plus one) from the last year of the last century, April and May to be specific, which equals the aforementioned legendary set in some ways and eclipses it in others :-O High praise, indeed, but this Wolf is sure to become just as legandary as its "bathing beauty" cousin from '97. The tracks are superbly selected and provide an incredible listening experience from start to finish. Smartly separated into acoustic and electric "sets," disk one contains the most rarely performed tracks - You're Gonna Quit Me, Trying to Get To Heaven, 4th Time Around, Visions, One Too Many Mornings, Tomorrow Is A Long Time, Back Pages, Hattie Carroll, Boots of SL, Love -0, Hallelujah - while also including terrific renditions of warhorses Mr. TMan & Desolation Row. There's not a one of 'em that Dylan and Band don't seriously invest themselves in, and the dividends pay off in some of the most startling and visceral performances in years. Quality is crystal clear and upfront, with every nuance of strum and voice loud and clear for maximum enjoyment. Awe-inspiring stuff. The electric set has its share of rarities also - God Knows, Tom Thumb, a wonderfully revamped and scaled back Tough Mama, What Good Am I, Red Sky, If Not 4 U, Senor & Tombstone Blues - but (surprisingly) the highlights are a monumental "Just Like A Woman" and ethereal "Not Dark Yet," both so focused and masterfully sung that the goosebumps emerge. Watchtower and I Don't Believe you fill out the roster of these 12 electric gems. From top to bottom, an essential desert island collection that will wear out your player, smartly (and simply) packaged with color pics and eye-catching graphics and design. Tracklist: You're Gonna Quit Me - 4/8 Oporto Trying To Get To Heaven - 4/7 Lisbon Fourth Time Around - 4/13 Santander Love Minus Zero - 4/14 Madrid Visions Of Johanna - 4/18 Granada Mr. Tambourine Man - 4/25 Zurich Desolation Row - 4/27 Linz One Too Many Mornings - 4/9 Santiago de Compostola Boots Of Spanish Leather - 4/30 Vienna Tomorrow Is A Long Time - 4/11 San Sebastian My Back Pages - 4/27 Linz Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll - 4/11 Granada Hallelujah I'm Ready To Go (US Summer '99) No, it's: Vancouver, Canada, June 11, 1999 God Knows - 4/9 Santiago Just Like A Woman - 4/7 Lisbon (divine) Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - 4/14 Madrid Not Dark Yet - 4/27 Linz Tough Mama - 4/8 Oporto What Good Am I - 4/21 Zaragoza Under The Red Sky - 5/1 Munich If Not For You - 5/1 Munich All Along The Watchtower - 5/1 Munich I Don't Believe You - 5/2 Milan Seľor - 4/15 Valencia Tombstone Blues - 4/19 Murcia "LES BONS MOMENTS" 1CD (Wild Wolf 98/99) Compilation of rarely performed tracks 1998 (5) and 1999 (9) Tracks: 14 Time: 77 Source: Aud/Line Quality: Excellent Another smartly compiled compilation which actually serves as a "quasi" companion to the above, with the continuing concept of providing rarely played material alongside some of the more devastating performances of more frequently played tunes. Just as enjoyable a listen from start to finish, with terrific quality throughout and nicely selected tuneage. There was no shortage of rare gems in late '98 into '99, and high on any list of transcendant performances was the 11/3/98 "Across the Borderline," included here, along with the one-off "The Times We've Known" (Les Bons Moments), the Charles Aznavour tune Dylan pulled out at the Garden on 11/1/98, introducing it as, "I usually play these things all to myself but I feel like I'm by myself now." The former is imbued with a roller coaster Dylan vocal that runs the table from tough to tender, gently sung at times but meandering throughout the smooth highs and low groans as only Dylan can. An exciting take on this one. Elsewhere, who can tire of other superb renditions of 4th Time Around, Visions, Tomorrow Is A Long Time, Senor, Blind Willie or I Don't Believe You, or rare gems like My Blue Eyed Jane, Honky Tonk Blues, Thin Man w/ horns, Girl From the North Country, RESTLESS FAREWELL & Friend of the Devil. From mountain music, to country, to folk to 50's rockabilly, this set runs the gamut and illustrates the amazing versatility and command that these guys have of all types of sound, with Bob's vocals shining throughout. Another keeper. Tracklist: Restless Farewell - UCLA 5/21/98 Blind Willie McTell - Copenhagen 6/11/98 Tomorrow Is A Long Time - London 6/27/98 Across the Borderline - Rochester 11/3/98 The Times We've Known - NY City 11/1/98 Blue Eyed Jane - Birmingham, Ala 2/7/99 Honky Tonk Blues - Grand Rapids, MI 2/19/99 Ballad Of A Thin Man (w/horns) - same as above Friend of the Devil - Binghampton, NY 2/19/99 I Don't Believe You - Amherst, Mass 2/24/99 Visions of Johanna - Portland, ME 2/25/99 Fourth Time Around - Granada, Spain 4/18/99 Girl From North Country - Valencia, Spain 4/19/99 Senor - Valencia, Spain 4/19/99 "MASTERS (BobDylan.com)" 1CD (Wild Wolf) 13-track compilation sourced from pre-download masters Tracks: 13 Time: 72+ Source: Masters Quality: A+ A 13-track compilation culled from a master tape source as opposed to a website download. For comparison, A-B the "Tears of Rage" from "From the Vaults Vol 1" with the version here - sounds like a totally different cut. Ditto the "Visions" from 1992 - funny how there is crowd noise on the "FTV" version that is non-existent on the version here. In any case, there are 5 performances common to both, yet the mixes make each seem different . Overall, the "Masters" versions (mixes) of these five seem more "true" and robust, with a smoother, fuller sound, with only the Visions from "FTV" gaining the edge on the "Masters" version, IMO. (Alan Fraser's On-line Performances page) Quality on the tracks here is superb, professionally recorded and mixed with equal juice to high and low, and smooth as a baby's ass. Great drum and bass sound, particularly Kemper, who sounds terrific. Hopefully, more of these will surface but for now here's what we get: Not Fade Away - Troy, NY 2/22/99 (50's rockabilly in the 90's, with that great "fat" guitar sound) Man In The Long Black Coat - Tampa, Fl 1/30/99 (haunting) To Be Alone With You - Troy, NY 2/22/99 (more 50's sound) Never Gonna Be The Same Again - Tampa, Fl 1/30/99 (dead-on) Don't Think Twice - Troy, NY 2/22/99 (a great one) Visions of Johanna - Minneapolis, MN 9/3/92 ( Friend of the Devil - Nurnberg, Ger 5/31/98 (slick picking with Bucky standing out, sure to put a grin on your face) Watching the River Flow - Tallahassee, FL 2/1/99 (Flashes of Carl Perkins and James Burton!!!!!!) Make You Feel My Love - LosAngeles, CA 5/21/98 (Bob the crooner) Tears of Rage - NY, NY 1/17/98 (breathtaking, w/great guitars) Lovesick - NY, NY 2/25/98 (raunchy....best version, IMO) Senor - Lucca, Italy 7/6/98 (Bucky shines) I & I - Dijon, FR 7/1/98 (spooky sounding version w/snaky guitars) Wanna know what they really sound like? This'll tell 'ya. Altogether, a mighty fine listen and great cover shot of Bob in the studio. ******************************************************* DEEP correction: In my haste to include the ".com Masters" in the latest edition, I committed the grievous error of not catching the following erroneous performance information: Visions Of Johanna - Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME, 25 Feb 1999, not from Minneapolis, MN 1992 as listed on the disk. (no wonder it sounded different!!!!! :-) ). Tears Of Rage - RPI Fieldhouse, Troy, NY, 22 Feb 1999 not from NY City, Jan 17, 1998 as listed. After the marathon listening session that produced this edition, vertigo began settling in and must have adversely impacted my senses. My DEEPest apologies. END ******************************************************* "BOOTS OF SPANISH TREASURES" 1CD (Deep Six-16) Compilation from Spain Apr 99 tour (10), plus three from Marseille. (Note: Performances below are all different performances than those on "Across the Borderline" or "Les Bons Moments" above, with the exception of the three marked *) Tracks: 13 Time: 78+ Source: Aud Quality: Excellent More scintillating offerings from the full-of-riches Spain '99 run plus three others from Marseilles, France. The track list below speaks for itself, the quality is top notch throughout and Dylan and crew pretty much nail 'em all. A terrific spin f rom start to finish, not to mention the wonderful color pic on the cover and the eye-catching design work. Another keeper and, as noted above, all different versions than those on the compilations above except the three marked *. TrackList: TombstoneBlues - Murcia 4/19* Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Murcia 4/19 4th Time Around - Santander 4/13* Desolation Row - Gijon 4/10 Everything Is Broken - San Sebastian 4/11 Not Dark Yet - Marseille 4/23 It Ain't Me Babe - Marseilles 4/23 Visions Of Johanna - Marseilles 4/23 MamaYou Been On MyMind - Santander 4/13 One Too Many Mornings - San Sebastian 4/11 Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie - Zaragosa 4/24 I Don't Believe You - Granada 4/18 Senor - Valencia 4/15* "MAPLE LEAF GARDENS 1975" 2CD (Heartbreakers HB 924 1/2) Toronto, Canada, Dec 2, 1975 Tracks: 20 Times: 53+/51 Source: Audience Quality: VG+ Finally, a piece to rival the ever-elusive "Flaggin' Down the Double EE's"....this the complete Dylan performances from the second Toronto gig. Quality-wise, this set gets the nod over "Flaggin'...," owing to its overall more robust and fuller sound at the "bottom." Adjust your ear to this one and then sit back and revel in all it's raging glory and subtle nuances. Bask in the "communal vocal" joy of Masterpiece and the next 5 tracks (including an "Isis" dedicated to Keith Richards), then marvel as Bob's "sand and glue" (thanks, Ziggy) perfectly mingles with Joan's "honey" on the five acoustic tracks before Bob lays waste to all prior tambourine men with a magnificently understated and fragile reading of the classic, elevating it to new heights. Listen in awe through the rest of the acoustic numbers.....the compelling "Oh,Sister," with its dramatic pauses and Scarlett's razor sharp violin work.....the knockout "Hurricane, " with Bob getting so wound up he lets out a rare "Yeahhhh" (I love that...it's so rare that when he does it, you know he's deeply into it).....the always forceful and haunting "One More Cup Of Coffee," where Dylan takes us to another place and time with this strange tale and the unique way he sings/phrases it, not to mention the undulating nature of his vocals on this one.....then on to Sara and JLAW, invested with so much feeling that you can't help but feel his joy and pain.......these are "regal" readings, performances that deserve better than a good audience recording. It's scary to wonder the impact these would have should we ever be blessed with professional recordings......we can only hope. For now, this will do. Tracklist: When I Paint My Masterpiece, It Ain't Me Babe, The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll, Hard Rain's Gonna Fall, Romance In Durango, Isis, Blowin' In the Wind, I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine, Mama You Been On My Mind, Dark As A Dungeon, I Shall Be Released, Mr Tambourine Man, Tangled Up In Blue, Oh Sister, Hurricane, One More Cup Of Coffee, Sara, Just Like A Woman, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, This Land Is Your Land. This one's a limited Japanese Heartbreaker release. Cool cover of Dylan lying on backstage sofa, strumming guitar, with an RT live group shot on rear. "BLOOD ON THE TRACKS NY SESSIONS (+ Sound 80 Masters)" 1CD A&R Studios, New York, Sept 12/16/23, 1974 plus Sound 80 Studios**, Minneapolis, Dec 27 & 30, 1974 (4) Tracks:14 Time: 77+ Source:Test Press/Half-Spd Master* Qual: Ace A "reissue" of sorts, but with four Sound 80 Studios tracks appended to the original "BOTT" NY versions. The Sound 80 tracks - Tangled, Big Girl, Idiot Wind, If You See Her - are sourced from a BOTT half speed master and sound terrific. All the talk about being mastered at the correct speed and pitch, well, I'm not "going there," you'll have to decide for yourself. They do sound AWFULLY true, though. Packaging remains as originally issued, with the first-rate gatefold cover design and the Hammill essay.....the only difference being a "bubble" on the back cover "announcing" the Sound 80 tracks and an inner tray card listing the Minneapolis recording info, musicians, etc....I suppose it's obvious that "Lily.." was excised to facilitate the material fitting on one disk. See DEEP 70 for the complete rundown on this set, less the Sound 80 tracks, of course. DYLAN & SIMON "LIVE IN DENVER 1999" 3CD (Zeus Z901001/2/3) June 7, 1999, McNichols Arena, Denver, CO complete Tracks: 31 Time: 172 Source: Aud Quality: Very Good++ A classy looking Japanese set, housed in a color glossy gatefold slipcase containing both the Dylan and Simon sets from this date in very good quality. Outside of "Simple Twist of Fate," a rather pedestrian Dylan setlist until the encores, which are the highlight here-Sound of Silence/I Walk the Line>Blue Moon of Kentucky/ Knockin'. Overall, a fine performance from Dylan, et al, although far from the spectacular heights they were to scale in the Fall. A cursory run through the Simon set was highlighted by the S&G-era tunes...Bridge/Mrs. Robinson.....personally, I prefer my Paul with some Art, to be honest. Some terrific color pics of Bob and a rather lengthy essay on the tour grace the inner gatefold of this one. Snazzy piece on the Japanese Zeus label. Dylan: Cocaine/Mr. T Man/Masters/It Ain't Me Babe/TUIB/Watchtower/ Simple Twist/Memphis Blues/Make You Feel MyLove/H61/LoveSick/ RollingStone. Encores: The Sound of Silence/I WalkThe Line>Blue Moon of Kentucky/Knockin'. Simon: BridgeOver Troubled Water/ Can't Run But/ Boy In Bubble/The Coast/T'Ways Bus/Mrs. Robinson/Me&Julio/ Further To Fly/Graceland/ Cool River/Slip Sliding../Diamonds on Soles.../Call Me Al/Late in Evening/ Still Crazy.... "GOD ONLY KNOWS" 1CD (Sunflower Sun 001) March-May 1981 United Western, Clover & Rundown Studio sessions Tracks: 18 Time: 74 Source: Studio Quality: Excellent An exact clone of the rare Dandelion release "Between Saved & Shot," musically speaking. Packaging is somewhat spartan although not totally lame, with a nice live color shot on rear. See DEEP 79 for a total rundown (no pun intended) of the material on this disk.