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Bob Dylan 960701 at Muenster, Germany

Subject: Muenster
From: Zabold (sn062za@E45-HRZE.UNI-DUISBURG.DE)
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 1996 15:45:35 +0200

Hello everybody!

After a long time of lurking in this digest I want to share my thoughts
concerning Bob Dylan's concert in Muenster, Germany, on July, 1st.
So here is the set list:

 1. Drifter's Escape
 2. Sugar Ree
 3. All Along The Watchtower
 4. Simple Twist Of Fate
 5. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
 6. Silvio
 7. Boots Of Spanish Leather  (acoustic)
 8. John Brown  (acoustic)
 9. Mama, You Been On My Mind  (acoustic)
10. Maggie's Farm
11. Ballad Of A Thin Man
12. Obviously 5 Believers
13. Alabama Getaway
14. It Ain't Me Babe  (acoustic)
15. Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35

First of all I have to say that the Dave Matthew's Band was a great
opening act. They musically fit to what was to come and they played
a really inspired set. After listening to their album a while ago, I
can really recommend it.

Then Bob Dylan and his great band took the stage. Although I have seen him
several times in the last five years (I am only 23 years old), I was once
again impressed by his aura and stage presence.

"Drifter's Escape" is a great opener, in my opinion far better than
"Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood)". But for me it will always be a
little bit strange to see Bob walking round the stage just singing and
without guitar. I think this year's version of "Drifter's Escape" is
more balanced than last year's and the singing is better, too.

Second song of the night was "Sugar Ree". I had not heard it before, but
because of the discussion in this forum I recognised it before the first
verse, nevertheless. I think it adds a country-like sound to the show that
fits very well. And it offers the first possibilities for great guitar
playing by J. J. Jackson and Bob.

There is not too much to say about "All Along The Watchtower". Bob did a
great solo at the end, using some interesting echo effects. But of course,
this one got the house rocking for the first time. (By the way, the show
was sold out.)

"Simple Twist Of Fate" was I little surprising for me, because it had not
been played in Europe this year before. Bob sang it in a voice so that
the song sounded very bitter.

"It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" left the guitars smoking.
There was a lot of talking between Bob and J. J. and this song clearly
showed the great musical harmony and understanding in this band.

The new arrangement of "Silvio" was really impressing. The harmony vocals
by J. J. and Bucky Baxter add so much to this song, that I cannot
understand why the studio version was done in such a relatively poor way.
(By the way: The position of this song - directly before the acoustic set -
is absolutely perfect.)

Bob must think that "Boots of Spanish Leather" is my favourite song because
he played it almost every time I saw him. I should tell him that he is
wrong and that "Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands" or "Desolation Row" would
be even better.  :-)   But nevertheless, it was a great version with some
brilliant harmonica playing at the end.

"John Brown", one of my all time favourites, was the highlight of the
evening for me. It sounded harder and more accusing than the version on
the "Unplugged" album, which fits great to the content.

"Mama, You Been On My Mind" was a very good closing number for the acoustic

The second electric set - consisting of "Maggie's Farm", "Ballad Of A Thin
Man" and "Obviously 5 Believers" - continued with the brilliant guitar
work by Bob and J. J. (To all you fans of Bucky, Winston Watson and
Tony Garnier: I know they are great musicians, too, but for me J. J. Jackson
and, of course, Bob are the heart and soul of this band.)

As an encore, they played a great version of "Alabama Getaway" (did you
see Jerry Garcia's ghost smiling and playing guitar up there on stage
right next to Bob?) and "It Ain't Me Babe", where Bob did once again some
great harmonica playing. I hoped for something different as acoustic
encore, but after this great show I will not be complaining.

As usual, "Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35" closed the show. (Before this last song
a woman in front of me wanted to leave. I told her that there was still
another song to come. She asked "How can you know?". I just smiled and
said "Everybody must get stoned...".)

I hope my throughout positive comments were not too boring and, as you may
have noticed, English is not my first language, so I hope I could make
my points clear.

One last point: I think this band (J. J., Tony, Winston, Bucky) is really
brilliant, so they deserve a name, don't you think so?
Suggestions are welcome, so let your brain work.
(e-mails to:

Thanks to Maureen for keeping this digest rolling.

Best to all of you!

Joerg Zabold
University of Duisburg, Germany

"He not busy being born is busy dying."

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