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Editors’ Notes

Bootlegged from almost the first hour there were rock bootleggers, Bob Dylan's 1966 Royal Albert Hall concert (actually recorded in Manchester on the same tour) was a legendary performance for three decades before seeing official release in 1998. The first half offers solo acoustic versions of some of Dylan's knottiest new tunes, while the second set with the Hawks (later the Band) roars like hounds chasing the electric rabbit. Dylan's singing is at its most confident and strange, peculiarly suited for straightforward declarations like "I'm your friend" ("Tell Me Mama") and the surreal border saga "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues." The most famous moment, of course, is when some hapless audience member equates the Jewish Dylan with the man who betrayed Christ after which the singer leaves the heckler stranded with "Like a Rolling Stone."

Customer Reviews


Why the heck did itunes cut out the "Judas" part?! I feel like i got ripped off by buying this album without that part in it. Here's a tip to anyone thinking about buying it from itunes. Dont. Its not the full album.

Oh, the redundant complaints of iTunes users.

Sheesh. Calm down about the "Judas" reference being supposedly cut out and blaming iTunes for it. Surely that incident was amusing, but why so many of you are bothering to rate an entire (and good) live album badly because of it is something that I can't quite understand. If you're really THAT fixated on hearing it, here's a helpful hint: Buy the live version of "Like A Rolling Stone" from the soundtrack to "No Direction Home." The line is still there.

Dawn of Rock

This is, if not the best, certainly the most important concert in the history of Rock. As Dylan is handed an electric guitar for his final song, an audiance member shouts "Judas!" Many people felt that he had betrayed Folk music and sold out to the Pop craze. Dylan responded cooly with a "I don't believe you. You're a liar!" Then, turning to his band, he instructed "play it f*cking loud." They dive into the greatest recording of any song in history: "Like a Rolling Stone". After he finishes the 8 minute anthem, a short mix of applause and booing is followed by an eerie silence as Dylan leaves the stage. Perhaps even then they knew that they had heard a piece of history. I have the CD version of this album, and It just would not be the same without the "Judas" event. I have noticed others saying that it is not on this iTunes version, so while i absolutely recommend the album, get it some place else.


Born: May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock....
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