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Editors’ Notes

It's intriguing to discover that much of Bob Dylan's best music was released long after the fact. The Bootleg Series has been an extensive but never-complete dusting of Dylan's shelves of outtakes and live performances. This release features live recordings from the first jaunt of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour, when all the musicians involved were fresh and excited and playing with electricity in their veins. The cast is mind-boggling: Joan Baez, T-Bone Burnett, David Mansfield, Roger McGuinn, Bob Neuwirth, Scarlet Rivera, Mick Ronson, Rob Stoner, and Howie Wyeth. Dylan re-creates his entire catalog, so certain folk songs rock with new tempos while others dance acoustically to different flows. "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" are set up for a jamboree, while "Mr. Tambourine Man" remains naked, with Dylan chewing the lines up with revelatory phrasings. He challenges Baez to harmonize with him. "Tangled Up in Blue" gets a few lyrical switcheroos. "Sara," "Isis," and "Hurricane" soar as instant classics, performed here before their official release on Desire.

Customer Reviews

The Greatest Live Dylan Album I've Heard

This is quite possibly the greatest live Dylan album. This album rivals "Live at the Gaslight". Except it's better because it has more songs and songs that span his carreer up til Desire. It's fantastic, the version of 'Blowin' in the Wind' done with Joan Baez is great. Hurricane is another highlight. Actually, it's all good! Go buy it!

One of the greated live albums

I bought this album a while ago and I just can't stop listening to it. The first three tracks are great, electric versions of mellow, folky, acoustic songs. "It takes a lot to laugh","Just Like a Women" and "Mama you been on my mind are probably my favorite songs on this album. By the best of the Bootlegs. Bob's voice sounds great and I love how on "Just Like a Women" he listened to the fan who yelled out "Just Like a Women!". Keep on Rollin' Bob.

Rolling with Dylan

You could close your eyes and pick almost anything from 65-75 by Dylan and say it was a masterpiece. However Dylan did something else with the rolling thunder review, he re- invented his own music, Never has his vocals seem so important as this all star lineup wails away with some great playing. This is a must have for not only Dylan fans but music fans in general. Great sound recording too!!


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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