February 20, 2012 – 4:30 am

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Oakland Flood 1974 [Main Stream MSBR 0016/17, 2CD]

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA; February 11, 1974 (late show); Excellent soundboard.

A review at said:

This Japanese two-CD import includes superbly-mixed soundboard recordings from the February 11, 1974 early and late shows. The performances of both Dylan and The Band, while fairly standard for 1974 in terms of the setlist, is excellent in execution. A surprisingly enjoyable set and, as with Paint The Daytime Black, a far better representation of 1974 than the official Before The Flood album.

However, this note from Dime better identifies the tracks:

This recording is incorrectly identified. Examination of the setlist shows that this recording is entirely sourced from the 1974-2-11 evening concert. A soundboard recording of the same concert has been made available at Wolfgang’s Vault, which would ordinarily require banning of this torrent. However, discussions in connection with a previous upload of this material established that this is not the Wolfgang’s Vault recording: bootlegs of this material circulated for many years before the WV recording was made available, and the specific source here was issued several years before WV came online; and there are clear differences between the recordings - for example, the reported distortion on Gates Of Eden s not present on the WV recording, and the WV version of The Shape I’m In is more than twice as long as the version in this torrent.

According to the wikipedia, Dylan would write in his tour diary that, though he felt the 1974 Oakland shows went fairly well, he had done them on little sleep.

The wikipedia added: While the 1974 shows were received with great enthusiasm, Dylan would later claim to have hated every minute, though most evidence suggests this to be an exaggerated claim. Regardless, Levon Helm echoed those sentiments, writing in his autobiography that “the tour was damn good for our pocketbooks, but it just wasn’t a very passionate trip for any of us.”

Thanks to scottmon for sharing the tracks at Demonoid.

These tracks are no longer available for download.

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  1. 46 Responses to “BOB DYLAN & THE BAND - OAKLAND 1974”

  2. thanks big o , I can never seem to get enough Band material ,

    By sluggo on Feb 20, 2012

  3. ? big o , why don’t you ever put anything heavy on your site…always mellow shit bands…just wondering…

    By James on Feb 21, 2012

  4. Bob Dylan, the Band, “shit bands.” Hmmm…..

    By rick on Feb 21, 2012

  5. The stuff on this site is quite heavy enough for me, just for the record. What does he want? Spinal Tap? The Sick F*cks? More 38-minute drum solos?

    By ken on Feb 21, 2012

  6. When some people finally do grow up and perhaps actually learn to play an instrument they will would be advised to pay close attention to the concert dvd, The Last Waltz where the Band proves themselves so capable as to be able to accompany artists and genres as diverse as new orleans fonk a la dr. john to the chicago blues with muddy waters and paul butterfield to joni mitchell jazz to neil young roots to the staples r`nb and so much more.such a talent , you`d do well to recognize it “James”..

    By sluggo on Feb 21, 2012

  7. Heavier than the stuff that’s put up here? Then it’s not heavy, it’s a bother!

    By ken on Feb 21, 2012

  8. isnt rush heavy? when zep was allowed wasnt that heavy? ive seen sabbath..isnt that heavy? whitesnake? alice cooper? mc5? iggy pop? mountain? west bruce laing?
    what is this schmuck listening to? arent there enough sites out there that cater to the goofy?
    on another topic–how about the 4 songs that ringo did at the troubadour in la ca on january 30th this year? please? they were brdcst on sirius radio.

    By darth on Feb 21, 2012

  9. Thanks BigO! I was at the Los Angeles show for this tour, which was recorded for the “Before The Flood” album. Looking forward to hearing this different setlist.

    By aking on Feb 21, 2012

  10. Take ti easy on poor James - He’s obviously got a very severe case of cranial- anal inversion.

    By Russell on Feb 21, 2012

  11. @Russell - No, James is just into Meat Loaf and Mama Cass…

    By TDC on Feb 21, 2012

  12. @TDC - Take it easy on Cass… She DID have one hell of a voice!

    @Big O - Nice selection and a round of applause to the japs for nice sound

    By Ham Sammy on Feb 21, 2012

  13. Didn’t Mama Cass choke on Meat Loaf?

    By sking on Feb 21, 2012

  14. And regarding James-
    Shop elsewhere. There are plenty of music sites out there that I don’t visit just because they don’t offer the music I prefer. And they don’t miss me at all. I think James just makes these comments then sits in the corner with his laptop in his underpants giggling at the responses he generates. Kinda sad and kinda funny.

    I enjoy the variety here. If the music one day doesn’t appeal to me it will to someone else. And then they are happy too.

    PS- BigO, did you find that Moby Grape?

    By sking on Feb 21, 2012

  15. James, go check out Zomb if you want heavy. I cant seem to find a thing I like over there. I’ll switch with you. I’ll stay here if you go there!!!!!

    By Mike on Feb 21, 2012

  16. Didn’t Mama Cass choke on Meat Loaf? LMAO! Nice one, sking!

    @James - dude, wtf? BigO mixes it up just fine. If you want heavy, the archive speaks for itself. Wolf Eyes, Braxton, Zorn, Sabbath, Death, Ruins. They even posted Zeitkratzer Ensemble doing Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music before it’s official release. And you cannot get any heavier than MMM!!!

    Oh yeah, thanks for Bob & The Band, Big O! you rule!

    By eponymus on Feb 21, 2012

  17. LOL @ all the comments, one of the funniest in a while.

    I’ve been coming here over a year, love this place, and just recently decided to start commenting. Again, a great selection by big O.

    At 48, I’ve just recently gotten into The Band, and now place Chest Fever as one of the very best songs I’ve ever grooved to, having just heard it for the first time a couple weeks ago. I cranked that sucker on the evening of Feb 3, stopped right in front of a train sailing past me, with my windows down, with Chest Fever at max volume. Talk about a top 10 experience I’ll always remember.

    Sluggo mentioned Dr. John in passing up there in his comments, and I’m a huge Dr. John fan, what a unique songwriter. Please, Big O, if you can find some Dr. John, that would be awesome. And again, thanks for the great concerts.

    By Adam on Feb 21, 2012

  18. The Band sure rocks my world! Thanks BigO!

    By LongBlackVeil on Feb 21, 2012

  19. OK help me out, here:

    Was or was not this from the early, or late show, or both? I’ve tried to match it up with Dylan’s own site (setlist archives), and it doesn’t seem to fit.


    By rick on Feb 22, 2012

  20. Russell: Perfect answer to a truly silly post. Still chuckling over that one..

    By DanC on Feb 22, 2012

  21. Big-O-Thanks for posting all these great shows!!

    By DanC on Feb 22, 2012

  22. Welcome Adam- Here are two links of Dr John already at BigO. Just email them at the address that is highlighted above the song list and ask kindly to have these posts re-opened.

    And as to Chest Fever, Check out Three Dog Nights cover of it sometime. The live album I think.

    By sking on Feb 22, 2012

  23. rick - look carefully at the info right before the words excellent soundboard. if it doesnt fit with info u have it could be that the info u have is off or that this collection is a compilation of both.

    adam - jump on the clapton dr john recording from roseland ny 5-9-96. its a keeper.

    as for mama cass i cant believe anyone would have anything negative to say about her. check out her album with dave mason.

    anyone who saw meatloaf live in the 70s thru mid 80s will never forget the experience. he was an amazing performer. but especially the late 70s shows. his first 2 albums worth of tours were mind numbing. if u didnt live thru it i guess u wouldnt know.

    By darth on Feb 22, 2012

  24. Yes,Black Sabbath,Megadeth,Rainbow,Deep Purple,Sweet? James are you a mental? Lets not even mention the years of Zep,clearly when you were hit by that jet Ski, you lost more than just control of your bowels you lost your sense of reason because this site has something for everyone!!!

    By Happy Jap on Feb 22, 2012

  25. Sluggo, the DVD of The Last Waltz is good, but the commercial CD was bogus. For anyone interested, visit Wolfgang’s Vault to hear the real 4 hour concert. To quote the website: “To help celebrate this landmark, musical collaborators and significant influences from every stage of the group’s career were invited to perform. Over the course of the four-hour concert, the Band not only presented an overview of their own career, but they also served up tasteful accompaniment to an astounding list of guests, including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Neil Young, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Bobby Charles, and Neil Diamond. Afterwards, additional friends and guests (including Ringo Starr, Stephen Stills, and Ron Wood) would also take the stage for two spontaneous jam sessions, before the Band played one final song to close this memorable night.

    Immortalized by Martin Scorsese’s landmark film of the concert and (initially) a three-record release that featured only half of the night’s performances and none of the encore (the group’s real last minutes on stage), the official documentation of this legendary night has been a source of debate for decades now. While Scorsese’s movie remains an undeniably impressive document of the event and remains one of the great concert films of the era, the audio recordings have always been somewhat questionable. Despite meticulous production and outstanding sonic clarity, the various releases have always been geared toward an “album experience” as apposed to a “concert experience” and as such, have never represented an accurate account of the music that night. Not only were numerous performances excluded, but also the performances that were included had been re-sequenced and, in many cases, extensively doctored. Many songs contained studio overdubs to replace the original live instrument and vocal tracks. Some songs were also edited to reduce sonic flaws or sloppy play and crowd response was eliminated or greatly reduced in the final mixes.

    Regardless of all the tampering, the official releases are important contributions to the Band’s legacy and remain essential listening for fans of the group, but they are far from historically accurate. Here we present the entire Last Waltz, from beginning to end, exactly as it happened. Sourced from the Bill Graham Presents recordings, these raw, un-retouched line feed recordings allow listeners to experience the Last Waltz as the concert that it was, warts and all. Significantly different from the official releases and often more satisfying, Graham’s recordings allow one to experience this legendary night in authentic and complete form.”
    Believe me, it is MUCH more satisfying.

    By 3yrsnojob on Feb 22, 2012

  26. ok lets stop giving james his woody. im sure he feels as stupid as he could possibly feel right about now. dontcha james? now go do your homework and when your supper is ready mommy will yell downstairs for u to come get it like a good puppy.
    james sounds to me like the kind of kid who holds a slingshot with one hand and pulls back the projectile in the wrong direction so he knocks out his own his own eye or tooth and has no clue what he did wrong.

    By darth on Feb 22, 2012

  27. No, Darth, you just described how well the US Gov’t does anything nowadays - like “A Christmas Story” - “You’ll shoot yer eye out, sonny”. At least when Cheney shot 180 degrees off, he ended up hitting a lawyer! (Wonder how he’s doing?)

    By 3yrsnojob on Feb 22, 2012

  28. 3yrsnojob–the true real unedited undoctored 4cd set of the last waltz has been in collectors hands and circulating since around 03 or 04 i believe. it could be slightly earlier than that but thats my recollection. i know i have my copy here somewhere. i fully agree that it is miles ahead of the official release and any true fan of dylan or the band or anyone who just loves good music should own it. the jams are incredible. the original release was fine at the time cuz thats all we had. there were boot lps that came out of outtakes from the 3 lp set too. then there were tapes later on that purported to include recordings but none were complete. i remember a 2 90min tape set that came out of recordings that were definitely different but i didnt have the patience to sit and figure out what those differences were. that was in the mid to late 80s.
    its very hard nowadays to find people who are willing to get into the trading or vining thing anymore. everyone just wants to download. and i guess i dont blame them. it is easier and cheaper. no postage involved. faster to obtain items. and if something just isnt posted somewhere theres always something else that will do i guess. the times they are a changin. sigh.

    By darth on Feb 22, 2012

  29. i am pretty sure harry whittington being shot wasnt an accident either.
    for anyone who isnt familiar with what we are talking about Harry Whittington who is an American lawyer, real estate investor, and political figure from Austin, Texas was shot by dick cheney when they went hunting in texas just before valentines day 2006. i guess u can easily look up how hes doing. amazing what a vp can get away with tho isnt it. too bad he didnt shoot james. lol

    By darth on Feb 22, 2012

  30. darth: yeah, i tried to match that up and somehow overlooked that it indeed DOES indeed match the evening show setlist. my bad. thanks for setting me straight.

    By rick on Feb 22, 2012

  31. You’d think diehard tapers/traders would be able to get the names of the songs right. Why does every bootleg have a back cover with at least one song spelled wrong? Grrr.

    By Brian on Feb 22, 2012

  32. Thanx for the Bob. Always nice……..!

    By Timmy on Feb 22, 2012

  33. no James is a collector of all music…just never see any bands heavy here like…

    Ministry , Filter ,Zepparell ,Hell’s Belles ( some female bands )ext…wasn’t putting anything down…

    By James on Feb 22, 2012

  34. I have had the complete last waltz in my collection for some time..the most glaring omission [to me] from the released version of the dvd was not including Bobby Charles singing down south in new orleans..Bobby`s self titled lp when he was living in woodstock is just like having another Band lp..get it plus it include Amos Garrett and Dr.John..
    My actual point though, was not legit released versus unreleased it is just the simple fact that the Band performed all these different styles of music with folks who had either appeared on their lps or folks lps they had worked on..anyone know any artists who were left out ? Hirth Martinez [robbie Robertson]
    The Barbarians [Levon drummed on this lp] there are a few more…

    By sluggo on Feb 22, 2012

  35. One last word for Mama Cass. There is a multi dvd set of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour season 3 (I got it at the library). Mama Cass is the guest on one episode. She performs several songs. One song is sung while she is in bed with Tom. The censers didn’t like that. But by the end of the show she is in a hilarious skit of Bonanza with Cass as Hoss and hiding in the closet is Rosey Grier in a dress. He/she being Ben Cartright’s long absent wife and mother to the boys. But watching this show after all these years brought me a renewed admiration for Mama Cass.
    And watching these episodes with the censored material returned and commentary by Tom & Dick reminded me how we really haven’t come that far along in our right to free speech. Or maybe we are just back where we started. So James- although you pissed people off you also generated quite a response. This one will be # 34. Could be a record for BigO. Not sense you accused this site of posting “pussy music” have I had so much fun reading comments. That was you wasn’t it? Anyway- Bravo to you James. Even if you do come across as a pin head. But those Smothers Brothers dvds also have The Doors, Donovan, etc..etc….

    By sking on Feb 23, 2012

  36. Thanks Big O for another great show

    By Tom on Feb 23, 2012

  37. just realized another artist who robbie robertson and rick danko recorded with that wasn`t at Last Waltz…
    John Hammond.

    By sluggo on Feb 25, 2012

  38. Nice stuff. Thank you, as always.

    By wardo on Feb 25, 2012

  39. In complete agreement that this is one of the best ‘threads’ in a long time, and I wanted to jump in with my 2 cents for JAMES.

    Nice to see that JAMES has come back to recuse himself after all the scheist thrown his way above; funny, when I read his initial post I took it as “mellow-shit’ bands not mellow “shit” bands - I mean, who could call Dylan and The Band “shit bands”? C’mon, people.
    The guy obviously has an ear for the perverse, but hey, it’s all good to someone and that is why it’s important to keep an open mind and an open ear. So c’mon everyone - group hug for JAMES. Show the love.

    BTW I was at the 01-06-74 (early) @ The Spectrum in Philly (my first show) and I can still remember how strange it was to be leaving the show and walk outside into twilight. And the show was LOUD!!!!!!

    By Adam Dean on Feb 29, 2012

  40. Interesting versions, as usual with Dylan & The Band. Some of these performances are better than the “Before the Flood” album. It is a very enjoyable set, but not so superbly-mixed as stated in the BigO liner notes - sometimes the vocals are very quiet, sometimes (on Gates of Eden) there’s distortion, but all in all it’s a good one.
    If someone prefers FLAC downloads to 224 kbps-mp3’s:

    By Walter on Mar 1, 2012

  41. FYI - the 2hr 12min Last Waltz set is on YouTube as an entire album - along with lotsa other classic rock in full album versions, including Jefferson Airplane Takes Off - with additional tracks, whole Beatles albums, a 720p HD of Blind Faith’s remastered album, etc.

    By 3yrsnojob on Mar 1, 2012

  42. just had my mind blown yesterday..found a Lenny Breau cd recorded in toronto in 1961..levon helm on drums and rick danko on bass..stellar!

    By sluggo on Mar 1, 2012

  43. Really loving this show, thank you.

    By Renee on Mar 8, 2012

  44. Thanks for sharing this one. These are some of the finest musicians ever.

    By Matt on Mar 11, 2012

  45. Hey Russell;
    I think the medical name for what you mention is “retro cerebral anal insertion.” By the way, I attended the February 13 & 14 shows. They were pretty damn good! Thanks to Big O for yet another great post.

    By Dubious141 on Apr 27, 2012

  46. Just happened onto this site and conversation, very amusing. There are quite a few Band member side projects; one of the very best and a favorite album of mine is the Muddy Waters Woodstock Album. If my memory serves me well, it’s got at least Levon & Garth, plus Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin and others. It has a very Band feel to it. A cousin of that record is the Dixie Hummingbirds Diamond Jubilee, produced by Larry Campbell, who played w/Levon for the last several years. It’s magnificent! For a long time, appearances on anything else were like rare jewels, hence the two John Hammond records (believe it was listed as Mark Helm & Robbie), but once I had them, they were never anything I wanted to listen to again. One of the most substantial early rarities was Jesse Winchester’s first album, and Robbie is quite prominent throughout. Don’t forget No Reason To Cry, Clapton’s record recorded at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu (featured in The Last Waltz). Rick & Richard have a couple co-writes with him and the real gem is Sign Language, a one-off Dylan/Band creation with Eric subbing for Robbie and singing. Well enough for tonight, enjoy friends.

    By NewMexicoBob on May 1, 2012

  47. nice post mexicobob..

    By sluggo on May 1, 2012

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