June 29, 2013 – 4:59 am

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Tongues On Fire [Durango Records DRGO-02/03, 2CD]

Live at the Brendan Byrne Arena, Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, New Jersey; October 27, 1981. Very good audience recording.

There are a few versions of this show that are circulating and this Durango title appears to have just been released in Japan. This is what the blurb says: “Dylan at the top of his game for ‘81 and for all time, in a show many would rank among his top 25. Al Kooper sits in on keyboards for the first time since ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, and the whole band rocks the Meadowlands with a set rarely matched for the number and intensity of songs.”

Thanks to ErikSnow for sharing the tracks at HungerCity.

It’s also likely that this was originally shared in July 2011 as The Lostbrook Tape Series - Volume 45 by cosmicquake on Dime.

Erik noted: “Great performance from New Jersey 1981, and sound is great as well. Not perfect; but really good, anyway. This is the only ‘’silver” release of this show. I’m a big fan of all 1978-1981 Dylan concerts, and this is no exception. Listened through this show several times, thanks to torrents. Last week I purchased the bootleg, although you could say it’s a waste of money, but that’s not your problem.”

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Gotta Serve Somebody (5.6MB)
Track 102. I Believe In You (6.7MB)
Track 103. Like A Rolling Stone (10.3MB)
Track 104. I Want You (4.9MB)
Track 105. Man Gave Names To All The Animals (9.1MB)
Track 106. Maggie’s Farm (4.9MB)
Track 107. Girl From The North Country (7.0MB)
Track 108. Ballad Of A Thin Man (6.3MB)
Track 109. Simple Twist Of Fate (8.3MB)
Track 110. All Along The Watchtower (4.1MB)
Track 111. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (4.8MB)
Track 112. Let’s Begin (5.1MB)
Track 113. Forever Young (7.6MB)
Track 114. Gamblin’ Man (4.5MB)
Track 115. The Times They Are A-Changin’ (7.3MB)
Track 116. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (9.8MB)
Track 117. Watered-Down Love (6.0MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Masters Of War (5.6MB)
Track 202. Mr. Tambourine Man (8.6MB)
Track 203. Solid Rock (7.4MB)
Track 204. Dead Man, Dead Man (6.1MB)
Track 205. Just Like A Woman (6.6MB)
Track 206. Heart Of Mine (6.4MB)
Track 207. When You Gonna Wake Up? (6.1MB)
Track 208. In The Garden (12.6MB)
Track 209. Blowin’ In The Wind (7.4MB)
Track 210. It’s All Right, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (9.2MB)
Track 211. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (7.2MB)

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  1. 25 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ 1981”

  2. Now we’re cooking on shale gas! More His Bobness please! Not my favourite Bobby era, too much God bothering book thumping dogggin’ ma cats but this cooks! Thanks you Big O……got any more?

    By swappers on Jun 29, 2013

  3. What a show!

    By bambooshacked on Jun 29, 2013

  4. Great stuff bigo! Love the religious born again material (prob’ly the best era of Bob’s). Shame rthere’s no “Gotta Serve Somebody.’

    By jukin'bone on Jun 29, 2013

  5. jukin - whats the first song on the show here?

    By darth on Jun 29, 2013

  6. no clue where to mention this soooo -
    around the 9th dagger is putting out their 12th(?) jimi hendrix bootleg (official) release this time in the form of cologne germany 1-13-69. too bad they couldnt put something out that wasnt already in collectors circles as a sbd. it is a killer show btw. there are a lot of other shows from the same period that are also available in collectors circles but this was a good one for sure.

    tonites stones show in glastonbury will be on bbc2 and will have several guests. usa tv will show it in some markets. i went thru my channels and unless they show it on a station that doesnt have it listed i looked thru vh1 mtv vh1classics bbc america and palladia and i dont see it anywhere. i would guess if theyre going on at 8 it would be on here at 3pm eastern time or 4pm if slightly later. i have no clue which cable companies have it and what channel but i heard that some here have a bbc2 and they will air it.

    By darth on Jun 29, 2013

  7. The Rolling Stones Glastonbury concert will be shown on the BBC- but only one hour, according to show organizer Michael Eavis, in an article published earlier today on the BBC’s web site.

    There’s no word on the site as to whether this will be aired simultaneously in the USA.

    Don’t expect to see the full show, as this could affect sales of the official Stones DVD and CD box sets, to be released later this year. Sources report that they didn’t sell the TV rights, or agree to play Glastonbury “for peanuts”, as some have erroneously claimed.

    By Dingus on Jun 30, 2013

  8. The ONLY thing that interests me about the Stones’ Glastonbury promotional junket is how much they’re getting paid. Ticket prices have doubled and more over the last 14 years for that event and given the stupid megastar names they’ve been booking, funny how this year the price is the highest it’s ever been, no doubt to help pay a stupid ransom to the Stones. They sure won’t have come cheap and their holding the BBC to ransom over how much of their show can be screened is down to the usual issue - their greed. As if they haven’t raked in enough. Would they ever repeat the 1969 Hyde Park scenario and play for f-r-e-e? Not on your nellie. Not as if they need the goddamn money.

    Over-rated, over-hyped and overpaid. That’s The Rolling Stones for the last 30 years or so.

    By Harold Michaels on Jun 30, 2013

  9. The Stones are making $4-5 million per show, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

    Paul McCartney’s ticket prices are about $250 for a good seat up close that costs $600 at a Stones show.

    Performer’s fees at Glastonbury are much lower, Coldplay got L200,000 (about $300,000 American) in 2011, no word on if the Stones are accepting the same pay, according to The Guardian:

    Harold, you might want to avoid going to the “Store” section of the Stone’s web site; t-shirts are $40-50, and doggie outfits are $80-90. Yes, doggie outfits. Prices go up from there.

    By Dingus on Jun 30, 2013

  10. Rolling Stones set list for Glastonbury:

    They changed the lyrics to “Factory Girl” and renamed it “Glastonbury Girl”, also did “2000 Light Years From Home”. Mick Taylor on three songs. Same old same old.

    By Dingus on Jun 30, 2013

  11. Been absent for a while … not too many Dylan offerings of late (which surprises me greatly!!) … Anyway, thanks a lot for this one, looking forward to hearing and enjoying it … tremendous set list compared to nowadays, but then again we should be grateful for small mercies. Cheers.

    By Canute on Jul 1, 2013

  12. “Love the religious born again material (prob’ly the best era of Bob’s).”

    I just threw up a little.

    By Guy Smiley on Jul 4, 2013

  13. bob`s been puttin` us on for years, i think his conversion / born again phase was his biggest hoax.

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 4, 2013

  14. Say what you like, Slow Train Coming is one of my top ten Dylan albums and if this show is even nearly as good as the New Orleans BigO put up a while ago I will be thrilled.

    By Jeremy Shatan on Jul 10, 2013

  15. slow train is for yuppies and born again doodies…blonde on blonde is for dylan fans.

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 10, 2013

  16. Glad there is someone here to tell me what to like and not to like.

    By oblivious to reality on Jul 10, 2013

  17. slow train is for yuppies and born again doodies

    Nope. You mean the ramones,the clash and that tripe.The Absolute nadir…

    By barf on Jul 10, 2013

  18. who is that tripe? i never heard their music. they must be good if u rank them with the ramones and the clash. ill post download links when i find them. thx for the tip.

    By barth on Jul 10, 2013

  19. no problem,bro

    By barf on Jul 11, 2013

  20. You guys are silly. And there is no Gotta Serve Somebody - just a minute of applause. Oh, well.

    By Jeremy Shatan on Jul 12, 2013

  21. jeremy.. download the first file again.

    By darth on Jul 12, 2013

  22. my 6 transistor battery powered am radio sounds better than this crap

    By Dubious 142 on Jul 12, 2013

  23. for a 32 yr old audience recording.. i dont think it sounds that bad at all.

    By darth on Jul 12, 2013

  24. “my 6 transistor battery powered am radio sounds better than this crap” Well, listen to your radio and don’t download this “crap”. I think it sounds ok, alot better than my am transistor radio. Of course I got mine out of a dumpster, I think it was one of Clapton’s roadies.

    By nubious 420 on Jul 12, 2013

  25. dub, I recommend ear-enclosing noise-cancelling headphones. Also, as another poster said on another set, the EQ is left up to you. A little more bass for you might help your enjoyment. All the band music is there in the great performance, but to appreciate what is going on will take some work. We are all beggars here, hoping for a good meal. People are definitely trying to give us the best they’ve got. The fine tuning has gotten better and better over the years, especially lately. I am sincerely grateful for the hours spent improving sound quality from old tapes, especially when it is provided to us FREE.

    By 5yrsnojob on Jul 12, 2013

  26. I was at this concert. I recorded the audio and it came out pretty well as I recall. I think I was in a decent seat near a speaker. I would love to see this!!

    By MARK Martucci on Sep 13, 2019

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