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Earls Court 1978 [MIG UK-2-A/B, 1CD]
Live at Earls Court, London, England, June 20, 1978. Final night of UK tour. An excellent audience stereo recording. Incomplete show.
“This one is a classic. It was reviewed in Melody Maker and NME as though it was an official release. I read the review on a Thursday and on Saturday my local record shop had it in their racks, £5, and worth every penny, hats off to the Bootleggers.” - JTT, Sept 2008. Shared on Dime.
Now that Bob Dylan’s new album is around the corner, time to dust off the bootlegs and give them a spin. Here’s a fine one, as described above, taken from JTT’s vinyl copy and a first edition to boot.
All the fun of buying bootlegs is present. The vinyl pops here and there [not distracting at all, in fact comforting of real life in our digital age], the talkative fan standing next to the taper, thankfully for a very short time at the start. And, finally, the slight echo of the vastness of Earls Court is present offering an ambience that would be lacking in a sterile soundboard recording.
Of the performance? Dylan was certainly searching for his place in the ever-expanding rock music universe after the Rolling Thunder tours, the crusade for Hurricane Carter and now on the eve of the British punk and new wave explosion, he had offered a new sermon with Street Legal. This was a very muscular performance sans the elegance and old-time style of The Band or the communal get together of Rolling Thunder, Dylan’s band tonight rocked hard in a modern fashion. Listen to the horns blare sharply. Dylan has to scream. Tonight, Woodstock was more than 10 years ago.
If Dylan wanted his music to be a career, then here was the beginning of his Neverending Tours. Of the 10 tracks offered here, only Senor [Tales Of Yankee Power] is new. The rest are the man’s classics. Just listen to Dylan do a reggae Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right. You bet, he didn’t think twice. The thin wild mercury music never stops.
- Professor Red
Thanks to superfan JTT for sharing.
LINEAGE: Very Good Vinyl LP > Technics SL-110/SME 3009 Series 111/Goldring G1010 >
Onkyo P-304 Pre Amp > Soundforge 9 > FLAC Level 6 Align on sector boundaries
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Track 01. Ballad Of A Thin Man
Track 02. Maggie’s Farm
Track 03. I Don’t Believe You
Track 04. Like A Rolling Stone
Track 05. Blowin’ In The Wind
Track 06. Senor [Tales Of Yankee Power]
Track 07. Masters Of War
Track 08. Just Like A Woman
Track 09. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Track 10. It’s Alright Ma (Only Bleeding)
Bob Dylan - vocal, gtr
Billy Cross - gtr
Alan Pasqua - keyboards
Steven Soles - rhythm gtr, backup vocals
David Mansfield - violin, mandolin
Steve Douglas - horns
Jerry Scheff - bs
Bobbye Hall - percussion
Ian Wallace - drums
Singers - Helena Springs, Jo Ann Harris and Carolyn Dennis
One of the great ’70s albums of Dylan’s. His voice had matured but the steely determination was intact. Now focused on being a “big” “super” star, this album was produced with a big band, soul singers, horns and some heavy playing. It has aged well. Click on the link to buy Bob Dylan albums.