April 9, 2015 – 5:13 am

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Trainload Of Fools [Rattle Snake RS 085/86, 2CD]

Live at the Zeppelinfeld, Nuremberg, Germany; July 1, 1978. Fairly to very good audience recording. Vocals are clear but a bit “thin” and what a rambunctious performance.

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In his first tour of Europe in 12 years, Bob Dylan played Nürnberg on July 1. Organized by the new “Rock im Park” festival which was established in 1976 with Santana and Chicago, 1978 featured both Eric Clapton and Dylan in front of 80,000 spectators.

The show is imbued with additional meaning since the Zeppelinfeld was constructed in the ’30s and was the site for the Nazi Party rallies between 1933 and 1938 and can be seen in the film Triumph Of The Will. That a Jewish artist such as Bob Dylan preformed there 40 years later provides a special irony for the setting.

Rattle Snake utilize the complete, excellent sounding audience recording. Part of it first appeared on the LP Featuring Eric Clapton. According to the label in their liner notes, “We have found the original master tapes in outstanding sound quality and remixed those analog masters through a HDCD processing to a digital perfect result.” Nürnberg is a beautifully recorded document from this tour which ranks with the London and Paris recordings also in circulation…

One of the more extraordinary performances in the show is “Masters Of War.” The song about the military-industrial complex had particular meaning in this venue which isn’t lost on Dylan. As they start he tells the audience that “it gives me great pleasure to sing it in this place!”…

Eric Clapton, who also played a set that day, joins the band onstage for the two-song encore “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”  He adds his particular slide blues guitar to the former and a delicate melody to the latter, which is also punctuated by loud pyrotechnics.  It’s a great end to a legendary concert.  Trainload Of Fools is a tremendous, essential release on Rattle Snake.  It’s a wonderful concert, but also a tremendous effort by the label to produce a collectible artifact.

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Disc 1
Track 101. She’s Love Crazy 2:45 (4.6MB)
Track 102. Baby Stop Crying 5:22 (9.0MB)
Track 103. Mr Tambourine Man 4:30 (7.6MB)
Track 104. Shelter From The Storm 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 105. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue 4:45 (8.0MB)
Track 106. Tangled Up In Blue 6:37 (11.1MB)
Track 107. Ballad Of A Thin Man 4:45 (8.0MB)
Track 108. Maggie’s Farm 4:44 (7.9MB)
Track 109. I Don’t Believe You 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 110. Like A Rolling Stone 6:54 (11.6MB)
Track 111. I Shall Be Released 4:22 (7.4MB)
Track 112. Going, Going, Gone 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 113. A Change Is Gonna Come 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 114. Love Minus Zero, No Limit 3:07 (5.3MB)
Track 115. Laissez-Faire 4:31 (7.5MB)
71 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Hard Rain 5:11 (8.7MB)
Track 202. Sooner Or Later (One Of Us Must Know) 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 203. You’re A Big Girl Now 4:51 (8.1MB)
Track 204. One More Cup Of Coffee 3:10 (5.3MB)
Track 205. Blowin’ In The Wind 4:54 (8.2MB)
Track 206. I Want You 2:48 (4.7MB)
Track 207. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 208. Masters Of War 4:41 (7.9MB)
Track 209. Just Like A Woman 5:36 (9.4MB)
Track 210. Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right 5:27 (9.1MB)
Track 211. All Along The Watchtower 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 212. All I Really Want To Do 5:35 (9.4MB)
Track 213. It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding 6:42 (11.3MB)
Track 214. Forever Young 7:01 (11.8MB)
Track 215. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 216. The Times They Are A-Changin’ 5:12 (8.7MB)
79 mins

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  1. 14 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - NUREMBERG 1978”

  2. Wonderful stuff! Just what I needed and interesting notes to. Can you imagine what it must have felt like to be Jewish and have played at the Nuremberg Zeppelinfeld? Rambunctious? Righteous! Extraordinary!
    Also an attempt at an almost perfect setlist from His Bobness!

    By swappers on Apr 9, 2015

  3. received my monthly AARP magazine in my mailbox a few weeks ago & lo & behold who the hell is on the cover…?

    righteous bob…1st magazine interview in 3 yrs & it’s for us old people…lol…pushing promoting his new album of Frank Sinatra tunes…fairly good interview except towards the end the enigmatic aloof prankster bobness talks about how wealthy corporations or owners of these companies should do with there money…how ironic bob what you ended the interview with is it’s nice that he get ask questions about music, that’s what a musician does…

    well you old coot lol stick talking about music your instead instead of what corporations should do with their earned moolah…

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 9, 2015

  4. I concur swap on this posting of this show…

    for some strange reason I’ve always liked this period between rolling thunder & the slow train era…

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 9, 2015

  5. “vocals are clear but a bit “thin” - well duh - its Bob Dylan
    I guess the surprising part is that they were clear….

    By dwight on Apr 9, 2015

  6. young Bob was recently given the “person of the year” award by MusicCares. heres a fine article on the excellent Adios Lounge blog about Bobs amazing acceptance speech.

    a transcript of Bobs speech:

    and an interview where Dylan clarifies some of his remarks that were misinterpreted:

    By barth on Apr 9, 2015

  7. couldn’t agree more with the fellas above. the band is burning, with bobby providing the gasoline. thanks big-O…

    By billy jack on Apr 10, 2015

  8. Thanks for the follow up interview link Barth
    Even more fascinating comments from Bobby!
    He never got ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ right but Alanis Morrisette did? Is he still pulling our legs!? The part about Arabian music and Strauss Waltzes is exceptional!

    By swappers on Apr 10, 2015

  9. Coulda sworn I saw Darth coming out of the port-a-potty at this show! It was right after Clapton brough him onstage to provide visual assistance cutting up the Cocaine. Then Dylan asked him to mop up the front of the stage! Oh where oh where for art thou, Darthie? Everywhere!

    By Carlos Darth's Lost Brother on Apr 10, 2015

  10. he sure is. he was probably to busy trying to get that great photo shot.
    look at the fat cat here though. scroll down to see your mentioned darth the cocaine head.

    By fat cat darth on Apr 10, 2015

  11. Yes, wonderful stuff. Great performances and great songs we can cherish for ever. Many thanks for sharing it all with us.

    By Canute on Apr 10, 2015

  12. LOVE the way he and the band are rockin’ some of his classics!

    By Robbie on Apr 15, 2015

  13. I was there in 78. The greatest concert I ever saw. A literal fought to make it to the front from the Stand. Came within 20 feet center stage with the help of a pistol belt of 8 canteens of great wine and a lot of German Hash. I wasn’t a big Dylan fan till after this concert. Seen him many times since in the Sates but all were no comparison to Nurnberg 78. The sound was so amazing due to the island PA systems midway back and the sound bouncing off Hitler’s stand. Depending on one’s position the sound shifted in different time echoes and ambiance. I’m sure it’s an experience that was oft repeated there. Came from a bus from Heilbronn. It’s a real shame to see the landmark’s condition now nearly 40 years later.

    By John on Sep 1, 2015

  14. Wow thanks for posting this, a real treat to hear. I was there - in early and got to center stage about 10 rows back with some friends from KTown. One of the best times of my life, everyone was smoking something and getting along I don’t remember any problems, just good hash and great music and Dylan was at the top of his game. Had such a good time we went AWOL for a few days afterwards down into Venice until the money ran out. It was worth it.

    By Scott on Jun 22, 2016

  15. thanks a lot for this. was there (20 years old) and a friend in a red beetle (first car). one of my best concerts ever and the best of dylan. have some photos of this. now i live in nuremberg and stayed only 500 m away from zeppelinfeld for 5 years.

    By fz on Jan 9, 2021

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