October 24, 2015 – 1:13 pm

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London 2015 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; October 22, 2015. Fairly to very good audience recording. Instruments are clear though Dylan’s vocals sound a bit distant.

Bob Dylan first played the Royal Albert Hall on May 9 and 10, 1965. In the 1965 concerts, Dylan confirmed his status as the folk movement’s voice of a generation (which he would renounce come the Newport Festival in July 1965) but now he returns to the Albert Hall, 50 years later, to promote his Sinatra covers album, Shadows In The Night. Instead of “changing” anything, it was Dylan who changed.

Now hear this Robert Zimmerman
Though I don’t suppose we’ll meet
Ask your good friend Dylan
If he’d gaze awhile
down the old street
Tell him we’ve lost his poems
So they’re writing on the walls
Give us back our unity
Give us back our family

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Thanks to rimbaud who recorded and shared the show at Dime.

rimbaud noted:

Funny things cycles, i was weaned on a diet of Sinatra (and vegetable soup), not a day went by without Frank blaring out from my dad’s cheap radiogram/record player. I grew to love the songs, appreciate the exceptional delivery of them and the seeds of fascination for the names in brackets after the song titles were sown.

Twenty odd years ago, i saw the guvnor tread these very boards with my old man, he was coming towards the end of his roller coaster career, he would have been around the same age as Bob is now and, despite the auto cue he now relied on, he still had it, still lived in the song, still meant every word, still had the voice. So it is tonight, each time Dylan launches into one of his “Sinatra” songs, a shiver goes through me, a near lifetime flashes by, and yeah, Bob still has it too, in spades.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro/Things Have Changed 6:21 (10.7MB)
Track 102. She Belongs To Me 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 103. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 104. What’ll I Do 2:55 (4.9MB)
Track 105. Duquesne Whistle 6:53 (11.6MB)
Track 106. Melancholy Mood 2:43 (4.6MB)
Track 107. Pay In Blood 4:32 (7.6MB)
Track 108. I’m A Fool To Want You 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 109. Tangled Up In Blue 6:13 (10.5MB)
Track 110. Intro/High Water (For Charley Patton) 6:02 (10.1MB)
49 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Why Try To Change Me Now 3:35 (6.0MB)
Track 202. Early Roman Kings 6:36 (11.1MB)
Track 203. Full Moon And Empty Arms 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 204. Spirit On The Water 6:26 (10.8MB)
Track 205. Scarlet Town 5:41 (9.6MB)
Track 206. All Or Nothing At All 3:12 (5.4MB)
Track 207. Long And Wasted Years 4:12 (7.1MB)
Track 208. Autumn Leaves 3:30 (5.9MB)
Track 209. Blowin’ In The Wind 6:43 (11.3MB)
Track 210. Love Sick 5:46 (9.7MB)
50 mins

Bob Dylan - piano, harp, vocals
Tony Garnier - bass
George Recile - drums
Stu Kimball - guitar
Charlie Sexton - guitar
Donnie Herron - violin, pedal steel, lap steel, banjo

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  1. 16 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - ROYAL ALBERT HALL OCT 22, 2015”

  2. Wonderful. Couldn’t make the shows but this will satisfy my curiosity of how good Bob was on the nights he played there. Many thanks and thanks for the covers, too, though we do miss stewART.

    By Canute on Oct 24, 2015

  3. Well thanks for this Big O
    I had the possibility of going to tonight’s RAH gig and cannot for a variety of reasons (gutted!) but hey this will have to do!
    Thank you!

    By swappers on Oct 24, 2015

  4. P.S can you try and speed up your posting on these things this was a WHOLE TWO nights AGO!
    Sheesh! Slow or what? Are you guys losing your touch?! (ROFL)

    By swappers on Oct 24, 2015

  5. The so called singing on the Sinatra covers is some of worst attempts at music I’ve ever heard. Dylan and his fans are indulging in massive self-delusion to imagine these covers are anything but mediocre travesties. Bob’s voice is just plain ugly and worn out. He can’t articulate words or hold pitch with any consistency. He’s never shown much of a gift for singing pop music which requires far more technique and practice than the folk/blues material he excels at writing and singing. And the band is a generic muddle on these songs, giving each song the same basic soporific steel guitar noodling.

    By noman on Oct 24, 2015

  6. What nonsense and ugly stuff some people are writing and they don’t understand anything!
    I saw Bob performing 3 concerts in Germany this autumn so far and he was fantastic.
    Great singing exspecially on the so called Sinatra covers, which are songs not written by Sinatra at all.
    I’d hate songs like these when Sinatra sings them but I love them with Bob’s wonderful and strong voice and his great and sensible band performing them night after night with great care and much love for the audience.
    Carry on Bob and and do not listen to people, who are exactly like your Mr. Jones when they come into the room with their pencils in their hands.

    By Frank on Oct 24, 2015

  7. Thank You Very Much,, your webpage rules!!

    By Paul Best. on Oct 24, 2015

  8. my problem with this set is ‘Dylan’s vocals sound a bit distant’. the only time i winced at bob’s attempt at standards was his xmas album now that was a horror and part of the proceeds were supposed to go to charity if i remember correctly. i wondered at the time how could it raise any money who would buy it ??? nobody does dylan like dylan but they continue to try so let bobby fly. ive heard worst how wouldve old blue eyes covered dylan ???

    By woodpeckerdeadwood on Oct 25, 2015

  9. noman, I could quibble with you about Dylan’s former abilities as a pop singer, although I agree that the band is pretty dull these days. But what Dylan’s fans, myself among them, are “indulging” in is hearing someone they love sing songs he loves. We don’t have these performances for great or even good performances to enjoy them on that level.

    By Ken on Oct 25, 2015

  10. Meant to write “have to mistake”

    By Ken on Oct 25, 2015

  11. Agree with Noman. I wonder how anybody can call this singing at all. It is of course not politicly correct, and might be painful for the fans to hear. I am more into music with a certain quality, not hipster coolness. So much music around which shows more talent and quality than this. Used to listen to Dylan in the 70s, don`t care about iy anymore.

    By Stig on Oct 25, 2015

  12. Bob is always the chameleon - people often complain that Bob doesn’t sound like 1966 Bob, 1978 Bob, 1988 Bob etc… I did notice in the last few years a severe degradation in his attempts to “sing”. He sounded like a carnival barker - Tom Waits growling and rhythmic phrasing. Now, he’s back to singing… only as Bob can. Someday he’ll be gone and the critics will cherish these moments.

    By Woodstock on Oct 26, 2015

  13. It’s singing because this is rock music, not opera or Broadway or some other genre where range and technique are paramount. Woodstock’s right - from the start of his career, there have been people who didn’t like the tone of Dylan’s voice and couldn’t appreciate what he was doing because of it. And that’s fine. Certainly it’s quite limited now, and even though I’m a big fan it can grate on me. But any critic will tell you that whatever his technical limitations at whatever point in his career, he’s used what he had extraordinarily well. In that sense, he’s a singer’s singer.

    By Ken on Oct 26, 2015

  14. I was at this very show and I can say it was the best performance I have ever seen by Dylan in recent years. The band were superb also! A fantastic evening.

    By Richard on Oct 27, 2015

  15. Many of the download links throughout BigO are down.

    By JamWel on Nov 3, 2015

  16. None of theses links are working.

    By JamWel on Nov 3, 2015

  17. All good here (now) - Tuesday 10.00am

    Had similar reported to Big O few days ago (all sorted here by 31/10) and now they’re all fine. Playing or downloading all as per.

    swappers (UK)

    By swappers on Nov 3, 2015

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