October 14, 2016 – 3:05 am

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Desert Trip 2016 [no label, 2CD]
Live at the Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA; October 7, 2016. Fairly to very good audience recording.

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Bob Dylan has been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, credited with having “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. Dylan, 75, became the 259th American to win a Nobel Prize. The award, which was announced on October 13, 2016, is given to an individual who has produced “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”.

The Guardian reports that Sara Danils, Secretary of the Swedish Academy, described Dylan as “a great sampler… and for 54 years he has been at it, reinventing himself.” On his classic ‘Blonde on Blonde’, she said: “An extraordinary example of his brilliant way of rhyming. putting together refrains, and his brilliant way of thinking.”

“If you look far back, 5000 years, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it’s the same way for Bob Dylan. We still read Homer and Sappho, and we enjoy it.”

The NME also noted that previous winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature include Alice Munro, Harold Pinter, Doris Lessing, J M Coetzee, Toni Morrison and Seamus Heaney.

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Thanks to ijwthstd for sharing the show at The Traders’ Den.

ijwthstd noted:

Even as recent as the night before Desert Trip was Desert Mirage, the more money I sank in, the more remote the reality of this experience became. I had zero interest in this show whatsoever when originally announced. Too expensive, too far, too much of a hassle, I have seen all these bands so many times and I always do Culture Collide this time of year. The first domino to fall was when it looked like Culture Collide wasn’t happening.

Then a week prior, prices on the secondary market were in total freefall. Started putting out feelers, had an offer on a room across the street at regular pre event pricing. Suddenly wanted to do this so hard. Got the ticket ($182 for Grandstand S4) and locked in the room. Should be able to find someone to drive me out there and share the cost of the room, right?

Turns out none of my friends - many of whom were talking nonstop about this for months - were the least bit interested, even with “cheap” tickets and place to stay.

Even the night before I still had no way out there. Texted every professional driver I know saying name a price. First response back was over 12 hours later. Went to go see Deap Valley followed by ZZ Top on Thursday, still working it the whole time but my phone stopped working up in the hills of Griffith Park so I had no choice but to enjoy the show.

Get home from ZZ Top and, in one last ditch effort, look at Greyhound, who never seems to go anywhere I need to be. Turns out they have buses to Indio every two hours around the clock. And I am on my way! Still never found anyone to share the room which is kind of a sore spot as it put me a few hundred over budget, otherwise I would be scheming for this weekend as I had a great time.

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Disc 1
Track 101. intro 1:30 (3.6MB)
Track 102. Rainy Day Women 12 & 35 4:56 (11.8MB)
Track 103. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright 4:45 (11.4MB)
Track 104. Highway 61 Revisited 4:33 (10.9MB)
Track 105. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue 4:37 (11.1MB)
Track 106. High Water (For Charley Patton) 4:29 (10.8MB)
Track 107. Simple Twist Of Fate 5:25 (13.0MB)
Track 108. Early Roman Kings 6:12 (14.9MB)
Track 109. Love Sick 5:36 (13.5MB)
42 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Tangled Up In Blue 6:01 (14.4MB)
Track 202. Lonesome Day Blues 6:19 (15.1MB)
Track 203. Make You Feel My Love 4:15 (10.2MB)
Track 204. Pay In Blood 4:26 (10.6MB)
Track 205. Desolation Row 8:01 (19.3MB)
Track 206. Soon After Midnight 4:14 (10.2MB)
Track 207. Ballad Of A Thin Man 7:59 (19.1MB)
Track 208. Masters Of War 6:25 (15.4MB)
48 mins

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  2. I’m very glad that Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize. Now I hope he stays in his house and never performs again until he realizes that he is a singer/songwriter not just noted for his lyrics. Now his lyrics have most always been exceptional, but now is the time for him to let others interpret them. His voice is shot and he seems to really not give a shit what he sounds like. As a former avid fan, my only way out of this is to put on “Greatest Hits, Vol. 1″ and remember how great he used to be. Good Night Mr. Dylan.

    By TJ the DJ on Oct 14, 2016

  3. Mr.Dylan. congratulations as you are one of the greatest songwriters ever.

    By sluggo on Oct 14, 2016

  4. Vocally this sounds a lot better than many recent Dylan shows I’ve heard. He’s not yelling and not totally ignoring the rhythm. I still like his studio recordings where he has more control over his voice but live he sometimes just seems to be shouting the lyrics.

    By BillfromPgh on Oct 14, 2016

  5. Others are cdrtainly entitled to thier opinions. I am grateful to bigo for posting this!!!!

    By Rick on Oct 14, 2016

  6. Thanks … a great performance with quiet dignity and a fitting reminder of what Bob Dylan was deserving of Nobel Prize for Literature. Thanks for sharing it here, too. Cheers.

    By Canute on Oct 14, 2016

  7. Me too Rick. This is lovely. I believe it’s called interpretation and I for one am getting hacked off with this ageist nonsense. The masters wrote these songs and we are entitled to listen to them as they are to play them for ALL the folks who still turn up to listen and then again hugging our knees listening fireside to original versions, both if we choose. If you don’t like it don’t download it. If you don’t like any music post 70’s don’t listen to it. There are plenty of sites elsewhere you can get what you want. Just not quite so many where you can get what you need. It’s not all about YOU!
    Ya dig?
    Anyfing else is infra dig
    As for Bobby it is long overdue to acknowledge the man who penned some of the most extraordinary story telling songs committed to the global song book. Visions of Johanna, Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts, Subterranean Homesick Blues, The Drifter’s Escape, Brownsville Girl, Blind Willie McTell, 115th Dream, It’s All Over Now (Baby Blue), One Too Many Mornings, not to even mention the one’s everyone on the planet knows Tambourine Man, Blowin’ In The Wind, Times They Are a’Changing’ etc etc. These are all part of the great glittering pantheon of troubadours and minstrels telling us stories.
    T.S. Eliot was waiting . . . . . . .

    By swappers on Oct 14, 2016

  8. when i saw him a few months back in queens mavis staples shared the bill i think she had more stage time then he did but in the time he played he played well focusing on material from his latest cover albums bob was just doing what he’s always done and i hope he continues to express what he feels not what’s expected of him.
    [half the audience by the way were only there on the rock star death watch and most sat like fourth graders left alone in class when the teacher is called out the room waiting for bob to sing a song they recognized as a legit bob dylan classic there was a lot of squirming on]
    so while he explores the other side of american music he’s rewarded finally for his contributions tp it i find this not only ironic but classic bob
    sing on bob sing on

    By woodpeckerdeadwood on Oct 14, 2016

  9. I love the gritty, old blues-man, voice that he has now. He uses his voice as is it, like he always has. I know a lot of people don’t like it, but there are some who’ve said that they don’t like the nasal tone of the past, either.
    Greatest songwriter alive (in my opinion) and one of if not the greatest ever. Love the fact that he’s still out there performing and constantly reinterpreting his songs live.
    Appreciate this post to hear his recent and ongoing performance.

    By jdallenx on Oct 14, 2016

  10. I never listened to Dylan hoping for dreamy vocals so this doesn’t bother me at all. Actually to my ears his voice doesn’t sound that bad or limited here-Bobs got an extremely narrow range that he can perform successfully within; outside of that narrow range he just makes goblin sounds. I have shows that are much worse vocally, theres 1 show that he performed with a cold from a couple tours ago that comes to mind-even his narrow vocal comfort zone wasn’t working so it was ALL goblin sounds. I listened to it for the first time with headphones on after polishing off a spliff and had tears running down my face from laughing so hard, it sounded like some ancient unknown guttural language!!

    By Zakk Hakk on Oct 14, 2016

  11. Dylan could have really freaked the elder-hippies by singing mostly Sinatra covers. After all, this is the man who sand “Masters of War” at a concert at West Point.

    By Rick on Oct 15, 2016

  12. Hello,

    I’m the guy that taped the Monkees at Pantages show. I have a very good recording of Dylan’s second weekend set at Desert Trip and, 3 excellent sounding Stones performances from that night. I taped Neils entire show but my machine was confiscated by McCartney’s people. I may get it back, or I may not. But I do have Dylan and a few Stones tracks. I would like to get them to you.

    By Elliott Marx on Oct 19, 2016

  13. Thanks Elliott Marx, been there myself! Would love to hear what you got.

    By Just Bill on Oct 19, 2016

  14. Hello Elliott

    Thanks very much for your kind offer… and keep up the good work. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Oct 19, 2016

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