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Santa Monica 1979 [LTE Version, 2CD]

Live at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA; November 18, 1979. Very good audience recording.

In February 1978, Dylan initiated a 10-month World Tour that consisted of 114 concerts in ten countries. On June 15, Dylan released the album Street-Legal, which received poor reviews from most American critics. Performances on his world tour also received negative reviews. The physical demands of touring were also taking a toll on the artist. During a concert on November 17 in San Diego, someone from the audience threw a small silver cross on stage. - wikipedia

In 2014, we shared the Mike Millard first gen via JEMS version of this show (click here). Here is the LTE version - derived from LB 11759.

Thanks to Legendary Taper E (LTE); and to olav66 for sharing the show at Dime.

Uploader’s notes:

Offmaster copy of audience recording, complete with the songs by the backup singers. Apparently a different source from “Madmen Running Loose”, which lacks all the “girls’” songs. (The “Gospel Project” mentions the “rumored” existence of this complete recording of the concert; obviously it was not just a rumor.)
Derived from LB-11759 (?)

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Disc 1
Track 101. Monolog [Regina McCreary Havis] 3:47
Track 102. If I’ve Got My Ticket, Lord [Havis-Springs-Young] 3:27
Track 103. It’s gonna rain [Havis-Springs-Young] 3:50
Note: Not mentioned by Olof Björner (
Track 104a. Do Lord, Remember Me [Havis-Springs-Young] 2:52
Track 104b. Look Up And Live By Faith [Havis-Springs-Young] 4:29
Track 106. Oh Freedom [Havis-Springs-Young] 5:17
Track 107. This Train [Havis-Springs-Young] 3:55
Track 108. Gotta Serve Somebody 6:38
Track 109. I Believe In You 4:55
Track 110. When You Gonna Wake Up 6:10
Track 111. When He Returns 5:00
Track 112. Man Gave Names To All The Animals 5:25
Track 113. Precious Angel 6:13
Track 114. Slow Train 6:35
69 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Covenant Woman 5:46
Track 202. What Are You Doing With Your Heart [Helena Springs] 3:27
Track 203. Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking 4:59
Track 204. Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others) 4:48
Track 205. (Hanging On To A) Solid Rock 4:54
Track 206. Saving Grace 4:50
Track 207. Saved 4:49
Track 208. What Can I Do For You 5:35
Track 209. In The Garden 9:44
Track 210. Blessed Be The Name 3:48
Track 211. Pressing On 6:54
60 mins

Concert # 15 with the First Gospel Band:
Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
Fred Tackett (guitar)
Spooner Oldham (keyboards)
Tim Drummond (bass)
Terry Young (keyboards)
Jim Keltner (drums)
Regina McCreary, Helena Springs, Mona Lisa Young (background vocals)


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  1. 8 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - SANTA MONICA 1979 [LTE VERSION]”

  2. Great recording of a crucial period in Bob’s touring. The live versions of the Saved album are so superior to the studio. I read Dylan tried to have it’s release replaced with a 2-album live set, but Columbia nixed it.

    By Rick on Sep 27, 2017

  3. Not all of Bob’s talking is on this version, as a side note. This is much superior to the Mike Millard recording you have posted. Granted, it was posted at 224 kbps, where this is at 320. The audience noise, applause, are almost non-existent here. The individual keystrokes are so clear compared to Mike Millard’s version. I didn’t think it possible to do better. Thanks so much.

    By ScarRad on Sep 27, 2017

  4. I was at this show, it was great!

    By john childress on Sep 27, 2017

  5. @Rick:
    I recall that too. Think I read that in Clive Davis’s autobiography but I’m not sure. Agree on the importance of this period–while Time Out of Mind is my favorite album (most of the time), the Christian trilogy is at the top too for my ears.

    @john childress:
    Very cool. I’ve only seen Dylan once, in ‘86 with Petty which wasn’t the most essential period to catch him by any stretch, in my humble opinion.

    Thanks for the post, BigO.

    By kingpossum on Sep 27, 2017

  6. Thanks … looking forward to the release of the official albums of course.

    By Canute on Sep 27, 2017

  7. This is really the lowest point of anyone’s career… how ’bout sum fugs?

    By Tammy on Sep 27, 2017

  8. I did see him again in the late 1990’s with Paul Simon. They did 3 songs together. At the Pond in Anaheim. Was a good show.

    By john childress on Sep 28, 2017

  9. Bob always seemed like he knew something we didn’t, but we might. In this phase the lesson was, take the collection BEFORE the sermon.

    Saw this tour in Seattle at the Paramount. For me, the only redeeming song was (Hanging On To A) Solid Rock. Blew the roof off the barn. Tim Drummond! Then it was back to sittin’ in the church pews waiting for the benediction so we could go to Dick’s drive in for burgers.

    By Pierre on Sep 29, 2017

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