September 13, 2010 – 3:43 am

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Long Distance Operator [Wanted Man Music, 1CD]

Live at the Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, CA; December 4, 1965. Good to very audience recording.

There aren’t many Dylan bootlegs that aren’t already in the BigO archive, but here’s one. It’s a recording of a concert by Dylan and The Hawks, recorded December 4, 1965 at The Berkeley Community Center in Berkeley, California. Dylan is backed by Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Richard Manual, Rick Danko with Bobby Gregg on drums. - Philip Cohen

And according to For a 1965 audience recording, it’s not bad at all. Get over the low fidelity buried sound, and you’ll be rewarded with a gem whose historical value cannot be overstated. It’s a great performance, to start with. Very unlike the raw power that was to follow in the coming year but just as good in its own rights. Consider it being the only recording of any substance of Dylan & The Hawks (The Band) of that year, consider that it contains the only know version of the title track, consider that some of the arrangements are like no other known recording… and this CD becomes a masterpiece.

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

These tracks are no longer available for download.

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  2. I was prepared for the worst after the disappointment of the recent Atlantic City post, but I enjoyed hearing this. Rough sounding, for sure, but reasonably clear, without a lot of distracting audience chatter. Garth and Robbie, especially, come across distinctively. Nothing wrong with that! Thanks for the post.

    By Dave C. on Sep 13, 2010

  3. I was at this concert — part of a big Dylan weekend in the Bay Area. I wrote about it in my blog:

    Rumor has it that this was recorded by Allen Ginsberg, but I don’t know if there’s any evidence that supports/contradicts that story.

    By m. j. dorn on Sep 13, 2010

  4. Thank you very much ! I’m enjoy ! Dylan is the dirty punk !

    By R.largo on Sep 14, 2010

  5. Thanks Phil! Another treasure.

    By Namoosedog on Sep 14, 2010

  6. Thank you. A nice surprise. Surprisingly good sound for an audience recording. Well worth hearing more than once.

    By Dennis on Sep 14, 2010

  7. Thanks for this one. A fascinating time when I was observing the “revolution” in the US from afar, very enviously.

    Dorn’s blog was an interesting read about the concert and the times. “Sit down Ginsberg!” I like it :)

    By tony on Sep 14, 2010

  8. dylan and the hawks..we didn`t know what we had…

    By sluggo on Sep 14, 2010

  9. Thanks …. it is a historic document. Probably, the Wise Man at Dylan’s side, Mr Rosen, will issue this one too eventually in crystal clean sound and a holder with exclusive pix and text by Sean Wilentz. I hope so anyway! Cheers.

    By Canute on Sep 23, 2010

  10. A little unrelated, but here’s a video I shot of Robyn Hitchcock playing “It’s All Over Now Babt Blue”two nights ago at the Swedish Hall in San Francisco, when he did a show with Joe Boyd, who read from his book and told stories.

    You’ll also find videos of “White Bicycle” and “The River Man” from the show on my site.

    By soldout in san francisco on Sep 24, 2010

  11. Oops…than link may not work. Click on “Social Landscape” and look under “music.”

    By soldout in san francisco on Sep 24, 2010

  12. I’m looking forward to this one. This is one of the best periods of Dylan’s career and the backing of The Band is excellent. Thanks Phil & BigO

    By Matt on Oct 16, 2010

  13. Thanks Big O, this is great. According to Clinton Heylin, it was recorded by Ginsburg. Where is the acoustic half of the show? Thanks again.

    By Marc DuBois on Feb 6, 2012

  14. Wow, I had no idea that this concert was taped. Wouldn’t be surprised if Ginsberg did do it. Sorry it’s not available.

    I was in the cheap seats for the first half, which was mostly acoustic. At intermission, a lot of older Berkeley-ites left, we young ‘uns moved up front, and had a fantastic, electric time. N.B. We were invited to a Meet-the-Band party after but, alas, did not go.

    By Maruchka on Aug 12, 2014

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