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Positively West 52nd Street [no label, 3CD]
Live at the Roseland Ballroom, New York City. October 19, 20, 1994. Very good soundboard.
This has just surfaced and is being torrented in a couple of sites. Response has been very favourable, with one fan saying: “I can’t believe it was just hanging out in the ether for so long”.
Our tracks came courtesy of Lincoln Park Mark - positively many thanks!
Thanks also to Luisbp51 over at Hungercity who added the intro and patched up Jokerman (Disc 1, Track 1) with an audience source - the track was cut at the beginning.
As for the show, this is what Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth posted in 1994:
I don’t know what/whose show YOU saw last week, but what I saw was the best show I’ve seen Dylan do in maybe FIFTEEN years, a MASTER at the height of his POWERS, singing (singing real good!) playing just INCREDIBLY, with a CRACK band supporting him (finally!), playing songs from EV’RY PERIOD of his lengthy CAREER and just doing everything right.
I’m talking about before, LONG BEFORE Neil and Bruce came out during 3rd encore and place went ultra-nuts. When they were sitting with GINSBERG (& GE Smith) in VIP area, and Dylan was singing ‘Only TIME WILL TELL who has fell and who’s been left BEHIND’, how could they have felt???
Here he was, just beautiful, singing strong and loud, no mumbles - if you stop trying to force the songs to sound like his old vocal stylings and just lissen, he is doing really amazing versions - of MY BACK PAGES, JOEY, BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER - songs from ev’ry one of his MANY times.
Dressed in impeccable black pin-striped suit, I felt he’d finally come through, after a decade of alkie/druggie/sexxee troubles and lame shows, he finally seemed ready to assume the mantle which he RIGHTLY DESERVES - the same respect that Neil (f’rinstance) has. It also occurred to me that in a way his lame shows of past years have actually PROTECTED him, that his not succeeding to be more successful has PREVENTED him from having to try to get over to ARENA-ROCK size audiences - the slow death of anybody good.
He played fukkin’ ROSELAND! THREE NIGHTS! Hello, Axl? Mad Donna? Oh JaggerKeefHenleyMichaelPink… Eddie… Stipe… Fukkin WEEZER n SHIT… WAKE UP!!!
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