August 2, 2011 – 4:31 am

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The Unreleased Live Album [Moonlight ML 9636, 1CD]

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If the Bob Dylan-Grateful Dead tour of 1987 was a successful one, no one rushed out the live album until 1989. While the album sold well, fans and critics must have been disappointed given the wealth of material each artiste has. Treat this Moonlight disc then as a companion piece to the Dylan & The Dead release.

Jason Ankeny posted at allmusic.com:

Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead documented their much-maligned 1987 summer tour via Dylan & the Dead, a scattershot live compilation generally regarded as the nadir of both acts’ official discography. And while their collaboration was hardly the stuff of legends - sloppy performances and awkward arrangements were the norm - the bootleg release The Unreleased Live Album is nevertheless a far more compelling record of the tour in question, assembling nine songs from four concerts that boast a uniform clarity and purpose far greater than anything on Dylan & the Dead. Songs like The Ballad Of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest and Slow Train Coming prove that the Dead’s lysergic grooves could indeed capture the formal ingenuity of Dylan’s melodies, and his vocals likewise navigate their way through the band’s rococo arrangements. The fit is never exactly comfortable, but sparks do fly, creating music that’s better than you remember but not nearly as good as it should have been.

In 2003, the Grateful Dead released View From The Vault IV. This four-CD set documented the Dead’s July 24, 1987 set at Oakland Stadium and the July 26, 1987 set at Anaheim Stadium.

These tracks are no longer available for download.

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  1. 12 Responses to “DYLAN AND THE DEAD - UNRELEASED 1987”

  2. Thanks for this. I was at the Anaheim show. Music was great, Bob was great, Dead were great, sound system not great.

    By aking on Aug 2, 2011

  3. Happy Birthday Jerry Garcia!!!Havent heard this set yet, but saw some Eugene stuff was on it. Ken Kessey told me that Dylan drank from his flask before the show!

    By Aiko Dan on Aug 2, 2011

  4. The version of “Ballad Of Frankiee Lee And Judas Priest” is spine tingling ! Sure he flubs a few lines but the way it builds is mind blowing ! I first heard it when I got a rough bootleg tape from a friend of my brothers that was @ the show and it’s been a personal holy grail ever since. Nice to hear it without all the crowd noise and low-fi of my original copy. Thanks !

    By Trippytvc15 on Aug 2, 2011

  5. Thank you very much Big O.

    Have the aforementioned Dylan & the Dead CD. This should add nicely to it!

    By 3yrsnojob on Aug 2, 2011

  6. I was at the Anaheim show too. The sound in the arena was bouncing off the walls and echoing so bad we couldn’t tell what song Bob was singing. It became a game to finally catch 3 words in a row and be the first to name that tune. So I bought the official release on lp. I thought it was the worst thing either Bob or The Dead ever put out. Never bothered to replace it with a cd. I did buy View From The Vault IV and finally got to hear what I should have heard way back then. But Bob wasn’t that one. Now I have this one. Thanks BigO. Now I’ll know if I really enjoyed myself that day.

    And for those of you keeping score, of all the Dead shows I saw, this is the only one I went to in a VW bus.

    By Sking on Aug 2, 2011

  7. Great staff Top!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By udo on Aug 2, 2011

  8. Thanx much. great sound. Days between keep getting farther & furthur apart.

    By Timmy on Aug 2, 2011

  9. “… music that’s better than you remember but not nearly as good as it should have been”
    What a recommendation.

    By Brad on Aug 3, 2011

  10. VITALITY! The sound SPARKLES!! Thanks!

    By 3yrsnojob on Aug 3, 2011

  11. great stuff, thank you :)

    By tony on Aug 3, 2011

  12. Thanks for this one … pity about the omissions. That would have made it even better.

    By Canute on Aug 4, 2011

  13. what was bob thinking ?

    By sluggo on Aug 5, 2011

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