February 21, 2009 – 4:45 am

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Denver 1988 [Scorpio, 2CD]

Live at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Denver, Colorado, June 15, 1988. Very good soundboard.

Even though Bob Dylan had released Down In The Groove (his 25th studio album) on May 30, 1988, he did not play any of the album’s tracks on this show.

For this round of concerts, the wikipedia noted that “Song selection also became more adventurous, with setlists from different nights offering little resemblance to one another. The concerts would also alternate between full-band, electric sets and smaller, acoustic sets (with GE Smith providing Dylan’s only accompaniment); it was during the acoustic sets that Dylan incorporated an endless variety of traditional cover songs, a marked departure from previous shows that depended heavily on his own compositions.”

For quite some time, this show circulated among fans minus two tracks - Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right and Maggie’s Farm. Since then, a complete show (unknown label) has surfaced but the popular Bob Dylan bootleg site,, has listed this version among its “must have” silver discs.

According to, “This is a perfect quality soundboard recording… this show boasts the first performance in over a decade of Mama, You Been On My Mind and One More Cup Of Coffee and the first ever performance of Eileen Aroon. Everyone knows of the Never Ending Tour… well, this is how it all got started. A week before, the show had premiered in California. This is the sixth performance of the new show with new songs and an all new band that includes SNL guitarist GE Smith. All fans of 1988 should own this one.”

Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark for sharing these tracks.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Disc 1
Track 101. Subterranean Homesick Blues
Track 102. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
Track 103. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Track 104. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
Track 105. You’re A Big Girl Now
Track 106. Ballad Of A Thin Man
Track 107. Mama, You Been On My Mind
Track 108. Eileen Aroon
Track 109. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Disc 2
Track 201. Just Like A Woman
Track 202. Seeing The Real You At Last
Track 203. Simple Twist Of Fate
Track 204. Like A Rolling Stone
Track 205. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Track 206. Maggie’s Farm
Track 207. Crowd

Bob Dylan - vocal, guitar
GE Smith - guitar
Kenny Aaronson - bass
Christopher Parker - drums

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  1. 14 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - DENVER 1988”

  2. Thanks …. Bob’s good to hear, especially with Mr Smith …. and thanks for way back, and the Complete Buddy Holly selection. Now, that was quite brilliant …Cheers!

    By Canute on Feb 21, 2009

  3. Pretty goood! PRETTY GOOD. Bob always has a way of reconstructing his songs, & reinventing ways to use the tool of language. He takes away some of the useless parts of speaking & singing and gets to the urban point of it all, like Ubonics. Great sound here, & super musicianship.

    By Timmy on Feb 22, 2009

  4. Many thanks yet again,all this Bob Dylan and now Beatles stuff is fantastic.
    You aren’t sitting on any Cavern Club material are you ?

    By Mal on Feb 22, 2009

  5. A rather forgettable show (nothing really stands out) but still nice to have since it gives an idea of what the VERY first NET shows were like. Thx!

    By nanker on Feb 22, 2009

  6. Good page here :

    By nanker on Feb 22, 2009

  7. Me, I don’t need for an artist’s every album to be a masterpiece. Down In the Groove likely isn’t, but it has its moments and it’s Bob just playing rock and roll, nothing wrong with that.

    The fact that no songs were played from it here doesn’t bother me for similar reasons…the guy chose not to, so what. Just enjoy what he did choose to play, especially since GE Smith is along for the ride on this one.


    By kingpossum on Feb 23, 2009

  8. thanks for sharing this great Bob show

    By Matt on Mar 2, 2009

  9. nice one..nice sound..thanks..

    By sluggo on Feb 27, 2010

  10. Thanks for reposting. Long live the BigOzine!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Mar 3, 2010

  11. Many thanks for the review. I don’t like to be too critical of guys like Bob Dylan, whose music more than anything, paints imagery in your imagination. That is the kind of thing that is hard to critique.

    By Denver Sprinkler Repair on Aug 24, 2011

  12. You guys have made my day!!! I was at this show and the opener “Subterranean Homesick Blues” blew me away and was totally unexpected as he had never performed this live on previous tours. Four tornadoes had hit Denver earlier in the day and the place was only half full. What a great show, I’ll never forget it. Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Craig on Oct 16, 2011


    By Luca on Jan 22, 2012

  14. Dear friends at BigO;
    This is a really good show, especially considering the rather dubious quqlity of such albums as “Under The Red Sky.” This is a good band. G.E. Smith is a pretty good guitar player. Thanks for posting this one.

    By Dubious141 on Mar 5, 2012

  15. The beginning of the Never-Ending Tour!
    Even though I’d seen Dylan six times at that point, backed by Keith Richards & Ron Wood, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and the Grateful Dead, when I saw him that summer, it felt like the first time, since he was playing with his own band, to his own crowd.

    By YogaforCynics on Apr 26, 2015

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