July 17, 2013 – 3:05 pm

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True Confessions For Carol [Rattlesnake 124/25, 2CD]

Live in Sydney, Australia; February 24, 1986 (wrongly listed as Adelaide, February 15). Good to fairly good soundboard recording. Speed and phase corrected.

This appears to be a well circulated bootleg and here is a note posted at

It has now been discovered that the initial venue listing of Sydney, Australia February 24, 1986 is indeed correct and that the Lonesome Town and True Confessions For Carol discs DO contain the COMPLETE show and are NOT compiled from various sources.

This set has been previously released as Lonesome Town on the Japanese Watchtower label. However, Rattlesnake has corrected the problems that were evident on that release. The sound is more upfront and dynamic, and the mix (which was at times muddy, with distant vocals on Lonesome Town) is now perfect. To my ears, the tape speed problems are also absent. It’s a full step up in quality from an already fine soundboard to an astounding one. It’s a great performance, with Dylan rocking and rolling throughout. The vocals are powerful and commanding on every song. He’s even quite talkative between numbers!… This is a must have disc, and comes very highly recommended.

Thanks to original uploader Roberts who noted: “This is a speed corrected version of the commercial bootleg True Confessions for Carol - and also a close EAC match to speed corrected version of bootleg Lonesome Town LB-838. Has unfortunately a premature cut in Ballad, then straight to Petty’s set. Soundboard and a great listen soundwise, the same “thin” sound which dominates many recordings from this period.”

While the speed correction is welcomed, CaptainAcid made the extra effort of fixing the phase of the tracks; and sharing the tracks at HungerCity. Thanks to CaptainAcid; Claus for the speed correction; Roberts and everyone who shared this on the net.

Original Rattlesnake 124/25 diaks > (Feurio) wav > (Cool Edit 2000 for speed correcting) wav > (flacfrontend) flac.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Justine (Don Harris/Dewy Terry) (9.0MB)
Track 102. Positively 4th Street (8.9MB)
Track 103. Clean Cut Kid (6.1MB)
Track 104. I’ll Remember You (8.0MB)
Track 105. Trust Yourself (5.8MB)
Track 106. That Lucky Old Sun (Gillespie/Smith) (5.9MB)
Track 107. Masters of War (9.1MB)
Track 108. Bye Bye Johnny [Petty] (6.5MB)
Track 109. Straight Into Darkness [Petty] (9.4MB)
Track 110. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (acoustic - Dylan solo) (15.2MB)
Track 111. Girl Of the North Country (acoustic - Dylan solo) (8.9MB)
Track 112. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)  (acoustic - Dylan solo) (12.5MB)
Track 113. I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know (Cecil A Null) (6.6MB)
Track 114. Just Like a Woman (9.0MB)
Track 115. I’m Moving On (Hank Snow) (5.6MB)
Track 116. Lenny Bruce (10.0 MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. When the Night Comes Falling From the Sky (10.7MB)
Track 202. Lonesome Town (10.0MB)
Track 203. Ballad of a Thin Man (7.3MB)
Track 204. So You Wanna Be a Rock-n-Roll Star [Petty] (6.7MB)
Track 205. Refugee  [Petty] (10.2MB)
Track 206. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (5.8MB)
Track 207. Seeing the Real You at Last (8.4MB)
Track 208. Across the Borderline (Cooder/Hiatt) (8.6MB)
Track 209. I and I (10.6MB)
Track 210. Like a Rolling Stone (12.1MB)
Track 211. In the Garden (11.2MB)
Track 212. Blowin’ in the Wind (6.8MB)
Track 213. Uranium Rock (Warren Smith) (5.9MB)
Track 214. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (13.5MB)

Those who are interested to watch Bob Dylan and Tom Petty live in Australia in 1986 can search out the Hard To Handle video.

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  1. 22 Responses to “BOB DYLAN WITH TOM PETTY - SYDNEY 1986”

  2. if you can get past the thin sound, the performances on these tracks are quite zesty. Another headphone listen.

    By 5yrsnojob on Jul 17, 2013

  3. Tom Petty did not write “So You Want to be a Rock and Roll Star”. It was written by Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman and first performed by the Byrds.

    By Dan on Jul 17, 2013

  4. Bye Bye Johnny was written by the incomparable Chuck Berry. Bob Seger was right “All Chuck’s children are out there playing his licks”

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jul 17, 2013

  5. Dan, the [Petty] credit refers to the fact that Petty and the band play on those tracks, not Dylan.

    By Brian on Jul 17, 2013

  6. Really good show ! The version of Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door is gorgeous ! TY :)

    By Stéphane (Paris, France) on Jul 18, 2013

  7. I was at this show with my brother. The sound in the center was muddy and swirling. Petty and crew blew Bob off the stage for excitement and stagecraft but Bob had an enormous presence and you knew you were watching an historical event. I remember there was a woman named Gypsy Fire that was trying to get on the stage and distracting Bob.
    Wasn’t there a video made of this show?

    By Andrew Kerr [Sydney Aus] on Jul 18, 2013

  8. The video is “Hard to Handle,” directed by Gillian Armstrong, and is one of my favorite concert videos of Dylan.

    Not sure if it was before or after this concert, but there’s an interesting moment at the 47:30 mark where Dylan, at the start of “Knockin’”, throws back his arm to quiet the band.

    Many thanks for this concert - love the talk at the start of “Night Comes Falling.”

    By Steve MC on Jul 18, 2013

  9. Thanks Steve MC for the link to the Dylan video. Hadn’t seen it before. Enjoyed it alot.

    By 5yrsnojob on Jul 18, 2013

  10. Dylan’s performance on Blowin In The Wind is one of his very best versions of this in the post-60’s era. How I wish the recording could have captured that better.

    Stephane, ditto on the Knockin version.

    By 5yrsnojob on Jul 18, 2013

  11. Fantastic Big O! Thanks, this is fine fine quality not as ‘thin’ as I was expecting by any means and have several versions of the Oz gigs some of which are plain unlistenable. This by comparison is a joy!

    Thanks Steve MC too for the link - great vid!

    “Keep it rollin’, Peeps!”

    By swappers on Jul 18, 2013

  12. all the dylan you`ll ever need.

    By lonesome willie bend on Jul 18, 2013

  13. One of the best Dylan performances live you’ll ever hear, and with TP & the HB no less.

    By Mr Jimmy on Jul 19, 2013

  14. That concert isn’t up at Vimeo anymore, but found another version of it here.

    It also states that the concert was filmed on the 24th and 25th, so half of the tracks are the same as above.

    By Steve MC on Jul 28, 2013

  15. I saw a show from this tour at Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, California. Al Kooper joined Dylan & Petty on stage for “Like A Rolling Stone.” this was a great show! Oh, and I saw Darth there holding Bob’s back up guitar pick!

    By Dubious141 on Aug 31, 2013

  16. I was there also. After all these years I remember it well. I recall Bob Dylan being joined by Stevie Nicks and Mark Knopfler for Knock knock knockin on heaven’s door. Does anyone else remember this??
    Brisbane 05 Oct 2013

    By Kevin English on Oct 5, 2013

  17. WOW!!

    By PerreaultSight on Feb 8, 2015

  18. Does anyone know the date of the tour that Stevie nicks Joined Bob Dylan and Tom Petty? Also: Does anyone know the name of the songs that Stevie nicks performed with Dylan and Petty, and where you can find mp3 downloading links? Any information would be appreciated.
    Martin Pardys

    By [email protected] on May 27, 2017

  19. Martin, all I know, from stories I’ve heard from people who were there- Stevie Nicks was apparently hanging around by the time of the shows in Melbourne, yet I know nothing of her actually performing.

    By trevor on May 27, 2017

  20. Thanks Trevor, I’m sure she performed on that tour with Dylan and Petty: Knocking on heaven’s door, Blowin in the wind and maybe others. I just don’t know the correct date. In 1995, she got on stage to join Bob Dylan for I shall be released, aging I don’t know the dates and I haven’t been able to find any links. Any information from anyone would be appreciated.
    Martin Pardys

    By [email protected] on May 28, 2017

  21. Does anyone know if Stevie nicks performs on any of the tracks listed above?

    By [email protected] on May 30, 2017

  22. Number 9 on Side 1, should be “Breakdown”, and not “Straight Into Darkness”…? Looks like that to me, anyway..

    By joanofark06 on Dec 27, 2017

  23. Disregard that last statement, was looking at another album, that was similiar…

    By joanofark06 on Dec 27, 2017

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