July 24, 2013 – 5:57 pm

The Bob Dylan Big Band on the Never Ending Tour.

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Second night in Paris 1978 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Pavillon de Paris, Paris, France; July 4, 1978. Excellent audience stereo. From the unknown taper’s reel to reel master tape.

Now you know why Dylan was looking sideways on the cover of Street Legal. He was cautiously looking ahead. The following year, he would launch his full-scale missionary album, Slow Train Coming. But before that, the ground was being prepared with this 1978 World Tour.

The faithful were many. Dylan camped for six nights at Earls Court in London to satisfy all his English fans. When he crossed the English Channel, he spent another five nights at Paris’ Pavillon de Paris. And just as he did in England, Dylan played his hits with a twist. Tangled Up In Blue is given a different melody as is Maggie’s Farm with a thrusting horn section. He was no longer screaming as he did with the Band in ‘74. Clearly, his voice was trembling at this point from the strain it had suffered. But this is still a voice to reckon with. A voice of authority. A voice that wouldn’t let up. One that still had dimension and subtlety. One that still had a mission.

When compared to the official Bob Dylan At Budokan, the audience recording is so much livelier. What’s unusual as well is the great sound quality for an audience recording. The taper is well positioned and the people around him are quiet so you get up-close to the stage with hardly any echo and a very authentic you-are-there sound.

Originally shared in 2005 by Charlespoet. Re-tracking, clean-up and artwork by JTT (JackTomThumb) in 2007. Thanks to the taper, Charlespoet, JTT, ErikSnow, horzalito and everyone who kept this alive on the net. Happy belated Fourth of July.
- Professor Red

Source: Reel to Reel Master (Taper Unknown) > DAT > DVD Data Disc (FLAC) > Wave > Soundforge 8 (Clean Joins, New Track Marks) > FLAC Level 6 Align on Sector Boundaries Taper: Unknown

July 3, 1978 - click here

July 5, 1978 - click here

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Disc 1
Track 101. My Back Pages (Instrumental) (3.8MB)
Track 102. She’s Love Crazy (4.2MB)
Track 103. Baby Stop Crying (8.7MB)
Track 104. Mr. Tambourine Man (8.7MB)
Track 105. Shelter From The Storm (8.0MB)
Track 106. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (7.7MB)
Track 107. Tangled Up In Blue (12.3MB)
Track 108. Ballad Of A Thin Man (8.0MB)
Track 109. Maggie’s Farm (8.1MB)
Track 110. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (7.2MB)
Track 111. Like A Rolling Stone (11.6MB)
Track 112. I Shall Be Released (7.5MB)
Track 113. Going, Going, Gone/Interval (8.4MB)
Track 114. Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 (Instrumental) (1.2MB)
Track 115. True Love Tends To Forget (6.9MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. It Ain’t Me, Babe (8.7MB)
Track 202. The Man In Me (5.8MB)
Track 203. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below) (6.0MB)
Track 204. Blowin’ In The Wind (8.0MB)
Track 205. I Want You (5.1MB)
Track 206. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) (8.2MB)
Track 207. Masters Of War (7.6MB)
Track 208. Just Like A Woman (9.3MB)
Track 209. We Better Talk This Over (6.3MB)
Track 210. All Along The Watchtower (6.6MB)
Track 211. All I Really Want To Do (11.9MB)
Track 212. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (11.9MB)
Track 213. Forever Young (15.5MB)
Track 214. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (5.7MB)
Track 215. The Times They Are A-Changin’ (8.8MB)

Bob Dylan - guitar, harp, vocal
Billy Cross - lead guitar
Ian Wallace - drums
Alan Pasqua - keyboards
Jerry Scheff - bass, vocal
Steven Soles - rhythm guitar, vocal
David Mansfield - pedal steel, violin, mandolin, dobro
Steve Douglas - saxophone, flute, recorder
Bobbye Hall - percussion
Background vocal - Helena Springs, Jo Ann Harris, Caroline Dennis

Released just two weeks before the Dylan and the band hit Paris was Street Legal in the middle of June 1978. This is the album that for the first time featured Bob Dylan in front of a big band with female backup singers. There are two mixes of this album. The original 1978 mix and the revised 1999 mix by Don DeVito. DeVito was the original producer who didn’t like the earlier mix. Since then, all released versions use the 1999 mix. Buy it here.

If you liked what you’ve heard, Dylan did release a live album from this tour. Bob Dylan at Budokan was released only in Japan by Columbia Records. It was recorded at the Budokan in Tokyo on Feb 28 and March 1, 1978. Due to popular demand, it later received a worldwide released in April 1979. It received a critical bashing for being a show-business type of album, too different from what was expected of a singer-songwriter. From Rolling Stone to Robert Christgau, the album was savaged. But Europeans and we presume the Japanese voted heavily with their dollars and bought the album pushing Budokan to No 4 in the UK. You decide, buy it here.

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  1. 8 Responses to “PARIS IS BURNING”

  2. This tour in ‘78 I saw His Bobness in Rotterdam.
    This is one of the nicests recordings I have.
    Don’t miss this one!!

    All the best from Eindhoven, The netherlands.

    By Rijn on Jul 24, 2013

  3. Looking forward to this one - I saw this tour on the DC stop in the Fall. Very high show biz (promoted by Elvis’ Las Vegas producer Jerry Weintraub) but a interesting different take on some of the material. At that point in the tour he had a teenaged violin player who was phenomenal - there was a rush to the stage during his solo on Watchtower. Wonder what happened to him.

    By drkrick on Jul 24, 2013

  4. Didn’t know that about the remix of Street Legal - my 1980s album is all I’ve heard of that strange and compelling album.

    And always did like Budokan, especially that version of “Shelter from the Storm,” so looking forward to this, and thanks.

    By Steve MC on Jul 25, 2013

  5. Thanks, BigO. It will be interesting to compare this to the first night’s show on July 3rd, which is available here. It also is from a reel to reel master, and the set list is slightly different. It was offered at 192kbps while this is 224kbps.

    By 5yrsnojob on Jul 25, 2013

  6. Hey, everyone, notice that BigO has upgraded the July 3rd show to also be 224kbps. Thanks!

    By 5yrsnojob on Jul 25, 2013

  7. muchas gracias for the Dylan!!! :)

    By Paul on Jul 29, 2013

  8. The links no longer work….
    Sny chance of a repost…
    Since it is tbe 4th of july today I wantd to use one in a Facebook post…
    But ‘Not Found’error message

    By Hilda Fernhout on Jul 4, 2018

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