August 11, 2013 – 4:54 am

The Bob Dylan Big Band on the Never Ending Tour.

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

Live at the Pavillon de Paris, Paris, France; July 8, 1978. Excellent audience stereo. From the unknown taper’s reel to reel master tape.

What BigO readers had to say about Dylan live in 1978.

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. - drkrick

Great to hear these shows. I saw Bob on this 1978 tour in New Haven. Quite a different show from the Rolling Thunder Revue stop in Hartford. The feel was entirely different but the show was still excellent. Fun to hear the songs live again. I love the Desire and Street Legal albums so this is special. Thanks for the shows. - Webwar

Not my favourite Dylan era but hell he’s been at it so long it’s easy to find something of his that’ll please even the staunchest critics. Prolific, entertaining and slicker than mercury… You just do whatever you please you wily mr. Z. - dropkick sarge

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

Great sound for a live concert. All his classical songs with a new treatment. Some reggae, and horns, flute, make many of them sound like new ones. For the ones who like this recording, get “At Budokan”, recorded the same year in Japan. - Pat

This was Bob Dylan’s state of mind before he headed out to Japan.

In the final two weeks of rehearsals, Dylan began settling on new tour arrangements for his classic, earlier recordings. Rob Stoner recalls, “a telegram arrived from the Japanese promoter, and in it he had a manifest of the songs he expected Bob to do on this tour. In other words he was a jukebox, he was playing requests. We don’t want you coming here and doing like your new experimental material, or getting up there and jamming.” As Heylin writes, “though the idea of a big band had always appealed to Dylan, the reality was a whole series of new arrangements, to make each song different and to highlight the band’s demonstrable versatility… Often these arrangement ideas came from the band. As Stoner observes, when they put these arrangements to Dylan, ‘Sometimes he’d like it and he’d use it, and other times he’d say, Forget it.’”

Around this time, Renaldo and Clara was released to some of the worst reviews of Dylan’s career. The negative reaction clearly irritated Dylan, making the final days of rehearsals all the more stressful.

The band finally flew to Japan on February 16, 1978, and the tour drew considerable praise from the audience and press, in both Japan and Australia. Later documented on Bob Dylan at Budokan, this tour was marked by bold, new arrangements of Dylan’s classic recordings. During the course of these two-hour plus shows, Dylan often recast familiar songs in a more ‘professional,’ contemporary guise. However, some of the band members, including Stoner, were not entirely satisfied with Dylan’s new sound. “He had in mind to do something like Elvis Presley,” recalls Stoner. “That size band and the uniforms… he wasn’t very sure about it, which is why he opened way out of town. I mean, we didn’t go any place close to Europe or England or America [for] forever, man… and I don’t blame him. I think he knew, subconsciously, he was making a big mistake.”

Source here.

There were still classic shows in the decade ahead but Dylan never took the risks he took in these shows again. Perhaps due to age, probably due to the deterioration of his voice.

Originally shared in 2005 by Charlespoet. Re-tracking, clean-up and artwork by JTT (JackTomThumb) in 2007. Thanks to the taper, Charlespoet, JTT, EasyMusic, ErikSnow (EricBT), rthunder, horzalito and everyone who kept this alive on the net.

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

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Disc 1
Track 101. My Back Pages (Instrumental) (5.6MB)
Track 102. She’s Love Crazy (4.1MB)
Track 103. Baby Stop Crying (9.0MB)
Track 104. Mr Tambourine Man (8.4MB)
Track 105. Shelter From The Storm (8.1MB)
Track 106. Love Minus Zero/No Limit (6.1MB)
Track 107. Tangled Up In Blue (11.6MB)
Track 108. Ballad Of A Thin Man (7.7MB)
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 (12.3MB)
Track 112. I Shall Be Released (7.4MB)
Track 113. Going, Going, Gone/Interval (8.6MB)
Track 114. Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 (Instrumental) (2.0MB)
Track 115. True Love Tends To Forget (6.9MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Gates Of Eden (11.8MB)
Track 202. The Man In Me (5.9MB)
Track 203. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below) (5.7MB)
Track 204. Blowin’ In The Wind (8.3MB)
Track 205. I Want You (5.0MB)
Track 206. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) (8.2MB)
Track 207. Masters Of War (7.9MB)
Track 208. Just Like A Woman (9.1MB)
Track 209. To Ramona (7.1MB)
Track 210. All Along The Watchtower (6.9MB)
Track 211. All I Really Want To Do (9.4MB)
Track 212. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (10.4MB)
Track 213. Forever Young (17.1MB)
Track 214. Changing Of The Guards (10.6MB)
Track 215. The Times They Are A-Changin’ (9.3MB)

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. 9 Responses to “PARIS IS BURNING (FINAL NIGHT)”

  2. Thanks for this post BigO :-) :-) and thank you for all your work. You have a great site. It’s a ‘must visit’ for me.

    By eWoodyM on Aug 11, 2013

  3. According also to Wikipedia (, the final date in Paris was on July, 9 - not 8 …

    By Claude Nine on Aug 11, 2013

  4. … but what a great job to offer such spendid shows in your “bigozine”


    By Claude Nine on Aug 11, 2013

  5. Bob Dylan website has the Paris sets from the 3rd of July to the 8th Claude….juss sayin’
    rather trust Bob than Wiki huh?

    By swappers on Aug 11, 2013

  6. Oh yeah !!!

    Thanx for your answer.

    By Claude Nine on Aug 11, 2013

    Dime a dozen……and…..and….and
    [email protected]

    By Enrico P on Aug 24, 2016

  8. Bobsboots…..monicasdude

    By Enrico P on Aug 24, 2016


    By Enrico P on Aug 24, 2016

  10. Hi boys and girls,
    thanks a lot for this great Dylan show. I`m really glad I found it (on your great blog site), cause I needed to get this Paris show absolutely.
    So thanks a lot again for sharing…!
    And yes, next round on me…

    By Rainer Posingis on Jan 5, 2018

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