November 29, 2013 – 6:50 am

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Royal Albert Hall 2013 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; November 27, 2013 (second night of three). Very good audience recording.

David Lister of The Independent sums it up nicely:

Bob Dylan at the Royal Albert Hall. Now there’s a phrase with a history. His acoustic concert there in 1965 formed the centrepiece of the film Don’t Look Back. His gig there in 1966, with The Beatles in the audience, introduced the electric Dylan to London. A wrongly titled, very famous bootleg even claimed to have recorded that show, though the infamous cry of Judas betrayed that it was in fact the gig at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester.

Matt Griffin at

[Bob Dylan’s] first appearances here [Royal Albert Hall] came on 9 and 10 May 1965, soon after the release of his 5th studio album Bringing It All Back Home. The concerts were the final dates of his England Tour 1965, noted as being the singer’s last ever solo and acoustic tour. A selection of songs from these performances can be seen in DA Pennebaker’s documentary film Dont Look Back. (Dylan was 23 then, he is 72 now.)

The singer-songwriter returned just over a year later for two concerts on 26 and 27 May 1966. Again, these were the final dates of a tour, however this tour was noted for being his first full tour with a full electric band supporting him. The recordings from this tour were put out on Dylan’s live album The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert, finally released in 1998 after having been bootleged for decades. Despite the album’s name, the recordings were not actually made at the Royal Albert Hall but at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall.

Reviewing the November 26 show, Michael Bonner of Uncut wrote:

Dylan himself arrives on stage at 7.30, dressed in his Civil War garb, standing at the microphone for a brisk rendition of “Things Have Changed”. Newsflash: he’s not wearing a hat. He seems quite mischievous tonight, but I can’t specifically locate what it is that makes me think that: the jaunty hand on the hip? The little jig of the leg? The elongating syllables he now favours? The raucous harmonica playing? The set - as it unfolds across two hours, with one intermission - is essentially the same as Dylan’s been playing recently, two miraculous Rome shows aside.

As befitting an artist touring a current album, the set is skewed heavily towards material from Tempest: tonight, we get seven of the albums 10 songs. These are songs that play to the particular strengths of his current band. Listening to Together Through Life’s “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” - salsa vibes, with Charlie Sexton’s wandering guitar lines a particular highlight - these dudes are the perfect interpreters of Dylan’s 21st century material: sensitive, sympathetic musicians with wide-ranging skills. I’m particularly taken by Sexton and Stu Kimball’s simpatico relationship, which on a breezy “Duquesne Whistle” resembles a more reserved version of Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. Occasionally, their discreet noodling reminds me of the equally terrific work done by Leonard Cohen’s band on recent tours - another troupe of well turned out gentlemen with a taste for good hats.

Thanks to rimbaud who recorded the show and shared the tracks at Dime. rimbaud noted:

I wonder beforehand if this is, “just another joint” for Bob. Does the historical baggage of his last time around at the RAH in 1966 even register? It was, of course, a static setlist back then too, but unlike then, nobody is complaining. Large parts of tonight’s show were as good as any Dylan performance i’ve ever witnessed with the second half of the set, possibly the best. How could all this be possible?, i asked myself after a jaw dropping, age defying “Long and Wasted Years”. The answer , as always, is simple it’s Bob Dylan.

Thanks also to hermelin for the artwork.

Olympus LS10 Recorder >16 bit > Adobe Audition > Traders Little Helper Flac Level 8
Block J, Left of Stage

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Disc 1 (first half)
Track 101. Intro/Things Have Changed 6:02 (10.1MB)
Track 102. She Belongs To Me 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 103. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 104. What Good Am I? 5:19 (8.9MB)
Track 105. Duquesne Whistle 6:13 (10.5MB)
Track 106. Waiting For You 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 107. Pay In Blood 4:51 (8.1MB)
Track 108. Tangled Up In Blue 6:05 (10.2MB)
Track 109. Love Sick 5:23 (9.0MB)

Disc 2 (second half)
Track 201. High Water (For Charley Patton) 6:06 (10.3MB)
Track 202. Simple Twist Of Fate 5:11 (8.9MB)
Track 203. Early Roman Kings 6:37 (11.1MB)
Track 204. Forgetful Heart 4:36 (7.7MB)
Track 205. Spirit On The Water 6:45 (11.3MB)
Track 206. Scarlet Town 5:47 (9.7MB)
Track 207. Soon After Midnight 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 208. Long And Wasted Years 4:44 (8.0MB)
Track 209. All Along The Watchtower 5:42 (9.6MB)
Track 210. Blowin’ In The Wind 7:21 (12.3MB)

Bob Dylan - vocals, piano, harp
Stu Kimball - guitar
Donnie Herron - steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, violin
Charlie Sexton - guitar
George Receli - drums
Tony Garnier - bass

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  1. 3 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - ROYAL ALBERT HALL 2013”

  2. Again Wow! Big O Thanks SO much for this. Any chance of the other two evenings as well?

    It never ceases to amaze me that back when I first started buying bootlegs that we waited YEARS for Bowie’s ‘Thin White Duke’ Bobby’s Basement Tapes or The Manchester Free Trade Hall concert and now we are literally days away and sometimes faster than that.
    Well done Big O - the day after the event! EXTRAORDINARY!

    By swappers on Dec 1, 2013

  3. Thank you. Big O
    Love to see his show once if he is on tour again.

    By jane on Jan 16, 2014

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