April 8, 2014 – 5:31 am

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Tokyo 2014 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Zepp DiverCity, Tokyo, Japan; April 5, 2014. Very good audience recording.

Andrew Kershaw reviewing the March 31, 2014 gig at

Just 123 days after tumultuous applause engulfed the waning strains of “Blowin’ In The Wind” to bring Bob Dylan’s last concert to an end at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Nov. 28, a similar cacophony awaited him at Tokyo’s Zepp DiverCity on Monday at the start of his 17-show “cherry blossom” tour of Japan. To rapturous acclaim… the self-styled “song and dance man” appeared on stage for the first time in four years in Japan and launched into his foreboding, Oscar-winning “Things Have Changed” from 2000…

Whether it’s blues (“Blind Willie McTell”), ballads (“Forgetful Heart”) or anthems (“Tangled Up In Blue”), and whether Dylan’s bent over his grand piano seeming to punch at the keys with his fingers, stood singing/soaring/growling center-stage or coaxing music like no other from a harp, it’s obvious this is an artist still forever pushing the envelope, with one rendition of a song only rarely the same as any other.

One thing, though, did remain the same: The tumultuous applause, and rapturous adulation, that engulfed the waning strains of “Blowin’ In The Wind” as this installment of Bob Dylan’s so-called Never Ending Tour came to a close - just about 2,562 concerts after it started in June 1988.

The April 5 show includes a performance of the 2006 song Huck’s Tune that was on the soundtrack of Lucky You (2007). “Huck’s Tune” was written specifically for the film and later released on Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 compilation album.

Thanks to taper mini; and marantz123 (Popstar12345) for sharing the tracks at Dime.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Things Have Changed 6:17 (10.6MB)
Track 102. She Belongs to Me 4:30 (7.6MB)
Track 103. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ 4:34 (7.7MB)
Track 104. What Good Am I? 5:00 (8.4MB)
Track 105. Waiting for You 5:19 (8.9MB)
Track 106. Duquesne Whistle 6:29 (10.9MB)
Track 107. Pay in Blood 4:50 (8.1MB)
Track 108. Tangled Up in Blue 5:56 (10.0MB)
Track 109. Love Sick 6:09 (10.3MB)
49 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. High Water (For Charley Patton) 6:31 (10.9MB)
Track 202. Simple Twist of Fate 5:13 (8.8MB)
Track 203. Early Roman Kings 6:24 (10.7MB)
Track 204. Huck’s Tune 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 205. Spirit on the Water 6:35 (11.1MB)
Track 206. Scarlet Town 5:52 (9.9MB)
Track 207. Soon after Midnight 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 208. Long and Wasted Years 6:25 (10.8MB)
Track 209. All Along the Watchtower 5:58 (10.0MB)
Track 210. Blowin’ in the Wind 6:46 (11.4MB)
59 mins

Bob Dylan - vocals, guitar, piano
Tony Garnier - bass
George Recile - drums
Stu Kimball - rhythm guitar
Charlie Sexton - lead guitar
Donnie Herron - banjo, violin, electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel

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  1. 19 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - TOKYO 2014”

  2. Thanks Big O for keeping the ‘Never Ending Tour’ documented and I know I have said it before but does anyone else share the astonishment that this is from 3 days ago? THREE DAYS and here we are enjoying the fruits of His Bobness’Cherry Blossom tour’ of Japan!
    Fantastic Big O!
    Topness Abounding!
    Keep on Keeping On!

    By swappers on Apr 8, 2014

  3. Absolutely, swappers. Never ceases to amaze me the world we now live in! Thanks again, Big O.

    By E on Apr 8, 2014

  4. Many thanks. Lovely performace, great songs and great reading of Huck’s Tune … thanks for it all but, please JPEGS INSTEAD OF PDFs! Some of us can’t copy with PDFs! Cheers, of course.

    By Canute on Apr 8, 2014

  5. @E…yes remember the old days in ”70s ’80s & even the ’90s of snail mail by trading maxells thru want ads or by friends thru word of mouth…take a few weeks or months…

    now lightning fast sometimes just a few hours later…thanks to all the hard work recording & post work too getting it to us…much appreciated!!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 8, 2014

  6. Thank You!!

    By JCastro on Apr 9, 2014

  7. Dylan’s vocals are so up-front and clear - fabulous! When I saw him last June, he didn’t play a single song from Tempest - now we get a half-dozen of them - niiiiiiiice! Thank you, Big O!

    By rick on Apr 9, 2014

  8. yeah it took him a while to finally do a song from the new album live and then when he did one it was only one. then he slowly added a little bit later on. guess he wanted people to learn the songs from the cd before he played them in concert. the thing came out in sept 2012. i dont have a dylanbase in front of me but i believe early roman kings was the first song he did from the new album live. and it sure took him a while to get around to doing it. sure wish there would be more sbd or fm recordings to surface from the last decade. as i have said before i like to have a good couple of em from every tour and if there are any historically significant shows as well.

    By darth on Apr 9, 2014

  9. This was actually a pretty good show (of course, I didn’t listen to any of the boring Tempest songs.)

    By BF on Apr 9, 2014

  10. duquesne whistle is certainly anything but boring. how`s your songwriting career coming along?

    By dropkick sarge on Apr 9, 2014

  11. bada BOOM!

    By barth on Apr 9, 2014

  12. Thanks BigO, mini and marantz123 for a great afternoon listen. Japanese audience tapes are so much better than anywhere else.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Apr 10, 2014

  13. agreed bf…tempest & together through life just didnt do it for me…although with all of the “throw away songs” or “throw away albums” there are bands musicians would die for to produce items have an output like that…

    but whats even more alarming & cause of concern is 8 straight shows there in Tokyo at the same venue & you get the same exact set from bob…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 10, 2014

  14. ” the thing came out in sept 2012. i dont have a dylanbase in front of me but i believe early roman kings was the first song he did from the new album live. and it sure took him a while to get around to doing it. ”

    No Darthy you sure dont have a dylan base in front of you & once again you are completely wrong…imagine that huh?…

    scarlet town was the premier song & no it didnt take a while you moron…the 4th show for it to appear oct 5th Winnipeg….

    so it goes with you over & over again smarty pants…really all your good for is that i cancelled my TV guide thanks so much…

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 10, 2014

  15. if i had simply asked.. no one would answer. this way worked much better. see? its so much easier when u set it up so they try to prove me wrong. they cant wait. its kinda like i have my very own ocd patients. its mildly amusing.
    i wish i could have reworked my efforts to get him to post the first live performance of each song from the tempest album.
    which songs have yet to be played live? its been 18 months now. so its a fair length of time to do this figuring.

    By darth on Apr 10, 2014

  16. “Very good aud. recording”? Are you kidding - it’s amazing. Hard to believe this ain’t a SBD. While much of “Tempest” also seemed a little stiff to me, to hear ‘em live is far more involving.

    By lowendbill on Apr 10, 2014

  17. outstanding recording…!!!

    bob has reworked “tangled” lyrics once again…dropping 2nd verse of “drifted down to New Orleans”…

    thanks to all for getting this to us…

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 11, 2014

  18. Thank you, Jerry’s Finger, as I’m certain most of us have never heard Tangled Up in Blue, we wouldn’t have noticed an obvious change without your expertise.

    By jdallenx on Apr 15, 2014

  19. Not to be redundant again, but I’ve been listening to this several times and it is just amazing. The best of the Bob bunch for a long time. The arrangements, the musicianship, even bob’s guttural (as opposed to gargled) growls are finally audible and clear and makes one salivate for a well-mixed live release. This is pretty damn close. I still can’t believe it’s an audience recording.

    The 2011 tour produced a lot of aud. recordings that showed a refreshingly feisty Bob as well. Anybody recommend any preferred SB show links?

    By lowendbill on Apr 24, 2014

  20. sbds from 2011? good luck bill. good luck finding any sbds since 2008. but with recordings like this.. do we need sbds? if only the people responsible for recordings like this could be counted on for other bands and artists. lets find out who they are and find out what else theyre recording and where theyre posting their stuff please.

    By darth on Apr 24, 2014

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