THE NEVERENDING SHOWS (Upgrade - Paris, July 3, 1978)

April 18, 2009 – 4:16 am

If we had a time machine, we’d go back and give Bob a hot cup of honey-lemon tea to soothe his overheated vocals.


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Alternative Thinman artwork.

Live At The Pavillon de Paris [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Pavillon de Paris, France, July 3, 1978. An excellent audience stereo recording.

This was show 12 of the European leg of his 1978 Neverending Tour. And it’s the first of a five-night stand at the Pavillon de Paris. Clearly Dylan was straining his voice. Are we allowed to say that? Dylan has so far played 42 dates of the total of 115 shows he played in 1978.

This Paris show is said to be the best of the European leg. It has been made into a silver disc bootleg and released by Thinman as Border Beneath The Sun Vol 2. This version is the full show [as was the bootleg] taken from the master reel-to-reel tape. What a great recording this is, close to the action with not a hint of echo. Dylan is right up front and all the instruments are distinct and clear.

The fans came to hear Dylan and he didn’t disappoint. All the hits are here again but this complete show gives a better feel of the new material Dylan introduced from Street Legal. Here he offers Baby Stop Crying, Senor [Tales of Yankee Power] and introduces live for the first time True Love Tends To Forget. All the songs from this tour have a buffed and manicured sound. They sound great to be sure but there’s not a lick out of place. Hell, you can even swing and rock to Masters Of War. Is that the “Big Man” tooting in the back?

Fans and collectors of Dylan concerts had a great variety of excellent audience recordings to choose from this 1978 tour. But looking back, it would have been wiser had Dylan taken greater care of his vocal chords. Sacrifice is the code of the road. No one toiled harder than Bob Dylan.

Thanks to the taper for this great recording.
- Professor Red

UPDATE: July 25, 2013

These tracks were originally shared here in 2009 at 192 kbps. They have now been upgraded to 224 kbps.

Thanks to Charlespoet who originally shared the show on the net in 2005.

Picture by Pierre Guillaud, posted at - Thanks!

Lineage: Reel to Reel Master > DAT > CD-R (Audio Catalyst) wav > (flacfrontend) flac8.
Taper: Unknown

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.
Disc 1
Track 101. She’s Love Crazy
Track 102. Baby Stop Crying
Track 103. Mr Tambourine Man
Track 104. Shelter From The Storm
Track 105. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Track 106. Tangled Up In Blue
Track 107. Ballad Of A Thin Man
Track 108. Maggie’s Farm
Track 109. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
Track 110. Like A Rolling Stone
Track 111. I Shall Be Released
Track 112. Going, Going, Gone
Track 113. Rainy Day Women 12 and 35
Track 114. True Love Tends To Forget

Disc 2
Track 201. It Ain’t Me, Babe
Track 202. The Man In Me
Track 203. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
Track 204. Blowin’ In The Wind
Track 205. I Want You
Track 206. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
Track 207. Masters Of War
Track 208. Oh, Sister
Track 209. Just Like A Woman
Track 210. All Along The Watchtower
Track 211. All I Really Want To Do
Track 212. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Track 213. Forever Young
Track 214. Crowd
Track 215. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
Track 216. The Times They Are A-Changin’

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

While the shows had a lounge-like feel, especially when the keyboards and horns lunged from behind, the album Street Legal remains free of crassness. This is a Dylan classic. Buy it here.

  1. 5 Responses to “THE NEVERENDING SHOWS (Upgrade - Paris, July 3, 1978)”

  2. Once again many thanks for the Bob. The comments about his voice are amusing when looking at the minor debate on Willard’s site concerning ‘comedy vocals’ a la dylan.
    I liked this era Dylan, compare this with zakkorama’s post re his commitment to singing his own songs during this century

    By Mal on Apr 18, 2009

  3. As you are doing 1978, I don’t suppose you have the Blackbush festival to hand ?

    By Mal on Apr 18, 2009

  4. Another great concert by Mr.Bob!
    Thanks ;-)

    By Rochacrimson on Apr 18, 2009

  5. Hey thanks for the Dylan show. The sound is pretty good for an audience recording. Thanks for all the great music and the effort that goes into producing your site. peace and love

    By jerry on Apr 19, 2009

  6. Great sound for a live concert.All his clasical 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.
    Thank you,for your effort in speading good music around the world. By Pat on March 09 2010

    By Pat on Mar 9, 2010

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