July 2, 2014 – 3:18 pm

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Portland 1980 [JEMS Master, 2CD]

Live at the Paramount Northwest Theatre, Portland, Oregon; January 12, 1980. Very good audience recording. Previously uncirculated and “lost” recording.

In the late 1970s, Dylan became a born-again Christian and released two albums of Christian gospel music - Slow Train Coming (1979) and Saved (1980). At this show, Slow Train was performed in its entirety. While Saved would be recorded in February 1980, Dylan was practically previewing the new album with the exception of A Satisfied Mind and Are You Ready.

Thanks to JEMS for the recording; BK; and to mjk5510 for sharing the tracks at Dime.

BK for JEMS:

To the best of our knowledge, this represents the first time any recording of the second night of the 1980 tour has been made widely available, at least according to the tour and tape histories chronicled by Olof and Lossless Bob.

For years, it has always puzzled us that there were three dates in the Northwest at the start of Dylan’s 1980 tour for which there was no known tape. Puzzling because S of JEMS and some of his taping peers at the time attended the Portland and Seattle shows and, to the best of S’s knowledge, all the shows were taped. In fact, for years, S suggested that he’s not sure he recorded himself because he was so sure the shows were being covered by others with better gear.

And yet, no tapes from Portland January 11, 12 and Seattle January 15 ever seemed to circulate. And among the thousands of tapes in the consolidated JEMS archive, including what we believed to be all of S’s masters, the shows weren’t there either. And yet, they had to have been recorded, right?

I’ve asked S questions about these shows for the last 20 years, so imagine my surprise when he called a couple of months ago to say our friend WG had found a box of S’s tapes in his house. A box of tapes very likely borrowed in 1986 and forgotten about until two months ago when they were discovered lurking behind or under some furniture.

And lo and behold, there in the box were the masters for January 12 and January 15, missing in action for over 30 years. The box made its way to me for fresh transfers, so thanks to WG and S for that. And while it didn’t contain the tape of January 11 (we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed on that one), it did contain another 15-20 tapes missing from the archive that I had held in my own hands back in 1986 and had never seen again.

The bulk of these were first generation copies made for S by a legendary taper, a taper not known to have ever recorded some of the artists included, but it turns out he did. The tapes are marked in that legendary taper’s own unmistakable way. And the notes he included shed just a bit more light on his legend, both in terms of what additional shows he captured, but also the gear he used. It would appear he even managed to record the same show on two different recorders with two different microphones. Two mics - how appropriate for him. That tease will have to suffice for now, but we will be getting to those tapes in due time.

But until then, it turns out S was underselling himself, as his recording of the lost Portland show is very listenable indeed and a fine document of this compelling slice of Dylan’s career.

Thanks to our brother in arms mjk5510 for his continued assistance in taking these tapes over the finish line. It is partners like him that truly get the flow going, and right now we’re sitting on a stack of great new tapes to post from Dylan and others.

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Recording Gear: Sony Mic > Sony TC-55
2014 Transfer: master cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A > SoundDevices USBPre2 > Audacity 2.0 24/96 capture > iZotope RX clean-up > iZotope MBIT+ convert to 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (pitch correction / volume smoothing / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Regina Peeples/Regina Havis/Carolyn Dennis/Mona Lisa Young
Track 101. Can I Ride 8:27 (14.2MB)
Track 102. It’s Gonna Rain 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 103. Look Up And Live By Faith 6:10 (10.4MB)
Track 104. Show Me The Way 3:18 (5.5MB)
Track 105. Freedom At The Wall 5:32 (9.3MB)
Track 106. This Train 3:34 (6.0MB)

Bob Dylan
Track 107. Gotta Serve Somebody 6:58 (11.7MB)
Track 108. I Believe In You 5:21 (9.0MB)
Track 109. When You Gonna Wake Up 6:05 (10.2MB)
Track 110. When He Returns 4:43 (7.9MB)
Track 111. Man Gave Names To All The Animals 5:35 (9.4MB)
Track 112. Precious Angel 5:32 (9.3MB)
Track 113. Slow Train 7:17 (12.2MB)
Track 114. Covenant Woman 6:15 (10.5MB)
79 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. God Uses Ordinary People 4:52 (8.2MB)
Track 202. Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking 5:08 (8.6MB)
Track 203. Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others) 4:43 (7.9MB)
Track 204. Solid Rock 5:35 (9.4MB)
Track 205. Saving Grace 4:36 (7.7MB)
Track 206. Saved 4:51 (8.2MB)
Track 207. What Can I Do For You? 5:50 (9.8MB)
Track 208. In The Garden 8:01 (13.5MB)
Track 209. Applause 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 210. Band Introduction 1:59 (3.3MB)
Track 211. Blessed Be The Name 4:55 (8.3MB)
Track 212. Pressing On 8:07 (13.6MB)
63 mins


Click on the respective links to order Slow Train Coming and Saved.

Click here to order Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol 10.

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  1. 6 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - PORTLAND 1980”

  2. Thanks for this Big O
    Always enjoy your Dylan postings and this is no exception and fascinating notes about tapes and tapers and how recordings re-surface, really extraordinary story.
    Not the biggest fan of this era Bobbie with the didactic preachy aspect but it is worth adding to the vaults and no mistake!

    By swappers on Jul 2, 2014

  3. Thanks for posting this!

    By Brian on Jul 2, 2014


    By darth on Jul 2, 2014

  5. Thanks to everyone who made this available and got this onto BigO. I like the Russian LP cover - see the link. It gets a double-take when my friends see it as my CD cover (and yes, I own all 3 Christian Dylan albums, and the DVD behind the scenes making of, with the interview with Bob Dylan’s pastor (and mine too from the late 70’s) Bill Dwyer of the Valley Vineyard, who is still the pastor there!(Dylan went to Bible Study there):

    By Job Hunter on Jul 3, 2014

  6. An MP3 version of Bob Dylan’s third Christian album Shot of Love from 1981 is available from Amazon for download at this link:

    By Job Hunter on Jul 3, 2014

  7. un enregistrement qui swingue méchamment du calebard, merci Zimmy

    By Al Bush on Jul 7, 2014

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