December 26, 2014 – 3:12 am

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Bethlehem, PA 1995 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Stabler Arena, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; December 13, 1995. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Anthony Rzepela’s review, posted at

Patti was off by 8:50, but there was so much dead air that her set was only 7 songs. (Two electric up front  and at the back, as opposed to the standard three, and there was no “Because The Night” or “People Have The Power”). Her cold was evident, despite really valiant efforts by Patti to make sure that it didn’t show. I actually felt guilty during “Dark Eyes”, as she was obviously struggling and hoping that she wouldn’t crack. To put illness on top of this inhumane schedule (now ONE day off in 11) just made me feel slimy for being a part of it, even as a lowly paying customer…

Still, the most enthusiastic overall appreciation came for the reminders of Dylan (the opener, “Wicked Messenger”) and the Dead (”Not Fade Away”) and it wasn’t enough to get an encore. It was Patti’s exit after “Dark Eyes” in Dylan’s set that got people to actually show some lovin’ - a sudden rush of mad (mostly female) fans running up to the front of the wide floor aisles just to say “Hi” or cheer her on. (You’d think it was a rush of Green Day moshers the way security swooped down, but I digress. This coincided with that moment in BobShows where he allows the aisles to be occupied, so little damage was done. Dylan’s gentle coaching on lyrics she was forgetting was probably the single most touching thing I’ve ever seen on stage.)

Thanks to zagortenay for sharing the tracks at Dime.

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Disc 1
Patti Smith - opening act
Track 101. Intro for Patti Smith’s Set 0:27 (751k)
Track 102. Wicked Messenger 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 103. Dancing Barefoot 6:06 (10.2MB)
Track 104. Ghost Dance 4:55 (8.3MB)
Track 105. Walking Blind 6:19 (10.6MB)
Track 106. Beneath The Southern Cross 5:31 (9.3MB)
Track 107. Not Fade Away 8:17 (13.9MB)

Bob Dylan
Track 108. Intro for Bob Dylan’s Set 0:12 (349k)
Track 109. Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood) 4:57 (8.3MB)
Track 110. Lay Lady Lay 5:33 (9.3MB)
Track 111. All Along The Watchtower 7:21 (12.4MB)
Track 112. You’re A Big Girl Now 6:19 (10.6MB)
Track 113. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight 6:07 (10.3MB)
Track 114. Silvio 7:59 (13.4MB)
74 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Mr Tambourine Man 9:57 (16.7MB)
Track 202. Desolation Row 11:30 (19.3MB)
Track 203. Mama, You Been On My Mind 5:18 (8.9MB)
Track 204. Dark Eyes (with Patti Smith) 5:59 (10.1MB)
Track 205. Seeing The Real You At Last 7:09 (12.0MB)
Track 206. Band Introduction 0:29 (804k)
Track 207. Ballad Of A Thin Man 8:47 (14.8MB)
Track 208. Audience 1:16 (2.1MB)
Track 209. Alabama Getaway 6:02 (10.1MB)
Track 210. Audience 1:59 (3.3MB)
Track 211. The Times They Are A-Changin’ 12:05 (20.3MB)
Track 212. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 4:49 (9.8MB)
77 mins

Bob Dylan - guitar, vocals
Bucky Baxter - pedal steel guitar, electric slide guitar
John Jackson - guitar
Tony Garnier - bass
Winston Watson - drums, percussion

Tour notes:
Concert #752 of The Never-Ending Tour.
Concert #6 of the 1995 Paradise Lost Tour.
Concert #112 in 1995.
Concert #296 with the 9th Never-Ending Tour Band:

107–10, 114 acoustic with the band
107, 109, 114 Bob Dylan harmonica
110 Patti Smith (shared vocal)
113 John Jackson backup vocal
Dylan rarely sings the penultimate verse of Desolation Row (”Praise be to Nero’s Neptune…”) but here it is!
Eight new songs (53 per cent) compared to previous concert. Six new songs for this tour.

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  1. 7 Responses to “BOB DYLAN/PATTI SMITH - BETHLEHEM, PA 1995”

  2. Fabulous! Thanks Big O!
    Direct from downtown Bethlehem! (tho’ I suspect things are somewhat more unsettled still this morning in the original Bethlehem)
    On Boxing Day morning here in the UK
    Just what I needed
    Some Bobby and Patti . . . . . . that’ll shake off the mince pies and figgy pudding!

    All the very bestest of bests to you Big O now and in the coming year and thank you so much for all you do for us!
    Merry Crimble Wassnames and A Happy New Doobrie! xxx

    By swappers on Dec 26, 2014

  3. any word on how that patti smith vatican show went off? was it recorded professionally? broadcast? how long was it? full set or?

    By darth on Dec 27, 2014

  4. I’m really loving this band backing Bob here and for an good audience recording, this is pretty damn good. I’d like to thank you for all the great music you’ve been putting out on your website.

    By space ghost on Dec 27, 2014

  5. Darth I do hope u are thinking about your New Year`s Resolutions.
    May I suggest introducing humility into your life.
    your welcome
    miss m.

    By miss manners on Dec 27, 2014

  6. Two musicians that certainly know what I refer to as “The Spirit” of Rock n’ Roll, actually of music as a whole. I’ve always loved this version of Dark Eyes & was listening to it just the other day trying to keep sane doing last minute Xmas shopping

    By Revolutionarybum on Dec 29, 2014

  7. Best wishes for a successful, safe & music filled 2015.
    Keep up the brilliant work with this site.
    Your efforts are much appreciated.

    By largo al on Dec 29, 2014

  8. shite.

    By big red nek on Jan 1, 2015

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