August 5, 2015 – 1:58 pm

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Seattle 1974 [JEMS Archive, 1CD]

Live at the Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA; February 9, 1974 (Afternoon Show, Dylan set only - lineup included The Band). Fairly to very good audience recording. A bit distant with slight echo but still clear. Considered an upgrade to existing versions.

Thanks to the taper; JEMS; and mjk5510 for sharing the show at Dime.

Known Faults:
- All Along The Watchtower: 9 seconds patched with source 1
- Like A Rolling Stone: Last 2:53 patched with source 1
- Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine): recorder source 1

SG of JEMS recorded four shows on Dylan and the Band’s 1974 tour, the afternoon and evening shows in Seattle and Oakland. Those cassette masters have long been stored in a box along with two reel to reels marked “Seattle 2/9/74 aft and eve.” I long presumed the reels to be safety copies of SG’s cassette masters. But when going through other tapes in the box, I decided to thread up the reels just to make sure and, low and behold, the reels were not copies but instead alternate and superior recordings.

I asked SG if he could recall anything about the tapes, wondering if perhaps they were done by Dave & Donn, Seattle taping contemporaries of SG, some of whose excellent work JEMS released on DIME several years ago. SG was fairly confident the reels didn’t come from them but couldn’t remember their provenance.

What we can say is that the reels contain very good recordings; I consider them candidates for the upper third quality spectrum of ‘74 tour audies, clearer, closer and fuller than most, with very little audience noise. As is the case with many copies of ‘74 tour shows, The Band’s standalone performances were edited out.

The reel source ends during “Like A Rolling Stone” (I’m guessing battery failure), so we’ve patched the end of the show (and a missing bit in “Watchtower”) from JEMS’s master cassettes to present the complete Seattle afternoon show in what we believe (based on the information gleaned from Lossless Bob about extant sources) to be the best quality available to date.

Thanks to WG for returning the box that contained these reels, SG for covering the ‘74 tour so thoroughly and to mjk5510 who did the final assembly and packaging to get it ready for you.

Lastly, please send your thoughts and prayers to J, the cornerstone of Team JEMS. He’s had a setback in his battle against cancer and we want him to overcome as he has so many times before. We love you, J. Get better.


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Recording Info: Unknown Recorder > Unknown Microphones
JEMS 2015 Transfer: First-generation reel copy (3-3/4 IPS) > Otari 5050 mkII azimuth-adjusted transfer > USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > IZotope RX + Ozone 5 > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / patch / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Most Likely You Go Your Way 3:36 (6.1MB)
Track 02. Lay Lady Lay 3:03 (5.1MB)
Track 03. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues 5:27 (9.2MB)
Track 04. Rainy Day Women 3:46 (6.3MB)
Track 05. It Ain’t Me Babe 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 06. Ballad Of A Thin Man 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 07. All Along The Watchtower 3:04 (5.2MB)
Track 08. Ballad Of Hollis Brown 4:11 (7.0MB)
Track 09. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 10. She Belongs To Me 2:46 (4.7MB)
Track 11. The Times They Are A Changin’ 3:19 (5.6MB)
Track 12. Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll 5:12 (8.7MB)
Track 13. Don’t Think Twice 3:34 (6.0MB)
Track 14. Wedding Song 3:24 (5.7MB)
Track 15. Forever Young 5:38 (9.5MB)
Track 16. Highway 61 Revisited 4:33 (7.6MB)
Track 17. Like A Rolling Stone 6:41 (11.2MB)
Track 18. Most Likely You Go Your Way 3:54 (6.6MB)
74 mins

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  1. 21 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - SEATTLE 1974”

  2. The whole idea of a matinee show has left us in the recent past and I would like to see it return. I think it would give more people the chance to see older acts and still get home at a decent hour. In the day Dylan, the Stones, Elvis, and many others did afternoon shows and even two shows a day at the big building.

    By Tony Pizza on Aug 5, 2015

  3. I just bought tickets for a los lobos matinee show.They are doing an acoustic matinee show and an electric evening show.

    By sluggo on Aug 5, 2015

  4. Many thanks … afternoon shows. Almost hard to belive, really.

    By Canute on Aug 5, 2015

  5. you are in for a treat sluggo…enjoy it…I know you will have a great show…

    the last LL i caught was last October on their 2 set all acoustic show/tour…it is amazing at they are still versatile…tight…david louie cesar steve & conrad are having fun & the music is still top notch…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Aug 5, 2015

  6. Los Lobos, my favorite, I did catch Shuggie Otis sunday night in Athens Ga. and he and the band were fabulous. Arthur Wing on sax, he use to play with Zappa to name one.

    By Matchesmon on Aug 5, 2015

  7. I was there for this show, and it was truly fabulous. One of the top 5 I ever saw. Drove up from Oregon during the gasoline embargo, and it wasn’t easy getting back again! Incredible that a tape of this very show has surfaced. Thanks for posting it!

    By steve r on Aug 5, 2015

  8. Attended this show with above mentioned Steve R!! Is, was, and will always stand as the greatest show I ever saw….there is a missing bit prior to Watchtower where Dylan speaks–per Levon’s book, the only time he addressed the crowd on this tour–”great to be in Seattle, birthplace of Jimi Hendrix!”

    By Don C on Aug 6, 2015

  9. PS–Steve’s photo is MUCH better!!! :)

    By Don C on Aug 6, 2015

  10. First time I’ve seen “Wedding Song” in a Dylan setlist. Awesome.
    Thanks, BIGO!

    By YogaforCynics on Aug 6, 2015

  11. I’m one of those weirdos who actually likes the ‘74 Bob. Before The Flood is one of my top Dylan albums - I just love the energy (even if Bob himself says he can’t even remember the tour). I’ve heard a number of shows on this tour - it was only a 6-week tour - but never realize it was not uncommon for Dylan to play Most Likely You Go Your Way twice in each show. How strange.

    By Rick on Aug 6, 2015

  12. Am I the only person who wants to hear the Band sets?

    By stevo58 on Aug 6, 2015

  13. No, stevo58, you’re not.

    By Rick on Aug 6, 2015

  14. STEVO58 - I was thinking the exact same thing. Why would anyone cut out the band set from this - I mean it wasn’t like he was touring with Tony Orlando or something. And Rick - I loved Bob around this time and saw this tour when it came to DC - one of the great Rock and Roll shows ever for me.

    By dwight on Aug 6, 2015

  15. Do you have the shows @ the Oakland Collosium after 2/9/74 2/10 or2/11 74? would love to get a copy ..Bob brought me up on the stage with him .and sat me down on the Sofa .

    By Ruth Tyrangiel on Aug 6, 2015

  16. Hello Ruth

    We had previously shared Dylan’s February 11, 1974 show in Oakland but the web sheriff told us to remove it.

    By bigozine2 on Aug 7, 2015

  17. @Ruth Tyrangiel. A visit to the ‘Lossy’ section of ‘Guitars101′ might be worth your while

    By Je Suis Darth on Aug 8, 2015

  18. more Band please!

    By dropkick sarge on Aug 11, 2015

  19. i saw a great show by steve earle the other night. i wouldn’t mind seeing any of his shows here thanks.

    By barth on Aug 11, 2015

  20. “First time I’ve seen “Wedding Song” in a Dylan setlist. Awesome.
    Thanks, BIGO!

    By YogaforCynics on Aug 6, 2015″

    I had just turned 15 when I saw this show. I remember “Wedding Song” clearly because everybody was seated except for a young lady near the stage who danced.

    By Jonathan Granato on Apr 23, 2018

  21. I notice that you are using my b&w photo for the cover of this album. It would be nice if you had contacted me and gained permission to use, with proper payment.
    As you haven’t done that, I request that you refrain from further use of my copyright photo.
    Thank you

    By Vlad on May 25, 2020

  22. You are using my photo without permission. Please contact me at the above email to discuss proper use of the Dylan photo.
    You can find the original at photosbyVlad on Facebook.
    thank you

    By Vladimir K. on Jul 1, 2020

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