August 7, 2009 – 1:27 pm

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02 Arena 2009 [Silent Sea, 1CD]

Live at the O2 Arena, London, England, April 25, 2009. Very good soundboard.

The folks at are only too glad that a good soundboard of the show has surfaced, never mind that it’s an incomplete show or that there are some blemishes. “Distortion is present, especially in the louder parts, and there is a strange flutter on the tape during ‘Till I Fell In Love With You [Ed: roughly 2:00 to 3:18] and Highway 61 Revisited.”

Unless you’ve been diligently following Bob Dylan live, listeners might be surprised at the reworked (perhaps re-tuned might be a better term?) classics such as The Times They Are A-Changin’, Chimes Of Freedom, Hattie Carroll and even that old chestnut, Blowin’ In The Wind - it’s now a jazzman’s scat (think Louie Armstrong) instead of the usual folk song that we all know and probably loved.

Dylan has never shyed away from controversy (electrified folk anyone? or turning religious) though the “laidback” or easy-listening stance here - it sounds as if you can waltz through this set - may prove uncomfortable for some. For sheer bravura, excitement and rush, the ‘75/’76 tour will probably be hard to beat.

As music critic Andy Gill wrote in The Independent: “The lack of showiness is Dylan’s way of signalling that he knows what’s important about himself, and what we’re here to hear: it’s not to be awed by stunts; it’s to commune once again with that legacy which illuminates our times so well. And which we’re immersed in, right from the start, courtesy of a swinging, bluesy take on Maggie’s Farm, and a heavily-accented waltz-time treatment of The Times They Are A-Changin’, on which Bob’s hoarse, raw-throated vocal adds extra bite to the song’s injunctions to not criticise what you can’t understand, and get out of the new road if you can’t lend your hand.”

In other words, here’s an artiste who’s assured of himself and his work and now he’s out to entertain himself as well.

Just wonder how those folks who paid money to listen to Dylan sing his classics the way they remembered felt. Listening to this, it sure sounds like a real treat.

These tracks are no longer available for download.

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Update: June 25, 2012

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Three days after this gig, Bob Dylan released his 33rd studio album, Together Through Life. Click here to order a copy of the album.

  1. 7 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - LONDON 2009”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! it’s been awhile since you put up a new dylan. as i recall, the last dylan i got was earls court 10 song vinyl show. that’s a good one.

    need to fix tags. will try to get j. geils band later.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 7, 2009

  3. Thank you, Big O!

    Great sounding bootleg from the same tour I saw the Bobster in Malmö Sweden a month earlier.

    Ha’ de’ gott


    By Mikael Karlsson on Aug 7, 2009

  4. Excellent, thanks. Didn’t think much of the concert at the time, but this sounds better then when i saw him there. Didn’t like 02 as a venue personally.

    By nijle on Aug 7, 2009

  5. “Just wonder how those folks who paid money to listen to Dylan sing his classics the way they remembered felt” — this “argument” doesn’t count. “Real” Dylan-fans know that he likes to change his old songs. He started doing this back in the 70’s, so it’s not new. Remember the hussle when he released “At Budokan”?
    It would be awful to hear these 30- and 40 year-old songs in the same versions and arrangements over and over again.
    I love Dylan, he’s my personal house-god (together with Nick Cave and Patti Smith), and I’ve seen him live on every tour (at least once) in the last 15 years, but if he would play “Blowing in the Wind” with acoustic guitar and the same arrangement as 1963, I would be the first to throw something on the stage.
    His songs are and have always been a “work in progress”. There is no definite version of a Dylan-Song. Or, the definite version is always the one he’s playing right now (which doesn’t mean that I don’t prefer SOME of the older versions to the new ones).

    By walter on Aug 7, 2009

  6. God bless the Bob and his Neverending Tour. God bless the BigO too. Thanks. Collectors can find full shows from this tour segment at the t.u.b.e. blog (Amsterdam - 3 nights - very good quality audience tapes of each night.)

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Aug 9, 2009

  7. Bob Dylan Retains Same Illuminati Law Firm as George W. Bush in Fifteen Year Plagiarism Law Suit. Also suppresses Plaintiff’s First Amendment Rights acquiring a protective order designating all video taped depositions that are incriminating to Dylan confidential

    Bob Dylan & his law firm acquired a confidentiality order in a fifteen year plagiarism law suit designating all discovery materials including fifty hours of incriminating video taped depositions as confidential suppressing Plaintiff James Damiano’s first amendment rights to warn the public of Judicial favoritism and corruption.

    Camden NJ June 2, 2009 -Few artists can lay claim to the controversy that has surrounded the career of songwriter James Damiano. Twenty-two years ago James Damiano began an odyssey that led him into a legal maelstrom with Bob Dylan that, to this day, fascinates the greatest of intellectual minds.

    As the curtain rises on the stage of deceit we learn that CBS used songs and
    lyrics for international recording artist, Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan’s name is credited to the songs. One of those songs is nominated for a Grammy as best rock song of the year. Ironically the title of that song is Dignity.

    Since auditioning for the legendary CBS Record producer John Hammond, Sr., who influenced the careers of music industry icons Billy Holiday, Bob Dylan, Pete Seger, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Ray Vaughan, James has engaged in a multimillion dollar copyright infringement law suit with Bob Dylan.

    It is judicially uncontested by Bob Dylan and or Bob Dylan’s law firms Manatt, Phelps & Phillips , Parcher Hayes & Snyder, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Heck Brown and Sherry and Sony House Counsel that Bob Dylan and people in Bob Dylan’s entourage have solicited James Damiano’s songs and music for over ten years and eleven months, as per the law suit.

    District Judge Jerome B. Simandle states in his decision “This court will accept as true Plaintiff’s allegations that Sony represented to him that he would be credited and compensated for his work if Dylan used it. Judge Simandle also stated in his decision “Plaintiff has demonstrated a genuine issue of material fact as to whether defendants had access to his work.

    Richard Clark

    [email protected]

    By Richard Clark on Aug 9, 2009

  8. I was at this gig too - close enough to see Dylan’s hands fumbling over the keyboard and hear his shot voice live - it was awful. O2 issues apart, the Neverending Tour has taken its toll on ‘God’ (I’m not as in awe as the blindly faithful). The arrangements and band were sloppy and bar standard; frankly we could have been listening to the same song over and over again were it not for the barely audible lyrics. I’ve seen Dylan recently at Wembley (twice) and Brixton when he had fantastic energy and interest - Clash’s London Calling WOW! Until he wises up and improves, IF he can still cut it, for me he’s no longer an artist in development but an old guy who’s past his sell by date - what next, a Christmas album?!!

    By Richard Lamming on Aug 14, 2009

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