August 20, 2009 – 5:07 pm

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Rothbury 2009 [Social Graces, 1CD]

Live at Rothbury, Michigan, July 5, 2009. Very good soundboard.

When Andy Gill reviewed Bob Dylan’s April 2009 gig at London’s 02 Arena, he wrote in The Independent: “There are no fireworks, no choreographed stage manoeuvres, and no big screens at the O2 tonight; if you’re a punter at the other end of the arena, all you can see is a small group of chaps wearing hats several hundred metres away.

“To make matters worse, the chaps are clustered in a tight knot, seeking some degree of onstage intimacy in the vastness of the Dome. For a while, you might struggle to discern which of them is Bob Dylan himself… You can tell he’s Bob because the rest of his band – the two guitarists, bassist, drummer, and the pedal steel guitarist just behind him – are all facing him, like spokes on an elliptical wheel.”

It’s easy to mistake Dylan literally turning his back on his fans but that’s because he’s offering something else and perhaps more to his fans. As one fan noted, “I kind of see what he’s trying to do these days. NIce subtle interplay between the guitars…”

For such a long time, Dylan has been lionised as a poet, a wordsmith. Now he’s going through his catalogue (not for the first or second time) and focusing on the music. And this very good soundboard offers a very nuanced performance that long-time fans will enjoy.

Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark for sharing the tracks.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.

Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 0:45
Track 102. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 4:50
Track 103. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) 4:56
Track 104. Tangled Up In Blue 7:41
Track 105. Rollin’ & Tumblin’ 7:02
Track 106. Spirit On The Water 7:01
Track 107. High Water (For Charley Patton) 6:47
Track 108. ‘Til I Feel In Love With You 6:49
Track 109. Po’ Boy (Lincoln Park Mark) 4:38
Track 110. Highway 61 Revisited 7:36
Track 111. Ballad Of A Thin Man 6:34
Track 112. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again 7:17

Disc 2
Track 201. Nettie Moore 8:08
Track 202. Thunder On The Mountain 6:04
Track 203. Like A Rolling Stone 7:02
Track 204. Jolene 4:02
Track 205. All Along The Watchtower 4:59
Track 206. Band Intros 0:37
Track 207. Blowin’ In The Wind 5:10

Click on the link to order Bob Dylan’s 33rd studio album, Together Through Life (2009).

  1. 28 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - ROTHBURY 2009”

  2. Thanks for this, really sounds great!

    By Bruce M on Aug 20, 2009

  3. The Best version of Nettie Moore I’ve ever heard! The interplay between the guitars are fantastic and are so much more detailed on this near perfect soundboard then the audience recordings we have become use to.

    By ReV RuSSeLL on Aug 21, 2009

  4. Thanks so much!!! Can’t wait to hear the FULL soundboard…thanks again

    By Dave on Aug 21, 2009

  5. The full SBD will be a treat, so I hope it makes it here… I’m going to give this a listen. I was very disappointed in seeing Bob about 7 weeks ago here in the States, but I was in a venue with poor sound and I was one of those folks in the back having a hard time at first trying to figure out which one was Bob!

    I have a feeling that hearing a good SBD recording, without any of the other distractions, will give me a more enjoyable exeperience.

    By Shaun on Aug 22, 2009

  6. The shows Stateside 2009 have been quite superb and with Heartbreak Hote as an example, invented, too. Cheers and thanks.

    By Canute on Aug 28, 2009

  7. When will the rest of this be available? I see it was released on the 28th. Where can i find it? Saw him in Washington and Allentown. Rollin n Tumblin from Washington, PA was unbelievable. Never seen the man so lively. Magnificent two concerts.

    By CarlHutchins on Aug 29, 2009

  8. Bob Dylan - Rothbury 2009: The complete show is now available for download. Special thanks to Lincoln Park Mark for sharing the tracks.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 2, 2009

  9. hey bigo, thanks! will play walking. i just fixed the tags to my liking. there is a typo on ’til i fell in love with you. i caught it before, as i was checking them. it’s listed as feel. i fixed it, before i got them perfect.

    still need to get genesis-west palm beach.

    put up more avant, please!


    By Ed Saad on Sep 2, 2009

  10. Thank you very much ROTHBURY 2009, Big O.

    By Lee67 on Sep 2, 2009

  11. Excellent thanks, Funny version of “Tangled up in blue” though, not sure about it on first listen?

    By nijle on Sep 2, 2009

  12. Still one of the greats. Bob moves the soul of those who can but hear.

    By Timmy on Sep 2, 2009

  13. Superb!
    Really great!

    By Rochacrimson on Sep 3, 2009

  14. Let me preface this by saying that I love late-period Dylan beginning with “Time Out of Mind”. The sound on this is very good, as good or better than other recent boots. The performances, however, are second rate at best. “Po Boy” and “Highway 61″ were bad, but the version of “Stuck Inside…” drove me to delete everything, realizing I would never revisit this show. That said, thanks for the post. At least I got to hear it.

    By Dave C. on Sep 3, 2009

  15. I beg to differ with ‘Dave C.’. My love of Dylan goes back to 1974 when I saw the Before The Flood tour with The Band. Having seen him countless times since, through every change of musicians and every type and style of musical performance, I must say that my life has been enriched by Bob and he has been a big part of so many great memories. I saw ‘this years’ model’ at Lakewood, NJ on a rainy July night. It was a tremendous show and Bob had obviously come to play, pulling out such gems as “Chimes Of Freedom Flashing” and “Girl Of The North Country” along with many newer tunes. He was passionate and sincere throughout the show. It’s Bob Freakin’ Dylan, man! The poet! The prophet! Enjoy it while you can.

    By Adam Dean on Sep 4, 2009

  16. The version of “Stuck Inside Of Mobile” from Rothbury has a most unusual singing style - almost staccato - that I have never ever heard before - very unique and worth having in the collection!

    By Adam Dean on Sep 4, 2009

  17. I don’t know if I like all of the new versions of Bob’s old songs. The band was smokin’ hot though so it was worth the listen. I remember once I was about three feet away from Dylan as he went to his tour bus and he would not give me an autograph.

    By Malcolm on Sep 4, 2009

  18. There are 2 types of People, those who “get” Dylan and those who don’t
    For those that don’t they can listen to there Styx and Boston albums and go to predictable greatest hits shows like the Beach Boys

    By ReV RuSSeLL on Sep 6, 2009

  19. high water and til i fell in love are very good with bobs voice nice and growly and powerful .his phrasing is dead cool on those .thanks.

    By frankjmccue on Sep 7, 2009

  20. I suspect the two types of Dylan listeners are more accurately those who are uncritically accepting and those who hold him to the highest standards he’s set over the years. Over time, I guess I’ve been both. But I also suspect that Bob doesn’t give a rat’s ass either way. –Unless they stop buying the music or paying for the tickets.

    By lowenbill on Sep 8, 2009

  21. This is a wonderful recording with some nice and some odd versions. Unfortunately a couple of the best have truncated endings with the last few notes or lines cut. Too bad, other wise fun to hear. As is usual these days, the newer tunes find Bob sounding more engaged and the older “hits” he seems to be foolin’ around more but as always he is fascinating and unique and totally BOB! Thanks for pulling this together. More fresh Bob please!

    By v32 on Nov 18, 2009

  22. FYI - the only complete tracks are DISC 1: Intro. Pillbox Hat. Tangled. Po’ Boy. DISC 2: Jolene. Band Intros.

    Everything else is cut even though times correspond to what is listed above. Anyone have complete boards?

    By v32 on Nov 18, 2009

  23. ok, this show is superb and the sound too! i really love the versions of tanged up in blue, señor and stuck inside of mobile!

    By Cristian on Mar 25, 2010

  24. This is to Malcolm. Years ago in Wichita I had a backstage pass for the boot series 1-3 tour. I had heard someone named Mark Spitz had written a book on Dylan and he was on Larry King radio show. Someone called in and said he had a backstage pass to a Dylan show and Dylan told him to get lost. So I sort of expected the same.I was surprised when he said sure to my request and signed six lps for me. You could have knocked me over with a twig. I still have them to this day.

    By Phil Winans on Jun 23, 2010

  25. So doesn’t anyone have a copy of the Dylan on Dylan radio Show they’d like to submit??

    By Phil Winans on Jun 24, 2010

  26. You both completely miss the point.

    By Veronika Monsalve on Jan 10, 2014

  27. Just heard about this show. Any chance it could be re-upped?

    By Dave on Aug 15, 2014

  28. phil winans - have u checked sugarmeg?

    By darth on Aug 15, 2014

  29. I was at this show fully expecting Bob to just dial one in, and instead, he delivered one hell of a show, laughing, smiling, interacting with the band and the crowd down in front. Just a spectacular rocking Dylan show!

    By Rastaman on Aug 5, 2020

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