March 25, 2010 – 11:14 am

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Osaka 2010 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Zepp Osaka, Osaka, Japan, March 11, 2010. Very good audience recording.

Are we listening to Bob Dylan? Or is that Mark Knopfler? Or is it Dylan doing Knopfler doing Dylan? We all know Dylan’s voice is shot; and instead of adding nuance to his vocals (can’t imagine Dylan adding another sarcastic sneer to the vocals), he half-growls through his set. Well, he ain’t no Tom Waits, that’s for sure.

But Dylan is Dylan, and there’s always Charlie Sexton to back him up. A ninety-minute set will not do any justice to a Bob Dylan concert other than to give everyone a taste of the entire Dylan catalogue and ouevre. A pity.

But then again, this is not a greatest hits package. (For that, listeners might as well pick up the Essential Bob Dylan set.) And he can still swing. It’s like Dylan didn’t need to be the protest singer or the born again or anything. He just wanted to have a good time with the band… and, if possible, with the audience.

Even if there are no surprises to the performance or the setlist, this is still a very enjoyable set. As he sings on the opening track, Watching The River Flow:

If I had wings and I could fly,
I know where I would go.
But right now I’ll just sit here so contentedly
And watch the river flow.

This is what Kathleen posted at

Bob had a medium to low interaction night with the audience the first half of the show, and medium high starting with Highway 61. He seemed happy enough and smiled at the crowd a little… It looked like he has a couple of new dance steps. And he wasn’t shuffling around the stage as much as he did last tour back and forth and around. He knew where he was going for each song.

And more comments by Hiroshi Yoshizawa and Paul Swanson at

Every year, Dylan’s performance is different. At first I thought that maybe he was just “winging it” all the time, but now I don’t think so. Dylan is dancing. His dance is like a bottomless swamp. Bottomless. The surface is like a mirror ball. The mirror reflects and sends forth countless aspects… Bob Dylan performs like this: today I’m going to send out this and that aspect of the mirror. Maybe a better metaphor is the way Chinese medicine and Indian curry are produced, by mixing various elements and always coming up with a new flavor.

Thanks to Hide for taping the show and sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site and to stew711 for the artwork.

These tracks are no longer available for download.

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  1. 8 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - OSAKA 2010”

  2. hey bigo, thanks!!! i’m anxious to fix these tags and listen. it’s been awhile on dylan. the last show i remember bigo offering was rothbury festival which i put on my ipod last week to hear.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 25, 2010

  3. not just a national treasure but a world treasure..long live bob dylan.

    By sluggo on Mar 25, 2010

  4. Nice audio, although audience. Bob’s an amzing performer, going down that long hallowed path, following some of the same steps that lured Sinatra, Zappa & Jimi.

    By Timmy on Mar 25, 2010

  5. So strange, his voice is shot yet amazing! Awful yet gorgeous, pitiful yet…you get the point? Awesome, thank you.
    BTW, any Cream from 2005 that wasn’t released? NY maybe?

    By lanzarishi on Mar 26, 2010

  6. Great Thanks for this Iop Download!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    By Udo on Mar 26, 2010

  7. This is a great recording … presumably by Hide and the covers show off stewART’s skill brilliantly. Grab it while you can.

    By Canute on Mar 27, 2010

  8. Hey he was in Japan,”interract with the audience” lol.
    btw his voice is not shot, he is not done. Sounds and looks great to me.

    By ana morris on Jun 12, 2010

  9. Let’s face it, if it wasn’t Bob Dylan no-one would go to these shows, they’re quite ridiculous. I love Bob’s work but I don’t know why he keeps embarrassing himself and others by performing live.

    By Richie on Aug 29, 2010

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