May 23, 2011 – 7:51 pm

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San Antonio 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas; May 11, 1976. Very good soundboard.

Often regarded as one of the better shows on the 1976 leg of Rolling Thunder, this is to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday on May 24, 2011. Thanks to brianfair who shared the tracks on the internet in 2007.

Some notes from brianfair on the tracks:

Very interesting versions of these (mostly ‘74-’76) cuts. I prefer the “Shelter” here to the one on “Hard Rain” because it’s slowed down here and more in keeping with the spirit of the original (and more fitting for the song’s content, too.) I also like “Durango” here - it’s halfway between the slow desert crawl of the take on “Desire” and the much more exciting live version on “Biograph.” Here, it crawls in the verses and lunges forward in the choruses. Dylan changes some words in a verse, which is interesting. Other highlights: the sweet lil’ guitar solo during “You’re A Big Girl Now” and a speeded-up, almost jubilant “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome.”

Completeness: I can’t determine what the full setlist was for this show. One source claims the second set is missing, which would include Blowin’ In The Wind, Railroad Boy, Deportee, I Pity The Poor Immigrant; it also says “I Want You” was played after “Romance” and that there was an encore of “Gotta Travel On.” I’d have to guess that they are probably right. Also, a few songs are faded out near their conclusions. “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome” fades out during a solo, but that could also have been the last few seconds of the song before an abrupt end (not uncommon.) The show is still a great listen.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Spanish is the Loving Tongue (7.9MB)
Track 02. Maggie’s Farm (7.4MB)
Track 03. Mozambique (6.6MB)
Track 04. Isis (fade) (4.8MB)
Track 05. Shelter From the Storm (10.0MB)
Track 06. Romance in Durango (8.4MB)
Track 07. You’re A Big Girl Now (10.9MB)
Track 08. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (fade) (3.9MB)
Track 09. Oh, Sister (7.7MB)
Track 10. Lay Lady Lay (7.6MB)
Track 11. Going Going Gone (8.4MB)
Track 12. Idiot Wind (18.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 12. Idiot Wind (megaupload link)
Track 13. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (w/Roger McGuinn & Joan Baez) (fade) (4.8MB)

Click on the link to order Hard Rain.

Click on the link to order The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue.

  1. 15 Responses to “DYLAN AT 70”

  2. Nice - but apparantly only two tracks are from San Antonio??


    By HH on May 23, 2011

  3. Great recording of the second best Bob tour ever! BTW, “Maggie’s Farm” has a dedication to “Augie” which I am guessing is the Great Augie Meyers of Sir Douglas Quintet fame and a long time resident of San Antonio. Could be songs on this disc were from SA, TX show.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on May 23, 2011

  4. Went back into my archives and listened to a 2 disc set called “Tales of Thunder” from this same tour. Excellent sound and a superb collection of songs from along the tour stops.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on May 23, 2011

  5. hey bigo, thanks! will play walking.


    By Ed Saad on May 24, 2011

  6. Thanks … a wonderful 70th birthday tribute. Cheers.

    By Canute on May 24, 2011

  7. Sorry - I didn’t check things quite right - I will shut up :-)

    By HH on May 24, 2011

  8. Marvellous collection to go alongside the other Rolling Thunder tour albums currently available.
    Take care though folks, the songs are not in the same order as they are listed on the back cover, so will need slight rearrangement before you burn a CD.
    Nevertheless many thanks for a great album

    By Martin on May 25, 2011

  9. Crazy to come on BigO this morning to check out the new uploads and to see my words of four years coming back to me from some random Dime post. Thanks for the re-up!

    By brianfair on May 26, 2011

  10. I don’t care for Rolling Thunder Dylan as a rule, but this is quite nice, and the sound is decent. Thanks for the post.

    By Dave C. on May 29, 2011

  11. Just the fact that he does Going Going Gone makes it worth the DL!

    By Jeremy Shatan on May 31, 2011

  12. Hi. The first four missing songs were sung by Joan Baez, and the other by Bob.
    I’ve heard about a complete bootleg but I have not yet found it.
    To HH: that bootleg is a collection of three uncomplete performances.

    By Riccardo on Jun 2, 2011

  13. Thanks for more Bob.

    By Matt on Jun 9, 2011

  14. Hi ..stumbled upon this via a Random google for “Bob Dylan 1976″. This is one boot from the 76 tour that I ain’t seen before. Interesting performance and pretty good sound. Great to hear the different tempo Isis and such gems as “Spanish is the loving tongue”. Thanks for posting it all as good quality MP3. For those who love the rolling thunder era “Hold the Fort for What is Worth” and “Hold the Fort , Lock Up the Warehouse” are must-haves from the 1976 leg of the tour. Stunning performances. Especially Isis as it starts slow and then breaks into a fast tempo part way through. I love the unpredictability of Bob on this tour…songs get a different delivery based on how he felt on the day.

    By Pete on Oct 9, 2011

  15. Several tracks go to spam or pornography sites…

    By Hilda Fernhout on Sep 15, 2016

  16. Only 3 teacks still available…
    Any chance of a reupload perhaps ?

    By Hilda Fernhout on May 21, 2018

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