June 25, 2011 – 3:19 am

Would Dylan be himself if he went instrumental?

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Beijing 2011 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the China Workers Gymnasium, Beijing, China; April 6, 2011. VG+ to Ex-  AUD stereo. Very clear sound.

Just a thought as I listened to the seven minute+ version of Like A Rolling Stone here. The band was really good keeping time and waltzing the tune in a direction I’d not heard before. Since Dylan’s vocal range cannot hold the rage of the song anymore, it now sounds more like a country swing. My feet were unconsciously tapping along to the “do si do” rhythm. “How does it feel?” … listen to the “do si do” melody that follows that one-time universal challenge to the “man”.

Yup grandma, Like A Rolling Stone is a square dance.

Would the communist Chinese then bother to request the playlist if they knew Dylan today? The revolution has long left the bard from Hibbing as the revolution has long, long ago left the Chinese Communist Party. The emphasis today is on how to “party”. Drugs and drink, women and song are requisite.

So, if Dylan’s great band can keep the audience entertained with instrumental versions of his songs, would that be enough? No Chinese Communist would then request for a playlist. Think about it.

Thanks to taper “Bach” for daring to record this show in Beijing. This was shared by Insarah, April 2011 at Hungercity. Front cover by stewART. Dylan’s power was always in his words and through his high energy performances. Each needed the other.
- Professor Red

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Disc 1
Track 101. Introduction (925k)
Track 102. Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking (8.0MB)
Track 103. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (9.0MB)
Track 104. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ (7.9MB)
Track 105. Tangled Up In Blue (9.3MB)
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Track 106. Honest With Me (10.3MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 106. Honest With Me (megaupload link)
Track 107. Simple Twist Of Fate (9.1MB)
Track 108. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum (7.4MB)
Track 109. Love Sick (8.7MB)
Track 110. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (10.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 110. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (megaupload link)
Track 111. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (11.5MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 111. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (megaupload link)

Disc 2
Track 201. Highway 61 Revisited (11.7MB)
Track 202. Spirit On The Water (11.3MB)
Track 203. Thunder On The Mountain (11.0MB)
Track 204. Ballad Of A Thin Man (14.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 204. Ballad Of A Thin Man (megaupload link)
(1st encore)
Track 205. Like A Rolling Stone (11.8MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 205. Like A Rolling Stone (megaupload link)
Track 206. All Along The Watchtower (9.0MB)
(2nd encore)
Track 207. Forever Young (11.4MB)

The probable lineup:
Bob Dylan - vocals, electric guitar, organ, harmonica
Stu Kimball - electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Donnie Herron - pedal steel, lap steel, electric mandolin, banjo, violin, viola
Charlie Sexton - lead guitar, dobro
Tony Garnier - bass
Geroge Receli - drums

We highly recommend newer fans to pick up the 2010 release of Dylan’s The Best of The Original Mono Recordings. Absolute must-have in any collection. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 17 Responses to “VOICE OF DEGENERATION”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! i’ll get this one too. i think, i got almost every dylan you offered. i only pass on ones that are missing tracks. one of my favorites is isle of wight, but they’re all good. i liked the san antonio, tx show you offered on his b-day.

    i have two of the b’ham, al shows i was at: bjcc arena april 06 when merle haggard opened up and city stages may 03. if you ever see bjcc arena feb 02, post it. that was the first dylan show i went to.

    it’s actually beijing workers’ gymasium, according to their official site and wikipedia.


    By Ed Saad on Jun 25, 2011

  3. Thanks again ….another great show from our ageing Wonder Man … great shows too at Cork and Alcatraz and in Switzerland. Plus … you have made it possible to simply click and enlarge the pix and save as for printing to the correct cd size … thanks for that too. Cheers

    By Canute on Jun 25, 2011

  4. Damn, I wish Bob could still sing, it’s almost impossible for me to listen to any live shows of his I’ve gotten in the last few years. Maybe a few months’ rest would help.

    By Mikey Motor on Jun 25, 2011

  5. hi,
    thanx 4 posting Bob Dylan in Beijing, if you have it please post the great gigs in Cork and London in June 2011.

    By Thomas Wiegandt on Jun 25, 2011

  6. hey ed saad — an idea might be (altho im not telling u what to do mind u… its just an idea) to download what u find when u can find it assuming the quality is reasonably decent.. and when and if u find the missing tracks or an upgrade that includes all the tracks that is great. but to dismiss a recording just because it is incomplete is to do yourself a great disservice. there are 1000s of performances out there that while incomplete are some of the most amazing shows and but for a few missing songs should not be ignored.

    there exists 85% of what went on at woodstock for example and in that 85% (3 days of performances) only one song of ten years after’s set has apparently survived. everyone knows the song i am talking about. that song thankfully made it onto the first albums release back in 1970. no other recordings since then have included any other songs they did and there seems to be no other official nor unofficial recordings of any other songs they did. should we not listen or own that one song because we cant have the full set? should we not enjoy all of the music from the woodstock festival performances because they werent released in their complete form for over 30 or more years later?
    this attitude of… i dont want it if i cant have it all should be reconsidered. at least give what isnt complete a chance and see if it is worth hearing and owning. it may have advantages towards being owned that outweigh its disadvantages even tho its incomplete. u can always upgrade later on. and if u never do get to upgrade it why not enjoy it while u can for what it offers?
    completion isnt the most important thing when it comes to live music.
    ok thats all i wanted to say here. thanks for reading.

    By darth on Jun 25, 2011

  7. hey darth, fair enough. i’m actually going to work on a zeppelin show bigo gave me a link to. it is missing a song, but, it has tangerine on it! i’ll get it cause i’m such a fan of them and zappa. well my brother has the missing song on the zeppelin dvd so i can hear, watch it on it. eventually i’ll get the track. somebody out there has it.

    your comment is clean compared to some comments that were belligerent towards my posts. thanks.


    By Ed Saad on Jun 26, 2011

  8. Has anybody something recent of Christy Moore, the Irish folksinger? I’ve heard him for the first time in London last week (before Bob Dylan). Really very good.

    Thanks again.

    By Riccardo on Jun 26, 2011

  9. Hello Riccardo,

    Haven’t heard of Christy Moore before. Don’t know how recent they are, but there looks to be about a dozen videos on YouTube.

    I did check the huge public domain website, and they didn’t show any recordings by him.

    Happy hunting!

    By 3yrsnojob on Jun 27, 2011

  10. Thanks again, bigO!. If Hendrix had never done “Watchtower”, the world would love Dylan’s new take on it.

    By Namoosedog on Jun 27, 2011

  11. Thanks for this posting. Going to see Bob for the 10th time on July 18 in Phoenix, so this can give me a little preview. While my favorites are Roseland in 1994 and the comeback show with the Band in Chicago, I was surprised at how much I liked the show I saw in Coney Island a couple of years ago. May The Neverending Tour never end!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jun 27, 2011

  12. Thank you for this recording!
    I really appreciate all the fine Dylan, Beatles, and well everything….
    Great job always.
    Hey Ed I’m in Bham and a huge BD collector if you might want to
    get in touch sometime. Hoping to get to Nashville, and Atlanta upcoming gigs.
    All the best to all.

    By Bruce on Jul 1, 2011

  13. ed - i havent seen anyone being mean to u but then i dont always read all the postings on each item i dl here and i dont dl every item on here. but after looking at one particular items postings where u kept posting as if it was your twitter account about what u were doing all day and who u were talking to and when u were going for a walk and so on.. u should be able to see why people perhaps have a problem with u. again im not sure if or what anyones problems with u have been. im just saying that we dont really need to know these details of if u are dl’ing items or when or who u talked to or if u are going for a walk and u will dl the item later. lol. those postings made me wonder if u were drinking that day.

    on another subject.. bob is coming to my area on aug 5th with leon russell. i would go but i cant get there and i wont go alone to anything. i havent seen a live gig since new years eve 96. before that show (which was the monkees btw with roger clinton opening) i had actually seen 2223 live performances in my life. im 51 now. and i only saw 3 shows in 96.
    thank god for trading and downloading and sharing and vining and so on.
    im not big on politics but people often ask me who my favorite president of the usa was. my answer is nixon. why?? heh.. he was a taper!!! ha!!

    By darth on Jul 7, 2011

  14. darth- guess Rosemary Woods forgot to hit record after flipping the cassette - lost a 18 minute solo somewhere there. ;) Not a good day for the “performing artist!” Got to spend a few hours with Eliott Richardson in 1973 at UCLA Royce Hall. Of course the subject was Nixon, and his firing of same. Nixon was the only President I saw in person, my twin and I stood ten feet away for an hour during his speech on the tarmac at Van Nuys Airport in 1962.

    By 3yrsnojob on Jul 7, 2011

  15. hey bruce, cool. do you have the dylan show from bjcc arena 2006? i got it 3 years ago off guitar forum. it’s still on there, but i don’t know if the links are dead or not.

    hey darth, i don’t drink at all. i’m just an enthusiastic fan, but because i write what i do people find me on facebook so there you go. as far as people may have a problem with me for that, that’s fine too. as far as the posts i was referring to, it was two guys last year when i wanted to download this traffic show that was incomplete and one used some foul language and another one said i was a leech. who are they? then phil came to my defense. who they are? people actually know me. seriously. then somebody said something cause i wasn’t the biggest procal harum fan. come on people give me a break. i still downloaded the show.

    i’m listening to tom waits-fox theatre, atlanta, ga 7.5.08. great post, bigo!!!


    By Ed Saad on Jul 7, 2011

  16. procol harum. typo.

    i’m not on twitter either just facebook. find me, darth. i talk about thrash metal and avant-garde alot cause i love it. rock music too cause it is what i grew up loving that is why i download all this stuff. i don’t have my lp’s anymore

    best to you,

    By Ed Saad on Jul 7, 2011

  17. hey bigo, i just have one more thing really to say, and i’m letting it go.

    if people do not like what i write, don’t read it. i don’t complain about what anybody writes on here. i am civilized, and i don’t curse unlike some. i only complain, when people complain about my posts. i talk to people like if i met them at a show or if we were facebook friends.

    i’m pretty sure nobody else wrote the bigo url on the back of a dollar bill at roger waters-philips arena, atlanta, ga 11.18.10. i did, though. i also promote this great site everywhere i go. i look at it as a reimbursement for all the great stuff i get for free so the leech comment is uncalled for. you people download from here too don’t you?

    bigo are nice to me, even if we haven’t met in person. they give me links to shows i missed out on when they were first offered, and they write me back, if i have a question or request.

    i need to eat dinner now. anybody that wants to be friends on facebook, look for me. send me a message and tell me who are you, though.
    thanks for reading.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 7, 2011

  18. Thanks for sharing. Does anyone know if a recording of his Singapore show from this tour circulates?

    By Liberty on Jul 8, 2011

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