September 14, 2011 – 5:38 pm

After screaming and hollering with the Band on tour in ‘74, Dylan decided to form a troupe to let some of the others sing a song.

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Out On The Road [The Godfather Records GR646, 1CD]

Tracks 01-09: Live in Lowell, Massachusetts, Technical University, November 2, 1975. Tracks 10-14: Live At The Forum De Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, December 4,1975. Ex Soundboard recordings. Released May 5, 2011.

Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Review in 1975 is counted among the greatest rock tours of all time for the level of musicanship and creativity. It was also one of the fullest expression of the Beat ethos in Dylan’s music and art, a triumph of spontaneity over calculation and, what is important for Dylan, following the muse.

And one of the important characteristics of Beat philosophy is idiosyncrasy, which most definitely applies to the RTR. For example, it is idiosyncratic that, instead of playing the hits off his latest album Blood On The Tracks, unreleased songs such as “Romance In Durango” and “Isis” have most playing time. And, instead of carefully planning the tour, they instead chose more obscure venues with very little publicity.

Very early in the tour the RTR visited Lowell, Massachusetts, the hometown and burial place for Jack Kerouac, the author of On The Road and the one who coined the phrase “Beat.” Several years ago the non-Dylan portion of the show surfaced on soundboard and recently the first two (out of three) Dylan sets surfaced in excellent quality.

The first five songs are Dylan’s first set. According to Scarlet Rivera, Dylan wore a mask during “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and tore it off during “It Ain’t Me, Babe” for the harmonica solo. The recording is very clear and there is almost no crowd noise in the mix. It sounds like a very small venue played before a quiet audience. The band themselves are slightly tentative, sounding as if they need to get to know the arrangements and themselves better.

…The two defining tunes of the ‘75 RTR are “Romance In Durango” and “Isis.” Perhaps for their sheer absurdity, they both also have the most striking narrative images. At this early stage they are played close to the studio recordings on Desire but would change by the end of the tour. Rivera would take a more prominent role in the former, and “Isis” would become one of the heaviest songs known to mankind by the time they played in Montreal.

…The Montreal fragment is included to pad out the disc and provide an interesting contrast. It is one of Dylan’s most famous concerts due to it being filmed and released in the movie Renaldo And Clara. The songs are the first five of his first set presented in excellent quality.

The sharpness and aggression after being on the road for a month is obvious in the way Dylan attacks the words with all his force. The band have also jelled into a tight unit, playing with none of the tentativeness in Lowell. Of note are the amazing performances of “The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll” and “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” (the song whose lyrics named the tour).

…While this is a good collection of the Dylan fragments, both Lowell and Montreal’s non-Dylan portions have also surfaced and a release with the entire revue would have been a nice touch. It would also have captured the vagabond beat spirit of the times to hear the other artists. Nevertheless, this is a good title worth having. - gsparaco at collectorsmusicreviews.com

Professor Red’s notes: This is ear-splitting loud, which is common with Godfather releases. Notice Dylan is screaming on the faster tracks. Should anyone invent a time machine, someone should travel back to tell him to chill. With the concert noise and Godfather’s too-hot mastering, you’d think they invented hardcore back in ‘75.

Read gsparaco’s full review here.

You can find an earlier show here.
Live at War Memorial Auditorium, Oct 31, 1975.

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Track 01. When I Paint My Masterpiece (8.2MB)
Track 02. It Ain’t Me Babe (8.6MB)
Track 03. A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall (10.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 03. A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall (megaupload link)
Track 04. Romance In Durango (9.4MB)
Track 05. Isis (10.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 05. Isis (11.6MB)
Track 06. Blowin’ In The Wind (6.2MB)
Track 07. Never Let Me Go (6.0MB)
Track 08. Water Is Wide (7.7MB)
Track 09. I Shall Be Released (8.3MB)
(Tks 1-9 first time issued on bootleg CD)

Track 10. When I Paint My Masterpiece (6.8MB)
Track 11. It Ain’t Me Babe (8.8MB)
Track 12. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll (8.6MB)
13. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You - Omitted
14. A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall - Omitted

The omitted tracks can be found on The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue.

The official release of this tour consists of 2CDs from The Bootleg Series Vol 5. Unfortunately they are all tracks from various shows and not a complete concert. Buy it here.

  1. 12 Responses to “I SHALL BE UNLEASHED”

  2. Nice. Thanx alot!

    By Timmy on Sep 14, 2011

  3. For anyone interested in Rolling Thunder’s second leg of their tour from 1976, Big O has: BOB DYLAN Tales Of Thunder 1976 [no label, 2CD]
    Various live dates between April and May 1976. Very good soundboard. There is a version of an omitted track:
    Track 212. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall [F] (10.8MB) live at Fort Collins May 23, 1976 for you to hear. It is a good set.

    By 3yrsnojob on Sep 14, 2011

  4. all is good now BIGO..everything workin` fine..thanks for this one!

    By sluggo on Sep 14, 2011

  5. That ‘Tales Of Thunder 1976′ looks awesome. As ever, many thanks for all your work.

    By Mark W on Sep 15, 2011

  6. THANKS!

    By DC on Sep 15, 2011

  7. Thanks … Good one, nice set list and good that I can simply click on the covers and save them to print with UndercoverXP which makes them a perfect fit for the case. Thanks again.

    By Canute on Sep 16, 2011

  8. thanks for the post and sharing

    By Cowgill on Sep 17, 2011

  9. Thanks again for more brilliant music.Wow!


    By Chris on Sep 22, 2011

  10. Thanks for all the RT posts. Thanks to 3yrsnojob for the past references, which are excellent. I was also able to get what appear to be complete shows from Waterbury, CT (11-11-75) and Boston Music Hall (11-21-75) from the http://www. Also, Willard’s Wormholes (www.willardswormholes.com) has posted 16 discs of outtakes spanning Zim’s career. They are amazing and should be gobbled up immediately by rabid fans.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Sep 22, 2011

  11. Nice to have more from this show. Thanks

    By Matt on Nov 9, 2011

  12. Thank you very much!
    I love the mid 70s Dylan!

    By bob on Dec 1, 2011

  13. I Was There!!!

    By Charlie on Oct 19, 2012

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