November 23, 2011 – 4:20 pm


Russell “Skip” Gildersleeve has passed away on September 17, 2013. He was 57. Among musicians, Skip was the guitar tech who had worked with Bob Seger, Rush and Steely Dan, among others. As a music fan, Skip had even reached out to other fans across the sea, generously offering music either for sharing or for personal listening (in instances where sharing was not possible). As a result, BigO readers benefiited whenever there was an Evil Dr Louie or Lincoln Park Mark offering to be shared - that’s Skip giving props to a place he loved.

We shall miss you Skip.

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Hamburg 2011 [Crystal Cat 983-84, 2CD]

Live at Stadtpark Freilichtbühne, Hamburg, Germany; June 26, 2011. Very good to excellent audience.

This is a companion release to the June 22 Milan show and should appeal to those who enjoyed the Milan show. And the setlist is different enough to warrant at least a listen.

Over at, Brian Steedman commented on the show:

Things Have Changed was magnificent - wonderful vamping voice and great expression and phrasing; the harmonica interludes were very atmospherically deep and ‘Yiddish-sounding’. I Don’t Believe You was a similar, superb treatment - great tender phrasing against a simple strummed backing with long line-ending notes. Beyond Here Lies Nothing drove along with gusto and, by now, we were hearing the crowd repeatedly add little whoops of appreciation at the subtleties of the interplay between band and voice.

Bob’s guitar up in the mix, Charlie was playing solid clever fills against lovely rhythm from Stu and back-bony bass from Tony. To Ramona was a crooners dream in waltz-time, with Bob daring his voice to let him down… it almost didn’t!! Then, Cold Iron’s Bound: the third centre-stage song, and a rocking stop-starting one, with leaping, echoing voice and lovely drumming from George…

I go from place to place dreaming unsuccessfully of a performance of Visions of Johanna and, when it finally came this time I had been so swept along by Highway 61 Revisited that I didn’t see it coming in its uncharacteristic arrangement. I am, of course, so grateful to hear it any way…

This brings me to Ballad of A Thin Man, which was a standout last year and is, if anything, even better now. Bob has got the gestures off well and the nuances he has developed in his singing and harp-playing are quite amazing; the crowd was, in fact amazed!! Like A Rolling Stone was the anthem singalong we all craved after that, and Bob wittily played ‘I bet you can’t keep in time with me’, and we couldn’t…

A GREAT concert… The band has grown, with Stu at last seeming to me to earn his fee and register involvement, Donnie and Charlie playing skilled, subtle, unflashy stuff, George was resonant and Bob drove the tempo with those weird organ licks… The audience was the last band member and rose to the occasion. Small and perfectly formed (apart from those who know who they are in the front row) it was generous and involved on a warm midsummer evening; Bob saw this, said it was good, and gave generously.

Click here to read the full review.

Once again, thanks to Lincoln Park Mark for sharing the tracks.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Disc 1
Intro (2.8MB)
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (6.6MB)
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (9.8MB)
Things Have Changed (9.0MB)
I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Have Never Met) (7.8MB)
Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ (7.6MB)
To Ramona (10.1MB)
Cold Irons Bound (10.0MB)
Tangled Up In Blue (10.1MB)
Summer Days (9.8MB)
Tryin’ To Get To Heaven (10.2MB)
Highway 61 Revisited (12.6MB)

Disc 2
Visions Of Johanna (15.3MB)
Thunder On The Mountain (14.9MB)
Ballad Of A Thin Man (14.6MB)
Like A Rolling Stone (12.9MB)
All Along The Watchtower (10.2MB)
Forever Young (14.3MB)

Volkspark, Mainz, Germany; June 25, 2011
Girl From The North Country (10.6MB)
The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carrol (13.4MB)
Desolation Row (18.3MB)

Marvin Sands PAC, Constellation Brands, Canandaigua, New York; August 9, 2011
Love Minus Zero/No Limit (9.6MB)
John Brown (11.7MB)
Blind Willie McTell (11.7MB)

Bob Dylan - vocals, keyboard, electric guitar
Charlie Sexton - lead guitars
Stu Kimball - rhythm guitars
Donnie Herron - pedal steel, violin, electric mandolin
Tony Garnier - bass, stand-up bass
George Recile - 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 here to order the album.


  2. While “The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings” deserves your recommendation above, it also features a nasty little bit of exploitation by Columbia Records. If you buy the box set (which is magnificent), you won’t get the mono “Positively 4th Street” unless you also buy “The Best of…”, duplicating all the other tracks. Why didn’t they add a bonus disc to the boxed set containing all his mono singles that didn’t appear on albums? There are several more that don’t appear in the reissue at all.

    By Rod Parkes on Nov 23, 2011

  3. Tremendous stuff! Thanks LPM for this terrific music. Does anyone have either of Bob’s gigs in Glasgow on 8 and 9 October at the Braehead Arena?

    cheers all.

    By Allan McFadyen on Nov 23, 2011

  4. Great stuff indeed..Both Scotland shows were terrific! Would ditto above remarks if anyone has the recordings.


    By dwkstur on Nov 24, 2011

  5. hey bigo, got all 24 tracks. it seemed to download pretty fast. will play walking. happy thanksgiving!


    By Ed Saad on Nov 24, 2011

  6. Thanks again … Good show and the additions from earlier are good too. Also … it is so good to be able to copy and paste the cover art without the hassle of the pdfs. Cheers.

    By Canute on Nov 25, 2011

  7. ed saaad….you’re a jerk and waste time.

    By JamWel on Nov 25, 2011

  8. Hey JamWod. Ed has as much right to post comments here as you. Today is Thanksgiving and you have nothing better to do today than hate. I think you’ve shown us all who is “a jerk and a waste of time.”
    Get a life.

    By Sking on Nov 25, 2011

  9. hey sking, i don’t think jamwel means me. as you know i do post on here regularly. i have supported this site for three years plus.

    if you notice the different spelling of saad. i didn’t post that comment. somebody else trying to be funny did. it’s not funny at all to me. i wouldn’t use the term “gas jockey” it’s racist. i keep my posts usually about music and for the most part, civilized, unless i am getting attacked like two months ago. it is an all time low on bigo. i have wrote them twice to remove it, and it is still up here.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 25, 2011

  10. Sad to see derogatory remarks on a music website. Has it come to a point where we need a moderator? I certainly hope not. Keep it cool folks and be thankful for the great music that is available. Peace to all.


    By Allan McFadyen on Nov 25, 2011

  11. Thanks, Allan; well put!
    We’ll do our best to monitor this one ourselves.
    Ed, I apologize on behalf of the rest of the fans and friends of Big O. Keep on posting.
    A. Gene Childe

    By Aging Child on Nov 25, 2011

  12. thanks allan and aging child. well it was removed finally, but it goes back to the summer when people would just complain about me posting so much and saying i’ve mad this site mine. then it escalated and got personal, and that post was never removed on the clapton 3 smiles shows, even though i asked bigo repeated times to remove it.

    all i am doing is showing my enthusiasm about music cause all of us are fans. now maybe sometimes i get off track but so what? i’m not bothering anybody. if people don’t like it, skip it. i don’t curse, and i don’t make personal attacks on people. i say happy thanksgiving and some jerk makes a reference about my brother who he doesn’t even know and calls him the above. it’s lame.

    bigo should redeem themselves and put up that lou reed/metallica cologne 11.11.11 cause that isn’t one they sell they could post it, nirvana and any other shows i have requested in the past.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 25, 2011

  13. To Rod Parkes,

    The “Bob Dylan-The Complete Mono Recordings” 9-CD box set comes with a code number to entitle the purchaser to a download of the complete box set plus “Positively 4th Street”…….so there is no “exploitation”(as you say) of people who bought the box set(and also want “Positively 4th Street”)

    By Philip Cohen on Nov 26, 2011

  14. Hey Ed, Keep posting brother.I enjoy your comments.

    By Bill H. on Nov 26, 2011

  15. thanks bill h!

    By Ed Saad on Nov 26, 2011

  16. keep post ed i read your comments while I`m walking.

    By hEaD SAlAD on Nov 26, 2011

  17. hello bigo,

    thank you very much for the presentation of this Dylan highlight - -

    greets Hausmeister

    By Hausmeister on Nov 27, 2011

  18. Hi all.
    On the subject of Sony’s Dylan Bootleg Series releases there is one gap that I hope to see them fill. An official release of the “Born Again” period would be gratefully received. Even if you don’t subscribe to the sentiments you have to admit that Bob is in fantastic musical form.
    Peace to all.

    By Allan McFadyen on Nov 27, 2011

  19. A perfect gift for my friend Marcus. Thanks! But I keep asking myself who wants to listen to this shattered voice again and again? It hurts to hear the sound of that voice and to realise that a whole generation of devoted fans soaks up every word from a man who is a shadow of his former self. The sixties are over. As a guy in his mid fifties I know that. Cheers Tony

    By tony lauber on Nov 30, 2011

  20. “…who wants to listen to this shattered voice…”?

    We’re all lucky to be alive at the same time as Dylan and witness his ongoing art. Can you say Shakespeare or Picasso? I knew you could, boys and girls.

    Thanks for uploading these shows. Great stuff.

    By JG on Dec 5, 2011

  21. To tony lauber:

    You ask: who wants to listen to this shattered voice again and again?

    I do. And I am not even close to alone. You can keep all the smooth-voiced singers in the world. Gimme a little rasp and a lot of quality and I’m happy.

    By rick on Jan 11, 2012

  22. Thanks for all the tributes to my dear friend Skip

    The one and only Evil Dr.Louie

    By luis Torregrosa on Sep 21, 2013

  23. Thanks again BigO…
    Love the things that you come up with! You have been so reliable for so long… we truly thank and appreciate your dedication and hard work!
    More Dylan and Beatles when you can…
    Best on ya!

    By BRUCE on Aug 17, 2016

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