Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by EC3970, Nov 27, 2002.
Here's a review, anyone get this yet?
I picked this one up yesterday and I've been able to breeze through the first disc. Although I'm not a serious Dylan fan, I couldn't resist this one for $14.99. So far, I think it's great. Very nice sound and the song selection and performance is very refreshing for me. I think this is a nice one even for a casual fan.
Thanks for the review link.
I picked it up last night and listened to it all the way through. I enjoyed it all the way through. I didn't expect it to be that good. It is especially worthwhile to pick up while the DVD is included (2 videos 1 music only).
Live 1975 is amazing, easily up there in a class with Live 1966. Great, energetic performances of totally reinvented material. The idea that we are going to continue to get 'new' Dylan albums that stand alongside Blonde on Blonde, Highway 61, etc., as these Bootleg Series releases do, is just wonderful.
I read at Rollingstone.com that the next release in Sony's series will be the Philharmonic Hall NYC Oct. 31 1964 solo acoustic show. This is an incredible performance, and I hope Sony doesn't edit it to pieces for their release.
If Sony does their job correctly, this will be an an album that easily stands alongside Highway 61 and Blonde/Blonde...
This is confirmed in the liner notes to Live 1975 - says it is being released in 2003. Hopefully the series will continue at that pace - I would love to see at least one release per year....
I had the day off today and spent quite a bit of time listening to both the Dylan and McCartney live sets. While the Paul album is fun and fairly well-recorded (in a semi-muddy big arena rock kind of way), the contrast between the two is just amazing. Dylan just sounds on fire, and as inspired as humanly possible. On top of it, the recording is warm, rich, and intimate, with Dylan just roaring through the uptempo band material. While both sets are easily recommendable, the Dylan set totally has the X factor that is the difference between a professional live album and an essential artistic statement. After hearing the "Desire" material here, I can't imagine going back to the studio album, which now sounds half-baked in comparison. Similarly, the reinventions of the 60's chestnuts are fully realized - stuff like The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll just sounds so absolutely 'right'.
I can't wait to get this one..........
Is this a possible SACD candidate in the near future?
I am of very mixed opinion on this...
The sound on these discs is wonderful.
Disc 2 is a gem. It only gets better from It's All Over Now Baby Blue to Knockin' on Heaven's Door. The band is tight and Dylan's voice is great.
Disc 1 is problematic for me. I was never a big fan of the 70's rushed, shouted versions of the 60's songs (alla the "Hard Rain" Album and various boots). The first disc starts with these vocalizations. I can barely listen to Romance in Durango and Isis (never a big fan of that album). Don't like the lyrics on this version of Simple Twist of Fate. However, the disc ends with some wonderful duets with Joan Baez.
I will probably listen to it a dozen more times over the next few days and hope Disc 1 grows on me
This is a VERY enjoyable album. Any Dylan experts out there know if any songs performed by Dylan at these shows were left off the official album? (And if so, which ones?)
The liner notes say that "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and "The Times They Are a Changing" were performed at some Rolling Thunder shows (although I don't know for sure whether they were done at any of the shows that were professionally recorded. I know that a lot of Rolling Thunder material was compiled on a bootleg CD released many years ago on the Great Dane label. I'm sure there must be a few tracks on that set that aren't on the "official" bootleg.
By the way, am I the only person who wishes they'd reissue the Royal Albert Hall set with a bonus DVD containing performance footage from Eat the Document?
Here are some of my suggestions for future volumes of the bootleg series:
1. The Complete Basement Tapes.
2. The Complete Publishing Demos.
3. Live at the Isle of Wight 1969.
4. A complete solo acoustic concert from the Spring 1965 UK tour.
All the 1975 RTR concerts opened with "When I Paint My Masterpiece." "The Times They Are A-Changin'" was often performed as the first song after intermission. Every concert closed with everyone in the group performing "This Land Is Your Land."
Personally, I never liked the 1975 performances of these songs, so I don't miss them a bit.
The CD release isn't set up in concert order. The Dylan and Dylan/Baez portion would be about 90-95 minutes, which is too much for one CD and not enough for two. So Dylan opted to release more songs than would be in a concert: More solo, more duets with Baez, and more with the group.
Here are the songs (alphabetically) he did during the tour that are not on the new release:
Dark As A Dungeon (duet)
I Don't Believe You (solo)
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine (duet)
4th Time Around (solo)
It's Alright, Ma (solo)
Never Let Me Go (duet)
This Land Is Your Land
The Times They Are A-Changin' (duet)
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Wild Mountain Thyme (duet)
With God On Our Side (solo)
Thanks for the info!
Good information. The Dylan Live 1975 CD ends with Knockin' On Heaven's Door with Roger McGuinn playing and taking lead vocal on a verse. The CD booklet mentions a "blistering version of Chestnut Mare" performed by McGuinn that is NOT included on the CD itself (too bad). Do you know of other tunes that McGuinn may have done on this tour?
McGuinn did Eight Miles High quite a lot too.
As Mick says, there was Eight Miles High as well. It and Chestnut Mare (and some of Knockin' on Heaven's Door) were all that McGuinn did in 1975.
In the 1976 leg, which went for a month in April and May, McGuinn had an expanded set of 4 songs, maybe 5 or 6.
I agree that Dylan is shouting the lyrics, particularly on Disc 1. I don't care for his delivery either. But I've always been a fan of Hard Rain precisely because of the passionate, tortured quality of the vocals on those performances. Listen closely for the difference. Rushed they ain't, that's for sure. He draws out every syllable and emotion. In addition, you can't top the record-closing performance of Idiot Wind that blows the studio version away with its over the top misanthropy. If only they'd done a better job of mixing and mastering it. I say don't believe the hype on this new release, even though it's a must for Dylanophiles.
Thanks, I'll have to pick that one up...
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