If you watched ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’ from this same show you might be thinking – this must have been great show. I am only hearing the performances for the first time now and there is something funny about the way Bob Dylan is delivering the songs.
Perhaps that was the kind of performances he was giving around the time. If you ask me I think he still felt bitter about the hippies cramping his style back in the 60s and is giving a ‘fuck you woodstock’ kind of delivery.
Maybe he regretted not playing at the original Woodstock and he was trying to make up for it.
Here is a Great version of Don’t Think Twice to my ears. I didn’t know how they were going to lift the song off the ground at first but they soon enough sorted out a rockin’ groove – pretty fast too. It wears me out just thinking about playing the double bass like Tony Garnier in a song like this. Great band.
I’ve been meaning to post this one for a while now and I could never forget it. I rate this performance very high.
I don’t even know the date or venue but my guess would be some time in 1998 about mid-year. If anyone knows the date and venue of this show, please let me know!
The band would have been:
David Kemper – Drums
Tony Garnier – Bass
Bucky Baxter – Pedal Steel
Larry Campbell – Guitar
This is only the second version of this song I’ve heard. Post sixties of course. Did he do it much in the early 60s?
Anyway, the first version I heard was from a copy of the ‘Mercury Lounge’ show in Melbourne, 1998. I’m pretty sure there weren’t a huge amount of seats sold and many would have been reserved. Was/is the ‘Mercury Lounge a part of Melbourne’s Crown Casino. Don’t know and I don’t really care – they played an awesome show.
What I care about is the way Dylan uses his voice in this period of his career – particularly 1997-1998. To me the melody lines and phrasing patterns Bob uses vocally are very sound and executed, delivered brilliantly.The chord progression is beautiful in this version of the age-old song Pretty Peggy-O, which would go by many a’name as well. The song is elegantly performed by Bob Dylan and his band.
I know this isn’t a video but I thought it would be worth it to show y’all.
The song is called ‘Street Rock’ and features Bob Dylan first up, rapping for a verse and leaving the rest to Kurtis Blow until he raps a little more at 6 minutes, 12 seconds.
I think Bob does a real good job of it. Dylan would have been a huge influence to rappers and I’m sure Bob himself would have been influenced by rap when he changed his approach on doing songs in 1987. What do you think about that?
“Ladies and Gentlemen, I’ve got an important announcement to make. I wanna introduce one of the.. great talents of the 20th century actually. The one and only, Paul Simon.” . Paul Simon comes out and I’m sure noone would know what to expect.
Relax in your chair and enjoy this wonderful version of ‘Sound of Silence”. The camera work is excellent as is the sound. The song begins with a slow musical intro; The beautiful melody of the classic song. Dylan and Simon honing in on each other having a musical conversation with their guitars.
Singing with Bob Dylan would not be the easiest thing and you have probably heard evidence. This time Bob closely follows Simon and provides at times well timed backup vocals using good notes. For the better part of the song Simon’s and Dylan’s eyes are locked in together allowing them to work in harmony.
After the first verse the pedal steel and drums kick in – David Kemper and Larry Campbell are fantastic players. If you have read previous posts on DylanTube you would know I love Larry Campbell’s steel playing. He makes that four-legged guitar cry.
After the 2nd verse Bob walks over to his amp and picks up one of his harmonicas and plays some strong lines full of emotion.