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Bob Dylan performing ‘Pretty Peggy-O’

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.

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez performing With God On Our Side on Peace Sunday, June the 6th, 1982

It is always a great thing to see the King and Queen of Folk music get up on stage and sing together.

Most of us have seen Bob and Joan sing this classic song in the early sixties and mid seventies and it is good to see them up on stage together more recently – even though it was about 26 years ago. Apparantly their last live public performance together was in 1984 which is a shame. I would love to see them do some duets together today as I think she would be one person that would keep Dylan on his toes.

What do you think of the jacket Bob wears in this video? I think it looks cool as snow. Bob looks in particulary good shape here probably due to being more sensible with his lifestyle?
Joan sort of looks like a school teacher singing a song to her young students. I think this performance is a good one anyway – What do you think?

Man of Constant Sorrow live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK on Sunday the 4th of April, 1990

Bob’s vocals blow me out on this performance. Whenever I think I know what his vocal range was for a certain time period, I’m always proved wrong by the man Himself. I really enjoy this song which was first released on Bob’s first album – ‘Bob Dylan’

Love Minus Zero Over No Limit Live in Prague 1994

Love Minus Zero/No Limit often allows bob to sing and play with uttermost tenderness and passion.
I never got to see any mid 90s shows and I wish I could of because Bob was in good spirits from 93-95 and he had a great band. I don’t want to take anything from any other years (especially the early 90s acoustic stuff)  – I just think these three years are very special. The MTV Unplugged performance is an example of how focused Bob was in these times. World Gone Wrong also features intricute vocals and guitar work by Dylan.
My favorite thing about this version is the amount of time Bob hangs on the end of each line and the space in between them. I hope you thoroughly enjoy this!

Love Minus Zero/No Limit was first released on Bringing It All Back Home in 1965. This is Bob’s first electric album and is a must have!

Shooting Star – live in Indiana,PA on the 22nd of April, 1997

This is a great video all around. Great camera work and audio/visual quality and great performace from Bob and his band. I love the spacing in between lines in this version. It makes the song longer which is good because it’s a good one.
Bob plays great lead solos and his guitar his high up in the mix sounding real cool while Bucky Baxter is sliding in on the pedal steel. I think as good as Larry Campbell would have already been I’m sure he would of had Bucky Baxter in his head when he took over the pedal steel in 1998.
This song is really a well written and beautiful song which was originally realeased on the album Oh Mercy in 1989. You can buy Oh Mercy from Amazon and also Time out of Mind which was released in the year of this performance.

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Oh Mercy

Time out of Mind

Big River (Johnny Cash cover) – Live in Baltimore, Maryland November the 8th, 1999

This one is a video of Bob covering the great Johnny Cash song ‘Big River’. In my humble opinion this is fantastic audience footage. Whoever shot this must have been very happy with this. Bob is having a good time playing great sounding guitar and even does a lead solo.

The Essential Johnny Cash (CD)

Time Out Of Mind (1997) CD

Folsom Prison Blues – Live at New Haven, CT 10/11/1999

Great footage of Dylan covering Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues in New Haven, CT. The band is playing rock and roll sun studios style. Just cool as ice. The stage and curtains look sharp. As do the suits.

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