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Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Rolling Thunder Revue, 1975) – excerpt from Renaldo and Clara

The sound of the The Rolling Thunder Revue band in 1975 is magical. I love David Mansfield’s pedal steel playing, Howie Wyeth’s drumming, Rob Stoner’s bass playing, Scarlet Rivera’s violin playing and face paint – better said there’s nothing I don’t like about it. Mick Ronson (RIP) also played a huge part in this band and we will not forget him.

Regardless of what you hear Renaldo and Clara is a must watch and you gotta sit through the whole thing. Smoke a joint, have a glass of wine or a beer – whatever relaxes you, and just get into it. It does go for a long time but it is well worth it.

I think the RTR versions of this song are pretty good and I love it when the band builds it down at 2.22 and Mansfield, Rivera and Roger McGuinn play this great thing that you gotta hear to believe.
Speaking of McGuinn I think the two tours really took it out of him, but I think it would take it out of anyone. Lots of drugs and heavy drink keep you up and throw you down.

Was anyone lucky enough to see one of these shows in 1975?


Bob Dylan Hurricane – Live at John Hammond Tribute on the 10th of September 1975

The occasion was a tribute to John Hammond who retired from Columbia Records the same year. As you may know, John Hammond was the man who signed Bob Dylan to Columbia in 1962.

This is a very special performance from Dylan and 3 band members Scarlet Rivera on violin, Rob Stoner on bass and Howie Wyeth on drums. They toured with Dylan in 1975 as part of the Rolling Thunder Revue. The tour began the following month after this performance. Dylan’s voice is awesome in this period bearing some gruff and tenderness. At this stage Bob is starting to really wave his voice around and if you listen to the album ‘Street Legal’ recorded in 1978 you’ll hear a transformation in his singing that began in the mid 70s. Bob Dylan just keeps on progressing if you ask me

The band is highly dynamic with Howie Wyeth keeping a tight beat and Scarlet Rivera playing gypsy style violin. Rob Stoner is a fantastic bass player who seems to be able to do anything. Rob and Howie were an established rhythm section before they played with Dylan.

I am posting two versions of this video. This one has better sound quality but the synchronization is not as good between the audio and video.

And here is the other one which is still good!

Some things I hand picked from Amazon related to this video. Hover over the links for picture and description. Let me know if this doesn’t work for you.

Bob Dylan Live 1975 (The Bootleg Series Volume 5) CD

On the Road With Bob Dylan by Larry Sloman and Kinky Friedman

Rolling Thunder Logbook by Sam Shepard

Desire CD (1975)

To learn more about Dylan in 1975 and The Rolling Thunder Revue refer to the post – One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)- 1975 https://dylantube.wordpress.com/2008/10/08/one-more-cup-of-coffee-valley-below-1975/