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Jokerman / Lay Lady Lay / All Along The Watchtower / Disease Of
Conceit / Tangled Up In Blue / Watching The River Flow / Mama You Bin
On My Mind / Masters Of War / Don’t Think Twice / Its Alright / God
Knows / I And I / Maggies Farm / Ballad Of A Thin Man / It Ain’t Me
This is mostly steady and clear view, but unfortunately as you can
see too dark. Add to that this is one of those experimental gigs he
refers to in “Chronicles” this night Bob has decided he would extend
and raise the notes at the end of each song. Shame it does not work!
Best avoid all in all.
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Gotta Serve Somebody / Man In The Long Black Coat / Cold Irons Bound /
Born In Time/ Can’t Wait / Silvio / Rank Strangers To Me / Desolation
Row / One Too Many Mornings/ Tangled Up In Blue / Make You Feel My
Love / Til I Fell In Love With You/ It Ain’t Me Babe / Love Sick /
Rainy Day Women / Blowin In The Wind
Four years have gone by, we’re in ’98 and a much better film this.
Bob’s in good form and quite relaxed, As you can see this one gets
close enough to be interesting and has a few unusual live songs for
flavour also. A bit of a mystery as to why this has not surfaced
sooner, but its here now, so go find it.
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Cold Irons Bound / If Dogs Run Free / Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way /
Make You Feel My Love / Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues / Seeing The Real
You At Last / Standing In The Doorway / Honest With Me / I Believe In
You / Forever Young / Summer Days / Like A Rolling Stone / All Along
The last film is from but a few months ago. This ones a bit
unsteady and part of the screen is usually blocked by the dreaded
heads. Fortunately, whilst they are often on the screen they are not
usually in front of our man but either side of him. It makes a
curiously pleasant framing. There aren’t so many films these days so I
would recommend this, though of course I cannot claim it’s a great
Now really that
should be it. But two other things are worth mentioning and they
are pretty opposite, Little and Large, Good and bad etcetera etcetera.
Lets go large first:
Those watchdog people have placed all the better known tv footage
together on 6, yes SIX DVD set called (here) Telecasts. It was a good
idea, the packaging is pleasing to the eye an all that, (though the
price is harder on the purse) The claims made of this (on the
packaging) and by those that have not seen it that it’s the best
source for all this stuff. So lets put the record straight here.
The bulk of this material is not new to dvd, and in many cases is
available in better quality elsewhere. The menu system is a nightmare.
It has simply been adapted from the Sony D300 standalone dvd recorder
menu. So what’s wrong with it? (1) The index sheets list the songs but
the videos list the dates. Whats more each song has separate listing
making very long menu’s up to 7-8 pages each dvd. If you select a song
it plays it and then returns you to the menu. You cannot simply start
playing partway thru. So if you watched Sat Nite Live 79 this way you
would have to go thru the menu 3 times, once for each song. If you use
the play all option there are sizeable disruptions between songs of
the same session. That’s if the session fits on a disc, in several
cases things are split over 2 dvds.
So with all the moaning why mention this here?? Because the set does
feature some entirely new material, and pretty essential it is two.
DISC ONE has two rather grainy outtakes from Don’t Look Back: Its All
Over Now Baby Blue and All I Really Wanna Do and both are great,
complete performances the last track on this disc and the first two on
DISC TWO give us the complete World Of John Hammond in great quality
(only 2 tracks circulated as good as this before). The recordings of
Nashville 78 and Sat Nite Live 79 are the best I have ever seen. You
can say the same about all of the ’84 footage on DISC THREE also. DISC
FOUR has the best Letterman Rehearsal footage you can get as is the
Tokyo 86 Raw footage, some of which is also new to circulate. Though
sadly DISCS FIVE & SIX offer nothing new, or improved. There is
certainly enough to warrant attention here, but what a shame that it
does not live up to the boast.
By contrast THROUGH THE YEARS LIVE is superb, ok its nothing new. A
compilation of various tracks, most with redubbed stereo sound. All
great audience films, with a terrific menu that not only gives the
lineage of each song but also shows you a sample of the song selected
in the menu. If you want a sample of the tours, look no further.
Now this the way DVDs should be made.