15 January 1974
- Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar, harmonica)
- Robbie Robertson (guitar)
- Garth Hudson (organ & piano)
- Richard Manual (keyboards)
- Rick Danko (bass)
- Levon Helm (drums)
“I was just sitting outside my house one day thinking about a name for this tour, when all of a sudden, I looked into the sky and I heard a boom! Then, boom, boom, boom, boom, rolling from west to east. So I figured that should be the name.”
– Bob Dylan
This is my favorite of Bob Dylan’s bootleg series, and one of the best live albums ever released.
The Rolling Thunder Revue was a concert tour Bob Dylan with a traveling caravan of notable musicians, including Joan Baez,Roger McGuinn, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Bob Neuwirth assembled the backing musicians, including T-Bone Burnett, Mick Ronson, David Mansfield, Steven Soles, and from the Desire sessions, violinist Scarlet Rivera, bassist Rob Stoner, and drummer Howie Wyeth. The tour included 57 concerts in two legs—the first in the American northeast and Canada in the fall of 1975, and the second in the American south and southwest in the spring of 1976.
All things considered, this set stands as one of the all time great musical releases. Yes, that includes legitimate Label releases as well. Dylan and CBS have truly missed the mark here by not giving a thumbs up to this shows full release.
bobsboots.com -> read more here
The concert was professionally recorded & Columbia was planning a release in
December 1963.. rather late 64 or early 65 (check out comment from Peter Stone Brown), but they did not put it out.
We (Egil & I) saw Bob Dylan two times on this leg of the tour (Stavern and Kristiansand), Stavern was good and Kristiansand was great. This show from Gothenburg, Sweden is close to the Kristiansand show in atmosphere and performance. It has a guitar-heavy feel just like the two shows we attended. The boot has a very good sound.
Bob Dylan – piano, harp
Tony Garnier – bass
George Recile – drums
Stu Kimball – rhythm guitar
Charlie Sexton on lead guitar
Donnie Herron – electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel
“Rain stopped when Bob and his band entered the outdoor stage in Gothenburg. So did most expectations about the set list. There we go again Bobby. Tonight every song – but the encores – was different from last night and that was certainly not expected as things have been pretty constant on this tour. Opening act with Watch The River Flow gave the atmosphere for the whole evening – Dylan singing and playing the grand piano. He in fact parked behind this instrument most of the time. The Levee´s Gonna Break a few songs later gave a hell of a fire as the band rocked and swinged ultimately. Next: Shelter From The Storm with Bob center stage just singing and for a while pleasing the crowed with a small harmonica solo. He also performed Girl From The North Country solo center stage with a remarkably fine voice. Then back behind the grand piano, hammering, exercising a good swing-swing version of Summer Days. The set list wash´t expected but a great concert was performed. Though some local Gothenburg journalist had another view, seems like she´s been to another show actually. But I was enjoying it as much as ever. Standing by since Bob´s Swedish live debut, Stockholm 1966. Wow Bob, you´ll be back in a while? Stopping the rain!”
Highlights: Don’t think twice it’s all right, Girl from the North Country, Shelter from the storm were best, but the other are not far behind, this was a very good concert! Just like tom Thumb’s Blues and Ballad of a Thin Man are terrific also, and so are To Ramona, well, now you know that I like this concert a lot 🙂
Other entries in this series:
My Favourite Bob Dylan bootleg from 1962: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan Outtakes
My Favourite Bob Dylan bootleg from 1969: The Dylan / Cash Sessions
My favourite Bob Dylan bootleg from 2011: Funen Village Denmark June 27
My Favourite Bob Dylan bootleg from 2012: The Day of Wine and Roses, Barolo, Italy July 16
The highlight, a stunning Girl from the North Country:
The Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead 1987 Tour was a concert tour by Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead taking place in the summer of 1987 and consisting of six concerts. Each concert began with a lengthy set by the Grateful Dead of their own material (sometime broken into a first and second set, per the Dead’s own practice), followed by a roughly 90 minute set of the Dead acting as Dylan’s backup band. The Dead had long performed many Dylan songs in their own concerts, so they were well-versed in Dylan’s repertoire.
“Dylan repainted his masterpieces. “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” and “Ballad of a Thin Man” sputtered at first, but when Dylan and the Dead found the groove, the music soared. Whether prompted by a swirl from Brent’s organ, a bomb from Phil’s bass, or Bob Weir’s physical exuberance, Dylan found new paths to the soul of his creations. Watching the legends teeter towards disaster without a safety net made the ensuing crescendos more exhilarating.”
– Howard Weiner (Live for Live music)
Reviewer, “ing” at The Internet Archive:
“I was there and…
… listening back to this I think it is even better than I remember! The crowd was amped up. No doubt it was a lot of the newbie Touch of Grey fanbase there but it was an event and the energy fo the event was palpable (heh, running in from the gate, I tripped and fell and for a moment I looked up at the stampeding herd coming toward me and envisioned another Cleveland (The Who) happening (with me as the victim!)so I got up SO quick and hobbled toward the stage with my twisted ankle still smarting and laces still untied… but ultimately getting a fairly good spot not too far from the stage.
But LISTEN to this show… the band is pretty well on and the drums are particularly quite tight, something that I found annoying in many of the mid 80s shows (the loose drumming thing the guys seemed into most of the time). Jerry is singing pretty well and quite passionately, even getting some good crowd response (check out the Dew!). Jerry’s playing is really sweet. And: Pedal Steel! Need I say more? As to them playing rushed as some have said, I think it is more that they are playing tight… they aren’t as wasted… maybe they had to keep their heads together given the size of the crowd but I didn’t get the sense the show was rushed… it was a fun day.
And for the record, i have to say that I disagree with most people about not liking the whole Dylan and the Dead combo. I thought it was a great concept. Sure, it was a little thrown together due to their schedules and various habits said powers-that-be may have been battling at the time… But — hey that was part of what they were doing then and ultimately it was all about a sense of spontaneity and lighthearted fun and just putting it out there…”
Setlist (Missing first three songs):