August 21: Bob Dylan Portland, Oregon 1990 (audio)


..they were terrific, spectacularly good… superb!
… Most of all, I think, the wondrous music this team is creating at this show is a reflection of the mind-state of the singer/rhythm guitarist/bandleader/harmonica player – Bob Dylan, the author of this magnificent work of accidental art, this recording which stops time and leaves me as a listener breathless and thrilled, over and over again.
-Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performance Artist 1986-1990 And Beyond)

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Portland, Oregon
21 August 1990

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G. E. Smith (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)
  • Steve Bruton (guitar)

happen.” In the case of Portland ‘90, this moment is not one song but a sequence of songs: the unforgettable first electric set of “Subterranean Homesick Blues”/”I Want You”/”You’re a Big Girl Now”/”Masters of War”/”I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”/”otta Serve Somebody.” The “moment” in which Dylan and his collaborators succeed in stopping time is also the entire concert, every song including the twelve that follow the six just named (a four-song acoustic band set, a second six-song electric set, and two encores).
-Paul Williams

  1. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  2. I Want You
    “I Want You” sounds terrific from the get-go, multiple guitars playing the evocative and recognizable opening notes of the song with keyboard richness against a bright and easy rhythm backup..”
    –Paul Williams

  3. You’re A Big Girl Now
  4. Masters Of War
  5. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
  6. Gotta Serve Somebody
  7. John Brown
  8. Song To Woody
  9. Lakes Of Pontchartrain (trad.)
  10. It Ain’t Me, Babe
  11. Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
  12. All Along The Watchtower
  13. I’ll Remember You
  14. What Good Am I?
  15. In The Garden
  16. Like A Rolling Stone
  17.  Blowin’ In The Wind
  18. Highway 61 Revisited


One thought on “August 21: Bob Dylan Portland, Oregon 1990 (audio)”

  1. My comment got lost . Briefly , to rewrite I love the words Bob said to another musician that he can say what’s going on in the world and so could a lot of other singers ( I think he means anyone with a big audience ). The world is full of towns so full of druggies , lost people and many more who need the Lord. But the powers that be ( politicians ) aren’t going to help direct anyone to Jesus !
    They are too busy trying to prove they are gods ! The greatest words Bobby ever spoke ! I believe Bobby was put here by God for to be a musician and be so famous that he could reach the world better than any evangelist on tv . Bob is the man! ( I stole last line from Jack Frost )

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