July 12: Bob Dylan in Kristiansand, Norway 2014 (review & audios)

dylan krsand-2We “knew“ he had to play the standard” setlist tonight, but he took us by surprise yet again. This might mean that  a new standard setlist is busy being born. Only two changes from the Stavern show; Watching the River Flow opens (Most Likely You Go.. opened @ Stavern) and Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum replaced “Blind Willie McTell” at #11.

It was a wonderful evening @ Bendiksbukta, great area, not too much people & good festival logistics. All these things were bad at Stavernfestivalen. But most important off course; the show was in a different league. Almost every song performance was better than last shows performances, even the brilliant Stavern-version of “Girl From The North Country” was slightly better @ Bendiksbukta.

Also check out:

Shelter From The Storm:

Ratings of every song below.


  • Bob Dylan – piano, harp
  • Tony Garnier – bass
  • George Recile – drums
  • Stu Kimball – rhythm guitar
  • Charlie Sexton on lead guitar
  • Donnie Herron – banjo, electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel


Setlist & our thoughts:

Song Egil’s thoughts Hallgeir
1 Watching The River Flow 3/6. I was totally convinced that we were gonna get “Things Have Changed”, so this was a real surprise indeed. Fast, a bit rusty & OK vocal.  4/6
2 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right 4/6. Better vocal performance than @ Stavern, better playing by the band as well. Solid version of a song with much higher potential (This could grow into a “North Country” performance down the road somewhere)  5/6
3 Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues 5/6. Again a nice Tom Thumb. a bit tighter & better Vocal than @ Stavern.  5/6
4 To Ramona 4/6. Way better performance than Stavern, but the closing harmonica solo was disappointing.  4/6
5 The Levee’s Gonna Break 5/6. Dylan sits back (OK Vocal) and lets the band (especially Charlie Sexton) shine on this hard shuffleblues.  5/6
6 Shelter From The Storm 5/6. Another solid Shelter, again (as yesterday) ->nice harmonica and some wonderful vocal.  6/6
7 Cry A While 4/6. Another song were Sexton is allowed to shine. Solid stuff, OK Vocal.  4/6
8 Girl Of The North Country 6/6. FANTASTIC again. Could someone PLEASE upload a video with great sound on youtube ? Is that too much to ask ?
(audio version embedded further down in this post)
9 Summer Days 4/6. Solid & very much like the Stavern performance.  4/6
10 Desolation Row 5/6. Better & tighter band and better vocal than Stavern. Nice harmonica solo… and interesting piano parts from our man 🙂  5/6
11 Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum 3/6. OK band, OK Vocal… This one didn’t really fly. We would rather have Blind Willie anytime.  5/6
12 Lonesome Day Blues 5/6. Dylan let’s his band shine again. Two great guitar solos from Sexton.  5/6
13 A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall 5/6. Way much better than the lousy Stavern performance. Good (sometimes GREAT) vocal.  5/6
14 Thunder On The Mountain 5/6. Another band song. both Sexton & Kimball gets a couple of nods.. great solos from both of them. Good Vocal. 5/6
15 Ballad Of A Thin Man 5/6. Good & sometimes GREAT vocal. Nice harmonica solos (but a bit weaker than at Stavern). Solid band performance.  6/6
16 All Along The Watchtower 3/6. Bad vocal (too much mumbling), OK band.  5/6

Girl From The North Country:

Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum:

dylan krsand-1-Egil & Hallgeir

4 thoughts on “July 12: Bob Dylan in Kristiansand, Norway 2014 (review & audios)”

  1. Thank you for these reviews of Bob Dylan in Norway! I’m attending my first ever concert with him in the next few days. I wonder which setlist they will use then… Surely there will be some sort of surprise. And can I perhaps ask your advice on how to get close to the stage, how long before the concert should I be there?

    1. You probably don’t need to be early to get close to the stage, just move along the wings & not in the middle when approaching.
      This could vary from show to show off course, and in Kristiansand you could close up even during the concert.

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