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July 15: My Favourite Bob Dylan bootleg 2014 – Gothenburg Sweden


My Favourite Bob Dylan bootleg 2014: Gothenburg Sweden July 15

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

Review by Anders Tidström (via Boblinks)

“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:

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July 12: Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan 1987 (concert)

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Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan July 12 1987 (full concert)

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)

Audio files for download or listening are over at The Internet Archive.

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):

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Classic concert: Joni Mitchell at the BBC 1970

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This is a real gem for Joni Mitchell fans, this is the holy grail of concert clip from the earlier part of her career , BBC In Concert  from 1970. We get an intimate performance shot in front of a quiet audience.

It was taped at the BBC Television Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, Sept 3rd. and broadcast Oct 9th.


Joni Mitchell  is at the top of her game here, she gives a very special performance, many consider this one of her finest early performances, with her soprano in California taking my breath away. Thank God for the British Broadcasting Company that recorded all these wonderful concerts.

This is as good as it gets.

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November 1: MTV Unplugged Live in NY by Nirvana was released in 1994

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This is not easy listening, it’s uneasy listening!

MTV Unplugged in New York is a live album by the American rock band Nirvana. It features an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993 for the television series MTV Unplugged. The show was directed by Beth McCarthy and first aired on the cable television network MTV on December 14, 1993. As opposed to traditional practice on the television series, Nirvana played a set list composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Meat Puppets (during which they were joined by two members of the group onstage) and Lead Belly.

Rolling Stone ranked MTV Unplugged in New York at #311 in its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”

The album start with About a Girl:

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August 21: Rolling Stones played at Knebworth 1976

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August 21: Rolling Stones played at Knebworth 1976

The Rolling Stones ended their European tour in 1976 at the third Knebworth festival August 21. It was filmed and has been heavily bootlegged. The picture quality is so and so, but the sound is terrific.

As the lights went up, Jagger stepped forward, “Thanks for waiting . . . ” and suddenly they were into “Satisfaction” – the anthem of mid-Sixties disaffection and anger. Jagger set off on a martial strut down the curving tongue, left arm outstretched, body bending and twisting from the waist, lights playing on a blue leather jacket, green pants and flashing off his rhinestone-studded vest and diamanté armlets; a long multicolored silken scarf around his neck, and on his head a silver tinsel contraption – a mockery of a crown – which he dispatched to the side of the stage almost immediately.
– Rolling Stone Magazine (great article)
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