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Before The Flood (2CD)

Bob Dylan, The Band, Bob Dylan & the Band Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (3 Jun 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000265DH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dylan has issued a large number of live albums in his day but 1974's Before the Flood deserves special mention because of the presence of the Band behind him. Dylan had recently brought the Band into the studio to record the chart-topping (yet still somehow under-appreciated) Planet Waves, which was the first (and, as it turned out, only) studio record he made after leaving Columbia for Asylum. He then asked them along on the subsequent tour, which at the time became the most successful rock tour in history. The fruits of that partnership are contained on this two-CD set, which actually ignores Planet Waves completely in favour of older classics. Although the album includes several strong collaborations, the highlights ironically come during Dylan's solo-acoustic portion, which yields powerful and gritty versions of "Don't Think Twice" and "It's Alright Ma" and during the Band's own exhilarating numbers with Dylan sitting out. --Marc Greilsamer

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A re-evaluation: Fantastic live album 3 Jun 2009
By J. H. Bretts VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album when it first came out in 1974 and played it endlessly. But this remastered CD gave me the opportunity to listen to it again for the first time in over twenty years. It is much better than I remembered it. The sound quality is great and the musicianship is warm and inspired.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eat your heart out Noah 6 Jan 2010
By Gizmophobic VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this in 1976, shortly after my introduction to Dylan's music through the Desire and Hard Rain albums. I hadn't yet trawled through his back catalogue so was perhaps less surprised than some by the versions here of songs written a decade earlier. I hadn't heard much of the Band either so was pleasantly surprised that their side of the then double LP more than justified its place. Incidentally although the album is drawn from more than one night it basically follows the format of the tour with joint set, Band set, Dylan solo set and again joint set.

I was also well into Dylan's powerful, almost punk, delivery on Hard Rain (see separate review) and I loved this from the first roar on Most likely you go your way, right through to the audience response to "..even the president of the United States sometimes has to stand naked." Watergate was only recent history back then and Bob was entitled to revel in the line he'd written back in 65'.

The album has an important context in Dylan's career. It was his first tour since the then infamous 66' shows, again with the Band, again excellent despite their rejection at the time by the narrow minded folkies-see the Scorcese documentary for examples of the, "he's shouting not singing" brigade. His personal life was again disintegrating and yet for all the history what we have is great art. I'd still give my eye teeth to have been at one of these shows. There is always the thought that the track selection could have included some of the less familiar selections. There are bootlegs around with 'Hazel', 'Hollis Brown', etc. but by all accounts the set list varied little.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not great 25 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
As a record of Dylan's 'Tour 74', this is a really good album, although the CD issue could have included a bit more music for the money.

There are some great versions here, but you have to like The Band's tough approach to the songs and the fact that Bob shouts a lot rather than sings, for example on Most Likely You'll Go Your Way, the set opener.

However, many songs benefit from this approach, particularly All Along the Watchtower, which gets a Hendrix inspired treatment. Predictably, the folkies get excited by the solo tracks, but I prefer the tracks with The Band.

The Band's own songs are enjoyable, but add little to the versions on Rock of Ages. There's one new song, Endless Highway, which is a nice surprise. The sound is solid and rich, but lacks some top-end and sounds pretty much the same as my old LPs.

The set makes an an interesting contrast to the Live 1966 'Albert Hall' concert, which featured the same musicians except Levon Helm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If you like Dylan but feel so-so about The Band's music, be warned: this is live concert material by Bob Dylan & The Band, not just by Bob Dylan. This record of the 1974 tour features no fewer than 7 numbers by The Band, with His Bobness absent from the stage.

Dylan's on-stage material here with The Band behind him definitely rocks, with a lot of energy. The sound quality on the 2009 re-master is very, very good and a noticeable improvement on previous releases in clarity and `warmth.'

Highlights: `Most likely you go your way', `All along the watchtower' and `Like a rolling stone' are outstanding, played with gusto and feeling and may be the best recorded versions of those songs available. Other numbers like `Knockin on Heaven's door' and `Lay lady lay' lose some of their sensitivity, with Dylan - perhaps conscious that his voice has to reach the back of a big stadium - almost shouting rather than singing the lines.

Overall verdict: good but not great, with some fine moments.

BTW if you've never seen Martin Scorsese's elegy to the late-60s-early-70s musical epoch `The Last Waltz,' it's worth checking out. The film is based around The Band's farewell concert on Thanksgiving Day 1976, features some truly sublime music intercut with revealing interview footage of Robbie Robertson and other Band members, plus a stellar supporting cast of other musicians - including Dylan. It's excellent, and you might have a greater appreciation of `Before the Flood' after watching it.
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Bob Dylans singing is a revelation, never more impassioned - along with his best backing band in full flow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite of mine. 1 Jun 2014
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One of the best live albums made. Hear Bob Dylan at his best. Studio albums can be refined but sometimes a little muted. Really love version of 'All along the Watchtower'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great live album. 6 Mar 2014
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Bob Dylan's live recordings are always a bit of a gamble, some tracks being great whilst others are quite average.

However this one is well above the average.

I really enjoyed it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Energy over the artistry 26 Sep 2013
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I found this an enjoyable listen for all the usual aspects of a live performance. Bob Dylan and the rest are obviously on a high, buoyed by the audience(s) . Still enjoyable, but I was also aware that there was a quieter and (cliché alert!) more nuanced version of the songs from a studio setting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stands the test of time
I bought this CD because my old record somehow, did not survive my last house move.

It is always difficult to compare a CD copy with the original record, a CD is always... Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Steedman
5.0 out of 5 stars dylan with the band are fantastic
If The Last Waltz is the best concert of The Band, this british performances of The Band with Bob Dylan are really the acustic evidence of a perfect team. Read more
Published 9 months ago by spectator
5.0 out of 5 stars APRES DYLAN....................... LA DELUGE
One of the truly great albums ever released. The band are the perfect co-conspirators and classics just flow. Read more
Published 17 months ago by goatsrant
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive
I had this on vinyl in 1978. I must have listened to "like a rolling stone" endlessly- it is the one version where dylan says "how does it feel" etc. like he really means it. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2012 by bellygod
3.0 out of 5 stars Before the Flood
Lots of energy and power, with Bob BELLOWING out the songs. Subtle it is not. But if you want a super-charged Seventies Dylan, this is worth hearing.
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by Dave Gilmour's cat
4.0 out of 5 stars best live album done
A surprisingly good live album with the Band. I don't normally enjoy any live albums but this is surprisingly good a vast improvement on Budo which must be the worst ever by him or... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by malmac
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music from the past
I found a used copy of this fantastic record on amazon. Since then I have listened to it several times.
Published on 5 Sep 2010 by Jens-Peter Fage
4.0 out of 5 stars High and dry
I bought this to replace the original cassette version that was stolen from my car. It is not the greatest album,hence the 4*, but it is a really good live album. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2010 by Mike
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