10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2001
As a life-long Dylan fan I knew that this album was legendary, but as it had only ever been available as a true bootleg I never found a copy of any quality. Now it's here and boy was it worth the wait! It is all and more than the legend said. Dylan is between the folk and rock worlds and is staking his future in the latter, but the audience really aren't sure. With a clarity that defies the lapse of decades, it captures a moment when rock musicians and audiences alike were struggling over the future role of rock and popular music in contemporary culture. It also contains some of the most urgent and incendiary rock music ever made.
Dylan almost torments the audience with the first set, which is sang in poetic folk style, but the choice of songs is straight from his amphetamine fueled imagination as opposed to honest protest singer. Then following this unsettling session the poor audience are hammered with the electric session; rock 'n' roll so fierce and dangerous that it makes contemporary hits by the Rolling Stones sound like cosy pop - more like Herman's hermits than The Beatles' evil twin.
The whole album is simply exhilarating and I cannot recommend it more strongly.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2009
If you believe that this CD is recoded at the 'Royal Albert Hall' London, as the title suggests, and not somewhere up north like Manchester, then think about it kid, but don't ask no Free Trader.
If you think Bob sold out to rock music in 1966 and cheated on his fans - one of which shouted Bob down quoting a character from the Bible, then think about it kid, but don't ask no Judas.
If, like me, you like Bob's live, improvised interpretations of his songs, then think, but don't ask no interpreter.
If you want to own a piece of 'Rock and Roll' history captured on a well recorded CD, then don't think, buy it kid, but don't ask no well.