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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 September 2014
Sure, this was released before, and this version only contains a couple of new songs. But this may be one of the best rock concerts of the past several decades. There is a stream of great musicians for more than three hours, with a few great songs by Dylan himself. This, and the Blu-Ray, remind us how important Dylan is.
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on 4 March 2014
In 1992 Bob Dylan was in a creative impasse, not a rut I hasten to add. His last album of written material, Under The Red Sky, was unjustly maligned and slated by critics who really didn't understand it. Song & Dance Man by Michael Gray highlights quite why this album was a hidden gem.

Bob, himself, had just come out of recording some electric folk music, some of which later appeared on Bootleg Series Vol 8, with David Bromberg. He had also recorded his first album of traditional material since circa 1970, and had written some songs that turned up on Michael Bolton, Danny O'Keefe, Gerry Goffin, and Willie Nelson albums. Bob's live gigs, at the time, could be notoriously hit-or-miss: a live concert from Stuttgart from 1991 was circulating amongst bootleggers as 'Name That Tune", amidst allegations that Bob was imbibing too much booze, and that his backing band wasn't up to much. Certainly, while Tony Garnier is still a mainstay of his backing band, the 1991/92 band never had the same impact as GE Smith, or much later, Larry Campbell, or Charlie Sexton.

So, what are we to make, after the renaissance of Time Out of Mind, Love & Theft, Modern Times, Tempest, Tell Tale Signs, an amazing memoir, Theme Time Radio Hour, and some ongoing great gigs, of this reissue ? With the exception of Sinead O'Connor's rehearsal of I Believe In You, Willie Nelson's What Was It You Wanted, Tom Petty's License to Kill, and, though not on this compilation, Booker T & The MG's Gotta Serve Somebody - it crops up on the Time is Tight 3cd box set - there's hardly anything post 1979.

Some of the covers are quite uninventive, i.e Johnny & June Carter-Cash hoe-downing through It Ain't Me Babe as if it were 1964 all over again. Bearing in mind Cash's Rick Rubin renaissance was 2 years' down the line, maybe Cash would have been better on his own, growling through Every Grain of Sand, or Saved's Are You Ready. Kris Kristofferson also falls into uninventive with I'll Be Your Baby, Tonight. However, what redeems this album is Willie Nelson on What Was It You Wanted. Willie later covered Gotta Serve Somebody on Moment of Forever, and Senor with Calexico on I'm Not There, and has revealed himself to be a great interpreter of Dylan.

Lou Reed's cover of Foot of Pride shows one great songwriter covering another: Lou was, apparently, overjoyed that Dylan wrote Brownsville Girl as a result of hearing Lou's Doin' The Things That We Want To. A debt repaid, and almost similar to Lou's great protest album, New York. George Harrison also surprises by covering Absolutely Sweet Marie, whereas you would expect him to take the easy option and return to If Not For You.

However, in a foreshadowing of the Transatlantic Sessions, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Roseanne Cash, and Shawn Colvin return to that Basement Tapes era folk/country sound with You Aint Going Nowhere, giving it also a delicious Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo flavouring too.
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on 25 April 2014
One of the best rock concerts ever. A fitting tribute by such a collection of respected artists to Bob D. I had the concert on tape some years ago, this made my day.
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on 10 February 2016
classic Dylan songs,no other artist in the world matches Dylan for lyrics and poetry.eric Clapton singing don't think twice its alright. was fantastic.neil young giving his all was a sight to see.the birds,singin the classic mr tambourine man.its a must to get this 30th anniversary concert.
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Ironic to think that this set - recorded in October 1992, was celebrating Dylan's 30th anniversary as a recording artist, and here we are in 2016, another quarter of a century plus later, and Dylan's just released a new album. Anyway, I bought both the deluxe vinyl and CD version of this set. I have reviewed the vinyl, and all I would like to add is that this album has an added poignancy when you consider that several of the performers - Richie Havens, Lou Reed, George Harrison, Johnny Cash, Johnny Winter, members of The Band - are now gone. And Dylan is still with us. Some great songs here - and the odd indifferent performance, but overall a worthy celebration of Dylan's enduring talent.
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on 5 May 2016
Fantastic concert. The music is brilliant and a dvd or blue ray adds atmosphere to the whole thing.
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on 23 July 2014
Good to have this available to relive a fantastic concert & event
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on 15 October 2015
Rather lame efforts by the artists
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on 30 October 2016
EXCELLENT CD
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on 23 April 2015
Bob never lets you down.
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