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4.0 out of 5 stars Bob's 30th or Nearly., 22 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert [Blu-ray] [2014] (Blu-ray)
Firstly this is a brilliant concert that has a tangible commitment from every artist.
There are many, many exceptional performances. The viewer senses that everyone was doing their utmost to do their best for Bob.
I have the VHS of this and have watched it many times. To experience it in high definition will be a real pleasure.

So, why not 5 stars? Simply it is that there are omissions. George Harrison performed 'If Not For You'; this is not included.(Nor was it on the VHS)
Neither is Sophie B. Hawkins's rendition of 'I Want You' and crucially, Bob Dylan himself performing 'A Song for Woody.' All of these were on the TV transmission.

Possibly there are legal wranglings over the Harrison but surely they could have been resolved? However why not the other two? I have seen all of them and they are all excellent performances.
There are also several other artists who played at the beginning of the concert before transmission began officially with John Mellencamp. Again, why not these on an extras disc?

Beware the CD as it features even fewer performances than the Blu Ray/DVD. Booker T's excellent
'Gotta Serve Somebody, for example.(Which is on the video release.) I really wish these corporates would realise that consumers want the complete article. It exists out there if you look hard enough.

In summary, this will be great to watch in a quality release. It is a wonderful concert by any standards if you are a Dylan fan or not.
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2014 16:47:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2014 16:48:40 GMT
A Scot says:
Although I've never been too comfortable with the idea of reviewing a product before it's released & affecting its rating, I feel that for cd/dvd/bluray reissues/remasters of previously available audio & video material, there is merit in some sort of "content review" feature, perhaps separate from the "technical" aspects of the new product? This would, I feel, be likely to be of interest to much younger/potential new customers.

I share the views expressed in the above review, having stayed up till some unearthly hour while living in Norway in 1992, to watch a Swedish satellite transmission of the whole concert, albeit with a very attractive blonde translating all the song introductions over the top of the concert feed dialogue.

I regretted binning that extremely low-res VHS recording when the double VHS version hit the shops, as it omitted the superb Sophie B Hawkins arrangement of "I Want You", which I discovered was (allegedly) due to contractual fallout between her management/label & those who issued the VHS version. Sad to see that 20 years hasn't resolved this, and indeed some other great tracks may have also fallen foul of corporate the reviewer commented, we consumers really do want the complete article, all the available & surviving recorded material....surely this shouldn't be too much to ask?....but apparently is.

I did buy a 2-cd version a couple of years ago, which at least gets these tracks onto my ipod & phone, but I'm hoping this new set of releases will have been given the level of remastering & video enhancement that this occasion deserves.

There is a lot of great dialogue between tracks, with Kris Kristofferson doing most of the MC tasks very well, and the "house band" (Booker T & the MGs) were in great form, with G.E.Smith superb on guitar and stage management duties.

There are some magical highlights there for most fans of Dylan & the many great & new (at the time) artists involved, which for me were largely:
The Band's acoustic set
The old Greenwich Village buddies, the Clancy's with Tommy Makem
A rare Johnny Cash (with June) appearance
The introduction of my 3 favourite "new country" rising stars Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin & Mary Chapin Carpenter
Neil Young in fantastic form & humour
McGuinn & Petty & those jangling rickenbackers
....and the "7 guitar gods" (Kristofferson quote, as I recall) version of My Back Pages.

The susprises (to me, at the time), and all brilliant performances:
Lou Reed's powerful Foot of Pride
Eddie Vedder's superb & compelling arrangement of Masters of War
Ron Wood's driving Seven Days
Chrissie Hynd's powerful & emotive I Shall Be Released

Sinead O'Connor was very unpopular with the catholic public in the US at the time, and her appearance was affected by the adverse crowd reaction, performing an angry Bob Marley (I think?) number, so it's interesting to see that omitted now, with her scheduled contribution (I Believe In You, rehearsal version) appended instead.

It was, as Neil Young put it, a real "Bob-Fest", and a great evening of largely quality entertainment & memories. The entire concert on blue-ray would have been nice, though. There is apparently a 40-minute behind the scenes / rehearsals video extra & 3 more tracks, with the Blu-ray.

I look forward to re-living it in Blu-ray quality on a very large HD screen, in a few weeks!

Posted on 31 Jan 2014 07:41:51 GMT
Gunnar Arwen says:
Is there a CD coming with the Blu Ray edition?

In the product details, it says only 1 disc!?

G Arven

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2014 11:19:38 GMT
The CD version is a separate purchase, consisting of 2 Discs.

30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2014 14:40:10 GMT
stevep says:
could you please if this bluray is r 1 olny thanks steve

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2014 15:33:27 GMT
It's region free so no compatibility problems.
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