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 politics....as 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!