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3.5 (2 votes)
DVDylan ID: D364.su
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
Date: Wednesday, 17th June 1998
Never-Ending Tour Concert #988
  1. License To Kill [cut]
  2. Cold Irons Bound
  3. Tears Of Rage
  4. Silvio
  5. Mama, You Been On My Mind
  6. Ballad Of Hollis Brown
  7. Mr Tambourine Man
  8. Tangled Up In Blue
  9. Make You Feel My Love
  10. Can't Wait
  11. I Don't Believe You
  12. Highway 61 Revisited
  13. Forever Young
  14. Love Sick
  15. Blowin' In The Wind
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Number of discs: 1
Video standard: PAL
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating
Good (upgraded) sound, strong performance, but video quality is poor.


In a compelling series of posts headed You Gotta Hear This Show!, ER's John B. Stetson recently identified twenty recommended NET concerts, as follows:

. . . . . (01) Berkeley, CA, 26 May 1995 (D418.su)
. . . . . (02) Ithaca, NY, 15 November 1999 (D834, D834.2)
. . . . . (03) San Josť, CA, 9 May 1992
. . . . . (04) Dublin, 27 November 2005
. . . . . (05) Dortmund, 15 September 1987 (D423.su)
. . . . . (06) George, WA, 18 June 2000
. . . . . (07) Brussels, 17 June 1998
. . . . . (08) Warsaw, 19 July 1994
. . . . . (09) London, 24 November 2003 (D280.sse, D318.su, D325)
. . . . . (10) Fairfax, VA, 22 November 2002
. . . . . (11) Philadelphia, 17 November 2001 (D188.su3)
. . . . . (12) Berkeley, CA, 10 June 1988 (D065.su / suu / su3)
. . . . . (13) NYC Supper Club, 17 November 1993, second show
. . . . . (14) Springfield, MA, 28 October 1992
. . . . . (15) Poughkeepsie, NY, 4 August 2004
. . . . . (16) Berlin, 17 June 1996 (D776.su)
. . . . . (17) Madison, WI, 5 November 1991
. . . . . (18) Philadelphia, 20 August 1997 (D521.su / su2)
. . . . . (19) West Point, NY, 13 October 1990 (D543.psu)
. . . . . (20) Toronto, 20 March 2004

Half, as noted, currently circulate on DVD. Here (used with permission) is what he has to say about Brussels, 17 June 1998:

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. . . . .(My guitar playing is) not incidental stuff and it's not inconsequential. I don't play lead guitar like you have
. . . . .probably heard a lot of people say - I don't see that. What I do is restructure a song and my guitar is more
. . . . .or less like my vocal style.


. . . . .BD to Edna Gundersen, September 1997

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I don't know bests or betters, only what strikes me as interesting, or moves me, or both, as in this concert from 1998. I am no musician. Dylan's lead guitar playing here may be awful, but it's certainly interesting and, at times, quite moving. The pling pling thing that others have referred to is on full display here, as are some truly rich and moving vocals. A tension and coexistence of opposites is a major part of everything Bob and, in 1998, Dylan's voice is in transition, moving back and forth between what one poster humorously (and perhaps accurately?) called Dylan's August 1997 voice: He sounds like he ... managed to swallow half a toilet bowl full of deep fried peanut butter baguettes on his way from the hospital to the stage. Well, I like the 1997 voice a lot, but it is a deep-in-the-throat, warbled tone that in 1998 is moving toward that dropped in, relaxed, on-breath and easy 1999 / 2000 voice. Often, it's a tone that's happening at the same time, and it's all over the place here in Brussels, particularly in what has become one of my favorite versions of anything I have ever heard in this NET happening - a Mama You've Been On My Mind that I have listened to hundreds of times and for me, stands alongside Lay Down Your Weary Tune from the 1963 Carnegie Hall show as one of the most moving and stunning things he's ever sung live in concert - part growl, part whisper, time-stopping, heart-stopping. Really. And the "lead guitar" here takes it to another realm.

The other song on here that I can't get enough of is Mr Tambourine Man. In 1995 it was a hope and a hush, and here it's an enthusiasm. The muse has delivered. And speaking of the pling plings, at just past the six minute mark, an absolutely sublime little guitar phrase ushers in some pretty harmonica that sends a jolt through my body every damn time I hear it.

The guitar doesn't always work for me - sometimes it takes me out of the moment - but when it works (and for most of this show it does) these instrumental repetitions become mantras that stop time. Anyway, this whole show is tops, including a Tears Of Rage with a throwback Mick Taylor-like guitar solo, Make You Feel My Love, a stark and spooky Hollis Brown, gorgeous versions of Forever Young and Blowin' In The Wind and a sturdy 1998 Tangled that ends with more sweet harmonica. Even one of my least favorite songs, License To Kill, gets a great turn. Can't Wait jumps and jives. June 1998 is a peak. Just about every show that month is worth a listen. Everyone knows about the Stockholm Globe show, but this one is just as great, maybe "better". And, by the way, this is an absolutely gorgeous audience recording - one of the best I have heard, in fact. If you only know this show from the May Your Song Always Be Sung boot, you haven't really heard this concert.

THANKS JBS

STARS (based on member ratings) Three and a half

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Reviewed by Miriam on 19th May 2013