4.8 (29 votes)
|Date:||Saturday, 23rd September 2000|
Sound Upgrade; 2-DVD Set
Disk 1: Tracks 1-13 (intro + songs 1-12) (1:09)
Disk 2: Tracks 1-8 (intro + songs 13-19) (45:11)
- Hallelujah, I'm Ready To Go [39 sec. of beginning clipped - edited with D078 footage]
- My Back Pages
- Desolation Row
- Ballad Of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
- Tangled Up In Blue
- Searching For A Soldier's Grave
- Country Pie [10 frame still added at beginning to fill clip]
- Blind Willie McTell
- Tombstone Blues
- Tryin' To Get To Heaven [9 sec. still added at beginning to fill clip]
- Cold Irons Bound
- Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat [2 min still added at end to fill cut]
- Begin Disk 2
- Things Have Changed
- Like A Rolling Stone
- Don't Think Twice, Its Alright
- Watching The River Flow
- Forever Young
- Highway 61 Revisited
- Blowin' In The Wind
|Number of discs:||2|
|Authoring:||DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating|
Sound upgraded with excellent Crystal Cat audio.
Compared to D078, this source is closer, clearer and also complete.
It also lacks the intrusive time counter on D078 as well as the numerous clips and cuts.
this is a top rated DVD. certainly worth tracking down. released on 2 DVDs, thank goodness, in the interest of preserving quality. thanks to all filmers, authors, and tapers who do what it takes to bring out the goods in best available condition.
Reviewed by jman on 25th July 2007
I have to agree regarding the struggles of the cameraman. This taper is not safely up in a balcony, but right down among the floor crowd. Heads are a recurrent problem for the first several songs. Sometimes the taper just tries to point at a different band member. Other times, he seems to completely lose control of the camera when heads get in the way, and he films the floor or the ceiling. But the taper patiently kept at it, and if the viewer is patient, a treasure emerges as the show goes on. If you want to see Bob, you’re unlikely to get closer without it being a pro-shot video. Some of these closeups are amazing; you will indeed see Bob’s face with such clarity that you can see sweat dripping from his nose. He’s working hard in this show, and is so focused that you won’t see him take the time to wipe away the sweat. Many, many closeups of Bob with just his head and shoulders filling the frame. Tony is set up quite near Bob, so we’re treated to closeups that include him, as well. The taper captures other band members during some of their solos, including shots of Charlie’s and Larry’s right hands as they pick individual strings. During some songs the spotlight hits Bob so that his face is pretty washed-out, and his hair is a mass of pure light; otherwise, color and clarity are outstanding.
Some of the early musical highlights include My Back Pages, with a sweet violin and an evocative performance of the lyrics. Desolation Row is sung to an unusual rhythm; not sure it works, but an interesting variation. Frankie Lee and Judas Priest is a delightful performance of the rarely -heard song. A fun version of Country Pie includes a section with dueling lead guitars. Tryin’ to Get to Heaven is a good rendition, with great closeups.
It seems that I often enjoy disc one more, but this time disc two has some really special moments. Things Have Changed suffers from a vocal with lyrics largely indistinguishable, but then things really begin to improve; Rolling Stone is played at a pace that allows the emotion and meaning to come through, and the instrumentals are really nice. Next comes an exquisite version of Don’t Think Twice. So many of Bob’s experiments with the tempo, tune, and style of this song leave the original meaning of loss and regret obscured, but it’s all there in this one, with an extended harmonica solo to finish it up. Two more acoustic numbers shine on this disc. Forever Young is heartfelt and just splendid. In the Wind is melodic and sung with more enthusiasm than Bob often gives it.
Incredible closeups, gorgeous instrumental solos, rare songs, and beautiful versions of classics; this show is a real privilege to see. In spite of the taping problems, especially in the first several songs, this is a show with such strong plusses that I must recommend it as a delight to view and to own.
Reviewed by davidigor on 22nd June 2006