Balc. L40°
5.0 (3 votes)
DVDylan ID: D082.suu
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Wantagh, NY, U.S./Jones Beach Amphitheater
Date: Friday, 30th July 1999
Concert # 1132 of The Never-Ending Tour. Concert # 37 of the 1999 US Summer Tour with Paul Simon.
1999 concert # 86.
Concert # 37 with the 12th Never-Ending Tour Band: Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar), Charlie Sexton (guitar), Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar), Tony Garnier (bass), David Kemper (drums & percussion).

Special thanks for the video to TOM P. & RAYGUN.
Additional thanks for the audio to DOINKER, OCTOPUSRIDER & OUTSIDETLAW.
Edited, sound upgraded & authored by YASSOU.
  • DISK 1: (1:01:59:03) (Tracks 1-14)
    -Opening Titles [fade in to titles over 22:12 still]

    -Late In The Evening
    -Simon Introduces His Band
    -Still Crazy After All These Years
    -Simon Introduces Dylan [1:10:25/4 stills w/opening titles & 3 transitions]
    -The Sound Of Silence (Paul Simon duet with Bob Dylan) [obstr. start 20:10/2 stills; obstr. end 13:22/1 still]
    -I Walk The Line (Paul Simon duet with Bob Dylan) [start 34:26 obstr./3 stills then switch to big screen; end obstr. 6:00/1 still]
    -The Wanderer (Paul Simon duet with Bob Dylan) [obstr. start 13:03/1 still; obstr. 28:29/1 still]
    -Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Paul Simon duet with Bob Dylan) [occasional obstructions; 18:17 obstruction near end filled w/2 stills; fade out to 2:28 black still]
    -Introduction [intro over 5:17 still; fade in from Simon-Dylan set]
    -Oh, Babe, It Ain't No Lie [video clipped 22:20/1 still; audio missing on LB-5099/used LB-7200 for this song and remainder of Dylan's set]
    -Mr. Tambourine Man
    -Desolation Row [wandering cam 10:13/1 still]
    -Girl Of The North Country
    -Tangled Up In Blue [end Disk 1 message]
  • DISK 2: (51:10:06) (Tracks 15-24)
  • DYLAN'S SET (continued)
    -Opening Titles [fade in]

    -All Along The Watchtower [switch to big screen @end]
    -Shelter From The Storm [big screen]
    -Maggie's Farm [big screen]
    -Not Dark Yet [big screen]
    -Band Introductions [big screen]
    -Highway 61 Revisited [big screen; fade out @end; removed 1:36:29 video to match cut in audio source for audience applause]
    -Like A Rolling Stone [big screen; obstr. 25:13/1 still; final 52:25 obstr./3 stills; trans to next song cut/34:0 7 still]
    -It Ain't Me, Babe [return to stage shot]
    -Not Fade Away [wandering cam and video end cut @47:53:22/8 stills; 4:08 clip @50:12:01]
    -End Thanks & Credits [end thanks, salute, fadeout over 12:29 still & 5:00 jpeg]
» Toggle additional (technical) track info
Number of discs: 2
Running time: 01:53:09
Video standard: NTSC
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating
Disk author's rating: 454+5-5- (non-big screen footage)

Off master Hi8 tape shared by Tom P. & raygun.
Hi8 tape > Sony Digital Video Camera Recorder (DCR-TRV480) > iMovie 6.0.3.

Something Is Happening On Mr. Jones' Beach (LB-5099) (Doinker)
LB-5099 > flac > xACTaiff > Toast Titanium 11.0.4 > sd2 disk images > iMovie 6.0.3.

Matrix by OctopusRider (LB-7200)
SBD: "Something Is Happening On Mr. Jones' Beach" (Rattlesnake) LB-5099
AUD: Sony D3 Walkman > Sony CDRs > FLAC (A Doinker Tape) LB-5100
LB-7200 > flac > xACTaiff > Toast Titanium 11.0.4 > sd2 disk images > iMovie 6.0.3.

Audio and video assets edited in iMovie 6.0.3; authored, multiplexed and burned to VIDEO_TS folder in iDVD 7.1.2 (Professional Quality 2-pass variable bit rate encoding)

This upgraded sound upgrade is an improvement over First, it's sourced from an off-master Hi8 tape and thus has significantly better video quality. Second, the two Paul Simon encore songs have been included preceding Simon's introduction of Dylan and the subsequent duet.

Neither D082 or has ever been reviewed, so a word or two are in order. First, the filmer did a good job of panning and zooming given the restrictions imposed by his left balcony perch. There aren't too many close-ups, but the camera gets close enough to frame interactions between the players. A downside is that the filmer had to turn the camera to the big screen for five of the songs on Disk 2, but the screen resolution is good enough, if pretty much drained of color. The pro-shot capture is, of course, totally steady, focused, and unobstructed with the focus almost entirely on Dylan from the waist up.

The Dylan/Simon duets are always a miracle of competing styles, but the two aging Jewish gentlemen do seem to be having a great time, especially during Dion's "The Wanderer." Paul seems to be the man in charge until "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" when Dylan summons the mensch in him. It's always fun to hear Paul and Bob incorporate the lyrics of "I Hear You Knockin'" toward the end of the song, a tribute to their shared love of classic 50's rock 'n roll.

Dylan turns in a strong acoustic set, especially on "Desolation Row" and "Tangled Up In Blue." The harmonica solos on "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Tangled Up In Blue" are tasty, indeed, as is the solo on "It Ain't Me, Babe" that comes at the end of the show.

The only electric song to be shown in full from the stage is "All Along The Watchtower," and Dylan performs it with the apocalyptic fire we have come to expect. Unfortunately, on "Watchtower" we don't get to see enough of Larry's lead work, and Charlie is consigned to the acoustic labors later to be perfected by Stu Kimball. Had we seen more of the stage shot, we may have seen the two electric guitar slingers furiously working their fretboards on "Maggie's Farm" and "Highway 61 Revisited," but we can only listen and imagine what might have been.

While not quite up to the high standard that was to come with the Fall 1999 shows, this is a solid performance, a fine DVD, and worthy of ...

...5 STARS (IMNotSoHO)

Reviewed by yassou on 13th March 2013