Balc. R40°
4.3 (8 votes)
DVDylan ID: D085
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Rodahal, Kerkrade, The Netherlands
Date: Sunday, 19th March 1995
Never-Ending Tour Concert #648
  1. Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood)
  2. Lay Lady Lay
  3. All Along The Watchtower
  4. Just Like A Woman
  5. Tangled Up In Blue
  6. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  7. Mr. Tambourine Man (acoustic w band)
  8. Masters Of War (acoustic w band)
  9. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (acoustic w band)
  10. Dignity
  11. God Knows
  12. Maggie's Farm
  13. Like A Rolling Stone
Number of discs: 1
Running time: 01:21
Video standard: NTSC
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating
Excellent concert. Dylan, sans guitar most of the way, very animated throughout. Lots of harp, lots of dancing.
*This disk has been re-edited and re-authored using the same source as the original. The annoying timecode blips in the audio track have been eliminated, and the sound is thus better than the earlier version. The sound is also richer, even though this is not a sound upgrade. The extraneous button in the "Dignity" sub-menu has also been eliminated, and a few other alterations have been made in the sub menus.
*This show has been sound upgraded. See for details.

There is a technical glitch* in one of the sub menus, the one with the "Dignity" audio clip. If you scroll up to the projector screen(the theme of the sub menu), a red button appears that corresponds to the very same audio clip. While this does not cause any problems with the rest of the menu or the play of the disk, it might cause some to believe that it's an "Easter egg" or some such hidden feature.

I could settle on a "4" for this one, but Dylan's cool "sans guitar" performance makes it a "5" even without a sound upgrade. I find I can get better than average sound by playing around with my equalizer and jacking up the volume. So, let's give it a '5' and stop pussyfooting around.

*The sub-menu glitch and the timecode break blips in the audio track have been fixed on the re-edited and re-authored disk. This disk now deserves at least 4 stars.

*This show has been sound upgraded. See for details.

Reviewed by yassou on 07th December 2005

This a very good dvd. It begins with an excellent menu system. The atmosphere is smoky (well it is the Netherlands), and has a small club quality. The lighting is often low-key, and seems to be from the rear some of the time. The acoustics don’t sound too great, a bit boomy.

Bob gives the impression of being a bit out of it at first, like he’s in a trance. The band are on top form, at the harder-edged end of the spectrum most of the time – the drummer continues to hammer his kit even on numbers like ‘Just Like A Woman’. Dylan himself appears to be lost in the music right from the off, and gives some intense, apparently deeply-felt readings of his regular set-list from this period. There’s a pretty hard-rocking version of ‘Tangled’ that I’d not heard before.

Dylan only straps his Strat on every now and then. I reckon his guitar playing is based on his harp-playing style, and as such is refreshingly unusual, but not always that fluent, although you could interpret that as being deliberately ‘anti-slick’. But the harp is his natural mode of expression, and the man is a poet when he plays it.

Vocally he’s on very good form, singing clearly and expressively. His singing and harp playing are superb on ‘Tambourine Man’, which is the start of a short acoustic segment.

The taper has a good angle to the stage, and keeps Bob in shot almost all the time, with some zooming and panning. Compared to many audience-shot tapes, this one is very steady and unobstructed. A beaut.

Reviewed by orangespaceship on 07th June 2005

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