Balc. L70°
5.0 (5 votes)
DVDylan ID: D1065
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Newark, New Jersey/Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall
Date: Sunday, 1st February 1998
Never-Ending Tour Concert #950

Special thanks for the master Hi8 tape to TOM P. & RAYGUN.
Additional thanks for the audio to THE UNIDENTIFIED TAPER & CHOPEN.
Edited, sound upgraded & authored by YASSOU.
  • Disk 1 (45:57:18) (Tracks 1-10/Songs 1-8)
    -Opening Titles [fade in to titles over stills of venue and setlist]
    -Introduction [missing video/5:14 still]
    -Absolutely Sweet Marie [missing/9 stills]
    -Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You [missing/10 stills]
    -Can't Wait [clipped/obstr. start/5 stills; 19:13 still added for trans. to next song]
    -Born In Time [obstr. 14:27 @17:04:15/1 still; 12:05 still added for trans. to next song]
    -Silvio [video skip @ 24:25:20/15-frame still added for a/v sync; obstr. 19:09 @26:42:22/19:24 still added; 17-frame still added before next song for a/v sync]
    -Cocaine Blues [removed 5 frames @31:22:13 for a/v sync; Bob talk before next song/1 still]
    -Masters Of War [removed 15 frames at start for a/v sync; obstr. start/24:10 still; obstr. 19:25 @ 34:16:17/1 still; obstr. 22:04 @35:28:12/1 still; removed 10 frames before next song for a/v sync]
    -Tangled Up In Blue [removed 5 frames @40:02:20 for a/v sync; removed 10 frames @41:27:20 for a/v sync; removed 10 frames @43:21:26 for a/v sync; end Disk 1 message]
  • Disk 2 (46:09:23) (Tracks 11-20/Songs 9-15)
    -Opening Titles [titles over clip]
    -Million Miles [20-frame glitch @3:10:25/1:01 still added for a/v sync]
    -Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues [obstr. start/15:04 still]
    -Band Introductions
    -Highway 61 Revisited [removed 1:58:29 audio/video audience before encore 1]
    -'Til I Fell In Love With You [1:00 glitch @24:29:28/1:00 still; CD split after song; removed 1:19:03 audio/video audience before encore 2]
    -It Ain't Me, Babe [removed 4-frames audience before encore 3]
    -Love Sick
    -Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 [fade out to end credits]
    -End Thanks & Credits [end thanks & credits over still + double salute w/fadeout]
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Number of discs: 2
Running time: 01:32:07
Video standard: NTSC
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating
Disk author's rating:
High left balcony 70˙

*Distance difficult to judge on DASH-F 'D' scale due to vertical camera position, but it's mostly head-to-toe. Plus, there are many extreme close-ups, and a reasonable amount of panning given the circumstances, so '4+' seems fair.

Filmed by Tom P. with unknown camera
unknown camera>Hi8 tape>Sony DCR-TRV480 NTSC Hi8 camera>MacBookPro>iMovie 6.03

Recorded by unknown taper
LB-7647>MacBookPro>flac>xACT 2.20>aiff>Toast Titanium 11.0.4>disk images>Audacity 2.0.0 (D-1: -0.5% speed correction; D-2: -0.75 speed correction)>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)

WARNING: If you're an acrophobiac, you might do well to steer clear of this unique film. Shot from the high left balcony of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (see screenshots), our intrepid filmer, the venerable Mr. Tom P., was aiming his trusty Hi8 camera at about a 75 degree angle straight down on Dylan and the 11th incarnation of the Never Ending Tour Band. Lest you think that such an angle would result in an unsatisfactory film, please rest assured that the result is an entertaining romp through a great setlist. The first two and a half songs weren't filmed, but the remainder is virtually complete, remarkably steady, close-up, and unobstructed despite Mr. P.'s compromised vantage point. The setlist is a nice mix of standards and newer songs, with four representatives from "Time Out Of Mind" gracing the proceedings.

The disk author provided stills for the missing and obstructed parts, and utilized the sterling LB-7647 recording for the sound upgrade. So, if you fear heights, please relax. Sit back, avert your eyes, and listen to a wonderful performance that has been preserved due to the efforts of Tom P. and the unknown audiographer.

While some might differ, I give this full marks based on uniqueness and performance alone.

5 Stars

Reviewed by yassou on 12th December 2012