4.5 (4 votes)
DVDylan ID: D1069
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: The Theater, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA
Date: Tuesday, 20th January 1998
Never-Ending Tour Concert #942

Special Thanks for the video to TOM P., RAYGUN & AN UNKNOWN TAPER
Additional thanks for the audio to BOBBY BOURBON & TBC
Edited, sound upgraded & authored by YASSOU
  • Disk 1 (53:55:05) (tracks 1-10; songs 1-8)
    -Opening Titles [fade in to titles over 19:22 still from D293]
    -Introduction [intro over 5:09 still from D293]
    -Absolutely Sweet Marie [no useable footage/9 stills]
    -Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You [obstr. 42:11/1 still; obstr. 29:20/used D293 clip; obstr. 21:23/used D293 clip]
    -Cold Irons Bound [obstr. 1:01:03/used 34:17 D293 clip + 26:11 still]
    -Born In Time
    -Silvio [obstr. 2:15:15/used D293 clip; shaky trans. to next song/cut 3:09]
    -A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall [start clipped/1 6:17 still then 24:26 D293 clip; obstructed 21:18/used D293 clip; end cut 3:24/1 still; trans to next song filled w/18:11 still]
    -Girl Of The North Country [clipped 14:23/1 still; obstr. 16:06/used D293 clip; trans. to next song replaced w/17:17 still]
    -Tangled Up In Blue [obstr. 23:10/1 still + D293 clip; obstr. 18:02/D293 clip: obstr. 12:12/1 D293 still; final 1:31:13 cut/obstr/3 stills.; end disk 1 message over 12:00 black still]
  • Disk 2 (42:05:19) (tracks 11-20; songs 9-15)
    -Opening Titles
    -Million Miles [missing on D1069/used D293; obstr 49:19/3 stills; obstr. trans to next song/17:01 still]
    -Positively 4th Street [clipped/obstr. 2:30:22/2 stills + D293 clip]
    -Band Introductions [obstr. 22:16/2 stills; used D293]
    -'Til I Fell In Love With You [cut 11:15 @end/1 still w/fadeout to break before encore 1; break audio/video cut/14:11 still]
    -Highway 61 Revisited [CD split; start clipped 52:27/3 stills; D293 used for remainder of song; obstr. 15:10/2 stills; tape skip @22:22:15/3:04 still; audio/video cut before encore 2/7:15 still]
    -Don't Think Twice, It's All Right [clipped 10:18/1 still/used 1:01:03 ofD293; 7:25 still used for trans. to next song]
    -Love Sick [obstr. start 26:24/1 still; cut/obtsr. 1:01:26/used D293 and 1 still; 13:07 still for trans to last song]
    -Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 [D1069 completely obstr./cut/used D293; obstr. 34:04/1 still]
    -End Thanks & Credits [end thanks/credits/salute/fade out over 17:10 still from D293]
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Number of discs: 2
Running time: 01:36:01
Video standard: NTSC
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating
Disk author's rating: 4+53+3+4+ (average of two sources w/upgraded sound)
D1069: Left rear 20˙ 4+3445
D293: Right rear 30˙ 43443

D1069 from master Hi8 tape (primary source)
Right rear 20˙
Filmed by Tom P. with unknown camera
unknown camera>Hi8 tape>Sony DCR-TRV480 NTSC Hi8 camera>MacBookPro>iMovie 6.03

D293 from 2nd generation VHS tape (secondary source)
Right rear 30˙
Filmed by an unknown taper and unidentified camera
VHS tape>Toshiba DVP/VCR SD-KV550>CANON ZR700 NTSC Camcorder>iMovie 6.03

LB-4300 uploaded to HungerCity by tbc
LB-4300>flac>xACT 2.20>aiff>Toast Titanium 11.0.4>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)

Based on the excellent sound source from Bobby Bourbon, and Tom P.'s usual expert panning and zooming, this is a very enjoyable DVD. The secondary source (D293) is sourced from a 2nd generation VHS tape, and thus degraded. However, since the primary Tom P. source is missing some songs and has some obstructed stretches, we are very fortunate that D293 was available to fill the gaps with video as opposed to stills.

If you've seen any of the MSG shows from January 1998, you'll be familiar with the setlist. Dylan puts in a strong performance, with four songs from his "Time Out Of Mind" album included. One of my favorite performances is Dylan's vocal on "Absolutely Sweet Marie where he stretches the lyrics to fit the meter in an innovative manner.

Not quite a '5,' but a solid '4+.'

Reviewed by yassou on 17th December 2012