4.1 (11 votes)
DVDylan ID: D155
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Philadelphia, Boston, Connecticut
Live shows on 15th, 16th & 17th November 2002
  1. Seeing The Real You At Last (2)
  2. In The Summertime (1)
  3. Tombstone Blues (1)
  4. The End Of Innocence (1)
  5. Things Have Changed (3)
  6. Brown Sugar (3)
  7. Positively 4th Street (1)
  8. It's Alright Ma (1)
  9. Every Grain Of Sand (2)
  10. Old Man (2)
  11. Honest With Me [cut] (2)
  12. Simple Twist Of Fate (2)
  13. High Water (2)
  14. Mutineer [cut] (3)
  15. Floater (3)
  16. Bye And Bye (2)
  17. Summer Days (2)
  18. Carrying A Torch (3)
  19. Accidentally Like A Martyr [start clipped] (2)
  20. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (2)
  21. Shelter From The Storm (1)
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Number of discs: 1
Video standard: PAL
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating

(1) Philadelphia 15 Nov 2002
(2) Boston 16 Nov 2002
(3) Hartford 17 Nov 2002

I agree with the last reviewer, that while this is a very good disc, it doesn't quite hit the ambitious mark that it sets. There are only three songs I can think of that are incomplete-- "Honest With Me" is cut badly, "Mutineer" also clipped badly, and "Accidentally Like a Martyr" is clipped very slightly. Some of the performances, I find myself wondering why the compiler used this performance (i.e. a very mediocre "High Water", in contrast to others from this time), some I wonder why this song (Does the world really need another video of "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight?").

All of this said, this collection is very close to brilliant. The idea is a splendid one-- foraging a great concert out of parts of three very good ones-- and the sometimes DO hit the mark. The footage is quality stuff, good colors, not very grainy at all. Occasionally there is a head or two in the way, but only occasionally. And as noted, three songs are missing part of the songs.
Some of the performances are surprisingly good-- most notably Bob's brilliant guitar jam on "Positively 4th Street". Some are just as great as you'd remember/expect-- "End of the Innocence", "Summer Days", "In the Summertime" etc etc. I loved the '02 Piano tour and this disc reminds me why.

The final point as to why I can't quite give this five stars is the terrible track mastering. The previous reviewer was wrong-- this disc is SUPPOSED to have the performance broken down by track, it's just been terribly done. Each "track" begins roughly at the end of the prior song. For instance, choosing "In the Summertime" on the menu promptly deposits you in the final 10-15 seconds of "Seeing the Real You at Last". Can some brilliant computer guru re-author this one, so that I can probably give it the full five stars that the quality video really does deserve?

Reviewed by Joe1235 on 19th February 2005

A good and enjoyable compilation overall, but one that could have been a lot better, if it wouldn´t suffer a careless production. Quite a few songs miss either start, end or both; the tracks can´t be chosen properly since there are only index points after five minutes or so; the "almost setlist like" track order doesn´t make sense since both the usual encores "LARS" and "Watchtower" are missing and the last four tracks instead come out of nowhere; it was an unforgivable mistake of the producers NOT to include the second-only performance of "Po´ Boy" from Philadelphia.
On the other hand it´s highly exciting to watch Dylan´s facial expressions and body movements on "In the Summertime" and the majestic "The End of the Innocence" for instance, so that the production failures pale somewhat ...
By the way: the footage of the Philly show is different (and better) from that of the proper Philadelphia 02 DVD.

Reviewed by honestwithme on 16th December 2003

Visually, Piano Perf. is the best amateur footage I've seen.The DVD documents a selction of performances from 3 US shows in Nov. 15, 16 & 17, 2002. Dylan sings covers( WZ, NY, VM and The Stones), has mastered his 'bluesman groowwwl'and plays keyboard off centre-stage. The DVD's attributes are its visual clarity, generally riveting vocal performances, thoughtful ordering of chapters and variety(there's a number of guitar performances). The first highlight is a beautiful close close-up of "Mutineer".Bob's voice is exceptionally suited to this robust shanty. "Every Grain of Sand" pulsates with a wonderful uplifting hum to Bob's disciplined vocal. Finally watch for Bob's moves during "Highwater!!"

Reviewed by Alwaysearching on 29th November 2003