Balc. L40°
4.2 (9 votes)
DVDylan ID:
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Date: Monday, 11th July 1988
Concert #22 of the Never Ending Tour
  1. Introduction [2 titles + an 8-frame still for a/v sync]
  2. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  3. Absolutely Sweet Marie
  4. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
  5. Ballad Of A Thin Man [5-frame still for a/v/sync]
  6. Simple Twist Of Fate
  7. All Along The Watchtower [5-frame still for a/v/sync]
  8. It Ain't Me, Babe (acoustic)
  9. To Ramona (acoustic) [5-frame still for a/v/sync]
  10. Mr. Tambourine Man (acoustic) [audio cut 8:24/audio extracted from DVD audio track to fill; 23-frames cut for a/v/sync; 10 frames cut in middle for a/v/sync]
  11. I Shall Be Released [20 frames cut at start for a/v/sync; 5 frames cut in middle for a/v sync]
  12. Silvio [10 frames cut at start for a/v/sync; 5 frames cut in middle for a/v/sync]
  13. Like A Rolling Stone [10 frames cut at start for a/v/sync; 15 frames cut in middle for a/v/sync]
  14. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (acoustic) [32:15 still added for cut video/purple fog effect; 5-frame still added in middle for a/v/sync; 10-frame still added later for a/v sync; 28:10 still at end for shaky video and transition to Serve Somebody/gold fog effect]
  15. Gotta Serve Somebody [clipped 35:12/audio restored/2:28 still w/electricity effect at start; 5-frame still added near end for a/v sync]
  16. Maggie's Farm [10-frame still added for a/v/sync; 5-frame still added in middle for a/v/sync; another 5-frame still added later for a/v/sync]
  17. This Train Is Bound For Glory (The Alarm, Hamilton, Ontario, 11-Jul-88, 2:34)
  18. Catch The Wind (Donovan, possibly Frog Island Music Festival, Ypsilanti MI, 14:02)[slightly clipped]
  19. Universal Soldier (Donovan, see above)
  20. Sunshine Superman (Donovan, see above)
  21. Hurdy Gurdy Man (Donovan, see above)
  22. Stagger Lee (Taj Mahal, possibly 1987, 4:00)
  23. Sittin' On Top Of The World (Taj Mahal, possibly 1987, 4:00) [cut]
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Number of discs: 1
Running time: 01:40:29
Video standard: NTSC
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating
Off-master standalone DVD>Canon ZR-80>iMovie HD>iDVD5.
Sound upgraded with very good-excellent LB-0800 (oecourt-corrected)
Dylan set: 1:19:49. Bonus: 20:40

I really enjoyed this one, a very energetic Bob Dylan show very nicely captured, espcially considering the vintage.

Video is wholey unobstructed, very steady, and quite clear. Great camera work here, the videographer doesn't push the limits of the gear and filmed very nearly the entire performance. All shots are medium to long range with very nice pans and zooms capturing GE Smith and Dylan all the while, with rare glipses of the other players.

Audio is outstanding, I gotta say that there is a warmth to this analog mastered recording that digital sometimes lacks, especially in those early days of digital audio tape.
But I digress.

Authoring is excellent as usual: fully functional motion menus and great bonus material included. I do detect some problems with the a/v sync from time to time on this one. Distance, focus, and minimal shots of the drummer make it less noticeable, and it didn't stop me from enjoying the show.

I usually set out to limit these reviews to my impression of the product itself, but I rarely manage to do so. In this case, as has been noted by many, this is an outstanding performance. Perhaps a bit monodynamic, as has also been noted elsewhere concerning this particular band. I found that To Ramona was a notch above.

Recommended viewing. I feel a bit indulged saying so, but we have a great representation of this tour in our catalog, so this may not be first choice from the tour- I think my favorite is still - but this one is right up there.

Thanks always to the tapers, authors, and

Reviewed by jman on 13th May 2007