Balc. R30°
4.8 (13 votes)
DVDylan ID: D182.pal
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Brixton Academy, London, UK
Date: Friday, 31st March 1995
Never-Ending Tour Concert #657
  • Disk 1 (58:52:14)
    -Introduction [opening credits over still]
    -Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood) [2- frame tape glitch @2:28:05/1 still; tape skip @3:03:15/1:15 still added for a/v sync]
    -Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
    -All Along The Watchtower [tape skip @15:06/1:10 still added for a/v sync]
    -I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
    -Tombstone Blues [transition to next song cut 9:19/1 still w/transition]
    -Shelter From The Storm [clipped 34:01/2 stills w/2 transitions; shaky 13:17/1 still + 2 frames for a/v sync]
    -Mr. Tambourine Man [2-frame still added before start for a/v sync; tape skip @40:55:20/1:15 still w/transition added for a/v sync]
    -The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll [tape glitch @47:23:02/1 still + 5 frames for a/v sync]
    -It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [2-frame still added before start for a/v sync; obstructed 1:45:18 @53:43:18/3 stills w/3 transitions + 2 frames for a/v sync; cut 12 frames @end/1 8:01 still w/title to next disk]
  • Disk 2 (48:55:10)
    -Opening Credits [13:19/titles over still w/transition]
    -Highway 61 Revisited [clipped 17:01/1 still]
    -In The Garden [2-frame still added @start for a/v sync; tape skip @ @10:22:14/2-frame still added for a/v sync; tape skip @ @12:02:08/2-frame still added for a/v sync]
    -Joey [2-frame still added @start for a/v sync; tape skip @ @21:38:19/2-frame still added for a/v sync; transition to next song cut 05:22/1 still w/transition]
    -Like A Rolling Stone [tape skip @ @29:18:15/2-frame still added for a/v sync; audio and video transition to next song cut/05:19 video cut for a/v sync]
    -My Back Pages [some static in audio @start; shaky 22:16/1still w/transition; audio and video transition to next song cut/08:10 video cut for a/v sync/ 1 still w/transition]
    -I Shall Be Released (w/Elvis Costello, Chrissie Hynde & Carole King) [transition to next song cut 27:02/1 still w/2 transitions]
    -Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 (w/Elvis Costello, Chrissie Hynde & Carole King) [end thanks/salute/fade out; 19 frames removed @end replaced w/5:00 still shot w/transition]
» Toggle additional (technical) track info
Number of discs: 2
Running time: 01:47:48
Video standard: PAL
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating
Version 1 sound upgraded w/excellent LB-7047 (ssrc-corrected version from same master as LB-5962).
Version 2 sound upgraded w/excellent "Bob's Full House" audio w/ID #D182.pal 2. (Please note that this is not an official ID # since ID suffixes cannot exceed three alpha/numeric combinations. See screenshots to see title menus of the two versions)
Video sourced from D182 (un-sound upgraded PAL version sourced from master tape).
Thanks to mary for the video source, to kisseber and his source for the LB-7047 audio, and to OutsideThe Law for the "Bob's Full House" audio).

D182 is ranked highly in the "Highlights" section of the website, but this is probably the one you want because it has the fuller, better sound of the two.

Unfortunately, there are many items in the catalog that are better than related items in the "Highlights" section. Thus, if you're a new user, you would do well to dig more deeply into the catalog before soliciting certain disks.

Reviewed by yassou on 14th February 2011


Just a couple of years ago I was a 'casual' Dylan fan, having listened to little more than his widely regarded 60's and 70's classics. My attitude on the NET specifically was one of indifference; on the basis of a few crappy YouTube videos, I disregarded it as a piece of Dylan I had no need of knowing. That is... until I came across a clip of 3/31/95's Señor, swiftly obtained D182, and have been traveling Bobwards ever since. The journey has been an incredible one, one which has changed the very way I listen to music.

Apparently I wasn't the only Dylan listener mesmerized by his 3/31/95 show, as (currently) D182 sits comfortably atop DVDylan's list of highest-rated Audience Videos. Well D182, get ready to move over, as there's a new DVD in town... D182.pal, another work of Yass's ever-amazing production process. But D182 was already a fantastic video in its original forms, with a legendary performance to match, so how much better could this new version be? Let's take a look at the main differences:

VIDEO: First, I applaud his choice of the 'Rip This Joint' PAL source-video to upgrade with. It may not be quite as 'sharp' as the recently-circulating Hoarders Inc. version, but that turns out to be a strength of the PAL video. It has an analog warmth that improves over the edgy digital distortion of other D182s I've seen. The contrast is also clearer, resulting in a film more life-like than before.

AUDIO: D182.pal's audio is also a revelation. D182's soundtrack was no slump either, but it just didn't have the exceptional clarity and presence of the new upgrade. Also, the static distortion on some loud parts (Bob's wailings, Watson's cymbal crashes) is gone without a trace.

OTHER: As usual, Yass has also made numerous other delicate improvements, detailed in the 'technical info' above. This includes using improved transitions rather than the fadeouts on most D182s, and usage of slides to fix errors both small and big... such as restoring the beginning of Shelter, and patching a good portion of Baby Blue previously blacked out.

I have to admit, I might be a little overenthusiastic about this upgrade. It's not like we're witnessing shit turn into gold, after all. On both D182 and D182.pal, you will witness a Bob Dylan possessed by the music, delivering vocal performances and harp solos as if his life depends on it. You will see the important sideman role J.J. Jackson played, and you will hear how Bob's '93-'96 band gave him musical backing to die for. But I do still believe my excitement is justified, as D182.pal makes this classic concert that much easier to hear and see... that much easier to get lost in. And that's worth seeking out this upgrade, in my opinion.

I'd like to thank the tapers for their timeless work, Yass for his work on this improved video, and Jim50 for his invaluable reviews.

NOTE: There are two versions of this upgrade, D182.pal 1 and D182.pal 2. Both are officially called "D182.pal" because an extra number couldn't be added to the name. Both use the same video source, but are upgraded with different audio sources. Upon comparing samples of both, I myself would recommend D182.pal 1 as having the fuller, better sound of the two.

Reviewed by iRua on 16th December 2008