DVDylan ID: D203.su
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Albany, NY
Date: Friday, 18th April 1997

I just watched this. I have watched only a handful of shows and this is the top performance I have seen so far. The audio is excellent while the video quality is somewhat distorted (not too terribly) and the camera is quite shaky. However, there are close-ups and we definitely feel a part of the show. Some shows are very distant and even a great audio recording makes you feel like you are in the peanut gallery but this one uses nice close-ups. To the performance: From Crash on the levee I can automatically tell this is going to be a great show. Watchtower provides for some really great jamming. If you like jamming there is alot to be had on this show. Larry is particular great on Watchtower and his violin playing on Friend of the devil is a nice compliment to the song. The show is stock full of great performances. Dylan is in great form and sings You Ain't Goin' Nowhere and Most Likely You Go Your Way particularly nice. The performance is top notch so if you do not mind watching an average audience film synced with excellence audio you will be in for a nice time.

Funny note: I have heard Ballad of a thin man quite a few times and it seems sometimes theres a giggle or a laugh on the audio portion when the first lyrics /You walk into the room with your pencil in your hand/ You see somebody naked/--- and it can be heard on this show.

Reviewed by hallyyu on 26th January 2008