Balc. L40°
4.8 (13 votes)
DVDylan ID:
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Date: Saturday, 5th June 2004
Never-Ending Tour Concert #1623
  1. Introduction [poster still/2 titles/1 sepia effect still]
  2. Maggie's Farm [clipped 4:06:19/14 stills/2 w/flash effect]
  3. Tell Me That It Isn't True [4 frame a/v sync still]
  4. Lonesome Day Blues
  5. Ring Them Bells
  6. Things Have Changed
  7. Girl From The North Country [cut 56:16/4 stills]
  8. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  9. It Ain't Me, Babe [1:25 cut for a/v sync]
  10. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  11. Highway 61 Revisited
  12. Ballad Of Hollis Brown
  13. Honest With Me
  14. Every Grain Of Sand [3:05 cut for a/v sync]
  15. Summer Days [9:23 video glitch/1 9:28 still]
  16. Cat's In The Well [5 frames cut for a/v sync]
  17. Like A Rolling Stone
  18. Band Introductions
  19. All Along The Watchtower [1:02:04 audio extracted from video source to fill end applause]
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Number of discs: 1
Running time: 01:48:23
Video standard: NTSC
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating
D469 standalone source>Canon ZR 80>iMovieHD>iDVD5.
Video source is the unauthored standalone source from which D469 was edited and authored.
D469 has timecode blips that are not present in the standalone source and thus not present on this sound upgrade.
Video quality also improved.
Sound upgraded with excellent LB-1820 (DPA 4021).

As a rule I don't usually look at other reviews before penning anything, but couple of nights ago caught of sight here of Jim's - 5 Stars. Eh ? back to the DVD player. OK yes, on the plus side, it's nicely filmed, good clear shots, and lots of panning arround. The .su hardly needs mentioning these days, as usual the .su'ers have done a fantastic job.
But no, my overriding impression of this disc is it's Greyness, only for a while do we get anything approaching true colours. Grainy not only in the close-ups, all I could think of while watching was of a pretty good Phone-Camera. Pity also that the filmer got the wrong side of the stage, an hour and a half of the back of Bobs right lug doesn't make for rivetting viewing.
All of which might be overloooked if the performance itself lifted it, but no, nothing special, not bad, good, but nothing outstanding. Far too many years ago I once went with my father, (an ex-army Piper), to a Piping competition in our local hall. His comment on Roger, the winner, "He's too precise a player to be really good" Now as a scientificaly inclined youngster I didn't understand it then, if the music says A,B,C, then you play it A,B,C, anything else is wrong. I think I get it now, this band is too good to play badly, maybe they're too good to go that extra inch. The highs and lows of the tours these days are down to Bob himself, and well.... Earlier in his career he managed to get more out of his bands, coming in at the wrong time, being halfway through the first verse before the band realised that this was 'the' take or even what they were playing, or like SNL - rehearsing a set of tunes then opening with something neither he or the band knew. That everpresent possibility of failure can sometimes produce greatness, maybe these days Bob doesn't feel he can do it ?. Now if Bob was to let Larry & co draw lots for instruments just as they were going on stage....."tonight Stu, you're on Drums..."
Sorry, a Dylan show isn't really much of a spectacle these days, and everthings too grey to give it anything other than Average.
Hawkwind's Stacia might just be past it now, but let's see if she's got a quine, now that would liven the stage up a bit (though the more delicate souls amongst you might need to look away..)

Reviewed by napbon on 29th May 2007