4.6 (53 votes)
DVDylan ID: D487
Recording type: ProShot
City/Venue: New York, USA /Madison Square Garden/October 16, 1992
This set brings together all available rehearsals, interviews, extras, and performances. It was compiled in the spirit of other "Genuine" sets, eg., The Genuine Basement Tapes, where all available resources are sought for the sake of completeness. It thus includes three pre-broadcast performances, two by G.E. Smith and one by John Hammond, Jr., that are not included on previous DVD sets, as well as interviews that were conducted with the performers. It also restores the original order of the pre-broadcast and broadcast performances. Finally, Disk 4 contains an overdubbed version of My Back Pages, the one in which Dylan's vocal was "improved". Also see D343, D050, D050.3, D487.uc, and D829
Number of discs: 4
Video standard: NTSC
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating

(a) Rehearsals (70m)

It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (x 2)
My Back Pages (x 3)
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (end only)
All Along The Watchtower (x 2)
Forever Young

(b)Interviews (7m)

Featuring Sinead O’Connor, Eric Clapton, Danko/Helm, McGuinn, Liam Clancy, Tommy Makem, Sophie B Hawkins, Tracy Chapman

(c) Extras

Montage of ‘65 SF Press Conference and other clips (2m)
Tangled Up In Blue (RTR live version)
“Behind The Scenes” footage (6m)


(a) Pre-Broadcast Songs (24m)

Gotta Serve Somebody - Booker T Jones
*From A Buick 6 - GE Smith
*Lay Lady Lay (instrumental) - GE Smith
Boots Of Spanish Leather - Nanci Griffith & Carolyn Hester
*See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - John Hammond

(*from an alternate video source)

(b) Broadcast Songs (i) (66m)

Like A Rolling Stone - John Mellencamp with Al Kooper
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat - as previous
Blowin' In The Wind - Stevie Wonder
Wanted Man - George Thorogood
I Want You - Sophie B Hawkins
Foot Of Pride - Lou Reed
Masters Of War - Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready
The Times They Are A-Changin' - Tracy Chapman
It Ain’t Me, Babe - June Carter & Johnny Cash
What Was It You Wanted? - Willie Nelson
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight - Kris Kristofferson


Broadcast Songs (ii) (68m)

Highway 61 Revisited - Johnny Winter
Seven Days - Ron Wood
Just Like A Woman - Richie Havens
When The Ship Comes In - The Clancy Brothers + Tommy Makem
War - Sinead O’Connor
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues - Neil Young
All Along The Watchtower - as previous
I Shall Be Released - Chrissie Hynde
Love Minus Zero/No Limit - Eric Clapton
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright - as previous
Emotionally Yours - The O’Jays
When I Paint My Masterpiece - The Band


(a) Broadcast Songs (iii) (57m)

You Ain’t Goin' Nowhere - Shawn Colvin/Mary Chapin Carpenter/Roseanne Cash
If Not For You - George Harrison
Absolutely Sweet Marie - as previous
Licence To Kill - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Rainy Day Women - as previous
Mr Tambourine Man - as previous + Roger McGuinn
Song To Woody - Bob Dylan
It’s Alright Ma - Bob Dylan
My Back Pages - McGuinn, Petty, Young, Clapton, Dylan, Harrison
Knockin' On Heaven’s Door - all
Girl From The North Country - Bob Dylan

(b) Bonus (5m)

My Back Pages - as previous, but with Dylan vocal overdubbed

This four-disk set is culled from the best available sources and was professionally-edited and authored by Backpages. Except for the G.E. Smith and John Hammond, Jr. pre-broadcast performances, the quality is excellent. The Smith and Hammond performances were transferred from a 3rd generation tape and are thus only fair video quality with audio static. These performances are available in better quality on D487.uc
Also see D343, D050, D487.uc, D050.3.

The lengthy effort that went into collecting the best resources, coupled with the unparalleled excellence of the editing, authoring, screen shots, and artwork, surely merits this remarkable set at least a top 10 ranking. It was envisioned and produced in the spirit of the "Genuine" Basement Tapes and Bootleg Series CD-R compilations. Thus, while the Disk 1 rehearsals and extras may not be as entertaining as the rest of the set, these items had to be included for the sake of completeness. While three of the disk 2 pre-broadcast performances are of inferior technical quality, they are the best that could be obtained and will have to do until the master tapes are made available. Moreover, since it is a four-disk set and not just a singleton like the others above it in the current pro-shot rankings, perhaps a special category or individual rankings for each disk should be considered.

The 30th Anniversary concert on American Pay Per View television was a momentous. fitting tribute to one of the true living legends of our time. The line up was a dream, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roger McGuinn & many more backed by Booker T & The MG's. Bob Dylan played last & seemed humbled by the 4 hour extravaganza. The show was not without drama. Sinead O'Conner was roundly booed by the New York City audience because of a television appearance where she tore up a picture of the pope a week earlier. Neil Young was next up and used the raw emotional nerve that OConner had opened to just sleigh the audience with "Tom Thumb Blues" & "Watchtower". The all star finale was not to be believed. "My Back Pages" featured Clapton's frenzied soloing cast against Neil's mournful guitar wail painting a rich musical collage. Bob, center stage, seemed in heaven. A sublime blissful memory.

This set (D487) with rehearsals and pre-broadcast momemts is a must have & a worthwhile document of "Bobfest".


Reviewed by OnTheBeach on 25th July 2011

Outstanding. Although I have watched these dvds at least 20 times, I am still excited when I watch them again. The quality of the video and sound is suburb!!. As you sit and watch, you get the feeling that you are there. This set is a MUST have for any one's collection. Rock on, Kid Dylan

Reviewed by kiddylan on 25th July 2011

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