3.1 (7 votes)
DVDylan ID: D594
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Canandaigua/NY, Charlevoix/MI, Chicago/IL
  1. You're A Big Girl Now *
  2. Maggie's Farm *
  3. Shelter From The Storm *
  4. San Francisco Bay Blues *
  5. Boots Of Spanish Leather *
  6. Silvio *
  7. Subterranean Homesick Blues **
  8. Absolutely Sweet Marie **
  9. All Along The Watchtower **
  10. Silvio **
  11. Like A Rolling Stone **
  12. The Times They Are A-Changin' **
  13. Subterranean Homesick Blues ***
  14. Absolutely Sweet Marie ***
  15. Ballad Of A Thin Man ***
  16. It's All Over Now Baby Blue ***
  17. In The Garden ***
Number of discs: 1
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating
*) Canandaigua, NY, 28-Jun-88
**) Charlevoix, MI, 13-Jul-88
***) Chicago, IL, 14-Jul-88
High-gen. VHS

This is for serious collectors and Dylan historians. To barrow a phrase from the prolific Jim50 "Though not the most compelling three around, two wouldn’t be right either, so three it is." To set the stage this shows 3 early shows of Dylan’s Interstate 88 tour of The US and Canada. In 1988 Dylan changed the format & the concept for his live act considerably. It was the smallest backup band Dylan ever played with featuring G. E. Smith on acoustic and electric guitar, backup vocal, Kenny Aaronson on bass guitar, and Christopher Parker on drums. There were no backing singers. It had short shows (60-90 minutes) with a short acoustic set half-way through with 3-5 songs, backed by G. E. Smith only. tight rock arrangements of all non-acoustic songs with no harmonica.
Canandaigua- Taking in account the age of this footage and the difficulty of getting a recording device into a show then this is quite good. It is a good body shot of Dylan, Kenny can be seen in the foreground. It is shot left of the stage and does not pan or zoom. It has a slight to moderate shake and is a bit blurry, but very watchable The set list that night had two rare songs for that tour. “San Francisco Bay” played twice that tour (And after the tour at “The Bridge School Benefit”) and “Give My Love To Rose”, again only played twice that tour. Sadly “Give My Love To Rose” is not shown on the disk. The sound quality is good for an audience recording. This was a Rock show.
Chalevoix- This manages to be worse than D460. Never ending swirling camera, shake shake. As well as utterly horrible sound. My mother said “If you say anything good about something, it’s best not to say anything at all”……..

Chicago- This folks is a real treat. Filmed slightly from the right giving a full view of the band. The picture quality is good as is the lighting. This one suffers from a bit of the shakes, rough pans and a head here and there, but after the last 6 clips it seems like HD. This shows Dylan at his passionate best, and the sound is quite good, not as good as but hey. Also sadly the rare song from that show “Watching The River Flow” is missing here but found on the other. These are clips of quality that even casual Dylan fans would dig.

Reviewed by mickym67 on 07th January 2009