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4.9 (7 votes)
DVDylan ID: D834.2
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Ithaca, NY (15-Nov-99)
Date: Monday, 15th November 1999
Never-Ending Tour Concert #1160.
  • Disk 1 (0:54:57:03):
    -Introduction [opening credits over 12:04 still w/2 transitions]
    -Somebody Touched Me [shaky start 20:21/1 still; shaky 5:15 followed by 14:16 cut/2 stills w/transition]
    -Song To Woody [cut 9:00 + obstructed 12:16/1 still w/transition]
    -It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
    -Tomorrow Is A Long Time
    -Tangled Up In Blue
    -Money Honey
    -Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power) [8:25 sound drop and gap in audio upgrade source/video cut 9:29 for a/v sync]
    -Man Of Peace
    -I Want You [tape change/17 frames video cut for a/v sync; end disk 1 title]
  • Disk 2 (0:51:02:29):
    -This Wheel's On Fire [w/opening credits]
    -Band Introductions
    -Cat's In The Well [1:45:20 audio/video audience applause removed before next song; patched in 5:24 applause for smooth transition; one overlap transition]
    -Love Sick
    -Like A Rolling Stone
    -Forever Young
    -Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
    -Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
    -Not Fade Away [end thanks, salute, fadeout; 20:22 applause from pre-"Cat's in the Well" break used to fill out end]
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Number of discs: 2
Running time: 01:46
Video standard: NTSC
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating
Sound upgraded with excellent LB-2175 version "a".
LB-2175>Toast Titanium 8 disk images>Sound Studio 3.5.6>wave>iMovie 6.0.3.
H18 master tapes>firewire>Vegas>MPEG>data disks>MPEGStreamclip 1.9.1>dv>iMovie 6.0.3>iDVD 7.0.2.
Rather dark venue.

In a compelling series of posts headed You Gotta Hear This Show!, ER's John B. Stetson recently identified twenty recommended NET concerts, as follows:

. . . . . (01) Berkeley, CA, 26 May 1995 (
. . . . . (02) Ithaca, NY, 15 November 1999
. . . . . (03) San José, CA, 9 May 1992
. . . . . (04) Dublin, 27 November 2005
. . . . . (05) Dortmund, 15 September 1987 (
. . . . . (06) George, WA, 18 June 2000
. . . . . (07) Brussels, 17 June 1998 (
. . . . . (08) Warsaw, 19 July 1994
. . . . . (09) London, 24 November 2003 (D280.sse,, D325)
. . . . . (10) Fairfax, VA, 22 November 2002
. . . . . (11) Philadelphia, 17 November 2001 (D188.su3)
. . . . . (12) Berkeley, CA, 10 June 1988 ( / suu / su3)
. . . . . (13) NYC Supper Club, 17 November 1993, second show
. . . . . (14) Springfield, MA, 28 October 1992
. . . . . (15) Poughkeepsie, NY, 4 August 2004
. . . . . (16) Berlin, 17 June 1996 (
. . . . . (17) Madison, WI, 5 November 1991
. . . . . (18) Philadelphia, 20 August 1997 ( / su2)
. . . . . (19) West Point, NY, 13 October 1990 (D543.psu)
. . . . . (20) Toronto, 20 March 2004

Half, as noted, currently circulate on DVD. Here (used with permission) is what he has to say about Ithaca, 15 November 1999:

I love this show. Another highly subjective take.

My favorite era for "modern" touring Bob has always been 1999-2000, with the fall of 1999 my favorite leg and Ithaca my favorite show of that leg, making it just about the best darned NET show there is. The whole tour has a mellow, lying in a hammock on a late summer day, early fall feel for me. With an edge. Winter's coming. Some tours sound aggressive - Fall 2003, Spring 2004, most of 1988. This one sounds passive-dark, slow, cold, soft, contracting, yielding. Usually, I hear a show and begin drawing comparisons thematically between the songs. In this show, it's not the song choices (though it's a unique set-list) that compel me, but the way they're played and sung. I Want You is a lovely, lilting, regret. Or maybe a soft, sly wink of a nudge? Song To Woody, a bedside, whispered prayer. Tomorrow Is A Long Time, a will-o'-the-wisp. And then a show-stopping trip-back-in-time take from Blood On The Tracks. We know it's gonna be a swell one when, at the end of the first verse, a gentle, sweet Taaaaaaaaaeeeengled up in blue - cheers from the floor and the rest kicks in. Anyone who digs live Bob even a little, or at least finds it all somewhat interesting, will feel a chill up the spine. Señor will creep right on over you if you let it. This concert is maybe not a stunner. It's a sweet, sad, sublime little hour and a half that'll work its way into your heart after a few listens. It's all nuance and beauty and grace. Dylan is so dropped-in, easy and on-voice and on-breath. And in the fall of 1999 and at Ithaca, something's in the air, or in Dylan's life at this time, that moved these songs toward lamentation. Even the rockers drip a little with a touch of grief, but not at all the kind of grief that'll pull you down.

There's no better show to give a spin or two as spring ends and summer begins this week with the solstice, the birth of the Yin.



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Reviewed by Miriam on 19th May 2013

In this simple man's opinion this is perfection in a fan produced DVD set.

The source video, while a bit dark, has been beautifully transferred, obviously from the master tape, by the one and only Raygunner. Very crisp and naturally colorful. Beautifully shot, great pans of the entire stage, we see all the artists in action. Wonderfully gentle zooms in and out. Shot from nearly dead center from the back of the little hall, most shots feature Dylan and Campbell in medium shot with Kemper behind. We see the least of Ganier and Sexton. Very nearly complete video of the entire concert. The only problem I found was some pixelation during one brief pan during Man of Peace. Maybe it was my player.

The audio is a warm and complete audience stereo source, sync'd seamlessly with the video source. Only negative: maybe a bit quiet overall, I found which was produced around the same time to have similarly low volume. Just crank it up.

Our fine DVD author Yassou has outdone himself yet again, beyond that 'there are no words that need to be said'.

As for the performance, well, 'my thoughts so sublime could never do it justice in reason or rhyme'.
Dig the impeccable set list.
Nary a missed word, passionate and serious, hard rockin', sweet singin', knee knockin', deep bendin', tip toe prancin'. Dylan at his best.
The real thing, captured for the ages. A must have.

I've hoped a long time for this one. It's one of the very best of the 150 or so Dylan shows I've attended since 1986, and I can't thank those responsible for bringing it out enough...But...Never-ending thanks to Raygunner, Tom P., and Yassou: The Dynamic Trio responsible for many of the best entries in the catalog, along with assistance from Outsidethelaw on audio sources.
Thanks always to Vygi and
And most of all,


Reviewed by jman on 27th October 2008