5.0 (10 votes)
DVDylan ID: D920
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham, England, UK
Date: Sunday, 2nd April 1995
Never-Ending Tour Concert #658
  • Disk 1 (40:10:10)
    -Opening Titles [used D357; extracted 26:01 from D357 to fill shaky beginning/2 stills from D357 w/titles and 3 trans.]
    -Introduction [used D357/1 still from D358 w/trans.; missing on D358]
    -Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood) [used mostly D357; inserted 18:05 D358 @1:36:20; inserted 41:13 D359 @4:24:24; tape date signature at beginning is incorrect]
    -Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues [used mostly D357; inserted 1:43:13 D359 @8:47:00 w/2 trans.]
    -All Along The Watchtower [used 14:05 of D357 then inserted 1:26:23 of D359 @12:32:12 w/2 trans.; inserted 1:26:05 of D358 @13:59:10/1 trans.; inserted 2:33:18 of D357 @15:25:15/1 trans.; reduced 8:21 vivid red near end]
    -What Good Am I? [used mostly D357; inserted 41:15 of D358 @20:24:05/reduced vivid re/2 trans.]
    -Tombstone Blues [used 3:37:12 D357 to start/2 trans. then 52:24 of D359/2 trans.; 2:03 shaky transition & glitch at end of D357/black still w/fadeout]
    -Tears Of Rage [used mostly D357/2 stills 12:03 w/2 trans.; inserted 1:16:24 from D359 @33:23:12/2 trans.; added 1:17:15 @36:15:05/2 trans.; end disk 1 message w/fadeout]
  • Disk 2 (1:03:09)
    -Opening Titles [15:13 titles over still w/2 trans.]
    -Mr. Tambourine Man [clipped 22:20/started w/ 41:12 of D359/1 still w/trans.; used 2:14:09 of D357 @1:19:22 w/2 trans.; used 33:10 of D359 @3:35:05 w/2 trans; used 1:07:06 of D359 @5:32:05 w/2 trans. for harp solo; ended w/18:09 of D359 @6:39:11 w/trans.]
    -Desolation Row [LB-1613 split before this song/removed 3:05 for a/v sync; used 22:23 of D359 for pre-song transition and 42:20 for start of song/1 trans.; used 1:36:05 of D357 @7:44;05/2 trans.; used 1:36:12 of D359 @9:20:12/2 trans.;used 5:30:20 of D357 @10:56:24/2 trans.; shaky transition to next song cut on D357/used 26:23 of D358 to fill w/ 1 trans.]
    -To Ramona [started w/1:52:08 of D358 @16:54:17 w/trans.; used 37:05 of D359 @18:47:00 w/2 trans.; ended w/3:48:09 of D357]
    -Highway 61 Revisited [started w/1:13:11 of D357; used 3:17:18 of D359 w/2 trans; used 1:22:06 of D357 w/2 trans; used 23:10 D359 w/2 trans for end; used 12:01 of D358 for transition to next song]
    -Jokerman [started w/2:15:09 of D358/1 trans.; used D357 for remainder of song]
    -Band Introductions [used D357]
    -Lenny Bruce [started w/1:22:06 of D357 w/1 trans.; used 1:04:00 of D359 w/ 1 trans.; used 3:15:16 of D358 w/1 trans.; used 1:26:23 of D357 w/1trans.; ended w/1:01:15 of D359 due to end shaky cut on D357 and D358/fadeout; encore break cut on D357, D358 and D359; LB-1613 cuts encore applause; extracted 1:10 audio from D359 to fill brief gap in LB-1613]
    -Like A Rolling Stone [used 4:07 D358 to start w/trans.; used 59:24 of D357 w/trans.; used 33:22 of D359 w/trans.; used 48:21 0f D357 w/trans.; used 1:53:19 of D359 w/trans.; used 48:15 of D357 w/trans.; used 40:09 of D359 w/trans; ended w/D357 w/trans. & color adjustment to reduce vivid orange; encore applause cut from all sources/extracted 23:18 from D357 to fill gap before next song]
    -It Ain't Me, Babe [used 1:20:11 of D357 to start w/trans.; used 58:07 of D359 w/trans.; used 4:46:18 of D357 w/trans.; used 1:26:12 of D359 w/trans.; used 18:20 of D357 to end; used 17:18 end applause of D357 to fill out end thanks/salute/credits]
» Toggle additional (technical) track info
Number of discs: 2
Running time: 01:43:19
Video standard: PAL
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating
Deepest thanks to the three filmers, particularly "The Ghost," who uploaded the films to DIME.

Additional thanks to "Legendary Taper D" and OutsideTLaw for the audio.

D357, 358, and 359 downloaded from DIME, all sourced from master PAL tapes by Coops 2009 and downloaded to DIME tracker.

5544+5- (average of three sources w/upgraded sound)

Used D357 primarily with fills from D358 and D359 where necessary and/or desirable for variety.

D357: Left Rear or Balcony 40° [534-55] [some red overexposure but better than D358]

D358: Left Rear or Balcony 20°[544+4+5-] [more red overexposure than D357]

D359: Right Floor 20°[54444] [some graininess, but useful for close ups and an alternate angle from stage right]

Master PAL videotapes>DVD>DIME tracker>VOB files>MPEGStreamclip 1.8.1>dv>iMovie 6.0.3.

Audio and video assets edited in iMovie 6.0.3; authored, multiplexed and burned to VIDEO_TS folder in iDVD 7.0.4; torrent generated in Bittorrent 4.4.1.

Sound upgraded w/excellent (A) LB-1613.

LB-1613>Toast Titanium 10>disk images>Sound Studio 3.5.6>Sound Designer II>iMovie 6.0.3.

Details from Coops2009 uploads to DIME:

D357 (filmed by "The Ghost"):
Sony TVC 50 Camcorder onto Hi-8 Sony Tapes this copy off master.
Transferred to PC via Sony DVDRecorder
Sys Bitrate 10080 kb/s VOB
MPEG-2 pal
Frames 43,297 kbps 4650
Pic 720 x 576 4.3 ratio
Pic/s 25.000 Frame/s 25.000 fields/s 50.00
Audio 48000Hz AC3 Stereo

D358 (filmed by "Geordie A."):
Equipment unknown but film is off master
Sys Bitrate 10080 kb/s VOB
MPEG-2 pal
Frames 43,297 kbps 4650
Pic 720 x 576 4.3 ratio
Pic/s 25.000 Frame/s 25.000 fields/s 50.00
Audio 48000Hz AC3 Stereo

D359 (filmed by "The Pink Elephant"):
Equipment unknown but film is off master
Sys Bitrate 10080 kb/s VOB
MPEG-2 pal
Frames 43,297 kbps 4650
Pic 720 x 576 4.3 ratio
Pic/s 25.000 Frame/s 25.000 fields/s 50.00
Audio 48000Hz AC3 Stereo

Just a few words about this DVD.

Regarding the film sources, all three are quite good. D357 and D358 have been previously sound upgraded and are listed in the catalog as and Of the three source films, I judge D357 to be the best, although D359 affords extreme close-up shots from stage right, and D358 has more close-ups from stage left than does D357. It is important to note that D920 is sourced from uploads of the master tapes, and is thus best available quality.

As far as Dylan's performance goes, this ranks up there with his very best. The singing is clear, direct, and powerful, and the song selection is sublime. The acoustic numbers are particularly riveting, with excellent interplay between JJ and Dylan, and with some tart harp playing by Bob on "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "It Ain't Me, Babe."

If one has to nitpick, I suppose one could complain that there's far too little footage of BB, especially on the acoustic numbers such as "It Ain't Me, Babe" with him on mandolin, and no shots of wild-haired drummer WW at all.

All in all, however, you're not likely to be disappointed by this excellent program.

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Reviewed by yassou on 14th February 2011