I really noticed his vocal degradation yesterday, while listening to his radio show. If his speaking voice has deteriorated so much, he must be having a rough time singing. I guess it goes to show that none of us are getting any younger.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: “Bob Dylan is the greatest singer-songwriter ever.” Anyone who doesn’t agree is worse than Hitler.
Great review; thanks, pissant!
Nice review and good summation at the end.
Charlie Sexton has had a hand in playing or producing a lot of good music over the years.
And I think the last time I saw him was when he showed up WITH a band!(for half the show anyway at Forest Hills c. 1967)
A long time Dylan fan, he never ceases to amaze me. Although cliche, "Like a Rolling Stone" is a masterpiece that I never tire to hear. The sonic quality of the remastered SACD version is superb & highly recommended although now out of print. The lyrics are very personal to me and perhaps why I hold the song in such high reverence.
In addition to "LaRS", "All Along The Watchtower" (Hendrix version although dave mason does a great cover) and "To Make You Feel My Love" covered by Trisha Yearwood (in movie "Hope Floats") round out my all time top 3 Dylan songs...but so easy to name 3 others.
So many classic songs over so many years, decades actually. Dylan truly is the best at what he has done.
Great review. Thanks for the ping.
When I saw Bob this summer, he played guitar on the first 2 songs and then organ the whole rest of the night. Not commenting as to whether this was good or bad, just it seemed unusual to me.
May all the world do likewise.
Have you heard clips from his Christmas album yet?
>>The worst: Dylan touring with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
You must’ve caught them on a bad night.
When I saw them, not only the whole show, but the encore of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” with the Black backup singers brought tears to peoples eyes, including someone who was there in Newport in 64/65 when he went electric and was a fervent fan.
I saw that tour in Portland, Oregon in 86. The next year I saw Bob with the Dead. He just did not seem to have it together at these shows. I could not make out any of his lyrics.
Excellent review pissant. Thanks for the post.
Our friend here from Hibbing
said Bob Zimmerman in those days
"would serenade us in the auditorium
playing the piano and it was not what you would expect"
She retired unloading semi trailers
Her son came home from Iraq
And--Are you getting this Mister Hussein?
That poor, poor young man
put a bullet
where it should not go
So, Hey, Mister Teleprompter Man
Play a song for me
Mister Obama Hussein Buh-loke
Mr. mmm mmm mmm
How is it you don't choke
You've been with Professor Brzezinski
And Franklin Davis, too
You just need a little blow
to know just what to do
You've been through all
of Billy Ayer's books
All your slimy friends
are tax cheats, thieves and crooks
You can't get to the Watchtower
it's all Rush Limb-beau's fault
but Mister Soros
got your pay day in his vault
You're a fake, Jake
Y'better read the news
Y'never get by the Bouncer
Unless you pay His dues
Well.....the recording of the show finally showed up.
Its a pretty good audience—I made you a copy of it and the 10/4 Moore Theater show.
PM me with the addy and I’ll drop them in the mail.