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The Bootleg Series Volume 6 - Bob Dylan

Bootleg Series Vol. 4

  Bob Dylan - London 1965
Bob Dylan - London 1965
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1998 (5/17/1966)

 

 

 

 

 

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Review -The Bootleg Series Volume 4 - Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 review

The abbreviated review in one word, essential.

Bob Dylan's album, Bootleg Series Volume 4 captures Bob performing live on May 17, 1966, in Manchester, England in both an acoustic and electric setting. A generous book with historical information and photos is included.

The first disc is a set of Bob Dylan's acoustic music performed at his peak. His voice is incredibly strong and powerful throughout, and the track selection is much to our liking with no weak song renditions. It is no surprise th
at "Its All Over Now, Baby Blue" is a highlight with great vocal phrasing and harmonica playing. The following track, "Desolation Row," is quite long, and just about the time you get tired of the verses Bob strums some outstanding rhythm guitar intermixed with his harmonica to the delight of his audience.  

The electric set of the show featured on disc 2 of the Bootleg Series Volume 4 is one of Dylan's best electric performances, certainly the most intense. Backing him is The Band, with the exception of drummer Levon Helm, and what a team they make, they joined up again in 1974. 

The Band exceptionally set the cornerstone and foundation with their tight rhythm section, and in addition, they hit all the right accents, dynamics, and fills to bring out the best in Bob. 
Throughout the set, the vocals are very strong. Take for example "Just Like Tom Thumb Blues" during the section "I don't have the strength to take another shot" where Dylan highlights the word shot, as he leaves the notes pour out of voice with an uncanny balance of gentleness and strength. Robbie's guitar solo and concluding riffs are excellent to bring more joy. 

Robbie doesn't take the standard approach with his guitar playing of strumming the chords till he has the opportunity to play a guitar solo. Rather, he is continually throwing in riffs and fills, leaving the rhythm section to the drums and bass, making these renditions of this material essential. Another strength is Robbie's approach of concluding songs with a combination of melody and power. 

A few of the electric tracks Dylan plays harmonica. The second song "I Don't Believe You" showcases his ability to not only play a solo, but to highlight and enhance others. As Robbie is cranking out his guitar solo, Bob cues into his solo in perfect lockstep.

Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series Volume 4 captures Bob in top form. Essential. by Barry Small
Grade A +

   

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Disc: 1 - Acoustic
1. She Belongs to Me (Dylan) - 3:27
2. Fourth Time Around (Dylan) - 4:37
3. Visions of Johanna (Dylan) - 8:08
4. It's All over Now, Baby Blue (Dylan) - 5:45
5. Desolation Row (Dylan) - 11:31
6. Just Like a Woman (Dylan) - 5:52
7. Mr. Tambourine Man (Dylan) - 8:52

Disc: 2 - Electric
1. Tell Me, Momma (Dylan) - 5:10
2. I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We... (Dylan) - 6:07
3. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (Davis) - 3:46
4. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Dylan) - 6:50
5. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (Dylan) - 4:50
6. One Too Many Mornings (Dylan) - 4:22
7. Ballad of a Thin Man (Dylan) - 7:55
8. Like a Rolling Stone (Dylan) - 8:01

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Bob Dylan Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano
Robbie Robertson - Guitar
Rick Danko - Bass, bcg. vocals 
Garth Hudson - Organ
Richard Manuel - Piano
Mickey Jones - Drums

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Label - Columbia 10/1998
The album includes a booklet with linear notes and photos by Tony Glover.

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