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Before The Flood [Live With The Band, 1974] [Live]

Bob Dylan, The Band, Bob Dylan & the BandAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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  • Bob Dylan: "The sound of Hank Williams's voice went through me like an electric rod and I managed to get a hold of a few of his 78s... I played them endlessly... When I hear Hank sing, all movement ceases. The slightest whisper seems sacrilege." Read more musical excerpts from Chronicles, Vol. 1 on our Music You Should Hear page.

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025OU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
2. Lay Lady Lay
3. Rainy Day Women #12 and 35
4. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
5. It Ain't Me, Babe
6. Ballad Of A Thin Man
7. Up On Cripple Creek
8. I Shall Be Released
9. Endless Highway
10. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
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Disc: 2
1. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
2. Just Like A Woman
3. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
4. The Shape I'm In
5. When You Awake
6. The Weight
7. All Along The Watchtower
8. Highway 61 Revisited
9. Like A Rolling Stone
10. Blowin' In The Wind

Editorial Reviews

Dylan has issued a large number of live albums in his day, but 1974's Before the Flood deserves special mention because of the presence of the Band behind him. Dylan had recently brought the Band into the studio to record the chart-topping (yet still somehow underappreciated) Planet Waves, which was the first (and, as it turned out, only) studio record he made after leaving Columbia for Asylum. He then asked them along on the subsequent tour, which at the time became the most successful rock tour in history. The fruits of that partnership are contained on this two-CD set, which actually ignores Planet Waves completely in favor of older classics. Although the album includes several strong collaborations, the highlights ironically come during Dylan's solo-acoustic portion, which yields powerful and gritty versions of "Don't Think Twice" and "It's Alright Ma," and during the Band's own exhilarating numbers with Dylan sitting out. --Marc Greilsamer

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2009 Remaster is a brilliant upgrade. April 21, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been vexed by this release ever since some old friends of mine used to rave about it. I just couldn't warm up to it. I thought the Dylan songs were just not like the studio ones I was familar with and the sonic limitations (of the orignal CD release) definitely did not help its cause. Now I can say it was soley the sonics that kept this on the shelf for so long. The improved sound is just brilliant, the high end rides above a solid bottom whereas this used to be a muddy mess. I can finally recommend this. Many diehards will lament the lack of any bonus material whatsoever. This is how the Dylan machine operates, he uses his bootleg series toward that end and he keeps the legacy material tried and true. I applaud that and I think brevity is sometimes its own reward.
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87 of 102 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dylan is great, Band is great, but Dylan w/Band, less so December 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This one is a tough call. Some of the best live versions of Dylan's folk songs like Don't Think Twice, It's Allright, appear on this album. Also some of the best versions of Band chestnuts like Stage Fright and the Night they Drove Old Dixie Down. It is also the only album where you can hear them do Endless Highway.
BUT: When Dylan and the Band play together, as they do on about 8 cuts, the results are mixed. Dylan seems to feel the need to shout, rather than sing, over their support. The worst example is Lay Lady Lay, which loses all its delicacy here. Other collaborations come out somewhat better, but you get the feeling that Dylan is nervous singing in front of the arena crowds that had begun to characterize rock touring by 1974. This was Dylan's first real tour since the 60s, and maybe all the fistpumping populism freaked him out. Who knows?
If you love Dylan or the Band, you'll want this. But if you don't have any other Dylan, don't start here.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Energetic and Passionate June 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Dylan's music is closest thing to American folk art produced in the 20th century. Always evolving, his songs remain works in progress even after 40 years of recording and touring. His most recent tour, with moving remakes of his classics and brilliant new songs from Love and Theft, proves Dylan is never content to rest on his laurels.
Before the Flood is nothing short of a brilliant live album, featuring an energized and passionate Dylan, putting into his songs a vitality that a studio cannot hold. Versions of "Most Likely You'll Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine," "Rolling Stone," and especially "Watchtower" are among the best ever performed, reaching a breathless level of intensity. The acoustic numbers are uptempo, clearly stated and articulate. The Band is tight and focused, economic in their playing, sometimes following Bob, sometimes challenging him to keep the pace, but always with brilliant interplay. Their solo numbers are as intense as they have ever recorded, on a par with Rock of Ages. True Dylanphiles rank this record with the best of the many bootlegs which capture his greatest performances. Those with only a casual familiarity with Dylan can listen to this album and learn why the leading figures in rock and roll history count Dylan as a major influence.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC DYLAN AND THE BEST BACKING BAND EVER November 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
By now, everyone in the world knows the historical significance, at least within the context of music, of this recording. Dylan is a folk singer. Dylan goes electric and takes Robbie, Rick, Richard, Levon, and Garth along for the ride. The die - hard folk fans are incredulous. Dylan is a traitor. A few years later, Bob is again regarded as a genius. So here we are in the early 70's with political hysteria abounding, and Dylan and the Band on tour, in fine form, and whipping crowds into a frenzy everywhere they play.
I agree with the reviewer who said that the recently released "Live 1966" CD is a better showcase of Dylan and the Band performing live, and that "Rock Of Ages" is the ultimate live Band recording. Those albums are raw, gritty recordings, first cousins of The Who's "Live At Leeds," while "Before The Flood" is a portrait of The Band and Dylan at the top of their respective games, both together and separately. This is not to say this album lacks intensity; more aptly put, the Band members are tight, and follow Dylan effortlessly as he reworks his classics.
The highlights of the collaborative efforts between The Band and Dylan are "Highway 61", "Most Likely You Go Your Way And I Go Mine", and "Like A Rolling Stone." Robbie Robertson provides excellent guitar work, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson are solid as ever, but it's Rick Danko's bass and Levon Helm's drumming that hold the songs together.
When Dylan takes a break and The Band plays alone, there is no shortage of energy; in fact, their set is even stronger than the songs on which they back Dylan.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great live album from Dylan and The Band April 5, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Bob Dylan's last tour with The Band had been some ten years before, but they certainly didn't lose their chemistry. You can feel that Bob is happy to be touring again, and that The Band is playing as good as ever. From Dylan's set with The Band, my highlights are Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Like A Rolling Stone and especially Highway 61 Revisited, for me one of The Band's greatest performances ever. There are only 3 songs where Dylan plays alone, but they're all wonderful, particularly Don't Think Twice, It's All Right. Though their set is limited to 8 songs, and their best moments here happen when they back Dylan, The Band have moments on their own, especially with a great version of The Weight. This is not Dylan's best live album (that would be Live 66) nor The Band's (Rock Of Ages), but this is not very far behind. The Band always brought the best out of Dylan, and this is a great document of one of the best combinations in the history of rock.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars like it. wish it were the slower
like it. wish it were the slower version
Published 9 hours ago by jcbarron
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 1 month ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob and the Band in fiery form
It's beyond me why this brilliant 1974 live album isn't more highly considered by critics and fans alike. I guess it was seen as a big commercial stadium tour by some. So what? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you rolling Bob ??
One of greatest tours and live albums ever made -- Dylan & the Band were made to be together, like a rolling stone -
Published 2 months ago by Joe D Gallaspy
4.0 out of 5 stars A different side
An interesting mix of live music.
Published 3 months ago by rick
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Live Compilations = from Dylan and The Band's Heyday...
Awesome Bob Dylan & The Band Live Recordings from 1974!!
Dylan's voice is in Top-Form, powerful with a True 'Rockers-Edge' to it! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Book & Music thief, from HI
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Everything you'd want from Dylan is here & the duo CD pack is worth
listening. The lyrics in each of his songs are unique, his message(s)
to the listener have meaning &... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Janet's Chateau
5.0 out of 5 stars Great BUy
I bought this as a present for a friend but because I am an Amazon member, I also got a download for my Amazon cloud player. Two presents in one!
Published 8 months ago by Casey Astbury McGraw
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan and The Band in top form
If you like Dylan and you like The Band this is an excellent choice. The Band is tight and loose at the same time; Dylan's voice is strong and clear. Read more
Published 8 months ago by RichPoor111
3.0 out of 5 stars Husband was not too thrilled
I ordered this for my husband who is a life long Dylan and Band fan. He's seen them live whenever possible back in the day and still listens to them regularly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Josephine Caporuscio
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