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Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder tour was a gypsy caravan of sorts involving such friends as Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn and Joni Mitchell. Now, for the first time, this legendary roadshow is displayed in all its glorious, mixed-up confusion on 2 CDs that cull 22 performances from the Worcester, Boston, Cambridge and Montreal shows. A 56-page booklet accompanies It Ain't Me, Babe; Mr. Tambourine Man; Blowin' in the Wind; Just Like a Woman , and more. Must-hear mid-'70s Dylan!

One of the many oddities of Bob Dylan's long and unruly career has been the rather cursory recording treatment given his stint as ringleader of the Rolling Thunder Revue. It's a shortcoming that's rectified with the release of Live 1975. Prior to the appearance of this two-disc collection, Rolling Thunder's eclectic road show was chronicled only in the infrequently screened, Dylan-directed Renaldo & Clara film and the bafflingly brief and one-note 1976 live set, Hard Rain. In contrast to its predecessor, this set, culled from four appearances made in November and December of '75, captures the breadth and subtleties of Dylan's Rolling Thunder performances. "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You," formerly a coda from Nashville Skyline, is given a rather incongruous bite here, while "It Ain't Me, Babe" is colored brightly by multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield along with erstwhile David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson, the sparkplug of the gratifyingly ragtag group that coalesced on short notice. Solo acoustic performances weave through caterwauling full-band treatments of songs old ("The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll) and new ("Hurricane" and four other selections from Desire, which wouldn't hit the racks until early '76). While the contributions of a number of caravan cohorts and guests are left out, Joan Baez shares the spotlight with Dylan on four numbers, most notably on the rarity "Mama, You Been on My Mind" and the traditional "The Water Is Wide." But despite its cavalcade trappings, it was Dylan's show, and this collection demonstrates finally just how close to his '60s peak the '70s Dylan was. --Steven Stolder

Disc: 1
1. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
2. It Ain't Me, Babe
3. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
4. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
5. Romance In Durango
6. Isis
7. Mr. Tambourine Man
8. Simple Twist Of Fate
9. Blowin' In The Wind
10. Mama, You Been On My Mind
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Disc: 2
1. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
2. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
3. Tangled Up In Blue
4. The Water Is Wide
5. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
6. Oh, Sister
7. Hurricane
8. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
9. Sara
10. Just Like A Woman
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00006NT3H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By mark on January 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This fifth entry in Dylan's much hailed Bootleg Series chronicles the his legendary carnival like 1975 tour, the Rolling Thunder Revue. Legend says that Dylan wanted to do something fresh so he got together a new group of people, some new and some old, and set out to re-invent himself with new energy and purpose. This set, which was taken from shows in the early parts of the tour, displays Dylan at some of his most free and open, feeding off his assembled band.
Once of Dylan's best qualities is the fact that no matter how old, new, bland, or ballsy a song of his is, he has the power to change it to be whatever he wants it to be. He can re-invent everything from the mood to lyrics without making the song any less powerful. Anyone who has seen him on tour lately can attest to that and it's just as obvious here.
Featuring some, at that time, new material the tour had to be a treat for fans because I can't imagine the songs can sound anymore passionate than they do on the record. A good bunch of songs that ended up on the 'Desire' record (which I do not yet have) are quite spectacular. Many thanks to the splendid violin work of Scarlett Rivera, which adds some extra flavor to already great songs. "Isis" is Dylan at his most passionate, "Sara" at his most open, and "Hurricane" at his most political.
Songs like "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" are that much more touching with Dylan injecting spirit into them with his voice being in top form. "Tangled Up in Blue" can stand side by side with it's studio counterpart, this time Dylan's coming across even more personally part of the song.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Doria Slote on December 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Had Dylan taken the Rolling Thunder Revue through the midwest instead I would have been lucky enough to hear this music live as a college kid. Instead I heard "Mama, You Been on My Mind," "The Water is Wide," and the intense live versions of "Romance in Durango" and "Isis" on a vinyl bootleg a friend turned me on to the following spring. That was just the beginning. A few months later I picked up another bootleg which contained for me the definitive versions of "It Ain't Me Babe," "Just Like a Woman," and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Providence, R.I.) CDs brought along CD bootlegs and later I got a great two-CD set from the Boston Music Hall (from which several songs for this new official release are drawn). For years I've made tapes of this sweetly magical gypsy-circus rock and roll music for friends, and am glad now everyone can hear it so easily (and in such powerfully clear sound). In response to the reviewer critizing bootleggers for muddy sonics, I'd just say, at least they didn't wait 27 years to put it out! If you like this record, I'd encourge folks to seek out songs left off: "When I Paint My Masterpiece," "Never Let Me Go," "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine," "Dark as a Dungeon," and "This Land is Your Land," among others. Still, the sound here is revelatory - three-dimensional at times, especially Scarlet's violin on "Durango." Other highlights include "Mr.Read more ›
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2002
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I can't take these discs out of my cd player. I play them over and over again. These are some of the best performances of these tunes I've ever heard. His energy is very high - but not that "charge through the song as fast as I can" stuff. He's focused, he really interprets the lyrics - hell - he even enunciates clearly. You'll be surprised, as I was, that his acoustic work here is far better than it was on the previous "bootleg" release from 1964. The song selection is also outstanding, without a single clunker in the group. And this rag-tag pick-up band does a great job of staying right there with him - without the strained shrillness of the '75 (?) concert performance he did with The Band. He's clearly having a great time, and it's very infectious. The DVD is a nice touch with performances of Tangled Up in Blue and Isis. This album also demonstrates, for those who don't already know, that the songs from Desire are among his best. Superb liner notes, too. I can't say enough good things about this album. If you're a Dylan fan, this is an absolute "must-have".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stuart on November 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Official releases of live Dylan recordings have never been all that good (until the release of Live 1966 a couple of years ago). Dylan and the Dead, Live at Budokan, Before the Flood, none of these ever stood up to his studio albums. Even Hard Rain, a single-disc document of the second half of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour (the first half of which is documented on Live 1975) is not fantastic, despite a few stand-out tracks.
But this collection makes up, indeed, more than makes up, for all that. This is Dylan at his absolute best, and that means this is music at its absolute best. Whether supported by a full band, alone with his guitar, or accompanied by Joan Baez, these songs are things of beauty and joy. Lacking the hostility and combativeness of the Live 1966 show, this recording finds Dylan at the height of his expressive power. He's got nothing to prove here, no argument to make, no point to drive home. He just has his songs in all their glory. And most of the songs are better than their studio versions. A-Hard Rain's A-gonna Fall, Mr. Tambourine Man, Isis, Romance In Durango, The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, Love Minus Zero/No Limits...these become the definitive versions upon first listen, no matter how many times you've heard the originals.
A live Dylan album has never really been the way to introduce someone to what Bob is all about. That's all changed now. If you know and love Bob already, you will love this. And if you've never heard much of his work, well, you will still love this.
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Dylan bootleg series vol. 5 currently include the bonus dvd?
My copy (just arrived today 4/21/08) did NOT contain a DVD, just the 2 CDs.
Apr 21, 2008 by Eric Weiss |  See all 3 posts
Dylan is not rock
Were you born under a rock my friend? Because I think a five year old would know what country music sounds like. So I wouldn't call Bob Dylan a ''country music star''. By the way you need to work on your grammar skills because ''too hick for rednecks'' doesn't make the least bit of sense. So its... Read More
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