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Hard Rain [Live]

Bob DylanAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1976
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000257V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Maggie's Farm
2. One Too Many Mornings
3. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
4. Oh, Sister
5. Lay, Lady, Lay
6. Shelter From The Storm
7. You're A Big Girl Now
8. I Threw It All Away
9. Idiot Wind

Editorial Reviews

A perfect blend of the Fort Worth and Fort Collins shows that were part of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Maggie's Farm; Lay Lady Lay; Oh, Sister; You're a Big Girl Now; One Too Many Mornings , and more!

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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOAKED WITH EMOTION August 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a few notches away from Dylan's most polished work, and I love it. The album might just as well been titled "For Anyone Who Didn't Hear Me The First Time." Dylan and his band tear through the formerly low - key "Shelter From The Storm," turning this rocky and raw version into something more meaningful, if that's possible. "One Too Many Mornings" is another great example of Dylan's ability to rework his songs to fit his mood, and this treatment works wonderfully well amidst the commotion of this album.
"Memphis Blues Again" and "You're A Big Girl Now" also sound great, though I wish Bob would leave "Maggie's Farm" off the song list every once in a while. It's a classic, but one, maybe the only one, that Dylan did to death over the years in concert.
The explosion here is "Idiot Wind." The studio track dripped blood. This live rant just splatters it all over the place. The beauty of the song is that Dylan's voice and phrasing are just so perfectly annoying that they take this hymn of hate way over the top, right where it should be. When Bob gnarls "I kiss goodbye the howling beast on the borderline which separated you from me," it makes "It Ain't Me, Babe" sound like "You Light Up My Life."
"Hard Rain" is Dylan at his near - best, at least as far as live recordings go. It's a must - have.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated October 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you sometimes find yourself shouting "Judas" at the radio when Bob Dylan comes on playing something band-backed, this record is probably not your thing.
Me, I love it. It's too short by far, but Dylan and the Rolling Thunder band rock like never before or since. In my opinion, the intense "Hard Rain" is just as great as the fabled "Live 1966" (the so-called Royal Albert Hall concert from the Free Trade Hall in Manchester).

Bob Dylan and his band play some of the hardest, rawest and most ragged rock n' roll music of his entire career - just listen to him tearing through a spiced-up "Maggie's Farm" or doing a melodic folk-rock interpretation of "One Too Many Mornings".
But the highlight of "Hard Rain" has to be the closing ten-minute rendition of the venomous "Idiot Wind". Dylan sneers and shouts his way through a magnificent version of one of his most memorable songs - that one cut alone is worth the price of admission. Powerful stuff!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not pretty, but it's alive. July 28, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
After seeing the Hard Rain TV special of the Rolling Thunder Revue, I snatched up this album ASAP. At first, it was disappointing that much of the material from the special was not included. But after a few listens, it didn't matter. Hard Rain offers up a loose, inventive and somewhat tortured picture of Dylan. As ever, Dylan reinterprets his songs with uncanny brilliance. The ragged edge of the Revue adds to the effect and the documentary production values suit the performance perfectly. Sure, Bob wails off-key and his voice is ragged, but the emotion he conveys in "One Too Many Mornings" and "You're A Big Girl Now" is riveting. The chiming guitar riffs of Memphis Blues Again, with Dylan howling "can this really be the end?", are spellbinding. The selections from his two then-current releases are equally superb. The heartache and bitterness expressed in "Idiot Wind" in the studio is taken to a higher level, and the quiet restraint of "Shelter from the Storm" gives way to a crackling electric guitar fury. Hard Rain has been subjected to poor reviews generally, though undeservedly. It has a raw, ragged beauty. You can almost feel the rain on your face and hear the slop of the muddy ground. Put it on and soak in the experience.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still The Best Dylan Live Album September 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I wrote this review on Amazon UK 5 yars ago. Since then, the "Bootleg Series " has appeared (inlcuding the incredible "Live 1975"). However, I see no reason to change it. It simply is THE best live Dylan album. "Shelter from the Storm" is just immense.

If I had to choose one Dylan album, this could well be it. With BD, you don't get the "like the album track plus hoots and claps" approach, and with "Hard Rain", even more than other live albums, you get songs that are completely wrenched out of their original setting. For me, it is THE Dylan live album.

More than anything else, this is a hard rock reworking of songs that, for the most part, were originally almost ballads (I nearly said gentle, but that might be pushing it too far): on Hard Rain, they are driven with a ferocious intensity - the album title is particularly apt.

Three tracks give some relief from the pressure (Oh Sister, One Too Many Mornings, and You're A Big Girl Now), and even these are considerably starker than their studio originals.

The versions of Lay Lady Lay and I Threw It All Away - both originally from "Nashville Skyline" - and (especially) Shelter From The Storm are revelations. Are they really the same songs as the "originals", they are just so different? Just listen to the "Blood On The Tracks" and "Hard Rain" versions of Shelter one after the other.

These six songs are to me the best ones on the album. In addition, there are rumbustious versions of Maggie's Farm and Stuck Inside Of Mobile, and the album closes with a venomous version of Idiot Wind, of all tracks on the CD the one most like the studio original (at least the one issued on "Blood On The Tracks").

If you are a Dylan fan who hasn't got Hard Rain, I would recommend getting it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Rough and Rocky In Places
I agree with several of the other reviewers that this is not the best recording of many of Dylan's classics but that it is true to his style; he mixes things up. Read more
Published 5 months ago by chadat359
5.0 out of 5 stars So Live it's frightening...
At his best (as he was here) Dylan has few peers as a dynamic and passionate performer. Yes it's got a few rough edges but all great live records should have that. Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. Duff
3.0 out of 5 stars Maggie's farm shined.
Interesting song delivery on songs but rushed, loud and uneven. Guitar was harsh and the mix seemed muddy. Maggie's farm was the best.
Published 8 months ago by Sundaggger
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much passion, not enough control
I love Dylan. And, unlike many, I am actually pretty found of Dylan live. This album, however, just doesn't' do it for me. It's sloppy, chaotic, and just over the top. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Victor Tanner
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard Rain Album/Bob Dylan
It's a live album and didn't care for the arrangement of most of the songs very familiar to me. I thought about returning it, but decided to keep it for my Dylan library.
Published 12 months ago by Stephen M. Dalessio
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as you've been told
Thanks to the dumping of Dylan's back catalog into the discount bins, I've been able to pick up a LOT of Dylan CDS and my Dylan collection is exploding. Read more
Published 16 months ago by T. McCool
4.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
Same band as Desire, missing a lot of the great songs on that album, but I love the way Dylan just howls through most of the tunes here: One too Many Mornings, Idiot Wind, even Lay... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Buddy Iodine
4.0 out of 5 stars a Hard Rain fell on me and i loved it!
being a Dylan fan for so many years, this album delivers on all levels. you get all the nuances of voice, style and poetry that set him apart from all of his ilk. Read more
Published 20 months ago by S. Kindler
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody can cover his own song better than Dylan.
Although in conclusion, Bob can put other songs such as: "Railroad boy" and "Deportees" from his live footages to put more varieties in the album, still -- his covers of his own... Read more
Published 20 months ago by William
4.0 out of 5 stars Companion to Bootleg Vol 5 - Rolling Thunder Review
Hard Rain is pretty good stuff, especially at the really nice price. It would be great to see it remastered and expanded a little. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mark
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