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  • Audio CD (April 9, 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B0012GN3A0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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1. Highway 61 Revisited
2. Maggie's Farm
3. I and I
4. License to Kill
5. It Ain't Me Babe
6. Tangled Up in Blue
7. Masters of War
8. Ballad of a Thin Man
9. Girl from the North Country
10. Tombstone Blues

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He continued to put out great music.
frosted
Bob's singing almost sound like self-parody and, understanding Bob, it may be likely that's exactly what he's doing.
Mark
"I & I" - the 2nd "Infidels" track doesn't work as well as the first, but its not half bad.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Caratzas on March 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
At first glance "Real Live" might seem to be a total curiosity: a playlist featuring chestnuts like "Maggie's Farm" juxtaposed against (at the time) newer material from Dylan's brilliant "Infidels" album, and a version of "Tangled Up In Blue" that features a revised lyric. What's more, the fine band backing Dylan up is a veritable Who's Who of classic British rock: former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor on lead guitar, Ian McLagan of the Small Faces on keyboards, and ex-Focus drummer Colin Allen.
Sounds odd, but it all works, and wonderfully so. The band - Taylor's muscular blues-based guitar work is particularly inspired - provides wonderful textures and underpinnings to the songs, giving Dylan total freedom to employ his unique vocals in a more emotional and expressive way than is usual even for him. Dylan performs a few of the songs solo, accompanied only by his acoustic guitar and harmonica, and Carlos Santana is on hand to lend his guitar chops to the final cut, "Tombstone Blues".
If the measure of a live album is its ability to capture a "moment" from a performance, then "Real Live" succeeds, and then some, on the glorious crowd sing-along during "It Ain't Me Babe". Not to be missed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Adam Jensen on March 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Real Live is an album that seems to get a bad rap, that is, if people even know about it at all. But this reputation (or lack thereof) is unwarranted, as this is an extremely enjoyable album. There are two types of songs here: the acoustic numbers and the loud upbeat rockers.

The acoustic songs (It Ain't Me, Babe, Tangled Up in Blue, and Girl From the North Country) are for the most part very good. It Ain't Me Babe has the crowd singing along heartily, which is nice to hear. And Tangled Up in Blue, with alternate lyrics, is just amazing. I loved this tune when I heard the original but I just can't get enough of this one. Great. Girl From the North Country isn't quite as good, as Dylan's voice seems more strained.

As for the rockin' tunes (the rest of the album), they're almost all at a faster tempo than the album originals, and all feature great guitar work from Mick Taylor (formerly of the Rolling Stones); in fact, the band as a whole is very tight and Dylan is into it.

So while this album is hard to find and may be not as historically significant or (quite) as high quality as the Bootleg Series albums, it is nonetheless a good listen and I would recommend it to any Dylan fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 2002
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I recommend this album to any Bob Dylan fan, it simply shows yet another of his live persona. The one thing you can never say about his shows is that they are predictable, you never know what you might get, and this live album shows a different phase in his career to that of HARD RAIN or BEFORE THE FLOOD. The song selection is a good mix, of old and (then) new. Some people feel that the Infidels tracks lack improvement over the studio versions, however I disagree, just listening to I and I you really get a feel for the song and the ambiance of the performance that simply isn't there on Infidels. The rest of the performances are all somewhat different to those heard before, but very rewarding. As for the sound quality it is good without being exceptional, but very much a live sound of the era and easy to listen to. The greatest feature is the performances delivered by the musicians on most tracks, with most songs given a full workout and stretched out nicely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Lacerra on December 24, 2009
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I ordered this album because it is one Dylan effort I did not own. So, I played it and was, frankly, lukewarm to it. But, knowing that most of Mr. D's stuff generally needs to grow on me, I waited and replayed it several more times. Each play managed to increase my appreciation, to the point that now I absolutely love this thing! I love every song version on this album, except for "Tangled Up In Blue", which I merely like. If only I could give it more stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 1999
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Mick Taylor adds the blues style that is a complete complement. Two legends play, making sure to not step on the other. Mutual respect can be heard by two of the greatest at their craft. This CD is a must for R&B fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
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Although the entire album is excellent, perhaps the most remarkable performance recorded here is the full, rewritten version of "Tangled Up in Blue." According to some sources, the version which appears on what is perhaps Dylan's consummate album "Blood on the Tracks" was not the complete version of the song. This is the "Blue" that Dylan wanted released and wanted heard. If the album was only this version of Blue and nothing else, it would be worth the 12 bucks it costs. But the stirring renditions of both "Masters of War" and "Highway 61 Revisited" make this disc a must have among all Dylan fans
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Sane on August 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD
My dad said he was blown away when he first heard this record. Former Rolling Stoner Mick Taylor was now playing with Mr. D, and his smoking guitar work supercharges this record. Sometimes Dad and I disagree, but not about this record. I do wish though, that they would have made it a double CD and released the whole show, cuz this CD just plain rocks. Oh well, maybe if we're lucky, they'll release one of the shows from this tour as a future legal bootleg in the Bootleg Series. Until then we'll have to be satisfied with "Real Live."
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