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Real Live

Bob DylanAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10


BOB DYLAN Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to ... Read more in Amazon's Bob Dylan Store

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  • Audio CD (April 9, 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0012GN3A0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Dylan. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good live Dylan 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rewarding Listen September 10, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting versions of classic Dylan April 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grew To Love It December 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars I caught this tour in Rome July 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Live Rocks 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I love music
Anything Thais a live concert I love. When I could see I would go all over to the concerts.
Published 6 months ago by LORNA KRAFCHUK
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
Th ank you. This pro duct is just what I ne eded. Ex cellent servic e, and pac ka ging.
Published 8 months ago by Carol Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars just his name is gold
Love bob Dylan I have
Biograph 5 album which will be an antique soon real live is just one of the great live albums
Published 8 months ago by robert makepeace
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Real Live
I was not sure I would like a Live album. I do. Lyrics are clear and many are changed in the live version. I play this a lot and recommend it to Dylan fans.
Published 13 months ago by Barbara McFall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lve Music
Great live album. I only wish he would issue more live albums from his recent tours with Mark Knopfler. I lost track of what Bob was up to over the years. Read more
Published 16 months ago by frosted
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan Live CD
If you want to hear one of this country's musical legend's, Bob Dylan, you would be wise to listen to this CD. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Joe B.
2.0 out of 5 stars More like "Real Lousy"
First, let me say I'm a Dylan fan. Second, let me say this album stinks. Dylan is near his nasally, incomphensible worst here. It's a chore getting through this album. Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
This is a live album for fans who are knowledgeable about Dylan's music and how he approaches playing his songs in a live concert setting. Read more
Published on October 2, 2012 by T. McCool
4.0 out of 5 stars Crank up Mick Taylor's Amp!
"Real Live" is a great capture of Bob Dylan live. My only disappointment is with the fact that Mick Taylor's amplifier is turned much farther down than it should be, considering... Read more
Published on September 8, 2011 by romper stomper
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Great Surprise! Very Strong Live Performance
Ok, admittedly my opinion comes from a very wide listening pool. My opinion is NOT bound down by a love for one particular style of Dylan. Read more
Published on April 7, 2011 by Mark
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