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The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration [Live]

Bob DylanAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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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 (June 30, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: June 30, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000028WD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Like A Rollin' Stone - John Mellencamp
2. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat - John Mellencamp
3. Introduction by Kris Kristofferson - Kris Kristofferson
4. Blowin' In The Wind - Stevie Wonder
5. Foot Of Pride - Lou Reed
6. Masters Of War - Eddie Vedder
7. The Times They Are A-Changin' - Tracy Chapman
8. It Ain't Me, Babe - Johnny Cash
9. What Was It You Wanted - Willie Nelson
10. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - Kris Kristofferson
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - Neil Young
2. All Along The Watchtower - Neil Young
3. I Shall Be Released - Chrissie Hyde
4. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Eric Clapton
5. Emotionally Yours - The O'Jays
6. When I Paint My Masterpiece - The Band
7. Absolutely Sweet Marie - George Harrison
8. License To Kill - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
9. Rainy Day Woman #12 And 35 - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
10. Mr. Tambourine Man - Roger McGuinn
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Editorial Reviews

Neil Young, Lou Reed, the Band, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Roger McGuinn, Chrissie Hynde, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder the list goes on. All of these stars gathered at Madison Square Garden to pay tribute to the greatest songwriter of our time.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good times... September 22, 2004
By Papoose
Format:Audio CD
This concert, held back in October of '92, brought together a startling array of artists, whose presence alone was tribute to the musical significance of Bob Dylan. Thankfully, they all brought instruments with them, and somebody thought to record it. What we have here are some highlights of that show, which featured remarkably tight playing throughout. Some of the highlights are surprises, others quite expected: Willie Nelson gets the vibe of "What Was It You Wanted" just right, the Clancy Brothers do a glorious rendition of "When the Ship Comes In", and the O'Jays' (yes, the O'Jays) performance of "Emotionally Yours" is downright stunning. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are a powerhouse, with Duck Dunn guesting on bass and a dual drum attack of Stan Lynch and Jim Keltner. Hearing The Band (well, 3/5 of it, anyway) give what was their first performance in ages was a treat. And Neil Young pretty well steals the show.

For all the highlights, there are a few things could have been better about this set. George Harrison's performance of "If Not For You" somehow didn't make it on here. The sound mix is decidedly bland throughout. Chrissy Hynde's guitar is completely buried on "I Shall Be Released", as are Garth Hudson and Richard Bell's accordians on "When I Paint My Masterpiece" (no wonder Neil Young insisted on mixing his tracks himself). The greatest indignity of all, though, is saved for Roger McGuinn, who sang ALL FOUR verses of "Mr. Tambourine Man" that night, not just the two that appear in this hacked-up version. The "Everybody" rendition of "Knockin' on Heavan's Door" is quite chaotic - despite the familiarity of the song, people seem to playing two different sets of chords.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Spectacular Album July 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is BIG. The headliners are legends, the playlist is awesome and the music is overwhelming. Maybe there's a song or artist that isn't your favorite but there is so much to like, it's a no risk deal.

Some of my favorite parts: Booker T and the MGs backed almost everyone - their set with Neil Young was as good as his best stuff with Crazy Horse, absolutely stratospheric. George Harrison was delightfully perfect. Don't Think Twice - Clapton IS God. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers turned Rainy Day Women into its own party. My Back Pages is one of the best songs I've ever heard on any album. Clapton, McGuinn, Petty, Young, Dylan and Harrison each sing a verse. Play it loud, it will give you goosebumps. This doesn't take away anything from Johnny Cash, Richie Havens, the O'Jays, Tommy Makem and The Clancy Brothers and everyone else but it would start to sound like I copied the liner notes to list everyone who makes this album a really special treat.

OK, what could have been better? The Band only made it onto the album for one song - that was good but I would have enjoyed more. They are The Band, after all (or at least most of them..). And yeah - Stevie Wonder got a little preachy but he still played great. I've always liked live albums and this is one of the best I've found.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great live recordings of all time! March 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the most consistently "borrowed" CD I own. In fact I just re-purchased it because my original copy from many years ago was "borrowed" and not returned. Even though I downloaded it to ITunes and listen to it mostly on my IPod, I enjoy it so much that I want the original CD in my collection...not just a copy. What's so great about this CD? Well,the talent roster reads like a Who's Who of rock and country legends...from 1992. Legends who were great then and are still great now. It's not just Dylan....its Dylan sung live by Neil Young, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Willie Nelson, Ron Wood, June Carter & Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Eddie Vedder, Tracy Chapman, Tom Petty, Johnny Winter, Richie Havens etc., etc. This recording is a classic, a virtual museum of music greats at the top of their form singing songs by one of the greatest song writers of our era. There is not a bad track on this 2 CD set. Buy this CD. You won't be sorry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Fine Tribute Set August 24, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I really liked this double CD, found it worth every penny, would recommend it highly. There is some stuff on these two discs that is just simply too good to describe. Tracy Chapman's rendition of the "Times They Are A-Changin'" shoots straight to your soul. Richie Havens version of "Just Like a Woman" gives the song a whole new dimension. Eric Clapton's two songs are eerie. Mr. D performs admirably on "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," and surpasses himself on "Girl from the North Country." But the real outstanding song on this set is the version of "Absolutely Sweet Marie," performed by the late George Harrison.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have if you're a Dylan fan October 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic tribute concert! The hightlights for me are:

Tom Thumb's Blues and All Along the Watchtower by Neil Young - he really nailed these songs!

Chrissie Hynde does a great job on I Shall Be Released

Clapton's Don't Think Twice is absolutely amazing! I am NOT a big Clapton fan but he is back to his old self here, doing blues rock, and his playing - and SINGING - are better than I've ever heard him, live.

Tom Petty excels on License To Kill.

McGuinn's Mr. Tambourine Man shows you why the Byrds took flight for a long, beautiful journey back in 1965 or so.

Then you have Richie Havens on Just Like A Woman

And of course Dylan's own Girl From the North Country.

George Harrison's Absolutely Sweet Marie, I thought was a poor selection for him to do, but it's still great to hear him. He fares better in his part of My Back Pages featuring Dylan, McGuinn, Petty, Young and Clapton as well, which may be the highlight of the disc.

There are a few other good songs, and those plus the above make it worth owning this disc!

Everyone has their own taste, but for me, the other artists not mentioned here did not fare so well, even though I do like some of them.

What I did was take the above list of songs and put them on a cd-r, and it is a 100% fantastic single cd! You might want to choose your favorites and do the same. But get this set, it's amazing!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Rock and Roll Evening
While watching the video on Roku I ordered this cd of the same show. It has a lot of good artists, some of which have now passed. It will be a quality addition to my cd library.
Published 2 days ago by I already have a name
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for Non-Dylan Fans
Of course I would recommend this album for anyone who is a fan of Bob Dylan but I would especially recommend the "30th Anniversary Concert Album" to anyone who says they are not a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Janet Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
If you love Bob Dylan's songs then you will not be disappointed with this concert. I hadn't seen it when it was televised and every performer, except Sinead O'Conner, were... Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Augusta
1.0 out of 5 stars Please tell me why
I remember something I read once about how going to the movies is "a willing suspension of belief." Yeah. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Live Concert Ever?
Great song writer, being covered by top performers on a special night. Makes you wish you were there. My Back Pages is a classic.
Published 10 months ago by Tim Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it
i saw part of the concert on PBS and loved it, especially the jam session of all along the watch tower. well shot so you really get a feel for the artists and the concert. Read more
Published 10 months ago by mystery nut
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
A very enjoyable concert with incredible performances. Wish I could have been there to see the concert myself but no such luck.
Published 12 months ago by hscottcpa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances of Bob Dylans songs
I stumbled on this because I was looking for a rendition of My Back Pages. This album is a real treat full of unforgettable performances of Dylan's songs by other artists as well... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Emily B. Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD TRIBUTE TO BOB DYLAN
This is a very good concert with many stars performing some fine renditions of Bob Dylan's music. I enjoyed the cd and can recommend it to any Bob Dylan fan.

John Walsh
Published 13 months ago by John Walsh
4.0 out of 5 stars good addition to Dylan collection
Good tracks with License to Kill by Tom Petty and My Back pages featurig Bob ,Roger MCGuinn,Tom Petty,Neil young, Eric Clapton and George Harrison
Published 13 months ago by jonlom
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