Tuesday, October 13, 2009

BOB DYLAN & THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE - Plymouth, MA 1975

My busy 2009 concert season starts winding down tonight with good old Uncle Bobby at the Hollywood Palladium, his first of three nights at the historic, recently renovated venue (featuring Mr. "Secret Agent Man" Johnny Rivers opening).

Tonight's show should qualify as some sort of footnote in Dylan lore because he rarely ends up playing on the day of an album's release, and because today's release happens to be his wonderfully odd, oddly wonderful Christmas album. Yes, Virginia, a "Yuletide platter" is certainly a first for the Bard -- and after 48 years of recording, why-in-the-name-of-St.-Nick not?

It's also worth noting that, including 2008's Bootleg Series Vol. 8 edition, Christmas in the Heart marks Dylan's third official CD release in the past year. Not bad for a dude pushing 70.

To commemorate this special day in Dylan history, here's a classic live boot from Halloween 1975, the second night of the legendary, ramshackle Rolling Thunder Revue Tour starring Roger McGuinn, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Joan Baez (who I caught at the Santa Monica Pier this summer), et al. Rated one of the Top 75 shows ever by the invaluable Dylanology resource Expecting Rain, the complete soundboard version was only discovered a few years ago.

Big thanks to the mighty Big O for this one. Go Bobby go!

BOB DYLAN & THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE
War Memorial Auditorium - Plymouth, MA - October 31, 1975 (SBD)
DOWNLOAD 1 / DOWNLOAD 2

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

trying part 1 now but part 2 wasnt working. on a side note this site rocks.

Heli0tr0pe said...

Hey! Try DLing and extracting them again -- I just checked and they both worked fine for me.

Thanks for the shout-out -- more Dylan/Rolling Thunder Revue on the way in minutes!

Cheers,
TSM

Timmy said...

Excellent. Many thanx... Scarlet Rivera is superb!

Heli0tr0pe said...

Sure is -- I dig that rawk fiddle for sure!

Cheers,
TSM

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Mark said...

Oh Jesus, I love Dylan and Baez, they are like the perfect hippy couple! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recording. I'd pay you with a hundred generic viagra pills, but I can't so I will simply say thank you.
Nice post.

Anonymous said...

RS links are down. Any chance of a re-posting? It would be much appreciated.