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Hammersmith Apollo

London, England

9 February 1993

 

 

Disc 1 [45:20]

1. Maggie's Farm [4:00]

2. Every Grain of Sand [5:24]

3. Watchtower [5:56]

4. Tangled Up In Blue [10:09]

5. I Don't Believe You [5:20]

6. Stuck inside of Mobile [7:45]

7. She Belongs To Me [6:43]

 

Disc 2

1. Tomorrow Night [4:43]

2. Jim Jones [5:03]

3. Mr. Tambourine Man [7:45]

4. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right [8:13]

5. Cat's in the Well [5:40]

6. I & I / Ballad Of A Thin Man [6:32]

7. Everything Is Broken [5:04]

 

 

3, 4, 10, 11, 13, 18 Bob Dylan harmonica

1 Bucky Baxter backup vocal

8-11, 14, 18 acoustic with the band

9, 10, 18 without Winston Watson

11, 14, 18 Bucky Baxter electric mandolin

15 David Stewart (electric guitar)

3 new songs (16%) compared to previous concert. 2 new songs for this tour

 

NOTES:

Some track transitions are not entirely seamless

4 songs (Times, HWY 61, Thin Man and It Ain't Me, Babe) are missing from this source

D1 T1: intro clipped

D1 T7: volume raises, overall sound cleans a bit

D2 T6: [4:15 - 6:32] recording source switches and Ballad Of A Thin Man cuts in

D2 T7: [5:01 - 5:04] track cuts abruptly; dead runoff

 

SOUND: Charbroiled. The raw, sappy sound doesn't help Bob's vocals much, unless you think the more sandpaper the

better. The band is decently separated and not too bad, but they're a little distant for my tastes. Second half is much better,

sound-wise, although the vocals buzz more thanks to the higher levels.

 

COMMENTS: Every Grain Of Sand, what a song, yeah? Bob sings straight upwards, like he's bounding up a few flights of

stairs, and just when you're sure he's going to curl the last couple words in a line back down, he keeps going up. And talk

about irony: in this, the year of Ultimate Jam, this version clocks in at a meek 5 minutes. Bob is dragging around the stage,

bummed out, burned out, with about as much energy and cheer as a rainy graveyard. He's singing reluctantly; Tangled Up in

Blue is ten minutes of my life I'd really rather have back, thanks very much. I Don't Believe You cranks but never catches.

I've got a bad feeling about this show; this isn't a matter of just hanging out, waiting for Bob to wake up, he sounds like he

wants to go back to bed and sleep whatever type of boredom he's found himself cursed with. And before you e-mail me, no,

I do not think he's being introspective and contemplative, I think he's on severe auto-pilot and earning a paycheck. That

feeling you feel during the second half of Stuck Inside of Mobile is hope, but don't worry, it'll pass. Happily the sound

suddenly improves, which is nice. I can't say the same about Bob and his energy, She Belongs To Me is a light romp

through the coma ward...and it's one of best songs of the night. Not even my usual solid-lock pick of Tomorrow Night does

anything other than flop around at the bottom of the boat and gasp. Ah...Jim Jones, maybe...just maybe...okay,

okay...nice...almost sweet. Good enough, folks, we may have an official and genuine Sign Of Life! Tambourine Man is a

good test, and he passes. His phrasing is finally kicking in, this is the best song of the night. Don't Think Twice is a watered

down mess, and Cat's In The Well is a wreck. Dave Stewart joins Bob on a blistering and remarkable Highway 61...oh wait,

that song is missing from this recording, never mind, forget I said anything. Hey, cool intro to I and I, had me fooled. Wait,

I am fooled, now it's a distant-sounding Thin Man. Man if this was a good concert I'd investigate further, but it's just as

well.

 

BOTTOM LINE: This show should be issued with a soft pillow and a caution to those about to operate heavy machinery or

driving vehicles.

 

 

Setlist and NET info © 2001 by Olof Björner

Comments © 2005 by the proud members of the Glenn Cripes Fan Klub

 

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