18 February 1993
Disc 1 [72:45]
1. Folsom Prison Blues [4:10]
2. If Not For You [4:30]
3. All Along The Watchtower [6:31]
4. Tangled Up In Blue [10:04]
5. Watching The River Flow [5:23]
7. Knockin' On Heaven's Door [7:02]
8. Tomorrow Night [4:28]
9. Jim Jones [6:38]
10. Mr. Tambourine Man [6:47]
11. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [8:11]
Disc 2 [55:59]
1. Cat's In The Well [6:31]
2. I And I [8:44]
3. Simple Twist Of Fate [8:24]
4. Highway 61 Revisited [8:03]
5. What Good Am I? [9:08]
6. Everything Is Broken [6: 46]
7. It Ain't Me, Babe [8:20]
467 of The Never-Ending Tour. Concert # 11 of the 1993
Winter Tour Of
Concert # 11 with the 9th Never-Ending Tour Band: Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar), Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric
slide guitar), John Jackson (guitar), Tony Garnier (bass), Winston Watson (drums & percussion).
3, 4, 10, 11, 13, 14, 18 Bob Dylan harmonica.
8-11, 18 acoustic with the band.
11, 18 Bucky Baxter electric mandolin.
18 without Winston Watson.
5 new songs (27%) compared to previous concert. 1 new song for this tour.
Some track transitions are not entirely seamless
D2 T2: [8:22 - 8:24] track split off
D2 T2: volumes spikes throughout
D2 T4: [1:29 - 1:31] dead space
D2 T4: [1:47] volume spike
SOUND: Not bad at all. A thin layer of muffle between you and Bob. Vocals are in front of everything, faintly hampered
by said muffle; the guitars just a bit behind and the rest lagging somewhere back there. Compression has limited the high
end somewhat, but this is still a mellow listen.
COMMENTS: Bob sits at the bar, gets drunk and then sobers up...all during the first song. Talk about going from rushed to
slurred to clear and back again, it's like a crackhead running a marathon, a hilarious 4 minute mile. If Not For You is okay
but sloppily played, in fact you might as well scribble "auto-pilot" over the first few tracks of this thing and move on.
Watching The River Flow will put a couple bucks in the tip jar though, Bob's finally awake and trying. Heaven's Door. I
like this song. I like how simple it is, and how almost by design it forces Bob to improvise and think about the craft of
phrasing. Naturally, he doesn't give a damn about it a lot of the time, but this is one of those songs where you can usually
find something inside what Bob's doing with it that gets you nodding your head. This is a good song to root for Bob to find
something he likes...if he's interested in the first place, that is. I think he warms up to this airing and ends up having some
fun with it, the herky-jerky stuttering arrangement notwithstanding. Every time they breakdown to just Winston Watson
smacking out the
beat I half expect Axl Rose to bust in and scream,
"Yo yo yo
I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!" Anyway, that's just me. Hey, get a load of the lusty appreciation for Tomorrow Night, yes
sir they sure do know quality. Eh, truth be told it's average, except for Bob stretching out a few cool lines as always. You
know it just dawned on me that when I like what he's doing vocally it's "stretching" or "superb phrasing" but when it doesn't
work for the same techniques are "ridiculous" or "nasal Olympics" and the like. I'm a terrible reviewer, thank God I never
have to rely on myself for an opinion. 1993 Mr. Tambourine Man is wonderful, ain't it? A Mighty Wind meets Dylan, and
the result is a very "now-tro" version of what Bob thinks the sixties would've sounded like if they happened for the first time
in 1993. Or something. Who cares, the Tam Jam never goes anywhere and barely is born at all, so this is a tame version
compared to others in this collection. Baby Blue is the definition of the word 'snur'. Between a sneer, a purr, and a slur, a
snur is a vocal inflection wholly unique to Bob; he invented, worked it, and perfected it. Baby doesn't really showcase this,
but I wanted to get it down before I forgot about it, snurs can be quite elusive but worth the hunt. Nice harp, though, Bob. I
and I is funny, it's as if Bob is singing without any music whatsoever, listen to that...that...whatever that is. Did he just sing
about "broken bitches" on Everything Is Broken? Never mind.
BOTTOM LINE: A couple cool moments and a heroic What Good Am I? aside, there are other shows in better sound and
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