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Mansfield Leisure Centre

Belfast, Northern Ireland

25 February 1993

 

 

Disc 1 [74:21]

1. I'm Moving On [4:22]

2. Positively 4th Street [6:32]

3. All Along The Watchtower [6:01]

4. Tangled Up In Blue [10:00]

5. Born In Time [5:33]

6. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again [7:57]

7. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry [6:46]

8. Tomorrow Night [5:27]

9. Jim Jones [5:50]

10. Mr. Tambourine Man [8:07]

11. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right [7:41]

 

Disc 2 [51:14]

1. Cat's In The Well [5:01]

2. I And I [7:13]

3. Knockin' On Heaven's Door [6:07]

4. Highway 61 Revisited [7:13]

5. Man In The Long Black Coat [9:11]

6. Maggie's Farm [6:49]

7. It Ain't Me, Babe [9:37]

 

 

Concert # 471 of The Never-Ending Tour. Concert # 15 of the 1993 Europe Winter Tour. 1993 concert # 15.

Concert # 15 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).

8-12, 18 acoustic with the band.

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

9 Bucky Baxter (accordion)

11, 18 Bucky Baxter (electric Mandolin).

Note. Live debut of Born In Time.

7 new songs (39%)compared to previous concert. 1 new song for this tour.

 

NOTES:

Some track transitions are not entirely seamless

D1 T3: [3:19, 3:21] volume spike; dropout

D1 T4 - D1 T11: volumes lowers a notch, which improves the vocals and overall balance, so make like Nigel Tufnel, go to

eleven and settle back. Remember, you're a professional, you'll rise above it.

D1 T11: [7:38 -7:41] dead runoff

 

SOUND: The vocals are hot and buzzy for the first few tracks, but for the most part this will more than get you there,

especially after the sound smoothes out starting with Tangled Up In Blue. Excellent.

 

COMMENTS: I'm Moving On is an infant spitting baby food, but there's energy to be had here. Positively 4th Street is a

welcome change of pace from the usual second slot Mobile. Bob is ragged, but those guitars are so bright and sharp, now

we're cooking with the burners on, that was great! Watchtower is more of the same, the band is on top of things all the way.

Tangled is even better, and I'm as surprised as anyone by how on any given night Bob and the boys can slap new batteries

into these old dinosaurs and make them stomp. Hey, the live debut of Born In Time. This is going to be a highlight no

matter how the actual performance is, right? We're talking live debut, in pretty glorious sound, how can it fail? Well...it's

rough, boy, I have to be honest. Bob is losing his vocal footing seemingly with every new line, but when he the "...rising

curve" line he's suddenly In Charge. Out in front, leading the song, perhaps laying bare the reasons why he liked this song

so much as to roll it out live, if you're one of those fans who loves to think along those lines. It's not perfect, but it sure is

pretty, and I recommend playing it very loudly. Not just to rattle your room, but it sounds as if he's singing off mic

sometimes, like he usually does when he forgets his place in a song and isn't feeling up to mumbling through it until he gets

back to a familiar spot. Winston leads a power walk through an spectacular Mobile, Bob is having a ball with the lyrics

("...but I know what you want!" will split your face into a smile, bet you) and stretching out things to their breaking points.

My Lord, did that guy in the crowd just yell out a request for Silvio? Heavy steps, there, brother. It Takes A Lot To Laugh

(how do you shorten a song title like that, anyway? ITALTL? Takes a Train? Forget it) well, I don't know which is cooler,

the Stevie Ray Vaughan-esque raunchy blues playing or Bob's wild singing. One thing for sure they go together nicely, this

is the best version of this tune I've heard in a while, the band is really going to town. Next up is a musical duet featuring

those two crazy star-crossed lovers, Tony and Bob, and it's superb. Tony pounds out a bass line of plodding, tough blubber,

and Bob switches from 'belting out' to 'sifting sugar' at will, dominating your attention. Some of these renditions blow away

the Good As I've Been To You version, there's so much more character here. Now the Civil War is in town, and either Ken

Burns snuck in swapped my show with one of his soundtracks, or this is Bob giving us a neat version of Jim Jones. Three

parts Dixie, one part folk standard, this is a shuffling mover, sung and played much faster than his usual stark acoustic

arrangement. The drums are the narrator this time, and Mr. Watson lays it down beautifully. Bob's feeling it too, listen to

the little spine-tickling moaning yell he tosses out at the 3:45 mark; he usually never does that on an acoustic song, let alone

an old cover. He usually saves that for maybe a Just Like A Woman or the like, but, all I can say is Go, Bob, Go!

Tambourine Man attempts to show it can do the same thing, but the drum beat sounds out of place, and only serves to make

the song seem too busy, but at least Bob saves it with some machine-gunning deliveries, the ever-evolving Grandpa Rap

style, gotta love it when it's done right. Frantic TamJam, but Bob's impatient and swings back in with some more short,

jabbing lyrics and rapid-tooting harmonica. They keep stirring the pot, building it up and up until they finally take it down

gently, and it's only after they do this do you realize how fast they were going in the first place. Cat's In The Well features

the electric version of Tony's patented Blubber Thump©, and Bob is slicing off the lyrics like an expert card dealer, good

version. You know how Highway 61 has grown over the years to such a sloppy mess? Back here in 1993 it's still a real

song, at least tonight anyway. Man In The Long Black Coat creeps out of some swamp and is a spooky ride indeed. It Ain't

Me, Babe is sung in an over-the-top, affected, hyper-dramatic way, but Bob sells it and invests himself 100% into delivering

the words exactly as he feels like, an outstanding highlight to end our therapy session for the day with.

 

BOTTOM LINE: Great fun to be heard here, the band is locked in, all the standards are sung with relish, and the live debut

of Born In Time ensures there's something of interest to everybody. Very highly recommended!

 

 

Setlist and NET info © 2001 by Olof Björner

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

 

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