16 April 1993
Disc 1 [60:49]
1. Hard Times [5:42]
3. All Along The Watchtower [5:49]
4. You're a Big Girl Now [5:27]
5. Tangled Up In Blue [9:30]
6. Born In Time [6:27]
7. Watching the River Flow [6:36]
8. Jim Jones [6:59]
9. Tomorrow Night [5:51]
Disc 2 [58:17]
1. Mr. Tambourine Man [8:32]
2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right [9:46]
3. Knockin' On Heaven's Door/I And I [2:03]
4. I And I continued... [4:27]
5. Everything Is Broken [5:22]
6. Everything Is Broken continued... [1:00]
7. What Good Am I? [9:43]
8. Maggie's Farm [6:45]
9. It Ain't Me, Babe [10:35]
475 of The Never-Ending Tour. Concert
# 4 of the 1993
Concert # 19 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)
1, 8-12, 18 acoustic with the band.
9-11, 18 Bob Dylan harmonica.
1 Bucky Baxter (accordion).
11, 18 Bucky Baxter (electric mandolin).
3 new songs (16%) compared to previous concert. 2 new songs for this tour..
Cat's In the Well is missing from this source
Some track transitions are not entirely seamless
D1 T5: [4:22] skip
D1 T8: [3:54] glitch
D2 T3: [1:35] Heaven's Door abruptly cuts into I and I
D2 T4: [1:39, 3:00] skip, time slip and volume dip? odd...
D2 T8: [0:54] digi-fuzz
D2 T9: [9:01] digi-fuzz
SOUND: Rusty and burnt to a crisp, the soundtrack to some old television broadcast, this is fuzzy, muffled and the vocals
are about as charbroiled as can be. Still, there's a bizarre sort of compressed, almost comfortable feeling here, I don't know,
this isn't for the unseasoned...call it a solid C...C minus?
COMMENTS: Average start of the show, and that's not really a bad thing if you think about it. Bob isn't on auto-pilot, but
he's not exactly kicking the cat around the alley and running nude through the garden, if you know what I mean. The band is
playing average as well, although they happen almost accidentally into a nice thing somewhere in the middle of
Watchtower. Bob's got some pep during Big Girl Now, he's shoving lines crisply together, making the music work with his
odd sense of timing, but the playing is largely dire, so we're still at a wash. He's mumbling some kind of thanks afterwards,
and Tangled is usually a good indicator of how the rest of the show is going to go, so let's see what we're in for. Damn, more
of the same: normalness. Born In Time is where it's at, I see, Bob waited a song beyond the norm to get things going. The
band kicks it off with this sweet chunka-chunka chord play ("chunka-chunka" being a professional term, mind) and he's
singing light and heavy all at the same time. Shame the damn vocal distortion kicks up, but this is still better than the first 5
tracks combined, and the final jam is beautiful. Odd noodling leads into a typical River Flow, you know, lip-splitting vocals
with a flub here or there? Kudos of the first half? Well, it might go to an outstanding Jim Jones, and Bob get the gold star
up on the big board for singing this song simply, as a storyteller, and keeping his shouting, over-dramatic and painfully
affected garbage far away. Yes, his guitar playing is clunky, but he sings this one well. The crowd erupts, presumably over
the sight of Bob grabbing the harmonica for Tomorrow Night. And I'll be dipped if this isn't sung better than Jim Jones, hold
up that gold star, and move it on over here. He gets this one just right, low and too-old-to-be cranky , and then the way he
kicks back in with a sawblade harp solo, just about says it all. Tambourine Man is very well done, he usually flatlines the
lyrics because he's looking ahead to the little TamJam breakdown, but here, for once, he's interested in really singing the
actual song. And just when you think the 1966-esque jamming can't take you anywhere new Bob waits until the final
moment before coming in with a hilarious harp solo that will just make you laugh out loud. It's so light, so damn cheery, it's
just nice little throwaway moment which Bob seizes without warning and instantly creates a good time. His playfulness
carries over to the intro of Don't Think Twice, listen to that, he nearly gets a clap-along up and running. Excellent guitar
picking by the guys, and the crowd appreciates it, and Bob peels off another sparkling harp solo in acknowledgement. They
transition instantly to Heaven's Door, which is when the sound takes a turn for the worse, and to make matters worse the
song cuts after a minute and a half, skips Cat's In The Well, and by the time we catch up with things again they're just
starting I And I. What Good Am I? has Bob wailing plaintively and sounding slightly deranged, and Tony gamely thumps
high and low along with him, a diseased pulse. A nearly spoken word Maggie's Farm follows, and it manages to be
engaging from start to finish, no small feat.
BOTTOM LINE: Hey now, here's a nice show with a terrific acoustic set, albeit in average sound.
Setlist and NET info © 2001 by Olof Björner
Recording notes and comments © 2005 by the proud members of the Glenn Cripes Fan Klub
original source: http://www.gopherstick.com/RTM%2017%20April%2016.htm