Harbor Blues Festival
20 June 1993
Disc 1 [74:55]
1. Hard Times [5:19]
3. All Along The Watchtower [6:39]
4. Just Like A Woman [7:16]
5. Tangled Up In Blue [12:20]
6. Shelter From The Storm [9:47]
7. Watching The River Flow [6:46]
8. Little Moses [5:38]
9. Tomorrow Night [4:38]
10. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [7:45]
Disc 2 [67:01]
1. Mr. Tambourine Man [11:25]
2. Cat's In The Well [6:26]
3. I And I [8:23]
5. Maggie's Farm [8:35]
6. Man In The Long Black Coat [6:58]
7. Everything Is Broken [6:46]
8. It Ain't Me, Babe [11:40]
Concert # 484 of The Never-Ending Tour. Fourth concert of the 1993 Europe Summer Tour. 1993 concert # 28
Concert # 28 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, 8-11, 18 acoustic with the band.
3, 5, 6, 9-11, 18 Bob Dylan harmonica.
1, 8 Bucky Baxter (accordion).
6 new songs (33%) compared to previous concert. 5 new songs for this tour.
Some track transitions are not entirely seamless
D1 T2: [3:49] volume lowers
D1 T5: [1:31] volume raises
D2 T1 [0:00] digi-click
D2 T1: [0:35] dropout
D2 T8: [11:31 - 11:40] tape cuts, dead runoff
SOUND: Compressed and generally muffled, but there aren't any of the bigger problems [read: vocal distortion, faint
instruments, etc...] that plague some of the other shows in this set. The actually has good balance and true tone (whatever
that is, I probably read that someplace, geez, shoot me now).
COMMENTS: Things really get rolling with the harmonica intro to Watchtower, blown like Bob is walking through the
park, just a guy with all the time in the world. He's singing well, practiced and easy. He gets nowhere near as loud and
shouting as he will in the coming shows. Shelter From The Storm feels almost like a rehearsal. The band strums a few
chords and Bob is already singing before things are set, so he's either ahead or behind with the vocals, and the jamming isn't
as focused as Tangled, but at least the harmonica is decent. Little Moses is the nursery rhyme that won't die. The hokey
cotton-candy stand accordion, grinding madly away in the background, this is silly carnival tonight. Okay, except for the
last verse, that's a knockout. Hey, is the crowd chanting "GREEN-DAY! GREEN-DAY!" after the song? Cool, how hip are
these people, Dookie is still months and months away from release, they're obviously quality music fans. Bob sings through
his milk and cookies to warble out a sleepy Baby Blue, complete with a cloudy harmonica break. It's never a good thing
when the most interesting part of a song is the intro, and Tambourine Man is just that. Cat's In The Well lumps along like a
kid dragged to some boring grown up function, and even the band is sucked into playing cheaply and moving on. Bob tries
to get up and dance for I And I, but alas, his timing is off and the singing ragged. The stacking chord arrangement for 4th
Street has promise until Bob opens his mouth and bores things dry, displaying about as much venom as a kitten. In fact, I
think Bob shows more personality in the manufactured band into during Maggie's Farm than anywhere else. Man In The
Long Black Coat rights the ship, but it's too little too late. Still a nice version, but that may be more for the fact that it's
under seven minutes long for a change. It Ain't Me, Babe might be the highlight (or is that 'non-lowlight'?) of the show, but,
well, kick me awake when something really good is going on.
BOTTOM LINE: Well, one type of fan would call this "uninspired and tired", while another type of fan would declare that
it's "measured and mellow", that's how it goes, you got me, man. Whatever it is, Bob doesn't even wake up and get
interested until the final 3 songs of the night, so forget it.
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%2026%20June%2020.htm