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Lycabettus Theatre

Athens, Greece

22 June 1993

 

 

Disc 1 [73:16]

1. Hard Times [4:48]

2. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again [7:15]

3. All Along The Watchtower [6:50]

4. Just Like A Woman [7:26]

5. Tangled Up In Blue [11:52]

6. She Belongs To Me [7:12]

7. Watching The River Flow [6:59]

8. Little Moses [5:56]

9. Tomorrow Night [4:58]

10. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll [9:58]

 

Disc 2 [64:51]

1. Mr. Tambourine Man [9:53]

2. Cat's In The Well [6:00]

3. I And I [7:52]

4. Simple Twist Of Fate [9:58]

5. Maggie's Farm [8:48]

6. Man In The Long Black Coat [6:55]

7. Everything Is Broken [6:24]

8. It Ain't Me, Babe [8:59]

 

 

Concert # 485 of The Never-Ending Tour. Concert # 5 of the 1993 Europe Summer Tour. 1993 concert # 29.

Concert # 29 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

5, 10, 11, 18 Bob Dylan harmonica

1, 8 Bucky Baxter (accordion).

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

 

NOTES:

Some track transitions are not entirely seamless

D1 T1: [1:20 - 2:43] volume spike

D1 T1: [3:48] dropout

D1 T3: [1:38, 2:14, 2:44] volume raises

D2 T1: [0:00] digi-spike

D2 T8: [8:50 - 8:59] dead runoff

 

SOUND: This has all the ambiance of a wake, at least for the first few tracks. Compressed as hell, the instruments sound

like toys half the time, and the vocals, while distinct and fairly discernable, lack any sort of warmth or vitality that is usually

associated with a good recordings. Things eventually balance out, but there is a layer of thick muffle that never does clears

up. Still, from Tambourine Man on it's good enough to sit back and enjoy.

 

COMMENTS: Well, Tony plays cool bass on Stuck Inside of Mobile. That's really where this review should begin, not

with the dire noise that the setlist indicates is actually a rendition of Hard Times. This sound is not for rookies, and the first

half of the show is a chore to get through. And it's not just the sound, but Bob is barely worth listening to in the early

going. Listless, on auto-pilot, not feeling it. Shades of 1986 shouted-word nasal fest. How annoying is that guitar on

Watchtower? The echo effect is cool but the way that bastard charges in like a great rusty bull is a pisser. Just Like A

Woman is a dead carnival of drums that features Bob singing through about 4 feet of mattress. Things finally start to get

better during Tangled Up in Blue...well, at least the vocals are louder than the drums. Bob turns in the first highlight of the

nigh in She Belongs To Me, wonderful phrasing. Some might call it overdramatic nonsense, but I like it, so in this review

it's scored as a highlight. And Bob must tend to his scorecard the same way because that seems to have flipped a switch, he

gets pretty nuts in River Flow, and he gets behind the acoustic set in typically focused fashion (although this version of

Tomorrow Night is *gasp* pretty weak). Hattie Carroll is given a machine-gun dictation that is worth hearing. I'm not

saying it's good or bad, but it's such a...a Bob thing...you should probably just listen to it by yourself and make up your own

mind. Nobody else could sing it like that (whether anybody else would want to is a valid follow-up, but that's not for this

review) and I gotta say it's great when the music starts to mimic the vocals to a degree, very interesting version tonight. Sad

that it sort of meekly dribbles to a close, despite Bob's passable harp solo. Tambourine Man is back to 1986 scream-aid

tactics, but at least we get the first really nice harp of the show. I love shows with the following combinations in the setlists:

Tomorrow Is A Long Time / Boots Of Spanish leather and I and I / Man In The Long Black Coat. Some one-two punches

work better than others, and here I and I sets the table for a sweet Black Coat, which, you could argue, is simply I and I with

a plot. Actually, you could almost argue that the man in the long black coat is a lot like the narrator in I and I, and that...no,

forget it, never mind. I'm not going to get in to that kind of thing here. I hate reading that type of the thing, and I'm not

about to bore you with my bullshit (that kind of bullshit, anyway, you have to read enough of my other kind as it is). How

hilarious is the "band introduction" every night? I bet nobody could make any name Bob is yelling over the roar of Maggie's

Farm, and he's such a cheeseball World's Fair barker, man what a character. Tony is in fine form, he has single-handedly

made no less than 5 or 6 tracks highly entertaining for me. Check out the cool thump of Everything Is Broken, Tony gets

that thing bubbling like a 5 pound heart, beautiful.

 

BOTTOM LINE: Average show in average-to-less-than-average sound. It smoothes out some in the second half but that's

for the best because isn't trying nearly as hard in the beginning as he is after the acoustic set. The second half is the only

thing worth hearing, if you must insist on hearing this at all...

 

 

Setlist and NET info © 2001 by Olof Björner

Recording notes and comments © 2005 by the proud members of the Glenn Cripes Fan Klub

 

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