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Plaza des Toros

Gijon, Spain

8 July 1993

 

 

Disc 1 [65:40]

1. Hard Times [7:12]

2. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again [9:26]

3. All Along the Watchtower [7:49]

4. Just Like a Woman [8:51]

5. Tangled Up In Blue [13:28]

6. If Not For You [12:22]

7. Watching The River Flow [6:15]

8. Little Moses [6:37]

9. Tomorrow Night [5:53]

 

Disc 2 [77:53]

1. Mr. Tambourine Man [10:59]

2. Girl From The North Country [8:44]

3. Everything Is Broken [6:40]

4. I And I [10:20]

5. Simple Twist Of Fate [9:44]

6. Maggie's Farm [9:36]

7. Ballad Of A Thin Man [10:06]

8. It Ain't Me, Babe [11:39]

 

 

Concert # 496 of The Never-Ending Tour. Concert # 16 of the 1993 Europe Summer Tour. 1993 concert # 40

Concert # 40 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, 17 acoustic with the band.

5, 6, 9-11, 17 Bob Dylan harmonica.

1, 8 Bucky Baxter (accordion).

 

NOTES:

Some track transitions are not entirely seamless

D1 T2 through remainder of show: Hard Times has a beautiful sound, but then 20 seconds into Mobile the sound slips and

the rest of the songs have a blanket tossed over them and sound a little more muffled and distant.

D1 T6: [5:19 - 5:30] mild vocal buzz, sort of like chewing on tin foil.

D1 T9: [5:32-5:53] dead runoff

D2 T8: [11:19 - 11:39] dead runoff

 

SOUND: So listening to the first track, a sloppy but trying Hard Times, I was struck by how nice and clean the sound was.

Everything was in place: great vocals, the strings of the guitars so close you can almost see them, sweet stuff, right? Well,

that's the only track in that quality. Now don't worry, because instead of an 'A' the sound simply falls to a solid B+, which is

good enough. The balance is spot on.

 

COMMENTS: I just did something I haven't done in a few years at least: I stopped and hit repeat...for Tangled Up In Blue!

I'm an unabashed Tony fan, and he gets loose with this one, the band is dumping in whatever they think might stick, and Bob

is joining in as well. Not flawless by any stretch, but hey, Tony rules, and at nearly 13 minutes long it's a beast. If Not For

You is up and it's a good one. Bob starts off slow but warms to the words, manages a passable solo, and they unroll this

thing to a length of no less than 12 minutes and pocket change. Heavy jamming tonight. River Flow gets the bawdy strip

joint rave up treatment, but after back to back 12+ minute songs, we're in desperate need of an acoustic song or two, this

thing is starting to drag. We're saved, once again, by Tomorrow Night, a full-stop gorgeous rendition, from the honey drips

of the harp opening to the way he sings "bright", "night", and "tonight" [1:29 - 1:40, just about breaks your heart] to the

scat-harp solo, this one is a joy. 5 minutes of your life well spent. Tony and Bob have fun during the Tam Jam © (my newly

coined title for the signature jam inside Mr. Tambourine Man) and it's shocking when Bob blows in with a sparkling harp out

of seemingly nowhere. I've never quite heard him play harmonica like this before, it's like Sesame Street meets a power

ballad, it makes it easy to see why he likes to play with a band. Brilliant effort from Bob on that one. It's Boots...of the

North Country...no...yes! This is a grand listen, Bob has settled into a vocal zone and is doing well with everything. But

now, lest we fall asleep, Bob goes Endless Summer on us and drags the station wagon off to the beach for that Groovy

Ghoulies romp known as Everything Is Broken. If it wasn't so much fun I'd try to feel guilty for listening to this, it's a high

point of irony that the guy who has a reputation for being so sullen and cynical and serous is playing this thing. Great drums

on I and I, all Winston needs is that little dingle bell and we're all set. Monster version here...literally. Sounds like Phantom

of the Opera run through The Shining. How Bob thinks it's somehow okay to back it with Simple Twist of Fate I'll never

know, but it works, damned if it doesn't. Anybody who thinks that song order doesn't matter pay attention to this show, just

when you need a change Bob provides it, perfect pacing. And Simple Twist is great, check out how Bob lulls you to sleep

with his quiet crooner vocals, only to erupt at about the 7 minute mark, it'll send chills right down your spine.

 

BOTTOM LINE: Overall, a fantastic concert if you're in the mood for some long, interesting jams. To that end, 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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