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Teatro Romano

Merida, Spain

12 July 1993



Disc 1 [71:32]

1. Hard Times [4:28]

2. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again [9:20]

3. All Along The Watchtower [7:33]

4. Just Like A Woman [7:51]

5. Tangled Up In Blue [14:00]

6. Lay Lady Lay [8:57]

7. Watching The River Flow [7:00]

8. Little Moses [6:37]

9. Tomorrow Night [5:43]


Disc 2 [75:41]

1. Gates Of Eden [12:00]

2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right [7:56]

3. Cat's In The Well [7:48]

4. I And I [10:08]

5. I'll Remember You [8:23]

6. Maggie's Farm [7:55]

7. Ballad Of A Thin Man [9:59]

8. It Ain't Me, Babe [11:29]



Concert # 499 of The Never-Ending Tour. Concert # 19 of the 1993 Europe Summer Tour. 1993 concert # 43.

Concert # 43 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).



Some track transitions are not entirely seamless

D1 T1: [0:00 - 0:07] Intro clipped, Hard Times fades in

D1 T6: [8:55 - 8:57] Dead air

D2 T1: [9:50 - 12:00] The first couple minutes of Don't Think Twice are on the end of the track

D2 T2: [7:40 - 7:56] The first few seconds of Cat's In The Well are on the end of the track

D2 T4: [0:00 - 0:01] There is a pause between T3 and T4 and the first second of T4 is a repeat of the last second of T3.

Sounds like somebody hit the pause button, heh, heh.

D2 T5: [0:00 - 0:06] Another 'pause'

D2 T8: [3:06 - 9:35] Maybe a mic dropped or a wire got unplugged or they switched to an distant, alternate source, but the

sound goes drastically quiet and suddenly you're 73 rows from the stage (or above it).


SOUND: Excellent sound on this one, warm and marginally balanced (if you consider Bob's hollering vocals right in your

face and the drums playing catch up marginally balanced. It improves by the 4th or 5th track though, by Lay Lady Lay

you're there).


COMMENTS: Hey, speaking of jamming, and, let's face it, when you're talking about 1993 you're always talking about

jamming, check out the crazy brushing meltdown in Watchtower. The band brings it slowly up the elevator...and then pushes

it right the hell down the stairs. Just Like a Woman is the sort of staggering emergency that you have to marvel at. Bob is

singing like like a guy at who got was specifically not given an invite to the local karaoke contest. Thankfully Tangled is up

next, and Tony and the guys establish a tasty groove, a neat bed for Bob to mess up, heh heh. His vocals are decent, but it's

hard to inject much feeling and subtlety when you're shouting. But hey, we get harmonica and the jam is cool, especially if

you like the meandering, Grateful Deal-on-an-uninspired-day sound. Wow, awesome ambiance for Watching the River

Flow, the instrument imbalance makes this thing great. Tomorrow Night is wonderful, Bob rarely drops the ball with this

tune. Gates of Eden has some nice phrasing, listen to the way he softly bullets out the 'sometimes I think there are no words'

line, I'm liking that. Harp is always welcome too. I'll Remember You is awful. Bob is trying to pull this off so badly, this

yelling, rising vocal tide, but it fails. Of course the silver lining is that it makes the instrumental breakdown part that much

more startling.


BOTTOM LINE: Decent show, a hair above average. There's a lot of things to like here, but I'd go with the 17th or 9th if

you're looking for better July '93 shows before trading for this one.



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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