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Gurten Festival

Bern, Switzerland

17 July 1993



Disc 1 [56:18]

1. Hard Times [5:50]

2. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again [8:12]

3. All Along The Watchtower [6:58]

4. Just Like A Woman [8:35]

5. Tangled Up In Blue [11:42]

6. Little Moses [6:08]

7. Boots Of Spanish Leather [8:50]


Disc 2 [53:30]

1. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right [7:59]

2. Cat's In The Well [7:22]

3. I And I [8:36]

4. Maggie's Farm [8:46]

5. Ballad Of A Thin Man [8:40]

6. It Ain't Me, Babe [12:05]



Concert # 501 of The Never-Ending Tour. Concert # 21 of the 1993 Europe Summer Tour. 1993 concert # 45.

Concert # 45 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, 6-8, 13 acoustic with the band.

5, 7, 8, 13 Bob Dylan harmonica.

1, 6 Bucky Baxter (accordion)



Some track transitions are not entirely seamless

D1 T1: [5:37 - 5:50] track split off, second song begins

D2 T6: [11:46 -12:05] dead runoff


SOUND: Overall a superb recording. Vocals are clear (except for when Bob really raises his voice) but the instrumentation

is the most impressive sounding thing. The guitars in particular are bright and well separated.


COMMENTS: So the sound is dandy, which is fine, but how is the show? Well, it's great, in fact. Bob's already awake and

stretching out his lines by the second song, a quirky version of Mobile. We get Bob singing sloppy but never out of control

and the band is laying this funky jam out behind him. Good jams in here. And, in typical 1993 fashion, as nice as the jams

are in one song they're that bad in the very next: get a load of Watchtower, that is some miserable guitar work for the most

part. Oh wait, that's just Bob trying to keep up, never mind. Tangled is a shout-fest, blah. To all lovers of Boots of Spanish

Leather take heart: In just another year or two Bob would rediscover this tune and sing it well. Now, back here in 1993,

well, good luck with that. If he didn't blow such a sweet harmonica solo we'd really be in trouble. All that yelling works

perfectly in a campy sort of way on Don't Think Twice. Here is a case of Bob's performance being so outrageous and over

the top that you just accept it and sit back with a grin and root for him to go, man, go. A helluva romp. And the highlights

keep coming, I and I is worthy of a repeat spin or two, a massive version. Same with Thin Man, which only serves to

underline the point about 1993 and that point is this: More often than not the band steals the show. (which also goes to show

exactly why this year is so polarizing among traders)


BOTTOM LINE: Solid enough show in good enough sound, recommended.



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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