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Live 1966 (The Royal Albert Hall Concert)

Bob Dylan

1998

Live 1966 (The Royal Albert Hall Concert)

Album Summary

Live 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert is a two-disc live album by Bob Dylan, released in 1998. It is the second installment in the ongoing Bob Dylan Bootleg Series on Legacy Recordings, and has been certified a gold record by the RIAA. It was recorded at the Manchester Free Trade Hall during Dylan's world tour in 1966, though early bootlegs attributed the recording to the Royal Albert Hall so it became known as the Royal Albert Hall Concert. Extensively bootlegged for decades, it is an important document in the development of popular music during the 1960s.The set list consisted of two parts, with the first half of the concert being Dylan alone on stage performing an entirely acoustic set of songs, while the second half of the concert has Dylan playing an "electric" set of songs alongside his band the Hawks. The first half of the concert was greeted warmly by the audience, while the second half was highly criticized, with heckling going on before and after each song.

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Rating

3.13

Votes

5216

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter
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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Jesus Christ, Bob. Give that harmonica a break.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
2

It's  wild that a bootleg album made it to the 1001 list. I Buying bootlegs of my favourite bands' live performances was my only real indulgence in the early 80s. You had to know the one or two stores in town that carried them. The place in Toronto was The Record Peddler. Sudbury had a place, called Recycled Records,  that would place orders for me.  Knowing the names of the stores wasn't enough. You had to know the secret handshake to get the store owner to show you the goods. The bootlegs were never kept in the bins with the "legal albums" as the owner was always paranoid that Law Enforcement would find out and put him out of business. If a stranger asked the guy at the Record Peddler where the bootlegs were kept, he would probably deny even knowing what a bootleg was. If you didn't have the right connections at the store, the other option was mail order although half the time I tried this route my money disappeared and I received nothing. Let's just say that finding a bootleg was much harder than finding half a gram. When you finally got your hands on a bootleg, it came with serious sticker shock. A bootleg would cost three times the amount a legal album costs and the price did not guarantee quality. Many bootlegs sounded like they were recorded on a $10 dictaphone like the brothers on Madmen use. Other bootlegs, however, were recorded by the guys on the mixing board and the  quality of these was better but still  nothing like the quality of a legal live album.  The exorbitant price applied regardless of quality so you had to do your homework. There was a book called Hot Wacks that was  dedicated to bootleg reviews so you could know, before parting with your cash, whether the quality was good. Having the latest edition of Hotwacks was as critical to a bootleg buyer as having Robert Parker's Bordeaux bible would be to a wine snob heading to a wine auction.   The difficulties finding  a decent quality bootleg added to the mystique.  A decent quality bootleg of your favourite band was your most cherished vinyl possession. You would be happy with the lower album quality since you had a treasure that (almost) nobody else had. In those days,  bootlegs were magic. In 2021, I can peruse YouTube and easily find loads of bootleg quality live recordings for free. The magic that was there in the early 80's is gone and when you take away the magic, all that is left is a live recording that is mediocre quality. 

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

I remember the excitement surrounding the official release of the Manchester “Judas” concert (misnamed as RAH here on purpose). You know, no YouTube then so it was just a legendary story. That they edited the heckling out of this was slightly disappointing, but it’s an incredible set, and we finally got to see the “Judas” moment in Scorcese’s film later.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
3

I've heard from some very reliable sources that seeing Bob Dylan live is one of the greatest experiences you can ever have. Some prefer Bob Dylan dead.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

4.4 - Never having given this album a close listen, I’d thought it was overrated like some of Dylan’s output. But now that I’ve had a chance to actually listen, I see that I was wrong - this album lives up to the hype. The schism between the acoustic portion of this concert compared to the electric one sounds jarring to me as a casual listener and I can only imagine how dramatic that schism felt to the concert goers who were expecting a solemn folk affair. Aside from the lore, Bob Dylan truly shines here. I love the songs. I love the vibe. It’s rare that I find a Dylan album I enjoy from start to finish - he often throws in wrenches to challenge the listener. In this case, by going electric, Dylan propelled this concert to a different stratosphere.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Dylan is a great song writer but... not something I would hear for 1.5 hours. First side drones on with the harmonica grinding your ears. Second side is better but besides a few songs, it's pretty much the same long melody.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
2

i wasn't really in the mood for it. for a live recording it wasn't that energetic.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
2

Genre: Folk Rock 2/5 I'm honestly sick of this man. I'm not sure what he did to deserve his legacy. He's a phony and a charlatan, and everything I hear from him is bland, lyrically confusing, and vocally inept. The man cannot sing a note, he can hardly pronounce his own lyrics, he plays the harmonica and guitar about as well as your average wayward fellow does and never to an extent that feels virtuosic, and above all that, his live shows are boring and uninteresting. The first half of this 90+ minute experiment in boredom is Bob and a chair. The only things that kept me listening were the hilarious, once-a-minute voice cracks and the chuckles I'd get once his harmonica started to squeal. Truly sonically unbearable, and left me primed to levy my first 1 rating on an album. However, the full band does come out for the second half of the show, and brings a bit more liveliness to the program, but not enough to warrant any sort of merit. Apparently this second half was filled with boo's and jeering from the crowd, but it has all been carefully edited out in order to remove any Dylan dissent from hitting any fanboy's ears. I would've certainly enjoyed this album more if I had someone to boo along with. This was the cherry on the shit sundae that is Bob Dylan albums in this book, and I know I still have more to listen to... But, as for this, it's an entirely avoidable album, with an entire first disc that provides nothing worthwhile to the listener. A real stinker.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
1

Couldn't stand it. Nothing but poor rhymes and same nasal drone.

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Thu Oct 01 2020
5

An undeniable songwriting talent, Bob Dylan is already one of my favorite titans of music. This bootleg recording from '66 is a great example of both his one-man-acoustic style and his full-band-electric style. Just a dang good record front to back.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

4.5/5. A strangely compelling acoustic guitar + nasal singer, then some weirdly catchy old school standard rock band. There's probably a bunch of strong lyrics that I glossed over too

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

For whatever reason, it always feels weird to write anything about Bob Dylan. What can I say about him as a poet, musician, pioneer, bear-poker, and overall just fascinating human and artist. Now, this album. Fantastic. The date of this show is one night after the infamous "Judas!" heckle to which Mr. Dylan responded beautifully (just looked it up: I knew the heckle and Bob's response; what I didn't know is after he responded to the heckler, he turned to his band and growled, "Play it fucking loud!", and, by gum, they sure as hell did.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

There's no denying that this album has so many classic Dylan songs. I normally don't like live albums because I feel like the crowd is a bit noisy and the music isn't as good however, Bob did an excellent job of making this album more personal than a lot of other live albums. I mean can one give any less than 5 stars to Bob Dylan. This album perfectly encapsulates his ability with instruments and the lyrical genius that he is so well known for. I am a bit confused however as to why there is a bootleg album on this list, I feel like Dylan has many more albums which were original that deserve to be on here two than stretching for a bootleg one, but hey, it's a phenomenal album.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

Love Dylan. But a live album is a bit if a fraud. Like having a greatest hits on the list. Cover art 1/5

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

People hated it when Dylan went electric. Dumb. I love seeing retrospective videos with all those squares beating their chests about "folk music isn't ELECTRIC." The Hawks (the Band) could jam so hard. They were simultaneously loose and super tight. That's a tricky combination to pull off. 1966 was Dylan at the pinnacle of his coolness, IMO. "Ballad of a Thin Man" is one of my favorite of his songs. Not sure if it's from this specific concert, but there is such a beautifully shot live video of him playing the song on this tour. I think it was in the Martin Scorcese film "No Direction Home."

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

What an extraordinary document of a moment in pop history. What surprises the listener here is how good Dylan sounds live - captivating with just voice, guitar and harmonica in the first half, then absolutely rocking out with The Hawks in the second half. The songs sounds so vivid and vibrant and heartfelt - sometimes more so than their studio record counterparts. The story of his ‘betrayal’ of folk music is so, well, folkloric, that to have captured it here is a glimpse into another world and time. An essential recording and a bootleg to boot.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Nice

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Really enjoyed this. A lot of it sounded like a studio recording and not live. It was cool hearing the two phases of Bob Dylan in one set/one album.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

I'm very much a Dylan guy and was really impressed with how much he sounded like his studio recordings during this concert. Great set list.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Some people love live albums. I am not one of those people. But I think I'd make an exception just given how huge a moment in music history it was when Dylan strapped on his electric guitar. Obviously full of bangers.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

Gets rolling pretty quick, wild to think how many great songs this guy whipped up in his first handful of years. The first half sounds superb: the room, the dynamics in his strumming and voice, the rippin’ tin sando – it really feels like your sitting in front of the mixing board. The less-intimate back half also sounds great, but I’m not quite as engaged by big volume Bob for some reason. Regardless, I’d come back to this one. 3/5

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Fri May 28 2021
2

If I were to rate this album by the overall quality of the songs included, which on the studio version are spread across various extremely iconic and enjoyable albums, Dylan would deserve a 4 or even a 5 in some cases. If I were to rate the album by it's execution, and its execution alone, the score drops significantly. To be frank, I understand the stigma behind saying Dylan is a genius vocalist, which I somewhat agree with, but I dislike it a whole lot more on his live performances. The same opinion I have is on the instrumentals, where i find the harmonica sounds extremely grating and headache-inducing. Because Dylan is well represented on the top 1000 list, a 2/5 for this live version is deserved.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
2

A handbag full of mince meat and peas resting on the lap of an older woman with a stiff upper lip. She's on the way back from the abortion clinic where she's been campaigning for free abortions for white males aged 8-13. She has had a successful day's work.

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Thu Oct 01 2020
1

It was awful. The man can't sing and long harmonica solos just become unbearable.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
1

Whiny voice, boring songs that all sound the same. I want to throw his harmonica out a window.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
1

Overrated. Every time this guy shows up, this list seems less credible

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Fri Feb 11 2022
1

I've never been a fan of Dylan, and this performance does nothing to change that. Dylan's "style" of singing always rubs me the wrong way, and takes away from what might otherwise be pretty decent songs.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
1

Bob Dylan's music can kiss my ass. Just droning on and on, I have no idea how anyone could like this snoozer of an artist. And enough with the harmonica, it's not good and actually had to turn down the volume at times cause it pierces right through your ears. I really tried to make it through this album but had to bail for my sanity. I won't give him a 1/10 because at least the guitar playing is pleasant, really the only redeeming thing with this album. 2/10.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

Love the contrast between the first and second halves of the album. Hard to believe so many of his hits had been written before 1966. GOAT songwriter

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Sat May 22 2021
5

There's no getting around how many classic Dylan songs are on this album. I normally don't like live albums because I feel like the crowd detracts from the songs, but this album it felt very intimate, like Dylan wasn't in a studio but was just singing direct to me in Albert Hall. I really enjoyed it, probably the best Dylan album I've gotten so far

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

This is more than an album, it's a historical artifact. The music is amazing but it also captures an important time in the history of music and one of its most influential artists. Great pick for father's day! 5 stars.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

there are severall versions @ spotify so I hope I listened to the correct one, great recording but, agaim, what is it with this list and the live recordings? were there not enough albums?

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Esencial para entender la música

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

Dylan es Dylan...

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

Amazing.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

One of the most important live performances of the 20th Century. BT: Just Like a Woman, Tell Me Momma, Like a Rolling Stone

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Wed May 12 2021
5

So happy to see this

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Wed May 26 2021
5

How strange that this project has delivered two perfect Dylan companion albums on the week of his 80th birthday, you could almost put it down to a higher power (namely, the reddit co-ordinator who manages this shit) From the infamous free trade hall gig on the 1966 UK leg of Dylan's World tour; this album is as much a historical document as the magna carta or Shakespeare's manuscripts. The first half is just Dylan with his acoustic guitar but he isn't singing protest songs, these are his new numbers from the Holy trinity of albums: bringing it all back home, highway 61 revisited and blonde on blonde. The fact that he transforms some of these electric rock n roll songs back into an acoustic form makes a mockery of the whole "judas" debate and what shines through most pertinently is the words. This is Dylan at his most bard like, the elegiac mood that he creates is so powerful and profound that to be honest I too would have been a little disappointed to see him emerge in the 2nd half with his rock n roll backing band, the hawks (later to become The Band). What follows though are some of the greatest and most pioneering rock n roll songs of all time. Scorsese's No Direction Home is a brilliant documentary that summarises this time so well as Marty understands that it was a moment of unparalled cultural significance within the 20th century. Happy birthday Bob.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Already listened, bloody amazing alum

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

A live album that earns its worth by capturing one of the most influential aesthetic shifts in music history basically in real time

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

This is an absolute classic!!

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

I enjoyed it.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

As a big fan of live concert recording, you can't deny the importance and significance of this live concert from Dylan. Musically, the first disc is Bob, solo acoustic and the second disc features Dylan electric with the band with songs from his previous releases. What a performance! In my opinion, this is Dylan at his best and I'm sure glad this show was recorded! Thank you bootleggers!

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Great concert....there are a lot of live Dylan albums out there...this one obviously is there because of the "Judas" "I don't believe you, you're a liar" confrontation in Manchester from the folk(ies) who thought he had "sold out".... it you like Dylan, it is a great gig. (Both acoustic and electric!)

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Tue May 17 2022
5

First half solo, 2nd half with band, boo'd by crowd.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
5

Yup, that was really good

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Sun Jun 05 2022
5

nice dylan

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Excellent

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Whenever I have the chance to see Bob live, I listen to this album or watch Pennebaker's/Scorsese's films. They are so good that I know I must go. Then I watch a few minutes of Rolling Thunder (I can't listen to the whole thing) and save my money. This album is perfect, particularly Tamborine Man, which he attacks, and the sheer noise of Baby, Let Me Follow You Down. Bob and the band are having so much fun. I wish he'd taken it down a few notches for Ballad of a Thin Man. The band have that sardonic tone down, but Bob's into full noise mode, not servicing the lyrics. Meanwhile, that nasal bellow is perfect for Like a Rolling Stone. "No secrets to conceeeeeeeeeeeeeal!" Perfect!

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Long album - few classics in there thought it would have a bit more of a live feel - good to hear bobs voice before the crackles started to show

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

It's amazing to have such a famous and important concert recorded and on an Album. It's a bit of a shame that the famous "Judas", "I don't believe you" exchange was cut from this album although you can make out some other heckling from the audience in some of the songs. You can get a sense of atmosphere and imagine the scene of the band rolling on the drum kit and amplifiers for the second half. 4.5/5

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Excellent!

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

"Judas!!" "I don't believe you...you're a liar...play it fucking loud" One of the most pivotal moments in music history, Dylan goes electric. If you know me, the score is no surprise. Absolutely perfect.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

this was a perfect listen.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Classic

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

"It makes you sick listening to this rubbish now.... Bob Dylan was a bastard in the second half." The wild mercury sound that hit the tips of the tongues of those who were not amused by Bob Dylan's full blown affair with rock and roll must have been beyond too much for them, as the man who was positioned to be the spokesman for his generation not only turned inward but became strung out and strange in the process. What was concession and halfassed compliance in the first half soon turned into a battering ram of ferocious velocity that was the "bastard" in the second half. These times were not only tumultuous but significant, as it was a document of what the worlds of folk and rock were and were about to become in the year 1966, and there was only one voice to tell those how it was going to be. The only question that remained was: Would you let him follow you down?

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Not into this

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Mon Sep 14 2020
4

Need to simmer this down further

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Tue Sep 22 2020
4

Took me a while to get into it but I like it!

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Disc 1 was more enjoyable than disc 2.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

I've never listened to Bob Dylan seriously, and this showed that can be an experience. I'm not a native english speaker so maybe I lost a good part of the meaning of the songs, but I liked the mood.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Always think I'm gonna like Bob Dylan less than I end up. Desolation Row was especially great.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

One of the best Live albums that I’ve heard. Actually enjoyable, and edited well.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

half-listened, distracting day

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Git country

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Very good live album, especially the second half

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Wordsmanship at its finest with a hint of folk rock

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

nice nice

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Classic Dylan

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Fri May 21 2021
4

I like it a lot, I just don't know how often I'll come back to a 1.5 hour Bob Dylan album. 8

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

why does it seem like he is whispering in my ear?

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Super good shit

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Fri May 21 2021
4

7/10. Weird choice to put a vertically stretched picture of Mike from Stranger Things on the cover. Fairly enjoyable album, but didn't have much of the excitement that live albums often have, and Like a Rolling Stone and Desolation row were the only stand-out songs in my opinion.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

It loses a star for the length and the amount of harmonica but overall fantastic. Comfortable. 8/10

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Man he’s got a lot of stamina with these long songs. Bob Dylan albums can be a little tough for me, but I liked this one more than I expected to. Had a good feel- need to revisit to appreciate the lyrics. The history of the bootlegging is cool.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

The first seven songs are beautifully preformed, just a man his words, his guitar and his harmonica. But when the songs are electrified and played with accompaniment, the album just explodes out of the headphones. Tell Me Momma bangs so hard. I’d give this a 5, but I can’t bring myself to give a live performance/best of album a 5.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

This double disc was on constant rotation in Wheatfields. Almost makes me wish we didn't have access to all music ever made all the time anywhere. I miss forming those deep relationships with an album that's only possible when you're limited to an armrest full of CDs. These days my attention deficit disorder and Spotify isn't a recipe for repeat album listens, let alone playing one 100+ times. Pretty much every second of this is burned somewhere in my head, so it really stood out when Spotify trimmed off the breaks between songs (presumably because saving 5 seconds per song racks up more streams?). The legend of this album is Dylan going electric in front of a bunch of uptight British folk purists, so what's cut out - the crowd's response, Bob's reactions - is a big hole in the story. I know I sound like a music snob, but the big moment where someone yells "Judas!", Bob says "I don't believe you", turns to The Band, says "play fucking loud!" and bangs out Like A Rolling Stone, is great, and is gone. I suppose that doesn't matter for 1001 though. Disc 2 is a perfect 5/5 A+ for me. Snotty, sloppy, way too trebley, raucous (for 1966) Bob. Disc 1 is somewhere lower - it takes a rare patience to love a 9 minute Tambourine Man. A

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Es Dylan. La primera mitad del disco canta el solo y se me hace larguísima pero la segunda lo hace con banda y el conjunto gana bastante. Es bueno pero es Dylan.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

A concert (and an album) of two halves. The first half, the extended acoustic set, is a fantastic collection of Dylan numbers brilliantly executed and is a really enjoyable listen. But it’s the second part of the set where it really catches fire and feels, quite literally, electric. Superb.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Big fan of the fact that this was recorded at the Free Trade Hall in MCR and not the Albert Hall as stated in the title. Excellent album however some tracks don't really hit, for example track 1 didn't really do anything yet the ovation is huge, maybe blinded by the man.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Enjoyable Bob Dylan album.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Bob Dylan, más de 50 años componiendo. Una puta leyenda viva del folclore americano que aunque no sea mi música favorita, reconozco la enormidad del asunto.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

My wife and I had very different experiences with this album. I was never really a Dylan fan and had a hell of a time trying to decipher what he was saying, and for this reason didn't get as much out of this album (a problem exacerbated by the live recording). My wife, on the other hand, is a Dylan superfan and loved hearing the rawness and unpolished versions of yhe dongs that she knows all the lyrics to (which I understand is most of Dylan's allure). We split the difference in our rating.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Enjoyed! Will have to come back around to this again.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Good album. Great history

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Oke Bob Dylan, je verdient men volledige aandacht voor die depressieve lyrics. Maar ik kan je die niet voor de volledige 1u5 geven 😟

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

lang, maar hij weet u toch maar te pakken heee

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Sat Oct 16 2021
4

If we hadn't already given freewheelin' a 5 ....

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

I wasn’t sure if I would be into this. Hearing this might be a bootleg tape gave me visions of terribly audio quality - and I struggle at times with Dylan's vocals. Fortunately the audio quality seemed good for something with "bootleg" in the title. Although on the first 3 songs I struggled Dylan’s delivery, I started to enjoy the album during “Visions of Johanna”. “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” and “Desolation Row” was very good and where I started to relate more to the album. At the end of the first album I was still not sure how to rank this. I was not yet really enjoying the listen despite the brilliant songs and extremely talented performance. Was I going to have to give this 3 stars since I had no interest in adding it to my music collection? When the second disc in the set started with the band everything changed. The band helped click everything into place and I really started loving the music. They helped smooth over the parts of the vocals that I had found grating. The lyrics took on a new urgency. And everything became much more fun! I was hearing some of that heckling from the audience because Dylan had "sold out." I guess I am one of those unwashed masses that Dylan sold out for, because I really like him when he plugs in. I'm so glad he ignored the haters and expanded how he presented his music. I'm glad to have the opportunity to experience "pure" Dylan in disc one, but I'm not really interested in listening to it again. When Dylan started working with the band my appreciation of him moved from my head to my heart.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

Well now I don't know how to rate this album. I listened all the way through twice and was quite well taken with it the first time, ready for 5 stars. But after a second listen, I'm tired, ready for it to be over, at a low 3. I'm not sure what happened. I find I like it best when I can give all my attention to the lyrics. That makes it hard to get anything done while I'm listening. Second time through, I had to get some work done so maybe that's why it grated. I did really like the first side both times, all acoustic with just Dylan "singing." His voice is definitely a parody of itself and I can't call it "pretty" or even "good" but honestly I can't imagine these songs sounding any other way. This is poetry talk-sung to some simple, sweet melodies. His musicianship really shines on the harmonica --- chords and single tones with dynamics! Whoa. I started writing down all the lyrics I particularly liked but had to stop pretty quickly because I'd be quoting entire songs. I like the second side less with more musicians and more electricity. I see now from the album's Wikipedia page that the audience agreed with me: "The first half of the concert was greeted warmly by the audience, while the second half was highly criticized, with heckling going on before and after each song." It wasn't bad but I wasn't as charmed. I'll split the difference and give the whole thing a 4. I'm glad to have listened to it but I may not listen to the whole thing again.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

An incredibly performed show from a peak point in Bob Dylans career. Favorites: "Just Like a Woman", "Tell Me, Momma", "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Classic Bob Dylan some great live versions of classic songs

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

It's good if you can ignore the singing

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Flottur Dylan á flottu tímabili.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

It is funny what they consider a bootleg, but this live concert was very well recorded and displayed a lot of Dylan's songs immediately following his shift to electric guitar. This milestone and its importance cannot be understated for its impact on music, and the music on this album serve as a prime example as to why Dylan is so highly regarded.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

a dandy

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Great songs, but I don't think I'll be re-listening this very often, so 4*.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Oh cool! I've heard of this performance, when Dylan "went electric", but I didn't realize it was available to listen to. Yup - it's exactly as advertised. Dylan does his usual folk crooning on disc 1, and then invents folk rock on disc 2. I like em both! Hard to imagine people disliking the rock sound so much. I'm almost inclined to give it 5 stars for the historical importance, but gonna stick with 4 for the purely subjective listening experience. Fave track - "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" from disc 1, "Like a Rolling Stone" from disc 2...

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

I was expecting too much from this release. It's nice since I already assumed that Bob Dylan is beyond my comprehension, so I can say that the album is not as remarkable as I thought. It's good, sure, but lower expectations could be a good approach to listen to it in 2022 when Bob Dylan is already a Nobel-prized author with so many expectations over his songs. The twist acoustic/electric between the two discs is something strong.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Not a fan of Bob Dylan's singing style with the constant upward inflections, but his songwriting is on point. The first half of this release, the acoustic half, also has a really intimate feeling that is very enjoyable. Dylan's singing style bothers me a lot here though. The second half, with The Hawks, is a masterful performance. Atmospheric, psychedelic, folky, and rockin'. Dylan's singing is a bit more restrained, which fits the music better and is far more enjoyable.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

I'm a Dylan fan, but not a Dylan stan. He has some works I really like beyond just their reputation, but Petty has always been my Traveling Wilbury of choice. So I have heard this concert performance before once or twice, but it's not exactly what I'd call a fun time, it's honestly more of a history lesson. A history lesson with some incredible songs, including a couple of my favorite Dylan tracks, but I don't see much need to listen to this other than to understand this point in his career. As a historical artifact, it's terrific. As a recording of this particular setlist, it's still quite good, but I'd honestly take this out for something a little more daring instead. And I find both halves pretty equal. B

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

I enjoyed this quite a bit, I guess I'm a fan of the harmonica.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

I really wanted to enjoy this more than I did. It still stands that Bob Dylan is an excellent storyteller, and a fantastic songwriter, but his vocal tones are borderline unpleasant at times.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

I enjoyed this album, as I’ve always been someone who appreciates Dylan. The Highway 61 / Blonde on Blonde time period has far and away been my favorite, and the tracks on this album did not disappoint. I liked how the first half was solo acoustic and the second was with his band. It’s quite interesting to me how negatively the “band” part of Dylan’s history was received at first. As far as “bootlegs” go, this was very well done.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

This is just an hour and a half of pure Bob Dylan. It’s good if you like Bob Dylan, and probably pretty unbearable if you don’t (fortunately, I do). The first half of the album is slow Bob Dylan songs, and the second half is faster Bob Dylan songs. There isn’t much more to say than that. It’s a long Bob Dylan album. Favorite track: Tell Me, Momma

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

I'm trying to understand this album in the context of its time - Bob Dylan, folk singer extraordinaire goes electric and his audience goes bonkers. Calls of "Judas!" and heckling fill the air. Ok, but I don't get this, because he had already released his electric Highway 61 Revisited nearly a year earlier to rave reviews. Classics on that album (performed here) include Like a Rolling Stone and Ballad of a Thin Man, both of which were originally recorded electric. So, I can't help but wonder if the audience theatrics are just a whole bunch of pretentiousness. Either way, I found the acoustic side a little dull - I kept thinking, "this is a 3." His singing sounds like a parody of himself. The guitar lines are just the same chords over and over, with an occasional break to blow on the harmonica. Plus, for all the raving about his lyrics, sometimes they're pure cheese: See the primitive wallflower freeze When the jelly-faced women all sneeze Hear the one with the mustache say, “Jeeze I can’t find my knees” [insert eye-roll emoji] Now, I knew some of these acoustic tracks were pretty well-known songs and noticed that many of them were hits for others, so I went listening to other versions. I found in most cases I preferred the covers, such as the hit versions of It's All Over Now, Baby Blue by Them (i.e., Van Morrison) and Mr. Tambourine Man by the Byrds. Both covers led me to conclude that Dylan is an awesome songwriter who should leave the performing to others. Then I hit the electric set. Immediate thought - Dylan can actually sing. Yeah, he still has that weird twangy inflection, but he was belting it out over the band (or I guess, technically, over The Band). But another thing was that these songs had much more character than Dylan with just a guitar. Tell Me, Momma comes across like a slap to the pretentious audience members who only want to hear folk Bob. I Don't Believe You is the first one where I thought Dylan really sang well. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues and Leopard-Skin Pill-Box are both rockers with great guitar work (Robbie Robertson, presumably?). Ballad of a Thin Man and Like a Rolling Stone are both classics and both sound great here. So, the electric side brought me to a 4. I'm looking forward to hearing more - particularly Highway 61 Revisited (which I've listened to before, but never closely). This live album is probably more important as a historical recording, but it made me want to dig a lot deeper. I'm sure digging deeper will make me better appreciate the "back-story" of this apparently legendary concert.

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Mon May 02 2022
4

You have to love yourself some Bob Dylan to really get into this whole album, but it's really lovely, showing off the two sides of Dylan at that pivotal moment in his career. Disk 1 is a really bare bones, slower paced recording that will probably try the patience of your casual listener. Disk 2 is much more to my taste, with Dylan supported by the excellent pre-Band Hawks. Just some really warm, rich performances that I could listen to for hours. Dylan is in excellent voice, singing some of the greatest songs of his career. Sound quality is mixed, with Dylan's vocal fading out quite a bit in "Ballad of a Thin Man," which is unfortunate. Not the album I would recommend as an intro to Dylan, but still pretty great. Fave Songs: Like a Rolling Stone, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, One Too Many Mornings, I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met), Tell Me Momma, Just Like a Woman, Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat, Visions of Johanna

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

Spellbinding portrait of a transitional time.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Jel ovo može biti loše? Ne može. Amen, gotova misa.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Anything by Bob Dylan live is gold

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

es dylan, son clásicos, suena muy bien, se aprecia cada detalle a pesar de ser grabado en una presentación en vivo, gusta, falta apreciar mejor las letras. en ocasiones la harmónica cansa, dale tranqui Bob. no estoy de acuerdo con la crítica a la segunda parte del concierto, me gustó tanto como la primera, hace un buen trabajo

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

I really enjoyed listening to a young Bob Dylan sing live

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

I've never been a huge fan of Dylan's voice, but this album is very compelling!

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Disc 1: 2 Disc 2: 5

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

lazy

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

more importantly culturally than it is great musically in my opinion. Much like the audience, I also prefer Dylan's folk stuff, but the rock isn't bad.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

I like Dylan, but more for his songwriting...and the first half of the album was letting me down...and then the first track on Side two kicked in and I remembered the story about this...looked it up and that whole acoustic/electric set controversy. I was all prepped with 2 stars but I am going 3.5 now after listening to the second half and a little bit of historical relevance affecting my wanton handing out of half stars.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Looses some of the intimacy of the studio albums

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

I really enjoyed this, It was a lot better than my first Dylan experience here.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

First time listening to Dylan's live album. Classic Bob, beautiful stories, spoken word style and characteristic harmonica/guitar combo

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Bob

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

This was a great collection of Dylan tunes. Have always appreciated him and his work, not necessarily my all time favorite but I still f with it.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Yes the band are in fine fettle but early signs of Wavering Bob Voice. It sounds like a great gig to have been at, but not quite THE BEST THING EVER .

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

A nice early recording from Dylan. Some classics on here, but nothing that stood out on the first play-through that would make me prefer these offerings. Strong close with Ballad of a tin man and Like a rolling stone.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

An incredible record of an incredible moment.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Gnällig och jävligt släpig röst när han sjunger live. Plus för att detta är den berömda Judas!-konserten.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

ok

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Sat Mar 06 2021
3

Ballad of a Thin man sounds amazing, but Dylan isnt an amazing live artist

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

1966. Key Songs: Like A Rolling Stone

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Not bad but the music portion always seems ancillary to the lyrics

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Den första halvan var typ en etta och den andra halvan är kanske, kanske en fyra. Så det är svårt. Seglar nog in på en trea.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

I just done like his voice (or the sound of harmonicas).

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Not a huge fan of Bob Dylan, but the album I listened to had commentary before every song so it was neat to hear why he wrote certain songs

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Imo very boring

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

Good concert. Some songs were a bit uninteresting. Some classics, some lesser known. All in all pretty good but probably not going in my rotation

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Standard Dylan.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

I have to be in the right mood, but Dylan can be enjoyable.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

Se supone que esta grabación tiene mucho valor histórico porque en estos conciertos estaban abucheando a Dylan cuando empezaba la parte eléctrica y se unía toda su banda. Tanto le disgustaba a la gente el cambio que le gritan "Judas" en algún punto y Dylan contesta callando al público. Tristemente, la versión que está al menos en Apple Music no tiene nada de estas interacciones y entonces queda como un disco en vivo más. En ese sentido, la parte inicial a mi me parece un poco tediosa, particularmente en los solos de armónica que suenan como a niño que compró una en la tienda de todo a un dolar. Por otro lado, la parte eléctrica del disco se me hizo muy buena e hizo que valiera la pena para mí.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

Es un buen show. El setlist me agrada pero creo que de artistas como Dylan que tienen varios discos en la lista, es excesivo meter además discos en vivo. Songs: Fourth Time Around, Like a Rolling Stone

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

I don't like Dylan's singing that much to be overly positive about this one. The guitar on Ballad of a Thin Man is great, but man, is this album long.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

De verdad no tiene sentido de estar. ¿Por qué es importante este disco en particular sobre cualquier otro en vivo de Dylan? ¿Es porque hay acústico y eléctrico? Si he leido que fue un shock para la gente cuando agarró un amplificador (oooh la humanidad ¿cómo se atreve?) pero no se me hace suficiente para incluirlo. Es un concierto muy estandar, las canciones pues canciones de él ya se sabe muy bien que son de calidad. Toda la primer mitad debo decir dificil, todo el sonido acústico muy bonito pero plano plano y me duerme casi. La segunda mitad muchísimo mejor, mucho más agradable, canciones que igual conozco (como en la primera mitad) pero con más movimiento obviamente. Sí, es un concierto de Dylan... Sí tiene un disco muy bueno (y otro decente/cansado)... No se me hace suficiente para poner OTRO disco de Dylan en una lista ya limitada para escuchar canciones que seguro nos van a tocar de nuevo en las versiones de estudio.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

ok.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

3 - Keine Ahnung was ich hier noch sagen soll.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

It was okay. Not a huge fan of live Dylan. I actually liked side 1 (all solo acoustic) more than the electric stuff.

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Sun May 23 2021
3

Un bon album live mais j’aimemieux les albums studio. Je n’ai pas ecoute l’album avec attention. C’est peut etre la raison. A hidden ca fiterais bien je crois. 3.5

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

Another Bob Dylan, this time live. Disc 2 is way more energetic with the full band than disc 1. I found this album to be somewhat less enjoyable than the last Dylan we did. He seems to be kind of phoning it in on his performance, something Dylan is rather famous for. His songs here also lack a certain amount of anger, which I really enjoyed on Freewheelin'. Not a bad listen, but nothing life changing.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Man this is too much Bob Dylan

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Nice one but not my style

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Legendary concert. Enjoyed it as a historical artefact more than a listening experience.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Dylan live - not sure about that.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Better than on the studio album.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

sure it is more important because of the period in his career and the venue etc than it is because of musical greatness. but.....i enjoyed it

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Overall pleasant to listen to but a bit disappointing. I just didn’t find a lot of these songs compelling and it’s suchhhhh a long album. 6/10

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

Forth time around hört sich an wie Udo Lindenberg der englisch spricht. Das Album ist so ein bisschen wie stumm Filme in Schwarz Weiß. Man kann manche auch noch gut heute schauen aber braucht die richtige mood dafür.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Classic stuff if you’re a Dylan fan.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
3

Good live album

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

Dylmeister at it´s best.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

Yehhhh OK, alright, struggling to get into it though. 2 or a 3, not sure yet. Picked up a bit towards the end. Deserves a 3 but still not my favourite Bob Dylan stuff. 3/5

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

This is kind of a curious addition, but I suppose I shouldn't be so surprised to see a live album make the list. It's kind of hard to evaluate this on the same level as the albums we've had so far because it feels more like a document of an important moment in popular music history than an album. The fact that it wasn't officially released until 1998 kind of supports this. I'm also kind of struck by the fact that, after all the smoke over folkies being *shocked* about his electric turn, the acoustic disc is has significantly more plays. I know popularity doesn't infer quality, but it's kind of striking that those recordings seem to have more staying power into 2020. It somewhat delivers as a document of Dylan's status as a provocateur. But also, why does this release cut out the key "Judas" drama from before they play "Like a Rolling Stone"? I can't contain my disappointment that they cut out such a critical part. It's like watching an airplane version of a favourite movie. If they included the "Bootleg Series" version, I think this would be more justified. Ultimately, I can't help but feel other records deserve this spot on the list over this one. Favourite track: "Ballad of a Thin Man" and "Like a Rolling Stone"

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Amazing how fully rounded the new folk-rock sound was.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

solid sound. I am not a huge fan, but can respect the influence.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

Un peu agaçant au début car utilisation ultra excessive de l'harmonica selon moi. Mais en deuxième partie de concert Bob a eu la bonne idée de poser son instrument diabolique et de se calmer sur le style country mélodramatique pour proposer des titres beaucoup plus rock et cool !

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Mon May 03 2021
3

Bob Dylan is an undeniable talent and legendary song-writer. But I've always struggled with his vocals.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

This album should not be on the list. It has been included for apparent historical significance. Plus it was released more than 30 years after the actual event. As to the content it is solid early Dylan showcasing his songwriting of that period. With it being live there is an opportunity to vary the delivery which is at best funny but more often irritating. The electric side is variable and now sounds a little limited. There are some songs where his vocal style works with a band.

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Sun May 30 2021
3

I like Bob Dylan. This album sounds very much like Bob Dylan. I've heard other albums by Dylan, but this album was new to me. I am familiar with studio recordings of several of the tracks, but otherwise the tracks on this album were new to me. I liked Side B of the album a little more than Side A. Based on this first experience, I don't see myself coming back for a second listen.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

amazing vocals, slow acoustic guitar, not my style of music but was an enjoyable experience 6/10

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

I'm glad I heard this but I this is not my favourite Dylan album despite its historical significance. Great versions of pill box hat and rolling stone though

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

Good album Irritating (mondharmonica) Good voice 3/5

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Sun May 23 2021
3

Rating: 7/10

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Never lostened to much of bob, but i enjoyed this

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Mon May 17 2021
3

lot of harmonica you see

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

It would have been very cool to see Dylan in the 60s. This is a goid example of his live shows at the time, but I felt this album went on a bit too long and dragged in the last third. Absolutely loved the first third. Dylan is a force and a fantastic songwriter, and I'm undoubtedly going to give 5s to Blood on the Tracks and Hwy 61, but this was just ok overall.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

Genuine mixed feelings on this. The first half is a 2 star, great songs ruined by a nasally whine. The second half is glorious though.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
3

13th August 2021 Started this while away in Suffolk with all of Gareth's mates. Didn't realise it would be this long, so took me all weekend and finished on Monday morning. The more I listen to Dylan the more I don't think I get him. Obviously he's a cultural behemoth, but I find his lyrics quite inaccessible, especially live.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

You know Bob Dylan is a great lyricist, and some of his music is really transcendent. However, I don’t find myself enjoying him as much as I feel like others do. This was a fine album, but just that, fine.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

I don't get the hate for Bob, he's overall pretty enjoyable. Live albums are cheating but still was a good listen.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Different from some of the other live albums that've been on the list so far, not as crowd-involved and just nice renditions of his songs

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Tue Sep 14 2021
3

yeah, i know it's something i had to listen, but didn't feel great pleasure. Cool voice tho.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
3

Lyrically it's good, I mean it's a Bob Dylan album but I guess I just wasn't vibing with it much.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

Slechte opname kwaliteit en de muziek is toch al niet waar ik op ga

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Sat Oct 30 2021
3

The story about Dylan fighting back against the purists who called him Judas at this concert is cool, but it doesn't mean we need a live best of album on the list. (We also don't get to hear the famous moment. What a tease.) With a couple of notable exceptions, the album cuts are just better. Best track: Just Like a Woman

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Sun Oct 31 2021
3

I am a fan of some of Bob Dylan’s albums. I didn’t know this one, and I don’t think that I will be adding it to my library. The acoustic set had me at times mumbling “oh…no” and “please, no more” with some of the Dylan droning and harmonica breaks. Once the band joined, it was a bit more enjoyable.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Best

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Sat Nov 13 2021
3

Bob's voice doesn't sound up to its usual standard on this LP. He sounds a bit alto and raspy on the acoustic disc and a bit drunk on the electric. Maybe he was angry about being heckled? That said, it was hard to pick up much heckling on LP2, I guess it got edited out. Anyhow, it's a historic event - there was even a trivial pursit question about it, whcih I answered correctly, as I recall. It's good to have it on an album after so many years as a bootleg and good to hear "the Hawks" accompanying him this early. That said, I think I like the originals of most of the songs better than this bunch.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
3

An important concert from a historical context, but this begs the question: should a recording of a concert that took pace in 1966 be included on this list as a release in 1998? Should it be included at all? The cultural impact it had was as a concert, not an album. And, to be honest, they aren't the best performances of these songs. This loses quite a bit of the impact of the actual concert because you aren't there, experiencing the event live. The atmosphere is completely lost in the translation.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
3

Oh boy. So Dylan. I appreciate his poetry and his gentle folk style. I like a lot of Dylan. I am not an obsessive though. I don't crave the bootleg sessions. I don't seek out little known, previously unreleased recordings. I didn't faint when he went electric. I know many who claim he can do no wrong. I beg to differ, but this concert is pretty good.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Ich interessiere mich nicht so für Texte und dann bleibt teilweise recht wenig übrig. Mundharmonika auch gewöhnungsbedürftig. Später wirds besser.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
3

While I'm certainly familiar with Bob Dylan I've never sat down and listened to a full album. It was definitely an interesting experience, and it's easy to see why he's such an important part of music. Sometimes the harmonica got a little grating but overall this was a lovely time.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
3

There's not much to say about this album. It's really just a live album of Bob Dylan performing his songs, although I did enjoy some of it. It's interesting that a bootleg made it to this list though.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

I have said it once and will say it again. Bob Dylan is awesome, amazing talent and love his music. I just cant do more than 30 minutes without having to take a break.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Bobs your uncle

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Tue Dec 28 2021
3

It was good, but I much prefer the studio versions of the songs. I'm aware it is the 'Judas' going electric gig, but while the show was obviously a hugely important cultural event, its historic weight doesn't make it any more enjoyable. Love albums are (nearly) always a disappointment, aren't they?

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Sat Jan 01 2022
3

I think I have had my quota of Dylan, no more please.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

I like Dylan, but this one goes on a bit.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

I don’t understand why anyone would think Bob Dylan live in concert is good. He isn’t.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

It's ok but not for me

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

Never been a fan of this style of music, but I can appreciate its status. Songwriting is strong, though it does grow samey for 1,5 hours of acoustic strumming, harmonica and Dylan's signature vocal inflections.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

I've never liked his vocals. It was just ok.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

The first half was only passable by me. It wasn't offensive, but I was definitely bored. I dislike Dylan's vocal style with his upward inflections. I was ready to just slog through it, but did the research quickly and saw the back half is electric so I waited for that. I found the electric half much more enjoyable, as I'm way more taken with interesting guitars and drums and such than the lyrical content. The electric saved it from being a 1-2 star listen.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
3

I was a little tired of the Bob Dylan vibe, and I'm certain that influenced my resistance to this album. Tell Me Momma was the first skip in my step as a departure from things already heard, or at least that felt tired.

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