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Live 1966 (The Royal Albert Hall Concert)

Bob Dylan

1998

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Live 1966 (The Royal Albert Hall Concert)

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3.15

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Jesus Christ, Bob. Give that harmonica a break.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nice

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Esencial para entender la música

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Dylan es Dylan...

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Amazing.

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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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So happy to see this

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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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Already listened, bloody amazing alum

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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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5

This is an absolute classic!!

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I enjoyed it.

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

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Yup, that was really good

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nice dylan

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Need to simmer this down further

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4

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

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Disc 1 was more enjoyable than disc 2.

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

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

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half-listened, distracting day

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Git country

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4

Very good live album, especially the second half

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Wordsmanship at its finest with a hint of folk rock

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nice nice

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Classic Dylan

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

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Super good shit

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Enjoyable Bob Dylan album.

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

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Good album. Great history

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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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lang, maar hij weet u toch maar te pakken heee

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

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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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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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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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4

Classic Bob Dylan some great live versions of classic songs

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It's good if you can ignore the singing

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Flottur Dylan á flottu tímabili.

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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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4

a dandy

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4

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Spellbinding portrait of a transitional time.

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

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

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1966. Key Songs: Like A Rolling Stone

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

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

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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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Imo very boring

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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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Standard Dylan.

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

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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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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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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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ok.

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3 - Keine Ahnung was ich hier noch sagen soll.

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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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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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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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Man this is too much Bob Dylan

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Nice one but not my style

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

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Dylan live - not sure about that.

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Better than on the studio album.

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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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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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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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Classic stuff if you’re a Dylan fan.

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Good live album

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Dylmeister at it´s best.

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

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

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

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

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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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Good album Irritating (mondharmonica) Good voice 3/5

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Rating: 7/10

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Never lostened to much of bob, but i enjoyed this

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lot of harmonica you see

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

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

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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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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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Best

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

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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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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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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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Bobs your uncle

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

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

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

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It's ok but not for me

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

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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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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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I suffered to finish

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I don't like live albums and I don't like live Bob Dylan albums and I don't like double albums and I really don't like live Bob Dylan double albums. It's like he's trying to make his voice sound annoying on purpose. Like, he's a groundbreaking musician and an excellent poet, but when he's live he sounds like he's singing directly through his nose and blowing snot into my ears. I like a lot of these songs, but even some of those are...strange. I'm all for artists reinterpreting their work, but it feels like this version of Mr. Tambourine Man is just him being weird on purpose, and then it lasts for 9 GODDAMNED MINUTES. What kills me is that there are some greats songs on here, but I keep finding myself pausing this album to listen to other things. Like, this was probably an amazing concert to attend, but I'm just sitting here at work. The electric half of the set is a saving grace (I was going to give 2/5 stars for the acoustic part of the set). It brings of a lot of sorely needed energy to the performance. It's fucking hilarious that many people at the show felt the complete opposite about it and heckled Dylan between songs 3/5 stars

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This album is split between the “old” acoustic Dylan’s and the new rock n roller. After all these years it doesn’t sound all that wild.

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Just average to be honest. I know some people think Bob Dylan is the greatest, but personally, I don't find him to be anything special. I do think his music is good, but it is nothing that blows me away.

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3 I suppose. He's very talented but I was getting a little tired of his sound by the end of it.

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Bob Dylan is cool. I'm a fan of his for kinda being bad at guitar and singing and harmonica but somehow making it all work to create something unique and interesting. Still, I'm not sure how I feel about all these live albums being on the list. All these songs are on other albums. Am I rating his performance? I don't know. It's fine.

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Of course I’ve heard of this guy and I know he’s a good songwriter that basically can’t sing, I wouldn’t have put a bootleg live album on the 1001 albums book though… The set starts with she belongs to me a good friend enough song ( I won’t criticise on singing because its Bob Dylan), the harmonica solos also good. Fourth time around was good (I don’t know the studio versions of Bob Dylan’s songs because I don’t listen to him really), it felt like it took a bit too long to start buy it was decent, creepy lyrics by the seems of it. Visions of Johanna is good all be it very long … wow this guy likes the harmonica it’s been used so much throughout and we’re only on song 3. It’s all over now baby blue has brilliant lyrics! Again lot’s of harmonica, it’s just not my thing this instrument. Desolation row is really, really good on a lyrical standpoint, probably one I wouldn’t return to much (with its 11 min length) but I like it. There is harmonica again but it takes so long to get to that bit that my anger of the harmonica sorta went away a bit. Just like a woman was also very good again he’s back on his harmonica but what are you to expect. Mr tambourine man is good again great lyrics all be it a bit too long for what it is, there was ANOTHER harmonica solo and now I think I need a break before going to the second half The second half of the set starts with tell me momma while not lyrically my favourite on here the backing from the band works really nicely it’s sad to see this was never played or recorded though. I don’t believe you ( she acts like we’ve never met) is really good as I think his vocals improve ever so slightly being backed by the band. Baby let me follow you down starts off with the harmonica then going into the main song it’s not as good as the last to and the lyrics are some of the weaker ones but it’s still alright. Just like tom thumb’s blues is definitely a great certainty the best lyrically on the second set so far and good guitar solo . Leopard skin pill box hat has a cool rhythm to it great lyrics again you know the drill ( I also think the same about one too many mornings but I do think that one is slightly worse). Ballad of a thin man is so creepy sounding I love it has to be Bob Dylan’s best song. Like a rolling stone is a great song to end a setlist on everything good pretty much applies here to be fair. I liked it but I couldn’t listen to that much Bob Dylan ever again.

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Musically I liked the studio albums better, but def respect Dylan's abilities.

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I have a love/apathetic relationship with Bob Dylan. There's no disputing that he's an amazing poet and quite a good songwriter. The songs that I love, I really love and the rest doesn't really do much for me. This concert was a mix of both but I preferred the studio versions over the live stuff. Great playing by the band on disk 2. I listened for the guy in the audience that was supposed to call him Judas before "Like a Rolling Stone" but either I missed it or it was taken out.

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God, Bob Dylan is just a terrible singer isn't he? I mean he can write and he can play but his Captain Kirk meets Lou Reed voice/stilted cadence is cringe-worthy at times. Mr. Tambourine Man is a perfect example of his super odd singing rhythm. Just Like a Woman isn't much better. The other problem is the recording quality doesn't allow me at all to feel the atmosphere of the concert. So disc one is stripped down and all Bob/all acoustic, but that's not all that much different then his studio recordings. On Springsteen's Nebraska I could feel all the emotion of a solitary songbird but not here. And then apparently the crowd was fired up and firing Dylan up (not in a good way) when the Band joined him for disc two but I don't hear that either. Another case of a recording of a live performance not living up to being there live. At least you can feel some energy from Dylan's voice/guitar and the Band's playing on disc two. And I know that's sacrilege because they were plugged in and he is Mr. sans electric. But the point is there's not enough feel to his acoustic performance; that's probably what you get with a shite bootleg copy.

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I felt the sound for a show over 50 years was pretty good, actually. I first appreciated Bob Dylan thanks to the Concert for Bob Dylan that was released back in 1992. It's hard to believe that that's 30 years old now. He even came to perform at my college in 92 or 93, but I did not go to see him. Thing is, the Concert for Bob Dylan was just about performances where almost of it was other artists singing his material. Listening to this performance, it makes me appreciate his songs, but it really cements the fact that I just do not care for his singing. The studio really brings out the vocals better, because live he can't sing for crap, even in the 60s. And his harmonica playing is just sloppy and all over the place. And not in a good way. It's great to hear Mr. Tambourine Man by the writer, but an 8 minute live version without the Byrds just doesn't cut it. And there are very odd... pauses in some of the verses. I mean, he wrote it, so he can choose to do what he wants, but still, it's very off-putting. Live with a full band, Robertson's guitar does a great job of harmonizing with Dylan's harmonica, but it's a struggle. As someone who has heard a lot of bootlegs from many bands, it's interesting to hear the audience cut out of this. There's applause, but the pause in between the songs is cut out (for time, I assume). I would have liked to have heard their reactions to the electric portion, as from what I understand, it was less than favorable. So yeah, I would rather hear the studio versions of these songs, or another artist cover these.

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Highlights: Fourth Time Around Mr. Tambourine Man Baby, Let Me Follow You Down Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues Artwork: 5 / 10 Rating: 5,5 / 10

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Keeping this one short as I have a feeling more Dylan albums will come - I've had one and will probably repeat this on each review: I'm fine with his voice etc, he's a lovely poet...I just don't get much out of the music. After reading a bit about this in advance however and giving it a listen...it is fun / interesting to listen to as a(n?) historical document - learning about the heckling as he "goes electric" is just...weird (get over it already, people). Although...I didn't realize I would enjoy his music much better in this live setting - both acoustic and with band - enough that I would say if I were told I needed to listen to one Dylan album... thus far this is the one I'd pick. 7/10 for history 3 stars.

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Probably not the best to listen to while working since he's principally known as a songwriter. Anyway Like a Rolling Stone is of course a jam. I also liked One Too Many Mornings, thought Tell Me Momma-Baby Let Me Follow You Down was a good run.

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К сожалению, альбом совсем не мой, потому что нужно знать стихи, а я в первую очередь (несмотря на то, что ценю стихи) оцениваю музыкальную составляющую альбома и его целостность. Боб Дилан в данном случае не для меня.

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I don't find many live albums that should count on a list of 'must listen' too, and despite my love Bobby D, this one is included. The mythology of the concert and the stigma of Dylan going electric is what merited this album on the list I'd wager. But its inclusion as a live album is okay. Dylan's acoustic set is amazing, filled with a greatest hits blast. Moving into the electric set backed by the Hawks before they became THE BAND, you can hear Dylan struggling to set the pace - or maybe that was intentional and he played sloppy to antagonize the crowd that was not so happy that he was playing electric. 3.5/5.

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fine live album, don't think any versions stand out as 'must hear' live versions however very cool this recording exists in such good quality for superfans of Dylan

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Absolute rubbish. I suffered through this album and almost turned it off at one point through Tambourine Man. I managed to listen through to the end which is the only reason I've not given it a 1. But only just!

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Lyrical complexity did not compare to the fat harmonica jams.

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too slow and winey

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I respect Bob, but I just can't get past the wobbling voice.

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More Dylan. He plays the hits, it’s a live album. It’s not for me

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Ei tämä Dylan ole koskaan ollut oma juttu. Avoimin mielin kuuntelin kolmeen kertaan levyn läpi, mutta valitettavasti mielipide ei muuttunut. Kuten monilla muillakin varhaisemmilla artisteilla, hittibiisit ovat hyviä mutta muuten materiaali on varsin tasapaksua.

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Just not my cup of tea!

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@@. Just can't get into him.

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I know he's a legend, but never really been my thing. I'll give it a go. Not my cup of of tea.

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Not a Dylan fan

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sorry but this was so fucking boring and that harmonica made me wanna scratch my eyes out. there was very few songs that I could actually listen to in completion. sorry

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I mean, it is Bob Dylan but there's a lot of Bob Dylan on this list.

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live dylan is the worst dylan

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I'm sorry. Bob might be great, and some of these songs classics, but his live recording really emphasize his end of phrase dylanesque up-talking. It's distracting. Nothing really amazing here.

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He defined a generation... however, some of these songs are a tad too long for me.

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He's a good songwriter, don't love his voice...

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No es mi estilo

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Don't care for this.

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Tässä ei ollut ollenkaan livefiilistä, ainoastaan kohisevat aplodit aina biisien perään paljastivat, että kyseessä on livelevy. Ei ole muutenkaan oikein koskaan vakuuttanut tämän nobelistin tuotanto, ainakaan niiden satunnaisten biisien osalta, joita olen kuullut. Ymmärtämätön kun olen.

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Ei mikään kovin mairitteleva livelevy. Hyvin heikosti Bob Dylanin tuotanto tuntevana vähän heikosti pääsi kappaleisiin kiinni. Sitten viimeistään Mr. Tambourine Manin kohdalla oli haettava ei-liveversio. Biiseinä 3 mutta livelevynä 1.

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Sinceramente me encontraba muy aburrido en la mayoria del tiempo del album, la unica cosa que me hacia distinguir si ya habia pasado de cancion eran los aplausos al terminar Canciones favoritas: Ninguna

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En estudio suena mejor

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Sinceramente, no me gusto, esperaba que alguna canción cambiara mi perspectiva sobre el álbum, pero todas eran como lo mismo para mi, así que no tengo una canción favorita.

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Not my cup of tea. Tried but couldn't get through it.

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First half was a struggle, second half was more my kind of Dylan. Best track: Like a Rolling Stone

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Pretty great live/bootleg recording capturing Dylan's transition from acoustic to electric, but this recording removes the audience reaction. It really loses all of its tension. Definitely loses a lot of it's importance/relevance to this list without it. Fav Songs: Visions of Johanna and Like a Rolling Stone. Rating: 2.5/5

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Not my kinda music. 2/5

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Terrible opening track. Band stuff got better

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Måske lækker at høre på en sommerdag. Rart nok Hans stemme er lidt for meget til mig

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I know it's classic Dylan but I'm just not a fan.

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2.5. I think Dylan could grown on me. Desolation row was good stuff but find his voice hard to listen to

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Never liked bob dylan…

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Meh

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I feel like a cat in heat has been outside my window for the past hour or so

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live album cringe

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Aburre hasta a las ovejas.

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this is alriht but not my favorite album.

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Meh. I do not care for the way Bob Dylan sings. I am not sure the whole album was a available but that is ok.

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Fuck live albums. I don't know if his songs aged badly, but I just can't enjoy them.

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He's lost me again. Pacing was off, lots of songs started sounding like the last

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Couldn’t get through the first half. Second half is better, but still not for me.

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Not an album. Why would they put live recordings in the book. Especially when there already appears to be 97 Dylan albums in the book. I understand that it is a big moment in his career, but there are many things that had big moments in music that aren't albums and aren't in the book. Too many verses on desolation row, too much harmonica on this album, too much Dylan in this book. 2nd half is better than the first, less harmonica, his voice is less front and centre.

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a bit whiny

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I like the "Lay Lady Lay", "Tangled Up In Blue", "Nettie Moore" Dylan. But when his singing style is like is on this album....it just doesn't do much for me beyond one or two songs.

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Well I'm starting to notice lyrics really don't matter that much to me. Music is more about rhythm and melody to me. Bob doesn't have that great a voice.

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"Bringing It All Back Home" was a perfect way to introduce a person to Bob Dylan and why he's revered. This album, however, seemed more for the existing big fans. My spouse and I both made the observation that it sometimes sounded like someone making an over-the-top, mocking imitation of "Bob Dylan." Some of the songs really went on forever. Giving it a quick second listen, I know I might have liked it better with the proper setting and time to appreciate it. But I'm scoring it as music listened to while cooking dinner, and I just really couldn't take any more of his voice.

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I've never been enamoured of Dylan's work, and usually prefer it performed as a cover by other artists. This was fun to listen to, though a little dull and unadventurous for a live album.

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I still don’t get it.

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I was surprisingly disappointed. I thought me to like Bob Dylan, but somehow one song sounds like the other. Sadly a 2/5 for me... barely

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I can understand why people liked Bob Dylan, however it is not my jam at all, way too folksy and kind of a whiny voice overall - kind of difficult to listen to over 1.5 hours. Best: Mr. Tambourine Man Worst: Desolation Row

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I get Dylan is/was a genius, that in his time he was some sort of a prophet, and he does have the occasional hit, but generally speaking: I find his music quite boring.

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He’s a legend for good reason, but there’s only so much Bob you can take in one sitting… prefer Budokan

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2/5 not really :(

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A rare time I looked up the public reviews on this site, and I'm glad it seems a lot of people are whelmed as hell with this record. I like Bob Dylan, but aside from some energetic strumming, the first side is extremely, extremely, *extremely* long. The second disc has more of a pulse, but I feel like the damage has been done by that point. I'm somewhat amazed I made it through this entire thing. Favorite tracks: "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues", "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat"

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someday maybe I will appreciate the music of Bob Dylan, but not today.

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I'll stick to the studio versions. You could show up 45 minutes late to this show and not miss a damn thing. Highlight tracks: Disc 2: 2, 3

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Really not my thing

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didn't even bother but we've had that much dylan and i've heard him mumbling through live renditions before so i can guess what its like.

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Live man

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Dylan's voice is atrocious. Lyrics and poetry are to be applauded, but acoustic side is a bit boring. Electric Hawks/The Band stuff is much more fun.

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January 15th 2022. First time listening to Bob Dylan. I know he's iconic but I just can't with his voice. I assume it's part of his charm, but I can't stand how it sounds. I don't like live albums either so this is just not for me. And with only his voice, a guitar and a harmonica for the first half of the album, it becomes more and more boring to listen to. At least the songs become more lively on the second half, and his voice fits the music better. The best of this album IMO: - Tell Me, Momma 2.4/5

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Didn’t enjoy Dylan’s vocals on this album

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Usually not a fan of live albums unless it’s Audiotree. But I’m open minded.

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Credit to Dylan for his live sound. However this album was terribly boring for me. The first half of acoustic songs all blend into one long drone of ole BD. The 2nd half is better, but could not rise me from my bored state

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I only know Bob Dylan from the introduction sequence from Watchmen movie released in 2009. Said sequence was a succinct summary of the major events of the 1970s, with Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin' playing in the background. It was the highlight of the movie, and sadly, the only time I will ever really care for the works of Bob Dylan. This live album was, to this writer, a chore. Listening to Bob Dylan wheeze his way through songs that are a mix of folksy country, blues and other old-world genres. I'm sure it appeals to some people, given Mr Dylan's regard in both the musical and literary world (he did win a Nobel Peace Prize in Literature after all), but this was just not my cup of tea.

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Quäck. Fiep.

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eg nenni ekki að hlusta a live plötur no offense ætla að hlusta á chief keef í staðinn

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it is what it is. nice enough but not by bag especially

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Not for me

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Not sure if he intended to sing as a caricature of himself for the first half.

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Too many Dylan albums on this list. Do we really need to listen to all the same songs again, but sung live. NO. I'm not a Dylan fan. I do like his songs but I get Dylan-burn out really quick. No interest in listening to this one again. If you are a fan, then this would be a great listen. 2/5.

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Can't deny his influence, but I'm not a huge fan of his voice. It works in some of his biggest hits, for me, but listening to 90 minutes of this concert I got pretty tiredl

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Not a great live album

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Honestly found it pretty boring. Really points out how many of his songs are the same pace, tone, and instruments. The Dylan sound was turned up to 11.

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Феномен популярности Боба Дилана после прослушивания этого альбома так и остался для меня загадкой. У него есть отличные песни. На этом альбоме тоже есть отличная Ballad of a Thin Man...но практически все остальное это одна длинная и местами не самая складная песня. Возможно, я так и не дорос до осознания гениальности Боба Дилана и это придет позже, как уже бывало с некоторыми исполнителями, но пока это совсем не мое.

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Fucking hell Bob, hurry it up will you?

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I don't understand how anyone can stand this dudes voice and singing style. It's excruciatingly difficult to listen to.

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grr i know that bob dylan is VERY influential and for that i give kudos but man he is hard to listen to… it’s just the voice and the high pitched harmonica make me angry.

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5/26/2022 - ALBUM #119 Today's Album: "Live 1966: The Royal Albert Hall Concert" by Bob Dylan - I think I really just have to veto this one and choose to review the first disc of this album. The entire thing is an hour and a half long and as decent as Bob Dylan is, this recording is not produced or mixed well enough for me to sit through an incredibly grating harmonica and rather boring songwriting in my opinion for that long. I really respect Bob Dylan as an artist and I think a lot of this material is great, but it is just not something I can sit through. It might sound petty, but it seriously is just how this harmonica is mixed in the recording. It's so fucking loud and it's one of the worst instruments to have that happen with in my opinion. I know he is a great songwriter in terms of the story telling of his work, but he really just cannot sing and it's been a problem since I listened to the first album by him the generator gave to me. If I want some absolutely mindless bullshit to turn on on a road trip, I would throw his music on as decently enjoyable background noise, but being a live recording, having to hear the audience applause and the aforementioned harmonica just gets so so annoying and unbearable. Overall, I know Dylan writes some decent songs, but knowing that I can barely get through his studio records without falling asleep, his live album is obviously really not my thing. Give this a listen if you are a hardcore Dylan fan but otherwise leave it alone for sure. Highlights: N/A - VETO Score: ?/10 I just cannot do this one I am sorry

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Listen, there’s already several studio Dylan albums on this list. This was put out in 1998, we couldn’t have picked another album from that year (Mezzanine from Massive Attack isn’t on this list, I though critics loved that one?) I know why this is on the list too. This would have got a high rating from one of the boomer writers they had on staff at Rolling Stone, then every main stream publication from Entertainment Weekly to People magazine would have followed suit and reviewed it the same.

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I think part of my dislike is how it's recorded. Just didn't vibe with it fr

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

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I do not like Bob Dylan

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Tal vez tenga algún valor extra por ser en vivo pero otro de Dylan? Y ahora en vivo? Armónica,Plano, maullidos de gato, plano, maullidos de gato, Armónica.

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Nope, canciones muy parecidas, aburridas.

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The harmonica is definitely a unique sound. 2/10

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

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Too long. Miserable. Don't listen to this on a sunny day, will ruin your mood.

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I just really don't like Bob, and live Bob is somehow worse.

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Live album should not be allowed in this list... same for "Greatest hits" collections... His harmonica is so annoying. Also, do people really like when he mumbles the lyrics? I don't know, I think he is really overrated...

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

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nope

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I don't really like Bob Dylan...

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Awful. Bob Dylan sounds like someone doing a bad impression of Bob Dylan.

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eh

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Not exactly my kind

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Dylans voice is insufferable most of the time.

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I love Bob Dylan, but I think a live concert from him, is not my kind of music.

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Not sure live albums should really be on here, even if they're historically significant.. it's like having a compilation, which feels cheap. Anyway that said I couldn't fucking stand the first half of this record, I got 3 songs in and skipped the rest (not usually a skip kind of guy with this challenge but it was just Bob sounding like he'd suffered a stroke before going on stage, harping on over guitar with grating harmonica thrown in which really was not for me). I read the second half features his band as well so I gave that a go. I was willing to overlook Bob Dylan sounding like he was doing a bad Bob Dylan impression because I didn't mind the songs and the sound otherwise, but then he starts wailing on the fucking harmonica and I don't know much about Dylan but I'd guess he can't fucking play it from the tones he was putting out. Altogether an hour and a half of this shit is torture and I am glad I saved about 30 minutes of my life skipping over what I did.

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Not a fan of this live album!!

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When I am reviewing these albums I try to not be overly critical about genres or artists that I am not familiar with. That being said I am damn near an expert when it comes to American Folk in the 1960s and 1970s. And I cannot stand this album. Now in full transparency I am just not a fan of Bob Dylan so that contributes to my dislike of this album. But there are so many more issues that outweigh that dislike. To start with it is a live album which is bad enough, but add onto that the fact that it is a "Bootleg Series" live album released 32 years after the original concert. There are also not 1 not 2 but 5 songs that are over 7 minutes in length. I like long songs but that is ridiculous. There are only two of his top songs played in the show and they were the worst versions of them I have ever heard. Even though it was early in his career he still had some of his top songs all time already released. This album was terrible for all 95 Minutes and 18 Seconds of it. I'm not looking forward to the next 6 Bob Dylan albums on this list. But I am comfortable knowing that they aren't worse than this one. I appreciate everything he has done for music and the genre of Folk and I admire his talent as a songwriter. But I just have never enjoyed him. And I despise this album.

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I don't like Dylan. I'll give it a try, I guess. I'm thinking it'll just make me want to listen to trad folk. I mean, he's not a good singer. He's a bad harmonica player. He's a mediocre guitarist. He just kinda sucks. He's a good song writer, I guess, but that's about it. I gave up with the bad harmonica in Desolation Row.

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7.5/10 few classics and gorgeous voice, sprinkling of humour but also poignant.

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Of historic interest only.

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