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Rob S Master via JEMS
1644 Edition

Recording Gear: Nakamichi CM-700 Microphones > Naiant Tinybox > Sony PCM A10

JEMS Transfer: Master 24/96 .wav > Ozone 8 > flac > 16/44

01 Intro
02 Watching The River Flow
03 Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
04 I Contain Multitudes
05 False Prophet
06 When I Paint My Masterpiece
07 Black Rider
08 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
09 My Own Version of You
10 Crossing The Rubicon
11 To Be Alone With You
12 Key West (Philosopher Pirate)
13 Gotta Serve Somebody
14 I've Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You
15 Melancholy Mood
16 Mother of Muses
17 Goodbye Jimmy Reed
18 Friend Of The Devil

Dylan coming to town provided an occasion to pull out the old gear, some new gear, and start taping again. Not me mind you, but Rob S. He has the bug to keep the fine art of audience recording going, as well as the fortitude to beat security which he did two nights at Pantages.

For this, the second of three nights there, Rob was about two-thirds of the way back on the main floor (row QQ) and makes an excellent pull with a relatively cooperative audience around him. We dusted off Jared's old Nak 700s and they still sound as good as they did during his taping heyday. Not sure how it compares to other recordings of this tour, but I would think it is right up there. Sample provided.

As for Dylan's performance, to call it an acquired taste would be generous. Is he challenging the audience or just not capable of musicality any longer? I saw the show the next night (where "Every Grain of Sand" returned to the set in place of "Friend of the Devil") and acknowledge Bob's voice being stronger than at some of the mid 2000s NET shows I saw.

However, I asked myself the following question, which sits at the heart of why we record and collect live recordings in the first place: Was there a song performance that you can't wait to hear again through the magic of bootlegging? For me (and if we're all being honest with ourselves, surely many other Dylan fans) that answer is unequivocally no.

If only to see the master on stage again one more time is a reason to see the show. The art, not so much.

Rob S also recorded the third night, though it is not a complete recording. If nothing superior surfaces we'll get that up too at some point.

Thanks to Rob S for sneaking in the gear and recording. I love to see parts of the old JEMS rig getting used again. Your passion to keep doing this warms my heart. Also to slipkid68 for prepping the show on short notice.

BK for JEMS

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Thanks for this; it may seem as heresy to some, but I must agree with the original poster BK who wrote the "notes" underneath the setlist above.

I've been seeing Dylan for many many years (my first show was on January 6, 1974 - an afternoon show! - at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, on the Before The Flood Tour with The Band) and I have seen so many shows since then that I have lost count;as well as having met and spoken with Bob for 10 minutes outside a hotel in New Hampshire back in 2004 (well documented on Expecting Rain and elsewhere).

As noted above, it's now about seeing The Man again, and wondering how long he will continue along The Never Ending Tour. The performances themselves are at times quite difficult to listen to (I thought the same about Christmas In The Heart, and still struggle to listen to that as well!). The new songs do have lyrical poignancy, and it's likely why he has based his recent tours on repetitive setlists, so that attendees can glean the messages in the music. That said, it's hard to listen to these performances and it's a struggle to understand the words he is saying.

One of the joys of seeing Bob over the years is - like The Grateful Dead - you never knew what you were going to hear on any given night, with such a deep back-catalogue to choose from. However, more-or-less beginning with the release of the (several) Frank Sinatra covers records, the Dylan tours have been comprised of repetitive setlists with only very slight and minor variations, and only from time-to-time (case in point: above has Friend Of The Devil as final song, instead of Every Grain Of Sand).

Will I continue to see Dylan if he comes my way again? I will, as Peter Stone Brown did, before his passing away. Every time could be the last time, one never knows.
 
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