Here's the thing about this live album ... you're going to have to not care so much that Bob Dylan apparently didn’t give a damn about how he sounded. He pretty much goes through his Greatest Hits playlist singing offkey and making these weird howling noises throughout.
For example, instead of singing the usual snarling Do you ... Mr. Jones
line in his classic “Ballad of a Thin Man”, he screams into his microphone Do you... MR. JONNNESSSS!!!
. Instead of She takes just like a woman
, it's She takes just like a WOMANNN!!!
Instead of It's alright ma
, it's It's alright MAAAAA!!!
And Dylan's rendition of “Blowing in the Wind” sounds a bit like a Christopher Walken impersonation ... How many times MUST!!! a cannonball fly beforeee they are FORever banned?
His back-up band were The Band, who in the late-60's and early-70's had the reputation of being one of the finest live acts ever - a statement that was captured as a fact for those of us who were privileged enough to listen to Rock of Ages
. Here, whilst they're responsible for quite a few dust-rustling moments, they come off nearly as sloppy as Dylan's singing. I'll give these guys points for making songs that are nothing like their studio originals, but at the same time - what were they adding? Well the audience certainly seemed to be enjoying it (they were probably just feeling ecstatic at seeing Bob Dylan live onstage, this being his first major tour since the 60's).
by Reviewer: Don Ignacio
(blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews