Friday, October 19, 2007

Dream Dylan Live: does anyone know the source gigs?

Thanks to Ken Crouch in Somerset:

“Do you know the dates and places of the recently aired show
on Radio 2 called Dream Dylan Live - as it said at the start even pulled from the vaults they have no information on these tracks?”

Can any reader supply the data Ken requests? Most could probably guess the years of the recordings, but guessing exact dates and venues is impossible.


Dream Dylan Live – a mixed bag

Dream Dylan Live, the BBC radio “gig” created by splicing together 11 songs performed at concerts from 40+ years of shows, was a mixed bag.

It was a welcome “free” gift of some fine performances. The early acoustic material, in particular, forcibly reminded you of Dylan’s magnificent poetry. His internal rhyming and telling alliteration have rarely been more obvious. It also reminded you of his gift for using verbs –

· “the battle outside is RAGING”;
· “..with white skin, they EXPLAIN”;
· “SCROUNGING for your next meal”.

I was less enamoured by the setlist – there was a big gap in the performance years covered. And the order was baffling.

And Radio 2’s packaging and promo was also puzzling. It claimed that four tracks “have never been heard since they were originally performed” – unlikely, I’d wager. The track list on the web didn’t carry source details. The claim that the “gig” represented Dylan’s “greatest hits” caused raised eyebrows in these parts.

Gerry Smith