Friday, January 18, 2008

Bob Dylan 65 Revisited: a true bonus DVD

Having decided to wait for the DVD release to see I’m Not There, I’ve been watching instead Bob Dylan 65 Revisited, the bonus second disc in last year’s Don’t Look Back De Luxe box set

Bob Dylan 65 Revisited is a true bonus, a worthy complement to Don’t Look Back itself. Quite apart from absorbing new documentary footage, the film is a remarkable stand-alone DVD live album - unlike Don’t Look Back, Bob Dylan 65 Revisited is full of complete live performances. And they’re magnificent.

Just look at the track list of complete performances:

1. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
2. To Ramona
3. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
4. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
5. It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
6. It Ain't Me Babe
7. If You Gotta Go, Go Now
8. She Belongs To Me
9. Subterranean Homesick Blues (alt pop video)

And there are several other live clips, shot in dressing rooms and hotel suites.

Probably because the film lasts just over an hour, Bob Dylan 65 Revisited has had only a limited theatrical release.

A pity – it’s magical.

Gerry Smith