Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Tokyo, Japan (02/23/78)


Bob Dylan
February 23, 1978
Nippon Budokan Hall
Tokyo, Japan

Probably LB 1238

Download: FLAC/MP3

I have posted LB7292 here.

Source: Master Audience Tape -> CDR

Disc 1:

1. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Instrumental)
2. Lonesome In My Bedroom
3. Mr. Tambourine Man
4. I Threw It All Away
5. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
6. If You See Her, Say Hello
7. Ballad Of A Thin Man
8. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Met)
9. Maggie’s Farm
10. Girl Of The North Country
11. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
12. To Ramona
13. Like A Rolling Stone
14. I Shall Be Released
15. Going, Going, Gone

Disc 2:

1. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)
2. Blowin’ In The Wind
3. Just Like A Woman
4. Oh Sister
5. You’re A Big Girl Now
6. All Along The Watchtower
7. Simple Twist Of Fate
8. All I Really Want To Do
9. I Want You
10. The Man In Me
11. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
12. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
13. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
14. Forever Young
15. The Times They Are A-Changin’

Notes from original uploader: There is some taper noise throughout Hard Rain. There is a mic bump @ 4:09 – 4:10 of I Don’t Believe You.
The beginning of Don’t Think Twice is cut. There is some feedback @ 2:51 of I Shall Be Released.
Dylan flubs the first line of One Of Us Must Know. There is some feedback at 0:10 of I Want You.
There is a non-destructive edit between Man In Me and Tomorrow Is A Long Time.
There is also a crackling noise present on some songs from this show.
I noticed it most on Thin Man, Girl From The North Country, I Shall Be Released and Going, Going, Gone.
It may be present elsewhere as well.

24 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Tokyo, Japan (02/23/78)

  1. This is interesting, must have ‘surfaced’ fairly recently. Will be interesting to see how quality compares with the more ‘established’ tapes from this leg of the tour, particularly the 28th which has traditionally been considered the best

  2. Wow, this looks great – like DylanDave said, I’ve never seen any boots from Tokyo ’78. Thanks so much Mat!

  3. On first listen this seems really nice, Bob and the band seem to be on good form as they were for nearly all the 78 gigs. I have a particular liking for these early 78 shows. It’s a shame that some of the best arrangements didn’t make it onto the album whilst ‘maggies farm’ and ‘heaven’s door’ both did!? commercial considerations i guess but personally i’d rather have arrangements which actually work and do justice to the songs,
    Also, so much nicer without the somewhat saccharin production values of the album, although the original japanese vinyl pressings did sound rather nice, and radically better than all othr releases.
    Sound qual doesn’t match 28th but nice warm tone and very enjoyable

  4. MEGA SUCKS!!!!!
    ALWAYS at certain moment it stops downloading!
    Couldn’t you give alternative links, PLEASE?

  5. Yeah, like DD says, 78 is a surprisingly good year
    for Live Dylan… I mean surprisingly because Budokan
    was such a bad representation (and despite some
    great songs Street Legal is somehow always an
    album that doesn’t quite manage to be as good as it
    should have been).

    I actually like Budokan a lot but only because it was one
    of the first records I ever bought… I was about 11 years
    old and it had just come out and it had a lot of the hits
    on it and I had enough cash to buy one Bob Dylan
    record!! Its probably encoded in my DNA

    But it isn’t his best, and no mistake.

    By comparison Bob’s on fire by the autumn in the states… and
    what a shame none of it was captured with the same lush
    “japanese” sound.

    And many of the earlier shows are good as well, like the Earls Court
    shows which circulate in pretty good sound. Check out Big Girl Now
    on the 18th !!

    Like DD says, some of the best arrangements never made it into the
    official releases, as is so often the case

  6. Too right Tony, the biggest problem with the late US shows is the nature of the venues, i,e, large and outdoor. The legendary UK Blackbush gig recirding suffers for the same reason. The Paris shows are aVailable in consistently excellent sound qual (better than EC) and the performances are also superb. It’s a close and subjective call as to which leg of the tour is best performance wise. However, without doubt the Street Legal material is superb on the US leg and is in itself a good reason to check out the better recordings. There are 4 or 5 VG or VG+ sound qual shows from US leg. I’ve been liasing with Mat, maybe we can get a few of the best on the blog sometime soon when Mat has a gap in his uploading schedule. Take care all

    PS i will never understand how the 78 ‘To Ramona’ missed out on selection for the album

  7. As always thanks for the comments gang. Always informative. I personally love the Budokon record. Dig all the different arrangement, but am glad to hear some more of that tour even if the sound isn’t as good.

  8. Also sorry for the crapped out images of late. Apparently I let my Photobucket membership slip and the free ones give lousy bandwidth allotments. Currently looking at switching to Flickr but its a pain to go back to these old shows and switch them out. So suck it up and deal with bad images šŸ˜‰

  9. Really enjoying this less familiar 78 rec, not keast due to a beautifully ubderstated and soulful vocal performance from Bob. even by the impeccable standards of 78 it is standout, particularly true from ‘blowing in the wind’ onwatds. You might need to put the ‘cans’ on to really appreciate

  10. If there’s one file hosting I really don’t get on with
    it’s mega, partly because I can’t use my DL manager
    which really works for me…

    But I gotta say – this time it was amazing. I got speeds
    topping 500kbps and no hitches. (By the standards of
    my connection that’s just insane!).

    And this is a fascinating listen…. very enjoyable.
    The sound is OK too – just very distant, as though the taper was a
    ways back in the hall. Otherwise it’s excellent, warm and detailed.
    Great for the atmosphere. And one thing that is always immediately
    obvious from the 78 tapes is just what a powerful wall of sound this
    band was capable of making…. that doesn’t really come across from
    the Budokan album.

  11. Matt

    Please see my 5 July message. I still only get disc 2 downloaded. I note that someone else seems to have got the lot with Mega (Tony 8 July). Help !!!

  12. Terry I’m sorry you are having trouble. I don’t know what the problem is. Mega seems to work great for some, others not so much. I’ve got a number of shows still up on Mega that I will be posting soon but after that I’ll post to other sites so hopefully you will be able to grab them. I know that doesn’t help you with this. I wish I knew how to help.

    If you can talk about what browser you are using and whether Mac or Windows maybe some others can help.

    I’m sorry to say I will not be reuploading this to another site. I just don’t have the time to reupload everything I put up on Mega to another site right now.

  13. Terry, ynternet explorer is not xompatible with MEGA – use firefox, download the MEGA extenxion when prompted, you will have no more problems, Be aware downloaded files will be on your desktop, cannot currently change download destination

  14. Have downloaded with Firefox and Mega extension but, alas, still only DS Store, disc 2, Additional Notes and Project have downloaded. It was certainly a lot quicker than before but same result I’m afraid. By the way, the zip file is mistitled Osaka. Any more advice? Cheers

  15. if the mega page is displaying ‘download completed’ then check whether the file size on pc desktop matches the size quoted on the mega page – you should either have all or nothing. Disk 2 should be 409MB – Does this match the file/archive size on the PC
    No reported errors with archive that i’ve seen. If it was corrupt or truncated should get an error message when you extract files
    tip – place archive in a dedicated folder on c drive and then ‘extract here’ that way you know where the stuff should be at end of process/
    I recommend winrar – get ver 3.8 – it’s shareware but keeps working so free basically. Later versions are locked after trial period

  16. File size on the pc desktop is 170MB (exactly as it was when I downloaded via Internet Explorer – with the same results). Size quoted on the Mega page is 170.1MB.

  17. I only do mp3 as a last resort so I haven’t tried this archive. Recommend you sokve your issues by getting this as flac, deserves to be heard as lossless anyway and you could always convert it to mp3 with Traders Little Helper if you wish. Regardless,as a general note MEGA is not compatible with IE and explicitly states so on its website and literature etc.
    Alternatively try the repair function in WINRAR on the mp3 archive and then extract the reulting ‘fixed’ archive

  18. Just seen mp3 is 320kb – 170MB equates to approx 1 hour only at this bit rate – Archive is almost certainly incomplete or most likely disk 1 only

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