Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – East Rutherford, NJ (10/27/81) – "Tongues on Fire"

BOOKLET-page 1-12

(Durango Records 02/03)
Brendan Byrne Arena
Meadowlands Sports Complex
East Rutherford, New Jersey
October 27th 1981

Download FLAC: Mediafire
Download MP3@320: Mediafire

I’ve also posted this shows, source LB4588 here.

Original silver CDs -> EAC safe ripping (correctly configured) -> FLAC (flacfrontend) -> You

Very Good Audience

Great performance from New Jersey 1981, and sound is great as well. Not perfect; but really good. anyway
This is the only ”silver” release of this show. I’m a big fan of all 1978-1981 Dylan concerts, and this is no exception.
Listened through this show several times, thanks to torrents. Last week I purchased the bootleg, allthough you could say it’s a waste of money, but that’s not your problem.
Very nice booklet included in this 2CD set, all of which is included here.

This bootleg is (of course) taken from a torrent, I would guess it is LB-9479, allthough I haven’t checked; it’s just a guess.
Many thanks to the taper! It could be mr Lostbrook….if it really is LB-9479

LBB entries for 1981: http://jokerman.org.uk/lb/detail/LBM-year-detail-81.html


01. Gotta Serve Somebody
02. I Believe In You
03. Like A Rolling Stone
04. I Want You
05. Man Gave Names To All The Animals
06. Maggie’s Farm
07. Girl From The North Country
08. Ballad Of A Thin Man
09. Simple Twist Of Fate
10. All Along The Watchtower
11. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
12. Let’s Begin
13. Forever Young
14. Gamblin’ Man
15. The Times They Are A-Changin’
16. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall


01. Masters Of War
02. Mr. Tambourine Man
03. Solid Rock
04. Dead Man, Dead Man
05. Just Like A Woman
06. Heart Of Mine
07. When You Gonna Wake Up?
08. In The Garden
09. Blowin’ In The Wind
10. It’s All Right, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
11. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Included, incl. the entire 12 page booklet. Thanks for help with cutting them scans, Urban Steel!
The front cover shows a somewhat blurry image, BTW. Nothing wrong with my scanner; it’s supposed to look like that.
Log files are also included.

Torrented by Erik_Snow, June 2013

12 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – East Rutherford, NJ (10/27/81) – "Tongues on Fire"

  1. looking forward to checking this one out – rarer show from a very underrated tour IMHO – Lot of good performances and famous boots from the following month so i’m fairly optimistic

  2. again thanks a lot for bob dylan. by the way the year on your link is wrong (1981 instead of 1987)
    nice weekend

  3. Hey DylanDave,
    I love this time period for Dylan, do you know of other recordings from his “Jesus period”? I’m only looking for SDB quality.

  4. Well I’m not DylanDave but even so I’m gonna offer a few thoughts 🙂

    It is a great period, Dylan is just singing so passionately – and of course
    all the “controversy” adds to the interest… and let’s not forget, subject matter
    aside many of the new songs from this period are superb

    A big favourite of mine is Wear The Fox Hat, Nov 16, Warfield 1980.
    This is mostly sbd with some ok aud patches.
    The sound is quite “funky” but it’s still some of the best in quality from
    this period. Think – the board was routed direct to a hi quality cassette and
    that gives some idea… a bit rough and ready round the edges, but on a good
    system it has great presence… the kick drum on Serve Somebody sounds
    like it might bring the plaster off the ceiling. Great performance, gives me
    goosebumps. Real live !!

    The two dates from Toronto, April 19 and 20 in theory are good sound quality.
    From memory, the 19th isn’t such a good show, and the sound quality seems
    to me to be not as good as billed (the “unreleased album”, etc).
    The 20th is great though, good set, and good sound. I have some blank CDR’s
    of unknown lineage and the SQ is warm and detailed, with plenty presence for
    a good listen. (I have a memory of hearing the Gospeller release of same and
    finding the sound a bit of a let down, like Godfather had mastered all the guts
    out of it).

    Stadiums of the Damned is very well known…. 10th Nov, 81. New Orleans. Heart of
    Mine from this features on Biograph (if I remember correctly).
    I actually much prefer the 12th in Houston, released way back when by Wanted Man
    as “You Can’t Kill An Idea”. At least last time I heard these shows I much preferred
    it, but I’m coming to the conclusion that a lot of factors mean sometimes we enjoy
    this show more, sometimes that, and it can change all the time.

  5. Errr, what else?

    Well there has to be a show from the original Warfield run, of course!

    My money would be on 16th November, just for the question of truly
    listenable sound quality. “Better Contract”, improved version of the original
    Contract With The Lord.
    If memory serves me well, however, Solid Rock has already dropped it’s
    original rhythm riff which some found much superior.

    What a shame the whole run wasn’t properly recorded for a Dead style box
    set !!

    Thinman has released a lot of dates from this period…. ie 79 through to
    autumn 81. Blood of the Lamb (5th Dec 79) is not a bad listen, but I seem to
    remember it’s a bit disappointing how little friction is audible 😉
    Other dates around this one were a bit more lively.

    Summer 81 – the Earl’s Court dates are all listenable, though not exceptional SQ.
    Along with Avignon, 25th July, probably the best of the bunch. Some — like eg
    Drammen — I find over-rated generally in terms of sound quality.

    All in all I think it wd be fair to say that in terms of good quality recordings
    no other period is so poorly served…. but of course we should be very
    grateful for what we do have.

    Just my ha’penny worth.
    Be interesting to hear what others think.

  6. Thanks for all the info Tony.
    Found the Toronto 4-19-80 show on soundcloud (at least 8 songs of the show), sounds quality is A+++. Says it’s the rumored live gospel LP that was never released. Here’s the link for anybody:

    I’m still searching for the Warfield 1980 show.

  7. Not sure what the history is, but I think that there’s
    only the 8 songs circulating from the 19th, so you’ve
    probably got em all

  8. Hiya.

    Missed this and the links are now dead. Any chance of reuploading?

    Many thanks.

    Glad you are still going. Love the music.

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