Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Mobile, AL (04/29/76)

bob dylan - mobile - 1976_04_29

Bob Dylan
Municipal Auditorium
Mobile, Alabama
April 29, 1976 (2nd show)

Download: FLAC/MP3

Source: derived from LB-0061

Using Audacity 2.0.3
(1) boosted overall volume on all tracks
(2) boosted left channel to more closely match right
(3) smoothed all rough transitions
(4) fixed all between-track ticks

Disc One
101. Mr. Tambourine Man
102. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
103. Vincent Van Gogh
104. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
105. Maggie’s Farm
106. One Too Many Mornings
107. Isis
108. Blowin’ In The Wind
109. Railroad Boy
110. I Pity The Poor Immigrant
111. Shelter From The Storm
112. I Threw It All Away
113. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again

Disc Two
201. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
202. Going Going Gone
203. Lay Lady Lay
204. Mozambique
205. Idiot Wind
206. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
207. Gotta Travel On

10 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Mobile, AL (04/29/76)

  1. Nice surprise!

    Personally I think Hard Rain is one of Dylan’s greatest official releases, even with only
    nine songs (and a couple of those are nothing special). The raw conviction on offer
    is almost unparalleled. Other Rolling Thunder 76 performances can sound a little
    routine by comparison.

    Here’s a few ‘listening notes’.

    This is a pretty slick sounding show. Lacking in fire perhaps, but enjoyable nevertheless.
    The man himself is in good voice, the band are tight.

    I believe this is an audience recording. If so, it’s very good for the vintage – easily on a par
    with any of the other auds from RT75 and RT76. The sound is close and has good presence,
    and the mix is excellent – violin and piano especially can be easily picked out, contributing to
    a very good representation of that distinctive RT76 sound. My main system is packed away
    now so I can’t be sure, but based on what I am listening to, I would say this can stand comparison,
    more or less, with a soundboard like, say, Hold The Fort.

    Idiot Wind is a bit of a disappointment – the tempo is slow, and the performance soon loses focus.
    But ‘lesser’ songs work well.

    Many thanks as always.

  2. Wow, this is major! I’d never even heard of a Dylan Mobile ’76 show. Thanks so much, Mat!

    Tony, I agree that ’76 was a terrific time for live Dylan. I love “Hard Rain.” Can’t wait to hear this to see how it fits into the puzzle of ’76 shows I have heard so far!

  3. Be sure to listen out for the rewrite of the “his hands are clean” lines in Lay Lady Lay.

    His boots are dirty
    But his feet are clean…


  4. I got the words wrong… (short term memory!)
    “My shoes are dirty
    But my feet are clean”.

    Second that about the sound, fantastic. Great to hear some more from
    what has always seemed to be the most elusive of tours. One thing
    that strikes me is that the sound of the band here is much closer in
    style and spirit to the sound of RT75 than might be expected. Lovely
    reflective versions of One Too Many Mornings, Threw It All Away, and
    Going, Going, Gone especially. Not really that many hints of the hard
    rain blowing up just around the corner.

    I checked up on Memphis Blues Again… it had just got it’s RT debut on
    the previous night (perhaps in anticipation of the date to follow).
    Rob Stoner kills it stone dead with a bass line that is not even a heavy
    plod (through the verses). Stoner of course is a very great bass player.
    My guess is that they were trying for that kind of ‘stop time’ rhythm that
    had worked so well for Ain’t Me Babe the previous year. Anybody else
    hear it that way?? Great vocal from Bob nonetheless.

    Thanks again for sharing. Listened through a few times now. Great stuff!

  5. Well if they really do mean pedal-steel, the answer is surely
    Davey Mansfield. I don’t know this for a fact, but pedal-steel is a
    difficult instrument to master and not the sort of thing any
    guitarist (even) can just sit down and play, and Mansfield was
    the guy playing steel (among other things) on the revue.
    The full set list includes Mansfield’s Flint Hill Special – further
    evidence for the prosecution m’lord.

    But – I think I’m right in saying ole Bob himself was foolin’ around
    playing slide on his national guitar on some of these dates.
    That may be what is being asked about here. I don’t recall hearing
    any pedal steel on this date (Dylan sets), but that doesn’t mean

  6. And while we’re here…
    A big-up for “Gotta Travel On”.

    The song was pretty pointless on SP and I usually (always) skip it
    in a RT show. But here – it’s sensational! Love it.
    With everybody contributing their own verses. Must check it out on
    other shows.


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