Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Seattle, WA (01/15/80)

Bob Dylan
Paramount Theatre
Seattle, WA
January 15, 1980
JEMS Master

Download: FLAC/MP3

Recording Gear: Sony Mic > Sony TC-55

2014 Transfer: master cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A > SoundDevices USBPre2 >
Audacity 2.0 24/96 capture > iZotope RX clean-up > iZotope MBIT+ convert to 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / edit / index / subtle tweak) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

101 Can I Ride
102 It’s Gonna Rain
103 Show Me The Way
104 Look Up And Live By Faith
105 Freedom At The Wall
106 This Train (start slightly cut)
107 Gotta Serve Somebody
108 I Believe In You
109 When You Gonna Wake Up
110 When He Returns
111 Man Gave Names To All The Animals
112 Precious Angel
113 Slow Train
114 Covenant Woman
201 Put You Hand In The Hand (Regina Davis)
202 Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking (start slightly cut)
203 Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
204 Solid Rock
205 Saving Grace
206 Saved
207 What Can I Do For You?
208 In The Garden
209 Band Introduction
210 Blessed Be The Name
212 Pressing On

From the original uploader:

Known Issues:
-This Train: Start slightly cut
-Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking: Start slightly cut

To the best of our knowledge, this represents the first time any recording of the fifth night of the 1980 tour has been made widely available, at least according to the tour and tape histories chronicled by Olof and Lossless Bob.

It is the second of two previously uncirculated show recordings that were recently rediscovered (see below). The first can be found here: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=496807

The story merits retelling again in case you missed it the first time.

For years, it has always puzzled us that there were three dates in the Northwest at the start of Dylan’s 1980 tour for which there was no known tape. Puzzling because S of JEMS and some of his taping peers at the time definitely attended the Portland and Seattle shows, and to the best of S’s knowledge, all the shows were taped. In fact, for years, S suggested that he’s not sure he recorded himself because he was so sure the shows were being covered by others with better gear.

And yet, no tapes from Portland January 11, 12 and Seattle January 15 ever seemed to circulate. And among the thousands of tapes in the consolidated JEMS archive, including what we believed to be all of S’s masters, the shows weren’t there either. And yet, they had to have been recorded, right?

I’ve asked S questions about these shows for the last 20 years, so imagine my surprise when he called a couple of months ago to say our friend WG had found a box of S’s tapes in his house. A box of tapes very likely borrowed in 1986 and forgotten about until two months ago when they were discovered lurking behind or under the guest bed.

And lo and behold, there in the box were the masters for January 12 and January 15, missing in action for over 30 years. The box made its way to me for fresh transfers, so thanks to WG and S for that. And while it didn’t contain the tape of January 11 (we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed on that one), it did contain another 15-20 tapes missing from the archive that I had held in my own hands back in 1986 and had never seen again. See how that part of the story played out here: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=500680&hit=1

Like the lost Portland, Seattle 1/15/80 is another clear and satisfying recording of this incredible portion of Dylan’s career. Samples provided.

Thanks to our brother in arms mjk5510 for his continued assistance in taking these tapes over the finish line. It is partners like him that get the flow going, and we’re still working through a stack of great new tapes to post from Dylan and others. Pitch check by Tapeboy, who continues to keep the vault safe and secure.

And of course, huge thanks to S, for taping in the first place and for pulling me into this hobby 30 years ago this summer. And to WG for finding the tapes again. Both of them appreciated the comments you left on the first lost tape, so don’t be shy.

3 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Seattle, WA (01/15/80)

  1. Nice one mat, this is a great addition and find. Incidentally, do you know which show the other torrent link refers to?
    Aint it great that this far down the line, great ‘lost’ and never circulated tapes still appear. Really looking fiorward to this one.

    1. It is amazing that tapes are still being found. How cool.

      I’m currently torrenting the other show that is referred to here. I’ll get it up sometime in the (relative) near future.

  2. Absolute gem of a show and a real quality AUD recording. My expectations of JEMS are always high, and absolutely nothing to disappoint here. Tone is warm and rich, vocals are clear and instruments are well defined. Only a trace of very minor distortion on the usual suspects ‘Solid Rock’ etc. There are many ‘strong’ aud tapes from these gospel tours but many are marred by distortion or imperfect tone. This is a real quality addition.

    Really classy performance. Bob produces a really reflective, soulful vocal. It is like he is showcasing the songs and letting them really breathe. Of course with this approach we get stunning renditions of Covenant Woman, Presssing On and also a beautiful ‘what Can I do For You’ where Bob really nails the harp solo. Do Right To Me Baby is played in a gentle reflective mood which really works well.

    Highly recommended show, even for SBD aficianados (sound here is much better balanced than the majority of SBD recs anyway)

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