Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Houston, TX (01/25/76)


Bob Dylan
Houston, TX
Another Night of the Hurricane

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When I Paint My Masterpiece
Maggies’ Farm
One Too any Mornings
Romance in Durango
I Threw It All Away
Positively 4th St
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Oh Sister
One More Cup Of Coffee
Lay Lady Lay
Just Like a Woman
Rainy Day Women

15 thoughts on “Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Houston, TX (01/25/76)

  1. FYI: All tracks are mislabeled. The first track is an introduction featuring Isaac Hayes. Track 2 is When I Paint My Masterpiece and so on.

    Also, this is a great, slightly unusual setlist for this tour, so it’s worth it despite the considerable distance the taper was from the stage/speakers.

    1. Sorry about that. With these MP3 only shows I tend to just upload them as they come without loading them into my iTunes first and properly labeling them (proper to my standards anyways)

  2. And one more point: that means “Rainy Day Women,” which wasn’t played on this tour anyway, is actually not included here — the last track is Hurricane.

  3. This show is legendary for it’s poor/unworthy sound qual. The exact opposite of the original ‘Night Of’ gig in fact. Surely for such a high profile gig (and large arena) a half-decent AUD recording must be lurking in a shoebox somewhere. If it is it has never been shared around, either in the tape trading days or the digital era.

    Such a shame really, especially with pos 4th st. Can never decide with these type of recs whether to live with mp3 or seek out the flac in order to extract every ounce of juice available.
    Just been searching for a flac source – can’t find one anyhow

    1. Well, and no offense, it’s also legendary for being an utter disaster as a fundraiser. It was almost canceled due to poor ticket sales before they added Stevie Wonder, et al. So, it wasn’t that packed and it certainly didn’t have a lot of the usual Dylan fans and tapers.

  4. @brianfairbanks

    Obviously I don’t have much knowledge or particularly strong opinions about places that are far away and events that happened long before my gig goin’ days. I am somwewhat surprised that more people didn’t get there as there weren’t that many opportunities to catch what was let’s face it a pretty high profile tour, in a major population centre. When you think about how quickly the 74 tour sold out and how many times over. Also when you consider that many of the RTR venues were relatively obscure, remote and small and scattered across the length and breadth of a continent. Also the relatively recent one off NYC (ONE NIGHT , CAN YOU IMAGINE NOWADAYS!) gig to close the tour must have generated a lot of coverage at the time. The profile was certainly high enough for Dylan fans this side of the pond to travel and catch the tour. I know as I’ve met some of them over the years.

    On the other hand and judging by other artists recs from that part of the world in the 70s (Stones, Zep etc) Houston wasn’t a great taping town. Certainly no Mike Millards, Joe Beacon’s or similar around.

    Anybody got the LK (or any) version in lossless?

    1. Speaking as one who was in the flower of his youth during the RTR, I can tell you that 1.) the U.S. economy was not especially good for vast stretches of the seventies, making travel for something as frivolous as a rock concert (gasp) unlikely for most of us, and 2.) tour itineraries were not as readily available as they are today. Unless you happened to pick-up the right issue of Circus or Creem or Rolling Stone, you were left to call the record company.

      And I’ll leave it to your supple imagination to puzzle-out where that went!

      But even beyond that, if memory serves I don’t believe that RTR shows were announced and promoted in the traditional way. I thought they were conducted in a semi-mysterious, hit and run fashion–like a traveling minstrel show.

      Finally, if you don’t mind a little rough sociology, I’m not sure how receptive Houston circa 1976 would’ve been to something like the RTR, which was plainly unorthodox. Toss in a benefit for a mostly unknown African-American boxer accused of murder and you have some pretty significant disinterest.

  5. I follow your reasoning, nowadays it’s the same wealthy middle aged people at all the gigs, Rock ‘n’ Roll arena cabaret selected on an ability to pay/AMEX basis. I remember queuing all night for tickets for Bob’s London shows in ’90. Kinda miss those days when the real fans got to go to the gigs.

    Also I think your sociology is probably sound! As Bob put it ‘If you ever go to Houston….’

    Anyway, it’s another great RTR show and Mr Kokay will likely have had access to all the best sources out there. Enjoy

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