Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Build a Ladder to the Stars, 1974

bob dylan and the band - chicago 1974

Bob Dylan
1974 BUILD A LADDER TO THE STARS
Pink Panther Records

Download: FLAC/MP3

Thanks as always to Nellie at Expecting Rain for this compilation. As per usual she has included an enormous amount of information in the text files which I have not included here (but do remain in the download) in order to save space.

Tour ’74 is a much misunderstood part of Dylan’s live performance canon.
The early concerts are quite different to the later ones which formed Before The Flood.

There have been various great compilations of Tour ’74 in the past,
most notably the silver boot Phantoms Of My Youth (Capricorn) and
Bob Meyer’s amazing Nineteen74 from 1981, a “best of” from his exhaustive, and at the time definitive, “1974 Project”.

However, since then, many pristine complete soundboards (& bits of soundboards) have emerged,
along with great audience tapes from Chicago and Hollywood. This new compilation reflects this.

One of the great surprises is the performance & sound quality of The Band songs, which are also included here.

Sound quality here is generally very good to excellent, but some tracks only exist in fair to poor sound.
Unfortunately, the first three tracks from Chicago are in poor sound –
if you don’t like these completist tracks, use the “skip” button.

Hope you enjoy it. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Lies, damn lies & statistics:

All the songs performed by Dylan & The Band on Tour’74.
20 of a total of 41 concerts represented here.
86 tracks.
59 different songs.
1 Bob.

Chicago Stadium
Chicago, Illinois
3 January 1974

1.Share Your Love With Me (Briggs/Malone)
2.Holy Cow (Alain Toussaint)
3.Life Is A Carnival (Robbie Robertson – Rick Danko – Levon Helm)

First concert of the 1974 Tour of America with The Band.
This was the only time that Dylan played during The Band’s set.

LB-2635;
From Les Kokay audience set

Chicago Stadium
Chicago, Illinois
4 January 1974

4.Hero Blues
5.It Ain’t Me, Babe
6.Tough Mama
7.Long Black Veil (Danny Dill – Marijohn Wilkin)
8.All Along The Watchtower
9.Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
10.The Times They Are A-Changin’
11.Love Minus Zero/No Limit
12.The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
13.Nobody ‘Cept You
14.It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
15.The Shape I’m In (Robbie Robertson)
16.The Weight (Robbie Robertson)
17.Forever Young
18.Something There Is About You
19.Like A Rolling Stone

LB-2636;
From Les Kokay audience set

The Spectrum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6 January 1974
Afternoon

20.To Ramona
21.Mama, You Been On My Mind

LB-9309;
Fix of LB-2637

The Spectrum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6 January 1974
Evening

22.It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
23.Song To Woody
24.Mr. Tambourine Man

LB-2638;
From Les Kokay audience set

The Spectrum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7 January 1974

25.Girl Of The North Country
26.Wedding Song
27.Nobody ‘Cept You

LB-2647;
From Les Kokay audience set

Maple Leaf Gardens
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
9 January 1974

28.It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

LB-9312;
Fix of LB-2650

Maple Leaf Gardens
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
10 January 1974

29.As I Went Out One Morning
30.Love Minus Zero/No Limit

LB-7073;
As I Went Out One Evening (Be Twisted / BTCD 020-21)

Boston Gardens
Boston, Massachusetts
14 January 1974

31.Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
32.Lay, Lady, Lay
33.Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
34.It Ain’t Me, Babe
35.I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
36.Ballad Of A Thin Man
37.The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Robbie Robertson)
38.This Wheel’s On Fire (Rick Danko – Bob Dylan)
39.I Shall Be Released
40.Up On Cripple Creek (Robbie Robertson)
41.All Along The Watchtower
42.Ballad Of Hollis Brown
43.Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
44.Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
45.Just Like A Woman
46.Something There Is About You

LB-1497;
Compiler: Les Kokay;
Part of The 1974 PA Tape Collection upgrade;
Sources:
first disc PA recording;
second disc – first 5 tracks PA recording, last 8 audience;
best known sources.

Except:
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.

LB-9378;
Taper: Bill Graham;
Source: Wolfgang’s Vault (WV);
Streaming capture: JTT;
Lossy FLAC from mp3 capture;
Incomplete soundboard;
Equipment: Soundforge PRO 10b, FLAC Level 8 Align on Sector Boundaries.

Capital Centre
Largo, Maryland
16 January 1974

47.One Too Many Mornings

LB-9328;
Lineage: Low gen tape > CDR > Eac > Flac;
The Band sets are from a different tape [LK AUD set]

Hollywood Sportatorium
Hollywood, Florida
19 January 1974
Afternoon

48.It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
49.Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (Don Hunter – Stevie Wonder)
50.Forever Young

LB-11892;
Hollywood Sportatorium (No Label / BDBA 11974)

Mid-South Coliseum
Memphis, Tennessee
23 January 1974

51.Going Back To Memphis (Chuck Berry)
52.Fourth Time Around

LB-2677;
From Les Kokay audience set

Nassau County Coliseum
Nassau, New York
28 January 1974

53.Gates Of Eden

LB-2694;
From Les Kokay audience set;
Master tape > CDR > EAC > CoolEdit2000 minimal HR > Flac

Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York
30 January 1974

54.King Harvest (Has Surely Come)

Source:
Dylan related Wolfgang’s Vault Radio broadcasts Week 4;
Soundboard recordings captured, compiled and encoded by Arturo el Duderino, 14 March 2006;
128kbps digital mp3 stream > Creative SoundBlaster Live! > Wave (16bit, 44.1kHz, 2.0) > SoundForge 8.0 > TLH > FLAC

Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York
31 January 1974
Evening

55.Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)
56.Lay, Lady, Lay
57.Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
58.Ballad Of A Thin Man
59.Up On Cripple Creek (Robbie Robertson)
60.Ballad Of Hollis Brown
61.Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
62.Rag Mama Rag (Robbie Robertson)
63.This Wheel’s On Fire (Rick Danko – Bob Dylan)
64.Highway 61 Revisited
65.Blowin’ In The Wind

LB-9393;
Compiler: Les Kokay (LK);
The 1974 PA tape collection upgrade

Except:
Ballad Of A Thin Man,
Up On Cripple Creek,
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,
This Wheel’s On Fire.

LB-11118;
1974 Soundboard Collection (Wonderland Records)

Missouri Arena
St. Louis, Missouri
4 February 1974
Afternoon

66.A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
67.Desolation Row

LB-11762;
Taper: Bob Heyer

Coliseum
Denver, Colorado
6 February 1974
Afternoon

68.Visions Of Johanna

LB-2703;
From Les Kokay audience set

Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, California
11 February 1974
Evening

69.Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)
70.Stage Fright (Robbie Robertson)
71.The Times They Are A-Changin’
72.Just Like A Woman
73.Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
74.It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
75.Highway 61 Revisited
76.Like A Rolling Stone
77.Maggie’s Farm
78.Blowin’ In The Wind – The original FLAC file from my set was corrupted. I supplied a new one from my files with the same source – Mat

LB-4445;
Oakland Flood (Mainstream / MSBR 0016-17)

Except Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right:

LB-11118;
1974 Soundboard Collection (Wonderland Records)

The Forum
Inglewood
Los Angeles, California
13 February 1974

79.When You Awake

Source:
Bob Dylan (and related);
Wolfgang’s Vault Radio broadcasts Week 5;
Soundboard recordings;
Captured, compiled and encoded by Arturo el Duderino, 14 March 2006;
128kbps digital mp3 stream > Creative SoundBlaster Live! > Wave (16bit, 44.1kHz, 2.0) > SoundForge 8.0 > TLH >FLAC

The Forum
Inglewood
Los Angeles, California
14 February 1974
Afternoon

80.Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
81.She Belongs To Me
82.It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

LB-10164;
Before The Flood Complete (Original Master Series / 110-111-112-113);
Gold CD Limited Edition;
Digitally Remastered

The Forum
Inglewood
Los Angeles, California
14 February 1974
Evening

83.Mr. Tambourine Man
84.Endless Highway (Robbie Robertson)
85.Gates Of Eden
86.Maggie’s Farm

LB-10164;
Before The Flood Complete (Original Master Series / 110-111-112-113);
Gold CD Limited Edition;
Digitally Remastered

5 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Build a Ladder to the Stars, 1974

  1. Oh yes, very nice, got all the comps referred to and much more besides, however as stated in the notes, this tour was much in need of an update/upgrade. Nice to have the Band material (that’ll make a great rlstandalone comp), also nice that the early and best part of the tour is well covered.
    Thanks Mat, think the Ubniondale shows are new to me, at least in lossless from the master

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