Bob Dylan – I Walk With My Shadow, I Talk With My Echo – 1988 North American Summer Tour

Bob Dylan
Pink Panter Records
1988 Interstate 88 (Part 1) North America Summer Tour

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Thanks to Nellie at Expecting Rain for this.

Lazarus Rising – the beginning of the Never Ending Tour (NET)
(Bob’s quiet, dignified retirement – a band of rock ëní roll gangsters from the wrong side of the tracks)

1988 was a turning point for Bob. He was now 47 years old (well, not exactly old, but certainly not young). He had spent the last few years putting out uninspired albums with a large dose of covers & hiding behind “events” like Live Aid & big-name bands like The Grateful Dead & Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Jerry Garcia, who Bob trusted, had told him that he needed to reconnect with his old songs & then perform them with conviction. He started this process in Europe in 1987 when he agreed to play “requests” from The Heartbreakers. He needed to take control of his own destiny – not rely on others.So we get a stripped down proto-punk guitar band without frills.

Neil Young appeared in three of the first four shows & may have also been scheduled to play at the second show in Sacramento, which Bob abandoned early in a rage. Maybe the plan was for Neil to continue for the full tour leg, but he disappeared after Mountain View.

The press were hostile & the audiences were depressingly small. The NET could have ended after the disasterous second show in Sacramento. But a miricle happened – the third show in Berkeley was an unqualified success (in no small part to Neil Young). The electric Gates Of Eden from Berkeley with the Neil Young solo is one of the great Dylan live tracks from any era.

After Berkeley, everything (apart from Neil Young) settled down.

GE Smith was an inspired choice as guitarist. Kenny Aaronson’s “big rubber band” bass sound was interesting & so was Christopher Parker on drums.

This tour leg, despite all the garbage that preceded it, was an unqualified success. Bob dipped deeply into his songbook & played many, many songs that had not appeared for decades.

Bob played 80 different songs in 40 different concerts during this tour leg – they are all here.

A large number of soundboards have appeared over the years from these shows, probably taped so Bob could hear the results for himself.This was still the era of portable analogue concert recording (no digital yet) but there are many excellent analogue audience tapes to supplement the soundboards.

Of all the unexpected miracles in Bob’s career, this is the biggest & most unexpected one – the successful birth of the NET.Bob had successfully reconnected with his past catalogue & played it with conviction. Performance quality was also generally excellent.

As Bob says, “I walk with my shadow, I talk [well, maybe mumble] with my echo.”

Co-produced by Detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau, President Vladimir Putin & Mr/The/Maybe President Donald Trump

Mastered at Lubyanka Sound Studios, KGB Headquarters, Moscow.

Another absolutely brilliant production from Jacques, Vladimir, The Donald and the death metal specialists at Lubyanka.

all sourced from 100% lossless FLAC from best available sound sources.

Statistics for this compilation (yes, lies, damn lies & statistics masquerading as facts)

80 ball-tearing, sensational tracks
80 different songs
29 concerts are represented here (from the total of 40 concerts)
6 hours & 34 minutes of music
1 bob

All 80 songs played on the tour leg are represented here.

The setlists were highly variable from night to night, with
3 songs being played thirty or more times,
10 songs being played twenty or more times,
23 songs being played ten or more times,
38 songs being played five or more times, and
31 songs only played once or twice.

Concord Pavilion
Concord, California
7 June 1988

1.Man Of Constant Sorrow (trad. arr. by Bob Dylan)

First live performance of Man Of Constant Sorrow since 1961.

Cal Expo Amphitheatre
Sacramento, California
9 June 1988

2.The Man In Me
3.I Shall Be Released
4.Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Eric von Schmidt)
5.Two Soldiers (trad.)
6.Had A Dream About You, Baby

Live debuts:
Two Soldiers,
Had A Dream About You, Baby.

Greek Theatre
University Of California
Berkeley, California
10 June 1988

7.Joey (Bob Dylan & Jacques Levy)
8.San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller)
9.It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
10.In The Garden
11.Gates Of Eden
12.Rank Strangers To Me (A. Brumley)
13.Everybody’s Movin’ (Glen Trout)

Neil Young (guitar) on:
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry,
In The Garden,
Gates Of Eden,
Everybody’s Movin’.

Live debuts of:
Rank Strangers To Me,
Everybody’s Movin’.

First live performance of San Francisco Bay Blues since 1961.

Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, California
11 June 1988

14.My Back Pages
15.I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
16.Shelter From The Storm

Neil Young (guitar) on:
I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine,
Shelter From The Storm.

Park West
Park City
Salt Lake City, Utah
13 June 1988

17.I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
18.License To Kill

Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Denver, Colorado
15 June 1988

19.Subterranean Homesick Blues
20.One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
21.It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
22.You’re A Big Girl Now
23.Ballad Of A Thin Man
24.Mama, You Been On My Mind
25.Eileen Aroon (trad., arr. Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem)
26.Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
27.Just Like A Woman
28.Seeing The Real You At Last
29.Simple Twist Of Fate
30.Like A Rolling Stone

Live debut of Eileen Aroon.

The Muny
Forest Park
St. Louis, Missouri
17 June 1988

31.Lakes Of Pontchartrain (trad.)
32.Nadine (Chuck Berry)

Alpine Valley Music Theatre
East Troy, Wisconsin
18 June 1988

33.Ballad Of Hollis Brown
34.Blowin’ In The Wind

Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
21 June 1988

35.Across The Borderline (Ry Cooder/John Hiatt/Jim Dickinson)

Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati, Ohio
22 June 1988

36.Clean-Cut Kid
37.Wild Mountain Thyme (trad.)

Clean-Cut Kid is the only 1988 performance.

Garden State Performing Arts Center
Holmdel, New Jersey
24 June 1988

38.Masters Of War
39.Driftin’ Too Far From Shore
40.Boots Of Spanish Leather
41.Silvio (Bob Dylan & Robert Hunter)
42.The Times They Are A-Changin’

Garden State Performing Arts Center
Holmdel, New Jersey
25 June 1988

43.The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll

First performance of Trail Of The Buffalo since The Basement Tapes sessions in 1967.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, New York
26 June 1988

44.Watching The River Flow
45.I’ll Remember You
46.It Ain’t Me, Babe
47.Tomorrow Is A Long Time

Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center
Canandaigua, New York
28 June 1988

48.I Want You
49.Give My Love To Rose (Johnny Cash)

Live debut of Give My Love To Rose.

Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach State Park
Wantagh, New York
30 June 1988

50.Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
51.All Along The Watchtower
52.Maggie’s Farm

Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach State Park
Wantagh, New York
1 July 1988

53.Absolutely Sweet Marie
54.Barbara Allen (trad.)
55.Gotta Serve Somebody

Great Woods Performing Arts Center
Mansfield, Massachusetts
2 July 1988

56.Pretty Peggy-O (trad. arr. Bob Dylan)
57.Love Minus Zero/No Limit

Live debut of Pretty Peggy-O.

Old Orchard Beach Ballpark
Old Orchard Beach
Portland, Maine
3 July 1988

58.Tangled Up In Blue
59.The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest
60.Trail Of The Buffalo (trad. arr. Woody Guthrie)
61.A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
9 July 1988

62.It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

Indiana State Fairground Grandstand
Indianapolis, Indiana
15 July 1988

63.John Brown

Troy G. Chastain Memorial Park Amphitheatre
Atlanta, Georgia
24 July 1988

64.Highway 61 Revisited

Mud Island Amphitheatre
Memphis, Tennessee
26 July 1988

65.Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
66.Forever Young

Joe Walsh (guitar) on Forever Young.

Mesa Amphitheater
Mesa, Arizona
30 July 1988

67.Mr Tambourine Man

Pacific Amphitheater
Costa Mesa, California
31 July 1988

68.Song To Woody
69.Girl Of The North Country
70.To Ramona

Greek Theatre
Los Angeles, California
2 August 1988

71.Every Grain Of Sand
72.She Belongs To Me

Greek Theatre
Los Angeles, California
3 August 1988

73.I’m In The Mood For Love (Dorothy Fields/Jimmy McHugh)

Greek Theatre
Los Angeles, California
4 August 1988

74.Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
75.I’m Glad I Got To See You Once Again (Hank Snow)
76.Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Only known performance of I’m Glad I Got To See You Once Again.

Sammis Pavilion
Batiquitos Lagoon
Carlsbad, California
6 August 1988

77.We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me) (Robertson/Cogane/Myalls)

Only Never-Ending Tour performance of We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me).

Santa Barbara County Bowl
Santa Barbara, California
7 August 1988

78.Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
79.One Too Many Mornings
80.Big River (Johnny Cash)

5 thoughts on “Bob Dylan – I Walk With My Shadow, I Talk With My Echo – 1988 North American Summer Tour

  1. Fantastic! The ’88 tour really was a bolt from the blue: Listening to a genius rediscover himself live in concert night after night is a privilege. Grab this one!

  2. I know its a very crowded field, but to my ears the Pink Panter compilations are head and shoulders above others. The selection of songs and venues are so well chosen and curated and the finished product never disappoints. All collections should include these seminal offerings. Thank you Nellie & Co.

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