New Source Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Munich, Germany (06/03/84)

Jokerman Has Just Left The Stadium

Bob Dylan
Olympia Stadion
Munich, West Germany
3 June 1984

Download: FLAC/MP3

Sources 2 & 3 are new.

01 – Highway 61 Revisited
02 – Jokerman
03 – All Along The Watchtower
04 – Just Like A Woman
05 – Maggie’s Farm
06 – I And I
07 – License To Kill

Greg Sutton:
08 – Got My Mojo Working (McKinley Morganfield)

09 – It Ain’t Me, Babe
10 – It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
11 – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
12 – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
13 – Masters Of War
14 – Ballad Of A Thin Man
15 – When You Gonna Wake Up
16 – Every Grain Of Sand
17 – Like A Rolling Stone


18 – Girl From The North Country
19 – The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
20 – Blowin’ In The Wind
21 – I Shall Be Released
22 – Tombstone Blues
23 – Why Do I Have To Choose? (Willie Nelson)
24 – Forever Young

Concert #5 of the 1984 Europe Tour.
Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar),
Mick Taylor (guitar),
Ian MacLagan (keyboards),
Greg Sutton (bass),
Colin Allen (drums).

9-11, 18, 19 Bob Dylan solo (vocal & guitar).
4, 9, 19 Bob Dylan harmonica.
20-21 Joan Baez (shared vocal & guitar).
20-24 Carlos Santana (guitar).

Note. 20 broadcast by VDR-TV, West Germany, 4 June 1984.


– Thank you. Greg Sutton’s gonna sing for you now. He just wrote on the way over
to the football stadium, called I Got My Mojo Working.

Source 1: No LB # that I could Find

20 mono TV recording.
Stereo audience recording, 100 minutes.

Jokerman Has Just Left The Stadium
Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Sound Bites / SB 001 (Disc 001/002)


Olympia Stadion, Munich, West Germany June 3, 1984
Bonus: Minestadio, Barcelona, Spain June 28, 1984

Source 2: LB-1514

Source: “Taped by Legendary Taper D, remastered in the Improved Air Remaster series.”

Source 3: LB-1784

Converted by: Fendert
Conversion: Tape>?x>CDR>Wav>FLAC
Quality: Very Good / Audience

This is the 5th Show of Bob Dylan’s 1984 tour with former Rolling Stones guitarist
Mick Taylor. The songs are starting to have a little life in them but still they are far
from what they will become in the coming weeks. Taylor still is feeling his way
around them but vocally Bob is starting to groove. Compare “Every Grain of Sand,”
“I and I,” “License to Kill” and “Masters of War” compared with later versions (or
with Real Live if that’s all you have) and see how far Taylor will take these songs.
We get a couple of gems on this one. Again we get “Why Do I Have to Choose” (the
only cover on the tour) and Dylan really sings great on it this night and Mick Taylor’s
slide is just about perfect. Also, Joan Baez joins Bob for a great version of “Blowing
in the Wind” and “I Shall Be Released.” “Forever Young” is a great treat here also.
Right now is the 20th Anniversary of those shows and I thought it would be cool to
release each show to STG on the date of the actual show plus 20 years. So, here is the
fifth show and we’ll see if I can keep up with the rest of the tour. Enjoy.

Santana report: Plays the lead on “Why Do I Have to Choose” beginning at 2:46 and
even though his tone does not fit the song, at least he doesn’t hit any wrong notes this
time. This guy is bad. These shows really highlight how BAD Santana was, playing
in the wrong key, at the wrong time, bad tone and playing a part which did NOT fit
into the song. What was Bob thinking with this guy? No artwork, enjoy!

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Hamburg, Germany (05/31/84)

santana - joan baez - bob dylan - hamburg - 1984_0531

Bob Dylan
St. Pauli Stadion
Hamburg, West Germany
31 May 1984

Download: FLAC/MP3



Highway 61 Revisited
All Along The Watchtower
Just Like A Woman
Maggie’s Farm
I And I
License To Kill
Greg Sutton: Got My Mojo Working (McKinley Morganfield)
It Ain’t Me, Babe
It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Masters Of War

Upgrade Bonanza: Miles Davis – Zurich, Switzerland (04/08/60)

miles davis - zurich - 1960

Miles Davis Quintet
Zurich, Switzerland

Download: FLAC/MP3

If I Were a Bell
So What
All Blues> The Them

From unknown Radio Broadcast

From my CDR collection, I have no other source or lineage info – Mat

Miles Davis – Trumpet
John Coltrane – Tenor Sax
Wynton Kelly – Piano
Paul Chambers – Bass
Jimmy Cobb – Drums

Ten Years of Bootlegs #8: Bob Dylan – The Genuine Never Ending Tour Covers Collection (1988-2000)


I must confess that the transition of The Midnight Cafe from pop culture blog (where I posted about movies, music, books and other assorted oddities) to to solely being a bootleg blog was mostly due to hit counts. I had a brief but passionate affair with the idea that I could somehow become big enough of a site to, well not make a living from it, but at least supplement my income. I dreamed of being a cool little corner of the internet where people would come to read my thoughts on art and entertainment and maybe discuss it with me.

During this time I paid a lot of attention to my hit counter. I poured over my stats looking to see where folks were coming from and how they’d gotten to my little blog. As I started posting more bootlegs I noticed that a lot of searches were for various live shows. I also noted that since posting bootlegs my daily hits were increasing. The transition was slow but eventually all other non-bootleg things fell away.

I now actually do some pop culture writing, but its on other sites so that the Cafe could remain pure.

These days I pay very little attention to hit counts and all those stats. Now and again I like to see where people come from and what links they click on but its not something I keep up with. But were it not for those early days of counting I’d never have become The Midnight Cafe I am today.

The Midnight Cafe’s #8 most viewed bootlegs of all time: The Genuine Never Ending Tour Covers Collection (1988-2000)
Because my hit counter really was fluctuating a lot due to me linking to the posts in this little countdown I finally got around to writing the top ten down somewhere permanent so as to not get confused as the numbers changed. Today’s post is technically now sitting at #10, because the original #10 and #9 have since moved up in the count so we’ll pretend its actually #8.

The always great DylanDave gave me this compilation.  It contains every cover song Dylan sang on the Never Ending Tour up until 2000 (I keep hoping someday someone will do a Part II to catch us up.) While Dylan is one of the great songwriters of our time its kind of fun to have a whole compilations of him singing other peoples songs.

It was originally posted in July of 2016 and has accumulated a total of 2,345 hits.Smart readers will note that this is actually more hits that I posted for #10 and #9 but again those have since moved up quite a bit. Those same readers may also notice this is the third Bob Dylan boot in a row for the countdown. Get used to that as all but one bootlegs in the top ten comes from Dylan (there are a couple of others that have Bob playing with other artists, but he’s in 9 out of the 10).

That’s it. If you haven’t grabbed this boot I highly recommend it.

You can read about the #10 show here and #9 here.

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Joni Mitchell – Worcester, MA (11/29/69)

Joni Mithcell - Worcester - 1969

Joni Mitchell
November 29th, 1969
Alden Memorial Auditorium
Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA

Download: FLAC/MP3

unknown audience source recording

disc one
1.Chelsea Morning
2.River > Willy
3.For Free
4.The Arrangement
5.Night In The City
6.Cactus Tree
7.Big Yellow Taxi
8.Both Sides Now

disc two
1.Marcie > Nathan La Franeer
3.Rainy Night House
5.The Circle Game
6.Urge For Going
7.Get Together

Upgrade Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Portland, OR (12/04/80)


Bob Dylan
Paramount Theatre
Portland, Oregon
4 December 1980

Download: FLAC/MP3

1. Let It Ride (McCoy/Dennis)
2. It’s Gonna Rain (C Johnson)
3. Come On In This House (?)
4. Saved By The Grace Of Your Love (Willie Smith/David Palmer)

5. Gotta Serve Somebody
6. I Believe In You
7. Like A Rolling Stone
8. Regina McCreary Havis: Till I Get It Right (Red Lane/Larry Henley)
9. Man Gave Names To All The Animals
10. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
11. We Just Disagree (Jim Krueger)
12. Ain’t Gonna Go To Hell For Anybody
13. Girl From The North Country
14. Slow Train
15. Carolyn Dennis: Walk Around Heaven All Day (Rev. James Cleveland/Cassietta George)
16. Abraham, Martin And John (Dick Holler)
17. Rise Again (Dallas Holm)

1. Let’s Keep It Between Us
2. Mary From The Wild Moor (trad.)
3. Solid Rock
4. Just Like A Woman
5. SeÒor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
6. What Can I Do For You?
7. When You Gonna Wake Up
8. To Ramona
9. In The Garden
10. Blowin’ In The Wind
11. City Of Gold
12. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
13. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

LB-7463, (80min+57min), from lk fall 80 set; bittorrent download 04/09, this is a close eac match on d1t1 to LB-1910; that has discontinuities between tracks mot on this one; (did not listen to all of this)

Ten Years of Bootlegs: #9 – Bob Dylan – 1978 Tour Collection


When I first started posting bootlegs I had no idea what I was doing. I’d been collecting bootlegs for a long time but that was mostly through snail mail trades and vines. I grabbed some shows from torrents but Internet speeds and bandwidth allocations kept me from doing that with much enthusiasm. I’d not yet discovered bootleg blogs so I was pretty clueless as to how to actually host the boots. Initially I found some janky MP3 hosting sites that were full of ads and likely a variety of Internet poisons. Eventually someone suggested Megaupload so I tried that. I was so unskilled that I started uploading each song individually which must have drove my early readers completely mad. Eventually I realized I could zip an entire show and upload it which made things much easier.

Around this time I discovered other bootleg blogs and learned a lot from them as to how my site should work. It also opened up a new world to me. Though I was a competent bootleg collector at this point the only places I’d ever gone were Grateful Dead related circles. I had no idea there were so many other boots from so many other bands. I downloaded like a maniac.

More and more I was uploading like a maniac as well. Bootlegs were getting a lot of traction and at the time I was hungry for more blog visitors. Initially I posted all the bootlegs I owned on CD. Soon that ran out and I started posting the MP3s I had downloaded from other blogs, but I couldn’t keep up. For awhile I had two computers going. One was constantly torrenting new shows and the other was uploading and posting those same shows nearly as fast as I could download them.

Ten years later I am still uploading multiple shows a day but I have so many shows on my hard drive I sometimes feel I’ll never get through them. Especially as I continue to find other shows I simply “must” download.

When I posted the #10 show in this little anniversary collection there was a conversation in the comments about how one might start visiting your favorite shows in hopes of boosting their ranking so that they might be included in the list. Truth is that is quite a possibility. As I am going to be dolling out these posts over the next several months it is quite likely the rankings will change quite a bit between now and October when my #1 gets posted. In fact as I write this now, just days after writing about the #10 ranking that post, Abandoned Desire, has moved itself up to the #5 position. I guess I shouldn’t have linked to it 😉

My next confession is that when I wrote about #10 I miscounted and Abandoned Desire was actually number 9 with this 1978 Tour Collection coming in at # 10. I would fix that posthumously but as noted its already changed places. Not that any of this matters. There is no prize for being in my top 10 bootlegs posts. This is just a way for me to say thanks to all of you guys for supporting the site for so long and a fun chance to revisit some old posts.

I posted this compilation of songs from 1978 not all that long ago. I first hit the site in June of 2017 and has since racked up 2,125 hits. It was DylanDave who turned me onto it, pointing me to where it had been posted on another site. It is a nice little comp from a very good year for Bob Dylan. Turns out you guys like Bob Dylan an awful lot as he shows up in almost every single spot on this list. But that’s a discussion for another time.

Ten Years of Bootlegs: #10 – Bob Dylan – Abandoned Desire

I started this blog (well the first incarnation of this blog which originally was on back on May 29, 2004. Its initially purpose was to journal the 10 months my wife and are were spending in Strasbourg, France. I wanted a way to both store my experiences their for posterity and share them with my friends and family. At first I was writing breathlessly about my experiences in a foreign country, amazed and excited about every little new things. But as these things happen the new and exciting slowly became old and familiar. I wrote less and less about my French experiences and began writing movie, music and book reviews. When we moved back to the states I kept that aspect of the blog up and The Midnight Cafe became less a journal and more of a pop culture site.

It didn’t take long for me to start writing about bootlegs. At first I was reviewing them and then I started actually posting the music. It was very trial and error in those days as I was still figuring out the best way to upload the shows and make them readily available to my readers. For a time I was writing about pop culture, sharing interesting things I found on the Internet and posting bootlegs. But more and more the bootlegs began taking over and eventually The Midnight Cafe became the bootleg blog you all know and (hopefully) love.

The very first bootleg I ever posted was a show featuring Jim James, Conor Oberst and m. ward. Sadly I no longer have that show (lost in one of many hard drive failures since then) but you can see that early post here. It should be noted that the free music I mention in that post isn’t bootlegs but rather studio MP3s I had been writing about (and sharing) at the time.  That first bootleg was posted in October of 2008.  To celebrate the 10th anniversary of me posting bootlegs to this blog I thought I’d highlight the ten most popular bootlegs I’ve ever posted.  The plan is to do one each month.  I’d like to repost the shows and maybe talk about them and my blog a little.  Since I missed January I’ll try to post two in February and then if everything goes smoothly I’ll count town one show each month until we get to October and celebrate the most popular bootleg I’ve ever shared.

I’ll be using the WordPress counter, sorting by number of views over the entire history of the blog. As mentioned this blog started on Blogger, migrated to a free WordPress site then spent many years on my own paid for space (though using the WordPress platform) and then a few years back I loaded everything back onto the free WordPress site.  My guess is that this has royally screwed up the counter, but its all I got.

Interestingly (and this may point directly to how screwed up the counter is) none of the top ten posts have been accessed more than a few thousand times.  Truth is I’ve never been a really huge site in terms of hit count.  I average somewhere between 1000-1500 unique visitors a day.  I have a small, but really enthusiastic base of regular readers (and commenters – you guys are awesome) but like any site most of my visitors come randomly via web searchers and don’t stick around very long.I also post a lot of shows.  My average is probably 2-3 boots a days which adds up pretty quickly.  Because of all this no single post gets that much love, even after ten years.

When I first started preparing for this series I was shocked to learn that the majority of my most popular posts are not bootlegs but old pop cultural posts I did ages ago. Far and away my most popular post ever was a little thing I did on the movies I have seen on Premier Magazine’s list of the most dangerous movies ever made. I wrote that one back in 2007 and periodically still get messages about it.  I try not to be disheartened about how my sillier posts from more than a decade ago still get more love than all the bootlegs I’ve posted since then.

Anyways without further ado here’s the 10th most popular bootlegs post on The Midnight Cafe.


Bob Dylan – Abandoned Desire

As you might expect from the title this is a compilation of alt cuts to Dylan’s 1976 album Desire. The bootleg combined combines the quadraphonic mix  (taken from a vinyl source) with studio outtakes from the album sessions in July 1975 and a recording session with Bette Midler in October 1975.   Unfortunately the firsts 8 tracks have been removed because they have been officially released. The Dylan Stubs site has full images of the liner art for the bootleg which comes with lots of info on these sessions.

I originally posted it on Nov 21 2015.  It has since been viewed 2, 251 times.  That seems an insanely low number to me.  I really suspect that the counter is only counting hits that have come in via this free WordPress site and none of the others transferred over.  Whatever the case its a cool collection of songs and well worth the listen.


A Few Things

I am doing a lot of behind the scenes work on the blog.  For the two years that I have been using Amazon to host all the shows I have simply dumped them into one single folder.  Organization has been easy since I label my zip files in a very specific way.  When I sort by title it automatically sorts them by artist and then by date.  When I go to blog every morning I sort by date uploaded then find the last show I posted and then move up one.

Trouble with this method is that some shows slip through the cracks. I’ll upload the FLAC files days later than the MP3s or miss a show when I’m posting or whatever.  For various reasons shows get missed and never posted.  I am currently trying to organize each artist into separate folders.  I’m doing this slowly, and double checking that each show has been posted to the blog before I move them into their separate folder.  You guys won’t be able to tell but I have found numerous shows that I uploaded months ago and neglected to post.

Sometimes there are also errors, typos and the like, on shows which I’m trying to sort out but its a challenge.  For example on the recent Van Morrison show I posted,  in the text file there were two dates listed.  One was for the date it was performed, the other was the date it aired on the radio.  Apparently I had uploaded files with both dates.   To confuse matters more I have three different sources of that show. I’d previously posted it a couple of times with different source info.  I have since deleted the post I did today, deleted the files on Amazon and reuploaded everything with more accurate source info.  Then I went back to the two original posts and redid the text so that it is hopefully less confusing.  You can see that post here.

Next as I am organizing my Amazon drive I’m also organizing the blog a little bit by adding in tags.  Previously I only used categories in a basic manner.  Categories were “Music, Bootleg Bonanza, FLAC, MP3 and Artist”.  That’s a good system but I wanted more.  So I started really using tags and giving them more detail by plugging in city, state, country, venue, year, and various others.  I’m doing this to all new posts, but also trying to go back to the old posts and add tags in.  That’s a big project but hopefully this will be useful.  I also added in a tag cloud to the sidebar so you can have fun with that.

Lastly I’m still dealing with the fallout of the external drive crash.  I think I mentioned after it crashed I went a little nuts and torrented a bunch of shows (mostly Dylan but a lot of Springsteen and Van gigs too).  I’m trying to upload all of that stuff to clean off an external drive, while simultaneously fill up another external drive (one that I move all the shows I’ve blogged and backed up on Amazon).  Once that is done I’ll get back to blogging all the stuff on my big 5TB drive I traded for awhile back.  I don’t know if that makes any sense or is of any interest to anybody, but basically it means you’ll continue to see lots of Bob shows for a long while.

Sorry Deadhead and Jerry freaks my input of their shows will continue to be slow for a few more weeks/months.  I’ll try to post a few here and there but until I get things sorted the Midnight Cafe is going to be a little sparse with the Jerry love.  Once I do get things sorted a little better I promise to do a big block of Dead stuff.

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Bethlehem, PA (10/25/81)

bob dylan - bethlehem 1981_10_25

Bob Dylan
Stabler Arena,
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

Download: FLAC/MP3

1. Gotta Serve Somebody
2. I Believe In You
3. Like A Rolling Stone
4. I Want You
5. Man Gave Names to All the Animals
6. Maggie’s Farm
7. Girl From The North Country
8. Ballad Of A Thin Man
9. Simple Twist of Fate
10. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
11. All Along the Watchtower
12. Gamblin’ Man
13. The Times They Are A-Changin’
14. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
15. Watered-Down Love
16. Masters of War
17. Mr. Tambourine Man
18. Solid Rock
19. Just Like A Woman
20. When You Gonna Wake Up?

1. In the Garden
2. Blowin’ in the Wind
3. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
4. Happy Birthday
5. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

File names & tags edited by Chopen, November 2009