Bob Dylan – Montreal, Canada (12/04/75)

Bob Dylan & The Rolling Thunder Revue
Montreal Forum
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
December 4, 1975

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Concert Set List:

Disc 1 [73:02.211]

Track Time Name

01. [03:39.500] 01 Good Love Is Hard To Find
02. [03:43.690] 02 Sleazy
03. [05:17.212] 03 Hula Hoop
04. [06:20.951] 04 Werewolves Of London
05. [03:02.742] 05 Don’t Blame Me
06. [04:42.639] 06 Laissez Faire
07. [03:51.752] 07 Catfish
08. [03:24.181] 08 Too Good to be Wasted
09. [04:06.239] 09 Life On Mars?
10. [02:25.593] 10 Band Introduction
11. [03:39.396] 11 Hank Williams
12. [03:47.423] 12 Need A New Sun Rising
13. [03:42.943] 13 Cindy (When I Get Home)
14. [03:21.583] 14 Mercedes Benz
15. [03:30.556] 15 Woman of Heart and Mind
16. [04:59.947] 16 Shadows and Light
17. [05:37.136] 17 Coyote
18. [03:48.728] 18 Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow

Disc 2 [48:36.316]

Track Time Name

01. [01:45.840] 19 Ramblin’ Jack
02. [03:30.689] 20 San Francisco Bay Blues
03. [03:51.291] 21 House Of The Rising Sun
04. [03:39.583] 22 Grand Coulee Dam
05. [03:00.605] 23 Salt Pork, West Virginia
06. [04:30.399] 24 I’m a Ramblin’ Boy
07. [04:17.078] 25 When I Paint My Masterpiece
08. [05:30.587] 26 It Ain’t Me Babe
09. [05:22.361] 27 Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
10. [03:59.000] 28 Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
11. [05:51.668] 29 Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
12. [03:17.215] 30 Romance in Durango

Total Recording Time [121:38.527]

Date: 12.04.1975
Tracks: 30
Total Time: 2:01:23
Catalog: Bill Graham Avg Rating: ****

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Bob Neuwirth – guitar, vocals
Ronee Blakley – vocals, piano
T-Bone Burnett – guitar
Steven Soles – guitar
Mick Ronson – guitar
David Mansfield – steel guitar, mandolin ,dobro, violin
Scarlet Rivera – violin
Rob Stoner – bass
Howie Wyeth – piano, drums
Luther Rix – drums, percussion
Joni Mitchell – vocals, guitar
Ramblin Jack Elliot – guitar, vocals

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Concert Summary: Other than Bob Dylan’s 1965/66 era, when he first embraced an electric guitar on stage, has a tour sparked more perpetual interest than his Rolling Thunder Review tour a decade later. Its no wonder the tour has become so legendary, as in addition to the long list of musical luminaries along for the ride; Dylan was at yet another creative peak. Having released one of his greatest (and most personal) albums, Blood On The Tracks the previous year and hot off the sessions for the follow-up. Desire, Dylan had an abundance of excellent new material. By nearly all accounts, the first leg of the tour, at the tail end of 1975, had the greatest intensity and contained many of Dylan’s most memorable performances. Although debate continues as to which Rolling Thunder performances were greatest, most agree that the December 4th Montreal show was a peak moment, if not one of the best nights of the tour. When Dylan released his first seriously thought out career retrospective box set in 1985, “Biograph,” the “Romance In Durango” and cataclysmic version of “Isis” from this night’s first set were chosen to represent the era. Here we present Bill Graham’s pristine soundboard recordings of that very same first set in Montreal, which contains the remainder of the performances, including all the great artists leading up to Dylan.
As was the general format during the 1975 leg of the tour, the show begins with a double dose of Dylan’s close friend and MC for the shows, Bobby Nuewirth. Backed by Guam (as the core RTR musicians were known) he kicks things off with “Good Love Is Hard To Find,” followed by “Sleazy.” Following these openers, Nuewirth becomes master of ceremonies and one by one introduces some of the core band members, who each do a song or two of their own. First up on this night is guitar player, T-Bone Burnett, with the esoteric original, “Hula Hoop” and Warren Zevon’s classic “Werewolves Of London.” The other Guam guitarist, Steven Soles, goes next with covers of Jimmy McHugh’s “Don’t Blame Me” and David Ackles’ “Laissez-Faire.” Bassist Rob Stoner next takes a turn with Dylan’s tribute to baseball player “Catfish” Hunter, followed by his hilarious self-pity song, “Too Good To Be Wasted (Too Wasted To Be Good).”
Mick Ronson, guitarist and arranger from David Bowie’s legendary Ziggy Stardust band also takes a turn with “Life On Mars.” For obvious reasons, often confused with David Bowie’s Hunky Dory LP track, this song was written by Bob Barnes and shares nothing in common with the Bowie song, other than the title. Following Ronson, Neuwith does a few introductions and then invites Nashville singer and actress Ronee Blakely to the stage, to duet with him on the homage to Hank Williams “Alabama Dark.” Blakely then takes a seat at the piano and leads the band through her own “Need A New Sun Rising.” Nuewirth takes over again on the next two numbers. First performing “Cindy (When I Get Home),” followed by “Mercedes Benz,” the song he and Janis Joplin wrote, immortalized on her Pearl LP and one of her last recordings.
Much to the delight of the Montreal audience, the first “special guest” of the evening is up next, Joni Mitchell. After several massively successful albums in the early ’70s, Mitchell had retreated into seclusion for some time and her brief stint with the Rolling Thunder Review not only signified a welcome return to the stage, but was also a showcase for new material. Mitchell was beginning to head in a new direction that would take both fans and critics years to catch on to, but the embryonic stages of that transition can clearly be heard on this four-song set. Three new songs destined for her transitional and controversial next album, 1975’s Hissing Of Summer Lawns, are previewed here. Also, of particular note is an embryonic “Coyote,” one of the most intriguing songs to later surface on Hijera. Written on this tour and a direct reflection of her experiences, Mitchell even acknowledges writing the fourth verse just the night before.
Following Joni’s mini-set, Neuwirth pays homage to Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, with a song that takes his name and serves as a fitting introduction to the man himself. Ramblin’ Jack gets a mini-set of his own; performing engaging reads of “San Francisco Bay Blues” and “House Of The Rising Sun” followed by Woody Guthrie’s “Grand Coulee Dam.” The band joins in for two more as he closes his set with “Salt Pork West Virginia” followed by “Rich And Ramblin’ Boy.”
With no fanfare, not even an introduction, Dylan joins the existential gypsy caravan on stage. Dylan begins with “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” a song he contributed to the Band’s Cahoots LP several years before, a song of weary travel and the elusiveness of the muse.
Dylan’s choice of material, despite spanning well over a decade of his career, conveys a distinctive unity and displays one of his greatest strengthsóa beautiful disregard for professional songwriter polish. This elasticity in his approach to his material is what makes his performances on this tour so immediately engaging, not only for the audience, but also for Dylan himself.
The next two numbers, “It Ain’t Me Babe” and “The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll,” have enticingly ragged new arrangements and leave no doubt that Dylan is fully engaged in the material. In stark contrast to the over hyped Dylan/Band Tour from the previous year, where he often seemed distracted; on this tour, and specifically on this first leg, his commitment to the moment is palpable at all times. Next up is a delightful performance of “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” followed by a surprising high energy arrangement of “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall.”
The recording concludes with Dylan bringing out violinist, Scarlet Rivera, to perform on a song from the recent Desire sessions. The spicy “Romance In Durango,” although incomplete, is immediately captivating, with Dylan compressing the syllables and stabbing at the lyrics in a very dynamic manner. His skillful concentration of language makes the more spacious lines of the lyric all the more penetrating. It’s this new approach, where Dylan’s lyric delivery serves the feel of the music (as opposed to the other way around) that makes his performances on this tour so utterly fascinating.

Note: Track split is as it came through wgv stream. I just carefully removed the gaps on track transitions, edited as seamless as it gets, but didn’t move the marks from where the silences started.


Luisbp51 (Hungercity November 29, 2010)

Bob Dylan – Hartford, CT (11/24/75)

Bob Dylan & The Rolling Thunder Revue
Civic Center Arena
Hartford, Connecticut
24 November 1975

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Disc One

Bob Neuwirth:
01. Good Love Is Hard To Find (N. Albright)
02. Sleazy (?)

T-bone J. Henry Burnett:
03. Hoola Hoop (John Fleming/J. Henry Burnett/Roscoe West)

Steven Soles:
04. Donít Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh)

Rob Stoner:
05. Catfish (Bob Dylan-Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)

Mick Ronson:
06. Is There Life On Mars? (Roscoe West)

Bob Neuwirth & Ronee Blakley:
07. Alabama Dark (Bob Neuwirth)

Ronee Blakley:
08. Need A New Sun Rising (Ronee Blakley)

Bob Neuwirth:
09. Cindy (When I Get Home) (trad.)
10. Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin/Michael McClure)

Rick Danko & Allen Ginsberg:
11. Oh What A Time (?)
12. It Makes No Difference (Robbie Robertson)

Joni Mitchell:
13. Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow (Joni Mitchell)
14. Edith And The Kingpin (Joni Mitchell)

Disc Two

01. Bob Neuwirth: Song for Rambliní Jack (Bob Neuwirth) > Rambliní Jack Elliott: Muleskinner Blues (Jimmie Rodgers)
02. South Coast (Ross/Eskin/Dehz)
03. Black Bill (?)
04. Iím A Rich And Rambliní Boy (Derroll Adams)

Bob Dylan:
05. When I Paint My Masterpiece
06. It Ain’t Me, Babe
07. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
08. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
09. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
10. Romance In Durango (Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
11. Isis (Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)

Disc Three

Bob Dylan + Joan Baez (vocal, guitar):
01. Blowin’ In The Wind
02. Dark As A Dungeon (Merle Travis)
03. Mama, You Been On My Mind
04. Never Let Me Go (Joseph C. Scott)
05. I Shall Be Released

Joan Baez:
06. Diamonds And Rust (Joan Baez)
07. Swing Low Sweet Chariot (trad.)
08. Joe Hill (Earl Robinson)
09. Love Song To A Stranger (Joan Baez)
10. Help Me Make It Through The Night (Kris Kristofferson)
11. Please Come To Boston (Dave Loggins)
12. instrumental by Sandy Bull

Roger McGuinn:
13. Eight Miles High (Gene Clark, Roger McGuinn, David Crosby)
14. Chestnut Mare (Roger McGuinn/Jacques Levy)

Joan Baez & Roger McGuinn:
15. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Robbie Robertson)

Disc Four

Bob Dylan:
01. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
02. Simple Twist Of Fate
03. Oh, Sister (Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
04. Hurricane (Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
05. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
06. Sara
07. Just Like A Woman
Bob Dylan + Roger McGuinn (shared vocal):
08. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

09. This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)
shared vocal by Bob Dylan and the entire ensemble for the evening

Source 1:


Lineage: Unknown flacs probably same source / sourced from LB-0537 > Wave Repair 4.9.3. to fix index clicks/spurts, removed leading/tracking silences, tracking > flac lvl 8 verify

Rolling Thunder Revue concert # 23

The full tape emerged in 2000.

Source 2:

Bob Dylan songs only


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Various Artists – San Rafael, CA (04/27-28/74) – Marin County Bluegrass Festival

Marin County Bluegrass Festival
April 27-28, 1974
Golden State College, San Rafael, CA

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This is a tagged version of shnid: 84849

source: sbd reel
exact gen unknown
Jerry Moore’s copy

lineage: reel playback on Sony TC-765>sbm1>dat>cdr>soundforge>cdr>eac>flac
transfered by Rob Berger ’99

disc 1: 75:25

Cornbread: (4/27)

01: Old Joe Clark
02: I Don’t Believe You Met My Baby
03: Fire On The Mountain

Homestead Act: (4/27)

04: I’ve Been Everywhere
05: Take Five
06: Columbus Stockade Blues
07: Chime Bells
08: Diggy Liggy Lo
09: The Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Emmylou Harris: (4/27)

10: Jambalaya

Tut Taylor and Norman Blake: (4/27)

11: Instrumental
12: Southern Railroad Blues

Doc & Merle Watson: (4/27)

13: Footprints Through The Snow
14: Keep on the Sunny Side
15: Wabash Cannonball
16: Mule’s Done Gone Away

Jim & Jesse McReynolds: (4/27)
17: Are You Missing Me

Doc & Merle Watson: (4/27)

18: Poor Boy Blues
19: Wabash Cannonball (same as above..)
20: Salt Creek
21: Tennessee Stud

Great American String Band: (4/27)
(Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Richard Green, Taj Mahal, David Nichtern)

22: My Plastic Banana Isn’t Stupid
23: Dawg’s Rag (with Richard Green)
24: I’ll Be The Gambler If You’ll Deal The Cards

disc 2: 73:23

Great American String Band: (4/27)

01: Sweet Georgia Brown

The Hired Hands: (4/28)

02: Bear Tracks

Buck White & The Down Homers: (4/28)

03: She Left Me Standing There

Jim & Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys (4/28)

04: Pick Away
05: Cotton Mill Man/
06: The River Of Jordan

Great American String Band: (4/27)
(Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Richard Green, Taj Mahal, David Nichtern)

07: Maybelline
08: Johnny B. Goode

Jim & Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys:

09: Dueling Banjos

Tut Taylor and Norman Blake:

10: Instrumental #1
11: Instrumental #2

Taylor, Blake, & Mac Wiseman:

12: The Wreck Of The Old 97
13: Catfish John
14: Love Letters In The Sand
15: Shackles And Chains
16: Prisoner Song
17: Jimmy Brown
18: The Old Folks At Home
19: Man Walking On The Water
20: Keep On The Sunny Side Of Life

Frank Wakefield :

21: Jesus Loves His Mandolin Player #1

Wakefield, Garcia al

22: Heartbreak Hotel
23: Orange Blossom Special

Doc & Merle Watson: (4/28)

24: Doc Bog’s Country Blues
25: Movin’ On
26: Wabash Cannonball
27: Tennessee Stud

disc 3: 79:50

Ramblin’ Jack Elliot: (4/28)

01: Talking Fishing Blues
02: Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
03: Down The Line
04: Pretty Boy Floyd

Doug Dillard & Frank Wakefield: (4/28)

05: Dixie Breakdown

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
with Garcia, Vassar Clements, Doc Watson,
David Nelson, John Hartford, & Jerry Mills: (4/28)

06: Tulane And Johnny
07: Cosmic Cowboy
08: Jambalaya
09: Sally Goodin
10: Battle Of New Orleans
11: Teardrops In My Eyes
12: Bonie Maronie
13: Randy Lynn Rag
14: Flint Hill Special
15: Mr. Bojangles
16: Honky Tonkin’
17: Diggy Liggy Lo
18: Will The Circle Be Unbroken*
19: Way Downtown Fooling Around*
20: Down Yonder*
* w/Doc & Merle Watson

disc 4:

Old And In The Way: (4/28)
(Garcia, Grisman)

01: High Lonesome Sound
02: Pig In A Pen
03: Panama Red
04: Wild Horses
05: The Hobo Song