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Birmingham 2005
source: National Exhibition Centre

Disc one
Maggie's Farm
Tell Me That It Isn't True
Watching The River Flow
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Highway 61 Revisited
Mr. Tambourine Man
Stuck Inside Of Mobile
Chimes Of Freedom (a)
Til I Fell In Love With You
Visions Of Johanna (a)
Honest With Me
Disc two
Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll (a)
Summer Days
Like A Rolling Stone
All Along The Watchtower
The Man In Me   (Bob was center stage with just his harp - no piano) (1)
Bye And Bye (2)
Absolutely Sweet Marie (3)
If You See Her, Say Hello (4)
I Shall Be Released (5)
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine (6)
Ballad Of Hollis Brown (7) (a)
Forever Young (8)
New Morning (9)
Birmingham is an outstanding show. Perhaps the best of the tour. It is well represented here in this very clean audience recording.  The vocals are crystal clear. Dylan's voice is simply huge on this night. It's melodic, it's teasing, it's full of gruff beauty. Many of these versions are truly incandescent, and are among the best performances of the decade. The entire show is a highlight, with too many individual gems to even mention. The bonus tracks include rarities performed on the minor league baseball stadium tour of the USA earlier in the year. As for the package, CC is usually at the top of the heap as far as recordings and packaging goes. The aesthetics on this set are not quite as pleasing as those past, however. In an effort to get Bob pictured with the eye logo, the band photo is superimposed over it. Problem is, it looks superimposed, and borders on the cheesy. The special "find the lines" effect used on the images of the discs doesn't work. The beautiful images on the liner are, inexplicably, from decades past. While this package would probably rate higher if issued by an upstart, we have come to expect a little more from the Cat.
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Source / Venue:
NEC   - Birmingham, England  November 18, 2005
1) Paramount Theatre Oakland, CA  March 14, 2005
2) Dodd Memorial Stadium Norwich, CT  June 21, 2005
3) Louisville Slugger Field Louisville, KY   June 29, 2005
GMC Stadium,  Sauget, Illinois   July 8, 2005
Amazon.com 10th Anniversary Event
Benaroya Hall   Seattle, Washington   July 16, 2005
The Point Theatre  Dublin, Ireland  November 26, 2005
9) The Point Theatre  Dublin, Ireland  November 27, 2005

5) Featuring Norah Jones on vocals
6) Featuring Bob on harp
7) Acoustic version featuring Donnie Herron on banjo
(a) - acoustic

Manufacturer / Catalog No.

Crystal Cat Records   CC 785/86


9 stars

Other commercial releases of NEC:
Euro 2005 Birmingham

Bob's Boots ref  #



Bob Dylan - keyboard, harp
Stu Kimball - lead guitar
Denny Freeman - guitar
Donnie Herron - violin, banjo, elect. mandolin, pedal & lap steel
Tony Garnier - bass
George Recile - drums

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Thanks to Keith Schweiger for scans
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