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source: Avignon, France  July 25, 1981

Saved, Jam not included
Disc one
I Believe In You
Like A Rolling Stone
'Till I Get It Right [Regina](Lane/Henley)*
Man Gave Names To All The Animals
Maggie's Farm
Girl Of The North Country
Ballad Of A Thin Man
In The Summertime
Shot Of Love **
Walk Around Heaven [Carolyn Dennis]*
The Times
Let's Begin (Jim Webb) [duet w/ Clydie King]
Lenny Bruce
Disc two
Slow Train
Mr Tambourine Man not included
Solid Rock
Just Like A Woman
Saved By Grace [Willie Smith] (Smith/Palmer)*
Watered Down Love
Jesus Is The One
Heart Of Mine
When You Gonna Wake Up?
Forever Young
In The Garden (w / band introduction)
Blowin' In The Wind
It Ain't Me Babe (acoustic Dylan solo)
Knockin' On Heaven's Door

The Band:
Fred Tackett guitar
Steve Ripley guitar
Willie Smith keyboards
Tim Drummond bass
Jim Keltner drums
Background vocals:
Clydie King
Carolyn Dennis
Madelyn Quebec
Regina McCrary
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Source / Venue:
Palais Des Sports Avignon, France  July 25, 1981

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Moonlight        9517/18
Quality:  9½ stars

Bob's Boots ref  #   BB-a43

Great 2 CD set from one of my favorite periods. This contains the complete circulating soundboard tape, missing some of the girls' material, and Dylan's Mr Tambourine Man, the opening Saved and an instrumental jam. This final night of the European tour was marred by tragedy. A concert goer fell into the power grid and was electrocuted. All power was lost at the end of Slow Train, and Dylan and the band improvised acoustic songs on stage until it was restored. The tragedy multiplied when, emerged into darkness, another girl died after falling from a retaining wall. The show must go on, and so it does. And what a show it is. Dylan is focused and powerful. A fantastic effort from all, and the soundboard recordings are near perfect. Bob is on fire. The old standards are attacked with the same fervor and alternate phrasing that he uses on the gospel songs, and the result is incredible. One exception is Girl Of The North Country. Bob sings it beautifully, but the band flounders like a bunch of amateurs. They should have let him do it acoustically.
* Bob doesn't sing on these.
** Used in a 1985 20/20 broadcast, and in the official 1990 video release 'John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen'.
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