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Afternoon Acoustic
source: Nov. 17, 1994

I Want You
Tombstone Blues
Tombstone Blues
Tombstone Blues
I Want You
Don't Think Twice
Desolation Row
Everything Is Broken
The Times
Love Minus Zero/No Limit
With God On Our Side
Love Minus Zero/No Limit

An excellent soundboard recording, taken from the video which began to circulate shortly beforehand. The performances (being rehearsals), are not as polished as the final 'unplugged' broadcast. Dylan fluffs many lyrics, and there's quite a bit of  down-time between songs, when instruments are tuned and things are worked out. But, there are some great moments there too - in particular the second take of I Want You (track 5) where we are treated to an accidental solo acoustic guitar - drums, and vocals performance after what appears to be a partial power cut. The talk between songs is interesting as well. You get to hear Dylan and the band working out various arrangements. The rendition of Hazel features a rather ragged harmonica solo, which was later ommited from the final arrangement. Dylan answers the question from a band member "One bridge or two?" with "I don't know, we'll decide that later...what about no harmonica solo?" Perhaps not an essential release, but a fascinating addition to the official MTV Unplugged release and the Completely Unplugged CD. This Wild Wolf release features one more track than the all but the same Rattlesnake disc, Love Minus Zero/No Limit. This is not part of the rehearsal tape, but is the version from the actual performance that was included on the official CD release in Japan and Europe, but not in the USA. Therefore, it's actually a pirate track.
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Source / Venue:
Sony Music Studios, New York City, Nov. 17, 1994
Bonus: Pirate Track from the official European release

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Wild Wolf/Colosseum - 11/17/94 00-C-047
May 2001

9 stars

Other commercial releases of MTV performances:
Completely Unplugged
Rehearsal for "MTV Unplugged"
Uncut Unplugged
Unplugs It Once More

Bob's Boots ref
# BB-a52

Thanks to Mike McGarr for scans & Review

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