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And A Cannon Ball Blew My Eyes Away
source: Madison, WI  Oct. 31, 2006
Disc one
Maggie's Farm
She Belongs To Me
Lonesome Day Blues
Positively 4th Street
Rollin' And Tumblin'
John Brown
Watching The River Flow
Workingman's Blues #2
Disc two
Highway 61 Revisited
When The Deal Goes Down
Tangled Up In Blue
Blind Willie McTell
Summer Days
Thunder On The Mountain
Like A Rolling Stone
All Along The Watchtower

This title is a brilliant show captured on a phenomenal audience recording. By the title of this release, TMR alludes to John Brown as the standout track, and, rightfully so as it is sung with chilling conviction. However, at least one verse could have been plucked from any one of these songs and used for the title. Dylan, accompanied by his talented band, is in one of those can-do-no-wrong modes, and  sings extraordinarily well.  Maggie's Farm continues to have all the whistle and smoke of a great show opener, and yet, it has been tweaked even further for a clearer, more melodious sound. As usual, the maestro continues to play with his phrasing. One result of his lower octaves is that he is turning out some devastatingly good verses. This is particularly evident in Tangled Up In Blue. As for the new material, Dylan has already begun fleshing out some incredible versions, sounding as if he's played these songs from his catalogue of classics for years. TMR usually struggles in the packaging department, but has shown recent improvement by issuing their December ’06 titles with full color image discs. Unfortunately, the full color schemes are limited to the discs only in this set. The nicely created front cover has much of its appeal diminished by be printed in black and white. The biggest disappointment, however, lies with the inserts and liners. The lack of content and color provide for a very sterile appearance. So, perhaps two steps forward and one step backward in the aesthetics department. In all, though, this title is a tremendous listen that easily justifies a silver release. Highly recommended!
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Source / Venue:
Kohl Center  Madison, Wisconsin  October 31, 2006

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Tambourine Man /  TMR-113/114


Dec. 2006

9 stars ref  # 

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