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Ain't Slept In Three Days
source:  Analog Audience Tape

Disc one
Gotta Serve Somebody
I Believe In You
Like A Rolling Stone
Till I Get It Right (1)
Man Gave Names To All The Animals
To Ramona
Ain't Gonna Go To Hell For Anybody
Girl Of The North Country (2)
Slow Train
Carolyn Dennis:
Walk Around Heaven All Day (3)
Disc two
Abraham, Martin And John (4)
Let's Keep It Between Us (5)
Covenant Woman
Solid Rock
Just Like A Woman
What Can I Do For You?
When You Gonna Wake Up
Band Intro
Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
In The Garden
Blowin' In The Wind
City Of Gold
Love Minus Zero/No Limit (6)

This beautiful double disc slimline jewel case release is issued with heavy stock glossy paper. The photos show Bob looking a little haggard, and one wonders if perhaps he hadn't slept in three days. The title comes from an ad lib line that Bob sings in  Señor. "I ain't slept in maybe three days, maybe more."
This is the first time that this show has appeared on silver, and it has truly been done justice. The aesthetics and photos are wonderful... and what an incredible series of releases that the Thin Man has been giving us. Of course, the show was taped onto amateur analog cassette equipment of the day, and is not up to par with what we have become accustomed to... Still, it is very enjoyable... and the Gospel Tours have always been some of the most passionate Dylan of all. At the end of 1980, Dylan started adding a few secular songs back into the repertoire. Those who chronicle and name the Dylan tours have dubbed this the "Musical Retrospective" tour to differentiate it from the shows with 100% Gospel songs. The gospel songs are not so full of fire and brimstone as they were a year earlier, but there are still some great performances. The older classics, on the other hand, have found new life as Bob pours his gospel passion into them. As Bob had done exactly a year earlier when the Gospel Tour began, he once again sat up residency at San Francisco's Fox Warfield Theater. This time there would be twelve performances. This release contains the second performance of the tour. It's a great recording for the period, but there are a few times when the tape had to be shut off to conserve the running time, and it makes for several less than perfect splices on the discs. Some highlights include a reworked version of the rare Ain’t Gonna Go To Hell For Anybody, a powerful and equally rare Let’s Keep It Between Us, and the first live performance of City Of Gold, that would later see official release in the movie Masked And Anonymous. Bob seems a little more passionate in What Can I Do For You? than in most of the other gospel tunes. It's a great performance, unfortunately, at this point the short comings of the old cassette tape start to become apparent. It's the dreaded whoosh, whoosh sound from speaker to speaker that sounds like a phase shifter run amok. The following song is plagued throughout, as is Señor. It's particularly sad here because of the incredible performance! What should have been the highlight of the show nearly gives you a headache because of the tape effect. The negative effect fades with the next song and the encore is fine. Of course, obvious highlights are the reintroduction of secular songs to the line up. Thankfully, the tape has corrected by the encores, because on the final song, Bob returns to his days of acoustic guitar and harp for a sweet rendition of a true classic
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Fox Warfield Theater
San Francisco, California   November, 10 1980

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Thinman     /   077/78

October 2008

7 stars

Bob's Boots ref  #

Special Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark

Thanks to Tiny Montgomery for scans

Dylan - vocal & guitar
Fred Tackett - guitar & mandolin
Willie Smith - keyboards
Tim Drummond - bass
Jim Keltner - drums
Clydie King, Carolyn Dennis, Regina Havis - vocals

(1) Regina McCreary Havis:
 sings this song written by Red Lane & Larry Henley
(2) Dylan - vocal & guitar, Willie Smith - piano
(3) Carolyn Dennis:
sings this song by Rev.Cleveland / Cassietta George
(4) Dylan on piano & lead vocal, and Clydie King on   shared vocal on this song written by Dick Holler
(5) Dylan on piano & lead vocal
(6) Dylan solo - vocal, guitar, and harp

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