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Air Burns (The)
source:  Audience Recording

Disc one
Short Intro
Absolutely Sweet Marie
Pretty Peggy-O
Can't Wait
Under The Red Sky
Cocaine Blues (a)
Masters Of War (a)
Tangled Up In Blue (a)
Disc two
Million Miles
Queen Jane Approximately
'Til I Fell In Love With You
Highway 61 Revisited
It Ain't Me, Babe (a)
Love Sick
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

Thinman continues to wow us with some incredible releases. This fantastic 1998 recording makes its debut onto silver with this title. The name comes from a line in Can't Wait, which is one of the many highlights. As with the other recent releases from thinman, the covers are printed on heavy glossy stock paper. The photos, fonts, and images are all very nice and add to the overall aesthetics. As soon as you hear how crisp and clean the intro is, you know that you're in for a treat. The recording is superb, with the vocals out front of the well blended music. It's slightly removed from the audience, and closer to the house mains, so at times it sounds like it could be a soundboard recording. The performance is right on the money, with Bob really pouring himself into it. Pretty Peggy-O is quite nice. There is no comparison with the original recording where Bob rushes it, and really sounds like a kid. If the young Bob of that 1962 recording session could have heard this version, he would have been thrilled beyond words, and probably not so quick to even commit the song to vinyl in such an 'immature' voice. Another sweet track is Under The Red Sky. I don't understand why so many like to dis this song as simply a childlike fairytale. It might be a fairytale, but it's a bit dark... more like a Grimm Brother's Tale... and few dis them! Bob gives the crowd a couple of "Thank ya ev'rybody"s, and everyone goes home happy. Virtually every song is a highlight, and it's difficult to pick a runaway standout. If we were going to nit-pick, the only thing that could be improved upon is that at discs end, the audience applause cuts off abruptly rather than fades out. There is a ton of 1998 shows.... but it's been a while since we've heard them, so this sounds new and refreshing. Grab it... You'll thank me.
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Tilles Center, Post College Brookville, NY January 30, 1998

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
THINMAN     / 088/89

Nov. 2008
8½ stars

Bob's Boots ref  #

(a) - acoustic with the band

Special Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark

Thanks to Keith Schweiger for scans

Listen to a sample of Masters Of War from this CD

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