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Chasing A Shadow
source: Soundboard
Disc one
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat [Be]
Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)[Be]
Tangled Up In Blue [Bp]
Rollin' And Tumblin' [Bp / Dm]
Spirit On The Water [Bp]
High Water (For Charley Patton) [Bp / Db]
'Til I Fell In Love With You [Bh]
Po' Boy [BpBh]
Highway 61 Revisited [Bp]
Ballad Of A Thin Man [Bp]
Stuck Inside Of Mobile [Bp]
Disc two
Nettie Moore [Bp / Dv]
Thunder On The Mountain [Bp]
Like A Rolling Stone [Bp]
Jolene [Bp]
All Along The Watchtower [Bp]
Blowin' In The Wind [BpBh / DV]
Here's a new contender that delivers a knock-out punch in the first round. This is SG's first Dylan release, but it's their second effort (The first being a Rolling Stones title). The thinline double case houses two generic discs with little more than the title printed on them. All of the paper used for the inserts is very thin. If you consider those negatives, that's about all of the negativity that you'll be able to come up with here. The aesthetics are incredible, and the package is chock full of beautiful, full color photos from the show. A high bar indeed for any future manufacturer debuts. That's the great news. Now for the better news. A pristine soundboard recording from recent tours is more rare than a flawless performance! But Social Graces presents just that. There were a couple of audience recordings from the front satellite speakers of the ball field tour that tried to pass as soundboards, but this is nothing like those. This is the real McCoy. This incredible double disc set was released only days after the show! The recording presents a strong performance with the vocals way out on top. The music is far beneath, but it is nearly perfectly mixed. For all of us that have been disappointed as of late by the less than perfect PA sound quality of the live show, this release reignites the fire. Leopard-Skin sets up a rocking opening, but the scene stealer is a powerfully beautiful Señor. TUIB looses a lot of its bite and sting from the goofy new guitar run melody. The vocals carry it through until Bob decides to vocally follow the melody for the "She lit a burner on the stove" verse. Thankfully, he decides that it doesn't work, and switches back. Both Rollin' and Spirit are close to the original, with the later being the better of the two. Til I fell in Love is, of course, more gravelly than the original, but it also sounds more personal and  more desperate. The extended harp solo is smooth, and blends perfectly right into the pocket. The weathered and haggard voice definitely adds to the appeal of Po'Boy, and it is one of too many highlights to list. Bob's harp playing is just sweet tonight. The crowed pleasing Highway 61 rocks hard and solid, but the highlight in this segment is Thin Man. The guitar's vibrato, along with that of the Leslie cabinet, are set up to be in tempo with the music. This creates a dynamic, other-worldly feel, that you can't put your finger on until you study the reverb. Mobile is played like a 50's doo-wop, and Bob's full vocal range is displayed in all of its glory. The only misstep with it is that on the last verse, Bob again tries to follow the simplistic keyboard run with his vocals. It is a bit of an undignified ending to a powerful performance.
Nettie Moore is another highlight, as usual. Thunder blisters and Rolling Stone is majestic, and the new Jolene proves a nice addition to the setlist. Watchtower rocks solid, but the reworked pop-Vegas version of Blowin' lands a little weak afterwards. Gone is the powerhouse stadium anthem with soaring vocals provided by Charlie and Larry that demanded the respect of a show closer. It's a sweet and well performed version, but it's bad placement that creates an anticlimactic ending to a flat out, knock-'em-dead concert . There have been a lot of great audience recordings over the last few tours, but this soundboard is a true gem that you might not see again. The bottom line is that you owe this one to yourself. It's an instant classic that you won't fully grasp on the first play... or the 20th. This is one that you'll want to hear over and over.....enjoy.
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Source / Venue:
Rothberry Music Festival, MI   July 5, 2009

An image of the event poster was nicely added onto the back side of the front cover insert.

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Social Graces  /  003/004

Released:   Aug 2009

10 stars
The commercial releases:
Chasing A Shadow  (First release)
Coming Down High Street  (Remastered)
Heartbreak Hotel  (Remastered)
Live at Rothbury  (Copy of Shadow)
Rothbury Night  (Copy of Shadow)

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[Be] -Bob on electric guitar
[Bh] -Bob on harp
[Bp] -Bob on electric piano
[Db] -Donnie on banjo
[Dm] -Donnie on mandolin
[DV] -Donnie on violin
[Dv] -Donnie on viola

Band Members
Bob Dylan - electric guitar, keyboard, harp
Tony Garnier - bass, band leader
Denny Freeman - lead guitar
Stu Kimball - lead / rhythm guitar
Donnie Herron - banjo, mandolin, violin, pedal & lap steel
George Recile - drums

5 Star Show!

Submitted to by MelBain 07/08/2009

Bob closed out Rothbury in what was the most fantastic performance and set list to date on this part of his US tour.

Starting off the show with a guitar and adding a fist pump to Donnie after a rockin Highway 61 made you feel right up there with him.
I was lucky enough to be right up at the front to see every nod and motion to the boys in the band who looked dapper in their polished suits and hats.

Ballad of a Thin Man was just rockin and it was great to get Jolene from his new album.

The crowd was hungry for more of course after the show was over showing that Bob and his band really struck some amazing chords with his fans. He seems to be in a great mood the whole show which radiated through the crowd.

What a way to end 4 days of camping and great performances.
Thanks Bob and the boys, I'll be back for more!

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