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Electric Blues Nite Crash
source: Live in the Main Hall

Disc one
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 [Be]
Lay, Lady, Lay [Be /Sa]
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues [Be]
Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power) [Bh /Sa]
The Levee's Gonna Break [Bp /Dm  /Tu]
Spirit On The Water [Bh  /Tu]
Stuck Inside Of Mobile [Bp /Sa]
'Til I Fell In Love With You [Bh]
Death Of Hattie Carroll [Bp /Dm /Sa]
Honest With Me [Bp]
Disc two
When The Deal Goes Down [Bp /Sa  /Tu]
Highway 61 Revisited [Bp]
Workingman's Blues #2 [Bp /Sa]
Summer Days [Bp /Sa /Tu]
Ballad Of A Thin Man [Bh]
Thunder On The Mountain [Bp /Sa]
All Along The Watchtower [Bp]
Cat's In The Well [Be /Dv]
It Ain't Me, Babe [Beh /Sa]
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight  [Be /Sa]
Blind Willie McTell [Bp /Db /Sa]
Rollin' And Tumblin' [Bp /Dm /Ds /Sa]

For some unknown reason, this title took it's name from a CD released a decade earlier: Electric Black Nite Crash. Of course, the color was changed to match the venue. This release is part of a trilogy from TMR that will document Dylan's early 2008 venues in Mexico and South America. TMR is halfway shooting towards themed releases like those of Crystal Cat. This set of releases is printed on high gloss paper with a red on black motif. They also incorporate Dylan's own artwork inside the packages. The discs themselves are offset printed with a closeup photo of Bob blowing the harp. A nice touch considering the venue. The recording is great, for the most part. The vocals are loud, but well mixed with the music. Virtually every thing a highlight, including the bonus tracks. These are the first five songs from the previous night that are not included in the Saturday night show. As for the highlights of the concert... pick a song! RDW is historic. The surprise songs LLL is sweetly sung. JLTTB is one of the best performances ever recorded. Señor is powerful, dark and menacing. Modern Times songs are as good or better than the studio versions. Listen to Freeman's solos in TIFILWY, H61R and SD among others. He's on fire! All in all, simply a great package. Buy it. You'll like it.
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Source / Venue:
House Of Blues,   Dallas, Texas  Feb. 23, 2008
bonus: House Of Blues, Main Hall, Dallas, Feb. 22, 2008

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Tambourine Man /  TMR 138/139

Released:     June 2008

   8½ stars

Bob's Boots ref. #     BB-e36

Thanks to Terry Farrington for scans

The other titles in the trilogy:
From Nassau To Mexico
Full House In Buenos Aires

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[Be] -Bob on electric guitar
[Beh] -Bob on electric guitar and harp
[Bh] -Bob on harp and electric piano
[Ds] -Denny on slide guitar
[Sa] -Stu on acoustic guitar
[Db] -Donnie on banjo
[Dv] -Donnie on violin
[Dm] -Donnie on electric mandolin
[Tu]-Tony on acoustic upright bass

Bob and the Band had been on hiatus since October 2007. They got together in Dallas a few days before the show and had a few practices. To kick off the tour, they booked three consecutive nights at this Dallas, Texas club. It's a small venue seating about sixteen hundred people. The idea was to get the band back on stage and playing together with some paid "rehearsal time" before the tour got into full swing. Each show was sold out, and the media was not invited. Each show found Bob and the band getting progressively tighter, and this third show was best of all. Denny Freeman is on his home turf, and he's scorching out leads to beat the band. There is something about a small venue. As every performer knows, you give back what you receive from the audience. In a small venue, one is that much more in tune with the crowed, and it's far easier to give it your all. Dylan indeed does! The next day's headlines read "Demonic Dylan". Bob angrily spits out the lyrics with a venom and passion that eludes the larger venues. He sounds a bit shaky on the first song. Perhaps it's due to the fact that a woman jumped on stage in front of him just before he began. He quickly recovers, however, and the audience holds on for the ride of their life.
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