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Forest City Night
source: Sapporo, Japan Feb. 24, 1997

Disc one
Absolutely Sweet Marie
Lay, Lady, Lay
All Along The Watchtower
Every Grain Of Sand
Watching The River Flow
Viola Lee Blues (acoustic)
Mr. Tambourine Man (acoustic)
Disc two
Tangled Up In Blue (acoustic)
God Knows
Simple Twist Of Fate
Highway 61 Revisited
Like A Rolling Stone
It Ain't Me, Babe (acoustic)
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
This set contains a fine performance that is let down slightly by the sound quality. The band is tight for the rocking tracks while soft and tender for the slower tunes. Every Grain Of Sand and Simple Twist Of Fate and are as beautiful as ever. The real bonus here, though, is the cover of Viola Lee Blues. As for the artwork, it's a rather lazy effort. The back cover photo of Time Out Of Mind is used on the front, with a less than appealing title font. A quite unflattering caricature of Dylan with a cup of tea in hand adorns the back. The show is a prelude of the TOOM Dylan that will soon emerge. Very focused and very sharp.
Looks and sound-wise, this set is probably a 7, but the performance is so good that it warrants an extra half a point. The overall sound is slightly tinny and thin.
© 2005 Chris Verkroost / CD Pinkerton - bobsboots.com
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Source / Venue:
Kosei Nenkin Kaikan Sapporo, Japan Feb. 24, 1997

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
None Listed  /   BD 001 / 2

circa 2000 (unlisted)

7½ stars

Bob's Boots ref  #

Thanks to Chris Verkroost for scans and review
© 2005 CD Pinkerton - bobsboots.com