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Farm Aid 1986
source: Sound Board

Disc one
Positively 4th Street
Clean Cut Kid
Emotionally Yours
Trust Yourself
We Had It All (Donny Fritts-Troy Seals)
Masters Of War
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers:
Straight Into Darkness (Tom Petty)
Think About Me (Tom Petty)
The Waiting (Tom Petty)
Breakdown (Tom Petty)
To Ramona (1) (Bh)
One Too Many Mornings (1) (Bh)
Hard Rain (1)
I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know (Null)
Band Of The Hand
When The Night Comes Falling
Lonesome Town (Baker Knight)
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Disc two
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers:
Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)
Make It Better (Tom Petty)
Spike (Tom Petty) (2)
Refugee (Tom Petty & Mike Campbell) (2)
Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 (2)
Seeing The Real You At Last (2)
Across The Borderline (Cooder/Hiatt) (2)
I And I
Band Introduction
Like A Rolling Stone
In The Garden
Blowin' In The Wind
Uranium Rock (Warren Smith)
Knockin' On Heaven's Door

What a super package from newcomer Zion. The slimline jewel cases houses two plain red discs that are identical other than the disc number. The package is first class from the fonts to the beautiful photos and images, and from the color scheme to the layout. These guys know how to make a package. The title is only slightly misleading. This was just another concert along the 1986 Dylan Petty tour. The subtitle is "Pre-Broadcast Master". In actuality, the second annual Dylan inspired Farm Aid concert was being performed and broadcast live from Austin, Texas by VH-1 and its radio partners. VH-1 had also prearranged to set up cameras at the Dylan - Petty show in New York. At the appropriate time, the live feed was switched to NY, and Petty and Dylan were seen live as a seamless splice into the Farm Aid concert. This set represents nearly the entire night's performance taken directly from the soundboard. It's incredible quality. The first song of the night, So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye is not included for time limitation reasons, but that's no great loss. It's a weak cover song that has been out on boot before. Harder to forgive, the final Knockin' On Heaven's Door is also absent. It is a beautiful duet with Petty that hasn't surfaced to silver, and would have been a better choice to include than many other songs here, the show starts in full gear with Bob spitting out 4th Street with a venom. Clean Cut Kid, however, is a lost cause. It's played at twice the tempo that it was recorded, and the groove is completely gone. The girls can't get their lines in, and Dylan struggles to several times. There are several highlights, though. The solo songs are nice and One Too Many Mornings is simply beautiful, and my choice for the highlight of the show. On the last word of each line, Bob sings a four note melody within the one word, and it is spellbinding to listen to. Just before he begins, there is a particular girl in the audience that catches his eye. He walked toward her, bent down and picked up a frisbee that the crowed had landed on stage, and threw it to her. He flashed her a huge smile, and then poured out this incredible song. (Cond.)© 2008 CD Pinkerton /
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Ins.(b) Liner
Source / Venue:
Rich Stadium  Buffalo, New York  July 4, 1986

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
ZION            /       005

Other Commercial releases of July 4:
Rich For Poor

10 stars

Bob's Boots ref  #

1) - Dylan solo vocal & guitar
  (2) - Broadcast live on VH-1 TV and radio
(Bh) - Bob on harp

Special Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark

Review: (Cont.)
Even though Band Of The Hand was a staple on this tour, I still consider it a concert rarity, so it's nice to hear. There's a slight sound distortion halfway through Thinman that was inherent to the sound equipment. Once it subsides, Campbell belts out an incredible guitar solo that inspires Dylan to come back singing like a man possessed. What fireworks! As the second disc starts, Petty kicks off a rockin' Johnny B. Goode, and then alerts the audience that they are now on TV as the Farm Aid broadcast picks up this portion of the show. Suddenly, there's a bad splice into Spike, and half of the song is lost. Petty comes back with his second song for Farm Aid, Refugee. It, along with The Waiting is Petty's best song of the night. For Dylan's part of the broadcast, he opens with a lifeless, wimpy Rainy Day, but recovers quickly with a powerhouse performance of Real You At Last. The final song included in the Farm Aid broadcast is Across The Borderline, and Bob does a great job of it. Campbell's incredible and unique lead guitar style of playing mandolin type chords sends it over the top to the best of the three Farm Aid songs. I and I follows. Once again, it is much too fast, but it doesn't suffer loss the way Clean Cut did. It, and the songs to follow are completely new to silver in this soundboard quality. Bob takes a couple of minutes to introduce the band with:
OK, now before we go any further I wanna thank Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for backing me up tonight. I'd say it's a rare privilege to play with a band like this. Anybody could sound good, even you. You'd sound great with a band like this. Anyway, on the keyboards Benmont Tench. Come on now. Now, Benmont's a keyboard player, he's a great songwriter too in his own right. Anyway, on guitar, Michael Campbell. Uh-huh, Ha... OK now, you have to do better than that.... on the drums, Stan Lynch. On the bass, uha... from Buffalo, New York... Howie Epstein. I 'specially wanna thank Mr. Tom Petty himself... and of course I have my own heart breakers... I always did all along uh-huh huh huh. there Standing over there, that's Louise Bethune, Carolyn Dennis, Madelyn Quebec, Queen Esther Marrow...
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and by the time LARS kicks off, he's not ready, and stumbles into the first line; then gives us the Dylan cough on the second line. Nothing rocks quite as heavy as the beginning of In The Garden. It's a good, solid performance throughout. Blowin' In the Wind is straight forward, and a bit tiresome and the disc closes with what I always thought was a goofy song. Uranium Rock is listed as Rock 'em Dead. So the set goes out with a bit of a whimper rather than a bang... but oh, what a set it was! Add this one to your collection, by all means! You'll thank me for it.© 2008 CD Pinkerton /

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