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Hanging in the Balance
source: Freileichttheater

Disc one
Saved (Bob Dylan/Tim Drummond)
I Believe In You
Like A Rolling Stone
Man Gave Names To All The Animals
Maggie's Farm
Girl From The North Country
Ballad Of A Thin Man
In The Summertime
Dead Man, Dead Man
Forever Young
The Times
Let's Begin (Jim Webb)
Lenny Bruce
Slow Train
Mr. Tambourine Man
Disc two
Solid Rock
Just Like A Woman
Watered-Down Love
Jesus Is The One
When You Gonna Wake Up
In The Garden
Blowin' In The Wind
It Ain't Me, Babe (acoustic)
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Simple Twist Of Fate
Heart Of Mine
Barbara Allen (trad.)

City Of Gold 
Shot Of Love  (2)
Every Grain Of Sand  (3)
Another searing performance from Dylan and his gospel entourage during this very fertile period. The old classics have begun to weave their way back into the evangelical set lists alongside some brilliantly rendered versions from the Shot Of Love album. The tour was supporting this new album that would be released within a month. The entire Dylan portion of this beautiful German show is captured here on an excellent stereo audience recording. The crowd is befittingly energetic, but the powerful vocals and well mixed music flow unscathed by their excited applause and admiration. For such a rich period, one would hope for more of an elaborate package, but all of the venue information is accurate, and the photos, though used quite a bit on other titles, are appropriate and quite classic. The title and cover photo were taken from a 1983 LP release of this same show. There were no show opening songs from the back up singers this night, but there was a song from Carolyn Dennis (Walk Around Heaven All Day) as well as Willie Smith's Saved By The Grace Of Your Love that were left off of this package in favor of bonus tracks... and what incredibly well chosen songs they include! The rare, standout Barbara Allen performed with the band is one of only two such performances on the entire tour. Also included is the European tour's only performance of City Of Gold. Simple Twist Of Fate was well represented on tour, but was not included in the German show. Bob plays organ on this version of Heart Of Mine. The title track of the soon to be released LP was only performed a handful of times, and this is a good version of it. And lastly, kudos to the Thinman for traveling time a few months to the first ever performance of Every Grain Of Sand. This song from the very last night of the tour is not only a good choice for historical reasons, but it also rectifies the botheration that has existed since the release of the bootleg LP, in that now the title track is represented. You owe it to yourself to add this wonderful title to your collection. Don't let this one hang in the balance!
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Bad Segeberg, West Germany   July, 14 1981
International Arena National Exhibition Center
Birmingham, England   July, 4  1981
(1) NEC Birmingham, England   July  5,  1981
(2) Stadthalle  Vienna, Austria   July 21, 1981
(3) Civic Center Theatre  Lakeland, FL USA Nov. 21 1981

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Bob Dylan - vocal & guitar
Fred Tackett
- guitar
Steve Ripley
- guitar
Willie Smith
- keyboards
Tim Drummond
- bass
Jim Keltner
- drums
Clydie King, Carolyn Dennis, Regina Havis,
and Madelyn Quebec
- harmony vocals

Thanks to Keith Schweiger for scans and review

Other commercial releases:
Hanging in the Balance LP

Bob's dialogue:

Thank you. Thank you very much- Here's another animal song, about a man animal. (before Maggie's Farm)

It's raining out there, it's raining here too. (before The Times They Are A-Changin')

Speaking about love, here's another song about love, watered-down love.

Thank you for coming ladies and gentlemen, we're gonna be here tomorrow night too. On the left one more time, Carolyn Dennis. Standing next to her Madelyn Quebec. Regina McCreary. On the keyboards, Willie Smith, backing vocals sometimes, Clydie King. On guitar Fred Tackett. On the other guitar there's Steve Ripley. Can't leave out the bass player and the drummer. On the bass from Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Tim Drummond. He's about as old as I am. On the drums, Jim Keltner. All right, we're going now. Hope I come back some other time I could spend a couple of months here, it's so nice. Goodnight. (at the end of In The Garden)

Do you want to go home now? Get out of here? Get out of the rain? Thank you. (before Knockin' On Heaven's Door)

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