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Heartbreak Hotel
source: Remastered 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]
TheYankee Doodle Boy (7/04/09)
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (7/04/09)
If You See Her, Say Hello (7/04/09)
This Dream Of You (7/02/09)
I Feel A Change Comin' On (7/31/09)
Forgetful Heart (7/31/09)
Beyond Here Lies Nothin' (8/09/09)
If You Ever Go To Houston (8/09/09)
Heartbreak Hotel (8/16/09)

It's a rarity for Crystal Cat to release a Dylan show from the USA, but here we have one. There are a few commercial Labels that have released this show that closes out the 2nd annual Rothbury Festival. All have their good and bad points. This one presents a great audio and incredible bonus tracks. It is a soundboard tape that has been remastered by CC. Of course it also includes CC's flair for packaging. There are great photos from the event, and the discs are custom silk screened. As an added bonus, the Cat includes highlights of Dylan performing Together Through Life tunes, covers and songs from other shows around the same time period. Altogether, the discs present two and a half hours of listening pleasure. The theme of the venue is jam-bands, so the band pulls out all the stops and cranks out some great solos. This is one of the better set lists of the tour, and there is a bit of magic woven in to each tune. Speaking of magic, during the concert there was a light misty rain that began to fall at the beginning of High Water, and ended just as the song did. Just another one of those magical moments. Check out Chasing a Shadow for an indepth review of the Rothbury songs. While that was the first release, this version has been remastered and has a different sound that many agree is the better sound
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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
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)

The best Dylan bootlegs

Thanks to Tiny Montgomery for scans

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Source / Venue:
Rothbury Music Festival, MI July 5, 2009
TheYankee Doodle Boy by George M. Cohan is often referred to as Yankee Doodle Dandy. It was written in 1904 for the Broadway musical Little Johnny Jones. It is often regarded in the USA as a patriotic song, so Bob opens with it on this patriotic 4th of July holiday show at Coveleski Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 and If You See Her, Say Hello were the next two songs performed at South Bend. These three songs that begin the show give one a feel of how the night went. A good solid show that was part of the 2009 Minor League Baseball stadium tour with Willie Nelson and John Cougar Mellencamp.
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This Dream Of You is presented from the show in Sauget, Illinois at GCS Ballpark. Bob proves he is ever the poet with lines like: From a cheerless room in a curtained gloom, I saw a star from heaven fall. I turned and looked again but it was gone. Of course he's rhymed gloom and room before in a much better and more poetic song, but there's still a hint of magic in the overall line. When you've produced the volume of poetry  that Dylan has, redundant rhymes are inevitable. Jolene was also performed at Sauget, but the Cat made a good decision of leaving it off, as a great version is already included in Rothbury.
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I Feel A Change Comin' On, from the new album, was performed on Jul 31, 2009 at The Amphitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama. I love it when Bob writes about influences in his life. In the next to last verse, we are treated with: I'm listening to Billy Joe Shaver and I'm reading James Joyce. Shaver is one of my favorite country artists. His gritty voice juxtaposed to some powerful lyrics often made me think of Dylan. I'm happy to see that Bob's a fan as well, and I'm sure that Billy Joe is blown away. How much more honor could there ever be in the life of an artist?... to have their name forever recorded in time by one of the greatest poets who have ever lived. Of course, Joyce doesn't need the publicity. Ulysses is regarded by many as the best modern novel of all time, but it's incredible to hear Bob write about the things that interest him. Then to complete the rhyme, Dylan thrills and chills with the line that sums it all up: Some people they tell me I got the blood of the land in my voice.
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Forgetful Heart was also performed at Orange Beach, Alabama. In the wake of a storm, the night was sultry as a local might have described it. One not accustomed to the heat and humidity pouring from the Gulf of Mexico would more likely use the term miserable. On this night, Dylan took center stage to perform a song that was obviously heart-wrenchingly miserable for him to write. This one is not so much the pure poetry and imagery that Dylan can evoke as it is a revelation of a bleeding heart.  I lay awake and listen to the sound of pain. The door has closed forevermore, if indeed there ever was a door. Anyone who has ever lost at love can easily identify with every line. If that's the case, it is a sad song indeed. It's not entirely clear, however, whether Bob is writing to a female, or as he did in Heart of Mine, to his own heart. Should it prove the latter, There could be no more shattering or devastating lyrics ever put to paper.
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Beyond Here Lies Nothin' comes from the Aug 9, 2009 concert at the Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I can never hear the word Albuquerque without thinking of the 1970 Tony Romeo song recorded by the Partridge Family. In the year that gave us Bridge Over Troubled Water, and Let It Be, I found myself drawn more to a sad little album cut that garnered little attention from the industry. It's called Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque... Oh, yes... we were talking about Dylan... Beyond Here is one of the "hits" from the album. It has a catchy melody and great lyrics. It had only been performed once before. The debut was in Dayton, Ohio a month earlier. For reasons known only to Dylan, another twenty shows would pass before it was played again. It's a great version that features Donnie on trumpet.
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If You Ever Go To Houston is from the same show. The song pays homage to the traditional "Midnight Special". Leadbelly recorded that song in 1934 (while incarcerated in Angola prison for attempted murder) for Alan Lomax, who gave him credit as songwriter. While Leadbelly certainly added some of his own lyrics, the song had been around from at least the beginning of the century.
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Heartbreak Hotel was performed for the first time ever on the last day of the summer tour at Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena in  Stateline, Nevada. This is the first show that Dylan had ever played in Stateline, and what a treat for the first timers. It is a rocking version close to the original Elvis one. After stealing his thorny crown, this was the Jester's final tribute to the King. Elvis Presley died on this date, August 16, 1977. Heartbreak Hotel was the first song released by Elvis on the RCA Label. It's January 1956 release was the song that introduced the world (including a fresh faced fourteen year old by the name of Robert Zimmerman) to Presley-mania. Even though this song is but a bonus track, it was rightly chosen as the title track for this release.© 2010 CD Pinkerton

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Crystal Cat    /    CC 957-58

     Dec. 2009

     10 stars

Bob's Boots ref. #

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