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Hollis Brown At Ivy
source: Kurashiki Shimin Kaikan

Disc one
Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood)
If You See Her, Say Hello
All Along The Watchtower
Just Like A Woman
It Takes A Lot To Laugh
O Babe It Ain't No Lie (a) (E. Cotten)
Mr. Tambourine Man (a)
Ballad Of Hollis Brown (a)
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (a)
Disc two
I'll Remember You
Maggie's Farm
Like A Rolling Stone
It Ain't Me, Babe (a)
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (1)
The Man In Me (2)
When I Paint My Masterpiece (3)
Absolutely Sweet Marie (4)
Viola Lee Blues (4)
This is a fairly nice package with a good overall aesthetic appeal. The discs themselves are plain, and would have looked much nicer with a Dylan silk screen. The reason behind this esoteric label, as is most always the case, is to shield the true identity and content of the discs from any authoritative eyes. The sound quality is good, but not quite up to par with contemporary releases. It is a stereo audience recording that is slightly too bass heavy. This heavy bass sound is a common problem that haunts many new boot manufacturers. Japanese shows always have a different feel to them. This is due to the subdued nature of the audience. All artists feed off of audience response. When the response is polite, quiet and respectful; that's the energy that the performer returns. Bob does not play harp at this show, but instead, concentrates on guitar. The guitar work is very nice with the show highlight being a great version of the 1964 Elizabeth Cotten song O Babe It Ain't No Lie. The highlight of the package is the incredibly well chosen and well performed bonus tracks. The claim to fame of this release is that it was on the streets just a few weeks after the show
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Kurashiki, Japan  February 13, 1997
1) International Forum, Tokyo, Japan Feb. 10, 1997
(2) Sun Palace, Sendai, Japan February 20, 1997
(3) Kenmin Kaikan,  Akita, Japan February 22, 1997
(4) Kosei Nenkin Kaikan, Sapporo, Japan Feb. 24, 1997

(a) - acoustic

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
none listed    /  BD01 510472

April 1997

7½ stars

Bob's Boots ref  #

Kurashiki is a very historical city near Okayama. The name roughly translates to warehouse. The centuries old warehouses of this area have now been transformed into several different, fascinating museums. In the old textile area of town, there are ivy covered red brick buildings that once housed a booming textile factory. They have been converted into a hotel, restaurants, shops and an open air cafe. Thick, well manicured ivy beautifully covers the walls and gates of this section of town that has become know as Ivy Square. That is the significance of the title of this release.
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