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Kool Cat Pulling Strings
source:  Ontario, Canada 2004

Disc one
Maggie's Farm
Lay Lady Lay
Lonesome Day Blues
I Don't Believe You
Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
Cold Irons Bound
It Ain't Me Babe
Watching the River Flow
Just Like A Woman
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
Honest With Me
Shooting Star
Disc two
Summer Days
Cat's In The Well
Like A Rolling Stone
All Along The Watchtower
Get Out Of Denver  (1) (Bob Seger)
Ball And Biscuit (2) JW
Man In The Long Black Coat (2)
Hazel (3)
Ring Them Bells (4)
Dignity (4)
Ballad Of Hollis Brown (4)
Blind Willie Mc Tell (5)
I Believe In You (5)
This is a powerful performance captured sublimely by Rattlesnake. They have been shut down a few times, and it really is good to see them back with a handful of new releases. They are re-establishing themselves as a top act in providing incredible performances. What first hit me was the incredible spaced-out Cold Irons Bound. Werewolf Bob is howling his heart out above echoing guitar…It Ain't Me Babe is gorgeously re-invented, and the reconstruction reduces the audience to twinkles, giggles and coos… quite amazing! Bob is always searching for different ways to tell the same story. On Just like a Woman he invites the audience to participate, which strangely, they seem reluctant to do. Honest With Me is a relentless boogie/jam. However, it's the anarchic excursions Bob's vocals take which seem to annihilate time and space.... freeing language from its restraints of meaning and context to become just another layer of the music itself. Oh, its a wonderful performance overall. The lovely silk-screened discs and 8 page booklet of rare photos make it one to house in any growing collection. 
© 2005 Keith Ravenscroft /  bobsboots.com
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Kool Haus, Toronto, Ontario, Canada , March 21, 2004

Bonus Tracks Disc 2
(1) State Theater, Detroit, Michigan , March 16, 2004
(2) State Theater, Detroit, Michigan , March 17, 2004
(3) 9:30 Club, Washington DC April 2, 2004
(4) Bende Arena, American U.Washington DC 4/03/2004
(5) Warner Theater, Washington DC April 4, 2004 

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Rattlesnake   /   RS 174/175

JW - with Jack White on guitar & vocals

9 stars

Bob's Boots ref  #

Thanks to Keith Ravenscroft for scans and review

© 2005 CD Pinkerton -  bobsboots.com