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source: Rotterdam, 1987 

The Times
Highway 61 Revisited
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Shot Of Love
Queen Jane Approximately
Dead Man Dead Man
I Shall Be Released
Clean Cut Kid
I Want You
John Brown
Watching The River Flow
Slow Train
Chimes Of Freedom
Gotta Serve Somebody
Don't Start Me To Talkin' (2)
License To Kill (2)
Jokerman (2)
Trouble No More (3)

This is a fairly good analog audience recording that has been digitally cleaned up. The result is a very good overall sound. The music is slightly buried, but the vocals are out on top. Some high end EQ helps, if it is available to you. The show highlights are a majestic I Shall Be Released with an added verse; a powerful, bluesy Slow Train; and an erie John Brown. In the latter, a three note piano triplet plays over and over again giving it the 'Exorcist' feel of Tubular Bells. The filler material takes a dive in sound quality. While Letterman is a strong performance, the tinny, thin, mono, TV broadcast recording is not up to par with most period audience recordings. The package is only fair. The title sucks. There is no venue information listed on the cover. Not even the year. The info only appears on the CD itself.  A small SIAE sticker appears on the back of the jewel case to lend a hint of legitimacy.
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Sportpaleis, Rotterdam, Netherlands Sep.19, 1987
(2) David Letterman TV broadcast March 22, 1984
(3) Toad's Place, New Haven, CT  January 12, 1990 

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Silver Shadow /  CD 9108
1992 Italy
Other commercial releases of Rotterdam
On A Night Like This
Rrtterdam 1987

7 stars

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