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Spirits Of The Ryman
source: Nashville audience recording
Disc one
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat [Be]
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right [Be]
Watching The River Flow [Be]
You're A Big Girl Now [Bh]
The Levee's Gonna Break [Bp / Dm]
Spirit On The Water [Bh]
Desolation Row [Bh / Dm]
Workingman's Blues #2 [Bp]
Disc two
Things Have Changed [Bp / Dv]
Most Likely You Go Your Way [Bp]
Meet Me In The Morning [MM]
Highway 61 Revisited [Bp]
Nettie Moore [Bp / Dv]
Summer Days [Bp]
Masters Of War [Bp]
Thunder On The Mountain [Bp]
Blowin' In The Wind [Bh]
First the bad news. This recording is not quite up to the quality that we've come to expect from silver releases. That says more about the listeners than it does the tapers. We have become spoiled with the crystal clear recordings of late. Just a few years ago, tapers would have killed for this quality. It seems, however, that this is the best existing audience tape. It's by no means terrible, simply a little far back into the crowd, and slightly muffled. Another negative is the gaudy package. The slimline case houses two discs, each offset printed in full color. The front insert is a two sided reversible card that allows the owner to choose the front cover. The Ryman is a historic venue that adds to the ambiance of this unique show. In this first of two shows, we get to hear the tour's first performance of Things Have Changed, and an incredibly beautiful You're A Big Girl Now ... but the big surprise comes half way through the show when Dylan switches from piano back to electric guitar. Unannounced, Jack White joins the band on stage to sing a song. The even bigger surprise is that the song is Meet Me In The Morning. This is the only BOTT song that Dylan has never performed live. Jack does an incredible version, and plays and sings superbly... but the bad news is that Dylan contributes little to the song. I'm not even sure that his guitar is turned on, so this is a mixed blessing at best. The title is a play on Spirit On The Water and the history of this incredible venue. It was also used previously online, and could have been taken from a couple of different sources.
This is by no means a must have title. The sound quality and over the top fonts and graphics tend to cause one to want to pass it up... however, it is at this time the best know recording of the concert, and the concert does have its place in history.
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Boblinks concert review
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Ryman Auditorium  Nashville, TN.   Sept. 19, 2007

Manufacturer / Catalog No.

Tambourine Man / TMR - 136/137


May 2008
7 stars

Bob's Boots ref  #


Thanks to Terry Farrington for scans

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
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[Be] -Bob on electric guitar
[Bh] -Bob on harp and electric piano
[Bp] -Bob on electric piano
[Dv] -Donnie on violin
[Dm] -Donnie on electric mandolin
[MM]- Dylan has never before performed this Blood On The Tracks song live, so many are calling this the first live concert performance. However, Bob is only on electric guitar, and it's in question as to whether his guitar is even on. Jack White of the White Stripes and Raconteurs is on electric guitar and vocals. Bob does only minimal backing vocals. Just because Dylan is on stage while the song is being played by his band doesn't constitute a Dylan performance to my mind.

© 2008 CD Pinkerton - bobsboots

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This image was uploaded to the Condé Nast Traveler website in April 2007 by kellbern.
It could well have been the inspiration for the title of an online review of the concert five
months later, which could, in turn have been the inspiration for the title of this release.

Spirits Of The Ryman
Loving country music one must travel to Nashville,Tn. This is the historic Ryman Auditorium, mother church to country music.
This visit was at night and I just loved the way the night light gives it a feeling that the spirits of those great musicians and singers
come to visit the ryman often as they did in the past.
- kellbern

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