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San Francisco Bay Bridge
Bridge School Benefit 2
source:  Soundboard

San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller)
Pretty Boy Floyd (Woody Guthrie)
With God On Our Side
Girl OThe North Country
Gates Of Eden
Forever Young
Even The Losers
Blue Moon Of Kentucky
The Wild One Forever
Don't Come Around Here No More
The Waiting

This is a nice disc that presents a historic concert. The package is aestheticaly pleasing, and the recording is from the soundboard. It's not perfect, but it is a nice listen. The vocals are high in the mix... almost too upfront above the guitars. The audience is barely heard between numbers only. The sound is being adjusted during the first song, and there are a couple of low end feedbacks. Dylan and Smith play acoustic guitars throughout the entire show. The playing is at times a little loose and unrehearsed sounding. Each song gets ever so slightly better in sound and performance as the show cotinues. Dylan had recorded Pretty Boy Floyd for the Folkways: A Vision Shared - A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly album that Sony had released three  months earlier, but as far as live performances, He hadn't played it since Gerde's Folk City, in the Village, prior to recording his first album! Curiously, he had also performed San Francisco Bay Blues that same night. The disc is under an hour in play time, but it captures the entire performance of both artists
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Oakland Coliseum Oakland, California Dec. 4, 1988
Bridge School Benefit 2

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Unidentified Japanese manufacturer

9 stars
Other releases of Bridge Benefit
Blown Out on the Trail

Bob's Boots ref  #

Many Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark

Bob Dylan -  vocal, acoustic guitar
G.E. Smith - acoustic guitar

Tom Petty performs acoustic with The Heartbreakers, and without any drums or percussion other than piano.

Petty starts off strong with Even The Losers, one of his best of the night. He then tries out his Elvis impersonation for the only cover performance. Refugee is completely reworked for the acoustic set. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much. It is interesting, though. The final two tracks are more faithful to the original, but have a completely new and unique sound with the acoustic instruments. They give the show a strong finish.
© 2008 CD Pinkerton -
© 2008 CD Pinkerton -