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Songs Of Light
source:  Labatts Apollo, Manchester 1995

Disc one
Down In The Flood
If Not For You
All Along The Watchtower
Queen Jane Approximately
Watching The River Flow
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Mr Tambourine Man
Boots Of Spanish Leather
Hard Rain
Tombstone Blues
She Belongs To Me
Disc two
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Ballad Of A Thin Man
My Back Pages
Maggie's Farm
I Want You
Shooting Star
Most Likely You Go Your Way
Simple Twist Of Fate
One Too Many Mornings
I And I

The 1995 European tour was exceptional. Dylan performed several songs without wearing a guitar. With only a microphone in hand, he sang with a power and commitment that had often been lacking in the previous few years of touring. The Manchester show presented here is a great, great performance. Unfortunately, I feel that the release is marred somewhat. The sound quality on the first disc is wonderful. Upfront and well defined... simply a fantastic listen. The second disc, however, has some problems. Although the first four songs of disc two conclude the main April 5, 1995 set, they are in quite noticeably lesser quality than disc one. The same can be said for the entire bonus material. I can only conclude that there was a problem during the mastering of the second disc. Personally, I find that this distracts from the overall desirability of this release. Some may not, but it would have been a lot nicer if the sound quality had been consistent over the two discs. The overall package aesthetics are weak as well. There is only a couple images of Dylan on the insert, and the back cover is as amateurish as has ever been released.
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Labatts Apollo, Manchester, UK Wed. April, 5 1995 
Bonus: Manchester Labatts Apollo, Tue. April 4, 1995 

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
The Razor's Edge / RAZ 01617 


8 stars  (disc one)
6-7 stars  (disc two)
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Thanks to Mike McGarr for scans and review
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