2 January 2007, gsparaco @ 12:45 am
And A Cannon Ball Blew My Eyes Away! (Tambourine Man Records TMR-113/114)
Kohl Center, Madison, WI – October 31st, 2006
Their start was slow — it wasn’t until their fourth song before drummer George Receli’s scowl became a smile — but once they settled in, they became confident enough to add new textures to the canon. Freeman is clearly his star pupil. Dylan has had more than his share of blues-rock showboats over the years, but he’s never had a guitarist with such exquisite taste as Freeman. While the Texan could appear a bit restrained when called on to deliver a thunderous blur of notes, the phrasing of his solos was always spare and thoroughly original.
“During ‘When The Deal Goes Down,’ Freeman gave an especially serene solo — his tone-rich sound rung and reverberated like an organ — and he actually got some cheers. Most shocking was the inconsistent treatment of older standards ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and ‘All Along The Watchtower,’ which were not impressive. ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ was lusterless and seemed perfunctory, even contrived. Lights illuminated the audience for the chorus, cueing them to roar. ‘Watchtower’ was meant to defiantly conclude the evening and came on strong with energy and volume, but nearly collapsed when the group meekly pulled too far back as they made room for Dylan to sing the first verse.
They were never able to recapture that electricity, and it didn’t help matters when Dylan’ insisted on changing the emphasis of certain words and then botched the lyrics completely. It was disservice for a show that had worked so hard to prove a point” (Dylan, Foo Fighters Surprising Treats On Halloween by David Hyland). The title of this release quite rightly quotes the line from “John Brown” as it is one of the most impressive renditions on tape. Like with Rock And Tangled Up In Blue TMR use a simple but effective cover of Dylan’s face superimposed over a photo of the venue designed by Office Camnes. This is a great recording of a great show and is recommended. (GS)If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)
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