Highland Heights 2010 (Highway HW-033/34)
The Bank Of Kentucky Center, Highland Heights, KY – November 3rd, 2010
Disc 1 (53:24): Intro, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, It’s All Over Now Baby Blue, Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again, Love Sick, The Levee’s Gonna Break, Desolation Row, Cold Irons Bound, Man In The Long Black Coat
Disc 2 (56:48): Summer Days, Tangled Up In Blue, Highway 61 Revisited, Workingman’s Blues #2, Thunder On The Mountain, Ballad Of A Thin Man, -Encore Break- , Jolene + Band Intros, Like A Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan played for the first time in Highland Heights, Kentucky. Close to Cincinnati, The Bank Of Kentucky Center is a 10,000 seat arena completed in 2008. Northern Kentucky University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play there, and has host several concerts.
Highland Heights 2010 on Highway utilizes a very good, deep sounding audience recording of the entire show. Tony Ganier’s bass send a rumble in many of the songs which curiously adds to the enjoyment of the show. The only distraction to an otherwise good recording are the idiots sitting close to taper. Although they’re mostly quiet while Dylan is playing, they cheer very loudly between songs. But they sometimes make stupid comments during songs like singing along to “Desolation Row.”
Dylan starts off with a joyous “Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35″ (including the Link Wray reference), followed by a melancholy “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue.” He follows this bipolar pattern through much of the show, causing us to wonder what exactly is on his mind.
The early part of the set is punctuated by several excellent performances in “Love Sick” and “Desolation Row.” Both have an eerie feeling with Dylan singing the words extremely clearly in an attempt to minimize the aged rasp and accentuate the narrative. The later is especially noteworthy for Dylan’s emphasis upon each word, instead of eliding them as he normally does.
“Man In The Long Black Coat” is played for the fourth and final time in 2010. Unlike the slow and dark versions of years past, he’s still playing the uptempo rock arrangement. Charlie Sexton’s guitar fills add a festive feel to the mix.
“Summer Days” lacks the power it had several years ago when Dylan was playing it as a set closer. Instead of the heavy swing beat, it sounds more rockabilly. The real scorching number of the latter half of the show belongs to “Thunder On The Mountain.” The audience sing along with one of the better songs from Modern Times.
“Ballad Of A Thin Man” closes the show, and Highland Heights have only two encores with “Jolene” and an effective rendition of “Like A Rolling Stone.”
Highland Heights 2010 is packaged in a double slimline jewel case with low quality paper inserts with various tour photographs. The labels on the CDRs are silk screened. This is a good sounding tape of a pretty good show.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)