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Bob Dylan – Lafayette 2004 (Crystal Cat CC 750-751)

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Lafayette 2004 (Crystal Cat CC 750-751)

Elliott Hall Of Music, Perdue University, West Lafayette, IN – November 3rd, 2004
Disc 1: Intro., Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, The Times, It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding), Shooting Star, Most Likely You Go Your Way, Million Miles, Boots Of Spanish Leather, High Water (for Charlie Patton), Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, Sugar Baby, Desolation Row

Disc 2: Honest With Me, Hard Rain, Summer Days, Like A Rolling Stone, All Along The Watchtower. Bonus tracks, The Grand, San Francisco, CA – October 13th, 2004: Watching The River Flow. Jerome Schottenstein Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH – November 4th, 2004: Blind Willie McTell, Floater (Too Much To Ask). Jack Breslin Student Events Center, Michigan State, East Lansing, MI – November 9th, 2004: Under The Red Sky, Love Minus Zero/No Limit, Masters Of War. Stabler Arena Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA – November 16th, 2004: This Wheel’s On Fire
 
The European label Crystal Cat have produce a very comprehensive summary of Dylan’s fall college tour with
Lafayette 2004. The bulk of this title comes from his appearance at Purdue University. The label use an excellent stereo audience recording much like other tapes that have surfaced from this tour. The tape sources for the bonus tracks are similarly very good to excellent in sound quality and are very thought out (especially for including “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” from East Lansing). Dylan tells his Louisiana joke introducing drummer George Recile (“He’s from Louisiana. They got a lot of snakes down there. When it rains, he puts them on his windshield and calls them ‘windshield vipers’”). “Shooting Star” sounds great in this recording, and “Boots Of Spanish Leather” sees Stu giving very inventive responses to Dylan’s harp. A classic. “Desolation Row” is very interesting and the encores include the Hendrix version of “All Along The Watchtower”. The label uses the double slimline jewel case with many excellent photos on the artwork making this a very classy production. (GS)

 

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