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Bob Dylan – San Antonio ’76 (BlackDog-004)

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San Antonio ’76 (BlackDog-004)

Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TX – May 11th, 1976

Spanish Is The Loving Tongue, Maggie’s Farm, Mozambique, Isis, Shelter From The Storm, Romance In Durango, You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go, Oh Sister, Lay Lady Lay, Going Going Gone, You’re A Big Girl Now, Idiot Wind, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

San Antonio ’76, the latest release by the BlackDog people, captures a fragment on the second Rolling Thunder Revue in the spring of 1976.  It’s said that the tone of this tour was a complete contrast to the first part in the autumn of 1975.  Whereas the first was joyful and produced several startling performances, the spring “the tone became bitter and confrontational”.  The complete performance in San Antonio has never surfaced, but only this fragment of Dylan’s performance on this night.  The first track, “Spanish Is The Loving Tongue” is a very good audience recording and the rest come from an excellent mono PA tape.   “Spanish Is The Loving Tongue” was thought to be from a PA source but is a very good audience recording.  “Gonna play this for Augie” Dylan says before a very hostile and aggressive version of “Maggie’s Farm”.  (Augie Meyers who played with Dylan on Doug Sahm And Band.)  “Lay Lady Lay” is turned around on its head, sounding very cynical, and “Idiot Wind” was “influenced by Dostoyevsky”.Surprisingly this is the first commercial release of the entire PA tape.  Two tracks, “You’re A Big Girl Now” and “Idiot Wind” were released as filler on Blood And Thunder on the Junk label (JUNK 003) and “Shelter From The Storm” and “Romance In Durango” were issued on Creatures Void Of Form on Razor’s Edge (RAZ 001).  San Antonio ’76 sounds very good although there is still some tape hiss present, but at least they didn’t try to “improve” the tape by mastering it out.  As it is this is a very fine release with some interesting paintings of Dylan on the inside cover.  Hopefully someday the entire performance will surface though.  (GS)

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