Bob Dylan – If I Pass This Way Again (Tambourine Man Records TMR 185/186)

If I Pass This Way Again (Tambourine Man Records TMR 185/186)

Zepp Nagoya, Nagoya, Japan – March 18th, 2010

Disc 1 (72:43):  Intro., Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, The Man In Me, Beyond Here Lies Nothin’, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,The Levee’s Gonna Break, Girl From The North Country, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, Can’t Wait, I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met), Love Sick, Highway 61 Revisited, Shelter From The Storm

Disc 2 (79:39):  Thunder On The Mountain, Ballad Of A Thin Man, Like A Rolling Stone, Jolene, All Along The Watchtower.  Bonus tracks, Zepp Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan – March 28, 2010:  Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking, Love Minus Zero/No Limit, Simple Twist Of Fate, Shelter From The Storm, Workingman’s Blues #2, Tryin’ To Get To Heaven, Nettie Moore

If I Pass This Way Again documents the first of two shows in Nagoya, played between the five in Osaka and the seven played in Tokyo.  TMR use an excellent DAT audience recording capturing the entire concert in extreme clarity and detail.  The title comes from a line in “Shelter From The Storm,” but also refers to the rumors circulating in the press that this might be his final visit to Japan. 

“Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” opens the show for, played for the first time on the tour and is followed by “The Man In Me,” the only song from New Morning to really have significant time in the setlist.  This performance features a loud trumpet in the melody giving it a Together Through Life feel to it.  It’s no surprise that “Beyond Here Lies Nothin'” follows, another trumpet-driven tune.

Bob plays two very strange keyboard solos in “The Levee’s Gonna Break” which gets the audience riled up, and Tony Garnier duets with him on bass by the end.

The highlights are early in the setlist, and the latter half is almost anticlimactic.  “Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum” benefits from Charlie Sexton’s return since he played on the studio cut and formed its sonic dimensions in concert.  A heavy “Highway 61 Revisited” is followed by a strange light-rock lullaby arrangement of “Shelter From The Storm.” 

“Thunder On The Mountain” sounds very long with a Bill Haley rockabilly style solo by the ensemble in the middle.  “Ballad Of A Thinman” is the set closer as it is for a majority of the shows on the current NET.  The show ends with the standard three song encore set of “Like A Rolling Stone,” “Jolene” and “All Along The Watchtower.”  

The bonus tracks come from March 28th Tokyo show from a very good audience recording.  Except for “Shelter From The Storm,” there is no duplication of material with the main show on the title.  “Love Minus Zero / No Limit” is very good as is “Workingman’s Blues#2,” a song which served as an anthem last year during the beginning of the current economic downturn.

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