On The Rising Curve (Mainstream Soundboard Masters MSBR-63A/B)
Teatro Romano, Merida, Spain – July 12th, 1993
Disc 1: Hard Times, Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again, All Along The Watchtower, Just Like A Woman, Tangled Up In Blue, Lay Lady Lay, Watching The River Flow, Little Moses, Tomorrow Night
Disc 2: Gates Of Eden, Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright, Cat’s In The Well, I And I, I’ll Remember You, Maggie’s Farm, Ballad Of A Thin Man, It Ain’t Me Babe
On The Rising Curve is another release of a 1993 soundboard from Dylan’s summer in Europe on the Never-Ending tour. Like the others this is an excellent, clear and warm recording that is very enjoyable. When this tape first surfaced there were several dropouts and tape splices. The label corrected all but two: “Hard Rain” is still clipped at the beginning and the sound quality in “It Ain’t Me Babe” decreases dramatically in quality in the second half of the track (there would be nothing they could do except maybe edit from another source). The mix emphasizes the vocals and drums with the lead guitar being occasionally buried, but overall this is an enjoyable soundboard.
For a 1993 show this one is good. There are better shows available but this one has its moments. The song selection in the first half is excellent with “Stuck Inside”, “Just Like A Woman” and a very heavy version of “Tangled Up In Blue”. “All Along The Watchtower” contains some effective jamming. The acoustic set slows down the pace, however, with “Little Moses” sounding particularly flat and uninspired. “Cat’s In The Well” picks up the pace and this show is graced with some very long encores. With the circulation of these soundboards we have several very good releases to choose from. It does reveal the weakness of this band but also has provided us with some very good highlights too. A commentator has suggested this show is just above average and that is accurate. It’s a good addition but nothing essential and there are better shows out there, but Mainstream did a good job in correcting the errors on the tape and producing a very good release. (GS)