Bob Dylan – Thunder On El Plomo (Look Back Records LBR-011/012)

Thunder On El Plomo (Look Back Records LBR-011/012)

Arena Santiago,  Santiago, Chile – March 11th, 2008

DISC 1:  1. Intro 2. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 3. Lay, Lady, Lay 4. Watching The River Flow 5. Masters Of War 6. Rollin’  And Tumblin’ 7. Spirit On The Water 8. Things Have Changed 9. Workingman’s Blues #2 10. Just Like A Woman 11. Honest With Me 12. When The Deal Goes Down

DISC 2:  1. Highway 61 Revisited 2. Nettie Moore 3. Summer Days 4. Like A Rolling Stone 5. Thunder On The Mountain 6. Band Intro 7. Blowin’ In The Wind

This is another enjoyable excellent audience recording from LookBack Records of Dylan’s Chile concert at Arena Santiago in a numbered Limited Edition series of 100 on a “professional” CD-R format. The Chile show was the 11th concert performance of Dylan’s 2008 tour and took place in the Arena Santiago 12,000 seat capacity venue.  

Things get started with the now all too familiar Intro: “Ladies and gentlemen, Columbia recording artist, Bob Dylan” to nice applause. Bob kicks off on electric guitar with “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” and follows with a reggae influenced “Lady, Lady, Lay” featuring a nice jam which the audience gets into. Dylan switches to keyboards on “Masters Of War” with his band fired up producing a rousing crowd applause. The band continues to let it out on “Rollin’ And Tumblin'” with Bob remaining on keyboards. A great rendition of “Spirit On The Water” follows featuring Bob on keyboards and harp with his surprising vocal range at play. Dylan once again offers some excellent range on vocals with a standout “Workingman’s Blues #2”. Dylan plays keyboards and harp on a re-tooled, country-tinged, “Just Like A Woman” recreating this classic track with a 7:45 rendition.  Dylan is notorious for his habit of re-working his classics which is indicative in his performance this evening.

Dylan remains on keyboards for the rest of the varied but flowing set list. The band sounded tight and energized tonight but also carried and sustained a  softer sound on a number of tracks. The band also jammed on a good number of tracks offering extended versions and Dylan, overall, was in good form switching to and remaining on keyboards after track 3. The performance was generally solid throughout.  The set closes out with “Thunder On The Mountain” and “Blowin’ In The Wind” as the 2 encores. This title easily offers quite an enjoyable listen and comes recommended.

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