Way To San Jose (Mainstream MSBR 061)
San José Arena, San José, CA – May 19, 1998
Absolutely Sweet Marie, The Man In Me, Cold Iron Bound, Silvio, Stone Walls And Steel Bars, Masters Of War, Tangled Up In Blue, Make You Feel My Love, Highway 61 Revisited, Forever Young, Love Sick, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Bob Dylan played 110 shows over six tours in 1998 and this, the May 19th show in San Jose, has the most complete and unique bootleg releases out of any other. The first release of this show was from a good to very good audience tape on Absolutely Sweet California Canyon Storm (CS001) released in 1998. Soon after the complete soundboard surfaced and was released on Sweet Marie issued by Madman (98) by the Vigotone people, followed by San Jose Calling on Osa Exclusive Series (ES 016), Take It Or Leave It (Dobberman 150), and San José ’98 Soundboard (BD005) released in 1999. Five songs from the soundboard, “Absolutely Sweet Marie”, “The Man In Me”, “Stone Walls And Steel Bars”, “Make You Feel My Love”, and “Forever Young” were included as bonus material on the 2000 Rattlenake release Eating Caviar In A King-Sized Bed (RS 011/012) along with the October 23rd, 1998 Minneapolis show soundboard.
Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell preceded Dylan at this sold out concert, and Dylan’s set, although just over an hour, is one of the most intense and lively performances. “Absolutely Sweet Marie” is very energetic and is followed by a rare performance of the New Morning track “The Man In Me”, one of eight times it was played this year. This song was prominently featured in the Joel Coen film The Big Lebowski which opened on March 6th and might be a reason for its inclusion in the set. The beginning of “Cold Iron Bound” is spine tingling. “Stone Walls And Steel Bars” (a folk song written by Pennington/Marcum), “Masters Of War”, and “Tangled Up In Blue” form an acoustic set. Before “Highway 61 Revisited” he Dylan says ” I wanna say hello to my cousin Linda O’Neill who’s here someplace.” “Forever Young”, on which he accompanies himself on acoustic guitar, is absolutely sublime. The great show plus the warm soundboard recording make this highly recommended. (GS)If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)