Bob Dylan – Porland, 14-Oct-2006

Bob Dylan, Aug 24, 2006

Bob Dylan and His Band rolled and tumbled into Portland’s Memorial Coliseum last night, all in black suits with hats, and played a good show for a non-full house. I was on the floor, row 18, near the sound board. The show started with a heavy leaning on the 1965/66 classsics, but branched out a bit in the second half. As always, consult Bob Dates for the set list, and probably some reviews before long. They played four songs from the new CD, and a few arrangements that sounded new to me. I liked the fact that the Bob’s keyboard was pretty audible, with an especially good bit in ‘Masters of War’.

Highway 61 Revisited

While I’m on the subject, I also picked up a new book in the 33 1/3 series, this one by Mark Polizzotti on Highway 61 Revisited. While the author admits that it’s hard to come up new stuff on a 40 year old album, and I haven’t finished it yet, at halfway through I’d say this is a great short work on Dylan and this album. Here are a few lines that struck me:

“… what comes through time and again is Dylan’s distrust of power structures, any power structure, societal or emotional. Authority likes the status quo. And as Dylan keeps reminding us, he not busy being born, and then reborn, is busy dying.” (p. 13)

“Dylan likes laboratories; for him, creative process far outweighs finished product.” (p. 41)

“The curious thing about ‘Tombstone Blues,’ for all intents and purposes the first song Dylan recorded with Johnson, is that it sounds more like a Wilson production than ‘Like a Rolling Stone.’ While the latter boasts an integrated sound in which musicians, vocals, and overall atmosphere blend into a seamless whole, ‘Tombstone’ seems more in the harsh, clattering vein of ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ and ‘Maggie’s Farm.'” (p. 82)

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