Live 1964: Concert at Philharmonic Hall – The Bootleg Series Volume 6, a two-CD all-acoustic set from Halloween 1964 is scheduled for release March 23, 2004.
The recording captures a 23-year-old Dylan at a transitional moment in his career, two months after the release of Another Side of Bob Dylan, the last acoustic album he would record before … the electrified rock heard on Bringing It All Back Home, several songs from which he previewed at this concert.
Live 1964 shows Dylan at the peak of his early performing powers. Less than three years since his first album was released, he offhandedly jokes with his audience, fending off enthusiastic hecklers with deft wit and snappy comebacks, only to turn around and deliver blisteringly intense versions of protest songs, folk tunes, talking blues, love ballads and a few theretofore unreleased, indefinable songs, including “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Gates of Eden” and “It’s Alright Ma,” that would spark a musical revolution over the course of the next year.
1. The Times They Are A-Changin’
2. Spanish Harlem Incident
3. Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues
4. To Ramona
5. Who Killed Davey Moore?
6. Gates of Eden
7. If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Got To Stay All Night)
8. It’s Alright Ma, (I’m Only Bleeding)
9. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
10. Mr. Tambourine Man
11. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
1. Talkin’ World War III Blues
2. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
3. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
4. Mama, You Been On My Mind
5. Silver Dagger
6. With God On Our Side
7. It Ain’t Me, Babe
8. All I Really Want to Do
Sounds like this will be right up my alley. I personally found “The Royal Albert Hall” concert a bit underwhelming, but that recording had years of hype and legend building to live up to. (And live recording of electric rock and roll was in its infancy in 1966, whatever the talents of Bob and his backup Band.) Anyway, it should be interesting to compare this CD to the best of today’s acoustic troubadours. Or is it unfair of me to even suggest the comparison?