28 November 1979
KIVA AUDITORIUM @ CONVENTION CENTER – SAN DIEGO, CA
SERVE SOMEBODY/I BELIEVE IN YOU/WHEN YOU GONNA WAKE UP?/WHEN HE RETURNS/MAN GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS/PRECIOUS ANGEL/SLOW TRAIN COMING/COVENANT WOMAN
Dylan kicks off this concert with a spirited “Gotta Serve Somebody” which show all the hallmarks of a promising concert. Dylan and the band seem particularly in synch and Dylan delivers a wonderfully understated “I Believe In You” to follow. A superb beginning to “Covenant Woman” also suggests the unreleased songs which dominate the latter half of these concerts would be exceptional. Unfortunately, it appears no recording of the latter half of the concert exists.
IF I'VE GOT MY TICKET, LORD
IT'S GONNA RAIN
DO LORD, REMEMBER ME
LOOK UP AND LIVE BY FAITH
?edit? – first strum appears to falter?
I BELIEVE IN YOU
WHEN YOU GONNA WAKE UP?
CROWD (near taper as Dylan begin next song) :
"He has a really soft touch on his guitar.”
“Yeah -- I was here last night ---”
WHEN HE RETURNS
CROWD: loud applause and particularly loud yell beside taper
MAN GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS
CROWD: “Start Playing, Dylan!” (awkward applause and yells supporting follow)
EDIT# - cuts off during third chorus of preceding song and clips first verse of “Slow Train”
SLOW TRAIN COMING
EDIT# - END OF RECORDING – Clips “Covenant Woman” during third verse, after “intimate little girl”
PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND OF THE MAN (Performed by Regina McCrary)
GONNA CHANGE MY WAY OF THINKING
DO RIGHT TO ME BABY
WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU
IN THE GARDEN
BLESSED IS THE NAME
One known reference tapes circulating:
The first (281179PBM) is a dual mono audience recording which lacks the seven opening songs performed by the band, and the entire concert following “Covenant Woman.”
This recording is very high quality until a destructive edit which clips the end of “Precious Angel” and the first verse of “Slow Train coming.” Thereafter, the sound is muffled, though it recovers in time for “Covenant Woman.” Unfortunately, there is a second destructive edit clipping the third verse of “Covenant Woman” and the rest of the concert. Considering the quality of the initial recording and the quality of Dylan’s performance this evening, the loss of the remainder of this recording is tragic.