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4 DECEMBER 1979

KIVA AUDITORIUM @ CONVENTION CENTER - ALBUQUERQUE, NM


SETLIST:

MONOLOGUE/IF I GOT MY TICKET, LORD/IT'S GONNA RAIN/DO LORD, REMEMBER ME/LOOK UP AND LIVE BY FAITH/OH FREEDOM/THIS TRAINSERVE 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/PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND (Regina McCreary, vocals)/GONNA CHANGE MY WAY OF THINKING/DO RIGHT TO ME BABY/SOLID ROCK/SAVING GRACE/ SAVED/WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU/ IN THE GARDEN


COMMENTARY:

Over the next several nights, Dylan will deliver a number of superb vocal performances. Dylan begins to fiddle with his own phrasing and the overall melodic tenor of a number of songs. This evening, Dylan offers different approaches to "Slow Train Coming," "Covenant Woman," and "Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking."

Dylan gives "Slow Train" a more resigned feel, playing with the melodic possibilities of the otherwise generally percussive chorus. Dylan tones down "Covenant Woman," bringing out the love song qualities and using melismata to range within the expansive melodic structure of the song. Oddly, Spooner Oldham's last solo seems truncated, just as he's biting into the song.

"Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking" receives a particularly nice treatment this evening. Dylan's vocals are outstanding, avoiding the plodding monotony the rhythmic structure of the song can create by leaping at odd phrasing and off-beat cadences which have a leering, accusatory quality to them. Tackett's guitar looms, adding wiry licks around Dylan and Drummond marching rhythm, then jumping into tightly wound, tense solos. Terry Young's organ solo wails and drones in layers, then reverts to stacatto counterpoint in support of the melody. Throughout it all, Keltner's drumming is simply superb, rolling fills between stanzas, then wonderful backbeats to accent the monotonous cowbell beat which underlies this song. This segment of the tour truly deserves a high quality mix which could do justice to the wonderful instrumental interplay behind Dylan's vocals.

The band also delivers wonderful renditions of "Solid Rock" and "Saved" this evening. They assert themselves more during the open measures in "Solid Rock" where earlier in the tour, they waited for Dylan to sing. On "Saved" Drummond and Keltner step forward in the chorus, show what can be done within a two-beat stomp and nicely balancing Terry Young's romping piano.


ANNOTATIONS:

MONOLOGUE -

IF I'VE GOT MY TICKET, LORD

IT'S GONNA RAIN

DO LORD, REMEMBER ME

LOOK UP AND LIVE BY FAITH

OH FREEDOM

THIS TRAIN

Helena Springs: "Thank you. You've been a great audience, thank you."

SERVE SOMEBODY

I BELIEVE IN YOU

EDIT# - during applause

WHEN YOU GONNA WAKE UP?

CROWD: "Dylan!"

EDIT# - End of Tape Side A

CROWD: "Highway 61!" "Alright!"

WHEN HE RETURNS

CROWD: (two voices together near taper) "Isis!"

MAN GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS

PRECIOUS ANGEL

CROWD: "Praise Dylan!" "Alright Bobby!"

SLOW TRAIN COMING 

COVENANT WOMAN

Dylan: "Thank you. Regina McCreary's gonna come sing a song for you called, "Put Your Hand In The Hand Of The Man From Galilee." I'm sure you'll like it.

PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND OF THE MAN (Performed by Regina McCreary)

EDIT# - Clips last few seconds of "Put Your Hand" for tape change (conversation near taper continues on both sides of edit)

CROWD: "Bob Dylan!" "Hey Bobby!  I love you!" "We love you, Bob!" (bass noodling) "Highway 61!"

GONNA CHANGE MY WAY OF THINKING

CROWD: "Everybody must get stoned!" "Yeah!"

DO RIGHT TO ME BABY 

EDIT# - End of Tape Side B

Dylan: "Alright, we're "Hanging On to a Solid Rock, Made Before the Foundation of the World."

(hear Drummond count in)

SOLID ROCK 

SAVING GRACE

SAVED

CROWD: "Blowin In The Wind!" "Play an old song!" (in response to first "what can I do for you?")

WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU

Dylan: "Alright, we have time for one more. (Inaudible.)"

IN THE GARDEN

Dylan: "On keyboards tonight, give him a big hand, Spooner Oldham. On the other set of keyboards, give him a hand too, Terry Young. On lead guitar tonight, Fred Tackett. Playing drums tonight, Mr. Jim Keltner. Bass guitar is Tim Drummond. (coughs) On bottom tonight, Helena Springs. In the middle is Regina McCreary. And singing on top is Mona Lisa Young."

BLESSED IS THE NAME

CROWD: "Come on Dylan! Let's Go!" "More!" "We want more!" "Come on Dylan!"

PRESSING ON


 SOURCES:

One known reference tapes circulating:

The first (041279JMM) is a dual mono audience recording which lacks the seven opening songs performed by the band, but contains the eighth song, "Put Your Hand in the Hand" by the band and sung by Regina McCreary Havis following "Covenant Woman." 

This recording has a great deal of tape hiss throughout, and a distant compressed sound. Dylan's voice is somehwhat buried behind a droning bass. This recording is further marred by a destructive edit clipping the end of "Put Your Hand In The Hand." There is also obtrusive chatter as someone near the taper greets a friend during the last few seconds of "Put Your Hand In The Hand."  The tape quality is a shame considering the quality of the performance.