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Razor's Edge 021 [T-016]

(1) Rundown Studios (Santa Monica, CA); January 30, 1978
(2) Rundown Studios (Santa Monica, CA); February 1, 1978
(3) Rundown Studios (Santa Monica, CA); April, 1978
(4) Rundown Studio rehearsals (Santa Monica, CA); January 1978

Tracklist: (1) I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, Times They Are A-Changin', If You See Her Say Hello, The Man In Me, I Don't Believe You, Tomorrow Is A Long Time, You're A Big Girl Now, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), Forever Young
(2) Repossession Blues, One Of Us Must Know, Girl From The North Country
(3) We Better Talk This Over, Coming From The Heart
(4) Simple Twist Of Fate, If You See Her Say Hello, I Don't Believe You

DEEP: This CD presents the complete circulating studio rehearsals from 1978 in improved (outstanding) quality but these play out more like studio outtakes. They are not rough runthroughs but fully realized, polished versions with (in several cases) radically reworked lyrics. For my money, these performances are exceptional and superior to the performances on Budokan. Dylan's vocals are exceptionally sharp and the arrangements are very enjoyable. A very enjoyable and unique set with several rare trax and even rarer arrangements. I can't say enough about how enjoyable this material is. Very interesting arrangements, all with either a real blues or jazz feel to them.

CDG: A very fine disc with excellent versions of several scarcer songs.

NOTE: Additional 1978 rehearsal material has come into circulation since the initial appearance of this set, requiring revision of the source listings, and the "April" tape date may not be reliable.