GUITARS KISSING AND THE CONTEMPORARY FIX
Scorpio 51766A/E [T-024]
Free Trade Hall (Manchester, UK); May 17, 1966
Tracklist: She Belongs To Me, Fourth Time Around, Visions Of
Johanna, It's All Over Now Baby Blue, Desolation Row, Just Like A
Woman, Mr. Tambourine Man, Tell Me Momma, I Don't Believe You, Baby
Let Me Follow You Down, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, Leopard-Skin
Pill-Box Hat, One Too Many Mornings, Ballad Of A Thin Man, Like A
NOTE: Now only a footnote to the official release, but the
variant mix on the electric set still gives this material limited
appeal -- after you've bought Bootleg Series 4. There are
also variants of this set in variant packaging, one including a
soundcheck version of "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues,"
making for a slightly more interesting footnote.
DEEP: That sound you are hearing are collective jaws
dropping all over the world. Far be it from me to describe/comment
on this legendary show, I'll leave that to the experts. Suffice it
to say that this first disk is everything we had hoped for, and
more. It easily exceeds, in all sound categories, anything that has
preceded it. Aces all around for disk one - the acoustic set. If
you've never taken notice of the electric set before, you will now.
Incredibly intense is the best I can come up with. It is
frightening music (the good kind). All eight electric tracks are
amazing. The music that Dylan and the Hawks created that night were
cannon blasts never heard before, and possibly not heard since that
tour. The sound is so much improved it's like hearing a different
show. The legendary status is much deserved. Simply and beautifully
packaged in a glossy gatefold sleeve. Inner gatefold has a killer
shot of BD in a checked suit, and each disk is individually
packaged with a sleeve featuring a collage of Bob photos. Lastly,
there is a fine little essay written by someone who obviously
attended the show.
AMG: The fidelity is absolutely astounding. Everything from
the furor surrounding Dylan's so-called defection from folk to the
sinful sellout of wedding his music to rock & roll is on open-wound
display in the eight-song electric set. Dylan and the Hawks are
brash, confident, brutal, and unrelenting.