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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 Rolling Stone

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.