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PARADISE REGAINED

Razor's Edge 025/026 [T-077]

(1) Electric Factory (Philadelphia, PA); December 17, 1995
(2) Electric Factory (Philadelphia, PA); December 16, 1995

Tracklist: (1) Crash On The Levee, Seņor, All Along The Watchtower, Every Grain Of Sand, Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat, Silvio, Tangled Up In Blue, Desolation Row, It's All Over Now Baby Blue; Dark Eyes [w/Patti Smith]; Maggie's Farm, She Belongs To Me, West L.A. Fadeaway; Knockin' On Heaven's Door [w/Patti Smith]; Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
(2) Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, Forever Young, Love Minus Zero

Not recommended, obsolete: The closing tracks of the December 17 concert have somic damage not present on the master recording. This boot also shows signs of heavy-handed sound processing, reducing the warmth of the original recording. An off-master fan project, rated by Lossless Bob as excellent sound quality without serious defects, was circulated by bittorrent in 2007.

DEEP: Dylan's last show of the year proved to be one of the highlights. An exceptionally strong and energetic vocal performance, with Dylan attacking every song. The backing is no less impressive, especially the strong guitar work by JJ. Sound here is excellent, crisp and clean and well balanced, with Dylan's vocals upfront, loud and clear (some may find the sound a bit high end biased but a bit of the eq helps even things out). A great, great show captured extremely well by the Edgers. A nice selection from the previous night puts this one over the top.

ISIS: Philadelphia was the night it really came together. Recording quality is excellent; the bonus tracks are well chosen, rounding out a superb disc.

CDG: High-quality recording of a great performance, with excellent filler.