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Moonlight 9517/18 [T-475]

Palace Des Sports (Avignon, France); July 25, 1981

Tracklist: Saved, I Believe In You, Like A Rolling Stone, 'Till I Get It Right [Regina Havis], Man Gave Names To All The Animals, Maggie's Farm, Girl From The North Country, Ballad Of A Thin Man, In The Summertime, Shot Of Love, Walk Around Heaven All Day [Carolyn Dennis], The Times They Are A-Changin', Let's Begin, Lenny Bruce, Slow Train, Solid Rock, Just Like A Woman, Saved By The Grace Of Your Love [Willie Smith], Watered Down Love, Jesus Is The One, Heart Of Mine, When You Gonna Wake Up, Forever Young, In The Garden, Blowin' In The Wind, It Ain't Me Babe, Knockin' On Heaven's Door

DEEP: The complete circulating soundboard tape (not quite the whole show) presented in excellent quality. Sound here is clear and well balanced, with the vocals right up front, and Dylan's performance is very energetic and forceful. His voice takes on added nuances and expression, which only adds to the quality of the show. Preferable to me are the acoustic and sparser sounding numbers; the subtleties are sometimes lost in the "wall of sound" arrangement employed on a lot of the "louder" songs, although Dylan's charismatic vocals never fail to cut through the busy mix. Fred Tackett does some fine work on guitar and the back-up singers, while annoying in some places, are well suited to some of the arrangements on this tour. Overall, an excellent set. The packaging is timely and decent but won't win any awards.