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Watchtower WTP001/002 [T-511]

(1) Villa Manin (Passariano, Italy); July 8, 1996
(2) Piazza Duomo (Pistoia, Italy); July 7, 1996

Tracklist: (1) Down In The Flood, Seņor, All Along The Watchtower, You're A Big Girl Now, Most Likely You Go Your Way, Silvio, Mr Tambourine Man, Masters Of War, Don't Think Twice, Jokerman, I Shall Be Released, Obviously 5 Believers, My Back Pages, Like A Rolling Stone, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
(2) Shake Sugaree, Tangled Up In Blue, Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, To Ramona

DEEP: At the normal bass/treble levels, this set sounds like it was recorded either underwater or with the mics down someone's pants. I took the trouble to sift through so much mud that my stereo levels read negative 10 on the bass and plus 10 on the treble. Much to my surprise, what remained was the much crisper and sharper sounding voice of Mr. Bob and instrumental accompaniment that, while not breathtaking in its definition, was more than passable, with a little hiss. My eq was looking like a 45 degree angle. Sounded damned good, though, especially from the other room. The show is a real corker; the song structure and tempo is a bit different than normal and the energy is high. Perhaps you don't want to go through the extra effort to "get it" but it's rewarding if you do.

CDG: While Dylan's performance is excellent, both the source recording and the CD mastering are inferior.