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Razor's Edge GWW 001/002 [T-552]

Madison Square Garden (New York, NY); December 8, 1975

Tracklist: When I Paint My Masterpiece [w/Bobby Neuwirth]; It Ain't Me Babe, Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll, Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You; It Takes A Lot To Laugh [w/Robbie Robertson)]; Romance In Durango, Isis; Times They Are A-Changin', Dark As A Dungeon, Mama You Been On My Mind, Never Let Me Go, I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine, I Shall Be Released [w/Joan Baez]; Love Minus Zero, Simple Twist Of Fate, Oh Sister, Hurricane, One More Cup Of Coffee, Sara, Just Like A Woman; Knockin' On Heaven's Door [w/Roger McGuinn]; This Land Is Your Land [ensemble].

NOTE: Although the final two tracks are conspicuously flawed, they are taken from the same source tape as the rest of the performance. Many previous versions of this show substituted lower-grade performances of the concluding songs from other concerts, without the sonic defects. However, there is a curious edit in "Hattie Carroll" even though circulating analog copies descended from the same source tape are complete. While this edit was previously reported to be present on all commercial projects presenting this performance, a second, much less common, glass-mastered version of this set, with a complete "Hattie Carroll," is now known to circulate.

DEEP: This is by far the best audience recording of a Rolling Thunder show. The sound knocks me out - every nuance of voice and music is intact, Bob's vocals ring loud and clear and the recording retains a warmth that is unusual for a mid 70's tape. The duets with Baez are superb. The band weaves a unique stew of rock-folk-country-Arabian-blues and seemingly creates a new type of music along the way - just call it Dylan. The solo acoustic tunes are incredibly sung, filled with sorrow and pain and regret and longing. Not to be missed.