(1) War Memorial Coliseum (Plymouth, MA); October 31, 1975
(2) Palace Theater (Waterbury, CT); November 11, 1975 (line)
(1) I Don't Believe You, Hurricane, Oh Sister, One More Cup of Coffee, Sara, Just Like A Woman; This Land Is Your Land [ensemble]
(2) Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, Romance In Durango, Isis; Blowin' In The Wind, The Water Is Wide, I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine, Never Let Me Go, I Shall Be Released [w/Joan Baez]; Knockin' On Heaven's Door [w/Roger McGuinn]
NOTE: Recently marketed clone of the original Colosseum release of the same title, to which the excerpted reviews originally referred.
DEEP: A truly outstanding disk that presents the complete circulating tracks from the superb sounding Plymouth, MA board (7) plus well-selected and appropriate filler from the long-available Waterbury, CT (9) soundboard. For my money, these early Rolling Thunder shows were far better than the shows of '76; they seem to carry an edginess and spontaneity not as apparent on the '76 gigs. Dylan's singing on the Plymouth tracks is amazing. Just as he did with the whole of Desire, he was able to capture mystery on stage on the first leg of Rolling Thunder, which is what makes these songs unique. Incredible, upfront and true quality plus performances to match.
CDG: The quality of these recordings is stunning and the performances match that excellence.
rmd: If you want to hear the Desire sound produced live, in good quality, with a delicious "live" feeling and ambiance, then look no further. Dylan's voice carries an
expressive softness which I very much like. Most unlikely to disappoint any listener.