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Hollywood Bowl 1965
source: Hollywood Bowl  1965

She Belongs To Me
To Ramona
Gates Of Eden
It's All Over Now Baby Blue
Desolation Row
Love Minus Zero
Mr. Tambourine Man
Tombstone Blues
I Don't Believe You
From A Buick 6
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
Maggie's Farm
It Ain't Me Babe
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Like A Rolling Stone
This is another issue of the complete soundboard(?) tape of the Hollywood Bowl concert. It's complete apart from the portion lost from the end of Tambourine Man, and the beginning of Tombstone Blues. There is noise as usual on Desolation Row. The cover stresses that the original order has been maintained, but most sources say that Tom Thumb should come before Buick 6. There are obvious edits between tracks, so it's impossible to tell what the correct order should be. The packaging and aesthetics are original. The front cover photo is the same one that was artistically blurred, and used on We Had Known A Lion. Most reviews state that this is an interesting piece of history, rather than a truly blistering concert... and I would have to agree. The acoustic set is brilliant, but doesn't stand out from the many, many brilliant acoustic sets I've heard from 64 - 66. The electric is a big step up from Newport, but a long way short of what was to follow in 1966. This is a fairly good electric band doing unadventurous versions of Dylan songs which mostly had already been recorded with a similar backing. It's not an extraordinary rock group featuring Bob Dylan on vocals, like would gel on the 1966 world tour. But, at least with this recording, you can see how they got to there from here. The most interesting thing about this lineup is how it foreshadows both the fierce rock of 1966 and - on It Ain't Me Babe - the delicate pop of Blonde On Blonde, e.g. Just Like A Woman. And "she" walks like Rimbaud instead of Bo Diddley.
© 2003 ColmX edited by CD Pinkerton
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Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA  Sept. 3, 1965

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Alternative Edge Productions  /AEP2002125
2002 (Germany)

8 stars


Bob's Boots ref  #
Bobby Dylan (acoustic guitar and vocals)
Robbie Robertson (guitar)
Levon Helm (drums)
Al Kooper (organ)
Harvey Brooks (bass)

Other commercial releases of Hollywood Bowl:
Back In Hollywood Bowl 1965
Electric Black Nite Crash
From Newport to the Streets in LA
Ghost Of Electricity
Hollywood Bowl Desk Tape1965
Squaring The Circle
We Had Known A Lion
What Are You Trying To Say?

Thanks to Colmx for scans and review

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