Not being much of a fan of Bob's circus organ, I'll have to admit I was very surprised that it was still 1,000 times better than the Live '66. If he turned the organ off or down significantly it would be even better.
Listening to the Live '66 (an agonizing 9 minutes of my life I'll never get back!
) makes me wonder (a) what the hell is he doing with the great Telecaster since he strums it every 30 seconds or so (maybe) (b) is there anyone left in the auditorium or did they all run like hell to avoid the carnage, and (c) how did he go from that to becoming the GREAT Bob Dylan?
Then the '86... I caught a couple of those shows and they were marvelous in every way. Bob actually PLAYED the guitar and he tries a novel approach... he discards the pretentious bulls**t and actually sings
the song. He exudes the greatness he possesses as a performer.
Then '95... he plays his guitar and he sings the song, does some nice soloing. You sense he loves what he's doing and would do this no matter what. Heaven and earth could be destroyed but he'll be there playing and enjoying it. Similar to '66, he's in his own little world but this one is inviting, not revolting.
The '01... probably the best performance of the selected videos. Smooth, beautiful, everything coming together nicely and well played. And such a nice Strat... I believe this is the Strat with his signature inlayed with mother of pearl or abalone on the fretboard. A nice touch.
And 2011... actually not bad. Well sung, well played, he's into the performance and it turns out pretty darn good. At 70 and going strong, a living legend, he is.
Wow, I don't know what you're thinking. '66 gave me goosebumps watching that. Someone above I believe said, best video ever, and I can't argue with that. The intensity, and outright mayhem of it, is incredible. Robbie's guitar is fantastic and so is Richard's piano playing. Dylan is crazy singing on stage. No one was doing anything like that and no one still is. It's fascinating. Who cares if his guitar is pretty much a prop. Are we missing anything musically because of it? All other versions were surprisingly pretty good too, given that I've heard a number of bootlegs where I've felt its just going throught the motions.