Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 13:40:22 -0500 The dark, murky depths of the DEEP were unnavigable for awhile, however, the vessel has been righted so we forge ahead and play some catch-up on the backlog of these past few fortnights........ STARS FROM THE DARKEST NIGHT 2CD (Waveband 07/08) Villafranca di Verona, Castillo Scaligero, Italy 4Jul98 + filler Tracks: 22 Times: 72/73 Source: Audience Quality: Very Very Good Waveband seems to have hit a nice stride with yet another solid release of a fine show. Dylan's rough and tumble vocal is at the forefront of a clear and vibrant mix - it sounds repetitious but it's ANOTHER good show in just-shy-of excellent quality and a keeper, with an absolutely beautiful version of "BOOTS OF SL." As mentioned previously, the bonus trax complete the Malmo show above, plus there's 4 more from the Nurenberg outdoor gig. TrackList: Pillbox Hat, If Not 4U, Cold Irons, Simple Twist, Can't wait, Silvio, MrTMan, Masters, Boots of Spanish Leather, Tangled, Ill Remember You, H61, DontThink2X, LoveSick, RDW, Blowin'. Filler: LoveSick & RDW (Malmo), plus Nurenberg 5/30/98: Knockin', Senor, JLAW and ThinMan. SHADOWS ARE FALLING 1 CD (WAVEBAND 09) Malmo, Sweden 6 Jun 1998 Tracks: 11 Time: 71+ Source: Audience Quality: Very Good Another nice offering from the folks at Waveband, following on the heels of the (2) excellent German '98s previously remarked upon in DEEP 76. A solid show in all respects and presented in very good quality, with upfront vocals and clear and distinct instrumentation. No complaints about this one - it fits in nicely with the many other superb '98 Euro summer shows that have seen the light of day. A cool setlist with a bare bones Watchtower opener, followed up by Peggy-O and a rare outing for Pos 4th Street. Not bad at all. Setlist: Watchtower, Peggy-O, Cold Irons, Pos 4th St, Silvio, RovGambler, Masters, Don't Think2X, Tangled, Forever Young, H61. (Note: the remaining 2 tracks from this gig can be found as bonus tracks on the below) SAN JOSE CALLING 1CD (ES 016) San Jose, CALIF 19May98 Tracks: 13 Time: 73+ Source: Soundboard Quality: Excellent Another version of the San Jose soundboard. I recall the SAN JOSE SOUNDBOARD '98 from DEEP #74 here: An astounding recording sourced from either the soundboard or, if you listen to the rumors, from someone tapping into the frequency that was transmitted to Bob's "ear monitors," i.e. no monitors on stage at this show. Feel free to comment on that rumor in the newsgroups. In any case, a devastatingly bright, true sound highlighted by the full richness of Bob's vocals, vocals that were strong and energetic during this show, full of feeling and raw, naked emotion. A seemingly pedestrian setlist is eclipsed by the amazing recording quality and performances of all parties involved. You wanna get "next" to him, can't get much "closer" than this. An "in your face and in your heart" recording. Essential. It gallops, it trots, it lopes, it sprints - it's a wild ride but enjoyable every step of the way. Sweet Marie/ The Man In Me/Cold Irons/JLAW/Silvio/Stone Walls/Masters/Tangled/Make YouFeelMyLove/H61/ForeverYoung/LoveSick/RDW. RENALDO & CLARA (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 1CD (AR & CE) Soundrack from the movie. Tracks: 20 (some fragments) Time: 72+ Source: Film Quality: Exc A welcome "reissue" of the R&C soundtrack housed in a classy and colorful glossy slipcase. This one was previously reviewed in DEEP 54 but here it is again: Of the 20 tunes, most are complete or almost complete, with the exception of abbreviated/cut off versions of never performed and/or unlikely tunes: Ballad in Plain D, Patty's Gone To Laredo, Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands. Although some of the trax have dialogue intruding on them, notably a great version of "One Too Many Mornings," the disk has a nice ebb and flow and fits together nicely. Quality is excellent considering the video source - in stereo w/little hiss, fine definition, upfront vocals. I imagine this is as good as it could get short of an official release. For fans of Rolling Thunder, this will not disappoint. Masterpiece/Isis/Ballad in Plain D/HardRain/PeopleGetReady/ItAintMeBabe/ SheBelongsToMe (nice piano led version)/LotTolaugh/IfYouSeeHer (piano version)/Durango/OneTooMany/RisingSun/OneMoreCup../Sara/WaterIs Wide/PattysGoneToLaredo/NevertMeGo/SadEyedLady/Tangled/ JustLikeAWoman/Knockin' TEMPEST STORM 1CD (Theramin-Golden Archive 74) Empire Burlesque outakes and alternates Dec 1984-March 1985 Tracks: 16 Time: 70+ Source: Studio Quality: Very Good The EB outtakes and alternates presented in fine quality. In fact, it seems to be an upgrade to the long-out-of-print Wanted Man release. Sound is a bit more true and with slightly less hiss, to my ears at least. Housed in a color glossy slipcase (like a mini-LP). Nothing new here and some real stinkers sprinkled in among the bare-bones gems "New Danville Girl" and "When The Night Comes Falling...." Still, it's interesting to hear the un-doctored mixes and alternate takes........and there's always the program button. Tracks: New Danville Girl, Tight Connection, Clean Cut Kid, I'll Remember You, Seeing The Real You At Last, Something's Burning, Trust Yourself, Emotionally Yours, When The Night Comes Falling, Never Gonna Be The Same, Waiting To Get Beat, Straight A's In Love, The Very Thought Of You, Driftin' Too Far From Shore, Who Loves You More, Go Away Little Boy. A good one. ROUGH CUTS 2CD (RC 1/2) Infidels Outtakes/Alternates 1983 Tracks: 26 Time: 140+ Source: Studio Quaity: Excellent The "Infidels" sessions tapes in excellent quality - on par with the original and terrific Black Night Crash release of the early 90's. Since that one is nigh on impossible to find, here you are. Nothing to say about this one other than it's one of the must have's, with alternates, outtakes and the "Sweetheart" rehearsals. Decide for yourself whether it's the best album that never happend. Tracks: Sweetheart Like You, Someone's Got A Hold Of My Heart, Lord Protect My Child, Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground, Foot Of pride, Tell Me, I&I, Union Sundown, Julius & Ethel, Jokerman, License To Kill, Man Of Peace, Neighborhood Bully, Blind Willie (electric), Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight, Blind Willie, This Was My Love (1 & 2), Angel Flying Too Close #2, Dark Groove (inst.), Don't Fly Unless It's Safe, Clean Cut Kid, Death Is Not The End, Sweetheart Like You, Union Sundown #2, Sweetheart rehearsals. Comes housed in a color glossy slipcase w/terrific shot of Dylan & Knopfler on cover.