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Favorite Decade of Dylan Live
A) 1960s 25%  25%  [ 22 ]
B) 1970s 38%  38%  [ 34 ]
C) 1980s 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
D) 1990s 15%  15%  [ 13 ]
E) 2000-09 13%  13%  [ 12 ]
F) 2010- 8%  8%  [ 7 ]
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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 13:15 GMT 
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panther wrote:
The 1980s start off quite well (esp. in '81 when he starts to recover from the Fire & Brimstone stuff), but 1984 is a "big event" mess (like 1974, but with worse musicians), and everything thereafter is Dylan with no voice.

Heartbreakers 1986/1987 (especially 1986) is hardly Dylan with no voice.
I attended 1984, and the 1986 tour had stronger vocals & overall performance.
There were some excellent sets in 1988 as well, by most standards.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 13:46 GMT 
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95 - 2005. I love the upsinging

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When Bob's as horizontal as he is in your avatar, upsinging's the only option.


Lay, Bobby, lay, lay across my avatar.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 15:04 GMT 

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for me, not even close...
1. 1990's
2. 2000's

then distant 3rd
80's
and very distant 4th
70s

particular pockets of great pleasure

fall 92
spring/summer 96
fall 95
summer 91
summer 90

may 80
fall 89

late summer fall 00
spring 01
winter sping 02
spring 04


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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 15:56 GMT 
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NEP wrote:
for me, not even close...
1. 1990's
2. 2000's

then distant 3rd
80's
and very distant 4th
70s

particular pockets of great pleasure

fall 92
spring/summer 96
fall 95
summer 91

summer 90

may 80
fall 89

late summer fall 00
spring 01
winter sping 02
spring 04


fucking mental


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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 18:25 GMT 
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:oops:

Come on, own up, who voted for the 1980's?


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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 19:09 GMT 

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I feel like the Seventies could take it just for that ‘76 Spanish is the Loving Tongue alone.

Concert for Bangladesh
John Hammond Tribute Special*
Rolling Thunder Revue*
Last Waltz*
1978 World Tour
1979 Gospel Tour

* the best of the decade, especially the first RT tour.


The 60s are great, no doubt about it. I love Visions of Johanna from ‘66, it’s mesmerizing. The early Sixties are fantastic as well, but the electric moments in the mid Sixties I don’t always find so interesting. Loud and powerful, but he’s just pushing the words out. Yelling over the Band. Getting right up in the audience’s face, some of which were pissed off that he went electric (what a weird time). Works well as a statement, but I don’t find it as entertaining.

I love the mid to late nineties stuff. I would have loved to have been at a ‘94/‘95 show.

I saw him in 2016, and he sounded great. I usually skip over the mid 2000s, but I like where he’s been he past couple of years. But I think the 70s is just a totally insane, moving and amazing decade for his live shows.

70s-mid 90s/60s-2010s-80s-mid 2000s

Something like that.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 23:05 GMT 
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My favorite was the late 1990s with Larry Campbell and Bucky Baxter.

They backed him up on vocals.

That's when Bob had a Cowboy Band.


Those were the days.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 23:13 GMT 
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NEP wrote:
for me, not even close...
1. 1990's

and very distant 4th
70s

particular pockets of great pleasure


Never got 75.

98, 02, 14, 95 are my jam.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17th, 2018, 23:14 GMT 

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May 80 is good stuff.
As are some legs of 89

If I could go back in time. I’d prefer seeing multiple shows of 89 over say 74. That’s not to say 74 wasn’t a good performance but there’s little room for variation of the artist to fall or ascend his performance. It’s a fixed gem and I like the roller coaster of the worlds greatest performer more than the merry go round

Whatever that means. It made sense to me for a moment Have a good one folks


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PostPosted: Fri May 18th, 2018, 01:24 GMT 
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Leonard wrote:
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Come on, own up, who voted for the 1980's?

The '80s were pretty good live... You have the end of the Gospel Tours, Real Live, the indescribable Dylan & the Dead, a couple of tours with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and the beginning of the Never Ending Tour.

With the exception of the '95 through '04 era (decade) nothing else comes close.


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PostPosted: Fri May 18th, 2018, 03:05 GMT 
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Untrodden Path wrote:

With the exception of the '95 through '04 era (decade) nothing else comes close.


If we're splitting decades 1966-1976 is impossible to beat in terms of peak performances, but the extraordinary variety of songs and performance styles make summer 1994 to spring 2004* a contender, for sure.

When looking at it by "decade", it has to be the 1960's doesn't it?** Gaslight to Glasgow, holy crap.





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PostPosted: Fri May 18th, 2018, 04:20 GMT 
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Though I selected the 60's as my favorite decade (especially for the 1961- folk 1965 period), I must say that the 80's were also a great decade. From my point of view, one of the highlights of the decade (and maybe even from his career) was the concert from September 1987 at the DDR, the famous concert devised by the Stasi and the SED (as a curious fact, at that time Merkel was a communist) to calm the restless East German youth in their search for modern music, not much from the performance, but because of the historical significance. Unlike the (sorry for the expression) vulgar and subversive concert that Springsteen gave a year later also in Östberlin, Bob's concert was calm and serene, where he delighted the people of the DDR with wonderful versions of Shelter From The Storm, I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine, I And I, When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky, to mention the best songs of the concert.

Other highlights of the decade (in my opinion) were the 1981 concerts; a mix of Gospel and "regular" songs (especially London, Avignon, New Orleans and Houston), the 1984 performance at David Letterman Show, some of the concerts of 1988 like Houston, June 15th and Holmdel, June 24th, both versions of Hallelujah played live in Montreal and Los Angeles, (also I LOVE this year for all the lovely performances of "Lakes of Pontchartrain") and from 1989 the performances at Frejus, Bristol, Troy and Spain.

However, for me some 1984 concerts, Farm Aid 1985, and most of the 1986 and 1987 concerts are, in my opinion, awful.


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PostPosted: Mon May 21st, 2018, 01:15 GMT 
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gerardv wrote:
panther wrote:
The 1980s start off quite well (esp. in '81 when he starts to recover from the Fire & Brimstone stuff), but 1984 is a "big event" mess (like 1974, but with worse musicians), and everything thereafter is Dylan with no voice.

Heartbreakers 1986/1987 (especially 1986) is hardly Dylan with no voice.
I attended 1984, and the 1986 tour had stronger vocals & overall performance.
There were some excellent sets in 1988 as well, by most standards.

The Heartbreakers '86/'87 stuff I've seen/heard, Bob sounds terrible. Yes, I'd say those shows are probably better than the half-assed 1984 tour (which was just a money-grab event, I guess), but even though Bob was more committed artistically he still had lost his voice.

1988 is much the same. I admire his effort and new approach, but when your voice is gone, it's gone. Sounds okay on Oh Mercy, though, in moderate doses, but for me that's the final sputtering of his once-competent voice.


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PostPosted: Mon May 21st, 2018, 04:16 GMT 

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I think he sounds fantastic on Oh Mercy, using his new voice effectively. ‘88 is just yelling, no real nuance to any of the songs (except the covers he did). ‘87 is the best out of the ‘86-‘88 period, even though the lows are so low the high points are wonderful.

As for his voice being gone, in what sense? I understand his voice changed drastically over the years, but there aren’t moments in the 90s that top the 80s?


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PostPosted: Mon May 21st, 2018, 11:29 GMT 

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Voted for the seventies, although I wished I could have included 1981 in that. From '84 onward there are still moments of greatness, but more and more justification is needed for some of the more bizarre choices that Dylan made in live performance, and of course the deterioration of his vocal chords.


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