Bob Dylan Live 1975 The Rolling Thunder Revue

The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue is a live album by Bob Dylan recorded in November & December 1975 promoting his Blood On The Tracks album and previewing his 1976 release, Desire.

This is in the same official bootleg series as Live 1966 The Royal Albert Hall Concert. While it’s not as famous, some people will say that it’s even better. Bob Dylan is no longer trying to sound like an extremely literate garage band.

Bob Dylan Live 1975 The Rolling Thunder Revue

Bob Dylan Live 1975 Rolling Thunder

Set List

Disc one

  1. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You – 3:55 (originally on the studio album Nashville Skyline)
  2. It Ain’t Me Babe – 5:25 (Another Side of Bob Dylan)
  3. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – 5:16 (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
  4. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll – 5:25 (The Times They Are a-Changin’)
  5. Romance in Durango – 5:22 (Desire)
  6. Isis – 5:11 (Desire)
  7. Mr. Tambourine Man – 5:39 (Bringing It All Back Home)
  8. Simple Twist of Fate – 4:17 (Blood on the Tracks)
  9. Blowin’ in the Wind – 2:43 (Joan Baez vocals) (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
  10. Mama, You Been on My Mind – 3:11 (Joan Baez vocals) (Another Side of Bob Dylan)
  11. I Shall Be Released – 4:33 (Joan Baez vocals) (A Bob Dylan song made famous by The Band)

Disc two

  1. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 4:34 (Bringing It All Back Home)
  2. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 3:13 (Bringing It All Back Home)
  3. Tangled Up in Blue – 4:41 (Blood on the Tracks)
  4. The Water Is Wide – 5:16 (Joan Baez vocals) (traditional folk song)
  5. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry – 3:12 (Highway 61 Revisited)
  6. Oh, Sister – 4:04 (Desire)
  7. Hurricane – 8:15 (Desire)
  8. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) – 4:14 (Desire)
  9. Sara – 4:29 (Desire)
  10. Just Like a Woman – 4:31 (Blonde On Blonde)
  11. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – 4:22 (Roger McGuinn vocals) (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid)

Six songs from the 1976 album Desire were previewed here together with two from Blood On the Tracks (not enough) and the balance drawn from many of his more folk based songs. On this album, the amplified guitars side of Bob Dylan that was so clear on Live 1966 is downplayed.

For my tastes, there are too many of my favourites missing. When I listen to a Dylan studio album, it tends to be Highway 61 Revisited or Blood On the Tracks.

Playing in the band with Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Revue were:

  • Joan Baez – acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Ronee Blakley – vocals
  • Scarlet Rivera – violin
  • T-Bone Burnett – electric guitar, piano
  • David Mansfield – dobro, mandolin, violin, steel guitar
  • Roger McGuinn – electric guitar, vocals
  • Bob Neuwirth – acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Mick Ronson – electric guitar
  • Steven Soles – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
  • Rob Stoner – bass guitar
  • Howie Wyeth – drums, piano
  • Luther Rix – percussion, conga, drums

I will be writing more.

Here are some videos of Bob Dylan performing live in concert in 1974 and 1975.

Tangled Up In Blue

30 minutes of the Rolling Thunder Review

What Other People Say About Live 1975 The Rolling Thunder Revue

It was released in 2002 so it’s had time to get on the best live albums lists but it is often overshadowed by Live 1966.

It has been mentioned once:

Stylus    16  (one guess at what came #1)

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