Disc One, Two: Palazzo dello Sport, Rome 19 June 1984; Discs Three, Four: Wembley Stadium, London 7 July 1984.
4 picture cds
Soundboard Stereo
Digipack Longbox with 8 pages booklet Lim. Edition of 300 numbered copies




Disc One: 1. Highway 61 Revisited, 2. Jokerman, 3. All Along The Watchtower, 4. Just Like A Woman, 5. Maggie s Farm, 6. I And I, 7. License To Kill, 8. Just My Imagination, 9. A Hard Rain s Gonna Fall, 10. Tangled Up In Blue, 11. It s Alright Ma, I m Only Bleeding.

Disc Two: 1. Simple Twist Of Fate, 2. Masters Of War, 3. Ballad Od A Thin Man, 4. When You Gonna Wake Up?, 5. Every Grain Of Sand, 6. Like A Rolling Stone, 7. Mr. Tambourine Man, 8. It Ain t Me Baby, 9. The Times They Are A Changing, 10. I Shall Be Released, 11. Tombstone Blues, 12. Blowing In The Wind.

Disc Three: 1. Highway 61 Revisited, 2. Jokerman, 3. All Along The Watchtower, 4. Just Like A Woman, 5. Maggie s Farm, 6. I And I, 7. License To Kill, 8. Just My Imagination, 9. A Hard Rain s Gonna Fall, 10. Tangled Up In Blue, 11. It s Alright Ma, I m Only Bleeding, 12. Simple Twist Of Fate, 13. Masters Of War, 14. Ballad Of A Thin Man.

Disc Four: 1. Enough Is Enough, 2. Every Grain Of Sand, 3. Like A Rolling Stone, 4. Mr. Tambourine Man, 5. Girl From The North Country, 6. It Ain t Me Baby, 7. Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat, 8. It s All Over Now Baby Blue, 9. Tombstone Blues, 10. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power), 11. The Times They Are A Changing, 12. Blowing In The Wind, 13. Knocking On Heaven s Door.



This set presents Bob Dylan recently found Wembley 84 soundboard coupled wih a well known soundboard tape from Rome from the same tour. The Rome concert   is nice although unfortunately for the first 6 tracks the electric guitars are buried in the mix staying in the background, while upfront are keyboards, drums and vocals; it s from License To Kill that we can better listen to them.

 Already released as On the Streets of Rome (Wanted Man) and Live at Palaeur (Shamrock) the first 1984 Dylan show in Rome came out in both releases as a soundboard. The first release had too much prominent vocals, attenuated in the second Live at Palaeur cds. Then Dasuje presented what was advertised as a 360 Degrees Stereo sound on the discs themselves. In fact the sound is excellent although the backing musicians are still somehow in the background in respect to Dylan. The concert develops with the 1984 standard set list that allows the all hits string to mingle with recent tunes, 6 encores follow Like A Rolling Stone and on the last electric songs Carlos Santana comes on stage too (From Track 8 onwards). Some tracks from Rome and London are included in The Soundboard Collection (WLR 2131) an underground box set showing tracks in soundboard quality. It must be remembered that some songs from this show have been used for the Real Live official album (Highway 61-Maggie s Farm-It Ain t Me Baby-Tangled Up In Blue-Masters of War-Ballad of a Thin Man) as well as on The Complete Album Collection vol. One that came out in 2013. Also It Ain t Me, Babe was featured on Bob Dylan Classics Live in 2007. The recording of the Wembley show were used for Real Live, the tapes were allegedly provided to Dylan himself for his own selection; to this regard a funny fact has emerged from Glyn Johns who said in his memoir that he invited Bob to the actual mastering of the Real Live album, and that apparently Bob had never sat through a mastering session before and he was quite fascinated by the whole thing. The Wembley concert has been released as What’s Real (TNT Studio 940154-5.6) a 3 cd set that offered the whole performance as audience recording. Then from Japan came out Wembley Stadium 1984 (Masterport 235) a 3 cdr set that presented this concert with a great sounding audience tape even if at the beginning of the concert there a minimal fluctuation, probably due to the original tape. One song, Senor, had appeared on Last Encore (Joke 84) vinyl bootleg. Musically speaking on songs like Highway 61, I And I and   All Along The Watchtower it is Taylor s lead guitar that steals the scene with his soaring solos, while on songs like Just Like A Woman it is Ian McLagan keyboards that bring back that original mid 60s sound. The concert should have ended with Like A Rolling Stone, on which Dylan introduces the band, but then he came back again on acoustic guitar for three more songs and then more songs as encores. There have been special guests too, except for Santana who was always part of the concert for the whole tour, the latter Chrissie Hynde and Eric Clapton joined the band from Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat onwards and Van Morrison played his duet with Dylan on It s All Over Now Baby Blue. The output is really superb, although there is not much stereo separation, but all instruments are quite high in the mix, Ian McLagan s organ during Just Like A Woman really drives the song, Taylor s guitar is much upfront on I And I and Every Grain Of Sand but of course when there are tracks with many guitars playing it gets difficult Most of the times it is a very narrow stereo recording that seems mono, the keyboards appear magically on the right channel (Enough Is Enough); anyway soundwise this is much better than the stale Real Live album were guitars were mixed pretty low. Packaging is great with the booklet that, apart from track listings, contains the reproduction of a 16 August 1984 Rolling Stone article on the London concert by Jonathan Cott.

So all in all this is a nice release that presents 2 concert from Dylan s 1984 European Tour that both Dylan and Taylor s fans will certainly enjoy.


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