DYLAN, BOB - CD
CHASING A SHADOW

LABEL:
Social Graces
SOURCE:
Double JJ Ranch The Odeum Stage Rothbury Michigan July 5, 2009
FORMAT:
2CD
RUNNING TIME:
71:55/36:02
SOUND/SOURCE:
Stereo Soundboard
PACKAGING:
Double slimline jewelcase
 

Chasing A Shadow front

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SOUND 10 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 9.5

 

TRACK LIST:

Disc 1:  1.Intro, 2. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat, 3. Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power), 4. Tangled Up In Blue, 5. Rollin' And Tumblin', 6. Spirit On The Water, 7. High Water (For Charley Patton), 8. Til I Fell In Love With You , 9. Po' Boy, 10. Highway 61 Revisited, 11. Ballad Of A Thin Man, 12. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again

Disc 2:  1. Nettie Moore, 2. Thunder On The Mountain, 3. Like A Rolling Stone 4. Jolene, 5. All Along The Watchtower 6. Blowin' In The Wind

 
REVIEW:

  Chasing A Shadow is absolutely ESSENTIAL for the Dylan fan, documenting in Fantastic Sound, Bob Dylan and his Blood On The Land band cooking like their lives depended on it. A stunning avalanche of Stereo Soundboard sound awaits all who are ready to jump into this highly recommended 2CD set. Sound quality throughout the entire Rothbury set is outstanding with just the slightest roll off of the bass guitar Bob straps on his Duesenberg DTV Starplayer TV Electric guitar for the set opener, Leopard-Skin Pill-box Hat and manages to blend in fairly well with the rest of the band and takes a subdued lead solo towards the end of the song. Senor' also has Bob on guitar playing the simple repeating lines that he seems comfortable playing, with one of his strongest most soulful vocals ever. In fact Dylan is in fine vocal form throughout the entire show. 

The sound of these 2 discs is exceptionable with a very good blend of instruments with all of the guitar parts audible, and the vocals and the beautiful harmonica work of Bob shining like they should. The organ playing is not to intrusive on any of the songs, a very fine document of where Dylan and his Cowboy Band are at in 2009.
  As the show progresses Dylan's vocals and harmonica playing get stronger and stronger notable highlights for harmonica are Tangled Up In Blue, if you can allow yourself to get past some of the Hokey staccato singing Bob tries, you will be rewarded with a very nice subdued harp solo.

This show really kicks into high gear from the moment Rollin' and Tumblin' starts up, the Soundboard mix allowing you to hear the very cool interplay between Donnie Freeman playing a very nice slide solo throughout and Stu Kimball on Acoustic rhythm guitar.  Spirit On The Water, has a great vocal and very soft swinging laid back arrangement, with one of Bob's finest harmonica solos taking up the last 30 seconds of the song. Sweet subtle guitar work from Freeman and Kimball and a very tight rhythm section hold everything together perfectly. High Water is absolutely mesmerizing, great harp work from Bob, as he also plays little organ flourishes underneath, the entire band playing with the right amount of tension, and a very dramatic ending, teetering on the edge of disarray that has to be heard to be believed, a true Hall Of Fame moment.

The show really takes off at this point with what I believe is the highlight of the show with a menacing version of Till I Fell In Love With You. Great vocals and harmonica work from Bob, as the group keep it funky and raw for the entire ride, another Hall Of Fame moment. Po' Boy also has a very gentle and effective Harp solo as well as a heartfelt vocal from Bob, so cool and lazy. Other highlights include one of the best versions of Highway 61 Revisited, I have ever heard this touring group play.

Chasing A Shadow, is full of highlights including one new song Jolene and an intense vocal performance of Nettie Moore. Thunder On The Mountain, rolls along with renewed vigor, with the interplay between Freeman and Kimball keeping the entire thing rocking very solidly. Blowin' In The Wind has some of Dylan's sweetest harmonica playing ending the show on a very mellow note.
 Chasing A Shadow is a true godsend and will reward any Dylan fan with repeated listens. Bob is in fine form throughout, with very strong vocals, beautiful harmonica work and with this being a Soundboard recording, all the instrumentation of the band being audible and clear. You Won't Be Disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




This is most likely to be THE Dylan release of 2009. Quality is spectacular as is the performance.
Comment by ReV+RuSSeLL wrote on 2009-08-28 05:36:56

Where are the comments? Thought this release would be Talked about quite a bit
Comment by ReV+RuSSeLL wrote on 2009-09-10 03:32:00

Hi. What's the difference between this release and "Rothbury Night"? Same show. Is the sound quality the same? Thanks.
Comment by Duck wrote on 2009-10-21 13:26:53

Same show, copy of this original title.
Comment by Anonymous wrote on 2009-10-21 15:20:04

Well, I did buy it and I'm going to offer a dissenting opinion. Stereo separation seems lacking to me. The intro is significantly different -- to its detrement, and then along the way, Dylan st But my major problem is with the performance. I know Dylan's songs continually evolve and are constantly reinterpreted by Bob, but the performance of TUIB is horrible. Dylan has this bizarre pulsating, synchopated delivery. It destroys the song. Unlistenable.
Comment by Duck wrote on 2009-11-10 17:48:06

Sorry for the above jumble. I exceeded the letter count and tried to cut it down -- clearly not very well. The unusual delivery re-emerged periodically through the CD set. When I heard the acoustic intro to "Stuck Inside Mobile.." I was pumped, hoping for the definitive live performance. WRONG! Once again, this absolutely bizarre, sychopated, pulsating crap.
Comment by Duck wrote on 2009-11-10 17:52:01

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DYLAN, BOB

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