Cpt. Acid May 2021
Disc One Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 8: Nantes, 30th June 1984, Tracks 9-11: Madrid, 26th June 1984, Track 1: Grenoble, France, 3rd July 1984, Track 6: Rotterdam, 6th June 1984, Track 7: Rome 21st June 1984, Track 12: Slane, 8th July 1984; Disc Two, Tracks 1-3: David Letterman, NBC studios, NYC, March 22nd, 1984, Tracks 4-7: TV3 broadcast, Barcelona, June 28th, 1984.
2 downlioad cdrs
Disc One: all tracks from multi-track, except Track 6: Soundboard stereo; Disc Two, Soundboard mono
Double Slimline Jewel case




Disc One: 1. Highway 61 Revisited, 2. Maggie’s Farm, 3. I And I, 4. All Along The Watchower, 5. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carrol, 6. Tangled Up In Blue, 7. Desolation Row, 8. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry, 9. Masters Of War, 10. Ballad Of A Thin Man, 11. Girl From The North Country, 12. Tombstone Blues.

Disc Two: 1. Don’t Start Me Talkin’, 2. License To Kill, 3. Jokerman, 4. Like A Rolling Stone, 5. Mr.Tambourine Man, 6. Don’t Think Twice, 7. Blowin’ In The Wind.  


This release came out at first on the Empress Valley set (EV 1439) and was later copied by Eelgrass (EGL 20284-5) a label most famous for reaching over Empress Valley’s shoulder and copying their homework, in this case Bob Dylan What I Did Last Summer, the compilation of 1984 live tracks from the European leg of Dylan’s tour. That is the name of the game and what has always happened throughout bootlegging. 
There’s very little difference in the main structure of the collection, obviously, Eelgrass don’t seem to have gone with a straight dub of the original version of the disk, it sounds like they’ve flattened out a few of the mixing anomalies from the first master, taking away some of the slight fluctuations in sound that now sound a lot more levelled out. For anyone who prefers a neater master, this will suffice, for the purists they woyuld probably better get the original EV discs.
An extra disk has been added to the set that features another few live televised tracks of note, namely Dylan’s appearance on David Letterman with the Plugz (the band he had planned to tour with) in March 1984 and also portions of televised materials from TV3 Barcelona, Spain from the 3rd of June, 1984. 
Both of these segments on the extra disk have been released elsewhere, though it is nice to have them together if you don’t want to bother getting up for extra disks. The Letterman broadcast is bassy and the first track has a touch of interference having been taken from a tape of the broadcast. Befitting the band’s sound however it sounds good with a bit of crunch. The sound levels out by the second track only to return by track three. Some of the same issues seem to pervade the Barcelona tracks. The ghost of electricity, if you will, had a slight static buzz running through the broadcast. After checked the other copy of this broadcast on Head’s TV Guide, the static sounds the same. 
The covers for this release are a simple effect as the original EV was, though rather than blues the Eelgrass label have opted for a sepia copper colouring with different images of Dylan. Simple, but slightly less effective; anywat perfectly readable and easy to understand. If you’re struggling with obtaining the EV version, this is a very good substitute.

Anyway, having gotten this out of a torrent site, it turned out it had too much of the top end, so it was decided to remaster it. As usual Captain Acid had done phase and level correction and new equalization. The artwork that was used was the Eelgrass sepia version (EV was blue) and there is no Cpt. Acid label number, so it is just an audio improvement from the latest Japan version. Musically it is possible to say that this sounds better that Real Live without mixing Taylor’s guitar too low, even the acoustic tracks sound powerful and in great sound shape.

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