Bob Dylan / Budokan

Rob Stoner, bassist and musical director, once asked me if I was keen on this twofer, originally available only as an import in the US and duly panned by, ah-hem, American rock scribes. I replied to one of my bass heroes that I only wore out two copies. According to legend; Bob was unknowingly contracted to play the hits in Japan. Hence the songs were deconstructed melodically, harmonically, and rhythmically except for “Is Your Love in Vain” which had yet to be released on Street Legal (1978). And they sound magnificent. Unlike Hard Rain (1976) and the archival Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue (2002), Stoner resolutely resides in the pocket to skillfully anchor one of the most fascinating gems in the Dylan in-concert canon. And even if the aforementioned lore is off beam, it’s still great!