Bob Dylan / Budokan

Rob Stoner once asked me if I dug this twofer, originally available only as an import in the US and duly panned by, ah-hem, American rock scribes. I replied that I only wore out two copies. Bob’s compositions were completely deconstructed: melodically, harmonically, and rhythmically (with the exception of “Is Your Love in Vain” which had yet to be released on Street Legal 1978). And they sound magnificent. Unlike the “punk” (Rob’s assessment) veneer of Hard Rain (1976) and the archival Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue (2002), Stoner works the pocket to skillfully anchor one of the most fascinating gems in the Dylan concert canon. And that’s Bob glaring the “evil eye” at Rob on the gatefold according to Stoner’s Know Your Bass Player on Film episode soon to air in 2019…or sooner!          

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