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Review by John Sipowicz
Jones Beach..........nice place. for an outdoor event the sound was
actually great. I was lucky enough to attend both of the Jones Beach
shows this past weekend and the only two things to complain about were
the heat and the predictablity of Paul Simon's set. I do ( did )
respect Paul Simon has a writer but the same set over and over is just
Anyhow this was my third Dylan/Simon show of 99 and fifth of the year.
By far I enjoy the single bill than double. Not to say Senor Dylan did
not delight. Overall the Albany Show was better than both shows this
weekend. Albany seemed to have constant "juice" so to speak. Yet, the
two shows at Jones beach each have some excellent performances.
JONES BEACH JULY 31,1999
Friend of the Devil: Really was not wanting to hear this one, but was
the best opener on the tour so far. longer than most openers.
My Back Pages: Excellent set up they got going here. The fiddle is
really a key. Bobs harp was alright, vocals were good.
Masters Of War: Best version I have heard him sing, total Bobness on
words........worth price of admission.
Tangled: Although no harp.....BOB rocked this one...almost like he's
ready to reexplore this song again. Band got louder after each verse
was complete. Bob really tweeked TaaaaaaangLED UUUUuuuP
IIIIIInBlUUUUUuuueee. really good.
Forever Young: soft but thats it, really not a good
version......effortless it seemed.
All Along Watchtower: Again the Light effect. Sung much better than
previous night but shorter.
Positively Fourth Street: another nice surprise. just glad to hear
it. not a 96 version or anything.
Watching the River: Couldn't believe they changed the music from
earlier in 99, but again this alteration rocked BOB got into the vocals
again and made the song a highlight.
Not Dark Yet: Far and away the best version I have heard period. Very
slow very emtional, almost like Bob was letting us into his ever so
mysterious personal life. Perfect.
Silvio: All three shared guitar solos. really rocked. Its cool that
they can alternate This and Higway to end sets.
Like A Rolling stone: Much better than night before. vocals were
Blowing In The Wind: was Bad. might have been the worst song I have
heard him do in concert ever. No explanation.
Can't really pick a better show between the two. Highlights over the
course of two shows were, Desolation Row, Girl From North Country,
Masters Of war, Tangled Up In blue, Not Dark yet, and Watching the River
The Duets were better than Pepsi, but i got annoyed how Paul just seems
to go off on his own during the middle two songs. The duets i thing
are much better with Bob's band although it was nice to hear the
Budukon version of Knockin.
oh well, two more shows down, can't wait for BOB alone. looking to
pick up tapes from these shows...I have a really nice
collection.....anybody interested in just looking at my list let me
Keep On Keepin On........
Review by Carsten Wohlfeld
Day 2: Same hot weather, same beautiful location, same folks (at least
the ones that came for Dylan, I don’t think mayn of the Simon-only fans
went to both shows). The pretty good band Eudora was the opening act,
they had a very strong singer, looked a bit like Lucinda Williams, sang
like Patti Smith. Now that ain’t too bad, eh? At 8.10 it was time to
welcome the „columbia Recording Artist Bob Dylan“ for the last time on
this seven week summer tour. I would’ve loved to hear either "Somebody
Touched Me" or "Hallelujah I’m Ready (To Go)" tonight, simply I haven’t
heard them yet, but instead we got:
Friend Of The Devil (acoustic)
started off proceedings as we probably could have expected it. The kids
next to me (who went completely nuts when Bob did "Not Fade Away" the
night before - or so they tell me) loved it. It was apparent from the
start that Bob wasn’t in the same fine form that he used to be in
yesterday. It wasn’t bad, but hardly above average.
My Back Pages (acoustic)
Much better than the Holmdel version, mainly because Bob and Larry were
playing the same song and because of that the solo matched a lot better
:-) Harp at the end.
Masters Of War (acoustic)
Yet another strong version, but Bob and band are on auto-pilot for this
song, cause they’veplayed it so many times.
Tangled Up In Blue (acoustic)
Surprisingly early in the set. It was hardly above average and didn’t
feature any of the variations from the previous shows.
Forever Young (acoustic)
The only semi-surprise of the night. I was sick and tired of hearing that
song like 15 times in a row in Australia and New Zealand last year, but
today I quite enjoyed it. Larry and Charlie on backing vocals - Bob had
mercy and tried to sing the chorus *with* them rather than *against*
All Along The Watchtower
was "All Along The Watchtower" © 1999
Positively 4th Street
It could’ve been the perfect version, cause it was even slower than the
renditions from this spring, almost like Berlin and Magdeburg ‘96, lovely
pedal-steel courtesy of Larry, too, but Bob’s singing wasn’t too hot, he
seemed to have trouble remembering the words and screwed up the - I think
- second to last verse pretty badly.
Watching The River Flow
Another minor disappointment, cause after years of horrid version the
band finally had worked up a pretty good arrangement this spring, that
sounded a lot like "Maggie"s Farm“, but at least it was fast and fun. Now
it was weak, slow and bluesy and I didn’t like it AT ALL. It was as bad
as any of the ‘95/’96 renditions.
Not Dark Yet
was "Not Dark Yet", followed by the introduction of the "finest players
in the country".
followed as expected and it ROCKED, which is the polite way of saying
that it was the same as it ever was.
Like A Rolling Stone
one for the people who never saw Bob before.
Blowin’ In The Wind (acoustic)
Unfortunately yet another very unconvincing rendition of this songs.
After he had played „Don’t Think Twice“ almost very night for the first
four weeks of the tour, he stopped playing it altogether for the rest of
the tour. It wouldn’t necessarily have been a lot better, but at least it
would’ve been a nice change. Then he asked Simon to come on stage and
Sound Of Silence
the same way as before...
That’ll Be The Day/The Wanderer
at least they had knew that quite a few people attended both shows and
went back to the Buddy Holly song. Pretty lame version actually, that
sounded like "Pillbox" with the wrong words, but at least Dylan and
Simon seemed to have fun.
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
You just gotta love those backing vocals and so I didn’t care that this
one was the last song of the tour. Of course they could’ve done something
special on the last night, but maybe that’s just not possible on a
high-scale tour like this.
Even though this last one was probably the weakest show of the six I got
to see this week, I was very pleasantly surprised by the high quality of
the shows throughout the tour. Charlie isn’t doing much (yet), mainly
playing rhythm guitar, but at least that helps to keep the band together
and make the sound tighter. I don’t think he’ll stay with Dylan for too
long if he position doesn’t change soon. A top player like him should
have other things to do than playing easy chords for Bob. As I said in my
first review already, the shows were very good, but kinda uneventful
still. They just had too much stuff that was repeated every night.
Hopefully Bob will abandon the idea of the double-headlining act soon and
weill return to this usual 110-minute show. Til next time, take care of
yourself and each other ;-)
"always tell the truth, it’s easier to remember" (evan dando)
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