Berkeley Community Theatre

December 4, 1965

Tombstone Blues
I Don't Believe You
Baby Let Me Follow You Down
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
Long Distance Operator
It Ain't Me, Babe
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Positively 4th Street
Like A Rolling Stone

Robbie Robertson (guitar)
Richard Manuel (piano)
Garth Hudson (organ)
Rick Danko (bass)
Bobby Gregg (drums)

Only recently discovered, this audience tape from the electric set of the Berkeley concert is pretty amazing. The sound quality is quite acceptable and Bob and the Hawks really kick it. Levon Helm had only recently left the band and Bobby Gregg was tapped as a quick replacement, and the band was still feeling their way around this revolutionary sound, but they were well on the way. The setlist is similar to what would come later, except that one song would eventually be dropped from the set (the slot occupied by Positively 4th Street), and some substitutions would be made (Tell Me Mama for Tombstone Blues, Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat for Long Distance Operator, One Too Many Mornings for It Ain't Me Babe), and of course the amazing Mickey Jones would be brought in for the European tour to take the music to a high level not heard before or since.
Long Distance Operator is the revelation here. It's the only known recording by Dylan that we have and it's just fine. Years later it would show up on The Basement Tapes sung by Richard Manuel. It Ain't Me, Babe sounds remarkably like the arrangement used for the 1974 tour! The other songs are fine, but would sound even better by the time the tour concluded. The audience is polite and attentive. No boos are evident and there is even a request for Like a Rolling Stone from one of the members of the audience very near the audience microphone.

Very highly recommended!


  • Long Distance Operator (Wanted Man - the first title in their catalog)

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