New York City

January 31, 1974

Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
Lay Lady Lay
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
It Ain't Me Babe
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Stage Fright
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
When You Awake
Up On Cripple Creek
All Along The Watchtower
Ballad Of Hollis Brown
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
The Times They Are A-Changin'
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Gates Of Eden
Just Like A Woman
It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
Rag Mama Rag
This Wheel's On Fire
The Shape I'm In (cut)
This is an excellent PA tape from about midway through the 1974 tour with The Band. Unfortunately it's not complete and only has the first 90 minutes of the show, but the good news is that The Band's songs are presented here and they're great! Garth Hudson gets plenty of opportunities to show why he's the greatest musician who ever lived and Robbie Robertson plays the nastiest licks I've ever heard him play. The interplay between these two great musicians is astounding, especially on "The Shape I'm In" which cuts off just as the two are really getting into it. Dylan's acoustic songs are unbearable. I would rather have heard more Band and had the solo acoustic songs left off, but that's just my opinion. I'm sure others will come up with great reasons why the acoustic set is so wonderful, but I find it to be one of the few times that I have to fast-forward a Dylan tape. The electric Dylan/Band songs are much better, but still a long way down from the early days of the tour. Musically the songs are much tighter from the middle of the tour on, but Dylan sings the songs with a distinct lack of conviction. That's not to say that there aren't great moments nonetheless.
The sound of the tape is fantastic, even better than the official live album. While obviously taken from the PA and unmixed, the stereo separation is very good and the fidelity clean and pure. All instruments can be clearly heard and Hudson manages to come up in the mix as he should.


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