Friday, March 31, 2017

Bob Dylan 1993-02-23 Zénith de Paris Paris, France

Bob Dylan, 2/23/93, Paris, 2CDR

(65min+57min), sbd; levels come up briefly d1t1 4:0x; occasional harshness; very good sound [B]

d2t7 cuts early and missing It Ain't Me, Babe

LINEAGE : ? > shns > me > you

CD1
1 Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 2 The Man In Me 3 All Along The Watchtower 4 Tangled Up In Blue 5 Shelter From The Storm 6 Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again 7 She Belongs To Me 8 Tomorrow Night (acoustic w band) 9 Jim Jones (acoustic w band)

CD2
1  Mr. Tambourine Man (acoustic w band) 2  Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (acoustic w band) 3 Cat's In The Well 4 I And I 5  Simple Twist Of Fate 6  Highway 61 Revisited 7 What Good Am I? 8 Everything Is Broken (cut) MISSING (It Ain't Me, Babe (acoustic w band))

NOTES:
Some track transitions are not entirely seamless
The final song, It Ain't Me, Babe, is missing from this source
D1 T1: [4:00 - 4:07] volume spike
D1 T9: [6:06 -6:09] dead runoff
D2 T8: [0:40 - 1:20] song cuts, dead runoff

SOUND: Pretty good balance here, which is hit or miss on the recordings in this set given their nature. The vocals are loud,
the guitars are crunchy and crisp and a half step behind, and even the drums and bass are well represented. While it doesn't
have the highest high end (loud vocals buzz some), it sure is a wide recording, if that makes sense.

COMMENTS: 1993 haters will point to the way Bob sings The Man In Me as rock solid evidence as to why one should
steer clear. On the other hand, 1993 likers (are there really true 1993 lovers out here?) will point to the way the band plays
Watchtower as a counterattack. Anyway, enough what all that, collect what you like, to hell with opinionated Bob snobs
telling you what you ought to leave off your list. Bob is vocally browning around the edges, but still has enough juice left to
turn up the decibels. Tangled is a shouty mess, Bob slips and slides through it, filibustering until he gets back to solid
ground. Shelter From The Storm starts off bright and sunny, a cool beat, sweet bass playing. Then Bob comes in, a
cockroach on a wedding cake. He's getting off, he doesn't care how messy it gets, he's going to yell the sum'bitch out and
get through it. Stuck Inside of Mobile would be even better if Bob wasn't singing, can you believe that? Me either, but with
that cat-torture phrasing, I'd rather just listen to the band jam on this one. Tony gets the bulk of the spotlight in She Belongs
To Me and just dominates, and here Bob pulls back a bit and manages to deliver a nice version. The acoustic set is loud and
in charge, but not even things like Jim Jones or Tomorrow Night can slow down Bob this evening, he's got a bus to catch
and damned if he's got time to slow down and think these things through. Tambourine Man and Don't Think Twice are the
auto-pilot twins again, and the usually peppery Cat's In The Well just illustrates how badly needs a 15 minute break to
collect himself. What Good Am I? is probably the best in show winner, Bob finally knocks out a more or less gentle tune for
once and in comparison it's the lone gem.

BOTTOM LINE: This would be a sweet instrumental gig. Bob's singing is energetic, but that translates to wild shouting
and eager yells on all but a few songs, but hey, at least the band sounds terrific.

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