Saturday, September 22, 2007

ACL Day Three - The Poet Laureate of Rock and Roll

Austin TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
Day Three, 16-SEP-2007

There was a sea of people in motion crowding around the AT&T stage nearing the close of ACL 2007. Having just left the Wilco set, I considered my hunger for a moment, and realized it would be a shame if I left Austin without having a BBQ sandwich from Stubb's. After satisfying my hunger, I tried making my way close, but it was painfully evident I would be nowhere near the stage, and the screens would likely be the size of postage stamps, but I was there, I was going to hear Dylan, and that was good enough for me. I opted instead to hang back, and enjoy the show from afar, and in doing so, preserve some semblance of personal space around me.

I could barely make out that Dylan was playing guitar, but there was no mistaking that it was him in the center of the stage, playing his Fender Strat at least at the beginning of the show. Dylan's re-working of essentially his entire catalog is well-documented. Anyone who has ever seen him live in recent years can attest that oftentimes his songs are unidentifiable until he begins to sing. Tonight was no different.

Dylan's set included a pair of songs from my all-time favorite: Blood on the Tracks. Rumour has it that Bob played "Buckets of Rain" at the pre-show set the night before at Stubb's BBQ. Highlights for me included "Summer Days" during which I watched a couple of older couples swing dance on the lawn very playfully. I rather enjoyed seeing that spark of spontaneity. "Ballad of a Thin Man", "Things Have Changed" and the closer "I Shall Be Released" were other high points for my ears.

For those who were unable to attend the show, or want to relive the concert experience, I offer the show to you. The mp3's are encoded at the highest bit rate possible. The only thing I ask is, don't circulate burned copies for trade— such copies pollute the gene pool when it comes to trading shows. If you are torrent-savvy then look for it at the Trader's Den. That said, Enjoy!


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Bob Dylan
16-SEP-2007 Austin City Limits Music Festival

01. Intro
02. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
03. It Ain't Me Babe
04. Watching The River Flow
05. Spirit On The Water
06. The Levee's Gonna Break
07. Tangled Up In Blue
08. Things Have Changed
09. Workingman's Blues #2
10. Highway 61 Revisited
11. Nettie Moore
12. Summer Days
13. Ballad Of A Thin Man
14. [crowd noise]

Encore:
15. Thunder On The Mountain
16. Like A Rolling Stone
17. band intros
18. I Shall Be Released

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2 comments:

Beth said...

I saw Dylan last night. You're so lucky you got to hear "Things Have Changed"! That's one of my very fave Bob tunes, but he didn't play it here in Atlanta.

The Austin shows received mixed reviews. How did you rate it?

bigshoulders said...

I'm clearly biased, Beth. I have seen him play when his voice was stronger, clearer, but I honestly enjoyed hearing him play.

I was waaaay back on the lawn, and the subtleties of the show were lost on me, but I stayed to the end, while others apparently didn't share my enthusiasm and left in waves.

Glad you caught him in Atlanta! Seeing a full set is always better than at a festival setting... course he did play a touch over 1 1/2 hours.

cheers,
b.s.