Occasional blogging, mostly of the long-form variety.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Bob Dylan – "Not Dark Yet"
I saw Bob Dylan last week at the Hollywood Bowl. Mark Knopfler, who opened, delivered a fantastic, celtic-flavored set (I'll have to pick up his latest album). Dylan's voice, alas, was pretty much shot. It was never conventionally pretty, but it could quite expressive. Some of the arrangements were great, though, including a pretty one of "Desolation Row." (The set list was mostly old classics: You Ain't Goin' Nowhere, To Ramona, Things Have Changed, Tangled Up In Blue, The Levee's Gonna Break, Make You Feel My Love, Cry A While, Desolation Row, Highway 61 Revisited, Love Sick, Thunder On The Mountain, Ballad Of A Thin Man, Like A Rolling Stone, All Along The Watchtower and Blowin' In The Wind.) I've only seen Dylan live once before, about 13 years ago, with Brian Setzer opening. Besides some classics, Dylan heavily featured the songs from Time Out of Mind, his latest album at the time (it's become one of my favorites). Some friends also attended, and one of them, who was a major Dylan fan and had seen him twice before, said it was the best of the three. Anyway, this is probably my favorite track from Time Out of Mind.