MTV Unpluggedby Bob Dylan
This show, taped for MTV, finds Dylan turning in an 11-song set, with eight of the songs dating from his 1963-1967 heyday, including such standards as "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and "Like a Rolling Stone." ("John Brown," a powerful antiwar song from 1963, had not been released on a Dylan album previously.) The '70s are represented by "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," and the '80s by "Shooting Star" and "Dignity" (a trunk song, the studio version of which had emerged only the previous November on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3). Dylan, accompanied by a competent five-piece band, approaches his material in a gentler fashion than on some of the originals -- "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and "With God on Our Side," for example, seem sadder and less defiant than they did back in 1964. Otherwise, unlike some other Unplugged performances, this one doesn't offer a noticeably different view of the artist's work. But then, Dylan has been unplugged for much of his career, anyway.
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Performance CreditsBob Dylan Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
John H. Jackson Guitar
Bucky Baxter Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Larry Campbell Guitar
Tony Garnier Bass
Brendan O'Brien Organ,Hammond Organ
Winston Watson Drums
Technical CreditsTommy Morrongiello Stage Technician
Jeff Rosen Executive Producer
Ed Wynne Engineer
Randy Ezratty Engineer
Allen Weinberg Art Direction
Kim Gaucher Artwork,Illustrations
Milt Lage Director
Jules Aerts Monitor Engineer
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This mid 90s Bob Dylan concert album is a mixed bag. The title is slightly misleading; someone forgot to disconnect the B-3 Hammond organ. Actually, that was a good thing, because the music has a mid 60s sound reminiscent of Highway 61 or Blonde On Blonde. Bob's voice is all over the place. Sometimes he sounds pretty good and other times he seems to be mailing in the vocals. Tombstone Blues, All Along The Watchtower, and John Brown are highlights, Rainy Day Women and Knockin' On Heavens Door did not need these reprises but, surprisingly, I think the new arrangement of Desolation Row spices it up. Like A Rolling Stone has a lame start but Bob seems to become more animated toward the close. Live 1966 and Before The Flood are still the CDs to go to for prime live Dylan.
Dylan's M.T.V. Unplugged CD offers a hip, new version of such favorites as ''Like A Rolling Stone'' ''All Along the Watchtower'' and ''The Times They Are A Changin.'' Pretty up-beat and moving as always with Dylan.
I have most of Dylan's albums but gave this one away as I just can't stand the "Mumble Era" of his concerts. This is one to ignore, especially when there are so many other truly great concert albums available.