Bootleg Series 5: Live 1975

The Bootleg Series 5: Live 1975

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by Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue has long been one of rock's most-discussed spectacles, with its traveling-circus atmosphere and remarkably diverse array of musical participants. But while bootleggers have had their way with it, the tour was barely acknowledged by those responsible for preserving Dylan's live legacy in official form. This generously proportioned


Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue has long been one of rock's most-discussed spectacles, with its traveling-circus atmosphere and remarkably diverse array of musical participants. But while bootleggers have had their way with it, the tour was barely acknowledged by those responsible for preserving Dylan's live legacy in official form. This generously proportioned two-disc set captures Dylan at his most mercurial, veering from raging songs of protest (a steely, spitting version of "Hurricane," which was, at that point, unreleased) to pastoral interludes of beauty (highlighted by a passel of duets with Joan Baez, including a lovely rendition of the traditional "The Water Is Wide"). Dylan's constant quest to reinvent himself -- or at least his songs -- is in full evidence here, in the grand-scale presentation of the early high-water mark "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" and the woozy, sea-chantey take on "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" (replete with storefront-church call-and-response vocals). Baez isn't the only Thunder-er to shine: "It Ain't Me, Babe" benefits from the Technicolor guitar splashes provided by Mick Ronson -- an unlikely but ideal foil for Dylan's stark performance style. "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You," on the other hand, takes on a whole new personality, thanks to Dylan's aggressive delivery, which makes the sentiment sound more like a jut-jawed threat than a sensual promise. Like all the previous offerings in the Bootleg Series, this is a fascinating, unflaggingly revealing snapshot of an artist who seldom stands still long enough for anyone to capture an image for posterity.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The biggest criticism of The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975 -- the third installment in Columbia/Legacy's excavation of the exhaustive Bob Dylan vaults (the first was a box set, containing three volumes) -- is that it's a compilation of highlights from his Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975, one that doesn't set out to replicate a set list but instead offers two discs and 22 tracks from this fabled tour. Apart from that, there's very little to complain about on this superlative set, which offers the first official release of Rolling Thunder material. Yes, this had been heavily bootlegged over the decades, plus it was documented on Dylan's notoriously unwatchable film Renaldo & Clara and there was Hard Rain, a collection culled from the post-Thunder 1976 tour that was similar but sour and nowhere near as good the 1975 material, as this superb set illustrates. Hearing this is a revelation, even for serious Dylan watchers -- those so serious to own several bootlegs, even a full shelf of Dylan, but not as obsessive as those who track Bob's every move -- and those who aren't as dedicated, yet still harbor a serious interest, will find this equally absorbing, since this is simply tremendous. It has become legend that Dylan will change arrangements and switch lyrics at the drop of a hat, which was evident on his jaunt with the Band in 1974, preserved for posterity on Before the Flood. Even so, he's looser, wilder, and more alive in this careening, thrilling album, a record where "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" gallops along as if it were "Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat." As that suggests, the wildest thing about this is the electric cuts, where an unwieldy band turns out an overpowering sound that sounds inevitable, as if it's the only way these songs could be played, even when you've heard these songs countless times before in other arrangements. The acoustic moments don't pack the same charge, nor do they contain many of his duets with Joan Baez, yet they're intimate, passionate versions of the songs. In fact, there's not a bad moment here, and if it doesn't replicate the Rolling Thunder tour list to the letter, it does indeed capture the essence of this legendary stint, which is why it's necessary for every serious fan.
New York Times - Neil Strauss
A long-overdue document of his legendary Rolling Thunder Revue... this set captures the live sets at their zenith.
Rolling Stone - Greg Kot
It's possible to read plenty into these performances, with the singer's marriage on the rocks, but what towers above is the singer's fiery commitment to an even more seductive muse: his music.

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Disc 1

  1. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
  2. It Ain't Me, Babe
  3. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
  4. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
  5. Romance In Durango
  6. Isis
  7. Mr. Tambourine Man
  8. Simple Twist Of Fate
  9. Blowin' In The Wind
  10. Mama, You Been On My Mind
  11. I Shall Be Released

Disc 2

  1. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
  2. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  3. Tangled Up In Blue
  4. The Water Is Wide
  5. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
  6. Oh, Sister
  7. Hurricane
  8. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
  9. Sara
  10. Just Like A Woman
  11. Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Rob Stoner   Bass
David Mansfield   Dobro,Mandolin,Violin,Steel Guitar
Joan Baez   Guitar,Vocals
Mick Ronson   Guitar
Steven Soles   Guitar,Vocals
Roger McGuinn   Guitar,Vocals
Luther Rix   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Howie Wyeth   Piano,Drums
Scarlet Rivera   Violin
Bob Neuwirth   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Steven Berkowitz   Producer
Jeff Rosen   Producer
James L. Hunter   Graphic Design
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Triana DOrazio   Package Manager

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The Bootleg Series 5: Live 1975 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
After his grand 1974 tour with the virtuoso members of The Band backing him up, Bob Dylan changed directions on his next road trip in late 1975. The Rolling Thunder Revue was a loose assembly of old friends (Roger McGuinn, Joan Baez), cronies (Bob Neuwirth), and unknown young players (T-Bone Burnett). The group sounds a lot like the musicians on Desire, and many of them played on that album. That probably explains why many of the highlights are songs from that album (Hurricane, Sara, One More Cup Of Coffee For The Road). This set is much better recorded and more consistent than Hard Rain, taped during an aborted 1976 Rolling Thunder tour. However, the bitter, vengeful Idiot Wind, the last number on that CD, tops anything here. Since Hard Rain is very cheap, I suggest buying both for a complete picture of Rolling Thunder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know much about the emotional whatevers Dylan was going through at the time, but all I can say is this: Dylan can play and there's no doubt about it. The music is amazing, as all Dylan's music is. I've seen Dylan live only twice, and he is so awesome in concert. This album proves it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yet another fine concert recording from this outfit. The addition of Bob Dylan to the enemble was a wise, if not risque, move on the team's part. Emory's fiddle work surpasses the creative successes of Clarence Clemons before he found his true love in munching popcorn. I refuse to shave this beard. I sleep in my fishing boots. Ain't nobody gonna break this kid's stride, baby!
bunnycoo More than 1 year ago
If you like Bobby, you'll love the Rolling Thunder Review. Essentially a live concert version of the Desire album, with a few classics redefined by this gypsy band. An absolute favorite!
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
There is a good reason the Rolling Thunder Revue was famous and this great set gives the Dylan end of that reason. These CDs are wonderful. What would be great is if, someday, we could get a box set of the whole experience with all the groups and acts that performed at the beginning of that tour, but this set gives us some of Dylans best live work while we wait for something bigger.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This installment of the Bootleg Series is the best yet in my view (following Volume 4, that is practically a miracle). The best of this two disc set comes from the solo perfomances. "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" and "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" simply bleed passion. Recommended for anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD, which includes live material from the famed Rolling Thunder Revue from 1975 is proof that Dylan rocked as much in the 70's as he did in the 60's (and continues to today). Dylan takes previous material (like "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll," "It ain't me babe," and "Love minus Zero-No Limit") and injects pure energy into them. If you find yourself looking for a CD to turn up to 10 (or 11) this is it. Also key here are the great Dylan 70's classics like "Sara" and "Isis." I reccomend this strongly. Dylan Does it again!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
yes, this cd is incredible, the song selections/performances/arrangements are fantastic, it sounds good, but I'd recommend this for the performance of Oh, Sister. There something about the live recording of this that just gets me. Sometimes I'll just listen to this version on repeat. It's really not much different than the version that appears on Desire, but I love it here. I think its place in the set is great. And I think that says something for this collection. To have all these amazing songs and then that one moment that really grabs you. Everyone probably has a favorite performed here, and mine is Oh, Sister.
pinkyAA More than 1 year ago
Great hearing these old songs in a new light... wonderful... love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago