Some Righteous King Who Wrote Psalms Beside Moonlit Streams
Some more Dylan for you, this one from deep in the heart of Zimmy’s so-called Neverending Tour: October 2, 1993 at the Hollywood Bowl. A show, it just so happens, that I attended as a 14-year-old. To be honest, I remember more about the various teenage psychodramas taking place that night than I do the actual set — but listening to this fine recording almost 18 years later (holy shit), I can appreciate just how good a show it was. Bob was co-billed with Santana, who played a slick, boring (if crowd-pleasing) set. Dylan was decidedly not slick — his band is particularly garage-y here, jamming out songs, stumbling over changes. But it’s actually exciting stuff — Dylan sounds inspired for the most part, hollering out lyrics, playing a lot of harmonica and cherrypicking some interesting tunes beyond the standard fare. “Born In Time,” “I & I,” “Gates of Eden,” “God Knows,” and the Nic Jones-derived “Jim Jones” are all given strong readings. It was a weird period for Bob, the wilderness before his late career Time Out Of Mind/Love & Theft renaissance. You sort of got the feeling that no one really cared about him here, that he was just a washed up legend who people felt obligated to go check out. But God knows this show proves all of us wrong!