Released:- 30th May 1988
Official Release Number:- Live album
Dylan Vinyl Number:- 27
Part twenty-seven of the DYLAN VINYL collection which is a brand-new collection of every single Bob Dylan album on high-quality 180-gram vinyl plus a collectors’ magazine
The album was recorded live during a 1987 tour and consists of seven songs. While there are moments of real magic on the record, the album is a mixed bag. On one hand, it’s exciting to hear Dylan and the Dead playing together, and the Dead’s instrumental prowess adds a new dimension to some tracks, such as the powerful rendition of Dylan’s political song “Slow Train” on the opening track.
However, at times the collaboration feels forced, and the Dead’s jam band tendencies can overwhelm the songs, as seen on “Gotta Serve Somebody” where their extended solos detract from the song’s message. Regardless, there are still standout tracks on the album, such as the hauntingly beautiful rendition of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” with the Dead’s backing vocals, and the excellent urgency given to “All Along the Watchtower” with the Dead’s instrumental work.
I Want You
Gotta Serve Somebody
Queen Jane Approximately
All Along the Watchtower
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door