Bob Dylan and The Band Before the Flood on Numbered Edition 180g 2LP
Live 1974 Set Documents Acclaimed Reunion of Bob Dylan and The Band
The live reunion of Bob Dylan and The Band during 1973-74 yielded one of the decade's most celebrated, dynamic, and astonishing tours. Captured onBefore the Flood, the results portray the two artists' shared chemistry as well as Dylan's instinctive ability to challenge audiences, his group, and himself via inventive rearrangements of classics that simultaneously ward off nostalgia and renew with meaning. Said by noted critic Robert Christgau to be "at its best, [the] craziest and strongest rock and roll ever recorded,"Before the Floodcrackles with intensity, relevance, and unhinged performances.
Arriving at a crucial time for both Dylan and The Band,Before the Floodis the furthest thing possible from a nostalgia trip. It’s where Dylan begins his now-trademark feat of turning songs upside-down, taking risks, challenging expectations, and leaving audiences riveted to the edge of their seats in anticipation of what might come next. He sings with unabated passion, the moods spanning bitterness to jubilation. And his willingness to play fast and loose with the music gives way to compelling shifts, under-the-surface textures, complementary intricacies, and a sense of newness and discovery on par with that of an adventurer embracing total freedom.
Before the Floodburies any notion of limits, safeguards, or borders. It is an open map, each song a route begging for exploration without need or concern for exactness or an appointed leader. Collaborative in every sense, it’s a portrait of six inimitable musicians feeding off one another, trusting in their past history as they hurdle towards uncharted territory, using soulfulness as a compass and opportunity as their vehicle.
Wholly different than the live episodes heard on Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert,Before the Floodis equally seminal and, from the perspective of witnessing an artist dare not only his audience but himself to break through to a new plane, even better. Utterly astounding.
Bob Dylan and the BandBefore the FloodTrack Listing:
1. Most Likely You'll Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) 2. Lay Lady Lay 3. Rainy Day Women #12 & #35 4. Knockin' on Heaven's Door 5. It Ain't Me Babe 6. Ballad of a Thin Man 7. Up on Cripple Creek 8. I Shall Be Released 9. Endless Highway 10. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 11. Stage Fright 12. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right 13. Just Like a Woman 14. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) 15. The Shape I'm In 16. When You Awake 17. The Weight 18. All Along the Watchtower 19. Highway 61 Revisited 20. Like a Rolling Stone 21. Blowin' in the Wind