Bob Dylan / Stuttgart 1991 / 2CD

Bob Dylan/ Stuttgart 1991/ 2CD/ Zion

Beethovensaal, Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany 17th June 1991

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The time has passed to the point where it is not possible to put live sound sources from the 1990s in the category of vintage. So this time, Bob Dylan will release the 1991 stage, but if more than 25 years have passed, this can be called a fine vintage time. Dylan was tired of studio recording by making “two-way” production of two albums, “UNDER THE RED SKY” of the previous year and Traveling Wilburys “VOLUME 3” with George Harrison and others. It feels like it was 1991, and it was an unusual year when no recording was done for my album. At the same time, guitarist GE Smith, who supported the three years that Dylan was thinking about retirement for the first time and regained his confidence as an artist in the live after the live, 1991, band members totaled We face the reality that we had to replace and start over.
Certainly, the three years of GE Smith’s enrollment are undoubtedly at its peak, and for that reason the first tour in 1991 performed by a new band member clearly lacks detail compared to the same time one year ago. It was. Because of that, the time of 1991 was a time of inconvenience when items were not released even at that time. However, in 1991, Dylan decided not to do studio recording, but there was a suggestion that he tried to train the band on a tour. The band has a surprising member choice that former King Crimson Ian Wallace, who served as Dylan’s back in 1978, will actually return, and the 1991 schedule will actually be picked from January.
斐 Thanks to this hard schedule, the band’s performance evolved into a rocky area around Europe in the summer. However, the number of items released at that time was too small, and only items that are now difficult to obtain (and only incompletely recorded items were released). There is no doubt that this was a particularly overlooked time in Dylan’s long live history.

This release is a realization to throw a stone too late for this situation. That’s where the white arrow was raised in the Studgart performance on June 17th. Sound quality is outstanding no matter what you say. Starting with Dylan’s voice, the overall balance of the sound image is extremely on. If it was released in 1991, it would be misunderstood as “Sound board?” It may have been a big factor that it was overlooked that such a complete recording item of the finest audience recording was not released.
The recording quality is also very attractive. It is a recording state of gentle sound quality that is so round that you want to describe it softly rather than warm. Combined with the extremely clear stereo sound quality, it feels as if you listened to it with headphones. As expected, there are now only releases on the limited press CD. Guaranteeing quality that can be heard with peace of mind from beginners to enthusiasts.

1991 Dylan’s stage was a really unique time that was different from the previous year or the following year. First of all, “New Morning”, which was first introduced in the live repertoire from the US tour in April, will definitely be played at the opening. However, as the tour progresses, it is rare that this song is played in full chorus, and when Dylan appears during the performance, he blows the harmonica and hits the keyboard as the song progresses. (Unlike Dylan, it ’s not the level of “playing”, laughs), or singing if you think that, the mysterious opening has been a hot topic since that time. I’m hitting the ugly keyboard that appears here in Studgart, but it was actually a precious scene because he stopped touching the keyboard the next day.
His characteristic of this year is that not only Dylan in 1991 mode exploded from the opening, but also he slammed throughout. From the following year to the present, I don’t see any sloppy Dylan. There is also a theory that liquor had an influence here, but it is rare that Dylan explains the song so easily. The masterpiece is “Knockin ‘On Heaven’s Door”. “Everyone have thought about heaven? This is a song about heaven, but it’s near Chicago!” And so on.
However, the performance of the band is wonderful compared to the beginning of the tour, and there is a lead guitar that John Jackson plays with a dry tone. “When I Paint My Masterpiece” had the significance of being played frequently on stage starting with this European tour, and conversely “Like Rolling Stone” has been played every night since 1988. ”Is no longer played from this day, and the unexpected change that it moves away from regular treatment. And since 1978, Ian Wallace’s drumming has also been strikingly striking compared to January and February.
Also, “Trail Of The Buffalo”, where Dylan plays alone. Mania is familiar with the version that was played on the stage in 1988, and the version of the very rare arrangement that was performed in the band in 1989 was released in titles such as “ HOT AUGUST NIGHT 1989 ” and “ HAGUE 1989 ” Will be asked. However, the 1991 version is sung in the original folk style than the previous version, and the persuasive narrative that can only be done in Dylan is so losing words. This may have been a hint to the release of traditional songs from the following year.
Dylan’s 1991 tour, where there were no items available now, is not only sound quality, but also a powerful performance. What’s more, he’s surprisingly funny in “kind MC mode”. A perfect item appears to let mania re-evaluate the year that was overlooked in every sense. This will be a new piece representing the 1991 Dylan stage.

今や1990年代のライブ音源もビンテージの範疇に入れておかしくないほど時間が経過しました。そこで今回はボブ・ディラン1991年のステージをリリースするのですが、もはや25年以上が経過したとなれば、これはもう立派にビンテージな時期と呼べるのでは。ディランはこの時期、前年の「UNDER THE RED SKY」とジョージ・ハリスンらとのトラヴェリング・ウィルベリーズ「VOLUME 3」という二枚のアルバムの制作を「二股」したことでスタジオ・レコーディングの疲れを感じたらしく、1991年は自身のアルバム用のレコーディングを一切行わないという異例の一年となりました。それと同時に、一時は引退を考えていたというディランがライブに次ぐライブでアーティストとしての自信を取り戻した三年間を支えてくれたギタリスト、GE・スミスが脱退してしまい、1991年はバンドメンバーが総入れ替えして一からやり直さなければならなかった現実にも直面。


91年のディランのステージは前年までや翌年以降とも違った、本当に独特な時期。まず4月のアメリカ・ツアーから初めてライブ・レパートリーに導入された「New Morning」がオープニングで必ず演奏されるようになって定着します。ところがツアーが進むにつれてこの曲がフルコーラスで演奏されることは稀となり、演奏中にディランが姿を現すと、曲が進む中で彼は気の赴くままにハーモニカを吹いたりキーボードを叩いてみたり(今のディランと違って「弾く」というレベルではない・笑)、かと思えば歌ったりと、その不思議なオープニングが当時から話題を呼んでいたものです。ここシュツッドガルトでも登場するやいやな鍵盤をバンバン叩いているのですが、翌日から彼がキーボードに触れなくなってしまうので、実は貴重な場面でもありました。
オープニングから91年モードのディランが炸裂するだけでなく、全体を通して彼がやたらと喋るのもこの年の彼の特徴。翌年から現在に至るまで、ここまで饒舌なディランは見当たらないのでは。ここにはお酒の影響があったという説もありますが、これほどまで曲をわかりやすく説明してくれるディランというのは珍しい。中でも傑作なのが「Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door」でしょう。「みんな天国について考えたことあるかな?これが天国について歌なんだけど、そこはシカゴの近くにあるよ!」といった具合に絶好調なのです。
それでいてバンドの演奏はツアー開始当初と比較にならないほど素晴らしく、中でもジョン・ジャクソンが乾いたトーンで弾くリードギターが全編を通して冴え渡っています。「When I Paint My Masterpiece」はこのヨーロッパ・ツアーを皮切りとしてステージで頻繁に演奏されるようになったという意義がありましたし、反対に1988年から毎晩のように演奏されていた「Like Rolling Stone」がこの日からぱったりと演奏されなくなってしまい、レギュラー扱いから遠ざかってしまうという意外な変化も。そして78年以来となるイアン・ウォーレスのドラミングもまた1月や2月と比べて俄然いきいきと叩いている。
またディランが一人で弾き語る「Trail Of The Buffalo」。マニアには1988年のステージで演奏されたバージョンでおなじみですし、1989年にバンドで演奏した非常にレアなアレンジのバージョンは「HOT AUGUST NIGHT 1989」や「HAGUE 1989」といった各リリース済のタイトルにて聞かれます。しかし91年のバージョンは過去のバージョンよりも本来のフォーク・スタイルで歌われており、ディランでしかできないような説得力溢れる弾き語りには言葉を失うほど。これが翌年以降のトラディショナル・ソングの弾き語りアルバムを出す伏線となったのかもしれません。

Disc 1 (46:07)
1. Intro
2. New Morning
3. Lay Lady Lay
4. All Along The Watchtower
5. Shelter From The Storm
6. Gotta Serve Somebody
7. Wiggle Wiggle
8. When I Paint My Masterpiece
9. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
10. Trail Of The Buffalo (trad. arr. Woody Guthrie)

Disc 2 (50:17)
1. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
2. Mr. Tambourine Man
3. Bob Dylan’s Dream
4. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
5. Everything Is Broken
6. I Believe In You
7. Highway 61 Revisited
8. What Good Am I?
9. Ballad Of A Thin Man

Bob Dylan – vocal & guitar, electric piano on New Morning
John Jackson – guitar
Tony Garnier – bass
Ian Wallace – drums


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