Bob Dylan With Mick Taylor / Brussels Affair 1984 Revisited / 2CD

Bob Dylan With Mick Taylor / Brussels Affair 1984 Revisited / 2CD+1Bonus DVDR / Non Label
Stade de Schaerbeek Stadion, Brussels, Belgium 7th June 1984 plus Bonus DVDR “1984 TOUR 8MM FILM COLLECTION”

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Dylan’s live performance in the early 1980s seems to have been re-evaluated in the last decade. The so-called gospel period has been highly evaluated by enthusiasts for a long time, but it was re-evaluated at once with the release of the “TROUBLE NO MORE” box. In that respect, the 1984 European tour was re-evaluated earlier than the gospel period due to the short recording time of one LP although the live album “REAL LIVE” was released at that time, and the tour itself was neglected. Isn’t it the time when I was asked for? As if to reflect such a situation, the number of CD items from this tour was very small.
It was the June 7th “BRUSSELS AFFAIR” released in 2014 that made a difference in this situation. A masterpiece audience album that captures the appearance of playing hard because Dylan and the band are not yet united in the first half of the tour with the best sound quality. In fact, this title has been a bestseller and has been sold out for a long time.
After that, Barcelona on June 28, which is called the best performance of the tour in 1984, was released as “THE BEST SHOW: BARCERONA 1984”, and the full-length sound board of Wembley Stadium at the end of the tour was released from the EMPRESS VALLEY label. Now, 10 years ago, good quality items were released like a lie. Furthermore, the rehearsal “THE ESSENTIAL 1984 TOUR REHEARSALS” before the start of the tour and the best version “ROME 1984 1ST NIGHT” of the 1984 tour classic sound board are really blessed.

The masterpiece that triggered this current situation is “BRUSSELS AFFAIR”, but it has been sold out for a long time, and many voices of re-release have been received. In order to respond to the voices of enthusiasts, more than 5 years have passed since the release (it’s early!), So the long-awaited re-release will finally be realized on the limited press CD. That said, there is no point in re-releasing a sound source that has passed that much time. Therefore, we reviewed the sound source again.
It is a very clear and powerful recording state, even if it does not reach the level of a sound board. Because of that impact, the 2014 release was very popular, but in reality, the sound image of the performance was balanced to the left. After all, the sound quality is clear and spacious, so it seems that many enthusiasts were still satisfied, but this time we adjusted this point precisely. The difference is obvious if you listen with headphones. The left-sided balance of the example has been greatly eliminated, and the performance is sitting in the center.
As a result, it seems that hiss noise is sometimes noticeable from the right channel, but in fact, hiss was heard even in the 2014 release. The reason why I didn’t suppress it both last time and this time is because I respected the clear and natural comfort of listening. In other words, the sound quality itself has not been modified at all.

And the performance on this day was outstandingly good. When asked again, it’s true that the band doesn’t have a cohesive iron wall like Wembley Stadium, nor is it boosted by the enthusiasm of the audience like Barcelona. Rather, the feeling of groping between Dylan and the band, which is not yet organized in a good way, is the big attraction of this sound source.
As mentioned at the time of the release in 2014, the hard performance of “All Along The Watchtower” in the first half of the live is a must-listen. These classic songs tend to become “promises” if you make a mistake in each age of Dylan’s tour with any band, but on this day Mick Taylor’s lead and Dylan’s harmonica are thrilling. In the first place, Taylor’s guitar was captured with a large sound image, which was a big attraction of this audience recording, and that was also one of the reasons why it was well received.

Furthermore, an interesting performance that was reminded at the time of this re-release is the encore “Tombstone Blues”. When it came to this song, Carlos Santana, who was the opening act of the tour, was sure to join, and he was developing a solo turn with Taylor. In fact, the take of Newcastle adopted for “REAL LIVE” captured the typical development of two people, and at Wembley, it is familiar among enthusiasts that Eric Clapton also participated in solo turning.
However, here in Brussels, there was a new person who joined the solo turn after the two. That is Dylan himself (!). After 5 minutes of playing, it’s easy to understand because you can hear a slightly distorted (laughs) tone lead that is neither Santana with a lot of notes nor a smooth Taylor. Of course, the skill is not as good as the feet of the two, but it seems that Dylan cuts in on this day.
What impresses me is that as soon as Dylan starts playing, Santana stops playing and gives it to him. Of course, Taylor is turning around in the back, but thanks to Taylor’s large sound image, it is clearly transmitted, and at the same time, it will be a scene that reminds us that Taylor and Santana are outstanding players. Above all, the solo turning of the extremely rare development in the 1984 tour is too interesting. And this time as a bonus, two songs in Cologne are also recorded with an audience recording with very good sound quality. The masterpiece audience album of the 1984 tour is back with full satisfaction!

(Remaster memo)
★★ After correcting the phase, we reviewed the volume and band balance on the left and right to the extent that it is not overdone. The sound image that was largely biased to the left is centered. As a result of the adjustment, the right channel definitely improves. I’m sorry.

1980年代前半のディランのライブ活動はここ10年でかなり再評価された感があります。所謂ゴスペル期は以前からマニアからの評価が高かったものの、それが「TROUBLE NO MORE」ボックスのリリースによって一気に再評価が広まったのでした。その点1984年のヨーロッパ・ツアーはライブアルバム「REAL LIVE」が当時リリースされたもののLP一枚分という収録時間の短さ、さらにツアー自体が軽視されていたせいでゴスペル期よりも再評価が早急に求められていた時期ではないでしょうか。そんな状況を反映するかのごとく、このツアーからのCDアイテムの数は非常に少なかった。
こうした状況に一石を投じたのが2014年にリリースされた6月7日の「BRUSSELS AFFAIR」でしょう。まだツアー前半でディランとバンドがまとまり切らないからこそ懸命に演奏している様子を最高の音質で捉えた名作オーディエンス・アルバム。実際に本タイトルはベストセラーとなり売り切れとなって久しいアイテムでもあります。
その後84年ツアー最高の名演と呼ばれる6月28日のバルセロナが「THE BEST SHOW: BARCERONA 1984」としてリリースされ、さらにはEMPRESS VALLEYレーベルからツアー終盤のウェンブリー・スタジアムの全長版サウンドボードがリリースされるなど、10年前が嘘のように良質なアイテムがリリースされている現在。さらにはツアー開始前のリハーサル「THE ESSENTIAL 1984 TOUR REHEARSALS」に84年ツアー定番サウンドボードのベスト・バージョン「ROME 1984 1ST NIGHT」など、本当に恵まれた状況です。

こうした現在の状況のきっかけとなった名盤こそ「BRUSSELS AFFAIR」でありながら売り切れて久しく、再リリースの声が多数寄せられていたものです。マニアからの声に応えるべく、なおかつリリースから5年以上の歳月が経過(早いものですね!)ということもあり、遂に待望の再リリースが限定プレスCDにて実現します。とはいっても、それだけ年月が経過した音源をそのまま再リリースしても芸がない。そこで改めて音源の見直しを図りました。

2014年のリリース時にも記したようにライブ前半の「All Along The Watchtower」の懸命な演奏ぶりは必聴。こうした定番曲はどのバンドを従えたディランのツアー各年代においても一歩間違えれば「お約束」化してしまいがちなのですが、この日はミック・テイラーのリードとディランのハーモニカが絡むという展開がスリリング。そもそもテイラーのギターを大きめな音像で捉えてくれていた点も本オーディエンス録音の大きな魅力であり、それがまた好評を博した一因でもありました。

さらに今回の再リリースに際して改めて気付かされた面白い演奏がアンコールの「Tombstone Blues」。この曲になるとツアーで前座を務めたカルロス・サンタナが必ず加わっており、テイラーとソロ回しを展開していたものです。実際「REAL LIVE」に採用されたニューキャッスルのテイクでは典型的な二人の展開が捉えられていましたし、ウェンブリーではエリック・クラプトンまでソロ回しに加わっていたことはマニアの間でおなじみかと。



Disc 1(72:29)
1. Highway 61 Revisited
2. Jokerman
3. All Along The Watchtower
4. Just Like A Woman
5. Maggie’s Farm
6. I & I
7. License To Kill
8. I’ve Got To Use My Imagination (sung by Greg Sutton)
9. Mr. Tambourine Man
10. It Ain’t Me, Babe
11. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
12. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

Disc 2(63:39)
1. Masters Of War
2. Ballad Of A Thin Man
3. Simple Twist Of Fate
4. Every Grain Of Sand
5. Like A Rolling Stone
6. Tangled Up In Blue
7. Girl From The North Country
8. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
9. Tombstone Blues (with Carlos Santana)
10. Why Do I Have To Choose? (with Carlos Santana)

Bonus Tracks
Mungersdorfer Stadion, Cologne, West Germany 16th June 1984

11. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
12. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues

Bob Dylan – vocals & guitar
Mick Taylor – guitar
Ian McLagan – keyboards
Greg Sutton – bass
Colin Allen – drums



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