BOB DYLAN - The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings (2019)
The 14-disc box set captures the power of Dylan fronting his loudest and hottest band, if little of the "revue" element that made the tour unique. Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour of 1975-76 is a paradox in the well-stuffed annals of his concert career: It is at once his best-documented and most elusive trek. The legendary aura that surrounds the Revue is being burnished anew by two retrospectives focusing on the more celebrated ’75 leg of the tour: Columbia Legacy’s bulging 14-disc boxed set of live performances and rehearsals, out this week, and Martin Scorsese’s feature documentary, airing on Netflix beginning June 11. (The film will be considered by Variety at a later date.) The voluminous back story and history of Rolling Thunder must necessarily be recounted here, since what the tour was, and was not, plays into one’s ultimate appreciation of, or disappointment with, the present archive-scouring box.
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