Chicago Stadium

Chicago, IL 01/03/74

The Songs

Hero Blues, Lay Lady Lay, Tough Mama, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Stage Fright, Share Your Love With Me, It Ain't Me Babe, Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat, All Along The Watchtower, Ballad Of A Thin Man, I Don't Believe You, The Times They Are A-Changin', Song To Woody, Hattie Carrol, Nobody 'Cept You, It's Alright Ma, Forever Young, Something There Is About You, Like A Rolling Stone, The Weight, Most Likely You Go Your Way

A fair, but rather muddy, stereo audience recording, compromised by a good bit of hiss, occasional distortion, and some rough edits that often result in the clipping of the first second or two of the first of the affected sets. I also have to question the validity of the set order. I suspect that The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Stage Fright, and Share Your Love With Me belong after All Along The Watch Tower. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Stage Fright, Share Your Love With Me, and The Weight are by The Band. Dubbed 02/27/97. 100 min.

Regarding my comments on the set order, Gil Walker wrote (in an E-mail dated 11/14/97): " In your comments on the 1/3/74 Chicago tape, you question the set order on the Library's tape. As I recall the 1974 tour (which I followed avidly through daily updates in the New York Times; collegiate enthusiasm), the first Chicago show was different from the rest of the tour. Dylan & The Band intended for the first half of the show to be a group effort, with no discrete "Dylan" and "Band" sets; Dylan was to play guitar, sing backup vocals, etc., on Band songs. It just didn't work, according to Robbie Robertson in an interview I read somewhere long ago, and it confused the audience, so they reformatted the show after the first night. So the setlist looks weird, but I think it's right. I checked the NYT review of the first show, and it alludes to the problem, but isn't specific, and doesn't have a setlist.

Dylan Resources
The List