Continental Airlines Arena

East Rutherford, NJ 11/13/99

The Songs

I Am The Man, Thomas; Song To Woody; It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding); Ring Them Bells; Tangled Up In Blue; Visions Of Johanna; Hootchie Cootchie Man; Blind Willie McTell; Tombstone Blues; Joey; Not Dark Yet; Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat; Like A Rolling Stone; It Ain't Me, Babe; Alabama Getaway; Rainy Day Women #12 & 35; Blowin' In The Wind; Not Fade Away

The Library has four audience recordings.
The first is a pretty good, but a tad muddy, recording, compromised by the usual audience chatter and quite a bit of wow and flutter. I have speed corrected (decreased by 4%) the Library's Masters. Otherwise, complete and problem free. Keith, the taper, wrote: "They are not the greatest quality because of the size of the venue and the obnoxious nature of the North Jersey/New York audience." I should note that Keith hails from New Jersey. Thanks, Keith! Dubbed 11/20/99. 1 x 60 min. and 1 x 90 min. Request 9911131.
The second is quite a good stereo recording but suffers from some extreme volume fluctuation. The levels on the acoustic performances (Song To Woody, in particular) are quite low and, at times, almost inaudible in spite of boosted (by 6 db from Song To Woody, onwards) levels. Thanks, Harvey! Dubbed 12/03/99. 1 x 60 min. and 1 x 90 min. Request 9911132.
The third is an outstanding, but incomplete, stereo audience recording. Joey through Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 are missing. Josh, the taper, wrote: "Sadly, my recording of the 13th is incomplete, missing sets 10-16 and resumeing for sets 17 and 18. ..." When I inquired further, Josh responded: "Some how I can't really tell what went wrong. I can say that the whole Continental Air Arena experience was kind of unpleasent. The floor was way to crowded, lots of hassle at the ticket window etc. I think that I disconnected my power for that crucial 40 minutes. Like I wrote, I was pretty devistated for a while, especially when Phil didn't reappear for a few shows with Dylan (I'm a old deadhead). Also, the sound was great and I really dug the performance, real high powered and probably one of the best of my run. I might have been digging the show a little too much, and spaced on paying attention to all my connections." Expect a smattering of bangs and bumps as power is lost and restored. Otherwise, clean, crisp, and problem free. Thanks, Josh! Dubbed 12/03/99. 90 min. Request 9911133.
The fourth, taken from an amateur hand-held video recording, suffers from a dropout and three destructive edits. The ten second dropout (closed on Library audio Masters) occurs during the first verse of I Am The Man, Thomas. The destructive edits (the video source is actually fast forwarded between songs) fall between: Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat and Like A Rolling Stone; Alabama Getaway and Rainy Day Women #12 & 35; and Blowin' In The Wind and Not Fade Away. In each case, it is the beginning of the second song that is clipped by a few seconds. It would appear that the justification for the butchery was the culprit's desire to fit the entire recording on a 120 minute tape. A pity, as the recording is otherwise, clean, complete, and problem free. Thanks, George! Dubbed 06/14/00. 1 x 60 min. and 1 x 90 min. Request 9911134. Video source also available on 120 min. VHS. Request 9911134V.

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