The Bootleg Series Vol. 6
BOB DYLAN LIVE 1964
Concert at Philharmonic Hall
"As eminently listenable as it is historically important!"
This 5.0 SurroundSound mix of Bob Dylan's October 31, 1964
"Halloween" show at New York's Philharmonic Hall is a complete
recording and has never been released in this format until now.
This 2-CD Audio Fidelity collection presents the entire concert
from the original Columbia Records (SONY) master tapes. The
package also includes a 56-page book filled with historical
photographs and informative notes. The Halloween concert of
1964 had been previously bootlegged on vinyl and CD, but those
releases were incomplete and taken from poor dubs off the
This 1964 concert is the first all acoustic live performance to
enter Bob Dylan's discography. This recording certainly has its
share of firsts and highlights, including the only known live
version of "Spanish Harlem Incident," the premiere of the songs
"Gates of Eden" and "If You Gotta Go, Go Now."
Here is Dylan as an eager-to-please 23 year old with nothing
between him and his audience but a guitar and a harmonica. His
voice is in top form throughout the 19 song set and when Joan
Baez joins him on stage the voltage only increases.
In marked contrast to the tight-lipped living legend of the
mid-'70s, here is Dylan as entertainer. Joking and bantering
with the crowd and he proves to be a very masterful performer.
While much has been made of the later electric performance of
the 1960s, it is here that you can see how good Dylan really
was. He shows all the budding facets of his art up to this time,
from the protest songs, the more introspective material and the
radical new direction he was pursuing.