BOB DYLAN / VARIOUS ARTISTS ”30th Anniversary Concert” 2 CD


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Twenty-two years ago, Columbia Records threw Bob Dylan a 30th anniversary bash at Madison Square Garden with one of the most impressive lineups in the history of rock. Neil Young, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, the Band, Pearl Jam, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson and many others came together to share the stage with Dylan and perform his songs. It was broadcast on Pay-Per-View and portions of the show were released on VHS and CD, and now a super deluxe version of the concert has hit the shelves on CD.

Highlights from the show include Dylan’s solo acoustic rendition of “Girl From the North Country,” Neil Young’s frenetic “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” with Booker T And the M.G.’s and George Harrison’s beautiful take of “Absolutely Sweet Marie,” which marked his final time performing in public. “That gig was one of the highlights of my career,” says guitarist G.E. Smith, who was the musical director of the show. “There aren’t a lot of people that can attract a lineup like that, and everyone was on their best behavior. Lou Reed and Neil Young can be prickly, but not in the three days we were prepping that show. I also got to talk to Johnny Cash. What’s cooler than that?”