Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead
July 26, 1987
Disc 1 (Soundboard)
01. Mr. Tambourine Man
02. Dead Man, Dead Man
03. Maggie’s Farm
04. Simple Twist Of Fate
05. Watching The River Flow
06. It’s All Over Now Baby Blue
07. Chimes Of Freedom
08. Queen Jane Approximately
09. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
Disc 2 (Audience)
10. Ballad Of A Thin Man
11. Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
12. Gotta Serve Somebody
13. All Along The Watchtower
14. Touch Of Grey
15. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Applause sections on the audience recording were shortened to remove the hurricane of noise between songs.
The soundboard section came already edited during these segments.
Soundboard source was from 3 trade CDR's sent to me many years ago.
I did some work on it to clean up any defects including small dropouts and loud pops/tics.
The Grateful Dead "alone" is now available on the "One From The Vault" series so the Dead's set is omitted here.
Leaving this Bob Dylan set with the Grateful Dead backing him unreleased.
The soundboard cuts off as "Ballad Of A Thin Man" started so I have spliced on my audience recording to complete the show.
Not a super recording as my levels were a bit too high for a couple songs so there is some distortion and although not painful it is there.
Phil really overpowered my levels and "Gotta Serve Somebody" got the worst of it.
Although you see professional microphones as the source they were a bitch to use with the long cables in that aggressive crowd.
Prefer to record with a microphone spread of 5-10 feet but that was not going to happen this time.
Some friends tried to run a block to keep people from tangling themselves in those cables as they were pushing their way to the front.
We were somewhat close (maybe 100-150 feet) and the crowd was so tight it was difficult to be trying to do anything much less be able to monitor levels.
As soon as Bob came on the crowd became like a herd of Elephants running up our backs and it pushed us much closer to the stage.
By the end of the show we were about 50 feet closer to the stage and I was worn out from holding both microphones and the tape deck.
The microphones did get pulled out after "Ballad Of A Thin Man".
Fixed that but missed the first 1 1/2 seconds of "Rainy Day Women 12 & 35" so a clip was patched in from a couple nights earlier in Oakland to create a simulated start.
This is where the levels got bumped up somehow.
By "All Along The Watchtower" my recording levels are back to being correct.
For the encore Bob stands back and plays rhythm guitar during "Touch Of Grey" but returns to the microphone for "Knockin On Heavens Door".
The applause between songs was just spliced out for the most part to remove all the shuffling and screaming sounds.
A herculean effort was applied to the music to reduce the audience noises and it helped a lot as you will hear (or not hear actually).
The last few seconds of "Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door" is without the clapping removed and gives you an idea how loud the crowd was.
Anyhow I didn't get the results I hoped for on this recording but it still sounds pretty good and completes the show.
And there is always the first disc which is a beautiful soundboard recording.
The soundboard segment was from a trade many years ago and no lineage information is available
The audience portion
2 Sennheiser MKH404tu > Sony D6 w/ Dolby C
Nakamichi CR3A w/ Dolby B > Audigy 4 pro @ 16-44 > NERO
At this time I was archiving on CD's so the entire Dylan-Dead show went onto 4 Kodak Gold Discs @ 4x.
EAC > WAVE > Adobe Audition (combine tracks and remove small gaps from SBE errors)
iZotope RX4 advanced (fix dropouts, remove loud clapping, increase volume, reduced bass in places) > CD Wave > TLH (flac level 8)
Includes Jewel Box Artwork
For historical reference only and not intended for resale or any commercial use.
-M- (April 2017)
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