The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue

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The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue
A black-and-white photograph of Dylan looking over his shoulder
Live album by Bob Dylan
Released November 26, 2002 (2002-11-26)
Recorded November 19–21 and December 4, 1975
Genre Folk rock, rock and roll
Length 102:00
Label Columbia
Producer Steve Berkowitz and Jeff Rosen
Bob Dylan chronology
Love and Theft
(2001)
The Bootleg Series Vol. 5
(2002)
The Bootleg Series Vol. 6
(2004)
Bob Dylan Bootleg Series chronology
The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert
(1998)
The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue
(2002)
The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Music Box 4/5 stars [2]
Stylus Magazine A+ [3]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars [4]

The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue is a live album by Bob Dylan released by Columbia Records in 2002. It documents the Rolling Thunder Revue, led by Bob Dylan prior to the release of the album Desire. Until the release of this album, the only official live documentation of the Rolling Thunder Revue was Hard Rain, recorded during the second leg of the revue.

The 2-CD set got a warm reception from critics and fans, though some lamented that it does not document, or emulate, a typical complete show from the tour.[5] Fans have also expressed exasperation at the omission of certain revered performances, notably the cover of Johnny Ace's "Never Let Me Go".

A bonus DVD accompanying the initial release of this album featured two video excerpts from Dylan's 1978 film Renaldo and Clara: a November 21, 1975 performance of "Tangled Up in Blue" (included in audio form on the main album) and a December 4, 1975 performance of "Isis" (which had been included in audio form on the 1985 compilation Biograph).

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart on December 14, 2002 at number 56. It spent 9 weeks on the chart. It was certified and awarded a gold record on March 12, 2003 by the RIAA. The album reached #69 in the U.K.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bob Dylan, except where noted. All songs recorded live in concert.

Disc one
  1. "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" (Forum de Montreal, Canada 12/4/75) – 3:55
  2. "It Ain't Me Babe" (Harvard Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA 11/20/75) – 5:25
  3. "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" (Forum de Montreal, Canada 12/4/75) – 5:16
  4. "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" (Boston Music Hall, 11/21/75 – Second Show) – 5:25
  5. "Romance in Durango" (Harvard Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA 11/20/75) (Dylan and Levy) – 5:22
  6. "Isis" (Boston Music Hall, 11/21/75 – Second Show) (Dylan and Levy) – 5:11
  7. "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Boston Music Hall, 11/21/75 – First Show) – 5:39
  8. "Simple Twist of Fate" (Harvard Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA 11/20/75) – 4:17
  9. "Blowin' in the Wind" (Harvard Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA 11/20/75) – 2:43
  10. "Mama, You Been on My Mind" (Boston Music Hall, 11/21/75 – Second Show) – 3:11
  11. "I Shall Be Released" (Boston Music Hall, 11/21/75 – First Show) – 4:33
Disc two
  1. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (Forum de Montreal, Canada 12/4/75) – 4:34
  2. "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" (Forum de Montreal, Canada 12/4/75) – 3:13
  3. "Tangled Up in Blue" (Boston Music Hall, 11/21/75 – Second Show) – 4:41
  4. "The Water Is Wide" (Boston Music Hall, 11/21/75 - Second Show) (Traditional) – 5:16
  5. "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" (Boston Music Hall, 11/21/75 – Second Show) – 3:12
  6. "Oh, Sister" (Boston Music Hall, 11/21/75 – Second Show) (Dylan and Levy) – 4:04
  7. "Hurricane" (Memorial Auditorium, Worcester, MA 11/19/75) (Dylan and Levy) – 8:15
  8. "One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)" (Boston Music Hall, 11/21/75 – Second Show) – 4:14
  9. "Sara" (Boston Music Hall, 11/21/75 – Second Show) – 4:29
  10. "Just Like a Woman" (Boston Music Hall, 11/21/75 – Second Show) – 4:31
  11. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Harvard Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA 11/20/75) – 4:22

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians
Technical personnel
  • Steve Berkowitz – production
  • Michael Brauer – mixing
  • Lisa Buckler – production coordination
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Ricardo Chavarria – mixing assistance
  • Don DeVito – recording supervision
  • Triana Dorazio – package manager
  • Geoff Gans – art direction, design
  • James L. Hunter – graphic design
  • Ken Regan – photography
  • Jeff Rosen – production
  • Darren Salmieri – artist coordination
  • Charlie Sarrica – production coordination

References[edit]