"The ghost of 'lectricity howls in the bones of her face." 

Visions of Johanna

Dylan at Park West 10/26/99 1st Show Please note: The shows occurred on 10/26, not 10/28 as the links suggest. Thanks to a user for pointing out the error.

I had the good fortune to witness this fantastic show from a table about 100 feet away. Park West is a small venue in Chicago. The second show features a wholly different setlist. Bonus tracks have been added from other shows.
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Dylan at Park West 10/28/99 2nd Show The second set of a pre-Halloween show with the singing bard with his full Dylan mask on. The two sets together make for a classic Dylan show. 141 MB
HalloRock Companion to Dylan's Halloween podcast. Enjoy! 126 MB
Dylan Sings for His Supper (v. 4) The most distinctive setlist of the four shows, featuring Ragged & Dirty, Weeping Willow, Delia, Jim Jones, and Jack-a-Row.

P.S. When you're done listening to it, The Dwindling Road is now available at Music as a download for $9.99 and at Store as a CD, (also at Apple, Spotify, Amazon etc.) Not Dylan, of course, but even Dylan isn't Dylan all of the time.

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Dylan Sings for His Supper (v. 3) First show of the night. Features Ragged and Dirty, Blood in My Eyes, and (go figure) Disease of Conceit. 124 MB
Dylan Sings for His Supper (v. 2) The late show of the first night at the Supper Club. Soundboard quality. 126 MB
Dylan Sings for His Supper (v. 1) Dylan did four Supper Club shows in November of 1993, all of them preserved in high fidelity. He was in the process of emerging from his '80s funk and had recorded Good As I Been to You and World Gone Wrong. For what it's worth, this first show of the four, on November 16, features a rare recording of Disease of Conceit, albeit a song he could have replaced with Series of Dreams on Oh, Mercy. 125 MB
Versions of Johanna (Live!) Visions of Johanna is such a phenomenal song that any time Dylan performs it is a night worth savoring. It exemplifies the "three chords and the truth" axiom. This compilation goes from a live version in late '65 (courtesy of Ginsburg) before Dylan tried to record it for Blonde on Blonde all the way to 2018, when he sang all five verses. Yes, all five, count 'em. There's also a rare performance from '76, a three-verse version from '96, a 2004 version where he gives a harmonica solo, and my favorite, a stunning performance in Granada in 1999 where he was really feeling it. To give you some sense of the song's evolution, I made a composite of four studio versions. The Cutting Edge is where to find the full versions.

First up is a Sound Opinions excerpt in which Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis discuss the song, in the process purveying a common mistake people make about this song and Dylan in general--that the words don't really mean anything. Though it's true that Dylan has his share of lines that you might be able to say that about, the idea that a songwriter who's touched countless souls and prompted untold numbers of authors and scholars to try to decode him is simply singing gibberish for the sound of it is insulting and absurd. Just because they don't understand the lyrics doesn't mean there's nothing to be understood!

If you want an explication of the song, see Podcasts for mine. You can appreciate the song merely as a mood piece, but your appreciation will deepen exponentially when you see what's really going on. There's a reason Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize! This song isn't just entertainment, it's art even the professors would like the looks of. Enjoy!
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The Dwindling Road Sampler Once you’re done with the Dylan, consider taking a chance on this sampler of my latest effort to fuse my musical & literary influences while telling the truth slant, The Dwindling Road, available as download now at i-Tunes & the usual suspects & soon on the website, along w/ the actual CD.

I have an older brother who quotes Dylan the way Evangelist preachers quote the Bible, and he accepts NO substitutes, none whatsoever. If you’re of that mindset, don’t bother with the sampler. It couldn’t possibly interest you.

However, if you’re like the musicologist who wrote that however stupendous Beethoven is, the mind still tires of him, then you just might find something of interest in the sampler by me & the No Tone Ditties, which whittles 13 songs & 55 minutes down to all of 8 ½ (also the title of a classic film). There’s a particular philosophical and aesthetic vision behind the songs, but if they don’t catch your ear, I don’t suppose it matters. Maybe upcoming projects like Dubliners Sung (Celtic-styled songs based on Joyce’s stories) or You R Here will be more to your liking. In any event, enjoy the Dylan! More to come down the line.

P.S. For what it’s worth, all proceeds go to the site and more musical projects.
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