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"At Budokan" released 35 years ago

On April 23, 1979 Columbia released "Bob Dylan at Budokan", a live double album of the 1978 tour recorded at the famous "Budokan Center" in Japan. After his successful and now legendary tours of 1965/66 and 1974/75 Dylan completely reinterpreted and – to many critics and fans – deconstructed his most popular songs.
From today's point of view it was not only a clean but also a well performed stage show with one of Dylan's better vocal performances of his later career. It also marked the next step in his permanent process of interpreting his own songs in sometimes completely different arrangements, just like during the Rolling Thunder Revue three years earlier.
If you are new to Dylan, listen to "At Budokan" and you will like it, but don't expect to get a show like this anymore if you're planning to see Dylan live today :-)

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User comments

Trevor Osborne April 25, 2014
Ive always liked the album though some performances and arrangements work better than others highlights i would say are ALL I REALLY WANNA DO,/LOVE MINUS ZERO/WATCTOWER among othersl while ARRANGEMENTS that dont work so well i would say in particular are MAGGIES FARM/FOREVER YOUNG/BALLAD OF A THIN MAN compared to what he has been dishing out live in recent years the lesser performances are still vastly superior to what you can expect to hear at a 2014 dylan show

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