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It was 20 years ago, on October 16, 1992, that an all-star celebration of the 1962 release of Bob Dylan's first album took place at Madison Square Garden here in New York City.
The 30th Anniversary...and now amazingly, Dylan's career started 50 YEARS AGO!
This is the second of four parts in which I will play what I consider the highlights of the Concert.
Purely subjective, as it always is.
Simply, I could not fit all the performances into two hours, so choices had to be made.
Hope you like what I picked.
This short series seemed like a good idea because enough time has passed, 20 years, for there to be a good number of people who have not heard these performances in a long time- the CD's or vinyl records tucked away somewhere virtually forgotten.
And certainly an equal amount of people who have never heard anything from this Concert...don't even know it exists.
Plus I remind you, as all concert-goers know, the Performing Stars get bigger as the evening goes on.
So stick with me, as we go along the stakes get higher, and the Music TAKES you higher!
Here are the links to go back 20 years to a great Concert, and to Mike Pell Rockollections:


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Comment by Mike Pell on October 26, 2012 at 1:13am

That's a good one, but I still love You Are The Woman.

Funny seeing them in a bar like that in the daytime!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on October 25, 2012 at 7:24pm

I'm certainly familiar with Firefall.  Strange Way is a great song.  I have the Elan album.

Comment by Mike Pell on October 25, 2012 at 7:04pm
Never mind Part One, you've said it many other times, lol!
Nice of you to wade through this concert.
And the Golden Pell goes to Ron Wood, and that is a great choice.
Truthfully I wasn't even familiar with that obscure song, but the odd thing is you liked his vocal, which to me sounded just like Dylan!
Ahh...strange, lol!
I loved the Johnny Winter treatment of Highway 61 Revisited (which I did not officially identify).
It appears THAT version of You Ain't Going Nowhere really Ain't Going Nowhere, lol!
Nobody has written me they like it, so I may be the only one.
I don't know country artist covered it, but the definitive version is by The Byrds...I love it!
Anyway I had a story I didn't have time to tell.
One weekend afternoon out here in Bay Ridge Brooklyn back when I was drinking, I stopped in a big Irish bar that was a great singles joint.
The place was pretty empty in the afternoon though, but they had a band playing, and I noticed it was Country Rock/Folk Rock...and they were damned good!
But nobody was really paying attention to them.
So I meandered up to them and asked if they knew You Ain't Going Nowhere, which was still kind of a secret back then.
Man, you should have seen their faces light up, they actually thanked me for suggesting it, and played a killer version equal to the Byrds live I would imagine.
As things turned out they were named Firefall, and had a huge hit a few months later!
Look them up.
I never forgot that.
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on October 24, 2012 at 3:06pm

Did I say in part 1 that I'm not a great big Bob Dylan fan?  I don't think I did.

This show was probably more hit than miss for me.  But I'll tell you what I did like.  Ron Wood's song.  That was great.  The guitar was killer (so was the guitar in the Johnny Winter song that preceded it, but I didn't care for the vocals at all).  So the Golden Pell goes easily to Ron Wood.  I even liked his vocals.

That last song, You Ain't Going Nowhere, I think a country artist covered that back in the late 80's or early 90's.  It might have been Mary Chapin Carpenter.  Anyway, I like that song, but not this version.  The vocals just don't mesh for me.

Comment by Mike Pell on October 18, 2012 at 6:59pm

Take a week off from the squat thrusts, let the blood back into your head, and the SCREAMING BANSHEES will go away!

Comment by Jon on October 18, 2012 at 6:47pm

Richie havens. That's funny, I was thinking Havens and typed Valens.

Actually..yeah, I did like the Johnny Winter cover, but not the Ron Wood. Again, it's that 9-10 hour thing, I remember certain stuff like SCREAMING BANSHEES and squat thrusts and certain things just get erased from my mind. 

Comment by Mike Pell on October 18, 2012 at 6:24pm
But did you find anything to ABHOR, lol?
I think you are doing your squat thrusts upside down.
What Valens? I didn't play any Valens!
And the Dixie Chicks are still on my shitlist!
Those 3 ladies had beautiful harmony on one of my favorite Dylan songs ever.
I had a great story to tell about that song, but not enough time.
I can't believe you didn't find anything worthwhile in Johnny Winter or Ron Wood?
Or Richie Havens...hey maybe you think he is Richie Valens?
I have lost you.
Don't do any more squat thrusts until you learn to do them properly,
Comment by Jon on October 18, 2012 at 5:10pm

Oh boy. I'm tellin' ya, nothing I heard here (except for Valens) did anything for me. I thought it was going to be the Dixie Chicks with the last song (3 chicks) but was trying to think about them and couldn't 'cause they're country but had the thought that they weren't around then or popular. One of them.

No, nothing really here for me, Mike, and I'm sorry. I should have continued doing my squat thrusts instead of listening. Now I'm behind on my weekly squat thrust quota.

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