Bob Dylan & The Band – Before The Flood (1974/2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Bob Dylan & The Band – Before The Flood (1974/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 1:33:41 minutes | 4,56 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks |  @ Columbia
Recorded: February 13-14, 1974, in Los Angeles, except track 4: January 30, 1974, in New York

The 1974 tour by Bob Dylan and the Band brought together two of the most-respected acts in rock history for what was one of the biggest concert events of the decade. Recorded at several different venues over the course of the two-month tour, „Before The Flood“ captures Dylan and The Band in fine form. Having backed Dylan on and off since 1966, The Band were very comfortable with his music, and on this album they provide Dylan with some of the finest accompaniment of his career.

Dylan opens the show with spirited versions of hits like “It Ain’t Me Babe” and “Lay Lady Lay,” as well as the acidic “Ballad of a Thin Man.” Having fired up the crowd, Dylan steps away from the mike to let the Band perform barnstorming versions of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and other classics from their repertoire. After The Band nearly brings down the house with their intense rendition of “The Weight,” Dylan returns to bring it all back home with powerful performances of “Like A Rolling Stone” and “Blowin’ In The Wind,” providing a spectacular finale to one of the finest live rock albums of the ’70s.

Bob Dylan and the Band both needed the celebrated reunion tour of 1974, since Dylan’s fortunes had been floundering since Self Portrait and the Band stumbled with 1971’s Cahoots. The tour, with its attendant publicity, definitely returned both artists to center stage, and it definitely succeeded, breaking box office records and earning great reviews. Before the Flood, a double-album souvenir of the tour, suggests that these were generally dynamic shows, but not because they were reveling in the past, but because Dylan was fighting the nostalgia of his audience — nostalgia, it must be noted, that was promoted as the very reason behind these shows. Yet that’s what gives this music such kick — Dylan reworks, rearranges, reinterprets these songs in ways that are still disarming, years after its initial release. He could only have performed interpretations this radical with a group as sympathetic, knowing of his traits as the band, whose own recordings here are respites from the storm. And this is a storm — the sound of a great rocker, surprising his band and audience by tearing through his greatest songs in a manner that might not be comforting, but it guarantees it to be one of the best live albums of its time. Ever, maybe. -AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine) 04:15
2. Lady, Lady, Lay 03:14
3. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 03:26
4. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door 03:52
5. It Ain’t Me, Babe 03:40
6. Ballad of a Thin Man 03:47
7. Up on Cripple Creek 05:19
8. I Shall Be Released 03:51
9. Endless Highway 05:08
10. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 04:22
11. Stage Fright 04:45
12. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right 04:36
13. Just Like a Woman 05:05
14. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) 05:48
15. The Shape I’m In 04:00
16. When You Awake 03:13
17. The Weight 04:35
18. All Along the Watchtower 03:19
19. Highway 61 Revisited 04:26
20. Like a Rolling Stone 07:09
21. Blowin’ in the Wind 04:32

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitars, harmonica, piano
Rick Danko – vocals, bass guitar
Levon Helm – vocals, drums
Garth Hudson – organ, acoustic piano, clavinet
Richard Manuel – vocals, acoustic & electric pianos, organ, drums
Robbie Robertson – electric guitar, backing vocals