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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Keep Humming: Unreleased Live Recordings, 1999 - 2002


Keep Humming: Live Recordings, 1999 - 2002

Hallelujah, I'm Ready To Go: September 23, 2000
Roving Blade: March 17, 2000 (Late Show)
Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie: July 26, 1999
Satisfied Mind: November 9, 1999
This World Can't Stand Long: November 3, 2001
I Am The Man, Thomas: February 9, 2002
White Dove: April 3, 2000
Lucky Old Sun: June 29, 2000
Wait For The Light To Shine: November 19, 2001
Pass Me Not, O' Gentle Savior: March 21, 2000
Roving Gambler: March 10, 2000 (Early)
Long Black Veil: July 1, 2000
You're Gonna Quit Me: April 8, 1999
Searching For A Soldier's Grave: November 19, 2001
Somebody Touched Me: July 16, 2000
Rock Of Ages: March 16, 2000
Duncan & Brady: September 29, 2000
Rank Strangers To Me: July 16, 2000
Hummingbird: November 3, 2001
Stone Walls & Steel Bars: June 21, 2000
Delia: September 19, 2000
A Voice From On High: October 5, 2002

 Bonus Tracks
Blue Bonnet Girl: November 1, 2000
Dark As A Dungeon: June 21, 2000

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Welcome to the show, folks. This is true good old-fashioned music here. Twenty-two tracks of pure bluegrass, gospel, blues and ballads. Many of the songs here date from the early twentieth century, though a few are earlier. As far as I can tell, even the comparatively recent songs sound like they could date from the Civil War era.

Of particular note is this beautiful performance of "Roving Blade," so different in presentation from its 1992 guise. The hymns are especially moving, including "This World Can't Stand Long," "Pass Me Not, O' Gentle Savior," "Rock Of Ages," and "A Voice From On High." Don't think this is a low-key set, though! The band can move, too, and despite their high-minded lyrics "Hallelujah, I'm Ready To Go," "I Am The Man, Thomas," and "Somebody Touched Me" will get your foot to tapping. The secular songs here are of remarkable quality too, including heartfelt performances of the standard "Lucky Old Sun," Blind Willie McTell's "Delia," the postwar ballad "Searching For A Soldier's Grave," and a deeply moving "White Dove." Not all of the songs are equally brilliant, but even the less perfect numbers are classics.

I would like to draw the listener's attention to two tracks, though, to lead you on to another recording. "This World Can't Stand Long" and "Hummingbird" are drawn from a Nashville concert in 2001, and that evening stands as one of the towering records of the Never-Ending Tour. The sound, for one reason or another, is very resonant, providing an almost impressionist interpretation of the show. It almost couldn't have sounded better in person! Seek this show out and you will not be disappointed.

Much as the Golden Vanity record stands as the essential collection of covers from 1988 to 1992, I hope this CD will serve much the same purpose for 1999 to 2002. The only tracks missing are some of the electric covers from 1999 and 2000 that were outside the scope of this acoustic album, including "Folsom Prison Blues," "It's Too Late," "Big River," "Not Fade Away," "Hootchie Cootchie Man," "House of the Rising Sun," and "My Blue-Eyed Jane." A handful of acoustic tracks from 1999 - 2002 are missing as well: "Blue-Bonnet Girl" and "Dark As A Dungeon" are the most prominent, and these are included as bonus tracks, since they just don't match the quality of the tracks presented. I'm sure you won't have any trouble seeking those other songs out if you desire them.

Unfortunately, there really have been no official releases related to this material, besides some obscure used records you can find on Amazon (in particular, the rare Live 1961-2000). If you'd like to hear what Dylan could do with this style in a studio session, check out his duet with Ralph Stanley on The Bootleg Series, Volume 8: Tell Tale Signs and his renditions of "Dixie" and "Diamond Joe" on the Masked & Anonymous Soundtrack

Hopefully you will enjoy this record as much as I do! Put it on for a drive in the country, and you'll have a fine time. Next week we will be exploring the best cuts from Bob Dylan's 2002 Fall Tour, which you may know for the appearance of the keyboard on-stage, or for the great performances of several classic Warren Zevon songs. Either way, it's considered one of his best twenty-first century tours for a good reason! Until then, keep yourself healthy and listen to some good tunes.

-CS

Note: The download has been switched to a sinle-link on Mediafire. Let's see if this Mediafire subscription is worthwhile!

8 comments:

  1. looking forward to this one, as Im a big fan of Golden Vanity. Ill be waiting for the mediafire link. Thanks, as ever !

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  2. If anyone is experiencing problems with this CD being too long, let me know. I have already had one complaint, and if this is more widespread I will narrow down some of the extraneous audio to get it under 80 minutes. In my iTunes, it is 1 Hour, 19 Minutes and 10 Seconds, slightly under the max runtime. That is for WAV, however, and I know the process of extracting, importing and burning MP3 to disc can sometimes add seconds between tracks.

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  3. Mondays just wouldn't be the same without your latest release!

    Just wondering if you have an estimate as to when you think your Mediafire situation will settle down and you'll be able to upload there.

    As always, thanks for your generosity!

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    1. No idea, I'm sorry to say. I will test out the uploader again tonight. This is all quite frustrating, as I just paid for three months of Mediafire's premium service to get the ability upload large files - it takes a surprisingly long amount of time to prep and upload these CDs over the weekend, even after all of the compiling, remastering, volume adjustment and artwork is complete.

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    2. Thanks for the update. Months ago, when you started to share this music, I signed up for Mediafire's download plan and, so far, I haven't had any problems but I'm not doing the heavy lifting in this operation! I appreciate your efforts and I hope that the obstacles are soon removed.

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  4. I tried the depositfiles link today, but it wouldnt work for me ... so I hope the mediafire situation sorts itself out soon.

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  5. Hey just found this site. AWESOME! Thank you. I cannot get these to download though. any suggestions? Thanks.

    K

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