What does it sound like?:
Rewind to March and Tiggerlion’s review of The Complete Basement Tapes.
In the discussion I commented that it was strange that the The Rolling Thunder Revue release was so much better than the more contemporaneous Hard Rain release. The remarks met with some controversy, but having listened to Hard Rain again, while I’ll concede it’s better than I recalled, it is definitely an inferior product to this.
This could be due to material from Rolling Thunder being taken from gigs in the first leg recorded in November and December 1975 while Hard Rain was taken from tapes recorded at the end of the second leg in May 1976 – apparently this tied in with a US only TV special.
Which all led to a suggestion that I post review. A challenge I accepted and so with intermittent listening over the intervening weeks I’m ready to pass judgement.
Unsurprisingly Desire, which came out between the two legs of the tour, is the most represented album. Pleasingly neither Mozambique (a lightweight song about now nice it would be to spend a week or two there at a time when a vicious civil war raged) nor Joey (a » Continue Reading.