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The Other Side Of The Mirror Bob at Newport DVD

   
The Other Side Of The Mirror - Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965

On Tuesday, October 30, Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings will release on DVD, for the first time in any format, The Other Side Of The Mirror - Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963 - 1965, on Tuesday, October 30. A long-awaited by Bob Dylan aficionados, The Other Side Of The Mirror brings together more than 80 minutes of exquisitely filmed performances, 70% available here for the first time, drawn from three seminal years in the artist's ever-evolving career.

Produced and directed by Academy Award winner Murray Lerner (From Mao To Mozart: Isaac Stern In China), The Other Side Of The Mirror - Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963 - 1965 opens a window into a critical epoch in American cultural history as reflected in the musical transformations of Bob Dylan's galvanizing watershed performances at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, 1964, and 1965.

"This is a different kind of film, in a sense, from what I usually make," said Murray Lerner. "We decided on no narration, no pundit interviews, no interviews with Dylan. Nothing except the experience of seeing him ... . That to me is exciting. Just the clear experience gives you everything you need."

The DVD includes liner notes from Grammy-winning author Tom Piazza.

 

The following was put together hastily for another messageboard, so I don't vouch for its 100% accuracy. Corrections and additions welcomed.


* 1963
* North Country Blues (7/26 afternoon workshop)
* With God On Our Side (with Joan Baez – 7/26 afternoon workshop and 7/28 night performance)
* Talkin’ World War III Blues (7/26 night performance)
* Who Killed Davey Moore? (7/27 afternoon workshop)
* Only A Pawn In Their Game (7/26 night performance)

* Blowin’ In The Wind (with the Freedom Singers, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary – 7/26 night performance)
* 1964
* Mr. Tambourine Man (7/24 afternoon workshop)
* Johnny Cash sings Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (night performance)
* Joan Baez sings Mary Hamilton as Bob Dylan (7/24 night performance)
* It Ain’t Me, Babe (with Joan Baez – 7/24 night performance)
* Joan Baez interview
* With God On Our Side (with Joan Baez – 7/26 night performance)
* Chimes Of Freedom (7/26 night performance)
* 1965
* If You Gotta Go, Go Now (7/24 afternoon workshop)
* Love Minus Zero/No Limit (7/24 afternoon workshop)
* Daytime rehearsal with Dylan’s electric band
* Maggie’s Farm (with electric band – 7/25 night performance)
* Like A Rolling Stone (with electric band – 7/25 night performance)
* Mr. Tambourine Man (7/25 night performance)
* It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (7/25 night performance)

The songs in red have never circulated before in any form; those in blue have circulated only in audio form. Even those which were included in the original Festival film were only partial recordings (they may or may not be complete in the new film).

Of most interest, of course are the rarities—"North Country Blues" is one of Bob's unheralded masterpieces and only four live versions circulate (including the disastrously drunk Friends of Chile benefit concert performance in 1974). Only two other performances of Who Killed Davey Moore? are known. Only A Pawn in Their Game is a rarity, and this is the second performance chronologically.

At last we will be able to see Bob perform the majestic farewell-to-folk of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" at the '65 festival, when he returned to the stage with an acoustic guitar after being booed off for his electric performances. Were there tears in his eyes, as legend has it? We will find out....

With all these riches to feast on it seems churlish to gripe, but there are one or two minor disappointments:

1) I note at least two performances that feature (in incomplete form) in the 1968 film Festival but are not in this new film. Therefore Dylan completists will still have to purchase the old movie (which was spruced up a couple of years ago and has a lot of historic stuff besides Dylan). This is not such a biggie (most of us already have it). But...

2) Still no video of the last song of the first electric set ever, after which Bob left the stage in a temper. What has happened to It Takes A Lot To Laugh, still known then as Phantom Engineer? Will we ever get to see it?

But to end on a positive note, here's the blurb from the maker of this new movie (and the earlier Festival):

"This is a different kind of film, in a sense, from what I usually make," said Murray Lerner. "We decided on no narration, no pundit interviews, no interviews with Dylan. Nothing except the experience of seeing him ... . That to me is exciting. Just the clear experience gives you everything you need."

At last someone realizes what the fans want: not talking heads interpreting what we can see with our own eyes, just the performances.
          
 

22/09/2007 13:40. plotino #. BOB DYLAN

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