January 14th 1974 (4PM Early Show)
A Joe Maloney Master Recording
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Recorded using a Sony TC-110A deck with built in microphone.
1 Tune Up
2 Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35,
3 Lay Lady Lay
4 Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
5 It Ain’t Me Babe
6 I Don’t Believe You
7 Ballad of a Thin Man
8 Stage Fright
9 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
10 King’s Harvest
11 This Wheel’s on Fire
(tape flip edit at 00:43:46:04)
12 I Shall Be Released
13 Up On Crippled Creek
14 All Along the Watchtower
15 Ballad of Hollis Brown
16 Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
(tape pause edit at 01:04:15:08)
17 The Times They Are A-Changin’
18 Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right
19 Gates Of Eden
20 Just Like A Woman
(tape flip edit at 01:21:29:17)
21 It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
22 Rag Mama Rag
23 When You Awake
24 Shape I’m In
25 The Weight
(tape change edit at 01:44:58:18)
26 Forever Young
27 Something There Is About You
28 Like A Rolling Stone
29 Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)
30 Bill Graham Thank you
Happy New Year 1974! And what a way to start the year. Bob Dylan had gotten back together with The Band, to record a new album and they were going back on the road together,
to do a North American tour for the first time since 1966. Legendary concert promoter Bill Graham was brought in to set up the dates and venues, as well as to work out details for the ticket sales.
In order to make things as fair as possible, for equal access to tickets, a mail order lottery was set up, with order forms appearing in local newspapers in each city. Just keep in mind,
these were in the days before ticket “scalping” became a big business and you could actually get tickets for the printed price and not have to spend hundreds of dollars for each one.
The tour schedule included two day stops in some cities, but others, like Boston, scheduled two shows in one day. As soon as the ads appeared in the papers, we picked up a couple of extra papers,
to get extra order forms, chose a show (4pm, or 8:30pm), chose a ticket price ($5.50, $6.50, or $7.50) and the number of tickets (a limit of four per order), got the money orders,
included a self-addressed stamped envelope, put them in the mail and hoped for the best. About a week later, I got one envelope in the mail, with a returned money order.
I thought I was out of luck, until I got my other two envelopes, a couple of days later, and found that, not only did I get tickets, but I had gotten four tickets for each show,
afternoon and evening! Now, all we had to do was hope that a big New England snowstorm wouldn’t mess things up. Fortunately, the day of the shows turned out to be perfect in every way.
It was a cold, but clear and sunny, day. We left for Boston at about 11am and got to the Boston Garden parking lot at about 1:30 in the afternoon. They opened the doors to the arena at about 3pm,
so we went to our seats and got ready for a “once in a lifetime” experience. Back then, there wasn’t any ban on cameras, or recorders, at concerts, but a few days before this show,
I had read an article in Rolling Stone magazine, about people checking the audience for tape recorders and if the saw one, they would seize the tapes. I was a little more discreet with my recorder,
but I never saw anyone who looked like they were “on patrol” during the show. We did have great seats on the right side, in the Stadium section,
so we were on an incline and didn’t have to worry about people standing up and blocking our vision. I didn’t have to struggle to get some good photos, either.
Finally, it was 4pm! There was no introduction, the lights went down and members of The Band took there places on the stage. As Bob Dylan walked on, with his Fender Telecaster strapped on,
a wave of applause and cheering filled the Garden. After a few seconds of tuning, they started the set with a rousing version of “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”. When the song ended,
Bob spoke his only words of the show, saying “It’s good to be in Boston!”. With that, they continued into “Lay Lady Lay”, “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”, “It Ain’t Me Babe”, “I Don’t Believe You”
and “Ballad Of A Thin Man”, giving us some classic songs, performed perfectly, just as we remembered them. Bob then left the stage and The Band took over, to do a set of their great songs.
They gave excellent performances of “Stage Fright”, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)”, “This Wheel’s On Fire”, “I Shall Be Released” and “Up On Cripple Creek”,
with Dylan coming back out to join them for “All Along The Watchtower”, “Ballad Of Hollis Brown” and “Knocking On Heaven’s Door”. The Band then left the stage and Bob took over for a short acoustic set.
We were then transported back to the early and mid-60s, for “The Times They Are A-Changing”, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”, “Gates Of Eden”, and “Just Like A Woman”. He closed the acoustic set with,
what for me and a good portion of the audience, was the highlight of the show, a performance of “It’s Alright, Ma (I’, Only Bleeding), that was so good, that there wasn’t a sound from the audience of 15,000,
until the ovation that he received, after singing the line; “but even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked”. It was a perfect line to define the public’s frustration with the
Nixon years, the Watergate scandal, the Viet Nam war and the state of politics at the time. With the lyrics of that song still giving us lots to think about,
Dylan turned the stage back over to The Band, who did four more great songs, “Rag Mama Rag”, “When You Awake”, “The Shape I’m In” and “The Weight”, before Bob came back to join them for two new songs,
“Forever Young” and “Something There Is About You” (from their album, “Planet Waves”, which was released three days after this show) and closing the set with “Like A Rolling Stone”.
They all took their bows and left the stage, but the audience still wanted more. We didn’t think there would be any more, but after an extended ovation from the crowd,
they did come back and ended the show with an energetic version of “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine). As Bob and The Band left the stage for the last time,
a man came on and took the microphone to thank the audience for coming to the show. I looked up to see who it was and I surprised to see Bill Graham, himself, thanking the everyone for being there.
his was an extra treat. It was an excellent show, from beginning to end and was one of those rare instances, when it was actually a pleasure to be at a concert in Boston Garden.
The crowd was polite and attentive, with no shouting out, or crowding the aisles and causing problems for the security people.
They were, like us, there to see legendary performers and listen to the music that we grew up with. The best part was, we would get to experience it all over again, at the 8:30 show!