Bob Dylan live in Houston 1974 – 2CD – January 26 – late show

Bob Dylan & The Band
Hofheinz Pavillon
Houston, TX
January 26, 1974
Evening Show
JEMS archive

low gen reel to reel (obtained in the ’70s, likely second gen from master) > Otari 5050 mk2 playback (April 2011) > ADL/Furutech GT40 USB audio device > Peak 6.0 > FLAC

01 Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)
02 Lay Lady Lay
03 Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
04 Rainy Day Women Nos. 12 & 35
05 It Ain’t Me Babe
06 Ballad of a Thin Man

07 Stage Freight
08 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
09 King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
10 When You Awake
11 I Shall Be Released
12 Up on Cripple Creek

13 All Along the Watchtower
14 Ballad of Hollis Brown
15 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
16 The Times They Are A-Changin’
17 Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright
18 Gates of Eden
19 Just Like a Woman
20 It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

21 Rag Mama Rag
22 This Wheel’s On Fire
23 The Shape I’m In
24 The Weight

25 Forever Young
MIA: Something There is About You, Like a Rolling Stone, Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)

On one interesting shelf in the JEMS archives are tapes of Dylan’s 1974 tour with the Band. Our own S taped the Seattle shows and then drove to Oakland (on a gasless Sunday, he’ll remind you, as this was in the middle of the energy crisis) to record both sets there. After the tour completed, S took out classified ad (which I hope to find some day) in Rolling Stone magazine looking to trade tapes of the tour with others who recorded.

He didn’t collect the entire tour, but he did track down a handful of shows on reel to reel, including this late set from Houston. Given when and how it was obtained, and what S has told me over the years, he got these tapes from people who recorded the shows themselves, so there’s a strong reason to believe this show is legitimately second generation. I assume second generation because the cassette may have been moved to a safety reel, of which this is a copy. Given the duration, it appears the taper was on cassette (gear unknown) and captured just north of 90 mins of the show, conserving tape, as was often the case in those days, by pausing between songs.

As such many of these tracks are joined a second or two in progress, but you still come away with feeling of hearing the entire show. As the recent posts of ’74 tapes has made clear, this tour wasn’t consistently well recorded and there are several shows for which the only circulating recordings are often described as passable, listenable or worse. I would call this one very listenable. Not amazing, but based on input from a few tour experts, better than we have had before. Samples provided. I think it is in upgrade and I’ve been working on it for some time, so the release with the rest of the ’74 tour flood is good timing.

Also, unlike the circulating recordings from Houston per Lossless Bob (and this source is likely to be the same as something previously circulated, just lower gen and possible more complete), the full Band set is here. What’s not here is the encore.

JEMS has the afternoon show on a separate reel from what appears to be the same taper. That will come down the road if folks like this source. Please let me know as these old reels are finicky and I want to make sure people care given the effort it takes.

Butterking for JEMS

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