Hard Rain is a snapshot of Bob Dylan's fabled Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling circus that was more notable for its excess and character than the music. There are some new interpretations along the lines of what appeared on Before the Flood. A few of the new versions hit home and Dylan is generally spirited throughout.
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Performance CreditsBob Dylan Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Scarlet Rivera Strings,Violin
Mick Ronson Guitar
Rob Stoner Bass,Background Vocals
Steven Soles Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Burke Drums
T Bone Burnett Guitar,Piano
David Mansfield Guitar,Mandolin
Howie Wyeth Piano,Drums
Technical CreditsBob Dylan Producer
Don DeVito Producer
Don Meehan Engineer
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Hard Rain based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Just like in the mid 60s, Mr.Bob Dylan's career was reaching its peak again in the mid 70s. Somewhere between ''Before The Flood'' and ''The Last Waltz'', he made real one of his most original projects by organizing the striking ''Rolling Thunder Revue'' tour with his old & new friends in the business. ''Hard Rain'' is a harmonious blend of the Fort Worth & Fort Collins shows during the second leg of the ''Revue''. The album shakes and fascinates you with the band's roaring sound and the band leader's singing with shrieks and cries. The extreme-excellent rearrangements of some ''Mr.D'' songs (Maggie's Farm, Lay Lady Lay, Shelter from the Storm, I Threw It All Away and IdiotWind) are truly unbelievable and unforgettable. While awaiting with hope & impatience, the CD or DVD edition of the maestro's entire Hughes Stadium performance; let us keep this thunder roll through the walls of our living rooms.
THe first 40 minutes of this album are up and down. Some of the songs connect and some don't. the mix is odd, and the band is a bit scruffy. But then Idiot Wind begans and Dylan gives possibly his greatest live performance. For the next 10 minutes he spews venom and anger and transforms the song from its original on Blood on the Tracks. This is the rare CD that is essential for one song. Live 1975 is a better recording of Rolling Thunder but none of its tracks hits the heights of Idiot Wind.
One of the newer Bootleg Series covers the Rolling Thunder concerts but that does not replace this sweet set, only compliments it. This has Dylan doing some serious Rockin on a few classic tunes. This is a joy even if its only long enough to tease.
This CD was a nice surprise. It's not billed as a live recording, but there's obviously an audience. So the sound is not studio scripted. To me that's enjoyable and puts the music on a different plane. It's more direct and real. It's a straightforward, pure sound without all the slick bells and whistles studio music making adds on. Dylan fans should give this a listen. I don't care for this version of 'Lay, Lady, Lay' but the rest is pure joy to me.