Hard Rain

Label
Columbia
Release date
1976
Running length
9 tracks
Running time
40:37

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Maggie's Farm 3:55 250,304
2 One Too Many Mornings 2:37 119,050
3 Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again 7:05 206,128
4 Oh, Sister 4:01 122,623
5 Lay, Lady, Lay 3:18 167,996
6 Shelter from the Storm 5:02 275,999
7 You're a Big Girl Now 4:31 159,562
8 I Threw It All Away 2:24 78,693
9 Idiot Wind 7:44 158,483

About this album

Hard Rain is a live album by American musician Bob Dylan, captured during the second leg of the Rolling Thunder Revue.

The album was partly recorded on May 23, 1976, during a concert at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado; the penultimate show of the tour, the concert was also filmed and later broadcast by NBC as a one-hour television special in September. (Hard Rain’s release coincided with this broadcast). Four tracks from the album (“I Threw It All Away,” “Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again,” “Oh, Sister,” and “Lay, Lady, Lay”) were recorded on May 16, 1976. Neither the album nor the television special was well-received. Oddly, the album is named after one of his most famous songs, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” — but that song happens to be missing from the album (although the song itself is the opening song on the actual special). The fact that it poured rain for most of the concert may be the reason for the title.

“Although the band has been playing together longer, the charm has gone out of their exchanges,” writes NPR’s Tim Riley. “Hard Rain…seemed to come at a time when the Rolling Thunder Revue, so joyful and electrifying in its first performances, had just plain run out of steam,” wrote Janet Maslin, then a music critic for Rolling Stone Magazine. In his mixed review for Hard Rain, Robert Christgau criticized the Rolling Thunder Revue as “folkies whose idea of rock and roll is rock and roll clichés.”

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  • WiseJake237

    Idiot Wind is almost unbearably incendiary. One of Dylan's many great overlooked albums.

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • gombost

    Bob's best live album hands down.

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    Rolling Stone said it was full of rock and roll cliches, they also said Clapton was full of blues cliches. I think Rolling Stone is full of shit.

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    Hard Rain is just a tempestuous badass fucking album. Must have for anyone who loves Dylan. I used to not care about it, but things have changed. Whoever said this was, in an emotional sense, the true Blood on the Tracks, was SOMEWHAT right.

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    Tiny Tim Hmm maybe,love this album have it on vinyl and CD,much prefer it to several of the later live albums.

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Tron1276

    Great, really underrated.

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • chrisprice1991

    Is it just me, or does Bob look a bit like Tiny Tim on the cover?

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • SzohrAction

    You're a Big Girl Now!

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Merowinger110

    Best version of "Shelter From The Storm"

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ralfsu

    He does One Too Many Mornings better on Bootleg Series Vol. 4 IMO. But I've developed a serious appreciation for Hard Rain and its ominous violent sound and ferocity.

    1 Jul 2012 Reply
  • XZYOE

    Best version of One Too Many Mornings

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • sumspanishguy

    I love the version of Idiot Wind

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
  • andresgualdron

    Que disco tan áspero parce. WAAAAAA.

    10 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Djoni_Venus

    i almost forgot about this amazing live record... damn.

    4 Apr 2010 Reply
  • chuules

    really good live album... especially the version of maggie's farm. awesome!

    2 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Iapetuss

    I found it! They played a short clip of Shelter from the Storm on the show FlashForward tonight and I've been looking for where it's from.

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • ditheringheight

    I remember watching the NBC TV special in '76. I think it was on right before Monday Night Football and I made my mom and dad watch it with me. One of my all time fav's

    31 Oct 2009 Reply
  • ozbeat

    this is really worth it for the blood on the tracks songs. Sung with real fury

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • RobCotter

    if you listen to to the dylan live bootleg album (the official series) from 1976, its got two more discs from this tour, the rolling thunder revue. brilliant

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
  • r_m

    The version of Shelter From the Storm on this album is amazing, so energetic.. the whole album is just so powerful

    28 Aug 2009 Reply
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