Real live

Label
Columbia
Release date
29 Nov 1984
Running length
17 tracks
Running time
81:32

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Highway 61 Revisited (Live) 5:10 0
1 Highway 61 Revisited 4:16 139
1 Highway 61 Revisted (Live) 5:10 543
2 Maggie's Farm (Live) 4:54 2,775
3 I and I (Live) 6:03 637
4 License to Kill (Live) 3:46 701
5 It Ain't Me, Babe (Live) 5:25 1,218
6 Tangled up in Blue (Live) 7:04 7,181
7 Masters If War (Live) 6:33 564
7 Masters of War (Live) 6:33 7,892
7 Masters of War 4:32 188,767
8 Ballad of a Thin Man (Live) 4:17 3,066
9 Girl From the North Country 5:12 251,779
9 Girl of the North Country (Live) 3:15 711
9 Girl from the North Country (Live) 4:28 183
10 Tombstone Blues (Live) 4:54 1,103

About this album

Real Live is a live album documenting Bob Dylan’s 1984 tour of Europe, released at the end of that same year by Columbia Records. Most of the concert was recorded at Wembley Stadium on 7 July, but “License to Kill” and “Tombstone Blues” come from St James’ Park, Newcastle on 5 July, and “I and I” and “Girl from the North Country” were recorded at Slane Castle, Ireland on 8 July.

Produced by Glyn Johns, it features Mick Taylor (formerly of the Rolling Stones) on lead guitar, Ian McLagan (formerly of the Faces) on keyboards, and a guest appearance from Carlos Santana. The performances on Real Live were recorded in support of his successful Infidels album. While Infidels was hailed as a “return to musical form” (as described by Kurt Loder in Rolling Stone Magazine), critical reception for Real Live was generally mixed.

Released in December to capitalize on the Christmas shopping season, Real Live still sold in disappointing numbers, reaching a then-career low of #115 in the US and #54 in the UK.

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  • ralfsu

    The live version of Tangled Up in Blue here is also Bob's own favorite performance of it, apparently.

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • zeppyfish

    I love the version of Tangled Up In Blue from this live set. New verses, switched up pronouns, even a slightly different chord progression (there's a B minor in there!). And Bob sounds like he's having a blast singing it.

    22 Aug 2009 Reply

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