While some live recordings are better than others, and each has their standout numbers, there is just something that gets overlooked when seeing the man live, and something that is too propionate when hearing one of his live recordings … that for the most part leaves me flat and uninspired. But here on ‘Duelling Banjos,’ Bob Dylan along with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, deliver more than ever thought possible. Aside from the misspelling of the word ‘Duelling,’ this is as good as a live concert recording is ever going to be. The mastering was taken straight from a Westwood One CD, designated for broadcasting, and is beyond perfection. This was all done back when Dylan was still playing his guitar, and he’s certainly found a kindred spirit in Tom Petty. Bob’s vocals are flawless in their delivery, front and center, right where they should be … in your face. The Heartbreakers have never been more polished, delivering not only Dylan’s material with brilliance, but ups the ante when it comes to their own music.
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