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Bob Dylan played Fox Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, California 16 November 1979

The November shows @ Warfield in 1979 are by many fans (& collectors) considered to be the highlight of the “Gospel Tours”.
Nov 6,7,11 & 16 are the shows I’ve been listening to…. and Nov 16 is my personal favorite. It is an amazing concert… come to think of it… it’s actually one of my absolute fav Dylan concerts, top 10 for sure.

Here is a stunning “When You Gonna Wake Up”:

“…his fall 1979 concerts. “What Can I Do For You?”, “Solid Rock”, “Saving Grace”, “Covenant Woman” and “In The Garden” as preformed at these shows are some of the fines work in Dylan’s oeuvre, but you’d never know that from listening to “Saved”, the 1980 studio album that features these compositions.
…….you’re awareness and appreciation of Dylan’s greatness is incomplete until you here these songs (and “When He Returns”) as performed live in the fall of 1979..
~Paul Williams (Performing Artist 74-86)

When He Returns:

 “….this gospel show explodes with vocal passion to be found in few other Dylan periods.”
~bobsboots.com

Covenant Woman:

Setlist:

  1. Gotta Serve Somebody
  2. I Believe In You
  3. When You Gonna Wake Up
  4. When He Returns
  5. Man Gave Names To All The Animals
  6. Precious Angel
  7. Slow Train
  8. Covenant Woman
  9. Ain’t No Man Righteous, No Not One

    Mona Lisa Young: God Uses Ordinary People ( ? )
  10. Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking
  11. Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
  12. Solid Rock
  13. Saving Grace
  14. Saved (Bob Dylan/Tim Drummond)
  15. What Can I Do For You?
  16. In The Garden
  17. Blessed Be The Name
  18. Pressing On

Solid Rock (one of the best versions ever…):

Personnel:

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Fred Tackett (guitar)
  • Spooner Oldham (keyboards)
  • Tim Drummond (bass)
  • Terry Young (keyboards)
  • Jim Keltner (drums)
  • Regina Havis , Helena Springs , Mona Lisa Young (background vocals).

And a BEAUTIFUL In The Garden:

Bob Dylan concerts @ JV here

References:

-Egil

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9 Comments

  1. Thanks for posting these as I hadn’t heard them before. I always felt the so-called ‘christian’ period was a fairly strong era for Dylan (despite the popular backlash he received and still receives for it) and having read Williams knew that the live performances were possibly even better than the album versions. Your Youtube links have whetted my appetite for more. Why a live album from 1979 has not been officially released when the extremely mixed ‘Real Live’ and positively lacklustre ‘Dylan and the Dead’ have baffles me. A friend recently passed on to me a CD of Dylan’s ‘Avignon 1981′ show which is equally as passionate and fiery as these posted above. Are there any more performances from the Warfield shows on Youtube, Egil?

    • Hi Mark & Thanks for your comment!

      Dylan’s “Gospel tours” are truly amazing! Personally I consider the 66 tour & the 75/76 Rolling Thunder tours to be the 2 best, BUT the 79 “Gospel” tour is close.
      We can only hope for a “Bootleg Series” release compiling stuff from 79/80, or even better a full show from Warfield November 79… and preferably November 16 :-)
      It used to be easy to find these shows (and loads of others) with a bit of googling.. (I’ve downloaded my fair share:), try searching for specific dates, places & Dylan..

      I don’t know of any warfield 79 shows on youtube, except the ones my “friend” Al Cappone uploaded.. I’m sure he will be helpful in the future as well.

      -Egil

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  5. I was fortunate to attend one of these Fox Warfield concerts (I’m not sure if it is the one you post here but it may have been). As I indicated in an earlier comment I made on your site, it was the most powerful concert I have ever attended, bar none: classical, rock and roll, folk, you name it.

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  7. The 79 Dylan concert in the cozy Warfield was my 1st major concert after we just had moved to the US in the summer. I don’t think the public much appreciated the Christian sound, given the loud applause whenever he played something from a previous era. The Warfield was impressive, including the terrible smell of marihuana; must have come from marin county…

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