I have a double DVD set of this concert in my collection. The pictures are taken from one (or both?) of the audience films included here, but the sound is so much better!
Let’s Begin from the sound upgraded DVD:
It is one of the real gems from Europe 81. It is too bad it’s not on YouTube or one of the other video sharing sites. What I have found are two concerts that are documents from a fantastic tour. They are both worth watching, but I think you should seek out the “release” with the sound upgrade.
July 20: Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana – Happy Birthday Carlos Santana
Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican and American rock guitarist. Santana became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered rock, Latin music and jazz fusion. The band’s sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music.
Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana at number 15 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
He has been on stage/tour with our man, Bob Dylan and we have dug up some of their moments together.
Happy Birthday, Carlos!
Bob Dylan & Carlos Santana Blowin’ In The Wind (Barcelona,1984):
Bob Dylan & Carlos Santana Interview:
Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana – Tombstone blues (1984?):
1999 Never Ending Tour – 1999.07.17 – Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre (The E-Centre) – Camden, NJ
1. The Sound Of Silence
2. That’ll Be The Day
4. The Wanderer
3. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
“Easily for me, the most moving part of his set was when Dylan came out for “Sounds of Silence.” Maybe it was the ghost of another Kennedy tragedy hanging over the proceedings, or maybe it was the arrangement, much slower than the original Simon & Garfunkel single (and pretty much the way Simon’s been doing the song for the last 15 years or so) with Simon playing the melody on electric (finally doing some picking) but a lot of it had to do with Dylan being on stage. Dylan has presence and Simon for all his hand motions during his set just doesn’t — not at this show anyway. Dylan was singing in one of his spookier voices and immediately you knew that he was singing strongly as well.” – Peter Stone Brown (Boblinks)
Bob Dylan (vocal & acoustic guitar)
Paul Simon (vocal & electric guitar)
Mark Stewart (electric & acoustic guitar, dobro. Mandolin, cello)
Vincent Nguini (electric guitar)
Chris Botti (trumpet)
Jay Ashby (slide trombone, percussion)
Andy Snitzer (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, synthesizer)
Tony Cedras (keyboards, accordion), Alain Mallet (keyboards)
Bakithi Kumalo (bass)
Jamey Haddad (percussion)
Steve Shehan (percussion)
Steve Gadd (drums).