The End of Time Has Just Begun
1. Love Sick (2014/04/03- Tokyo, Japan)
2. Dirt Road Blues (2002 Outtake)
3. Standing in the Doorway (2017/04/01- Stockholm, Sweeden)
4. Million Miles (1998/02/17- St.Louis, MO)
5. Tryin’ To Get To Heaven (2000/09/14- Dublin, Ireland)
6. ‘Til I Fell In Love With You (2015/06/20 Mainz, SL)
7. Not Dark Yet (1999/06/14- Eugene, OR)
8. Cold Irons Bound (2004/11/09- East Lansing, MI)
9. Make You Feel My Love (1998/07/09- Stockholm, Sweden)
10. Can’t Wait (1998/01/21- New York, NY)
11. Highlands (1999/11/18- Amherst, MI)
It’s been a while since I made a compilation and, unfortunately, this definately fits the bill for my mood. Time Out of Mind is one of Dylan’s greatest albums, and almost all of its songs have had long and varied lives in concert circulation since ’97. The sole exception is the minor tune “Dirt Road Blues”, of which I only have an outtake from the “Masked and Anonymous” sessions to represent.
The original album is in high regard by many fans for good reason. It is a deep, dark, and atmospheric journey through some of the most ragged and emotional songs of his entire career. Dylan has stated that he didn’t end up liking Lanois’ production, I think it sounds absolutely stunning. In fact, I would even go as far as to say they are perfectly captured.
It is interesting to see how the song’s arrangements become subtly adjusted through the years, more in line with Bob’s feel. Compared to others, however, the Mind tracks have remained pretty close.
But with life, sometimes the tone or mood can be more important than adherence to structure. These selections are among my favorite live renditions because of their immediate and unique grasp on the essence of Time out of Mind. This is not under calculating studio hands, but under harsh stage lights in a moment that’s already passing.