Bob Dylan and the Band Before the Flood Original: Asylum Records CD release: Columbia 37661 1974 Opinions are funny things, particularly music opinions. Regarding Bob Dylan and the Band's Before the Flood, here is my opinion. Of all of his live recordings, Before the Flood remains Bob Dylan's best. Perhaps it is not the most (in)famous; that might be the "Albert Hall" show recorded at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1966 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert (Columbia, 1998). It might not be the most daring; that might be the failed Bob Dylan at Budakon (Columbia, 1979). It is not really the most interesting as Hard Rain (Columbia, 1976) is and not as pedestrian as Real Live (Columbia, 1984). It was not blatantly commercial as was his brief union with the Grateful Dead and his flirtation with Tom Petty. Yes, this set is his best. Before the Flood is the most complete and least compromised of Dylan live recordings...

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