Audio: Bob Dylan Delivers Epic ‘Desolation Row’ at Royal Albert Hall, May 27,1966

This is a very cool version of “Desolation Row” from Dylan’s 1966 World Tour.

This recording really is from Dylan’s May 27, 1966 show at the Royal Albert Hall in London. At 13 and a half minutes in length, it’s slightly longer than the 11 and a half minute version played at Free Trade Hall in Manchester 10 days earlier, and the sound quality is good.

Plus a good one from the previous year:

Hollywood Bowl,L.A., Sept. 3, 1965 (excellent recording):

Desolation Row by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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6 thoughts on “Audio: Bob Dylan Delivers Epic ‘Desolation Row’ at Royal Albert Hall, May 27,1966

  1. “At 13 and a half minutes in length, it’s more than twice as long as the version played at Free Trade Hall in Manchester 10 days earlier and the sound quality is good.”

    Twice as long? As far as I know, the version played at Free Trade Hall May 17, 1966 (and released on “The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert”) has an official length of 11:31.

  2. Incredible performance and recording quality!!! Anybody know what Bob says at the 31 second mark? Also, does it cut off at 8:44 for everyone else?

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