Bob Dylan

Farewell Bloomfield

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On November 15, 1980, guitar legend Mike Bloomfield joined longtime friend and sometimes collaborator Bob Dylan on-stage during Dylan's performance at San Francisco's Fox Warfield Theater. It would prove Bloomfield's final live performance when three months later to the day he was found dead in his car of a drug overdose. The two-disc bootleg set Farewell Bloomfield captures the Fox Warfield set in its entirety, and the undeniable highlight is a blistering rendition of the landmark "Like a Rolling Stone," which Dylan and Bloomfield first recorded in 1965. Bloomfield also appears on the scorching "Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar," a classic B-side evoking Dylan's mid-'60s apex. The remainder of the set focuses largely on the gospel-inspired material written following Dylan's conversion to Christianity, with a handful of warhorses like "Simple Twist of Fate" and "Just Like a Woman" sprinkled in for good measure. It's a good if not great show most noteworthy for its tragic historical resonance, with so-so sound quality to boot.