Bob Dylan

Never-Ending Phenomenon

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Because the most fanatical enthusiasts absolutely positively must have every note that originates from Bob Dylan's mouth, bootleggers will never go belly-up pirating garbage like the two-disc Never-Ending Phenomenon, which documents an absolutely dreadful show captured July 17, 2003, in West Valley City, UT. The performance pinpoints the inherent problem with Dylan's Never-Ending Tour -- fatigue and even boredom inevitably set in every now and again, and this particular performance falls completely flat. Dylan sings as though he wishes he were anywhere but on-stage, badly flubbing the lyrics to songs like "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" and mumbling his way through others. He adds several painful harmonica solos for good measure, and his band turns in a workmanlike effort that does little to compensate for their boss' disinterest. Tambourine Man's package is sharp, but otherwise this material should have remained in the vaults. It's hard to imagine even the most rabid Dylan enthusiast listening to this train wreck more than once.