This album was recorded shortly before the release of 'Blonde on Blonde', and it was one of, if not the last gig on the tour.
The first half is acoustic, and the second is electric, with Dylan being backed by the Hawks, who would later become the Band.
I have read reviews describing the first half as boring, however, I feel quite different. He does not just recreate the material, instead he sings it with a passion which really captures the soul, as though every syllable is important - which it is.
The second half is essentially the reason for this album being so historic. Dylan whips out the electric guitar and plays new material alongside reinvigorated classics, such as 'I Don't Believe You' and 'Baby Let me Follow you Down'. The former is introduced by Dylan giving a quick blow on his harp and then saying 'it used to sound like that, and not it sounds like this', before bursting into the song.
Another famous moment on the album is when a member of the crowd shouts 'Judas' and Dylan replies 'I don't believe you... you're a liar' before turning to his band and saying 'play it fucking loud'. They then break into the majestic 'Like a Rolling Stone'.
I love all the tracks on this album, but one which really stands out to me is 'Baby Let me Follow you Down'. When you hear it you will know what I mean as it sounds so different.
If you have heard the '64 Live album you will notice Dylan is in a very different mood here. On the '64 performance he laughs alot and engages with the crowd, here he almost seems to dislike the crowd, and rarely engages with them. This was due to the fact he had be touring very heavily, performing constantly, with little time for rest. He also faced alot of bad reception from the folkies who just wanted the old Dylan strumming on his guitar. However, he had moved on and left that scene behind.
Something that accompanies this album excellently is the Scorsese film 'No Direction Home'. It starts with Dylan's roots and goes upto 1966 and the last scene even has Bob saying 'play it fucking loud!'.
So if you love this, I urge you to buy the Scorsese film, or perhaps buy the film first, ever way it will make you love Dylan even more than hopefully you already do!