Escaping On The Run

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"Escaping On The Run" is the title of the Moonlight Records bootleg
(Volumes 1 & 2 (2 CDs each) ML 9638-9641, 1996) of the two
Vredenburg, Utrecht shows (June 20-21, 1996). These are the
first released albums of the '96 shows. Also notable is Dylan's
introduction of Lambchop. (And, who is Lambchop?)

Compiled: November 10, 1996


From: MOE (dsc9bam@IMC210.MED.NAVY.MIL)
Date: 1996/09/10

Had to run before so a few of the titles escaped vol 39....

"ESCAPING ON THE RUN"  Volume 1   2CD    (Moontunes-ML 9638/39)
    Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland  20 June 1996
    Tracks: 15      Time: 110+ entire show       Source:   Audience
    Quality: Very Good
Well, well. The first CD to arise and bust out of its clothes from the 1996 tour. Upon first listen I was a bit disappointed, however, subsequent listens have found the quality of the recording to be quite acceptable. Not up to the standards of the Blue Ribbon Audience '95'ers, mind you - A Million Faces, F*** the Playlist, Bob's Full House, others - but enjoyable nonetheless. The recording is quite clear, vocals crisp and distinct and the instruments and nuances are there. Not as close and upfront sounding as the ones mentioned above but, oddly enough, still a good recording IMO and the sound does not detract at all from the performance. We've all heard many '96 shows, eh, so no need to wax eloquent about Mr. Bob & Band's performance, at least on this gig. It's a good one-particularly (IMO) Shake Sugaree, Tonight I'll be Staying, Maggie's, Seven Days, Masterpiece, Mama & GirlFromTheNCountry. The rockers are also a treat as the band blitzes through a fine Silvio & AGetaway. Remaining tracks are Drifters/Watchtower/RiverFlow/MrTMan/JBrown/12&35. Not bad for a start, recommended but let's hope for some "blow away" quality shows on CD soon.
"ESCAPING ON THE RUN"  Volume 2   2CD    (Moontunes-ML 9640/41)
    Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland  21 June 1996
    Tracks: 15      Time: 110+ entire show       Source:   Audience
    Quality: Very Good
See above volume 1 for quality characteristics, as the sound is quite similar on volume 2. IMO, a better performance on volume 2 and a more enjoyable set list, what with a scary LongBlackCoat, slow and biting Pos4thSt and strong, muscular version of Tom Thumb. Great acoustic set also w/GirlFromNC (they must like that in Holland), DRow and FriendofDevil. Bob's in fine voice, as usual, and the Band works the rockers into a frenzy. Thin Man/ She Belongs To Me & Seven Days also stand out, along with a beautiful and energetic MyBackPages that really gets the crowd going. Wonderful performance all around and an enjoyable listen. Remaining trax:Drifters/Watchtower/Silvio/Getaway/12&35. Highly recommended.

 Tally from the Utrecht stand: 23 different songs played out of 30 total. If you're going to get only one of the above, I'd recommend volume 2. (One negative is the lack of bonus trax, being that there is room for at least 4-5 on each of the volumes. No excuse for not including them, IMO). Nice artwork and graphics on both sets w/ glossy color photos of Bob in pink silk (from these shows? What did he wear, Utrecht attendees?) adorning front, back and inserts. A decent start but let's hope for some "in your face" quality in those to come.

 I'll give the "Genuine Bootleg Series" a go one of these days. The quality on the already circulating material on it is definitely an improvement, IMO. Some of the newly found trax are pretty incredible as far as quality goes. If you have any doubts about getting it, get it anyway.

 Peace - Moe


Subject: Welcome Back, Bernie (Not Much Dylan Content)
From: Patricia Jungwirth (tricia.j@AARDVARK.APANA.ORG.AU)
Date: 1996/09/29

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>Note on Shake Sugaree  - at this point, "Escaping On The Run Vol 1" is
>the only CD to include this. Of course, this and Vol 2 are the only
>96's available to date.
There should be a law invoked to force Sony to issue a 'legal' CD immediately with this song on it - and another law to ensure it's put on high rotation on all radio stations! 'For the good of the people', not that I want to get fascist about it, but...

 Tricia J


Subject: DEEP Heads Up
From: Ben Taylor (
uk) Date: 1996/08/31

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When folks get to hear Utrecht 21 June 1996 be sure to pay special attention to All Along the Watchtower. Bucky Baxter's playing during the song's ending reveals he has been watching way too many late night horror 'B' movies!

 Ben Taylor


From: Bob Meyer (
Subject: Escaping On The Run Vol. 2
Date: Mon Oct 07 11:41:32 AM CDT 1996

Picked up the CD "Escaping On The Run vol. 2"-Vredenburg,Utrecht 6/21/96(Moonlight Records- ML 9640/41). Here are some thoughts on it. It is nice to hear something on CD from the Spring/Summer 96 Tour. This concert could contain (IMHO) the best preformances in recent years of "Man in The Long Black Coat" & "Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues" that this listener has ever heard. The concert sound quality is great,and preformance is above average. A splendid set which includes one of the better versions of "Boots Of Spanish Leather"(although this is mislabeled on The CD and on back cover as "Girl From The North Country"). A slow, almost Grateful Dead type version of "Positively 4th Street",and a wonderful version of "She Belongs To Me". As an extra bonus you also get to hear Bob chatting back and forth with Lamchop ("Let's hear it for the Chopper.... He's been to more shows than I have"). I do not detect Lambchop anywhere else during the show (but then again, my hearing isn't what it used to be). All in all a great show. Although, some bonus tracks would've been nice, I highily recommend it!!! If you play it loud enough, you can almost see the gold lame pants ;-)

 Anyone else have any comments on this?

 Anyone have Vol. 1? What's it like?

 Does anyone know why this CD costs more than others?

 Bob Meyer


From: Jeff (DrJibe@MSN.COM)
Subject: Escaping On The Run Vol. 2
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 03:31:37 UT

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I find "Escaping On The Run Volume 1" - Vredenburg,Utrecht 6/20/96 on Moonlight Records - ML 9638/39 more enjoyable than Volume 2. It was hard to get this one out of the CD player to listen to Volume 2. Both 2CDs are excellent quality audience recordings. Volume 1 contains the first Bob "Shake Sugaree" to make it to CD. These are the first 96 shows to make it to CD. See Deep Beneath the Waves 40 for a review of these CDs. As you can see from the track listings there is the overlap of song titles between shows ( "!" indicates the song is unique to this 2 day run).
Volume 1:

Drifter's Escape
!Shake Sugaree
All Along The Watchtower
!Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
!Watching The River Flow
!Mr. Tambourine Man
!John Brown
!Mama, You Been On My Mind
!Maggie's Farm
!When I Paint My Masterpiece
Seven Days
Alabama Getaway
!Girl From The North Country
Rainy Day Women Nos. 12 & 35

Volume 2:

Drifter's Escape
!Man In The Long Black Coat
All Along The Watchtower
!Positively 4th Street
!Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
!Boots Of Spanish Leather
!Desolation Row
!Friend Of The Devil
!Ballad Of A Thin Man
!She Belongs To Me
Seven Days
Alabama Getaway
!My Back Pages
Rainy Day Women Nos. 12 & 35

EDLIS Boot Advisory Agent


Subject: Escaping On The Run (4CDs, Moonlight Records, 1996)...
From: (Craig Jamieson)
Date: 1996/09/11

Escaping On The Run (4CDs, Moonlight Records, 1996)

 Not much discussion of Bob's Utrecht album?

 Is the Lambchop dialogue on it? Clear to hear?

Those who want to see Lambchop can get an id shot at

 and then watch the Prince's Trust to see him move too!

 Oooops, sloppy cut and paste from the web search, it does not look right does it? Better try:


From: (Craig Jamieson)
Subject: Escaping On The Run...
Date: 10 Oct 1996 10:52:14 GMT

EDLIS Research  Labs, Inc.  have been  working  through  the
nights to  bring you the Lambchop transcription. Anyone care
to improve on this?

After She  Belongs To  Me (26)  ends there is a gap of 1:50,
followed  by   Bob  Dylan   saying,   "Thank   you.   Thanks
everybody..... Umm..  this here gentleman playing the guitar
from Memphis... [someone in the crowd yells, "J.J. Jackson"]
That's right  man, you  got it.  That's his  name. Alright -
J.J. Jackson  [laughing], alright.  J.J.'s my.... [something
inaudible].   I'd also like to say hello to our good friend,
The Chopper, who's down here. How come you never made it to,
uh, Cincinnati?   You  were suppose to come over there to...
supposed to  come down  to Atlanta  - you  never  showed  up
there. Pretty  weird. On  the drums tonight, Winston Watson.
Give him  a big  hand. And  on steel   guitar, Bucky Baxter,
playin' the  mandolin too.  On  bass  guitar  tonight,  Tony
Garnier. [applause]  Great seein'  ya again  Chopper  [???].
Alright! We've  been missin'  ya! We've been missin' you the
last couple shows."
Person in Crowd yells, "DIGNITY!!! DIGNITY!!!"
Bob Dylan  replies, "That's  it. That's  it! [laughing]  How
about giving  the Chopper  a hand. Hey! [applause] He's seen
more shows  than me...  He's seen  me play  more times  than
me...." [Followed by Seven Days (27)]

Escaping On  The Run  (4 CDs  (Volume 1:  2 CDs, Volume 2: 2
CDs) Moonlight  Records, ML 9638, ML 9639, ML 9640, ML 9641,
1996, ACD, Bar-code: 5 419969 638394, 5 419969 640410)


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