Dylan's in one of his ubiquitous periods: the tour, the 1964 Philharmonic concert just out on CD, the Victoria's Secret ad (and what the heck is that?). CMV brings us his memorable 1994 appearance on MTV Unplugged, a set of mostly 60s classics with four tracks that didn't appear on the show. One can see why Tombstone Blues wasn't included - in 94, Dylan was prone to slip into "mumblin' Bob" mode. It's one of my favourite Dylan songs, and it took me two verses to recognize it. But Desolation Row, another bonus, gets a tremendous, heartfelt reading. If he can't quite match the legendary studio performance of Like A Rolling Stone, even with Brendan O'Brien's majestic organ fills, there are superb readings of Love Minus Zero/No Limit, All Along The Watchtower, John Brown and the encore, With God On Our Side.
The visual quality is better than broadcast, though not much, and I wish director Milton Lage had just let the camera light on something for 20 seconds or so. Aside from the bonus tracks reintegrated into the concert, there are no extras of any description, so the sole determinant here is the concert. On those grounds alone, it's a keeper.