Boomkat Product Review:
Chan Marshall's 2022 Royal Albert Hall performance is presented in full here, a frame-by-frame remake of Bob Dylan's legendary 1966 show at the same venue.
In 1965 and 1966, Dylan pivoted from the acoustic, folk-inspired sounds that had rooted his first few records, using electric guitar and polarizing his audience. His lengthy tour culminated with a show at the Royal Albert Hall, the first half acoustic and the second electrified with a full band. Marshall plays the entire set here from beginning to end, sticking to the script but adding enough Cat Power to keep us transfixed throughout. Dylan has long been an inspiration for Marshall, and she's clearly passionate about the songs, infusing tracks like 'Visions of Johanna' and 'Mr. Tambourine Man' with sensitivity and crackling grace.
On the second side, she's joined by a full band to re-interpret jangly stompers like 'Baby, Let Me Follow You Down' and 'Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues'. The iconic 'Like A Rolling Stone' comes as a finale, and Marshall's version is expectedly lavish, filled with hammond organ vamps and carried by her bold, clear delivery. Not just a history lesson, it's a love-letter that stands a few paces from most cover records.