Dylan & Taylor
I have read many articles about Dylan and his real live tour with Taylor in 1984 and the so called rock journalists would write that Taylor's long winded solos were disorganized and did not fit in with Dylan's live shows. That's so far from the truth all you have to do is take the time and listen to those recordings objectively with some music background.
If you compare those performances now to lets say Dylan's Live 1966 bootleg series from Albert Hall with the Hawks backing him and many say those shows were some of the best live rock and roll shows ever. I think Dylan doing one set acoustic and then the 2nd set electric had more to do with it then the actual playing. Yes the band sounded great but listen to Robbie Robertson's electric solos his tin tone comes no where close to how Taylor backed up Dylan and enriched his material live.
The test :
Listen to Taylor with Dylan and then listen to those bootleg recordings with Dylan's electric backup bands at Albert Hall or the Newport Festival and those performances really don't blow away anything Taylor did with Dylan. In fact Dylan's vocals are the only thing that is better with Dylan's collaborations with Taylor.
Dylan and Taylor from Rome 6/19/84 is another great fantastic show.
masters of war - MT plays a eerie, wonderful mysterious, feel
Every Grain of Sand - melodic wonderment.
Growing up I always had the melodies of Blowing in the wind, Times they are changing, I shall be released, in my head, Well Taylor plays these wonderful notes and melody on these great songs. His precise notes are wonderful and I always wondered how an electric solo would sound on these great songs. Just listening to Taylor play those notes and melody on those songs is worth all the time spent with Taylor's music.
To bad Dylan did not invite Taylor to his 30th anniversary special at MSG he would of blown away all those guitar players on stage that night doing Dylan tunes. I have to say Woody does an unbelievable job on Dylan's Seven days.
Listen to the Hamburg 5/31/84 Show it's fantastic and is as good as The Albert Hall show from 1966.
Listen to what Taylor does on Its all Over now Baby Blue, his lyrical melodic beautiful lines make the song something special.
Listen to Ballad of a thin man and like a rolling stone from Albert Hall, then listen to ballad of a thin man and Like a Rolling Stone from Hamburg with Taylor. The song sequence from Its all Over Now Baby blue, Masters of War, Ballad of a Thin Man, When You Gonna Wake up, Every Grain of Sand and Like a Rolling Stone is heaven. The band is cooking.