Cry A While – Shadowbox

I could watch this performance all day long.

It really catches Bob Dylan and his band on top of their game. I believe this was the network television debut of his new moustache.  It’s right before Charlie Sexton left the band and Bob’s sound went a little edgier live.

The ‘shadowbox’ effect is another thing that is very special about this one. I have a theory that Bob controls all of the camera angles when he’s shot on television. He’s never captured like everyone else during award shows or tributes or whatever. It’s always an interesting angle or a different take on televising a performance. This shadowbox effect was not done with the folks at the Staples Center in mind that night. It was created for television. See also his cover of “A Change Is Gonna Come” where it’s basically one camera for the first half of the song.

Some of the band performances in ‘Masked & Anonymous’ had a similar feel. There’s a minimalist feel to it. Like you’re watching an old broadcast.

On top of all that it’s just a great song.


2 responses to “Cry A While – Shadowbox

  1. I agree with you that this is one of Bob’s finest performances and the visuals are splendid. However, this was not the debut of the ‘stache. Certainly, he wore it at the Oscars ( in 2001 when he won for “Things Have Changed.” The Oscars of course were broadcast on network TV.

  2. I think you are right man because it’s not often we are subjected to ‘the hook’ on screen and that’s why it’s weird to watch audience footage sometimes. You see angles of Bob you haven’t seen much before.

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