Bob Dylan Confirms ‘The Complete Budokan 1978’

The full recordings from those epochal Japanese concerts...

Bob Dylan will release ‘The Complete Budokan 1978’ later this year.

The album is part of his ongoing Bootleg Series, a kind of alternate discography that is composed of studio outtakes, experiments, live recordings, and more. Initially released as a Japan-only live album in 1978 – an international release followed the subsequent year – ‘Bob Dylan At Budokan’ remains a sought-after concert LP, representing Dylan at a pivotal moment in his career.

Digging into the archives, ‘The Complete Budokan 1978’ represents a treasure trove for fans. Boasting a slew of never-before-heard live takes, the original concerts – February 28th and March 1st, 1978 – were recorded to 24-channel multi-track analog tape, making for pristine audio quality.

Original producer Tetsuya Shiroki has heard the new Bootleg release, commenting that the concert release “…capture(s) two days of this history-making tour. Nothing has been removed or altered in any way.” 

Chief engineer Tom Suzuki says, “We mixed the record with the keyword ‘passion’ in mind. The result is a mix that surpasses the original 1978 release, providing a crisper and clearer sound where each instrument and Bob Dylan’s voice are distinctly audible.” 

Available from as a 4CD boxset and a bumper vinyl package, ‘The Complete Budokan 1978’ will be released on November 17th – pre-order it now.

The full package is a thing to behold, too. It boasts newly remixed complete live recordings from the two Budokan concert dates featuring 36 previously unreleased tracks; facsimile memorabilia such as concert tickets, pamphlets, posters, and flyers; 60-page full-colour photo book of previously unpublished photos of Dylan on-stage and behind-the-scenes at the airport, press conferences and more; exclusive liner notes.

Check out this vital take on ‘The Man In Me’ below.

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