Sunday 26 April 2020

#141 BOB DYLAN - Expecting Rain N.E.T. Vol 1-6 (Flac)

In 2011, members of the Bob Dylan 'Expecting Rain' forum conducted a poll to decide on the best 100 live performances of Dylan’s career. The tracks included on these volumes have been selected from the Never Ending Tour only - those that made the top 100 and also some of the best tracks from the forum's short list.

The earlier live recordings were excluded as many have been officially released and the early sixties to early eighties recordings are best heard in their entirety.

This is the complete series of six volumes made available for the first time.They cover the beginning of the N.E.T. in 1988 through to 2010. The vast majority of tracks are from audience recordings.

As you can imagine this set required a great deal of work putting together, not just in collecting and collating the actual tracks chosen in the 100, but also those that made the short lists. 

Source information where available has been included with the notes, as has the artwork which was created especially for those that like a tangible object in their hand, with details on the tracks they are listening to. 

If this compilation inspires a further interest in the NET years and I hope it does, then I would advise getting hold of the following two books:

Mind Out Of Time (1986-1990 & beyond) by Paul Williams.
Superb writing and especially strong on the beginnings of the NET in 1988 through 1990

The Razor's Edge: Bob Dylan and the Neverending Tour by Andrew Muir
One More Night: Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour (Second and updated edition of above)
Infectious and enthusiastic, Andrew's book more than any gets a grip on the mammoth task of understanding Dylan's live performance since 1988

One final point, if you are looking for further information about Bob Dylan, don't forget to check out 'Expecting Rain' the finest Dylan site on the web. 

Exprecting Rain

Compiled by thebasement67
for the 100 greatest bootlegs blog (February 2016)


Expecting Rain N.E.T. Vol. 1

01. Lakes Of Pontchartrain - Wantagh 30-Jun-88         
02. Hallelujah - Montreal 8-Jul-88            
03. Barbara Allen - New York City 19-Oct-88   
04. Disease Of Conceit - London 8-Feb-90       
05. That Lucky Old Sun - Madison 5-Nov-91   
06. Most Of The Time - San Jose 9-May-92           
07. Tight Connection To My Heart - NYC. 17-Nov-93    
08. Blood In My Eyes - New York City 17-Nov-93
09. Delia - New York City 17-Nov-93     LB-6207   
10. A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall - Nara 22-May-94       
11. Ring Them Bells - Nara 22-May-94       
12. Mama, You Been On My Mind - Warsaw 19-Jul-94        
13. Two Soldiers - Boston 9-Oct-94       
14. I Want You - Unplugged 17-Nov-94

 ER NET Vol 1

 Expecting Rain N.E.T. Vol. 2 

01. Desolation Row - Unplugged 18-Nov-94   
02. Dignity - Unplugged 18-Nov-94    
03. Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Unplugged 18-Nov-94    
04. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue - Prague 11-Mar-95
05. Shelter From The Storm - Prague 11-Mar-95
06. Mr. Tambourine Man - Prague 11-Mar-95
07. In The Long Black Coat - Prague 11-Mar-95
08. Born In Time - Berkeley 26-May-95   
09. Gates Of Eden - Berkeley 26-May-95    
10. Restless Farewell - Sinatra 80th 19-Nov-95   
11. Dark Eyes - Philadelphia 17-Dec-95    
(an alternate has also been provided of a superior recording from 15 Dec 1995)


 Expecting Rain N.E.T. Vol. 3

01. My Back Pages - Berlin 17-Jun-96
         02. Friend Of The Devil - Berlin 17-Jun-96
03. Lovesick - NYC 25-Feb-98
04. This Wheel’s On Fire - Stockholm 9-Jun-98
05. I And I - Dijon 1-Jul-98
06. The Times We’ve Known - New York City 1-Nov-98
07. Train Of Love - J. Cash Tribute 6-Apr-99
08. Tryin’ To Get To Heaven - Lisbon 7-Apr-99
09. Not Dark Yet - New York City 30 Jul-99
10. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
11. Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Ithaca 15-Nov-99
12. Blowin’ In The Wind - Santa Cruz 16-Mar-00
13. Song To Woody - Santa Cruz 16-Mar-00



Expecting Rain N.E.T. Vol. 4

01. Highlands - Santa Cruz 16-Mar-00  
02. Delia - Newcastle 19-Sep-00                      
03. The Ballad Of Frankie Lee & Judas Priest
- Portsmouth 
05. Standing In The Doorway - Paris 3 Oct-00        
06. If Dogs Run Free - Asheville 1-May-01
07. Sugar Baby - Atlanta 9-Feb-02 / Spokane 5-Oct-01  
08. I’ll Remember You
- M&A  18-Jul-02  
09. Cold Irons Bound - M&A 18-Jul-02           
10. Mutineer
- Fairfax 22-Nov-02 
11. Accidentally Like A Martyr - Fairfax 22-Nov-02
12. Summer Days - Fairfax 22-Nov-02   

This is the first time these volumes (4-6) have been posted, the series was interrupted due to a sound card failure and during the resulting delay the links were lost because of hosting issues.



Expecting Rain N.E.T. Vol. 5

01. Dignity - Niagara Falls 23-Aug-03
02. Highwater (for Charley Patton) - Niagara Falls 23-Aug-03
03. Desolation Row - Berlin 20-Oct-03
04. The Mighty Quinn - London 23-Nov-03
05. Jokerman - London 24-Nov-03
06. Romance In Durango - London 24-Nov-03
07. Million Miles - London 24-Nov-03
08. Dear Landlord - London 24-Nov-03
09. Blind Willie McTell - London 25-Nov-03
10. A Change Is Gonna Come - NYC 28-Mar-04
11. Million Dollar Bash - London 21-Nov-05
12. ‘Til I Fell In Love With You - Dublin 27-Nov-05 


Expecting Rain N.E.T. Vol. 6

01. Boots Of Spanish Leather - Dublin 27-Nov-05
02. Visions Of Johanna - Dublin 27-Nov-05
03. Ain’t Talkin’ - New York City 20-Nov-06
04. Nettie Moore - Santa Monica 3-Sep-08
05. Billy - Stockholm 22-Mar-09
06. Forgetful Heart Tokyo 23-Mar-10
07. The Times They Are A Changin’ - Whitehouse 9-Feb-10
08. Shelter From The Storm - Osaka 13-Mar-10
09. What Good Am I - Linz 12-Jun-10
10. Love Sick - Tampa 7-Oct-10

This is the final volume, the download link includes a word document of the tracks shortlisted, that were used to compile this series. 

As we are now ten years on from the oldest performances on this set I recommend the following site:

It's ideal especially if you are looking for Dylan's best performances during the last decade.


  1. Nice looking comp - thank you!!

  2. This would make a great addition to the Bootleg Series....incredible live album, thank you!

    1. Cheers, the NET is certainly overdue for an official release

  3. Great boot, as usual on your blog , many thanks for sharing

  4. expecting rain :mij daily bread

  5. Thanks for this and all of your previous efforts. Really looking forward to this.

  6. Thanks so much for this. And thanks for all you do for all of us.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment 'Headstone' I've added V4 & 5. The final volume should appear in the next few days.

  7. Are these links still functional? All I get from Vol 1 is "Temporary error, retrying". Thanks for making this available. -M.

    1. Still working M. Must have been just a temporary blip.

  8. Mouth watering selection -the link seems to be not functioning at the moment. Is this a temporary thing?

    1. They are working Tony. Click on each individual volume link. ie ER NET V1.
      Must be something your end

  9. Thank you so much for your excellent work in general and for all the details provided with each entry. M.A.

    1. Cheers, good to hear people are still enjoying this one.

  10. That’s a mighty fine collection! Thanks for not taking it down. I’ve just come across it today. It’s a really good overview

  11. Thanks for keeping this post up. It’s an excellent overview of Bob’s work during this period

    1. I don't take any post links down Chris, usually the links stop working through outside forces. Cloud Hosters are often pressured to remove files, fair enough if its now an official release but quite often they're not.
      Yes it's an ideal collection for those who want to investigate Bob's N.E.T. years.