Celebrating a magical moment in time 45 years ago, The Complete Budokan 1978 is a treat for Bob Dylan fans as his famed 1978 Tokyo shows take center stage.
This deluxe box set, a lavish presentation of Bob Dylan’s inaugural concert appearances in Japan, unfolds like a time machine and captures the essence of his Far East pilgrimage. Housed in an extravagant 12” x 12” box imported from Japan, The Complete Budokan 1978 is more than just a collection of tunes, it’s a journey back through time. Two complete shows from Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan Hall, February 28 and March 1, 1978, come alive across 58 tracks on four CDs, 36 of which have never been released before. The audio experience is nothing short of magnificent, freshly remixed from the original 24-channel analog tapes to ensure that every note resonates with the same authenticity that audiences heard over four decades ago.
Along with the music comes a feast for the eyes as well. Complementing the music is a 60-page full-color photo book, a compilation of liner notes, and never-before-seen snapshots of Dylan both on-stage and behind the scenes. From airport moments to press conferences, this photographic journal provides a glimpse into the life of an artist on the brink of immortality. But the indulgence doesn’t stop there. The Complete Budokan 1978 is an interactive experience. Facsimile memorabilia, including concert tickets, pamphlets, posters, and flyers, bridges the gap between then and now. Holding these tangible relics, fans are transported to an era where the excitement of Dylan’s music echoed through the bustling streets of Japan.
If you prefer your live Dylan on vinyl, the Another Budokan 1978 version handpicks 16 specially selected tracks from the comprehensive box set and comes packaged in a gatefold sleeve with an OBI-strip and a 4-panel insert complete with liner notes.
The Complete Budokan 1978 is an invitation to relive a pivotal moment in Bob Dylan’s storied career. As the music floats from your speakers, and the visuals unfold before your eyes, you’re not just listening to history, you’re experiencing it, one note at a time.