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The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8 / Tell Tale Signs - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
some good tracks some pretty ordinary tracks so if you are a dylan fan do not expect to be excited the way you were with modern times but still worthwhile buying it
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2008
The standard of the bootleg series has been consistently high - this collection demonstrates that Bob's output since Oh Mercy is as strong as anything he's done in his career.

Some suprise acoustic versions of songs (Most of the Time, originally off Oh Mercy and Mississipi from Time out of Mind), the opportunity to get Tell Old Bill and Cross the Green Mountain in a Dylan rather than a movie soundtrack collection and excellent live tracks plus Red River Shore as a completeley unrealeased song, make this a great collection.

I know people moan about the rip off 3 disk version, get the third disc elswhere and enjoy this two disc collection!

Brilliant stuff.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2008
I picked up a massive hardback catalogue of Mr D's paintings for a fraction of this price. Beautifully made. What's going on here? What was it the guy called out in the Free Trade Hall?
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13 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2008
Words fail me. If Bob sanctioned this, then I'm sorry to have supported him since 1965 (I saw him at the Royal Albert Hall in May 1966).

The "Tell Tale Sign" is that Sony/Bob don't know how to treat real die-hard fans (after all, it's THEM who'll buy this set, not the casual Bobophile), between them they just want to rip fans off.

I could only give it a one star, I wanted to leave a zero... but I guess the one star will stand for the first two discs

Disgrace and ripoff are the cleanest words that I can use in this review... I don't even feel inclined now to buy the two disc issue, such is my disgust at this cynical marketing ploy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2014
The packaging is a disgrace.
Every time you try to remove a CD there is the danger of scratching.
Very poorly thought out.
I bought my copy a few years back, a lot cheaper than today's price, which is scandalous.
Great music:poor product.
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on 17 November 2014
perfect
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2008
I've been listening to this album since its release and I think it contains some of Dylan's best recordings. Couldn't believe the poor overall star rating - reviews should be for musical quality only surely, otherwise it's very misleading. Do yourself a favour and buy this album - it's great.
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15 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Be careful when buying this. There are three versions, the triple at mega money, the double and the single. Mine has just arrived. I had not realised it - and looking back at my order it doesnt say anything - I have got the single. When it arrived there was no outer plastic wrapper. I am thinking of returning it because what I really want is the double in a factory seal.

Make sure you know what you are ordering. Somewhere in there it might be my fault, but with three products with the same name, it could get confusing.

I have not listened to it so my 3 stars is just a way of getting the review submitted. Tell Tale Signs: the Bootleg Series Vol.8
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on 18 August 2014
Ok
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2008
This is effectively a follow up to Bootleg series vol 1 - 3 (1961 - 91)
How anyone thought they could find 2 let alone 3 discs worth of recent material to compare with those glory years is beyond me. Dylan has had several peaks over the decades, but each has hit a lesser height.

Dylan's released work of the last ten years, while good, does not match the mid seventies era (Planet Waves / Blood on the Tracks / Desire), let alone the mid sixties classics. These outtakes reflect that drop in quality. There is nothing here to match "Blind Willie McTell" or "Last thoughts on Woody Guthrie" that appeared on the vol 1-3 set.

Edit: After a few years of litening, I actually prefer the later albums covered by this set to the seventies albums- Time out of Mind, Love and Theft, Modern Times are more played than the seventies period albums. Bootlegs vol. 1-3 still knocks spots off this set though.

Anyway, the bad stuff first:
There is far too much filler here. The two (two!) versions of "Mississippi" are mediocre demos add nothing to my appreciation of the released version. "Series of Dreams" apppeared as a finished outtake on vol 1-3, why do we need an inferior demo on this editon? Some of the live tracks reflect Bob's inconsistency as a performer. "High Water" is a particularly rotten performance.

Good stuff:
Two versions of Dignity - in two different arrangements with different lyrics (but one would have been enough!).
"Red River Shore" / "Greenbriar Shore" a Dylan original and the folk song it is based on.
"Ring Them Bells" live - a superb live performance - but why is it the only track from the four nights he recorded at the Supper Club?
"Can't Wait" a much 'heavier' blues than the version on Time Out of Mind, a much more intense vocal.

The remaining tracks vary from ok to good. The finished movie songs being the better ones. As with any reviewer, my opinions are subjective.

Update: I wrote this review a few years ago, and have decided on reflection to upgrade from three stars to four as the album really stands up to repeated listening.
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