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The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8, Tell Tale Signs [Rare And Unreleased] 1989-2006 CD

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  • Audio CD (13 Dec. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia / Legacy
  • ASIN: B004AKGBIG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mississippi
  2. Most of the Time
  3. Dignity
  4. Someday Baby
  5. Red River Shore
  6. Tell Ol' Bill
  7. Born In Time
  8. Can't Wait
  9. Everything Is Broken
  10. Dreamin' of You
  11. Huck's Tune
  12. Marchin' to the City
  13. High Water (For Charley Patton)

Disc: 2

  1. Mississippi
  2. 32-20 Blues
  3. Series of Dreams
  4. God Knows
  5. Can't Escape from You
  6. Dignity
  7. Ring Them Bells
  8. Cocaine Blues
  9. Ain't Talkin'
  10. The Girl On the Greenbriar Shore
  11. Lonesome Day Blues
  12. Miss the Mississippi
  13. The Lonesome River - Bob Dylan featuring Ralph Stanley
  14. 'Cross the Green Mountain

Product Description

(2CD) BOOTLEG SERIES 8 : 27 previously unreleased & rare recordings, plus alternate versions.

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This is, if anything, my favourite in the ongoing Bootleg Series of "Rare and Unreleased" recordings of Dylan`s outtakes, alternate takes and unreleased tracks, and indeed is beginning to sound like one of the Great Dylan Abums.
You get two discs` worth of eclectic music from this amazing man`s more recent career - over two and a half hours of magnificent music.
Each CD begins with a version of one of Bob`s most mutable and musically memorable songs, Mississippi, the second an effective slowed down reading. Both are welcome additions to the sublime original take on Love & Theft.
This review would go on for ever were I to mention each of the 27 tracks, so here are a few highlights.
Red River Shore is one of the dozen or so `new` songs here, and is quite wonderful, one of Dylan`s songs of "that old weird America" to quote Greil Marcus`s resonant phrase. He appears to have rewritten an old song, to timeless effect. This really is Dylan at his most classic, a touching performance of a beautiful song.
The urgent and brilliant Marchin` To The City, another stupendous Dylan tour de force, along with Dreamin` Of You, the immediacy of the superbly played and sung Can`t Escape From You, Tell Ol` Bill, the live `n lovely The Girl On The Greenbriar Shore, the stately, epic, astonishing 8-minute `Cross The Green Mountain, and The Lonesome River (featuring elder statesman of American roots music Ralph Stanley, old and wise as a buzzard on vocal & banjo) are all priceless gems in the immovable crown of Dylan`s Indian Summer. The titles alone bespeak an ancient poetry.
Oh, and towards the end of the second disc he sings a tender, languid version of the Jimmie Rodgers ballad Miss The Mississippi - the river this time rather than the state - which is utterly beguiling.
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I've been reading Ian Bell's two volume bio of Dylan. Bell makes the point that sometimes Dylan's choices of what's included and what left out of albums is sometimes inexplicable, and that omitted songs are sometimes better than those included. This cd backs Bell up: it has some great songs, mainly from the Oh Mercy, Modern Times and Time Out of Mind period: songs not included in those albums, alternate takes, and a couple of live reinterpretations. Highlights include songs like two earlier versions of 'Mississippi' , omitted from Time out of Mind', and 'Dignity' from 'Oh Mercy' sessions. The tracks on this 'official' bootleg series are mainly studio quality recordings of full songs, not the mix of fragments that have surfaced on unauthorised bootlegs. It's like having a new Dylan album from one of my favourite periods of his work: highly recommended.
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After a long career which has famously been `Bootlegged' many times, Bob Dylan has now decided to do what the fans have wanted all along and started to release previously archived material - unreleased demos, live recordings, stuff that never made it onto albums etc - in a series of official Bootleg albums. The first three volumes were a good mixture of alternative versions and live numbers that never made it to albums and included many important and interesting recordings, such as the original Blood on the Tracks sessions. These three volumes covered the period of 1961 to 1991. The fourth volume was the infamous Manchester concert from 1966, recorded at a time when Dylan was accused of being a traitor to the folk movement for his electric album Highway 61. So far so good, these were recordings well worth owning, especially the visceral '66 concert. Volumes 5 and 6 were throwaway live recordings with little extra of note, and volume 7 was a return to form with a well chosen mix of alternative, live and unreleased material from 1959 to 1966. This volume essentially picks up where Volume 3 left off, and presents live, alternative and unreleased material that has been accumulating in the archives from 1989 to 2006.

This period has been a great one for Dylan, with some critically and commercially successful albums through the nineties and early naughties restoring his reputation a little after the best forgotten about eighties. And it is good to see that as well as what we were given in the official relelases, Dylan's creativity was on top form and there was plenty of unreleased stuff in the vaults.
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As a person who was disappointed with the Time Out of Mind album but a great fan of "Modern Times" I didn't know what to expect. I was afraid that it would be a maudlin collection of badly croaked songs. But I was pleasantly surprised. There are some very good songs here - not a single dud. The singing is pretty good for Late-period Dylan. The backing groups and production are par excellence, as always. The biggest surprise was the number of top-notch songs on here that were omitted from albums such as Time Out of Mind. They are far better than the numbers that actually made it to the published albums! I recommend it. I find myself playing it over and over again, so I guess I must like it!!
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