Those of you out there who are Bob Dylan fans should check out his most recent release – The Bootleg Series, Volume 8: The Tell Tale Signs.
Those of you out there who are NOT Dylan fans should be ostracized from this country.
The most recent installment of Dylan’s “Bootleg Series” features many rare and unreleased tracks from his works spanning 1989 through 2006. The majority of them are variations of tracks from his Oh Mercy, Time Out of Mind, and Modern Times albums. While Dylan might not have felt these versions from the cutting room floor were good enough to be on the final album cut, you can see his unique mastery and ability come through in each adaptation. Dylan’s sense of “incomplete” is synonymous with a sense of “perfection” for everyone else. I personally think the first two tracks (a previously unreleased version of "Mississippi" and an alternate take on "Most of the Time") might be the best two on the album. This does not mean, however, that the remaining songs are any bit of a let-down. His varied attempts at "Everything is Broken," "Series of Dreams," and "Lonesome Day Blues," are just a few more of the stand-outs from this 2-disc, 27-track release.
You can check out the album on iTunes and bobdylan.com, and you still may be able to listen to it for free on NPR’s website. If you get the chance, I highly recommend giving it a listen. As Dylan continues to age, our opportunities to hear his ingenious and inspiring creations will persist to be few and far between.
P.S.: Word on the street is they will be using parts of this album to replace the National Anthem...ok, maybe not.
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