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The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Series of Dreams

    You don't get paid writing these reviews, but you can at least review what you want. I never tire writing about Bob Dylan, Larry Norman, Malcolm Muggeridge, Steve Scott, and a few other writers and musicians. Someone else can handle discs one and two of this set. I'm mesmerized by disc three. These are the outtakes that never made Infidels, or for that matter, Slow Train, Saved, or Shot of Love. They did make Empire Burlesque, where they were ruined by Arthur Baker. But here are alt versions of "Tight Connection to My Heart" "here called "Someone's Got a Hold of My Heart" and "When the Night Comes Falling From the Sky". You not only hear dazzling alt lyrics, but Dylan in progress writing them, as in the latter song, with the lines "You'll know everything I know, down below and up above. The alt line has love instead of know, and here Bob obviously gets it wrong, since in one version, love rhymes with above, in the other know rhymes with below. This track has a line from each version. Great things like that, not to mention dazzling wordplay in "Angelina" and "Foot of Pride." "Ye Shall Be Changed" and "You Changed My Life" are upbeat, Saved- era keepers that never made the cut. Not to mention the songs everyone loves, like "Every Grain of Sand" and "Blind Willie McTell". Bob at his unheard best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Treasures From the Vaults

    Here are a few thoughts on the Bootleg Series. Disc 1 is comprised of acoustic numbers that have more energy than the classic Dylan songs from that period often heard on radio. Check out Rambling, Gambling Willie and House Carpenter. Disc 2 chronicles the switch from acoustic to electric and continues up to Blood on the Tracks. The mid 60s numbers are mostly good. The alternate take of It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry is excellent. The two Basement Tapes numbers and Tangled Up in Blue are poorly recorded. Disc 3 continues to 1989 and is full of lost treasures like Seven Days, Blind Willie McTell, and Foot of Pride. Some of Dylan’s best 80s work is on this disc. This is a good companion to the Biograph box set.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fellow Duluthian Rocks AGAIN and AGAIN

    Bob Dylan, icon of the 20th and now 21st century rock scene, is now enveloped in this definitive collection of ballads that pull at the heartstrings of America. Dylan brings out a true sense of ''sweet-home'' Americana...Dylan's breadth of styles is astounding....BUY....BUY...BUY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lordy, this is the Shining Board of a Great Poet

    This collection is superlative in scope and selection. While most anthologies are little more than the best-of or greatest hits of a tired horse that once made a run, this series is an education and a charm. Many of his well-known songs are included, but many of the tracks are seminal recordings of songs in rough form. You can catch a glimpse of the otherwise reticent Dylan as he works his opus before the music is too well-packaged for recording. You will hear him as a bitter young man, a tired man, a religious man. After a few listenings, you will feel as if he sat down with you for a few hours and answered your question, ''Where you been?''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's always been Bob

    I knew what to expect when I bought it, I was thrilled to have it. Bob has always soothed my soul.. It's great.

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    Posted November 12, 2008

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