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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This three-disc box set is what Dylanphiles have been waiting for, sitting patiently for years, even decades. And, even after its 1991 release, it retains the feeling of being a special, shared secret among the hardcore, since -- no matter the acclaim -- it's the kind of record that only the hardcore will seek out. Of course, the great irony is that even casual Dylan fans will find much to treasure in this three-disc set of unreleased material. They'll find songs as good as anything that made the records sometimes surpassing the official releases, especially on the last disc, plus alternate versions including original versions of songs on Blood on the Tracks and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This three-disc box set is what Dylanphiles have been waiting for, sitting patiently for years, even decades. And, even after its 1991 release, it retains the feeling of being a special, shared secret among the hardcore, since -- no matter the acclaim -- it's the kind of record that only the hardcore will seek out. Of course, the great irony is that even casual Dylan fans will find much to treasure in this three-disc set of unreleased material. They'll find songs as good as anything that made the records sometimes surpassing the official releases, especially on the last disc, plus alternate versions including original versions of songs on Blood on the Tracks and long-fabled songs, from the incomplete "She's Your Lover Now" to songs cut from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. This doesn't just function as an alternate history of Dylan, but as an expansion of Dylan's history, enriching what is already known about the greatest songwriter of his era -- after all, every song here would qualify as the best song on anybody else's album. And that's no exaggeration.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646530221
  • Catalog Number: 65302
  • Sales rank: 28,089

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hard Times in New York Town (2:19)
  2. 2 He Was a Friend of Mine (4:02)
  3. 3 Man on the Street (1:56)
  4. 4 No More Auction Block (3:03)
  5. 5 House Carpenter (4:08)
  6. 6 Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (3:45)
  7. 7 Let Me Die in My Footsteps (3:33)
  8. 8 Ramblin' Gamblin' Willie (4:13)
  9. 9 Talkin' Have Negeilah Blues (0:52)
  10. 10 Quit Your Low Down Ways (2:39)
  11. 11 Worried Blues (2:39)
  12. 12 Kingsport Town (3:29)
  13. 13 Walkin' Down the Line (2:52)
  14. 14 Walls of Red Wing (5:05)
  15. 15 Paths of Victory (3:17)
  16. 16 Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (4:25)
  17. 17 Who Killed Davey Moore? (3:09)
  18. 18 Only a Hobo (3:29)
  19. 19 Moonshiner (5:06)
  20. 20 When the Ship Comes In (2:55)
  21. 21 The Times They Are A-Changin' (3:00)
  22. 22 Last Thoughts on Woody Gutherie (7:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Seven Curses (3:49)
  2. 2 Eternal Circle (2:38)
  3. 3 Suze (The Cough Song) (1:58)
  4. 4 Mama, You Been on My Mind (2:56)
  5. 5 Farewell, Angelina (5:27)
  6. 6 Subterranean Homesick Blues [Alternate Take (2:56)
  7. 7 If You Gotta Go, Go Now (2:56)
  8. 8 Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence (3:54)
  9. 9 Like a Rolling Stone (1:36)
  10. 10 It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (3:22)
  11. 11 I'll Keep It with Mine (3:39)
  12. 12 She's Your Lover Now (6:10)
  13. 13 I Shall Be Released (3:56)
  14. 14 Santa-Fe (2:10)
  15. 15 If Not for You (3:33)
  16. 16 Wallflower (2:49)
  17. 17 Nobody 'Cept You (2:41)
  18. 18 Tangled up in Blue (6:51)
  19. 19 Call Letter Blues (4:27)
  20. 20 Idiot Wind (8:52)
Disc 3
  1. 1 If You See Her, Say Hello (3:45)
  2. 2 Golden Loom (4:26)
  3. 3 Catfish (2:48)
  4. 4 Seven Days (4:00)
  5. 5 Ye Shall Be Changed (4:09)
  6. 6 Every Grain of Sand (3:38)
  7. 7 You Changed My Life (5:14)
  8. 8 Need a Woman (5:43)
  9. 9 Angelina (6:57)
  10. 10 Someone's Got a Hold of My Heart (4:33)
  11. 11 Tell Me (4:24)
  12. 12 Lord Protect My Child (3:57)
  13. 13 Foot of Pride (5:57)
  14. 14 Blind Willie Mctell (5:52)
  15. 15 When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky (5:37)
  16. 16 Series of Dreams (5:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Dylan Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
Michael Bloomfield Guitar
Mason Ruffner Guitar
Emmylou Harris Background Vocals
George Harrison Guitar
Al Kooper Organ
Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul Guitar
Robbie Robertson Guitar
Mick Taylor Guitar
Jennifer Warnes Background Vocals
Kenny Rankin Guitar
Full Force Background Vocals
Bob Neuwirth Guitar
Rick Danko Bass, Vocals
Clydie King Background Vocals
Scarlet Rivera Violin
Mick Ronson Guitar
Rob Stoner Bass
Eric Weissberg Guitar
Tony Brown Bass
Jim Keltner Drums
Bobby Gregg Drums
Sugar Blue Harmonica
Ben Keith Pedal Steel Guitar
Charlie Brown Guitar
Steven Soles Guitar
Barry Beckett Keyboards
Benmont Tench Organ
Roy Bittan Keyboards
Harvey Brooks Bass
Gary Burke Conga
T Bone Burnett Guitar
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Charlie Daniels Bass
Alan Clark Organ, Keyboards
Richard Crooks Drums
Carolyn Dennis Background Vocals
Rick DiFonzo Guitar
Tim Drummond Bass
Sly Dunbar Drums
Erik Frandsen Steel Guitar, Slide Guitar
Al Gorgoni Guitar
Paul Griffin Piano, Drums, Keyboards
Regina Havis Background Vocals
Levon Helm Drums, Vocals
Garth Hudson Organ
Mark Knopfler Guitar
Sanford Konikoff Drums
Danny Kortchmar Guitar
Russ Kunkel Drums
Daniel Lanois Bass, Guitar, Percussion, 12-string Guitar
David Mansfield Mandolin
Richard Manuel Piano, Vocals
Tom McFaul Keyboards
Cyril Neville talking drum
Steve Ripley Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Fred Tackett Guitar
Pick Withers Drums
Peter Wood Keyboards
Howie Wyeth Drums
Glenn Fukunaga Bass
Joseph Macho Bass
Roddy Colonna Drums
Tom Drummond Bass
Paul Griffen Keyboards
Barry Kornfeld Guitar
Joseph Macho Jr. Bass
Al Gorgone Guitar
Russell Bridges Bass
Technical Credits
John Hammond Jr. Producer
Pete Seeger Contributor
Bob Dylan Arranger, Composer, Producer, Adaptation, Song Adaptation
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Bob Johnson Producer
Dave Van Ronk Contributor
Steven Berkowitz Marketing
Barry Beckett Producer
Rick Chertoff Remixing
Don DeVito Producer
Amy Herot Studio Arrangements
Bob Johnston Producer
Mark Knopfler Producer
Daniel Lanois Producer
Chuck Plotkin Producer
Jeff Rosen Producer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Bill Whitman Remixing
Mark Wilder Mastering
Tom Wilson Producer
Don Hunstein Cover Photo
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Nicky Lindeman Art Direction
John Bauldie Liner Notes
Robert Grabowski Studio Arrangements
Sandy Lorenzo Packaging Manager
Vicky Petrella Studio Arrangements
Hally Wood Composer
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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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