Bob Dylan's Masterful Tell Tale Signs (Bootleg Series Vol 8)


I can't tell you how much this new collection of Dylan means... The voice on these recordings was the one present for the last two decades of this writer's life. Some of the songs are familiar and others are just similar enough to things I think I've heard to give me serious pause. Some are new to me completely, but still somehow perfectly comfortable.... All are Dylan.

The Dylan we hear on this collection... is far more inventive, clever and shifty than his critics -- and even his fans -- give him credit for. An Artist, Dylan tweaks songs and tries different and exciting new presentations on each track. These attempts were recorded and kept. Some work better than the versions that ended up on their original albums.

The fact that such treasures were not lost to the abyss of time (or simply deleted by an over-zealous producer) is reason alone for hope and precisely why this collection should be owned. Everything here works - and these were supposed to be the cast offs.... Something about that seems right.

The Bootleg Series collects Dylan's best unreleased material - sharing new songs, alternate versions of old favorites and traditional songs. This "best of the songs you never heard" series began 17 years ago with a three-disc set commemorating treasures picked from Dylan's first 30 years. The Volume Eight Edition continues the good works of its predecessors focusing on the last 20 years of Dylan's majestic career.

Commemorated here are some treats from some very fine modern records: "Oh Mercy" (a personal favorite), "Time Out of Mind", "Love and Theft", and "Modern Times." A special version of the record includes additional material - but here is the main body of the record...

Disc one

1. "Mississippi" - 6:04 (Unreleased, Time Out of Mind)
2. "Most of the Time" - 3:46 (Alternate version, Oh Mercy)
3. "Dignity" - 2:09 (Piano demo, Oh Mercy)
4. "Someday Baby" - 5:56 (Alternate version, Modern Times)
5. "Red River Shore" - 7:36 (Unreleased, Time Out of Mind)
6. "Tell Ol' Bill" - 5:31 (Alternate Version of song released on North Country soundtrack)
7. "Born in Time" - 4:10 (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
8. "Can't Wait" - 5:45 (Alternate version, Time Out of Mind)
9. "Everything is Broken" - 3:27 (Alternate version, Oh Mercy)
10. "Dreamin' of You" - 6:23 (Unreleased, Time Out Of Mind)
11. "Huck's Tune" - 4:09 (From Lucky You soundtrack)
12. "Marchin' to the City" - 6:36 (Unreleased, Time Out of Mind)
13. "High Water (For Charley Patton)" - 6:40 (Live, August 23, 2003, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada)

Disc Two

1. "Mississippi" - 6:24 (Unreleased version #2, Time Out of Mind)
2. "32-20 Blues" - 4:22 (Unreleased, World Gone Wrong)
3. "Series of Dreams" - 6:27 (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
4. "God Knows" - 3:12 (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
5. "Can't Escape from You" - 5:22 (Unreleased, December 2005 Recording)
6. "Dignity" - 5:25 (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
7. "Ring Them Bells" - 4:59 (Live at The Supper Club, November 17, 1993, New York, NY)
8. "Cocaine Blues" - 5:30 (Live, August 24, 1997, Vienna, VA)
9. "Ain't Talkin'" - 6:13 (Alternate version, Modern Times)
10. "The Girl on the Greenbriar Shore" - 2:51 (Live, June 30, 1992, Dunkerque, France)
11. "Lonesome Day Blues" - 7:37 (Live, February 1, 2002, Sunrise, FL)
12. "Miss the Mississippi" - 3:20 (Unreleased, 1992)
13. "The Lonesome River" - 3:04 (With Ralph Stanley, from the album Clinch Mountain Country)
14. "'Cross the Green Mountain" - 8:15 (From Gods and Generals Soundtrack)

About this Track: Alternate Version of "Someday Baby"
"A radically different version from the hard-driving blues groove on the "Modern Times" album. The lightness of the atmospheric guitars and the march beat gives Dylan the room to lay down a much more expressive vocal but the false bravado is still here..." (liner notes on Tell Tale Signs.)

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