First Installment in the Long-Running Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Is on Vinyl for the First Time in 25 Years: Volumes 1-3 Spans 1961 Through 1991, Includes Dozens of Previously Unreleased Songs
Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 forever changed the face of archival reissues upon release in 1991. It also kickstarted Dylan's re-entrance into the public conversation about music and triggered an artistic rebirth that continues to this day. In this cornucopia of previously unissued material comprised of rare and unreleased recordings covering the period from 1961 through to its release in 1991 are stashed home recordings, demo recordings, outtakes, alternative takes, coffeehouse recordings, concert recordings, and more. Much of it teaches us a good deal about the way in which Dylan developed as a songwriter and performer. These are performances of staggering power, subtlety, seemingly infinite variety.
The main focus in this collection is on Dylan as the songwriter: 38 songs that had never been released on an official album, as well as demo and rehearsal versions of well-known songs. Untold delights make this volume consistently revelatory. And for exhaustive and insatiable collectors are bunches of previously unsuspected tracks that never made it to the underground trading circuit. Whatever reputation Dylan enjoyed as a writer and performer in his recording career began to be reviewed in the light of this historic collection.
This legendary first installment in the now long running Bob Dylan Bootleg Series is now reissued on vinyl for the first time in 25 years. Hear it anew in warm, detailed analog.