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The Bootleg Series - Vol. 1-3: 1961-1991 (3CD) Box set, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 14 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Legacy Recordings
  • ASIN: B000002AJG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hard Times In New York Town
2. He Was A Friend Of Mine
3. Man On The Street
4. No More Auction Block
5. House Carpenter
6. Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Seven Curses
2. Eternal Circle
3. Suze (The Cough Song)
4. Mama, You Been On My Mind
5. Farewell, Angelina
6. Subterranean Homesick Blues
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. If You See Her, Say Hello
2. Golden Loom
3. Catfish
4. Seven Days
5. Ye Shall Be Changed
6. Every Grain Of Sand
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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It is absolutely humbling, given the quality of the material on this 3-CD, 58-song set, to think that these are the Dylan compositions that DIDN'T make the cut for his albums! Includes long-rumored songs ( She's Your Lover Now; Blind Willie McTell ), alternate versions (of the songs on Blood on the Tracks , for instance), live cuts and more unreleased treasures. A must.

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Bob Dylan has always been incredibly prolific, only releasing a fraction of what he records. Such a policy has made him a prime target for bootleggers over the years, finally prompting this sanctioned 1991 triple-disc dive into the Dylan vaults. It consists of rare tracks, unreleased outtakes, early versions of classics ("Times They Are a-Changin'," "Like a Rolling Stone," "I Shall Be Released"), and alternate versions that sometimes cut the originals ("Idiot Wind"). A measure of Dylan's depth is his list of discarded songs ("She's Your Lover Now," "Blind Willie McTell," "Series of Dreams") that would be the crown jewels of most catalogs. These 58 tracks serve as a shadow history of one of our most important artists. --Ben Edmonds

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Rodriguez on April 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
This collection of unrelesed and alternate versions of songs is an awesome collection. It does beg the question, why weren't these songs included on some of the albums they were intended for? Not being a Dylan fan at all when I got this collection I was blown away. I think the second disc contains the best songs. I know everyone has their own favorites for various reasons but the songs that stood out for me are "Walking Down The Line", "Let Me Die In My Footsteps" (on disc 1), "Seven Curses", "Mama, You Been on My Mind", "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (1st take of the song with just bob, his guitar, and harmonica!), "If Not For You" (with George Harrison), and "Nobody 'Cept You" (all on disc 2). I'm sure I could have added almost the whole second disc but these are the songs I fell in love with at first listen. I'm not the biggest fan of Dylan but I feel these songs are amazing. I purchased all of the remastered cds and I'm shocked everytime I hear those albums. Some of those songs should have been replaced by some of the songs on this collection. I especially love the version of "If not for You" with the late George Harrison. It sounds closer to the version Harrison recorded for his album "All Things Must Pass" compared to the version Dylan released on his "New Morning" album. So if anyone is interested in listening to Dylan for the first time, I would highly recomend this collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Barbarosa on June 7 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's amazing that after all these years; the surviving acetates were put into digital format. Absolutely amazing. Some reviewers ask, "Why wasn't this material put on the albums?" To answer that I would have to say that back in the day we really didn't have the money to just throw around. Albums were put out based on the commercial potential. There were a few small independent labels out there, but they were almost hobbies when compared to the corporations. Today, a lot of material in a variety of genre' are precious commodities because they were pressed on independent labels, without any existing archival material. So thanks to the folks at (whatever label Dylan recorded with), we're able to enjoy these early recordings. These are golden, simplicity, raw, genius. Golden.
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Format: Audio CD
The saddest thing about this collection in my mind comes from the fact this is something the casual find might not think to look at first. This is the type of release that is usually aimed at the already established fan base of a particular artist, but in this case this is as valid a first buy as his albums are.

Dylan does not falter at all on this collection, and it shows the depth of his songwriting, making this (to my mind) as essential in his catalogue as anything else people recommend for newcommers to Dylan. The only thing added by knowing Dylan's albums before this is the amount of frustration the listener feels that he didn't put these tracks on the prospective albums they belong too. The majority of them could have been MUCH longer, with INFIDELS being a double album even, and SHOT OF LOVE would have greately benefited, making it rated higher than it is and give Dylan a critical boost when he really needed it. Dylan, for all his skills, has proven one thing with this release: the method he uses to assemble albums could stand up to some fine-tuning and work, because most of these are good enough to be released. The songs are absolutely wonderful, all of them (with maybe the single exception of Talking Negeliah Blues, which is just a 50 second guitar doodle and Suze -- not because of the song itself which is an instermentual but because the track breaks down, as does "She's Your Lover Now" which is the single most exasperating song on this record for that exact reason.) The real meat of this set is its unreleased stuff, and while some of the alternate takes are interesting just downright terrible (only one of these is REAL bad, and that's "It Takes A Lot to Laugh", while techinically good ruin the gorgeous song by playing it way to fast).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Gonzalez on Jan. 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'd offer this box set as a great starting point for Dylan newbies as well. The tracks heard here aren't so much castaways and alternate takes as they're alternative versions of great songs, many of which are heard elsewhere in "official" formulas. The span of time is remarkable. And the quality of performances holds up track by track.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Holland on May 26 2004
Format: Audio CD
Wow, this is really cool stuff. This stuff is as good as the material that made it on his "official" albums. I like that it is in chronological order so you can really see him develop as a songwriter. (That's the BIG problem with Biograph, too disjointed in its song sequencing.) This is much better than Biograph. Buy it!!
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