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Bob Dylan to release more rarities in October

Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:01pm EDT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bob Dylan is opening up his vaults for the first time in three years, with his label announcing on Tuesday that it will issue a multi-disc album consisting of late-era outtakes, previously unreleased recordings and live tracks in October.

"Tell Tale Signs," the eighth installment in Dylan's "Bootleg Series," focuses on albums from the last two decades, ranging from 1989's "Oh Mercy" to 2006's "Modern Times."

Columbia Records will release "Tell Tale Signs" in three configurations on October 7: a standard two-disc package with 27 songs, a "limited edition" set with a bonus disc containing 12 songs; and a four-LP vinyl version including all the elements of the two-CD set.

Most of the tracks come from sessions for "Oh Mercy" and his 1997 comeback of sorts "Time Out of Mind." Selections from the former include a piano demo of "Dignity" and two alternate versions of "Most of the Time"; and from the latter, a live version of "Cold Irons Bound" recorded during Dylan's set at the 2004 Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee.

The sessions for his 1993 folk covers album "World Gone Wrong" have yielded "32-20 Blues," a tune billed as Dylan's first release of a Robert Johnson song.

Dylan's "Bootleg Series" launched in 1991 with a three-disc boxed set collecting rare and unreleased tracks spanning 27 years. The most recent release was the 2005 soundtrack to the documentary "No Direction Home."

While there have been some reports that Dylan is working on a follow-up to "Modern Times," a Columbia spokesman said "Tell Tale Signs" is the focus for now.

Dylan, meanwhile, will begin a monthlong North American tour in Philadelphia on August 8.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman)


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I will definitely have to grab this.

Can't believe it's been 5 years already since the Niagara Falls show. Cool that's there a song from it on this.

Was at the Vienna VA wolftrap shows in 97 when ani difranco opened. Those shows were so amazing.

Exclusive Deluxe Edition

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, 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)

* 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 ClinchMountain Country)

* 14. 'Cross the Green Mountain 8:15 (From Gods and Generals Soundtrack)

Disc Three (Deluxe Set Only)

* 1. Duncan & Brady 3:47 (Unreleased, 1992)

* 2. Cold Irons Bound 5:57 (Live at Bonnaroo, 2004)

* 3. Mississippi 6:24 (Unreleased version #3, Time Out of Mind)

* 4. Most of the Time 5:10 (Alternate version #2, Oh Mercy)

* 5. Ring Them Bells 3:18 (Alternate version, Oh Mercy)

* 6. Things Have Changed 5:32 (Live, June 15, 2000, Portland, OR)

* 7. Red River Shore 7:08 (Unreleased version #2, Time Out of Mind)

* 8. Born in Time 4:19 (Unreleased version #2, Oh Mercy)

* 9. Tryin' to Get to Heaven 5:10 (Live, October 5, 2000, London,England)

* 10. Marchin' to the City 3:39 (Unreleased version #2, Time Out of Mind)

* 11. Can't Wait 7:24 (Alternate version #2, Time Out of Mind)

* 12. Mary and the Soldier 4:23 (Unreleased, World Gone Wrong)

7" Vinyl (bobdylan.com Exclusive)

* 1. Dreamin' of You 6:23 (Unreleased, Time Out Of Mind)

* 2. Ring Them Bells 4:59 (Live at The Supper Club, November 17, 1993,New York, NY

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There have been rumours floating around for a long time that the Supper Club shows were supposed to be the next Bootleg Series albums. I wonder if seeing a track from those shows on this compilation means that those plans have been nixed.

I heard that as well, and get the feeling we won't be seeing any of the four SC shows in this series now.

I just wish something would surface that I don't already have (aside from single tracks), Dylan no doubt has a ton of unreleased non-bootlegged recordings in his catalog that have yet to see the light of day. I am however, very interested in hearing how the "Oh Mercy" tracks compare to the "through the air" alt. recordings I have.

I'm really looking forward to picking this one up.

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