Saturday, October 11, 2008

Bob Dylan's Boot

Most bands are happy if they make it eight albums into the game. Eight albums is almost an eternity in this day and age, with bands constantly stumbling into obscurity or members splitting into new projects (and then stumble into obscurity). To have eight "bootleg" albums of demos, unreleased songs, and rarities is pretty rare. Rare that is, unless you're Bob Dylan. In that case, it's par for the course. The formula for rock bootlegs was practically written for Dylan.

That being said, Tell Tale Signs: the Bootleg Series Vol. 8 came out last week, and is chock full of enough goodies to make Dylan fans to drool. It's available in two versions: a two CD release containing twenty-seven songs and a sixty page booklet, and a deluxe three CD release with twelve additional songs and a 150-page, 8" x 8" hardcover book of Dylan's singles' artwork. Either way, you're getting cast-offs that are more solid than many performers' 1st rate material.

Do I need to say anything else? It's Dylan.

Visit his website, his label Sony BMG, and become his friend on MySpace.

1 comment:


No question this is a great collection of songs. Mysterious, elusive, enigmatic...just like the man himself. Songs with color and character.

And if you love the characters Bob's created here, you should take look at my new novel, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, a murder mystery set in the rock world in which all the suspects are characters in Bob's songs.

An entire album built around Bob's creations? That's just the kind of depth this man has. Intrigued? You can get a copy on or go "behind the tracks" at to learn more about the book.