58 Songs, 3 Hours 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

1985's Biograph was a perfect tease, offering a smattering of obscurities among Bob Dylan's greatest hits. But 1991's first volumes of The Bootleg Series—a three-CD set at the time—was what hardcore Dylan fans had craved for decades. It acknowledged the vast bootleg market that Dylan had inspired with the first rock "bootleg," The Great White Wonder. Suddenly, in the best fidelity ever unearthed for these rare songs—and with many welcome surprises—were recordings as important to the Dylan legacy as those officially released over the years. The original versions of songs from Blood on the Tracks (especially the slow, brooding acoustic take of "Idiot Wind"), the long-rumored "She's Your Lover Now" (still incomplete but brilliantly executed), the eloquent heartbreaking demo of "Every Grain of Sand," and studio outtakes of "Blind Willie McTell" and "Series of Dreams" comprised an alternate history of one of popular music's most important and influential figures. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

1985's Biograph was a perfect tease, offering a smattering of obscurities among Bob Dylan's greatest hits. But 1991's first volumes of The Bootleg Series—a three-CD set at the time—was what hardcore Dylan fans had craved for decades. It acknowledged the vast bootleg market that Dylan had inspired with the first rock "bootleg," The Great White Wonder. Suddenly, in the best fidelity ever unearthed for these rare songs—and with many welcome surprises—were recordings as important to the Dylan legacy as those officially released over the years. The original versions of songs from Blood on the Tracks (especially the slow, brooding acoustic take of "Idiot Wind"), the long-rumored "She's Your Lover Now" (still incomplete but brilliantly executed), the eloquent heartbreaking demo of "Every Grain of Sand," and studio outtakes of "Blind Willie McTell" and "Series of Dreams" comprised an alternate history of one of popular music's most important and influential figures. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
81 Ratings
81 Ratings
mburr1 ,

Dylan!!!

Wow this is a must for any dylan fan. Such a good collection of songs here, I listened to the whole thing on a roadtrip it was awesome!!

Pete3432692384 ,

I Shall Be Released

not the best performance.. I prefer the one he did with Happy Traum on Greatest Hits 2... you may like The Band's version.. but this is the original.. this shows the song in the context of the Basement Tapes... I own a rough copy but as with many from that famous bootleg- it is hard to hear on modern equipment because it is not mixed down and Manuel's voice too loud shrieking in the right ear (or left)

Heartless crooner ,

Happy birthday

May 24 the day the legend was born. Happy birthday mr Dylan seventy years old is yet another great achievement by you. Never stop. You are art and poetry in human form. Music has been saved by you, this is the ode of a sixteen year old fan but it is much less than what you deserve. I doubt you will see this but on the slight chance you do, come do a concert in Mississippi!! Please!! I have albums you need to sign!! I must see you at least once to complete my life. Keep inspiring the world. Your fans are impatiently awaiting more.

By Reid Holyfield " in case you see this"

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