The Bootleg Series Vol. 7
No Direction Home: The Soundtrack
RARE BOB DYLAN RECORDINGS SURFACE ON
LATEST ENTRY IN 'BOOTLEG SERIES'
Columbia recording artist
Bob Dylan's No
Direction Home: The Soundtrack - The Bootleg Series Vol. 7
will arrive in stores August 30th on Columbia/Legacy. This latest
edition in the critically acclaimed "Bootleg Series" is
the companion soundtrack to the two-part feature-length film,
Direction Home: Bob Dylan, a Martin Scorsese picture. The
film will make its U.S. premiere on the Public Broadcasting System's
"American Masters Series" over the course of Monday and
Tuesday nights, September 26-27th, respectively.
The two-CD chronologically
sequenced package contains 28 Bob Dylan tracks -- 26 of them
previously unreleased -- comprised of rare private recordings, live
concert, television and festival recordings, and 12 alternate takes
of songs from his Columbia LP recording sessions in New York and
Nashville during this period. The songs range in time from 1959 (a
high school recording of "When I Got Troubles," most
likely the first original song he ever recorded), to 1966 (alternate
takes of "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" and "Stuck
Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" from the Blonde
on Blonde album recording sessions, as well as "Ballad
of a Thin Man" and "Like A Rolling Stone" from the
legendary 1966 UK tour).
Many of the songs or tracks
are introduced in the film for the first time in history, or are
representative of times and places covered in the film, while others
are alternate takes of classic tracks that were unearthed during the
making of the film. For example, the version of Woody Guthrie's
"This Land is Your Land" performed in 1961, at the
intimate Carnegie Chapter Hall in New York City, was never known to
have existed on any tape until now.
On the other hand, the No
Direction Home film version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" is
taken from the Newport Folk Festival, July 1964; while the CD
version presents -- for the first time -- the first complete take of
the song with Ramblin' Jack Elliott, recorded at Columbia Studios
the month before. The track is then followed on the CD by
"Chimes of Freedom" from Newport '64.
Archivists and researchers
reviewed more than 400 hours of recordings by Bob Dylan in the
preparation of "No Direction Home." The two CDs will be
packaged with a 60-page color book housed in a slipcase. The book
will include separate liner notes written by Andrew Loog Oldham, and
Al Kooper who sheds light on the Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde
on Blonde recording sessions in New York and Nashville (for
which he played organ and served as musical director). An
authoritative track-by-track delineation is also included.
The first feature-length
film biography ever produced on the artist, "No Direction
Home" is narrated in its entirety by Dylan. In addition to
hours of black-and-white and color archival footage and photography,
it features exclusive interviews with Joan Baez, photographer John
Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers, Allen Ginsberg, Tony Glover, Al
Kooper, Bruce Langhorne, Paul Nelson, Suze Rotolo, Pete Seeger, Dave
Van Ronk, Izzy Young of the Folklore Center, and many others.
Source: Columbia/Legacy - Press Release 7/13/05
Direction Home: The Soundtrack
notes - The CD is called The Soundtrack, but it is not the
same material as on the film. As noted in the liner notes,
"The compilers of this collection used the songs in the
film as a reference point, finding alternate takes, rare live
recordings, and unreleased tracks that amplify the pivotal sequences
in the film and avoid duplication with previously released
tracks." It is similar in nature to the first edition of The
Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3.
flow of the CD offers a good historic flow of Dylan's early career.
I enjoy Dylan's post folk material more so I tend listen to the
second disc. The renditions included are generally completely
different than the released versions, and are quite good. A majority
are from Highway 61 Revisited,
Blonde on Blonde, and
several songs feature The Band.
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