The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991

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The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991
A black-and-white photograph of Dylan playing harmonica
Box set by Bob Dylan
Released March 26, 1991 (1991-03-26)
Recorded November 1961 – March 1989
Genre Folk rock, folk blues
Length 229:37
Label Columbia
Producer Jeff Rosen
Bob Dylan chronology
Under the Red Sky
(1990)
The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991
(1991)
Good as I Been to You
(1992)
Bob Dylan Bootleg Series chronology
The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991
(1991)
The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [3]
Stereophile Favorable [4]

The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 is a compilation box set by Bob Dylan, issued on Columbia Records, catalogue C3K 86572. It is the first installment in the Dylan bootleg series, comprising material spanning the first three decades of his career, from 1961 to 1989. It has been certified with a gold record by the RIAA as of August 1997, and peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 and #32 in the UK.[5]

Content[edit]

Of the 58 total tracks, 47 are session outtakes from the recording sessions for Dylan studio albums. The remaining eleven tracks are with two exceptions live recordings and demo records, three of latter being later duplicated on volume 9 of the series.

Released in 1991 to satisfy enormous demand for Dylan's much-bootlegged unissued material, it contains rarities and unreleased works from the sessions for 1962's eponymous debut Bob Dylan to 1989's Oh Mercy. Unlike subsequent editions, which to date have all been double-disc packages, each volume in this set is a single compact disc, and the three volumes are not available separately.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bob Dylan, except where noted; all arrangements by Bob Dylan.

Volume one
  1. "Hard Times in New York Town" (December 22, 1961); home tape recorded by Tony Glover
  2. "He Was a Friend of Mine" (traditional) (November 20, 1961); Bob Dylan outtake
  3. "Man on the Street" (November 22, 1961); Bob Dylan outtake
  4. "No More Auction Block" (traditional) (October 1962); live at the Gaslight cafe, Greenwich Village
  5. "House Carpenter" (traditional) (November 22, 1961) Bob Dylan outtake
  6. "Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues" (April 25, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake
  7. "Let Me Die in My Footsteps" (April 25, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake
  8. "Rambling, Gambling Willie" (April 24, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake
  9. "Talkin' Hava Negeilah Blues" (April 25, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake
  10. "Quit Your Low Down Ways" (July 9, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake
  11. "Worried Blues" (traditional) (July 9, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake
  12. "Kingsport Town" (traditional) (November 14, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake
  13. "Walkin' Down the Line" (1963) demo for the Witmark Music Publishing Company
  14. "Walls of Red Wing" (April 24, 1963) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake
  15. "Paths of Victory" (August 12, 1963) The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake
  16. "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues" (October 26, 1963) live at Carnegie Hall
  17. "Who Killed Davey Moore?" (October 26, 1963) live at Carnegie Hall
  18. "Only a Hobo" (August 12, 1963) The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake
  19. "Moonshiner" (traditional) (August 12, 1963) The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake
  20. "When the Ship Comes In" (1963) demo for the Witmark Music Publishing Company
  21. "The Times They Are A-Changin'" (1963) demo for the Witmark Music Publishing Company
  22. "Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie" (April 12, 1963) poem recited live in concert at New York City's Town Hall
Volume two
  1. "Seven Curses" (August 6, 1963) The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake
  2. "Eternal Circle" (October 24, 1963) The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake
  3. "Suze (The Cough Song)" (October 24, 1963) The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake
  4. "Mama, You Been on My Mind" (June 9, 1964) Another Side of Bob Dylan outtake
  5. "Farewell, Angelina" (January 13, 1965) Bringing It All Back Home outtake
  6. "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (January 13, 1965) Bringing It All Back Home alternate take
  7. "If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Got to Stay All Night)" (January 15, 1965) Bringing It All Back Home outtake
  8. "Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence" (June 15, 1965) Highway 61 Revisited outtake
  9. "Like a Rolling Stone" (June 15, 1965) Highway 61 Revisited alternate take
  10. "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" (June 15, 1965) Highway 61 Revisited alternate take
  11. "I'll Keep It with Mine" (January 27, 1966) Blonde on Blonde outtake
  12. "She's Your Lover Now" (January 21, 1966) Blonde on Blonde outtake
  13. "I Shall Be Released" (Fall 1967) Basement Tape recording
  14. "Santa-Fe" (Fall 1967) Basement Tape recording
  15. "If Not for You" (May 1, 1970) New Morning alternate take
  16. "Wallflower" (November 4, 1971) previously unreleased recording
  17. "Nobody 'Cept You" (November 2, 1973) Planet Waves outtake
  18. "Tangled Up in Blue" (September 16, 1974) Blood on the Tracks alternate take
  19. "Call Letter Blues" (September 16, 1974) Blood on the Tracks outtake
  20. "Idiot Wind" (September 19, 1974) Blood on the Tracks alternate take
Volume three
  1. "If You See Her, Say Hello" (September 16, 1974) Blood on the Tracks alternate take
  2. "Golden Loom" (July 30, 1975) Desire outtake
  3. "Catfish" (July 28, 1975) Desire outtake (Dylan/Levy)
  4. "Seven Days" (April 21, 1976) live performance, Tampa, Florida
  5. "Ye Shall Be Changed" (May 2, 1979) Slow Train Coming outtake
  6. "Every Grain of Sand" (September 23, 1980) publishing demo for Special Rider Music
  7. "You Changed My Life" (April 23, 1981) Shot of Love outtake
  8. "Need a Woman" (May 4, 1981) Shot of Love outtake
  9. "Angelina" (May 4, 1981) Shot of Love outtake
  10. "Someone's Got a Hold of My Heart" (April 25, 1983) Infidels outtake
  11. "Tell Me" (April 21, 1983) Infidels outtake
  12. "Lord Protect My Child" (May 3, 1983) Infidels outtake
  13. "Foot of Pride" (April 25, 1983) Infidels outtake
  14. "Blind Willie McTell" (May 5, 1983) Infidels outtake
  15. "When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky" (February 19, 1985) Empire Burlesque alternate take
  16. "Series of Dreams" (March 23, 1989) Oh Mercy outtake; remixed January 1991

Personnel[edit]

Technical personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 169". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Decurtis, Anthony (4 April 1991). "Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 3 Nov 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Lehnert, Richard (28 July 1991). "The Bob Dylan Bootleg Series | Stereophile.com". stereophile.com. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  5. ^ RIAA website retrieved 02-12-10.

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