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]

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. Of the 58 total tracks, 45 are session outtakes from recording sessions for Dylan studio albums. Of the remaining 13 tracks, one is an outtake from the session for the "George Jackson" single of 1971, two are further releases from the Basement Tape sessions of 1967, five are live recordings, and five are demo records, three of latter being later duplicated on Volume 9 of the series. Unlike subsequent volumes, which to date have all been double-disc packages in their primary non-limited edition format, 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.

Disc one
No. Title Source Length
1. "Hard Times in New York Town" (December 22, 1961) home tape recorded by Tony Glover 2:19
2. "He Was a Friend of Mine" (traditional) (November 20, 1961) Bob Dylan outtake 4:02
3. "Man on the Street" (November 22, 1961) Bob Dylan outtake 1:56
4. "No More Auction Block" (traditional) (October 1962) live at the Gaslight cafe, Greenwich Village 3:03
5. "House Carpenter" (traditional) (November 22, 1961) Bob Dylan outtake 4:08
6. "Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues" (April 25, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake 3:45
7. "Let Me Die in My Footsteps" (April 25, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake 3:33
8. "Rambling, Gambling Willie" (April 24, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake 4:13
9. "Talkin' Hava Negeilah Blues" (April 25, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake 0:52
10. "Quit Your Low Down Ways" (July 9, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake 2:39
11. "Worried Blues" (traditional) (July 9, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake 2:39
12. "Kingsport Town" (traditional) (November 14, 1962) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake 3:29
13. "Walkin' Down the Line" (1963) demo for the Witmark Music Publishing Company 2:52
14. "Walls of Red Wing" (April 24, 1963) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake 5:05
15. "Paths of Victory" (August 12, 1963) The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake 3:17
16. "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues" (October 26, 1963) live at Carnegie Hall 4:25
17. "Who Killed Davey Moore?" (October 27, 1963) live at Carnegie Hall 3:09
18. "Only a Hobo" (August 12, 1963) The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake 3:29
19. "Moonshiner" (traditional) (August 12, 1963) The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake 5:06
20. "When the Ship Comes In" (1963) demo for the Witmark Music Publishing Company 2:55
21. "The Times They Are A-Changin'" (1963) demo for the Witmark Music Publishing Company 3:00
22. "Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie" (April 12, 1963) poem recited live in concert at New York City's Town Hall 7:07
Disc two
No. Title Source Length
1. "Seven Curses" (August 6, 1963) The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake 3:49
2. "Eternal Circle" (October 24, 1963) The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake 2:38
3. "Suze (The Cough Song)" (October 24, 1963) The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake 1:58
4. "Mama, You Been on My Mind" (June 9, 1964) Another Side of Bob Dylan outtake 2:56
5. "Farewell, Angelina" (January 13, 1965) Bringing It All Back Home outtake 5:27
6. "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (January 13, 1965) Bringing It All Back Home alternate take 2:56
7. "If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Got to Stay All Night)" (January 15, 1965) Bringing It All Back Home outtake 2:56
8. "Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence" (June 15, 1965) Highway 61 Revisited outtake 3:54
9. "Like a Rolling Stone" (June 15, 1965) Highway 61 Revisited alternate take 1:36
10. "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" (June 15, 1965) Highway 61 Revisited alternate take 3:22
11. "I'll Keep It with Mine" (January 27, 1966) Blonde on Blonde outtake 3:39
12. "She's Your Lover Now" (January 21, 1966) Blonde on Blonde outtake 6:10
13. "I Shall Be Released" (Fall 1967) Basement Tape recording 3:56
14. "Santa-Fe" (Fall 1967) Basement Tape recording 2:10
15. "If Not for You" (May 1, 1970) New Morning alternate take 3:33
16. "Wallflower" (November 4, 1971) previously unreleased recording 2:49
17. "Nobody 'Cept You" (November 2, 1973) Planet Waves outtake 2:41
18. "Tangled Up in Blue" (September 16, 1974) Blood on the Tracks alternate take 6:51
19. "Call Letter Blues" (September 16, 1974) Blood on the Tracks outtake 4:27
20. "Idiot Wind" (September 19, 1974) Blood on the Tracks alternate take 8:52
Disc three
No. Title Source Length
1. "If You See Her, Say Hello" (September 16, 1974) Blood on the Tracks alternate take 3:45
2. "Golden Loom" (July 30, 1975) Desire outtake 4:26
3. "Catfish" (Bob Dylan / Jacques Levy) (July 28, 1975) Desire outtake 2:48
4. "Seven Days" (April 21, 1976) live performance, Tampa, Florida 4:00
5. "Ye Shall Be Changed" (May 2, 1979) Slow Train Coming outtake 4:09
6. "Every Grain of Sand" (September 23, 1980) publishing demo for Special Rider Music 3:38
7. "You Changed My Life" (April 23, 1981) Shot of Love outtake 5:14
8. "Need a Woman" (May 4, 1981) Shot of Love outtake 5:43
9. "Angelina" (May 4, 1981) Shot of Love outtake 6:57
10. "Someone's Got a Hold of My Heart" (April 25, 1983) Infidels outtake 4:33
11. "Tell Me" (April 21, 1983) Infidels outtake 4:24
12. "Lord Protect My Child" (May 3, 1983) Infidels outtake 3:57
13. "Foot of Pride" (April 25, 1983) Infidels outtake 5:57
14. "Blind Willie McTell" (May 5, 1983) Infidels outtake 5:52
15. "When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky" (February 19, 1985) Empire Burlesque alternate take 5:37
16. "Series of Dreams" (March 23, 1989) Oh Mercy outtake; remixed January 1991 5:52

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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