The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991

The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991

by Bob DylanBob Dylan

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This three-disc box set is what Dylanphiles have been waiting for, sitting patiently for years, even decades. And, even after its 1991 release, it retains the feeling of being a special, shared secret among the hardcore, since -- no matter the acclaim -- it's the kind of record that only the hardcore will seek out. Of course, the great irony is that even casual Dylan fans will find much to treasure in this three-disc set of unreleased material. They'll find songs as good as anything that made the records (sometimes surpassing the official releases, especially on the last disc), plus alternate versions (including original versions of songs on Blood on the Tracks) and long-fabled songs, from the incomplete "She's Your Lover Now" to songs cut from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. This doesn't just function as an alternate history of Dylan, but as an expansion of Dylan's history, enriching what is already known about the greatest songwriter of his era -- after all, every song here would qualify as the best song on anybody else's album. And that's no exaggeration.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998657229
catalogNumber: 86572
Rank: 140783

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals
Michael Bloomfield   Guitar
Mason Ruffner   Guitar
Emmylou Harris   Background Vocals
George Harrison   Guitar
Kooper   Organ
Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul   Guitar
Robbie Robertson   Guitar
Mick Taylor   Guitar
Jennifer Warnes   Background Vocals
Kenny Rankin   Guitar
Full Force   Background Vocals
Bob Neuwirth   Guitar
Rick Danko   Bass,Vocals
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Scarlet Rivera   Violin
Mick Ronson   Guitar
Rob Stoner   Bass
Eric Weissberg   Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Bobby Gregg   Drums
Sugar Blue   Harmonica
Ben Keith   Pedal Steel Guitar
Charlie Brown   Guitar
Steven Soles   Guitar
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
Benmont Tench   Organ
Roy Bittan   Keyboards
Harvey Brooks   Bass
Tony Brown   Bass
Gary Burke   Conga
T Bone Burnett   Guitar
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Charlie Daniels   Bass
Alan Clark   Organ,Keyboards
Richard Crooks   Drums
Carolyn Dennis   Background Vocals
Rick DiFonzo   Guitar
Tim Drummond   Bass
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Erik Frandsen   Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Gorgoni   Guitar
Paul Griffin   Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Regina Havis   Background Vocals
Levon Helm   Drums,Vocals
Garth Hudson   Organ
Mark Knopfler   Guitar
Sanford Konikoff   Drums
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Daniel Lanois   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,12-string Guitar
David Mansfield   Mandolin
Richard Manuel   Piano,Vocals
Tom McFaul   Keyboards
Cyril Neville   talking drum
Steve Ripley   Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Pick Withers   Drums
Peter Wood   Keyboards
Howie Wyeth   Drums
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass
Joseph Macho   Bass
Roddy Colonna   Drums
Tom Drummond   Bass
Paul Griffen   Keyboards
Barry Kornfeld   Guitar
Joseph Macho   Bass
Gorgone   Guitar
Russell Bridges   Bass

Technical Credits

John Hammond   Producer
Pete Seeger   Contributor
Bob Dylan   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Adaptation,Song Adaptation
John Hammond   Producer
Bob Johnson   Producer
Dave Van Ronk   Contributor
Steven Berkowitz   Marketing
Barry Beckett   Producer
Rick Chertoff   Remixing
Don DeVito   Producer
Amy Herot   Studio Arrangements
Bob Johnston   Producer
Mark Knopfler   Producer
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Jeff Rosen   Producer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Bill Whitman   Remixing
Tom Wilson   Producer
Don Hunstein   Cover Photo
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Nicky Lindeman   Art Direction
John Bauldie   Liner Notes
Robert Grabowski   Studio Arrangements
Sandy Lorenzo   Packaging Manager
Vicky Petrella   Studio Arrangements
Hally Wood   Composer

Customer Reviews

The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew what to expect when I bought it, I was thrilled to have it. Bob has always soothed my soul.. It's great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection is superlative in scope and selection. While most anthologies are little more than the best-of or greatest hits of a tired horse that once made a run, this series is an education and a charm. Many of his well-known songs are included, but many of the tracks are seminal recordings of songs in rough form. You can catch a glimpse of the otherwise reticent Dylan as he works his opus before the music is too well-packaged for recording. You will hear him as a bitter young man, a tired man, a religious man. After a few listenings, you will feel as if he sat down with you for a few hours and answered your question, ''Where you been?''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here are a few thoughts on the Bootleg Series. Disc 1 is comprised of acoustic numbers that have more energy than the classic Dylan songs from that period often heard on radio. Check out Rambling, Gambling Willie and House Carpenter. Disc 2 chronicles the switch from acoustic to electric and continues up to Blood on the Tracks. The mid 60s numbers are mostly good. The alternate take of It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry is excellent. The two Basement Tapes numbers and Tangled Up in Blue are poorly recorded. Disc 3 continues to 1989 and is full of lost treasures like Seven Days, Blind Willie McTell, and Foot of Pride. Some of Dylan’s best 80s work is on this disc. This is a good companion to the Biograph box set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't get paid writing these reviews, but you can at least review what you want. I never tire writing about Bob Dylan, Larry Norman, Malcolm Muggeridge, Steve Scott, and a few other writers and musicians. Someone else can handle discs one and two of this set. I'm mesmerized by disc three. These are the outtakes that never made Infidels, or for that matter, Slow Train, Saved, or Shot of Love. They did make Empire Burlesque, where they were ruined by Arthur Baker. But here are alt versions of "Tight Connection to My Heart" "here called "Someone's Got a Hold of My Heart" and "When the Night Comes Falling From the Sky". You not only hear dazzling alt lyrics, but Dylan in progress writing them, as in the latter song, with the lines "You'll know everything I know, down below and up above. The alt line has love instead of know, and here Bob obviously gets it wrong, since in one version, love rhymes with above, in the other know rhymes with below. This track has a line from each version. Great things like that, not to mention dazzling wordplay in "Angelina" and "Foot of Pride." "Ye Shall Be Changed" and "You Changed My Life" are upbeat, Saved- era keepers that never made the cut. Not to mention the songs everyone loves, like "Every Grain of Sand" and "Blind Willie McTell". Bob at his unheard best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bob Dylan, icon of the 20th and now 21st century rock scene, is now enveloped in this definitive collection of ballads that pull at the heartstrings of America. Dylan brings out a true sense of ''sweet-home'' Americana...Dylan's breadth of styles is astounding....BUY....BUY...BUY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago