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Extraordinary -- and essential.,
This review is from: The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 : Rare And Unreleased, 1961-1991 (Audio CD)
It was known that Dylan had a great deal of unreleased material, but nobody was prepared for the unbelievable range and quality of this set when it came out in 1991. The first disc is a treasure trove of old songs and early compositions, given Dylan's inimitable spin, and a great history of his development as a songwriter. The second disc contains some interesting alternative versions, plus a few new gems like "Seven Curses", "She's Your Lover Now", and "Wallflower".
But it is the third disc that is the stunner. Several very great songs that would have been the crown jewels for any other artist appear for the first time here (Angelina, Foot of Pride, Blind Willie McTell, Series of Dreams). In addition, the alternate versions of "If You See Her, Say Hello", "Every Grain of Sand", and "When the Night Comes Falling From the sky" are in my opinion even better than the original released versions, and the other new songs are of very high quality. This third disc all by itself would make a list of Dylan's top 5 records.
The liner notes and pictures are great too -- arguably the best study around of the first 30 years of Dylan's career.