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Unlike any other collection of previously unreleased materia,
This review is from: The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 : Rare And Unreleased, 1961-1991 (Audio CD)
...l you'll ever encounter. Take the Pet Sounds Sessions - the "alternate versions" often were nothing more than identical to the original except for someone else singing one verse. Only of interest to the most die-hard fans. But this Bob Dylan set is uncanny - collectively it contains more merit than many official Dylan albums. The tracks span his entire career, from some great original lyrics set to traditional folk tunes he was playing in coffee houses when he first arrived in New York, through to the dozens of fully-realised and produced bonus tracks which were going to be included on each of his albums through '61 to '91.
It contains a great booklet that has a passage on every track telling you why its rare, what album it was going to be on, special circumstances behind it, etc, and if you read as you listen it makes for a very satisfying experience.
There are alternate versions on this set which feature a completely rewritten arrangement from the original, and genuinely outclass the original - like "Every Grain of Sand". And the number of great songs which did not get included on each of Dylan's albums is astonishing.
If you've heard and loved the major Dylan albums, you'll get the most value out of this set, especially when it comes to alternate versions. But also because if you know Dylan's albums, then hearing the tracks which didn't get included on them (sometimes in favour of lesser songs, strangely).
If you're a Dylan fan, this is a genuine treasure-trove. Repeat, a gold mine. There are things you'll hear here that you'll like better than what got included on the albums!