The Bootleg Series 1-3 (3CD Bookset)

by Bob Dylan

The collection that was originally released in 1991 featured rare and unreleased recordings from the sessions for 1962’s debut Bob Dylan to 1989’s Oh Mercy. 

It is absolutely humbling, given the quality of the material on this 3CD, 58-song set, to think that these are the Dylan compositions that DIDN'T make the cut for his albums! Includes long-rumoured songs (“She's Your Lover Now”; “Blind Willie McTell”), alternate versions (of the songs on Blood on the Tracks, for instance), live cuts and more unreleased treasures. A must.
Bob Dylan has always been incredibly prolific, only releasing a fraction of what he records. Such a policy has made him a prime target for bootleggers over the years, finally prompting this sanctioned 1991 triple-disc dive into the Dylan vaults. It consists of rare tracks, unreleased outtakes, early versions of classics ("Times They Are a-Changin‘“, "Like a Rolling Stone“, "I Shall Be Released"), and alternate versions that sometimes cut the originals ("Idiot Wind"). A measure of Dylan's depth is his list of discarded songs ("She's Your Lover Now“, "Blind Willie McTell“, "Series of Dreams") that would be the crown jewels of most catalogues. These 58 tracks serve as a shadow history of one of our most important artists.


Hard Times In New York Town (Live)
He Was a Friend of Mine
Man On the Street
No More Auction Block
House Carpenter
Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues
Let Me Die In My Footsteps
Rambling, Gambling Willie
Talkin' Hava Negeilah Blues
Quit Your Low Down Ways
Worried Blues
Kingsport Town
Walkin' Down the Line
Walls of Red Wing
Paths of Victory
Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues
Who Killed Davey Moore?
Only a Hobo
When the Ship Comes In
The Times They Are A-Changin'
Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie (Live)

Seven Curses
Eternal Circle
Suze (The Cough Song)
Mama, You Been On My Mind
Farewell, Angelina
Subterranean Homesick Blues
If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Got to Stay All Night)
Sitting On a Barbed Wire Fence
Like a Rolling Stone (Alternate Take)
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
I'll Keep It with Mine
She's Your Lover Now
I Shall Be Released
If Not for You
Nobody 'Cept You
Tangled Up in Blue
Call Letter Blues
Idiot Wind

If You See Her, Say Hello
Golden Loom
Seven Days
Ye Shall Be Changed
Every Grain of Sand
You Changed My Life
Need a Woman
Someone's Got a Hold of My Heart
Tell Me
Lord Protect My Child
Foot of Pride
Blind Willie McTell
When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky
Series of Dreams