Well, Happy October and L'shana tova to everyone. The leaves are dropping, my bike riding time slot is becoming quite slim and will soon be filled with snow and skis. October is here with yet another release from Bob Dylan. It's hard to imagine an artist has enough material the he can release eight bootleg albums full of material that didn't make the cut onto his main, "released" albums. I was hesitant to post on Dylan at first in fear of displaying some of his songs that were under lock and key. But, low-and-behold his record label has now released the CD to the "public" enough that many of the songs are already available if you know where to look. That being said, I still encourage you to purchase this entire collection of tracks from Dylan that are either unreleased, live or alternate versions of songs that did make his major album releases.
Dylan's Tell Tale Signs: the Bootleg Series Vol. 8 is out on October 7 from Columbia Records. I tend to enjoy these "raw" albums from Dylan's vault more than many of his released albums due to their jagged edges that make for more of a living-room-performance feel to many of them. One great example is on this album with Dylan's alternate version of his recent single, "Someday Baby."
Bob Dylan - Someday Baby (from Modern Times, 2006)
Bob Dylan - Someday Baby (alt. version from Bootleg Series Volume 8)
The entire double-disc album is full of these gems as well as songs stripped from all the luster, backing instrumentation and production that accompanies most any released album. The 8th Bootleg Series opens up with Dylan's "Mississippi" which is unreleased from Time Out of Mind. On this gorgeous down-tempo blues tune, everything seems to be revealed as Dylan's graveled voice and strumming is only backed by Daniel Lanois' simple riffs on electric guitar.
Bob Dylan - Mississippi (unreleased)