Bob Dylan – Bootleg Series Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks (2 Nov 2018)*

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  1. MGSeveral

    MGSeveral Forum Resident

    Well, it was the first of the special editions. I can't imagine they sold well, I got mine from fopp for £20 or thereabouts. Was surprised they carried on with them, but content was much improved!
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  2. BigBadWolf

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    Kernersville, NC
    Just out of curiosity, how limited are the deluxe sets? I know The Cutting Edge 18 disk set is probably gone, and wasn't planning on getting that anyway. But as far as the rest, what's the consensus on their continued availability for now?
  3. streetlegal

    streetlegal Forum Resident

    In some ways, this might, surprisingly, be my favourite BS collection. It's like a fine wine or distinguished port.

    Of the BS, it is the most coherent and uniform in sound and lexical field.

    It reveals its pleasures slowly and delicately, and there's a mantra-like quality to hearing songs repeat and concepts re-emerge.
  4. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    Excellent post.
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  5. matt79rome89

    matt79rome89 Forum Resident

    Listening to disc 3 now, and forgot how enjoyable this is, even with so many takes of the same songs. Nice stretch starting with Spanish is the Loving Tongue, which is so random as a one-off amongst the other songs we so strongly associate with BOTT and the fact it keeps popping up throughout his 70's sessions. I love the first slightly ramshackle rehearsal of Call Letter Blues, then into a nice refresh of You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome, followed by a near flawless first take of Shelter From The Storm, great first try of Buckets, and a debatable best version of Tangled Up In Blue. Gift that keeps giving for my favorite album.
  6. twm

    twm Well-Known Member

    Ian W is still around and writing for ISIS magazine and, less frequently, for THE BRIDGE.
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  7. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
  8. JoeF.

    JoeF. Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
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  10. cable hogue

    cable hogue Forum Resident

    Dang, we lost a literary giant. As far as music writing goes, I highly recommend Pete's book, Why Sinatra Matters. He and Frank were buddies. He's also featured in the fantastic HBO All or Nothing Sinatra documentary that's now on Netflix.

    Rest easy, sir!
  11. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    I have to admit the vinyl edition is one of the strongest and most hypnotic
    albums Dylan has released in his career. Sweet, dark, hyper-tense and edgy.
    Exquisitely writ, sung and performed. The box-set revealing creative process
    is a treasure and one of my most cherished music possessions. As much as I
    love More Blood More Tracks I have invested nearly 40 years into Columbia's
    Half-Speed Master, and it remains my favorite version, or edition, of the
    album. To my ear it's perfect, Dylan's masterpiece achieved. This is me
    holding up the Mint copy I never play because the Near-Mint copy plays just fine.

  12. Percy Song

    Percy Song Tom's Tambourine Man

    Also, the Pete Hamill essay on the Half-peed Master is white on burgundy - much easier to read than the black on burgundy of the original LP. (Shame about the bar code though....)

  13. CBackley

    CBackley Chairman of the Bored

    Surgical gloves?
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  14. The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man Forum Resident

    It is an excellent post. I said nearly the exact same thing about The Shaggs Philosophy of the World LP.
  15. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    I don't like getting blood on my hands when I listen.

    Yeah that barcode is annoying. It ruins the aesthetics. The Half-Speed
    Mastered restored the intended color of the album jacket. Subsequent
    printings had strayed toward different hues. I hadn't realized the color
    of the font had changed but you're right it's easier to read.
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  16. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    It could be that I miss 1974 and 1975 and 1976 when I was going
    to school in NYC and discovering Dylan for the first time.

    As you know Hamill passed away recently. He was a New Yorker's
    New Yorker, and as a born and raised New Yorker, I should know
    he was a New Yorker's New Yorker. Anyhow ... his essay on the
    back cover is memorable and must be the most famous liner note
    of all time. It was written back in the 1970s before all the albums
    that came later, when Dylan was still a troubadour, blood brother
    of Villon, son of Provence, as he walked across the flagstones of the
    courtyard strumming a guitar and singing about the idiot wind that
    blows a circle around our skulls from the Grand Coulee Dam to the
    capitol ....
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  17. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    It's a pentimento.

    The only thing that prevents More Blood More Tracks from being
    perfect -- no, not the title or the cover art which are disappointing --
    is the imbalance between vocal and instrument. Either Dylan's voice
    is too up front or his guitar, especially on the solo tracks, is mixed too
    far down. One can't correct it with an equalizer, either. The 2-LP is an
    exquisite album except for the imbalance, wouldn't you agree.
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  18. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    The single CD / 2 LP has become a favorite and I firmly believe one of
    Dylan's finest achievements.

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