Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Shlepping It All Back Home

Collector's Edition Limited,
Listen: I love Dylan as much as the next guy, as long as the next guy hasn’t named his dog Zimmy and his cat Ruben “Hurricane” Cat-ter, but this is unnecessary.

Eighteen disks, plus twenty other pounds of bullshit (excuse me: limited-edition collectible bullshit,) exclusively dedicated to 1965-66. Now, the tree albums Dylan put out in those two years (Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde) are indisputable masterpieces, but they barely total two hours of music: records were short back then.

The  rest of the discs are filled with unreleased songs, alternate versions, outtakes, snippets, between-take chatter, and maybe a phone call or two to the pizza place. There’s flotsam and jetsam in this box set.

Deadheads have proven time and time again that they’ll buy nearly anything with a Stealie stamped on it, but this kind of collection might be the straw that broke the terrapin’s back:

“Hey, Deadheads! New box set!”

Wow! What’s in it?

“20 hours of unreleased studio tracks and alternate takes.”

Wow. You mean: the stuff that wasn’t good enough to make it onto Go To Heaven?

“Yes.”

Pass.

17 Comments

  1. that leopardskin spindle tho

  2. riveting listening…

    7. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Take 1 (1/25/1966) Rehearsal.
    8. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Take 2 (1/25/1966) Rehearsal.
    9. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Take 3 (1/25/1966) Fragment.
    10. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Take 4 (1/25/1966) Rehearsal.
    11. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Take 5 (1/25/1966) Rehearsal.
    12. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Takes 6-8 (1/25/1966) Rehearsal.
    13. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Take 9 (1/25/1966) Rehearsal.
    14. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Takes 10-14 (1/25/1966) Rehearsal.
    15. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Take 15 (1/25/1966) Complete.
    16. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Takes 16-17 (1/25/1966) False starts.
    17. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Take 18 (1/25/1966) Complete.
    18. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – (1/25/1966) Rehearsal.
    19. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Take 19 (1/25/1966) Complete.
    20. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Takes 21-22 (1/25/1966) Breakdown.

  3. i’ll probably grab the 2 disc set, just because…
    but like fat elvis i like crazy dylan better
    when i got the 1975 rolling thunder bootleg set it didnt leave my truck for a month

  4. Also, if there ever were a box set with six or seven takes of “Antwerp’s Placebo”, you know people would buy it.

    I’ll admit it. I have a copy of Infrared Roses around somewhere.

  5. I guess it’s lost on you folks that there are Dylanologists who, like us ALREADY HAVE all this music AND will buy it ANYWAY repackaged in some absurd form with idiotic tokens and “improved fidelity” to justify all of our underlying obsessiveness!!! YER LOOKIN’ IN DA MIRROR, MAN!!!

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