I bought this latest edition of The Bootleg Series this afternoon and have been playing it all evening since – 80% of the music on these two CDs is magnificent.
An absolutely epic piece of counterfactual turd-polishing. All these years of hating Self Portrait, when we could have had music like this?
In 2016, full details of Bob Dylan’s “secret archive” were released for the first time. According to the New York Times:
“For years, Bob Dylan scholars have whispered about a tiny notebook, seen by only a few, in which the master labored over the lyrics to his classic 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks.” Rolling Stone once called it “the Maltese Falcon of Dylanology” for its promise as an interpretive key. But that notebook, it turns out, is part of a trinity. Sitting in climate-controlled storage in a museum here are two more “Blood on the Tracks” notebooks — unknown to anyone outside of Mr. Dylan’s closest circle — whose pages of microscopic script reveal even more about how Mr. Dylan wrote some of his most famous songs.”