Bob Dylan surprises fans with a ultra-limited edition collection of recordings, including the George Harrison sessions
Bob Dylan surprised fans yesterday when, without any fanfare or real pre-announcement, a three-disc collection of rare recordings – including the George Harrison sessions – was put on sale.
Entitled Bob Dylan – 50th Anniversary Collection 1970, the collection landed only via UK retailer Badlands, which wrote: “This release is strictly limited to 1 unit per customer. Extremely limited release. It will sell out instantly … Thank you and best of luck.”
The release is the latest by Dylan in the EU to prevent recordings from entering the public domain – which they would do if they aren’t released officially by the copyright holder after 50 years. Dylan first did this in 2012, with a release collating his 1962 recordings.
The extensive collection of recordings is aimed more at die-hard completionist collectors rather than average listeners, packed with countless takes of the same song. Notably, however, this is the first official issue of Dylan and George Harrison’s session from 1970, where they jammed on tracks both Beatles and Dylan. It had circulated as a low-quality bootleg recording before.
The full, enormous tracklist of Bob Dylan – 50th Anniversary Collection 1970 is below – although, best of luck finding the absurdly limited release through any official channels. But, following the official release, it looks like the quality of bootlegs that get passed around might increase somewhat.
1. I Can’t Help but Wonder Where I’m Bound2. Universal Soldier – Take 13. Spanish Is the Loving Tongue – Take 14. Went to See the Gypsy – Take 25. Went to See the Gypsy – Take 36. Woogie Boogie7. Went to See the Gypsy – Take 48. Thirsty Boots – Take 19. Little Moses – Take 110. Alberta – Take 211. Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies – Take 112. Things About Comin’ My Way – Takes 2 & 313. Went to See the Gypsy – Take 614. Untitled 1970 Instrumental #115. Come a Little Bit Closer – Take 216. Alberta – Take 517. Sign on the Window – Take 218. Sign on the Window – Takes 3, 4 & 519. If Not for You – Take 120. Time Passes Slowly – Rehearsal21. If Not for You – Take 222. If Not for You – Take 323. Song to Woody – Take 124. Mama, You Been on My Mind – Take 125. Yesterday – Take 1
1. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Take 12. I Met Him on a Sunday (Ronde-Ronde) – Take 13. One Too Many Mornings – Take 14. Ghost Riders in the Sky – Take 15. Cupid – Take 16. All I Have to Do Is Dream – Take 17. Gates of Eden – Take 18. I Threw It All Away – Take 19. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) – Take 110. Matchbox – Take 111. Your True Love – Take 112. Telephone Wire – Take 113. Fishing Blues – Take 114. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance – Take 115. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Take 116. It Ain’t Me Babe17. If Not for You18. Sign on the Window – Take 119. Sign on the Window – Take 220. Sign on the Window – Take 321. Alligator Man22. Alligator Man [rock version]23. Alligator Man [country version]24. Day of the Locusts – Take 225. Sarah Jane 126. Sign on the Window27. Sarah Jane 2
1. If Not for You – Take 12. If Not for You – Take 23. Jamaica Farewell4. Can’t Help Falling in Love5. Long Black Veil6. One More Weekend7. Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie – Take 18. Three Angels9. Tomorrow Is a Long Time – Take 110. Tomorrow Is a Long Time – Take 211. New Morning12. Untitled 1970 Instrumental #213. Went to See the Gypsy14. Sign on the Window – Stereo Mix15. Winterlude16. I Forgot to Remember to Forget 117. I Forgot to Remember to Forget 218. Lily of the West – Take 219. Father of Night – rehearsal20. Lily of the West21. If Not for You – Take 122. If Not for You – Take 2
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