Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tell Tale Signs: the Bootleg Series goes from strength to strength

When I first learned the content of Bootleg Series vol 8 Tell Tale Signs, I was, I’ll admit it, slightly underwhelmed.

Having lived with the release for some weeks, my doubts have long since evaporated. This is a very strong Dylan album indeed. I’d rank it as third strongest of the Bootleg Series volumes – after vols 1-3 (a masterpiece) and vol 4 Live 1966 (another masterpiece).

Let’s hope Columbia/Sony will keep releasing treasures from the vaults for many years. The Bootleg Series just keeps underlining the depth and breadth of Dylan’s peerless art.

Gerry Smith