Bob Dylan has laid out plans for the next instalment of his Bootleg Series compilations.
The Bootleg Series is a kind of parallel universe to his accepted studio work, a place for out-takes, offcuts, and songs that – for whatever reason – didn't gain an official release.
'Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 (1980-1985)' has just been announced, and it covers the years 1980 – 1985.
Accepted wisdom would have it that this period isn't quite vintage Bob Dylan, but the compilation looks once more at his work in this time.
In all, the project will feature 54 previously unreleased recordings, taken from sessions for albums such as 'Shot Of Love', 'Infidels', and 'Empire Burlesque'.
In his liner notes for Bob Dylan – Springtime In New York, Damien Love writes…
"And that's the real story of this gloriously untrammeled collection. The songs. The songs stripped free of trappings, tampering, passing tastes, and judgments. The songs broken down to the sound of people really doing this, right now, acting on instinct. The songs rough and rowdy, bruised and tender, joking and crying, nagging and striving and yearning. The songs were always there, and here they are still, keeping pace with us."
Order the compilation HERE.
The announce has caused a stir, and it's something of a purple patch for the Bard – his concert film Shadow Kingdom is on streaming now.
Check out a preview of 'Bootleg Series' Vol. 16 below.
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