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Sku: 209059996
UPC: 886973579527
UPC 14: 00886973579527
Release Date: 10/7/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Mississippi - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
2. Most of the Time - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Bob Dylan
3. Dignity - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
4. Someday Baby - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Bob Dylan
5. Red River Shore - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
6. Tel Ol' Bill - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Bob Dylan
7. Born in Time - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
8. Can't Wait - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Bob Dylan
9. Everything Is Broken - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Bob Dylan
10. Dreamin' of You - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
11. Huck's Tune ~ Bob Dylan
12. Marchin' to the City - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
13. High Water (For Charley Patton) - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Bob Dylan
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Mississippi - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
2. 32-20 Blues - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
3. Series of Dreams - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
4. God Knows - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
5. Can't Escape from You - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
6. Dignity - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
7. Ring Them Bells - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Bob Dylan
8. Cocaine Blues - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Bob Dylan
9. Ain't Talkin' - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Bob Dylan
10. Girl on the Greenbriar Shore, The - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Bob Dylan
11. Lonesome Day Blues - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Bob Dylan
12. Miss the Mississippi - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
13. Lonesome River, The - (featuring Ralph Stanley) ~ Bob Dylan
14. Cross the Green Mountain ~ Bob Dylan
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Duncan And Brady [Unreleased, 1992] - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
2. Cold Irons Bound [Live, 2004] - (live) ~ Bob Dylan
3. Mississippi [Unreleased Version #3, Time Out Of Mind] - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
4. Most Of The Time [Alternate Version #2, Oh Mercy] ~ Bob Dylan
5. Ring Them Bells [Alternate Version, Oh Mercy] ~ Bob Dylan
6. Things Have Changed [Live, 2000] - (live) ~ Bob Dylan
7. Red River Shore [Unreleased Version #2, Time Out Of Mind] ~ Bob Dylan
8. Born In Time [Unreleased Version #2, Oh Mercy] - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
9. Tryin' To Get To Heaven [Live] - (live) ~ Bob Dylan
10. Marchin' To THe CIty [Unreleased Version #2, Time Out Of Mind] - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
11. Can't Wait [Alternate Version #2, Time Out Of Mind] ~ Bob Dylan
12. Mary And The Soldier [Unreleased, World Gone Wrong] - (previously unreleased) ~ Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan's Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 -- the 8th installment in the best-selling and critically lauded Bootleg Series which launched in 1991 -- is out now on Columbia Records. A treasure-trove of 27 songs spanning two discs, Tell Tale Signs features previously unreleased recordings and alternate versions of tracks from sessions which generated some of Bob Dylan's most acclaimed and commercially successful albums from the last two decades, including Time Out of Mind, Love and Theft, Modern Times and Oh Mercy.

The two disc set is beautifully packaged in a brilliant box with a slip sleeve and a stand alone perfect bound 60-page booklet which includes complete recording credits and extensive liner notes by Dylan expert and author, Larry "Ratso" Sloman.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar, harp, harmonica, piano, organ); Ralph Stanley (vocals, guitar, banjo); Donnie Herron (guitar, steel guitar); Daniel Lanois (guitar, dobro, organ); Larry Campbell (guitar, violin); Glen Lowe, Tommy Morrongiello, David Bromberg, Denny Freeman, Duke Robillard, Freddy Koella, James Alan Shelton, John Jackson, Mason Ruffner, Ralph Stanley II, Stuart Kimball, Bob Britt, Brian Stoltz, Charlie Sexton (guitar); Bucky Baxter (slide guitar, electric slide guitar, steel guitar, pedal steel guitar); Cindy Cashdollar (slide guitar, dobro); Steve Sparkman (banjo); Jeff Wisor, Dick Fegy (mandolin, fiddle); John Rigsby (mandolin); Elana Fremerman (violin); James Price (fiddle); Augie Meyers (accordion, organ); John Firmin (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Peter Ecklund (trumpet); Curtis Linberg (trombone); Tony Mangurian (piano, drums, percussion); Jim Dickinson, Benmont Tench (organ); Christopher Cameron, Chris "Hambone" Cameron (keyboards); Robert Amiot, Tony Hall, Tony Garnier (bass instrument, bass guitar); Jack Cooke (upright bass); Winston Johnson, David Kemper, Winston Watson (drums, percussion); Jim Keltner, Willie Green , Richard Crooks , George Recile, Brian Blade (drums); Malcolm Burn (tambourine); Cyril Neville, Darryl Johnson (percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Chris Shaw ; Pablo Wheeler; Malcolm Burn; Mark Wilder; Bil VornDick.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Larry Sloman.
Muze PNote Recording information: ACME Recording, Chicago, IL (03/??/1989-05/13/2006); Cote D'Opale Kursaal, Dunkerque, France (03/??/1989-05/13/2006); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (03/??/1989-05/13/2006); Larrabee East, Los Angeles, CA (03/??/1989-05/13/2006); Malibu, CA (03/??/1989-05/13/2006); National Car Rental Center, Sunrise, FL (03/??/1989-05/13/2006); New York, NY (03/??/1989-05/13/2006); Oakes Garden Theatre, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (03/??/1989-05/13/2006); Rebel Records (03/??/1989-05/13/2006); Studio 4, Conshohocken, PA (03/??/1989-05/13/2006); The Studio, New Orleans, LA (03/??/1989-05/13/2006); The Supper Club, New York, NY (03/??/1989-05/13/2006); Westland Studios, Dublin, Ire (03/??/1989-05/13/2006); Wolf Trap Filene Center, Vienna, VA (03/??/1989-05/13/2006).
Muze PNote Editor: Damian Rodriguez.
Muze PNote Photographers: Lynn Goldsmith; Larry Keegan; Ken Regan; Lorey Sebastian; Mark Seliger; David Gahr; Kevin Mazur; Ana Maria Valez; Giulio Molfese; John Werner ; Randee Saint Nicholas; William Claxton; Marlene Rosenberg; Jim McCarthy; Danny Clinch.
Muze PNote This eighth chapter in Dylan's epic Bootleg Series covers the era bookended by 1989's OH MERCY and 2006's MODERN TIMES. As the only installment with its own unique title, TELL TALE SIGNS acts in some ways as its own original record and the fourth salvo in the renaissance kicked off by 1997's TIME OUT OF MIND. A deeply satisfying two-disc set, TELL TALE SIGNS argues emphatically that these albums were no fluke, but rooted in a significantly broader, deeper wellspring of creativity. Unconcerned with the contemporary zeitgeist, Dylan synthesizes old forms--from rockabilly to jump blues; from Jimmie Rodgers-esque parlor balladry to country gospel--into his millieu with extraordinary ease, and rides various ace line-ups (which feature such stalwarts as guitarist/fiddler Larry Campbell, guitarist Charlie Sexton, and organist Augie Meyers) into an isolated dreamland soaked with spring reverb and pulsating tremolo. The stranger in these songs may be familiar, but now his visions thrum with nostalgia and regret.
Muze PNote The highlights are many. A devastating acoustic demo of the OH MERCY stand-out "Most of the Time" rescues the song from Daniel Lanois's overweaning production on the original. "Red River Shore" and "Marchin' to the City"--cut from the final sequence of TIME OUT OF MIND--smolder. Two vastly different alternate versions of both the OH MERCY-era single "Dignity" and LOVE AND THEFT's "Mississippi" reveal the degree to which Dylan plumbs a song's performative possibilities. Still restless, still aching, still remarkable, TELL TALE SIGNS is yet another revelation in a career already crowded with them.

Producer: Daniel Lanois; David Bromberg; Jeff Rosen; Jack Frost; Bil VornDick; Daniel Lanois; David Bromberg; Jeff Rosen; Jack Frost; Jeff Rosen (Compilation)

Engineer: Mark Howard; Micajah Ryan; Bil VornDick; Chris Shaw; Greg Calbi; Malcolm Burn; Mark Howard; Micajah Ryan

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Ralph Stanley

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Rare Live & Classic
Muze Music Compilations Rock Of Ages (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Last Waltz (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Singer/Songwriter
Muze Music Compilations Newport Broadside-Newport Folk
Muze Music Compilations Rattle & Hum
Muze Music Compilations Forrest Gump-Special Collector's Edition (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Natural Born Killers (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Music Never Stopped-Roots Of T
Muze Music Compilations Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-Conce
Muze Music Compilations Big Lebowski
Muze Music Compilations Folk Hits Of The Sixties
Muze Music Compilations Touched By An Angel
Muze Music Compilations Sopranos
Muze Music Compilations Live At Newport
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Broadside 1962-88
Muze Music Compilations Ballad Of Ramblin' Jack
Muze Music Compilations Sopranos-Peppers & Eggs (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blow
Muze Music Compilations Timeless-Hank Williams Tribute
Muze Music Compilations American Roots Music
Muze Music Compilations Essential Johnny Cash
Muze Music Compilations Royal Tenenbaums (Collector's Edition) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Vanguard: roots Of Folk
Muze Music Compilations Is It Rolling Bob Dub Versions
Muze Music Compilations The Legend
Muze Music Compilations Musical History
Muze Music Compilations Great American Baseball Box
Muze Music Compilations Concert For Bangladesh
Muze Music Compilations Ricky Jay Plays Poker
Muze Music Compilations This Land Is Your Land: songs Of Freed
Muze Music Compilations I'm Not There (Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Folkways:vision Shared
Muze Music Compilations Jerry Maguire (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Hear It Now The Sound Of The '60s
Muze Music Compilations 100 Greatest
Muze Music Compilations Essential 3.0(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Tell Tale Signs: Bootleg Series, Vol. 8
Muze Music Compilations Rock Classic Of 70'S
Muze Music Compilations Away We Go (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Nick Drake's Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Men Of Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Singers Songwriters
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations Every Child Deserves A Lifetime:songs
Muze Music Compilations 60'S Music Revolution
Muze Music Compilations Complete Columbia Collection
Muze Music Compilations West Of Memphis:voices/justice (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Basement Tapes Influences
Muze Music Compilations Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Inside Llewyn Davis (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Johnny Cash Due
Muze Music Compilations Best Of A Musical History
Muze Music Compilations Americana Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Men Women & Children (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Art Of Mccartney
Muze Music Compilations Only Folk Collection You'll Ever Need
Muze Music Compilations Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City
Muze Music Compilations Silver Linings Playbook (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations St Vincent (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Temptation:music From The Showtim(ost
Muze Music Compilations Boyhood (ost)

Associated Artists and Works

Baez, Joan
Band (The)
Before the Flood [Digipak] ~ Band (The)
The Basement Tapes [Digipak] ~ Band (The)
Before the Flood [Digipak] ~ Band (The)
The Basement Tapes [Digipak] ~ Band (The)
Basement Tapes Influences: Original Versions of th ~ Band (The)
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes - ~ Band (The)
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes - ~ Band (The)
Cash, Johnny
Dylan, Nob
Dylanesque ~ Ferry, Bryan
Four Seasons (The)
Freeman, Denny
Garcia, Jerry
Grateful Dead
Dylan & the Dead ~ Grateful Dead
Greene, Jackie
Highway 61 (Bob Dylan Tribute B
Highway 61 Revisited [Remaster] ~ Highway 61 (Bob Dylan Tribute B
Highway 61 Revisited
Hitchcock, Robyn
Howe, Steve
Jewels & Binoculars
Jungr, Barb
Nob Dylan & His Nobsoletes
Red On Blonde ~ O'Brien, Tim
I'm Not There [Original Soundtrack] ~ O.S.T.
On, Pickin'
Original Soundtrack
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7: No Direction Home - Th ~ Original Soundtrack
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid ~ Original Soundtrack
Pickin' On
Seeger, Pete (Folk)
Valentino, Sal
Best of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour [PA] ~ Various Artists
Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan [Box] ~ Various Artists
Bob Dylan & the Band's Basement Tapes Influences: ~ Various Artists
Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebratio ~ Various Artists
Vitamin String Quartet
Wynn, Steve

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/06/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88697357952
Music Label Name Label : Columbia (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886973579527

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.76)
- 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "TELL TALE SIGNS makes plain that Dylan knows the caprices of the world he lives in, now more than ever. Just as important, this collection bears witness to Dylan's reclamation of voice and perspective."

Rolling Stone (p.88)
- Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "The veering tempers of Dylan's medicine-rattle rasp are a wonder to themselves."

Entertainment Weekly (p.70)
- "[T]he generally superb TELL TALE SIGNS repurposes known material in simple, languid, semi-acoustic settings that hark back to '70s classics like BLOOD ON THE TRACKS." -- Grade: A

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Dylan's second album with Lanois, TIME OUT OF MIND, is represented by a nice, slow blues alternative take of 'Can't Wait' and four songs that didn't make the final cut....Top prizes go to gutbucket 'Lonesome Day Blues' and harmony-laden 'Cocaine Blues'..."

Record Collector (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The overriding lesson from these TELL TALE SIGNS is of Bob's immaculate role as performer. There is no one 'final version' of a track -- just the one that happens to make sense on the day."

Uncut (magazine)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "TELL TALE SIGNS is awash with evidence of his staggering mercuriality, his evident determination even in the studio to repeat himself as little as possible..."


Bob Dylan

In January 2000, Bob Dylan was awarded one of the world's most prestigious music awards, The Polar Music Prize, bestowed by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The Prize committee's citation offers a summary of his career: "Bob Dylan's influence, as a singer-songwriter, on the development of 20th century popular music is indisputable. His achievements encompass almost four decades of constantly changing modes of creativity, always innovative, but always based on American musical traditions and roots.

"Starting with folk music and reaching the heights of critical and public fame, he set aside the rules of the day, appearing no longer alone with his acoustic guitar, but in the company of a rock and roll band. It was a development that required both integrity and determination, a move that cemented his role as one of the greatest rock artists of our time. Bob Dylan's ability to combine poetry, harmony and melody in a meaningful, often provocative context, has captivated millions in all age groups, and in most cultures and societies.

"Through his modest, persuasive musical approach, he has demonstrated an impressive ability to question the most determined political forces, to fight all forms of prejudice, and to offer unflinching support for the less fortunate. Even those who might not have shared his views would find it impossible to argue against Bob Dylan's musical and poetic brilliance."

Dylan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. In referring to him, the Hall of Fame has written, "Bob Dylan is the pre-eminent poet/lyricist and songwriter of his time. He re-energized the folk-music genre, brought a new lyrical depth to rock and roll when he went electric, and bridged the worlds of rock and country by recording in Nashville. As much as he's played the role of renegade throughout his career, Dylan has also kept the rock and roll community mindful of its roots by returning often to them.

"With his songs, Dylan has provided a running commentary on a restless age. His biting, imagistic and often cryptic lyrics served to capture and define the mood of a generation...While [recently] he has been relatively inactive on the recording front, Dylan has spent much of the Nineties on the road like the wandering troubadour he has always perceived himself to be."

The legend remains very much alive with the release of Love and Theft, Dylan's first studio album since 1997's Grammy Award-winning Album of the Year Time Out of Mind.

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Product attributeArtist:   Dylan,Bob
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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