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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.
Special deluxe package of Tell Tale Signs features a bonus third disc with 12 extra audio tracks, a 150 page hardcover book of singles artwork spanning his entire career, and a 60-page booklet, packaged in a specially designed hardcover solid slipcase.
Bob DylanIn 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.