This 5CD limited edition boxed set with 87 tracks is being released in Japan in conjunction with Bob’s April 2016 tour there, and also to celebrate his 75th birthday. The set was compiled by Kenta Hagiwara, who also wrote the liner notes, with lyrics translated by Goro Nakagawa (English lyrics for some songs aren’t included “by the artist’s intention”). The publicity says this is the first Dylan compilation exclusively released by Sony Music Japan, but this is very much untrue! There have been many exclusive Japanese releases from the 1960s onwards.
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Shadows In The Night is Bob Dylan’s newest studio album, and marks the first new music from the artist since 2012’s worldwide hit Tempest.Shadows In The Night may be the most improbable moment yet in Bob Dylan’s latterday career. By releasing a collection of standards from the Great American Songbook, Dylan, presumably inadvertently, joins in a trend begun 14 years ago by Robbie Williams. Ever since Williams proved that you could sell 7m copies of Swing When You’re Winning to an audience who’d never previously evinced much interest in the work of Cole Porter or Johnny Mercer, the Great American Songbook album has become a kind of sine qua non among rock stars of a certain vintage. They’ve all been at it, from Paul McCartney to Carly Simon to Linda Ronstadt.
Book-ended with an embryonic recording made by a high school friend and a live, boisterous take of “Like a Rolling Stone” less than seven years later, the fifth release in the Bob Dylan Bootleg series (and the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s Dylan documentary of the same name) proffers just how far the folk idol turned rock star had come between his last year in a Minnesota high school and 1966’s contentious UK tour. The double CD is sequenced chronologically and features 26 rare and unreleased recordings (most between 1961 and 1966), including 1959’s muddied “When I Got Troubles,’ reportedly the first song Dylan ever put to tape, and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” performed live soon after Dylan’s arrival in New York. While the usual suspects are present–“Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright,” “Masters of War,” “Mr. Tambourine Man”–this collection unravels the unexpected, including an outtake from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (“Sally Gal”), captivating alternate takes of “She Belongs To Me,” “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” and “Visions of Johanna” (with full band) and the ripping electric version of “Maggie’s Farm” that throttled the 1965 Newport Folk Festival and carried Dylan over the genre-influencing threshold into generation-altering icon status. –Scott Holter
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