Bob Dylan - Best of The Bootleg Series

by Kevin Orton
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Beginning in 1991 Dylan started beating the bootleggers at their own game with the Bootleg series. Some are essential and eye-opening. Others are for the obsessive completist. Here they are ranked. Click an album below to read a review

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Hey Kevin. Cool idea for a list and I played the heck out of the first one when it came out. Just curious your views on 8 and 10. I really like both of those and feel they are fiery performances.

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I agree they're fiery, amazing performances. Dylan gets a lot of cred in the songwriting dept but he was also quite the showman. Which is evident on both performances. I mean, they're priceless if you ask me. And don't know if you've heard...

I agree they're fiery, amazing performances. Dylan gets a lot of cred in the songwriting dept but he was also quite the showman. Which is evident on both performances. I mean, they're priceless if you ask me. And don't know if you've heard Trouble No More but its a positively scorching performance. He's on frigging fire. I know the religious phase can be a bit of a turn off, but he's def playing the part of a fire & brimstone preacher here. I put Royal Hall and Rolling Thunder further down the list because I wanted to emphasize the studio aspect of these releases. But I think they're all amazing an eye opening. Quite possibly the Cutting Edge is the most disappointing in that its mostly alternative takes and light on unreleased material. I'm sure that's fascinating for obsessives but there's a reason why they didn't go with those takes. That said, I find the More Blood amazing and Another Self Portrait as well.

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Was blown away by the More Blood one as well. Will have to check out some of the others. Just need more hours in the day.

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