Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Album Review :: Bob Dylan - Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006

Bob Dylan has released the eighth installment of his bootleg series, Tell Tale Signs. Dylan’s rare and unreleased music has finally caught up to his most recent release, as the tracks cover 1989-2006. The songs span the sessions of the studio albums Oh Mercy, World Gone Wrong, Time Out of Mind and Modern Times. The two disc set comes complete with a 60 page full color booklet. There are photos from throughout Dylan’s career and an article by Larry “Ratso” Sloman that traces a fan’s experience with bootlegs as well as an inside perspective of Dylan’s Career. A paragraph for each song explains its sound and its seclusion.

Tell Tale Signs serves up all the folk fervor that an old Bob Dylan can offer. Most of the songs are ballads focusing on acoustic guitar or piano and having a jazzy and bluesy feel. There are different arrangements that represent a re-envisioning of tracks on studio albums. There are also a few live songs as some that appeared on movie soundtracks.

This set will please any diehard Dylan fan.

Mango Nebula Favorite from this artist:
Bob Dylan - The Times They are a Changin'

~Lee Stepien
Published at WERS.org on November 15, 2008

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