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Columbus COL 2-1070 [T-520]

Columbia Records Studio A (New York, NY); September 1974

Tracklist: If You See Her Say Hello, Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts, Call Letter Blues, Idiot Wind, Tangled Up In Blue [9/16/74]; You're A Big Girl Now, Shelter From the Storm [9/17/74]; If You See Her Say Hello, Tangled Up In Blue, Up To Me, Idiot Wind [9/19/74]

NOTE: No longer recommended, at least as a commercial artifact. As an archival fan project, this now would teeter on the edge of unacceptable appropriation of officially released material.

DEEP: The 11 circulating BOTT outtakes all together on one CD is certainly a welcome addition to anyone's collection. Tastily compiled in the order they were recorded and presented in official release quality (because most of the songs are pirated from official releases, and the others are from the initial test pressing). Although most Dylan fans will already own at least the 7 tracks on official releases, it's nice to have them all in one place. A masterpiece in its own right, scraping buttons and all. Perhaps come 1999, Sony will give us this and more on the 25th anniversary bonus disks of "The Complete Blood on the Tracks Sessions."

ISIS: The complete circulating outtakes, for the most part in absolutely pristine quality. Brought together like this they form a formidable body. The outtakes provide insight into the development of the songs towards their final unsurpassable incarnations. It's captivating to hear the sharp edge of pain rising a little closer to the surface.