BOB DYLAN: Going Back to the Tracks?
Bob Dylan’s next Bootleg Series release may center around his 1975 album, Blood on the Tracks.
A Dylan source says, “There’s a couple of things on our minds, but the natural next one is [a collection of outtakes from the] Blood on the Tracks [sessions]. During the first couple of days [for the] New York [sessions], Bob played the songs solo on acoustic guitar. They’re very different than anything that’s been heard before and they’re very special.”
Also in the works is a documentary about his 1975 and ’76 Rolling Thunder Revue tour with Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn and many others. “We’re going to keep mum on that for the time being,” says the source. “We have no clue when it’s going to come out. Maybe this year, but we’re just hoping it happens sometime in our lifetimes.”
Other possible Bootleg projects include more live shows, including a 1980 show in Toronto from his gospel tour. However, the source says, “The only issue is that we fear nobody will be interested. It’s not a period people are clamoring for, so it’s kind of a square peg for a round hole. That said, exploring the born again period would be very interesting. He played a lot of songs live that weren’t recorded and a deluxe box would be fun to do. It’s a period that been much-maligned, but with the benefit of hindsight it’s clear that Bob was doing some great things.”
And there is also a 1986 show in Sydney, Australia from his tour with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers that came out on VHS but has been out of print for a very long time.
Since 1991, Dylan has released eight Bootleg Series collections with the last — Volume 10: Another Self Portrait — out in 2013.