Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks Expected as Next in Bootleg Series

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Bob Dylan's <i>Blood on the Tracks</i> Expected as Next in Bootleg Series

After releasing Another Self-Portrait last fall, it appears that Bob Dylan is gearing up to revisit one of his most celebrated albums with the 11th installment of his Bootleg Series, Rolling Stone reports.

“We don’t know exactly what the next Bootleg Series is going to be,” said a source associated with the Dylan camp. “There’s a couple of things on our minds, but the natural next one is Blood on the Tracks.”

Dylan infamously recorded what was originally a much more subdued version of Blood on the Tracks in New York before abruptly relocating to Minneapolis to re-work several songs with a group of local musicians organized by his brother just before the album’s scheduled release date in January 1975. The final album is split evenly between the two sessions, with the promotional single “Tangled Up in Blue” coming from the Minneapolis session.

Some bootleg material from Blood on the Track of course has already seen the light of day—the original text pressing of “You’re a Big Girl Now” appeared on 1985’s Biograph, while stripped-down takes of “Tangled Up in Blue”, “If You See Her, Say Hello” and “Idiot Wind” (link below) from the New York sessions were all included on the first Bootleg Series box set release in 1991.

The source additionally speculated upon the possibilities of releasing various concert DVDs that document everything from The Rolling Thunder Revue to Dylan’s 1980 gospel tour and “born again” period without providing any concrete details. The source did however acknowledge that the public’s general lack of interest in Dylan’s ‘80s output is a realistic impediment to any such project, despite that ATO Records is slated to release a Bob Dylan in the 80s tribute album featuring covers by the likes of Built to Spill, Deer Tick and Elvis Perkins this spring.

“It’s not a period people are clamoring for, so it’s kind of a square peg for a round hole,” the source stated. “That said, exploring the born again period would be very interesting…with the benefit of hindsight it’s clear that Bob was doing some great things.”