BOB DYLAN – ” Trouble No More ” The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 – 1979-1981 Box Set

Posted: September 21, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Sony have announced the November release of a boxed set devoted to archival material from “the gospel years.” The nine-disc set, titled “Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981,” features more than 100 previously unreleased live and studio tracks from the three-year period that found Dylan recording and performing almost exclusively Christian material.

While it stands as the most controversial era of Dylan’s career (yes, even more controversial than the deliberately fan-alienating “Self Portrait”), that three-year period has long fascinated the most hardcore faithful, because of the fiery performances Dylan was turning in with one of the best bands he ever assembled in his five-and-a-half-decade career. The patience of the Dylan die-hards has been rewarded with a collection that includes 15 songs he never officially released in any form.

The main attraction of the set, though — available only as part of the CD package, not the download version — is a DVD of a newly assembled film, also called “Trouble No More.” The hour-long movie, which will have its public premiere October. 3rd at the New York Film Festival, screened for a small invited audience Tuesday night at the Sony lot in Culver City. About three-fourths of the film consists of pro-shot videotape of the gospel material being performed at 1980 tour dates. Between the songs, meanwhile, actor Michael Shannon appears in newly shot scenes playing an evangelical preacher and reading freshly scripted sermons, a curious artistic choice that pays off in thematically contextualizing the vintage concert material.

A few excerpts from the audio discs were played for invitees at the Sony gathering, including a walloping live version of “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar” that features Carlos Santana as the guest guitar soloist. There were also A/B excerpts of live tracks to show how radically some of the “Slow Train Coming” songs evolved between the 1979 and ’80 tours, along with cassette recordings from tour rehearsals demonstrating very different arrangements Dylan tried out before ever taking the songs on the road.

The studio track that may generate the most immediate buzz is “Making a Liar Out of Me,” which a member of the Dylan camp described as so rare, it was “never even whispered about” before the September 1980 recording session was discovered recently. (The existence of the song was mentioned in a Clinton Heylin book, and the lyrics are said to be present in the Dylan archive at the University of Tulsa, but it otherwise has escaped any public notice.) There are 11 other studio versions of previously unreleased tunes that have only been heard on live bootlegs, if at all, including “Ain’t Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody,” “Cover Down, Pray Through,” “Thief on the Cross,” “City of Gold,” “Ain’t No Man Righteous, Not One,” “Stand by Faith,” and “Yonder Comes Sin.”

Guitarist Fred Tackett, a mainstay of Dylan’s band through the “Slow Train” and “Saved” tours, was in attendance at Wednesday’s screening, marveling at the 37-year-old footage. “We shot up in Toronto, and we were up two or three days doing it, and it just disappeared,” Tackett said. “Nobody ever heard about it again. Then Monalisa (Young), one of the singers, sent me a link saying there was a new mastered version of it, and I saw that, just the concert footage, but this is the first time I’ve seen the movie. Actually seeing Bob sing the songs, it’s just the best. I could sit here all night and watch it about three times. The mix is beautiful. I just wish Tim Drummond (the bass player, who died in 2015) could have lived to see it,” Tackett added.

You can now preorder ‘Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981’ as a Deluxe 9 Disc Box Set, featuring a DVD of never-before-seen footage from Dylan’s 1980 tours.

EXCLUSIVE BONUS 2-CD SET OF THE FULL LIVE SHOW FROM SAN DIEGO, 1979 WHEN YOU PRE-ORDER THE DELUXE 9 DISC BOX SET FROM BOBDYLAN.COM

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  • 8CD/1DVD Deluxe Edition box set
  • Premieres 100 previously unreleased live and studio recordings including 14 unreleased songs
  • Exclusive DVD of “Trouble No More: A Musical Film,” a new feature-length film incorporating never-before-seen footage from Dylan’s legendary 1980 tours
  • 120 page photo book
  • Extensive liner notes

Release date: 3rd November 2017

Disc 1: Live
1. Slow Train (Nov. 16, 1979)
2. Gotta Serve Somebody (Nov. 15, 1979)
3. I Believe in You (May 16, 1980)
4. When You Gonna Wake Up? (July 9, 1981)
5. When He Returns (Dec. 5, 1979)
6. Man Gave Names to All the Animals (Jan. 16, 1980)
7. Precious Angel (Nov. 16, 1979)
8. Covenant Woman (Nov. 20, 1979)
9. Gonna Change My Way of Thinking (Jan. 31, 1980)
10. Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others) (Jan. 28, 1980)
11. Solid Rock (Nov. 27, 1979)
12. What Can I Do for You? (Nov. 27, 1979)
13. Saved (Jan. 12, 1980)
14. In the Garden (Jan. 27, 1980)

Disc 2: Live
1. Slow Train (June 29, 1981)
2. Ain’t Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody (Unreleased song – Apr. 24, 1980)
3. Gotta Serve Somebody (July 15, 1981)
4. Ain’t No Man Righteous, No Not One (Unreleased song – Nov. 16, 1979)
5. Saving Grace (Nov. 6, 1979)
6. Blessed Is the Name (Unreleased song – Nov. 20, 1979)
7. Solid Rock (Oct. 23, 1981)
8. Are You Ready? (Apr. 30, 1980)
9. Pressing On (Nov. 6, 1979)
10. Shot of Love (July 25, 1981)
11. Dead Man, Dead Man (June 21, 1981)
12. Watered-Down Love (June 12, 1981)
13. In the Summertime (Oct. 21, 1981)
14. The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar (Nov. 13, 1980)
15. Caribbean Wind (Nov. 12, 1980)
16. Every Grain of Sand (Nov. 21, 1981)

Disc 3: Rare and Unreleased
1. Slow Train (Soundcheck – Oct. 5, 1978)
2. Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others) (Soundcheck – Dec. 7, 1978)
3. Help Me Understand (Unreleased song – Oct. 5, 1978)
4. Gonna Change My Way of Thinking (Rehearsal – Oct. 2, 1979)
5. Gotta Serve Somebody (Outtake – May 4, 1979)
6. When He Returns (Outtake – May 4, 1979)
7. Ain’t No Man Righteous, No Not One (Unreleased song – May 1, 1979)
8. Trouble in Mind (Outtake – April 30, 1979)
9. Ye Shall Be Changed (Outtake – May 2, 1979)
10. Covenant Woman (Outtake – February 11, 1980)
11. Stand by Faith (Unreleased song – Sept. 26, 1979)
12. I Will Love Him (Unreleased song -Apr. 19, 1980)
13. Jesus Is the One (Unreleased song – Jul. 17, 1981)
14. City of Gold (Unreleased song – Nov. 22, 1980)
15. Thief on the Cross (Unreleased song – Nov. 10, 1981)
16. Pressing On (Outtake – Feb. 13, 1980)

Disc 4: Rare and Unreleased
1. Slow Train (Rehearsal – Oct. 2, 1979)
2. Gotta Serve Somebody (Rehearsal – Oct. 9, 1979)
3. Making a Liar Out of Me (Unreleased song – Sept. 26, 1980)
4. Yonder Comes Sin (Unreleased song – Oct. 1, 1980)
5. Radio Spot January 1980, Portland, OR show
6. Cover Down, Pray Through (Unreleased song – May 1, 1980)
7. Rise Again (Unreleased song – Oct. 16, 1980)
8. Ain’t Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody (Unreleased song – Dec. 2, 1980)
9. The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar (Outtake – May 1, 1981)
10. Caribbean Wind (Rehearsal – Sept. 23, 1980)
11. You Changed My Life (Outtake – April 23, 1981)
12. Shot of Love (Outtake – March 25, 1981)
13. Watered-Down Love (Outtake – May 15, 1981)
14. Dead Man, Dead Man (Outtake – April 24, 1981)
15. Every Grain of Sand (Rehearsal – Sept. 26, 1980)

Disc 5: Live in Toronto 1980
1. Gotta Serve Somebody (April 18, 1980)
2. I Believe In You (April 18, 1980)
3. Covenant Woman (April 19, 1980)
4. When You Gonna Wake Up? (April 18, 1980)
5. When He Returns (April 20, 1980)
6. Ain’t Gonna Go To Hell For Anybody (Unreleased song – April 18, 1980)
7. Cover Down, Pray Through (Unreleased song – April 19, 1980)
8. Man Gave Names To All The Animals (April 19, 1980)
9. Precious Angel (April 19, 1980)

Disc 6: Live in Toronto 1980
1. Slow Train (April 18, 1980)
2. Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others) (April 20, 1980)
3. Solid Rock (April 20, 1980)
4. Saving Grace (April 18, 1980)
5. What Can I Do For You? (April 19, 1980)
6. In The Garden (April 20, 1980)
7. Band Introductions (April 19, 1980)
8. Are You Ready? (April 19, 1980)
9. Pressing On (April 18, 1980)

Disc 7: Live in Earl’s Court, London – June 27, 1981
1. Gotta Serve Somebody
2. I Believe In You
3. Like A Rolling Stone
4. Man Gave Names To All The Animals
5. Maggie’s Farm
6. I Don’t Believe You
7. Dead Man, Dead Man
8. Girl From The North Country
9. Ballad Of A Thin Man

Disc 8: Live in Earl’s Court – London – June 27, 1981
1. Slow Train
2. Let’s Begin
3. Lenny Bruce
4. Mr. Tambourine Man 5. Solid Rock
6. Just Like A Woman
7. Watered-Down Love
8. Forever Young
9. When You Gonna Wake Up
10. In The Garden
11. Band Introductions
12. Blowin’ In The Wind
13. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
14. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Disc 9: Bonus DVD
Trouble No More – A Musical Film

DVD EXTRAS:
– Shot of Love
– Cover Down, Pray Through
– Jesus Met the Woman at the Well (Alternate version)
– Ain’t Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody (Complete version)
– Precious Angel (Complete version)
– Slow Train (Complete version)Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 (1979-1981) - 2CD

 

 

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