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On Tell Tale Signs

The eighth in the Dylan Bootleg Series that is, which I’ve been listening to per the recommendations of Rufus and CNB. So I’m a little late to the party, but here’s a thought.

My favorite track (are they still called tracks on a CD? What about a digital download?) Is the first one: “Mississippi”, mostly acoustic. It actually sounds like something off of World Gone Wrong. And I had this thought while listening to the much more clearly sung lyric, The emptiness is endless, cold as the clay / You can come back, but you can’t come back all the way: Dylan has come back all the way on these last three albums – more than that, with outtakes like these.

Other winners are “Red River Shore”, “Born in Time”, and “Huck’s Tune”. I think the strangest song from the album is “Dreamin’ of You”, which sounds to me like Dylan’s U2 song. Which might actually be true, since it was apparently Bono who suggested to Dylan that Daniel Lanois produce Time Out Of Mind, from which the song was taken.

Over to you, Rufus, for a review of Christmas In The Heart.


  1. My favourite "track" from the album bounces between "Red River Shore" and "Cross the Green Mountain".

    Speaking of digital downloads, did you know that a deluxe, 3CD version of the album was released? The extra disc is again full of songs, and it's pretty great too.

  2. Quin Finnegan says

    Yeah, "Cross the Green Mountain" is a great song, perhaps the best of the last 20 years. And I just saw that 3rd CD by linking to the Wikipedia page, and was wondering …

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