Thursday, September 24, 2015

News Post: "Shades of Blue" To Be Discontinued Shortly

Good morning everyone,

Some good news and some bad news...

The good news is that Sony/Columbia are releasing the very exciting Bootleg Series Volume 12: The Cutting Edge on November 6, 2015. This will include three packages of outtakes from 1965 to 1966, including a 2 CD best-of, a 6 CD set of mostly complete takes, and an 18 CD collector's edition containing the entirety of the studio tape from this era. Pretty heady stuff. More details here.

The bad news, at least for you loyal readers/listeners, is that The Thousand Highways Collection will be one item shorter. My Shades of Blue compilation, found here, will be taken down from this website before November 6, 2015. I've been pretty clear in the past that I don't want any overlap between this website and material that can be purchased from Bob Dylan's record company, and am standing by that in this instance. I will maintain the tracklist for those of you who would like to purchase the 6 CDs and compile your own version of my set, but the links will be removed.

For the material not represented on The Bootleg Series Volume 11, I will probably publish a bonus CD in the month of November. This would be the live tracks and/or the hotel tapes. We'll see.

I hope all is well with you kind folks, and I'm looking forward to bringing you more unreleased music in the future.



  1. Vol.12!

    Sooooo much material to look forward to. And presumably a big live copyright release before the end of the year too. The Hotel Tapes are on the last disc of the 18-disc version, so you'll lose those too I'm afraid.

    1. Oh, cool! Do you know where I can see a tracklist for the 18 disc version?

    2. Here ya go, about half-way down:

  2. Thanks for the reminder - got it!

  3. Many thanks for this and everything else you've given us. Cheers.

  4. Thanks for this. I downloaded yesterday. Listening to it now. Your site is a goldmine.

  5. I'm sitting listening to a bunch of things you have put up for others to hear and the recordings are remarkable, the choice of songs is superb and most of all Bob's performances over the years (because that what you have given us...) are remarkable, too, and brilliant in quality and meaning and ability to keep doing what he does and not shrinking from what he knows is needed to make it all work. Many thanks.

  6. I didnt get to download this before it was pulled and I want to create a copy of it myself ,I need either the track lengths or which takes were used or these songs track #'s on the Cutting edge bootleg. Same for the basement tape album that was pulled can anyone help?