Bob Dylan announces ‘Springtime in New York’ Bootleg packages

Five CD, 2 CD and 2 LP packages available as well as Third Man limited edition LP set

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings will release Bob Dylan – Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985) on Friday, September 17th as deluxe 5 CD set with book, memorabilia, photos and more; 2 CD and 2 LP highlights edition and digitally.

The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy’s highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series revisits an often-forgotten, rich vein in Dylan’s vast and complex catalog, shining fresh light on the provocative new musical directions Dylan was taking as a songwriter and a recording artist from 1980 through 1985. In the early 1980s, while the music industry was grappling with the arrival of new trends and technology, from MTV to compact discs to digital recording, Bob Dylan was writing and recording new songs for a new decade, creating an essential new chapter in his studio catalog. Bob Dylan – Springtime In New York (1980-1985) celebrates the rich creative period surrounding Dylan’s albums Shot Of Love, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque with previously unreleased outtakes, alternate takes, rehearsal recordings, live performances and more.

The deluxe 5 CD edition of the album presents 57 rare Bob Dylan recordings, 54 of them previously unreleased in any format, from 1980-1985. The previously released cuts include two Shot Of Love outtakes: “Let It Be Me” (first released as B-side to “Heart of Mine” International 7″ single) and “Don’t Ever Take Yourself Away” (first released on Hawaii Five-O: Original Songs from the Television Series). A third previously released recording, “Death Is Not The End” (an Infidels outtake featuring Full Force) first appeared in an edited version on Down In The Groove and may now be heard for the first time in full in this set.

Third Man Records will release a 4 LP version as part of their Vault Series. Vault Package #49 will feature previously unreleased outtakes, mixes and more, complete with a 16-page booklet of liner notes and track notations and four uniquely-colored LPs in their own individual LP sleeves, all housed together in an impressive custom slipcase. Pressed on gold, violet, orange and purple discs at the state-of-the-art Third Man Pressing facility in Detroit, the songs on the Third Man Vault edition will be the only vinyl release of those 42 songs with no material overlap with the Sony/Legacy 2 LP version. The deadline to sign up to receive the Third Man package is July 31st at midnight CT.

Disc one was recorded in 1980 and 1981 and finds Dylan rehearsing a variety of his own catalog compositions (“Señor (Tales of Yankee Power),” “To Ramona”), rearranging some traditional folk tunes (“Jesus Met the Woman at the Well,” “Mary of the Wild Moor”) and revving up a selection of surprising covers (“Mystery Train” featuring Ringo Starr, “Sweet Caroline,” “Fever,” “Abraham, Martin and John”) with a group of musicians including Fred Tackett (guitar), David Mansfield (mandolin), Willie Smith (keyboards), Tim Drummond (bass), Jim Keltner (drums) and background vocals by Clydie King, Carolyn Dennis, Gwen Evans, and Regina McCrary.

Disc two is devoted to outtakes and alternate takes of recordings produced by Chuck Plotkin for Shot of Love, while discs three and four are centered on the material Dylan wrote for Infidels, performed by the all-star band assembled for the album which featured Mark Knopfler (guitar), Mick Taylor (guitar), Alan Clark (keyboards), Robbie Shakespeare (bass) and Sly Dunbar (drums). The Infidels sessions, produced by Dylan and Mark Knopfler, include previously unreleased versions of “Blind Willie McTell” and “Jokerman.”

Disc five includes live tracks (“Enough Is Enough” from Slane Castle, Ireland, and “License to Kill” from Late Night with David Letterman, March 22, 1984) alongside alternate takes and outtakes from the Empire Burlesque sessions, produced by Dylan, including premieres of new songs (“Straight A’s in Love” and “New Danville Girl,” an early draft of “Brownsville Girl”) and a previously unreleased performance of the canonical “Dark Eyes.”

According to the Producer’s Note in the album, “The alternate takes selected for this set are different than the ones released on previous volumes of The Bootleg Series. They are included here to illustrate the musical journey Bob Dylan undertook during these years.”

In his liner notes for Bob Dylan – Springtime In New York, Damien Love writes, “And that’s the real story of this gloriously untrammeled collection. The songs. The songs stripped free of trappings, tampering, passing tastes, and judgments. The songs broken down to the sound of people really doing this, right now, acting on instinct. The songs rough and rowdy, bruised and tender, joking and crying, nagging and striving and yearning. The songs were always there, and here they are still, keeping pace with us.”

Deluxe 5 CD | 2 CD2 LP

CD 1:

1. Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) – Rehearsal
2. To Ramona – Rehearsal
3. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well – Rehearsal
4. Mary of the Wild Moor – Rehearsal
5. Need a Woman – Rehearsal
6. A Couple More Years – Rehearsal
7. Mystery Train – Shot of Love outtake
8. This Night Won’t Last Forever – Rehearsal
9. We Just Disagree – Rehearsal
10. Let’s Keep It Between Us – Rehearsal
11. Sweet Caroline – Rehearsal
12. Fever – Rehearsal
13. Abraham, Martin and John – Rehearsal

CD 2:

1. Angelina – Shot of Love outtake
2. Price of Love – Shot of Love outtake
3. I Wish It Would Rain – Shot of Love outtake
4. Let It Be Me – International 7″ Single B-side*
5. Cold, Cold Heart – Shot of Love outtake
6. Don’t Ever Take Yourself Away – Shot of Love outtake*
7. Fur Slippers – Shot of Love outtake
8. Borrowed Time – Shot of Love outtake
9. Is It Worth It? – Shot of Love outtake
10. Lenny Bruce – Shot of Love alternate mix
11. Yes Sir, No Sir – Shot of Love outtake

CD 3:

1. Jokerman – Infidels alternate take
2. Blind Willie McTell – Infidels outtake
3. Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight [version 1] – Infidels alternate take
4. Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight [version 2] – Infidels alternate take
5. Neighborhood Bully – Infidels alternate take
6. Someone’s Got a Hold of My Heart – Infidels outtake
7. This Was My Love – Infidels outtake
8. Too Late [acoustic version] – Infidels outtake
9.Too Late [band version] – Infidels outtake
10. Foot of Pride – Infidels outtake

CD 4:

1. Clean Cut Kid – Infidels outtake
2. Sweetheart Like You – Infidels alternate take
3. Baby What You Want Me to Do – Infidels outtake
4. Tell Me – Infidels outtake
5. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground – Infidels outtake
6. Julius and Ethel – Infidels outtake
7. Green, Green Grass of Home – Infidels outtake
8. Union Sundown – Infidels alternate take
9. Lord Protect My Child – Infidels outtake
10. I and I – Infidels alternate take
11. Death is Not the End [full version] – Infidels outtake*

CD 5:

1. Enough is Enough [live] – Slane Castle, Ireland
2. License to Kill [live] – Late Night with David Letterman, March 22, 1984
3. I’ll Remember You – Empire Burlesque alternate take
4. Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love) – Empire Burlesque alternate mix
5. Seeing the Real You at Last – Empire Burlesque alternate take
6. Emotionally Yours – Empire Burlesque alternate take
7. Clean Cut Kid – Empire Burlesque alternate take
8. Straight A’s in Love – Empire Burlesque outtake
9. When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky [slow version]– Empire Burlesque alternate take
10. When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky [fast version] – Empire Burlesque alternate take
11. New Danville Girl – Empire Burlesque outtake
12. Dark Eyes – Empire Burlesque alternate take

Third Man Edition:

LP 1:

1. Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) – Rehearsal
2. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well – Rehearsal
3. Mary of the Wild Moor – Rehearsal
4. A Couple More Years – Rehearsal
5. This Night Won’t Last Forever – Rehearsal
6. Mystery Train – Shot of Love outtake
7. We Just Disagree – Rehearsal
8. Let’s Keep It Between Us – Rehearsal
9. Fever – Rehearsal
10. Abraham, Martin and John – Rehearsal
11. Angelina – Shot of Love outtake

LP 2:

1. Price of Love – Shot of Love outtake
2. I Wish It Would Rain – Shot of Love outtake
3. Let It Be Me – International 7” Single B-side*
4. Don’t Ever Take Yourself Away – Shot of Love outtake*
5. Cold, Cold Heart – Shot of Love outtake
6. Is It Worth It? – Shot of Love outtake
7. Borrowed Time – Shot of Love outtake
8. Yes Sir, No Sir – Shot of Love outtake
9. This Was My Love – Infidels outtake
10. Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight [version 2] – Infidels alternate take
11. Neighborhood Bully – Infidels alternate take

LP 3:

1. Too Late [acoustic version] – Infidels outtake
2. Clean Cut Kid – Infidels outtake
3. Baby What You Want Me to Do – Infidels outtake
4. Foot of Pride – Infidels outtake
5. I and I – Infidels alternate take
6. Green, Green Grass of Home – Infidels outtake
7. Union Sundown – Infidels alternate take
8. Lord Protect My Child – Infidels outtake
9. Tell Me – Infidels outtake

LP 4:

1. Enough is Enough [live] – Slane Castle, Ireland
2. License to Kill [live] – Late Night with David Letterman, March 22, 1984
3. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground – Infidels outtake
4. Julius and Ethel – Infidels outtake
5. I’ll Remember You – Empire Burlesque alternate take
6. When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky [slow version] – Empire Burlesque [alternate take]
7. Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love) – Empire Burlesque [alternate mix]
8. Emotionally Yours – Empire Burlesque alternate take
9. Clean Cut Kid – Empire Burlesque alternate take,
10. Straight A’s in Love – Empire Burlesque outtake
11. When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky [fast version] – Empire Burlesque
alternate take

All tracks previously unreleased except *

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