Bob Dylan will release Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980 – 1985) on September 17 via a deluxe five CD box set as well as two CD and two LP 12″ vinyl highlight packages through Columbia/Legacy Recordings. Third Man Records is also slated to release a four LP edition as part of their Vault Series. Dylan previewed the collection with the previously unreleased song “Too Late (Band Version)” along with an album trailer.
The latest edition of the acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series boasts 54 previously unheard outtakes, alternate takes, rehearsal recordings, live performances and more culled from the sessions for Dylan’s early-1980s albums Shot Of Love, Infidels and Empire Burlesque. Only three of the collection’s 57 tracks — “Let It Be Me,” “Don’t Ever Take Yourself Away” and “Death Is Not The End” — were previously released.
Disc One of Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980 – 1985), recorded in 1980 and ’81, features a number of rehearsals from Dylan’s catalog — “Señor (Tales of Yankee Power),” “To Ramona” and more — as well as covers including “Mystery Train” featuring Ringo Starr. Sessions musicians from the period induced Little Feat’s Fred Tackett on guitar, Rolling Thunder Review member David Mansfield on mandolin, renowned session drummer Jim Keltner and more.
Disc Two contains outtakes from Shot of Love while Discs Three and Four document the Infidels era featuring an all-star band including guitarists Mark Knopfler and Mick Taylor among others. Disc Five focuses on live material including a David Letterman performance of “License to Kill.” The fifth disc also contains outtakes from the Empire Burlesque sessions.
Damien Love detailed the album in his liner notes for Springtime In New York. Read an excerpt below:
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.
Watch the lyric video for “Too Late (Band Version)” along with a trailer for Spring Time In New York below:
Head here to pre-order and check out the complete tracklist for Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980 – 1985).