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Bob Dylan to release 8th Bootleg Series in October
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The cover of Bob Dylan's album 'Tell Tale Signs' is seen in an undated handout photo. [File Photo]

Legendary American musician Bob Dylan will unveil the eighth installment of his Bootleg Series, consisting of late-era outtakes, previously unreleased recordings and live tracks on Oct. 7, media reported Wednesday.

The two-CD, 27-song set, entitled "Tell Tale Signs," features previously unreleased studio recordings, demos, alternate takes, live tracks and rarities spanning 1989 to 2006, a rich period that generated the lauded "Time Out of Mind," "Love and Theft," "Modern Times" and "Oh Mercy."

A third 12-track disc is part of a limited-edition deluxe set in a hardcover slipcase with a book with photos of all of Dylan's singles. The 27-song version also will be issued in a limited-edition four-LP set.

"When Most of the Time came out on 'Oh Mercy,' I thought it was such an achingly beautiful love song," said Steve Berkowitz, senior vice president of A&R at Columbia/Legacy. "Now it's here as a folk version and something that sounds like Dylan with Brian Eno and The Edge. To hear the way the songs and lyrics develop is fascinating. Dylan comes across as a folk singer, a blues musician and a jazz artist."

"The songs and performances are of such strength and diversity, they will appeal to new fans and longtime fans," Berkowitz said, predicting the two-CD set will satisfy most appetites. "For some fans, there's never enough."

Dylan's "Bootleg Series" was launched in 1991 with a three-disc boxed set collecting rare and unreleased tracks spanning 27 years. The most recent release was the 2005 soundtrack to the documentary "No Direction Home."

(Xinhua/Agencies July 30, 2008)

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