Fragments - Time Out Of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series Vol. 17

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Fragments - Time Out Of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series Vol. 17

Fragments - Time Out Of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series Vol. 17

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Pitchfork may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. Lanois rarely spoke to Dylan before and after takes, and entire days unfolded in icy, uncomfortable silence. This lingering unease points to what makes Time Out of Mind special in Dylan’s discography, maybe even singular: More than almost any of his studio albums, it was the product of cult-like group obsession.

The editors of AllMusic scored this album three out of five stars, with reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine noting that Daniel Lanois' original production on Time Out of Mind had a "murkiness [that] nagged at Dylan" and that the recordings are a chronicle of Dylan attempting to find the right sound for these songs. The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy's highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series takes a fresh look at Time Out of Mind, Dylan's mid-career masterpiece, celebrating the album and its enduring impact 25 years after its original release on September 30, 1997. This makes for a really fascinating and rewarding listen as you not only trace the evolution of the songs but can decide whether you prefer the album as released or as a more upbeat version.Sessions stretched to 10 hours while Lanois drove Dylan to try “Not Dark Yet” again in E-flat, then in B-flat, until Dylan finally snapped, “If you haven’t got it now, you ain’t getting it. LPs gatefold jackets include photos, tracklist and credits, both sleeves titled each one as indicated on tracklist with a catalog number on its own. Dylan’s voice is cleaner and more audible in the mix, which will please listeners who thought Lanois’ original production was too murky and swampy, and with too many effects on Dylan’s vocals. Fragments – Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997) is attractively and sturdily packaged like the last few Dylan Bootleg Series deluxe releases – the CDs slot into one of two hardback books It’s a worthy entry in the series and provides a wonderful insight into one of his best records.

You could speed his songs up, slow them down, throw rock drums behind them or do any old thing, and the songs would remain, somehow, themselves: “Desolation Row” remains recognizably “Desolation Row” on take 5 and Take 13. Like all of the stories surrounding the creation of Bob Dylan albums, this one bears traces of myth and marketing. This edition includes a new 2022 remix, by Michael Brauer, of the eleven original recordings on Time Out Of Mind, sounding more like how the songs came across when the musicians originally played them in the room.The out takes too are interesting, although the version 1 songs more so than some of the 2nd versions.

Disc four presents songs from Time Out of Mind in a series of spectacular live performances from 1998-2001. Back cover variant to Fragments (Time Out Of Mind Sessions (1996-1997)), with three label logos instead of two. Tell Tale Signs, but it’s nice to have it as part of the box set for continuity and completist reasons.We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.



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