Bob Dylan: Hard to Find
This is a 21 track, 1CD, bootleg compilation of (mostly) officially released tracks from soundtracks, compilation albums, tributes....with several other heretofore unreleased trax. An excellent compilation of Dylan songs unavailable on Dylan albums spanning '63 ("Playboys & Playgirls" - Newport) to '95 ("House of Rising Sun" from HWY61 Interactive). This one could save you a lot of money by precluding the need to buy all the official disks these tracks are taken from (tribute/benefit albums: Doc Pomus, Woody Guthrie, Romanian Angel Appeal, Walt Disney Children's, Soundtracks: "Hearts of Fire"- although it does exclude the other take of "Had A Dream About You Baby," "Band of the Hand," "Flashback" - excellent version of "People Get Ready," "Natural Born Killers."
Tracks not mentioned already are: "Boogie Woogie Country Girl", "PBoy Floyd", "Heartland" w/Willie Nelson (studio), "Sign Language" w/Clapton and Robbie Robertson, "The Usual", "Night After Night", "Hard Rain" (Nara Festival 5/94), "Song to Woody" (30th Anniv), "This Old Man", "You Belong to Me", "Rita May & GJackson" acoustic ("Masterpieces").
Curiously lame choices
include "Baby let Me FYD" from "The Last Waltz" ("curiously lame" choice only because of
its availability elsewhere) and the demo take of
"Caribbean Wind" from '81 (doesn't fit in, despite its greatness). Of
particular interest (and one I've not heard of previously) is an incredible
version of "Ballad of Hollis Brown" listed as from the "3rd Annual Farewell
Reunion" w/Mike Seeger. Absolutely fabulous version w/Dylan accompanied by
banjo and perhaps another guitar -sounds like its from the 90's based on his
voice. Definitive version, IMO. More info required on recording date of
this, please. Lastly, another mention of the killer version of "People Get
Ready" is warranted. Truly sublime stuff w/large chorus - was this really on
the "Flashback" soundtrack (movie w/Kiefer "Almost had Julia" Sutherland"
and Dennis Hopper)? Primo quality all around and with a little more thought
could have been even better. Still, a lot of the material is no longer in
print, so here's your chance to get it on CD. Let's hope there's a Volume 2
in Effective Mining's plans.
The last track "Little Susie Shallow Throat" is not Dylan and has a particularly raunchy lyric (though not too much more so than the U.S. national news as of late).
Bob Dylan - Hard to Find - 1995 - Effective Mining Records