Direction Home: The Soundtrack (The Bootleg Series Vol. 7)
The Bootleg CDs are
made up of live recordings, demos and practice sessions, for the most
part. Volume 7 in the series is the soundtrack to No Direction Home, a
two-disc DVD about Dylan and the artists he has inspired. I’m a Dylan
fan, not a fanatic, so I settled for the two-CD boxed set.
Volume 7 is probably
the most accessible of the Bootleg CD sets, meaning it has the most
recognizable of Dylan’s classics among its 26 songs. Even casual fans
should be able to sing along to most of them.
The double CD runs
chronologically between 1961 and 1966, but includes 1959’s “When I Got
Troubles,” allegedly the first song Dylan ever put to tape. Other
standouts include an outtake from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (“Sally
Gal”) and alternate takes of “She Belongs To Me” and “It Takes a Lot to
Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” and the electric version of “Maggie’s
Farm” that made waves at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
Hardcore fans could
probably skip this one, although they probably won’t. However, the set
is a good way for casual Dylan fan to get a bit deeper into the singer’s