The songs are a mix of alternate versions (like Time Out of Mind – era versions of “Mississippi” and a freaky “Most of the Time”), live versions of “Love and Theft” and “Oh, Mercy” songs, a few unreleased songs, and released songs from movie soundtracks that haven’t made it to an album before. As someone who bought the whole Gods & Generals soundtrack just to get “‘Cross the Green Mountain,” I appreciate this (no, it wasn’t on iTunes at the time).
Avid Bob collectors will likely have most of these songs already, but it’s nice to see some of the bootleg hits make it out to a larger audience, especially the more mournful cut of “Tell Ol’ Bill” that’s been circulating for awhile – I think it’s superior to the released, up-beat version. I think there may be a few cuts on the new Bootleg series disc that are completely new to the world, though, and that’s fairly intriguing.
Two CD set comes out on October 7th. (Pre)order from Amazon: