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Bob Dylan|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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Comebacks are Bob Dylan's thing. Call him irrelevant and he'll summon his demons and write another masterpiece. In the 1990s, one of America's greatest creative engines was drifting. The Don Was-produced Under The Red Sky, Dylan's only collection of new songs in the decade, was met with a collective shrug.  In 1995, there was the death of Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia—a "big brother" Dylan would call him in a eulogy he wrote for Rolling Stone.  But starting in late 1996, Dylan began writing  a record's worth of tunes in his home state of Minnesota that, after an extended recording process in California and Florida, would become Time Out of Mind. Critics and fans who'd consigned him to the scrap heap once again were effusive in their astonishment: Maybe Bobby wasn't done after all! Although the lyrics are often bitter and tinged with mortality, the love song melodies on Time Out of Mind are tender and his delivery often more pleading than angry or accusatory. The album also marked a return to writing and performing original materia, producing some of the best songs of his later career including "Make You Feel My Love," "Love Sick" and "Tryin' to Get To Heaven."


As with most Dylan albums—even the masterworks—controversies immediately set in. The recording sessions were disorganized, cacophonous events, with conflicts between the artist and producer Daniel Lanois. Dylan disliked the sound of the final product, ending the partnership with Lanois after two albums. Deeper insight into the making of the album is now possible thanks to the Fragments volume of the always excellent Bootleg Series. More than just a collection of outtakes, this set crucially includes a new 2022 mix by Michael H. Brauer that strips out much of Lanois' trademark shimmering production and sonic luster, stripping them back to the kind of mix Dylan supposedly preferred. 


The most obvious result of the remix is that it becomes even clearer that these melodies, mainstays in his live shows ever since, are truly among his best ever. The often-erratic swirl of instrumentation on the original album—three drummers and two pedal steel guitars playing at once—reorders itself and makes more sense. "Make You Feel My Love," for example, becomes a very clean mix of vocals and the powerhouse keyboard duo of Augie Meyers and Jim Dickinson. Throughout the new mixes, Dylan's vocals (always a matter of taste) become more prominent. For fans of the original album, a dozen outtakes and alternate versions provide depth and insight and include the near classic "Red River Shore," an unrequited love story unreleased until 2008, and an early take of "Mississippi" which appeared on his next album, Love and Theft. A deeper dive than most of the Bootleg series, Fragments embodies the idea of essential. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Love Sick (2022 Remix)
00:05:21

Jeff Rosen, Producer - Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Steve Fallone, Mastering Engineer - Michael H. Brauer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Fernando Reyes, Engineer, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Dirt Road Blues (2022 Remix)
00:03:34

Jeff Rosen, Producer - Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Steve Fallone, Mastering Engineer - Michael H. Brauer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Fernando Reyes, Engineer, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Standing in the Doorway (2022 Remix)
00:07:41

Jeff Rosen, Producer - Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Steve Fallone, Mastering Engineer - Michael H. Brauer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Fernando Reyes, Engineer, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Million Miles (2022 Remix)
00:05:51

Jeff Rosen, Producer - Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Steve Fallone, Mastering Engineer - Michael H. Brauer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Fernando Reyes, Engineer, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Tryin' to Get to Heaven (2022 Remix)
00:05:22

Jeff Rosen, Producer - Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Steve Fallone, Mastering Engineer - Michael H. Brauer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Fernando Reyes, Engineer, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
'Til I Fell in Love with You (2022 Remix)
00:05:15

Jeff Rosen, Producer - Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Steve Fallone, Mastering Engineer - Michael H. Brauer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Fernando Reyes, Engineer, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Not Dark Yet (2022 Remix)
00:06:27

Jeff Rosen, Producer - Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Steve Fallone, Mastering Engineer - Michael H. Brauer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Fernando Reyes, Engineer, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Cold Irons Bound (2022 Remix)
00:07:14

Jeff Rosen, Producer - Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Steve Fallone, Mastering Engineer - Michael H. Brauer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Fernando Reyes, Engineer, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Make You Feel My Love (2022 Remix)
00:03:30

Jeff Rosen, Producer - Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Steve Fallone, Mastering Engineer - Michael H. Brauer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Fernando Reyes, Engineer, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Can't Wait (2022 Remix)
00:05:45

Jeff Rosen, Producer - Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Steve Fallone, Mastering Engineer - Michael H. Brauer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Fernando Reyes, Engineer, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Highlands (2022 Remix)
00:16:31

Jeff Rosen, Producer - Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Steve Fallone, Mastering Engineer - Michael H. Brauer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Fernando Reyes, Engineer, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

DISC 2

1
The Water Is Wide
00:05:42

Traditional, Composer - Bob Dylan, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Red River Shore (Version 1)
00:06:50

Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Dirt Road Blues (Version 1)
00:05:29

Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Love Sick (Version 1)
00:05:12

Jeff Rosen, Producer - Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Howard, Engineer - Daniel Lanois, Producer - Chris Shaw, Mixing Engineer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Chris Carrol, Assistant Engineer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Tryin' to Get to Heaven (Version 2)
00:05:07

Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Make You Feel My Love (Take 1)
00:04:10

Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Can't Wait (Version 1)
00:04:51

Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Mississippi (Version 2)
00:05:12

Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Standing in the Doorway (Version 2)
00:07:06

Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Not Dark Yet (Version 1)
00:07:10

Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Cold Irons Bound
00:06:07

Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Highlands
00:14:06

Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album review

Comebacks are Bob Dylan's thing. Call him irrelevant and he'll summon his demons and write another masterpiece. In the 1990s, one of America's greatest creative engines was drifting. The Don Was-produced Under The Red Sky, Dylan's only collection of new songs in the decade, was met with a collective shrug.  In 1995, there was the death of Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia—a "big brother" Dylan would call him in a eulogy he wrote for Rolling Stone.  But starting in late 1996, Dylan began writing  a record's worth of tunes in his home state of Minnesota that, after an extended recording process in California and Florida, would become Time Out of Mind. Critics and fans who'd consigned him to the scrap heap once again were effusive in their astonishment: Maybe Bobby wasn't done after all! Although the lyrics are often bitter and tinged with mortality, the love song melodies on Time Out of Mind are tender and his delivery often more pleading than angry or accusatory. The album also marked a return to writing and performing original materia, producing some of the best songs of his later career including "Make You Feel My Love," "Love Sick" and "Tryin' to Get To Heaven."


As with most Dylan albums—even the masterworks—controversies immediately set in. The recording sessions were disorganized, cacophonous events, with conflicts between the artist and producer Daniel Lanois. Dylan disliked the sound of the final product, ending the partnership with Lanois after two albums. Deeper insight into the making of the album is now possible thanks to the Fragments volume of the always excellent Bootleg Series. More than just a collection of outtakes, this set crucially includes a new 2022 mix by Michael H. Brauer that strips out much of Lanois' trademark shimmering production and sonic luster, stripping them back to the kind of mix Dylan supposedly preferred. 


The most obvious result of the remix is that it becomes even clearer that these melodies, mainstays in his live shows ever since, are truly among his best ever. The often-erratic swirl of instrumentation on the original album—three drummers and two pedal steel guitars playing at once—reorders itself and makes more sense. "Make You Feel My Love," for example, becomes a very clean mix of vocals and the powerhouse keyboard duo of Augie Meyers and Jim Dickinson. Throughout the new mixes, Dylan's vocals (always a matter of taste) become more prominent. For fans of the original album, a dozen outtakes and alternate versions provide depth and insight and include the near classic "Red River Shore," an unrequited love story unreleased until 2008, and an early take of "Mississippi" which appeared on his next album, Love and Theft. A deeper dive than most of the Bootleg series, Fragments embodies the idea of essential. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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