Bob Dylan surprises fans with a ultra-limited edition collection of recordings, including the George Harrison sessions

Less surprisingly, it has already sold out.

Bob Dylan surprised fans yesterday when, without any fanfare or real pre-announcement, a three-disc collection of rare recordings – including the George Harrison sessions – was put on sale.

Entitled Bob Dylan – 50th Anniversary Collection 1970, the collection landed only via UK retailer Badlands, which wrote: “This release is strictly limited to 1 unit per customer. Extremely limited release. It will sell out instantly … Thank you and best of luck.”

The release is the latest by Dylan in the EU to prevent recordings from entering the public domain – which they would do if they aren’t released officially by the copyright holder after 50 years. Dylan first did this in 2012, with a release collating his 1962 recordings.

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The extensive collection of recordings is aimed more at die-hard completionist collectors rather than average listeners, packed with countless takes of the same song. Notably, however, this is the first official issue of Dylan and George Harrison’s session from 1970, where they jammed on tracks both Beatles and Dylan. It had circulated as a low-quality bootleg recording before.

The full, enormous tracklist of Bob Dylan – 50th Anniversary Collection 1970 is below – although, best of luck finding the absurdly limited release through any official channels. But, following the official release, it looks like the quality of bootlegs that get passed around might increase somewhat.

Disc 1:

1. I Can’t Help but Wonder Where I’m Bound
2. Universal Soldier – Take 1
3. Spanish Is the Loving Tongue – Take 1
4. Went to See the Gypsy – Take 2
5. Went to See the Gypsy – Take 3
6. Woogie Boogie
7. Went to See the Gypsy – Take 4
8. Thirsty Boots – Take 1
9. Little Moses – Take 1
10. Alberta – Take 2
11. Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies – Take 1
12. Things About Comin’ My Way – Takes 2 & 3
13. Went to See the Gypsy – Take 6
14. Untitled 1970 Instrumental #1
15. Come a Little Bit Closer – Take 2
16. Alberta – Take 5
17. Sign on the Window – Take 2
18. Sign on the Window – Takes 3, 4 & 5
19. If Not for You – Take 1
20. Time Passes Slowly – Rehearsal
21. If Not for You – Take 2
22. If Not for You – Take 3
23. Song to Woody – Take 1
24. Mama, You Been on My Mind – Take 1
25. Yesterday – Take 1

Disc 2:

1. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Take 1
2. I Met Him on a Sunday (Ronde-Ronde) – Take 1
3. One Too Many Mornings – Take 1
4. Ghost Riders in the Sky – Take 1
5. Cupid – Take 1
6. All I Have to Do Is Dream – Take 1
7. Gates of Eden – Take 1
8. I Threw It All Away – Take 1
9. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) – Take 1
10. Matchbox – Take 1
11. Your True Love – Take 1
12. Telephone Wire – Take 1
13. Fishing Blues – Take 1
14. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance – Take 1
15. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Take 1
16. It Ain’t Me Babe
17. If Not for You
18. Sign on the Window – Take 1
19. Sign on the Window – Take 2
20. Sign on the Window – Take 3
21. Alligator Man
22. Alligator Man [rock version]
23. Alligator Man [country version]
24. Day of the Locusts – Take 2
25. Sarah Jane 1
26. Sign on the Window
27. Sarah Jane 2

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Disc 3:

1. If Not for You – Take 1
2. If Not for You – Take 2
3. Jamaica Farewell
4. Can’t Help Falling in Love
5. Long Black Veil
6. One More Weekend
7. Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie – Take 1
8. Three Angels
9. Tomorrow Is a Long Time – Take 1
10. Tomorrow Is a Long Time – Take 2
11. New Morning
12. Untitled 1970 Instrumental #2
13. Went to See the Gypsy
14. Sign on the Window – Stereo Mix
15. Winterlude
16. I Forgot to Remember to Forget 1
17. I Forgot to Remember to Forget 2
18. Lily of the West – Take 2
19. Father of Night – rehearsal
20. Lily of the West
21. If Not for You – Take 1
22. If Not for You – Take 2

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