What’s Old Is New: Bob Dylan, Love, Mad Men & The Vulgar Boatmen

Wanted to catch up on some recent music news, beyond that of Ryan Adams completing his re-do of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album.


Word is out today that Volume 12 of the Bob Dylan Bootleg Series will be released on November 6. Entitled The Cutting Edge 1965-1966, it will contain unreleased songs, outtakes, rehearsals and alternate versions from his Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde albums, which sounds potentially fascinating. It will come in a 2-CD Best Of version, a 6-CD Deluxe Edition and a massive, limited pressing 18-CD Collectors’ Edition that basically includes everything Dylan recorded between 1965-66, plus the original nine mono 45 RPM singles he put out during that time as well as hotel room recordings from London’s Savoy Hotel, Glasgow’s North British Station Hotel (both from 1965) and a Denver hotel (1966).

High Moon Records continues its Love reissue series with Reel To Reel, the final studio album from the landmark band, which they will put out on Nov. 27. Released originally on RSO Records in 1974, it will be out on CD for the first time and have 11 bonus tracks of outtakes, alternative mixes and other rarities (only one of which has been released before).


Elliott Smith fans will be excited over the word that the upcoming Smith documentary Heaven Adores You is said to have several unreleased Smith songs on it. No word yet, however, when the soundtrack will be released.

That ‘90s indie rock cult band, The Vulgar Boatmen, celebrate the 25th anniversary of their acclaimed debut You And Your Sister by re-releasing it in a freshly remastered version. Due out Nov. 14, it will also contain a trio of previously unreleased tracks and the 2003 remix of “Change The World All Around.”

The legendary Hoboken label Coyote Records has been re-activated by founder Steve Fallon. Its first release will be, fittingly enough, a new studio outing from Speed The Plough, a band that was vital to the Hoboken scene of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Look for Now in December.

Speed The Plough

Speed The Plough

Republic Records will be releasing a retrospective soundtrack to the Mad Men series. Due Oct. 9, the 24 track compilation is a suitably eclectic collection, ranging from Ray Conniff to Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra to the Zombies, Peter, Paul & Mary to the Decemberists (doing “Peter, Paul & Mary”). Oh, I could go on all day, but will say that the final track, of course, is the New Seekers’ “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing.”

On October 30, Yep Roc Records will release a “soundtrack” to the new Peter Guralnick biography of Sam Phillips. Curated by Guralnick himself, the 2-CD set Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll will contain tracks by music icons like Elvis Presley, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison as well as selections from lesser known musicians from the Phillips’ world.


In other book news, Throwing Muses’ Kristin Hersh has written a book about her friend, the late singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt. Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt comes out October 1 from University of Texas Press (the imprint that also just put out Chris Morris’ bio of Los Lobos).

And in news that isn’t strictly about the past – the JayhawksGary Louris has a new side project with Django Haskins of The Old Ceremony. Calling themselves, Au Pair, the pair will release their CD One-Armed Candy Bear on Sham/Thirty Tigers on Nov. 13 and it sounds like something of a change-of-pace from Louris’ Jayhawks music.



GospelbeacH (yes, that is the spelling) is a SoCal supergroup of sorts featuring guys who have played in The Beachwood Sparks, The Tyde, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Everest, Further and Ryan Adams’s Cardinals. Look for their debut disc Pacific Surf Line on Oct. 9.

About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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