The Bootleg Series Vol. 5—Bob Dylan Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue

Dylan's free-form musical gypsy caravan of '75—previously documented by the album and TV show Hard Rain and the catastrophic film Renaldo & Clara —receives Cadillac treatment by Lega

RELEASE DATE: Nov. 26

Dylan's free-form musical gypsy caravan of '75—previously documented by the album and TV show Hard Rain and the catastrophic film Renaldo & Clara —receives Cadillac treatment by Legacy. Drawn from performances in Massachusetts and Montreal, the two-CD set unearths 22 dramatic, hitherto-unheard live tracks by Dylan's storming 10-piece band. They include cyclonic versions of material from the then-current album Desire; radical re-arrangements of several Dylan classics (a

completely rewritten "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You," a blues-shuffle take of "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall"); and potent solo renditions of other songbook cornerstones ("Mr. Tambourine Man," "Simple Twist of Fate"). Guests include ex-paramour Joan Baez, who especially glows on "The Water Is Wide," and Roger McGuinn, who blazes on "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." A bonus DVD includes footage of "Isis" and "Tangled Up in Blue." A potent and much-needed reassessment of a chaotic, thrilling chapter in Dylan's career.—CM