Starbucks Nabs Exclusive Dylan Live Album
Starbucks has nabbed the exclusive first rights to sell "Bob Dylan: Live at the Gaslight 1962," an album of newly restored live recordings culled from Dylan's performances at the New York cafe.Starbucks has nabbed the exclusive first rights to sell "Bob Dylan: Live at the Gaslight 1962," an album of newly restored live recordings culled from Dylan's performances at the New York cafe.
The 10-song CD hits more than 4,400 Starbucks' locations in North America on Aug. 30, and will also be available through its Web site. The exclusivity window lasts 18 months.
Bootleg versions of the shows have circulated among fans for years, but the Aug. 30 release marks the first time a sanctioned release has occurred. Among the tracks are the earliest surviving live recording of "Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and "Don't Think Twice It's Alright."
Starbucks Entertainment president Ken Lombard says he hopes there are more such projects to come. "Our plans with Bob Dylan go beyond this," he says, although he adds there is no other project already in the works. "We've always been huge Dylan fans. We see him as a legend and one of the most socially conscious artists out there. This will hopefully be the first of many things we can do with Dylan."
Meanwhile, "No Direction Home: The Soundtrack," the seventh installment in the Dylan "Bootleg" series, will also come out Aug. 30 and be available to all retailers, including Starbucks.
The two-disc Columbia/Legacy set serves as the soundtrack to "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan," a full-length biography on Dylan produced by Martin Scorsese. The film will debut on PBS's "American Masters" series in late September. Volume 7 includes key songs in the Scorsese project as well as previously unreleased material from 1961-1964.
Starbucks has offered archival collections in the past with such artists as Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin. It recently scored a six-week exclusive on a new acoustic version of Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" and is also planning an Aug. 30 release of a new Herbie Hancock album, "Possibilities."