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Those wishing to make a comment can do so by emailing Derek direct- derek.barker@bobdylanisis.com

Rather than run what had become two separate news based pages all future breaking news will be included in this blog.
We are not always able to inform you of updates via email, so please check back here regularly.

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27 March, 2017

We have received our consignment of Bob Dylan’s “Triplicate” (release date Friday March 31) and I have to say that the packaging is very smart indeed; especially the gorgeous Deluxe bound numbered Limited LP book set. The promo photos of this album really don’t do it justice. The packaging is a very deep metallic purple. If anyone is familiar with the old purple Fry’s Turkish Delight chocolate bar wrapper, it’s quite like that, but more classy.

As we now do every Monday afternoon, our Pre-Used section has been updated today with a few more goodies.

We also have two new Bob books to mention: “Light Come Shining: The Transformations of Bob Dylan” is by Andrew McCarron and published by Oxford University Press. A 232-page hardback, originally scheduled for March 30, this title has been put back until July 6, 2017. You can nevertheless pre-order your copy now from ISIS.

ISIS readers may well be familiar with Backbeat’s “FAQ” series of books; a Band title was recently published. In any event, June 20 sees the publication of “Bob Dylan FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Song and Dance Man”. A 400-page paperback by Deems Taylor Award winning music journalist Bruce Pollock — a record producer at Sony/BMG for 12 years — this title can now be pre-ordered from ISIS.

Finally, anyone who ordered concert tickets for the upcoming UK Dylan dates from ISIS/Desolation Row should receive them by the end of this week.


06 March, 2017

UK Priority Fan Tickets Allocation

This message applies to all those who bought their upcoming Bob Dylan Concert Tickets via ISIS and Desolation Row:

The Promoter has advised John Baldwin that tickets for the UK shows will be sent to him by the various venues over the next 7-10 days. It will then take Jane and John at least 7 days to process all orders and start sending them out. He does not like sending any tickets out until all orders have been processed and double checked for errors. His local post office can only handle 100 special delivery envelopes per day so that adds another 5 working days to the process. The upshot is that, if you expect to be away on holiday or something similar during the last part of March/early April; if you’ve changed address since ordering and haven’t notified John, or have any other reason to want your order handled in a special manner, please notify John as soon as possible on:

johnabaldwin@btinternet.com

Best Wishes, Derek & Tracy Barker


08 February, 2017

Desolation Row & ISIS Ticket Allocation

Bob Dylan will be performing at the 2300-seat capacity London Palladium on April 28th, 29th and 30th – yes, 3 shows. The shows will be all seated. Desolation Row and ISIS have managed to obtain just 100 tickets for each of the shows and these are now being offered to fans who currently subscribe to one or other of the Desolation Row Information Service or ISIS magazine (ISIS by post as a printed magazine). If the allocation is not taken up by subscribers, tickets will be offered to other fans.

Tickets cost £95 each with a £1.50 venue restoration fee and a £2.50 ITB handling charge, making a total of £99 per ticket. Tickets will be strictly limited to 2 per person per show; please do not ask for more. Tickets go on general sale Friday February 10 and we are trying to give you advance opportunity, as you will see.

We have the best category seats. In addition to the ticket cost, and ITB’s (the promoter) booking fee, John will be adding handling/postage charges as usual and costs will certainly be no more (and probably considerably less) than through other outlets depending on how many tickets / shows you require.

All we ask you to do now is to email John at johnabaldwin@btinternet.com telling him how many tickets you want and for which night(s). To allow everyone a chance to see and respond to this offer, do NOT do that until after 6:00 pm this Wednesday (8th). Earlier requests will go to the back of the queue.

Please do not ask for specific seats or areas as this cannot be guaranteed. Tickets will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. You will get an email back from John as soon as possible telling you whether you have been successful or not and this will also include a booking form with full ordering details. You may not get a reply immediately as there will be an initial rush but John will respond with as much haste as possible and certainly well before tickets go on sale at the Box Offices.

Please only ask for tickets if you really want them. John will presume that you do and will order them from the Promoter and will need to pay for them. He does not want to order tickets and be left with ones that people have ordered but then decided that they don’t want and neither does he deserve to be treated this way as some fans did with the last ticket allocation.

These tickets must be for your own personal use. Steps will be taken to ensure that they are not re-sold and you are invited to purchase them through this fan allocation on the express understanding that they must not be re-sold other than via the allocation using John Baldwin as middle man. He will not charge a fee and will attempt to ensure that tickets are sold on at face value to deserving fans.

John & Derek

Please note that neither ISIS nor Desolation Row make any profit from the sale of these tickets.

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Also, we now have a new section featuring articles. You can read the first article entitled Some Of These Bootleggers, They Make Pretty Good Stuff & Copulating Blues: an interview with William Stout HERE


31 January 2017

BOB DYLAN’S FIRST THREE-DISC ALBUM – TRIPLICATE – SET FOR MARCH 31 RELEASE
COLLECTION TO FEATURE 30 BRAND NEW RECORDINGS OF CLASSIC AMERICAN SONGS

Each disc to be presented in a thematically-arranged 10-song sequence, illuminating compositions from great American songwriters interpreted by Dylan through his artistry as a vocalist, arranger and bandleader.

triplicatecd(Columbia Records; New York, NY; January 31, 2017) A three-disc  studio album from Bob Dylan, Triplicate, will be released on March 31, featuring 30 brand-new recordings of classic American tunes and marking the first triple-length set of the artist’s illustrious career.  With each disc individually titled and presented in a thematically-arranged 10-song sequence, Triplicate showcases Dylan’s unique and much-lauded talents as a vocalist, arranger and bandleader on 30 compositions by some of music’s most lauded and influential songwriters.  The Jack Frost-produced album is the 38th studio set from Bob Dylan and marks the first new music from the artist since Fallen Angels, which was released in early 2016.

Triplicate will be simultaneously released in several configurations, including a 3-CD 8-Panel Digipak , a 3-LP vinyl set and a 3-LP Deluxe Vinyl Limited Edition packaged in a numbered case.  One of its recordings, “I Could Have Told You,” can now be streamed via a “Vinyl Video” on YouTube.

For Triplicate, Dylan assembled his touring band in Hollywood’s Capitol studios to record hand-chosen songs from an array of American songwriters including Charles Strouse and Lee Adams (“Once Upon A Time”), Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler (“Stormy Weather”), Harold Hupfield (“As Time Goes By”) and Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh (“The Best Is Yet To Come”).  The titles of the individual discs are ‘Til The Sun Goes Down, Devil Dolls and Comin’ Home Late.

Bob Dylan has sold more than 125 million records around the world.

The complete vinyl track listing for Triplicate is as follows.  The CD sequence and track listing is identical to the vinyl version. The vinyl versions come complete with a download card.

Disc 1 – ‘ Til The Sun Goes Down Disc 2 – Devil Dolls
       Side 1:        Side 1:
1.       I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plans
2.       September Of My Years
3.       I Could Have Told You
4.       Once Upon A Time
5.       Stormy Weather
1.       Braggin’
2.       As Time Goes By
3.       Imagination
4.       How Deep Is The Ocean
5.       P.S. I Love You
Side 2: Side 2:
6.       This Nearly Was Mine
7.       That Old Feeling
8.       It Gets Lonely Early
9.       My One and Only Love
10.   Trade Winds
6.       The Best Is Yet To Come
7.       But Beautiful
8.       Here’s That Rainy Day
9.       Where Is The One
10.   There’s A Flaw In My Flue
 Disc 3 – Comin’ Home Late
       Side 1:
1.       Day In, Day Out
2.       I Couldn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night
3.       Sentimental Journey
4.       Somewhere Along The Way
5.       When The World Was Young
Side 2:
6.       These Foolish Things
7.       You Go To My Head
8.       Stardust
9.       It’s Funny To Everyone But Me
10.   Why Was I Born

 21 December, 2016

Due apparently to a change in manufacturing costs, Sony has informed us that they are able to drastically reduce the price of the upcoming (January 27) release of the 5xLP vinyl box set, “Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3”.

This is the first time that this album has been available on vinyl since 1991 and it has never before been available on 180gm heavyweight vinyl.

Previously priced at £98.00, ISIS is now able to offer this box set for £59.99 in the UK!!!

Those of you who have already ordered this album will have been contacted and your price adjusted accordingly.

Staying with vinyl, the mighty MoFi (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab) has just released three new Dylan titles for the first time in MONO.

These three albums are Numbered Limited Edition, 180gm, Mono Vinyl, 45-RPM, 2LP sets. They are Strictly Limited to 3,000 Copies world-wide.

Available from ISIS at £59.99 (inc post and packing in the UK), the albums are “Highway 61 Revisited”, “Bringing It All Back Home” and “John Wesley Harding”.

Please Note: As is usual at this time of the year we will be taking a Christmas / New Year break to recharge our batteries. We will be posting out customers orders for the final time this year on Friday December 23 and we will be out of the office until week commencing January 9.

Feel free to order and all items will be dispatched as soon as we return.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and A Very Happy 2017. Please take a look at our 2016 Christmas Card 


Desolation Row & ISIS Ticket Allocation
Important Notice

When we announced the ISIS / Desolation Row Ticket Allocation yesterday afternoon the posting read that subscribers should apply for tickets after 10PM on Saturday. This was a typo which should have read 10AM. This mistake was corrected shortly after being posted but if you were one of the people who got to the site before this change was made be sure to note it now.

Ticket Allocation starts After 10AM Saturday December 10.

Good luck, Derek & John


08 December, 2016

Desolation Row & ISIS Ticket Allocation

2017-uk-tour-dates-posterDesolation Row and ISIS have managed to obtain a relatively small allocation of the best tickets for each of the 6 UK shows (200 for each night except Cardiff where we just have 100) and these are now being offered to fans who currently subscribe to one or other of the Desolation Row Information Service or ISIS magazine (ISIS by post as a printed magazine). If the allocation is not taken up by subscribers, tickets will be offered to other fans. The shows are:

May 3rd, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
May 4th, Bournemouth International Centre
May 5th, Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
May 7th, SECC Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
May 8th, Liverpool Echo Arena
May 9th, SSE Arena Wembley

All shows are seated but we don’t yet have prices.

Tickets go on general sale Tuesday December 12 and we are trying to give you advance opportunity, as you will see. Sorry for the short notice but we’ve only just heard from the Promoter.

We have the best category seats. In addition to the ticket cost, and ITB’s booking fee, John will be adding a handling/postage charges, as usual and costs will certainly be no more (and probably considerably less) than through other outlets depending on how many you require. John will be posting out the tickets so will keep costs to a minimum by sending out tickets for more than one venue together (if that’s what you’ve ordered) rather than paying postage costs to each venue. Postage will be by secure, signed-for, mail.

All we ask you to do now is to email John at johnabaldwin@btinternet.com telling him how many tickets you want and for which venues. To allow everyone a chance to see and respond to this offer, do NOT do that until after 10:00 am this Saturday. You will get a response within 24 hours.

There is an initial limit of 2 per person per show but there will also be a reserve list for those who want more if tickets remain available. Please do not ask for specific seats or areas as this cannot be guaranteed. Tickets will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. You will get an email back from John as soon as possible telling you whether you have been successful or not and a booking form with ordering details will follow by email within a few days. If you are unsuccessful, you will automatically be added to a reserve list. You may not get a reply immediately as there will be an initial rush but John will respond with as much haste as possible and certainly before tickets go on sale at the Box Offices.

Please only ask for tickets if you really want them. John will presume that you do and will order them from the Promoter and will need to pay for them. He does not want to order tickets and be left with ones that people have ordered but then decided that they don’t want and neither does he deserve to be treated this way as some fans did for the last tour.

These tickets must be for your own personal use. Steps will be taken to ensure that they are not re-sold and you are invited to purchase them through this fan allocation on the express understanding that they must not be re-sold other than via the allocation using John Baldwin as middle man. He will not charge a fee and will attempt to ensure that tickets are sold on at face value to deserving fans.

John & Derek

Please note that neither ISIS nor Desolation Row make any profit from the sale of these tickets.


 25 November, 2016

Today probably wasn’t the best time to send out an email alerting people to my latest blog. If you’re inbox was anything like mine this morning it was most likely full of unsolicited mail informing of you of Black Friday sales (What some people are gonna do f’r money). I’m certainly not a fan of these sorts of gimmicks and ISIS would never sink that low.

Anyway, the first thing to mention today is that we having a sale! Nothing to do with Black Friday you understand! For those of you who didn’t get round to buying a copy of my “Humdinger Folk Singer: The Story of Judas and the Communists”, we are selling the remaining copies at the much reduced price of £5.99.

Some of you may already be aware, but if you were expecting to receive your copy of “The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert! from us today then a word of warning. The release date of both the CD and the Vinyl versions of this album has put back one week by Sony to Friday December 2.

The new ISIS magazine, issue 189, is now at our printers and should be with subscribers in the next couple of weeks.

Finally I must mention the Dylan Project. ISIS is proud to have an exclusive on their fantastic new double live album, probably the best the band has done to date. “The Dylan Project: Caught In The Convent” is available here.

Staying with The Dylan Project, don’t forget their Winter Tour is now underway. At these shows the band will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of “Blonde on Blonde” by performing the entire double album live. A full list of the tour dates can be found on page 50 of ISIS 188. Tracy and me will be going along to the gig at the Bilston Robin on Tuesday December 13 so maybe we’ll see you there. Don’t forget; If you see me, say hello!


A new short film made by Sony Legacy to accompany the release of the boxed set “Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings” features previously unseen footage of the tour, onstage and off, shot by D.A. Pennebaker. Bob Dylan On Tour 1966


07 November, 2016

Rather than run what had become two separate news based pages all future breaking news will be included in this blog. We are not always able to inform you of updates via email, so please check back here regularly.

Bob Dylan’s Beaten Path Exhibition runs from November 5 to December 11, 2016. To my eyes these are by far Bob’s best work to date. Take a peek preview here.

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Friday November 11 the “Live 1966” Box Set will be released.

To celebrate this, Badlands, Cheltenham are having a Dylan day celebration.

Clinton Heylin will be taking a Q & A session at 12 noon.


02 November, 2016

I can confirm that the recent news given out by Andy Greene at Rolling Stone magazine regarding the next “The Bootleg Series” release is correct (see my October 21st post below). “The Bootleg Series Vol. 13” will feature Bob Dylan’s Gospel Period material. As I suggested in my previous post, the “BS13” box will be issued in 2017 but as yet no date has been fixed for this release.

I mentioned back in ISIS 185 that The Dylan project had recorded a new live album which was to be released late summer. This new double CD album, which contains material not included on their previous releases, was recorded live during the band’s December 20, 2015 show at the Convent, a state-of-the-art venue near Stroud. Until five years ago the Convent was home to four nuns who lived there as part of a silent order. Now, however, the Grade II listed house is being filled with inspiring live music. Released today, “The Dylan Project: Caught In The Convent” is available from ISIS Magazine. This fabulous 20-track double album is probably the best work the band has done to date!

While on the subject of The Dylan Project, don’t forget their Winter Tour kicks off on November 11. At these shows, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Blonde on Blonde”, the band will be performing the entire double album live.

The New Dylan exhibition “The Beaten Path” opens at the Halcyon Gallery on November 5. Those who have already attended previews tell me that this exhibition, featuring media including watercolour and gouache, is far and away Dylan’s best work. Unfortunately, reports have already reached me that some copying might have taken place! Three of the new artworks can be seen here.

One of the pictures, “Classic Car Show” seems to have been influenced by this Stock Footage.

I’m sure you are all aware by now that Bob Dylan has acknowledged news of his Nobel Prize in Literature; did anyone really think that he wouldn’t? Dylan has also said that “If it’s at all possible” he will attend the awards ceremony in Stockholm. More can be found in Edna Gundersen’s Telegraph article / interview.

Last, but certainly not least, a further supply of “The 1966 Live Recordings” has become available. This is still in short supply. Please call for availability.


DRAWN BLANK RETROSPECTIVE – 11 – 20 NOVEMBER, 2016
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All on the CBS label cut into the shape of Dylan’s silhouette.

Mounted within a black wooden box frame and raised from an orange base to compliment the label. The frame measures 24cm x 24cm (9.5 x 9.5 inches).

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21 October, 2016

Andy Greene at Rolling Stone posted some information last night re the possible content of the next “The Bootleg Series” project.

Quote: “‘Personally I think the gospel set is more interesting,’ says a source close to the Dylan camp. ‘Blood on the Tracks is similar to The Cutting Edge in what you’re hearing is different version of the same thing. You’re hearing process. The gospel is a lot of stuff that people ignored. Bob continued to tweak the gospel stuff on the road for a couple of years. It kept mutating.’”

In actual fact, not too much is new here, ‘a source close to the Dylan camp’ has said on a couple of previous occasions that the gospel set is “interesting” and in November 2015 a ‘Dylan source’ told Greene, “We’d also love to revisit Blood on the Tracks, Infidels, Oh Mercy and the gospel albums.”

In truth, Dylan’s people always have several projects on the go at the same time and I’ve mentioned many times before in ISIS what those projects are. They will all come to fruition, the only question is in what order. The recent addition of releases for Copyright Protection reasons has tossed a spanner into machinery and these products doubtless have had an impact on “BS” schedules (1965 and ’66 were busy times for Bob Dylan).

I had previously said that “BS13” wouldn’t be issued in 2016 and that I had heard that there had been some talk of ‘overkill’, a glut of Dylan product in recent times, and on that basis I doubt we’ll see “BS13” early next year.

I won’t speculate on what might be included in a Gospel release, we all know there are a lot of outtakes, but video from Toronto and Buffalo, New York has previously been mentioned. In fact, I mentioned this in my MOJO booklet piece last year.

Whether you like or agree with what Bob was saying or singing at these shows there is no denying he was on fire at this time.

Although I haven’t read these comments myself, I’m told that there has been some Internet speculation that the next “BS” release might be the David Bromberg sessions. This fantasy was arrived at because I wrote a piece about the Bromberg sessions in new ISIS (mailed out this Tuesday). There was absolutely no inference on my part that the Bromberg sessions would be the next “Bootleg Series”! In fact, although I would very much like them to be released, I doubt they will be, or certainly not for a number of years. This is a case of putting two and two together and arriving at 137!

Finally for now, although a few Sinatra have crept into the set it’s nice to see that after six shows we are getting mostly Dylan songs on the fall US tour.

Read the Rolling Stone article here.

For speculation on what might be included on a Gospel Period release, see Robert Orbach’s piece on our facebook page.


14 October, 2016

It’s time to draw breath after the furore of yesterday. We managed to get the fantastic news of Bob’s award of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature on our site within half-an-hour of the announcement. We would have been a quicker had we not been tied up answering telephone questions and fending off media enquiries for interviews from the UK and abroad. You can watch and hear the reaction to the official announcement here.

The naysayers have of course come out in force in condemnation of the Award being given to a mere song and dance man but those of us who know Dylan’s lyrics appreciate just how far his words transcend peoples’ understanding of ordinary ‘popular music’. He is of course the first songwriter / musician in the 115-year history of the Nobel to win the prize in literature and his position of being head, shoulders (and probably arms and legs) above everyone else writing song lyrics will almost certainly mean he is also the last.

“An ill-conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies,” wrote “Trainspotting” novelist Irvine Welsh. On the flip side, President Barack Obama tweeted, “Congratulations to one of my favourite poets, Bob Dylan, on a well-deserved Nobel”. The debate will continue for a long time yet and if readers are interested in having their say drop me an email over the next few weeks and I’ll try and include some of your thoughts in ISIS issue 189.

As you will see from last night’s setlist below, my fears that after the Desert Trip Festival Bob would revert to a set laden with Sinatra songs was unfounded! It seems that the Festival wasn’t a one (or should that be two) off .

Bob plays the second of his Desert Trip shows tonight and I assume we will get another Bob set. The real test will now be what happens on Sunday the 16th in Phoenix.

Don’t forget to check out our Pre-used pages. As promised we updated them yesterday but many items sold almost immediately.

October 7, 2016 – Desert Trip Festival, Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA

Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Highway 61 Revisited
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Simple Twist Of Fate
Early Roman Kings
Love Sick
Tangled Up In Blue
Lonesome Day Blues
Make You Feel My Love
Pay In Blood
Desolation Row
Soon After Midnight
Ballad Of a Thin Man

(encore)

Masters Of War

October 13, 2016 – The Chelsea, Las Vegas, NV

Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Highway 61 Revisited
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Simple Twist Of Fate
Early Roman Kings
Love Sick
Tangled Up In Blue
Lonesome Day Blues
Make You Feel My Love
Pay In Blood
Desolation Row
Soon After Midnight
Ballad Of a Thin Man

(encore)

Blowin’ In The Wind
Why Try To Change Me Now


13 October, 2016

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

Bob Dylan has been put forward for this Prize many times without success. According to bookmakers he was 10/1 favourite to win in 2011.

Predicting Nobel winners is notoriously difficult and there are many who believe that giving the Prize to Dylan would be an admission of the bankruptcy of literature. As you can probably guess, I don’t count myself amongst those people. In many cases his words stand extremely well on the written page without the aid of music. Nevertheless, I doubted that Dylan would win the prize and a week ago the bookies had him at 50/1.

Dylan is of course the first songwriter to have won the prize and there has already been a huge amount of negative reaction to the Award, which I’m not in the least surprised by.

Dylan has received a multitude of awards over the years but this one might just be a bit special. It’s just a pity that the Prize comes in the form of a Gold Medal otherwise he could display it on stage next to his Wonder Boys film Oscar!

News even more staggering than Dylan’s Nobel Prize was the set he played at Desert Trip last week (October 7). Sixteen Bob songs with not a hint of Sinatra! Actually, I’m not totally shocked by that, the real test will be this evening (October 13) when he plays a ‘standard’ Bob show in Vegas. I’m sure Frank will make a comeback at this show!

For those interested in oldies but goodies, our pre-used page will be updated again tomorrow (October 14) and subscribers will be pleased to hear that we expect ISIS issue 188 to arrive back from the printer early next week.


DRAWN BLANK RETROSPECTIVE – 11 – 20 NOVEMBER, 2016

Full details HERE 
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27 September 2016

Well, after my recent blog post I guess readers would have been aware that something was happening soon! We were asked not to release information about “The 1966 Live Recordings” box set and as far as possible we do try to play the game. Amazon has, however, given out information so I guess that makes it open season!

“The 1966 Live Recordings” box set will contain 36 CDs presenting all of the available recordings from Bob Dylan’s momentous 1966 tour. You will have already read in ISIS magazine (issue 187) that all of the European shows from Copenhagen onward were captured either whole or in part by Dylan’s soundman Richard Alderson on a Nagra reel-to-reel recorder. All of these ‘professionally recorded shows plus the available audience recordings from Down Under will be included in the upcoming box. Some of the audience recordings are said to be quite poor quality and one person described them to me as “Frisbees”; The Nagra recordings though are wonderful.

As I previously stated, this box set will be a fraction of the cost of the “Cutting Edge” 18-CD set.  “The 1966 Live Recordings” box will be released by Sony Music Cmg on November 11, 2016. I won’t bore you with the track listing at the moment as I think readers of this blog will be very well aware of the content of these shows. We don’t have a firm price from Sony yet but the box is likely to retail for around £105.00. The firm price and ordering details will follow soon. Please be aware that this is not a numbered/limited edition.


23 September 2016

Over the past couple of weeks we have been bombarded with emails and phone calls asking for information regarding upcoming Dylan releases (“Bootleg Series”, copyright dump, the 1966 Live Concerts). As soon as we are permitted to make announcements we will do so. All I can say at present is watch this space. We hope to be able to talk about the ’66 release soon but at the moment my lips are sealed. Nevertheless, a good indication of what will be included in that release was outlined in the last ISIS (issue 187), during my interview with Clinton Heylin. Indications are that this release will be sold at a fraction of the price of “Cutting Edge”.

There has been a lot of Dylan product over recent times so we really are being greedy expecting more and more. Overkill is a factor that needs to be taken into account with new product so we are not likely to see “BS 13” for some time.

One nice item that is due from Sony soon is Pure Dylan”. This album was originally released on CD by Sony Music, Germany back in 2011 and was specially imported into the U.K. by ISIS. Now, a full five years later (October 7, 2016), it’s coming out on the newly resurgent vinyl format as a double-LP. As was the case with the CD, this item is available from ISIS.

The album contains the “full” version of ‘Trouble In Mind’ from the 1979 “Slow Train Coming” sessions (Previously unavailable on an official release– apart from the CD version of this album). ‘Spanish Is The Loving Tongue’ is the solo piano recording and ‘Moonshiner’ is taken from the 2005 release, “Live At The Gaslight 1962”. You can read more about this album here and a full review can be found in ISIS issue 159.

Side A: Trouble In Mind / Girl from the North Country / Most of the Time / She Belongs to Me / Billy 1

Side B: Shooting Star / Sugar Baby / You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go / Tomorrow Night

Side C: Every Grain of Sand / Percy’s Song / Born In Time / Boots of Spanish Leather

Side D: This Dream of You / Spanish Is The Loving Tongue / If You See Her, Say Hello / Moonshiner

Don’t forget that we are now taking pre-orders for Clinton Heylin’s “Judas!: From Forest Hills To The Free Trade Hall: A Historical View Of The Big Boo”. The book will be published October 21 but ISIS will have copies available prior to publication. We are also pleased to be able to offer “author-signed” copies of this title. Please note however that only our initial order will be author-signed. Ongoing stock will only be the regular unsigned book.

Also just arrived in stock at ISIS is the official “Fallen Angels” songbook.

For those who haven’t yet seen this item this link is to a news item broadcast on News On 6, Tulsa regarding the second shipment of Dylan items arriving at the new Dylan archive.

http://www.newson6.com/story/33143467/new-items-for-dylan-archive-arrive-in-tulsa


7 September 2016

Having taken a week out of the office I thought I would get back in the swing of things with a short blog.

Ghost coverWe arrived back to a pallet load of the newly republished “The Ghost of Electricity”. This is an expanded and updated version of John Bauldie’s excellent 1988 book. All ISIS customer pre-orders were dispatched yesterday (Tuesday). If you haven’t yet ordered your copy, you can do so Here.

Heylin newThose of you who have pre-ordered the new Route Publishing version of Clinton Heylin’s “Judas!: From Forest Hills To The Free Trade Hall: A Historical View Of The Big Boo” will be pleased to know that we now have a confirmed publication date of October 21, 2016. At 320 pages, this is one book that no Dylan fan will want to miss. A great companion to the upcoming Sony 1966 big box live release.

ISIS Magazine is pleased to be able to offer “author signed” copies of this title. Please note however that only our initial order from the publisher will be author signed. Ongoing stock will be the regular unsigned book. Order your signed copy here.

On the subject of Sony big box releases, while I was away, the first week of September, it seems that Amazon advertised the 18-CD big box, “The Cutting Edge 1965–1966”. Rumours quickly appeared on the Internet forums that a re-release of the Limited Edition box set – complete with books, film strip, leopard skin spindle, the works – was due for re-release on September 23, 2016. I have it from an impeccable source that this is completely untrue. The sold out 5,000 Limited Edition release of 2015 is just that– a limited edition. Tales that it will be made available again are utter rubbish.

The Bob Dylan Archive at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is presenting “Dylan on Film”, a collection of Documentaries about Dylan as part of a grand opening celebration.

The film festival, which runs from September 21 to 24, will feature documentaries by D.A. Pennebaker, Martin Scorsese and Murray Lerner. The highlight promises to be outtakes from Scorsese’s “No Direction Home”.

Finally for now, several people have asked when further items will be added to the popular new ISIS “Pre-Used” page. I’m sorry it’s been a while since this page has been updated but rest assured there is much more to come! If only there were more days in a week!


 21 June, 2016

Well, it’s been two months since I bothered you all with one of my infrequent blogs.

The latest ISIS and my new booklet, “Humdinger Folk Singer”, have now both been mailed out; most of you will probably have received them by now.

Simon & Schuster have recently been in touch with me regarding the ‘inexpensive” version of “Lyrics Since 1962” that has been promised for quite some time now. For all intent and purposes this is the version that was originally scheduled for October 2014 and then replaced by the hernia inducing deluxe edition.

Published in the UK in October / November 2016 (exact date is unconfirmed), the content will be the same as the deluxe version but the book itself will be physically smaller (thankfully) 254 x 187 mm. Despite what you may have read on some Internet sites, many of the details for this title are not yet finalized. The black and red cover being shown on some sites is not the UK cover but a mock-up US cover. Although the selling price will be £49.99, the page count is seemingly not yet finalized but will run somewhere between 768 and 900 pages (ISBN 978-1-4711-5244-3). Simon & Schuster UK will inform ISIS when all details are confirmed at which point we will begin taking pre-orders.

Those of you who have received your ISIS magazine will know that just before going to print I got word about two new Rattlesnake boot CDs, “After The Empire” and “The 1985 Rehearsal Tape” (page 49 current issue of ISIS). At the time of writing (about three weeks ago, now), I hadn’t heard these two sets so was unable to confirm for sure if they were genuine. Most of you will probably know by now, but just in case, I can confirm that these two are indeed the real deal. After being starved of Bob boots’ for so long it is amazing to get a collection of Dylan originals that we had never heard from a session that we didn’t even know had taken place!

While “After The Empire” is a collection of Dylan originals (apart for one track), “The 1985 Rehearsal Tape” contains more than a sprinkling of cover songs. Over the past 12 months or so I’ve been asked many times if I intend publishing a follow-up to my 2008 book “Bob Dylan: The Songs He Didn’t Write” and the Rehearsal Tape has again pushed this subject to the fore. With more than 50 covers (live and studio) emerging since the 2008 book it’s probably time to seriously consider this.

This update would be an inexpensive (maybe 50/60-page) booklet that size wise would sit next to the original book. At the moment this project is merely under consideration but I would very much appreciate hearing from people who might be interested in this. If you think this is a worthwhile project just drop me an email to derek.barker@bobdylanisis.com with a simple yes and I’ll be able to get an estimate of the people interested.

Finally, with the new ISIS and “Humdinger Folk Singer” behind us, Tracy and I are taking a two-week break beginning this Friday (June 24). You can still order from our website as usual but please note that between June 23 and July 11 no goods will be dispatched.

That’s all for now.

Best wishes to you all, Derek and Tracy.


22 April, 2016

With so much happening at the moment I thought it was high time that I wrote another of my occasional blogs.

Bob is of course playing live in Japan at the moment on his “The Set Remains The Same” tour.

According to a recent news report, this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival might feature a stellar line-up that includes the Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, Neil Young, The Who, Paul McCartney, and Bob Dylan! The festival, which will take place October 7-9, will be staged in the Southern California desert at the 78-acre Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. One source says the top headliners on the bill are guaranteed as much as $7 million each! I have no idea if Dylan has in fact signed up for this event, but it sure as hell sounds interesting! A second weekend is also in the offing.

The “Pre-Used” section on our website has been added to again today (Friday, April 22). As those of you who have been watching (and buying) from this page will know, most items are selling almost as quickly as we can get them on the site (25 of the 30 items we put up on Monday sold in less than 24 hours!). We will continue to offer items for sale on a regular basis so keep checking back.

Released by the Let Them Eat Vinyl record label as part of the recent Record Store Day celebrations, “Bob Dylan’s Greenwich Village Vol 1” and “Bob Dylan’s Greenwich Village Vol 2” are now available through ISIS.

Originally compiled by me back in 2011 as a 2-CD set this is the first time this title has been made available on vinyl. The title is now presented as two double album various artists’ compilations featuring the likes of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, Barbara Dane, Buffy Sainte Marie, Tom Paxton, and Simon and Garfunkel.

The new ISIS magazine (issue 185), was mailed out last Thursday and apart from those of you who reside in some of the more far-flung corners of the planet most subscribers should by now have received their copy.

Those of you who have not yet re-subscribed to ISIS be warned, for whatever reason, we are selling an awful lot of one-off single issues of number 185 and as a result we are fast selling out of the first issue of the new subscription year!

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There is quite a lot happening on the book front at the moment: I’m still working away on my booklet, “Humdinger Folksinger”, and I’m still very interested in talking to anyone who was involved with, or attended British folk clubs during the 1960s and had any experience of “Policy Rules” and the wars between the “Progressive” and “Traditionalists” elements of the folk revival.

The Last Great Event

Following on from the excellent “Stealing Dylan From Woodstock,” festival promoter extraordinaire, Ray Foulk, has now completed the second and final volume of the story of the Isle of Wight festivals. Published June 1, 2016, “The Last Great Event” covers the final festival staged in 1970 featuring amongst many others, Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Lenard Cohen, Joan Baez, the Who and of course the late great Jimi Hendrix in his last UK show before his sudden death in London on September 18, 1970. A bumper 363-page hardback, all copies of this beautifully presented book ordered from ISIS will be signed by Ray and Caroline Foulk.

The Ghost of Electricity

To mark the 50th Anniversary of Bob Dylan’s 1966 World Tour and the 20th Anniversary of the tragic and premature death of John Bauldie, The Bridge is publishing an expanded and updated version of “The Ghost of Electricity”.

Written and compiled by John Bauldie and initially published privately in 1988, “The Ghost of Electricity” is long out of print and much sort after. This republication has been put together by John’s lifelong friend, Bill Allison. The book has been updated and will contain previously unpublished photographs from the 1966 tour.

Published sometime during July 2016 and available now to pre-order from ISIS, the book will be A5 in size and perfect bound.

World Wide, The First Twenty Years

Those of you who have ordered the Christoph Maus book “Bob Dylan: World Wide, The First Twenty Years” will be pleased to hear that after a delay this title has now been delivered back from the printer to publisher “Maus Of Music Books”. Our copies now need to be signed and hand numbered, crated up and delivered to us from Germany. We then need to pack and dispatch so it will probably be another couple of weeks before it arrives at our customers’ doors.

Finally, don’t forget – as if you would – that Dylan’s new studio album “Fallen Angles” is released on CD and vinyl on May 20.

That’s all for now. Have a good weekend, Derek.