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13 November, 2017
First of all, I’m disappointed that some of our readers are of the opinion that the unequivocal photographic evidence we presented last week proving the existence of the Lock Ness monster (see below) is Fake News. I can assure all of you that this is a genuine photograph and it has not been Photo shopped!
Sony’s release of standard Dylan vinyl keeps coming. Scheduled for release Friday December 1 are:
Advance orders are now being taken.
Also, as I mentioned last week, if anyone is still looking for a copy of the Deluxe Box Set “Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13”, at the moment we are still able to obtain this from Sony. Last week’s delivery has already sold out but we will be getting more mid this week!
On another subject completely, I read today that The Who is in negotiations with Caesars Palace to play what could amount to a two-year residency at The Colosseum! The deal is said to be worth about a quarter of a million pounds per show. The Who played a short residency at the 4,298-seat venue this summer. Apparently, the lucrative Sin City deal could worth £35million, depending on how many performances the band agrees to initially. Maybe it’s just me, but a rock band like The Who playing nightly in Caesars Palace just seems wrong. Yes, I know, Bob played a show there in 2010, others have too, but a two-year residency just doesn’t sit right with me. That would certainly sort out their retirement plan though!
Our Monday 1pm ritual continues today with the update of our Pre-Owned / Second Hand Store Pages.
10 November, 2017
Just a couple of quick things to mention today: Firstly, if anyone is still looking for a copy of the Deluxe Box Set “Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13”, at the moment we are still able to obtain this for Sony.
Having already been delayed once, we have been informed today that the Neil Cossar book, “Bob Dylan: I Was There 1958-1969,” will now not be published until early 2018.
Below is a Christmas advert now showing in Australia for the department store chain Target. Many thanks to Zac Dadic for sending the link.
Finally, and thanks to John Roberts for alerting us to this one, below is sensational photographic evidence of the existence of the Lock Ness monster.
08 November, 2017
Dates are beginning to emerge for Bob shows in Europe for spring 2018. So far six dates in Italy have been announced. People might find it surprising that Dylan will be playing Europe in spring two years in succession but my understanding is that next year’s tour will take in countries that were not played in 2017, which was very much a tour of Northern Europe. Depending how the tour comes together, things can change, but currently there are no plans to play shows in the UK.
3 Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy
4 Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy
5 Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy
7 Nelson Mandela Forum, Florence, Italy
8 PalaBam, Mantova, Italy
9 Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
The Auditorium Parco della Musica is a music complex in Rome that has three halls but I assume Bob will play the 2,800 Sala Santa Cecilia hall. The Mandela Forum in Florence has a seating capacity of 5,253 while PalaBam, Mantova seats 6,200. The venue in Milan, Teatro degli Arcimboldi, seats 2,375. Tickets go on sale for all shows on Friday November 10.
Anyone still looking for “Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol.13” Deluxe Box Set, we have two copies left in stock!
06 November, 2017
Tangled up in Boxes
The past 10 days have been fraught with frustrations and worry. For Tracy and I, the saga of “The Bootleg Series Vol. 13” began on the evening of Friday October 27 when the much anticipated dispatch notes for our “BS 13” delivery failed to appear. The goods were due to arrive with us on Monday October 30, but with no electronic paperwork appearing late Friday (as it always does) we knew something was wrong. We could not phone Sony until Monday morning so we had a whole weekend of debating/worrying what had happened.
Monday brought good news; “BS 13” had arrived late into Sony UK so all of their trade deliveries would now be a day late. No big deal in itself, other than we would now had one less day to prepare, pack, label and dispatch to our customers. Tuesday arrived and late morning so did “BS 13”. We received all of our allocation and also enough ‘extras’ to supply everyone on our reserve list. We spent the rest of Tuesday and all of Wednesday knee deep in cardboard and against the odds every single order left us, collected by the Royal Mail, on Wednesday afternoon. Although “2nd Class” mail collected Wednesday would ordinarily arrive on Friday (the day of release), to quote Bob Dylan, “Nothing was Delivered”! We talked with our Royal Mail representative on Friday afternoon and it seems that due to the volume of mail at the Coventry distribution office (and elsewhere) most “2nd Class” parcels had been held-up and should therefore arrive on Saturday. Now, in fairness, the Royal Mail does state that they “Aim to deliver within 2-3 working days,” so Saturday would still be within their remit.
Having heard from customers and done some tracking ourselves, we do know that a large number of deliveries were made on Saturday morning but we are also aware that some were not. I know the music is nearly 40 years old so in the great scheme of things a couple of days isn’t life or death, but our aim is not to let people down and after working so hard to get the stuff out on time we are upset that we have been let down by others. It has also been frustrating that the Royal Mail’s “Click & Drop” 2D scanning system we used to track goods appears to be only partially functional. Those of you who did not receive your orders on Saturday should see them arrive today (Monday). All of this only applies to inland deliveries. Overseas customers are not affected.
Although it is of no comfort to me whatsoever, looking at the Internet forums on Sunday, it would appear that bobdylan.com have also had delivery problems with dozens of their customers saying they did receive their deliveries on either Friday or Saturday. It seems therefore that we are all in the same boat.
To cap it all for us, UPS were booked to collect a consignment of half-a-dozen non-“BS 13” products from us on Friday but their transport was a complete no-show!
We were expecting our consignment of “The Picnic at Blackbushe” Deluxe Photo Book on Wednesday but that didn’t arrive until late Thursday! Nonetheless, we labelled and dispatched those the same day (it took two Royal Mail vans to move them all!) and it seems that most if not all of those were delivered on the next day (Saturday).
I’m seriously beginning to think that I am getting too old for all of this box moving.
Back to “BS 13”: What of the product?
Well, the first thing that those who remove the shrinkwrap will notice is that the lower section of the box front cover is blowin’ in the wind. For reasons not yet clear to me, the back of the box/slipcase has had a glossy paper ‘slick’ pasted over. This slick extends to the bottom of the box and also for two-inches around the front but it has not been pasted on! It appears to me that there has been a late issue with Parental Guidance: “brief reference to violence”. If so, couldn’t this have been stickered rather than a slick being used? I’m not sure what the various laws in different counties demands re this. As for the music, both the quality of the performance and the recordings are simply wonderful.
Now, I don’t have a copy but I have been informed that the bobdylan.com “bonus disc” is not quite as advertised, i.e. a “full show from San Diego”. Track 7, disc 2, ‘In the Garden’, is from November 27, 1979, as are the band introductions, while the main body of the show is from November 28. Track 11, the final track on the second CD repeats ‘In the Garden’, this time from November 28, but the song is incomplete. Also missing, as expected, is the six-song opening set by Dylan’s four-girl gospel chorus and Bob’s brief interactions and his two extended raps. Again this was expected, at least by me.
Moving on, due into us today from Simon & Schuster is “Bob Dylan: The Nobel Lecture”. This is a small 5-inch x 7-inch, 23-page hardback book is priced at £9.99.
In addition to this, we have recently learned that Simon & Schuster is also making available signed copies of this title for, hold your breath, $2,500. Yes, for a mere $2,500 (about £1,880) those with very deep pockets can acquire one of just 100 limited, numbered and signed copies of the book presented in a decretive, protective slipcase. This version of the book, which is only available direct from Simon & Schuster, also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Also coming into stock at ISIS today from Simon & Schuster is “Bob Dylan: 100 Songs”.
As is usual on a Monday, the Pre-Owned section of our website will be added to at around 1pm.
That’s all for this week folks. I can now get back to banging my head against the office wall!
01 November, 2017
Aftermath of a Sony Bootleg Series delivery. Goods should arrive with our UK customers on Friday.
23 October, 2017
With five shows now gone, very little has changed on the current US tour. The 20-song set list was however extended to 21 songs on October 21 in Broomfield, Colorado when Bob performed a tribute to his ex-Wilburys band mate, Tom Petty. Stood at the piano after the second encore, ‘Ballad Of a Thin Man’, Bob played ‘Learning To Fly’. Written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne in 1991, the song was a Top 30 hit for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers that summer.
Songs Played at the First Five Shows:
Things Have Changed  It Ain’t Me, Babe  Highway 61 Revisited  Why Try To Change Me Now  Summer Days  Melancholy Mood  Tangled Up In Blue  Honest With Me  Pay In Blood  September Of My Years  Tryin’ To Get To Heaven  Early Roman Kings  Desolation Row  Soon After Midnight  Thunder On The Mountain  Long And Wasted Years  Autumn Leaves  Blowin’ In The Wind  Ballad Of A Thin Man  Where Is The One  Once Upon A Time  This Nearly Was Mine  Learning To Fly 
For those who haven’t yet seen the latest issue of Mojo magazine, it is a Dylan cover issue with a piece about Dylan’s “Gospel Years”. There is also a piece about Tom Petty.
Last Monday I wrote about the Simon & Schuster, Bob Dylan “The Nobel Lecture”, for which we were taking pre-orders. Unfortunately, the link we provided was broken and for the first hour or so it was not possible to order this item. Let’s hope it works this week! Due for publication November 30, 2017, we are now (again) taking orders for this title.
We are temporary out of stock of Clinton Heylin’s great new book “Trouble In Mind: Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years – What Really Happened.” We have already received two large consignments from the publisher and we have more on order awaiting Clinton’s signature. These signed copies should be with us in 7-10 days. Reserve your copy now.
“The Picnic At Blackbushe” from Wymer Publishing is due to arrive with us week commencing October 30. Be warned, we only have a very few spare copies of this item, which is limited to a print run of just 500. This might be the last chance to reserve your copy. The book is Casebound with 128 pages printed on 170 gsm silk paper. This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case.
Also due into stock next week is “Bob Dylan: 100 Songs” (Simon & Schuster).
One book we haven’t mentioned before is “Mr Tambourine Man”. A biographical book from various authors, this will be available October 31.
“Dylan’s Autobiography of a Vocation: A Reading of the Lyrics 1965-1967” by Louis A. Renza has just arrived into stock. For those interested we have just Two Copies left unsold. Order Here.
Finally, we have release dates on some of the new Dylan vinyl I mentioned last week:
“New Morning” November 3
“John Wesley Harding” November 17
“Modern Times” November 24
We are currently taking advance orders on all six of these titles.
The much discussed 20th Anniversary Vinyl Edition of “Time Out Of Mind” has once again reared its head. Originally talked about for November release, this item was recently put back to January 2018. Now, however, it has been brought forward a little to December 8, 2017. Before anyone emails me, I am aware that some shops in the US (and possibly elsewhere) already have this title but most territories, including the UK, haven’t. We will be taking advance orders as soon as we can.
As is usual on Monday our Pre-Owned Webpage has been updated this afternoon. As ever you need to move fast as these items often sell in the first few minutes!!!
16 October, 2017
As I’m sure you will know by now, Bob is back on the road touring in the United States. The six-week tour kicked off in Funner, California on October 13. There is no change to the band members but at the opening night there were live débuts for ‘Where Is The One’ and ‘September Of My Years’. There were a couple of changes to the set list at the second show but no new songs were played. The tour continues tomorrow (October 17), with Mavis Staples as the opening act.
On the book front, “I Was There: 1958-1969” by Neil Cossar has been delayed until November 17.
The Simon & Schuster title, “Bob Dylan: 100 Songs” is still scheduled to arrive at the end of this month. Order Here.
Staying with Simon & Schuster, “The Nobel Lecture” from Bob Dylan, which was originally scheduled for October/November and then put back to “Spring 2018,” has now been pulled forward again to November 30, 2017! We are, therefore, now taking orders for this title. Price £9.99,
As is usual on Monday our Pre-Owned Webpage has been updated this afternoon. As ever you need to move fast as these items often sell in the first hour, if not the first few minutes!!!
05 October, 2017
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
NOËL COWARD THEATRE
29th December 2017 – 24th March 2018
Tickets now on sale
03 October, 2017
Rest In Peace Tom Petty 1950 – 2017
Tom Petty died on Monday night at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after he suffered cardiac arrest at home.
Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone in a statement. “I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”
02 October, 2017
Now that the dust has settled on the “BS 13” announcement there are a few other things to mention. First though, although our initial allocation of “BS 13” sold out very quickly, we hope to have a further allocation somewhere down the line.
The new ISIS, Issue 194, is back from the printer and will go into the mail later today (Monday October 2).
There’s a lot to look forward to in the new issue but of special interest to most readers will be my four-page interview with Clinton Heylin in which he talks about his new book, “Trouble In Mind: Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years — What Really Happened”, the up coming Columbia Legacy box set, “Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13” and much more besides. Clinton’s book, which so far I’ve only had the pleasure of skipping through, is certainly a treasure trove of new facts and information. To quote Clinton:
“…there is more new information in this book than there is in any book published about Bob Dylan, ever, mine included; just because we have never previously had this amount of documentation.”
The interview certainly whetted my appetite for “BS 13”. If you weren’t looking forward to Bob’s Gospel Years box before you will be after reading the interview. Of great interest to collectors / historians will be Appendix 1, a 14-page chronology which Clinton says will necessitate Dylan fans ripping up all other sessionograpies of this period. As one might expect, Clinton pulls no punches in this interview.
The two photos below are of Clinton signing copies of his new book for his publisher ‘route’ and of the same signed books back at ISIS HQ awaiting packing and dispatch later this week. As previously promised, we have the book a full month before publication!
Staying with books, anyone interested in the gorgeous looking deluxe Blackbushe book and would like to have their name printed inside, the deadline for ordering has been extended but only until 12 o’clock midday this Friday October 6. After that date the book will still be available to pre-order but no further names can be included.
I had previously mentioned that Sony is about to release a whole rake of Dylan vinyl including a 20th Anniversary Edition of “Time Out Of Mind”. I have had a lot of emails from vinyl collectors asking why we are not taking pre-orders for this and the answer is simple, there is no confirmed release date for this item and despite Amazon taking pre-orders and wrongly quoting a release date of October 6, this album will not be available until 2018! Alan Fraser quoted me on Searching for a Gem on September 11 stating this but as queries are still coming in I felt I should reiterate here that we will be taking orders for this album but only when we have a confirmed release date from Sony.
Those of you who are awaiting the arrival of the “Hard Rain” vinyl, which has already suffered a delay, the release has now gone back further from October 13 to early next year. The list of vinyl due for release on the Columbia label between November and January 2018 is: “John Wesley Harding”, “The Basement Tapes”, “Before The Flood”, “New Morning”, “Saved”, “Slow Train Coming”, “Modern Times”, “Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits”, “Love And Theft”, “Hard Rain” and of course the 20th Anniversary Edition of “Time Out Of Mind”.
Finally, as usual on Monday lunch time our Pre-Owned section will be updated today at 1pm.
19 September, 2017
ISIS will make an announcement regarding Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 as soon as Sony UK allows us to do so. Please note: the Amazon 8CD currently listed is a download only. You will receive a link to download one track now and the rest when it is officially released.
29 August, 2017
It was only five days since my last blog so not too much to say this time.
First off, it was great to see so many people up in Liverpool on Sunday for the Simply Dylan concert at the Philharmonic Hall. The turn out was fantastic and the show was relaxed while still being extremely professionally presented. Well done to John and his band.
Our Pre-Owned Items Store has been updated this afternoon; a day late due to yesterday being a Bank Holiday in the UK and us being in Liverpool didn’t help! To compensate we have managed to upload 30 great items this week; none of which we have ever sold before. There are some real quality collectors items this week so don’t miss taking a look.
The big news on the Dylan front is that the film/video that we have been talking about for sometime in ISIS has now been announced as receiving its World Premiere at the Walter Reade Theater on Monday, October 5, 2017, shortly before the release of “The Bootleg Series Vol 13”.
The documentary film, which will feature footage from Bob Dylan’s so-called “born again” period, is being premiered as part of the 2017 New York Film Festival. “Trouble No More”, from director Jennifer Lebeau, includes newly restored footage from Dylan concerts in Buffalo, NY and Toronto, Canada, filmed during his 1980 “Slow Train Coming” tour.
Don’t forget to Pre Order your copy of “The Picnic At Blacbushe” before the end of September to get your name included in the book!