In addition to The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, Bob Dylan fans can expect even more new product, including a previously unreleased track from 1981’s Shot Of Love sessions.
1. Hawaii Five-O: Original Songs From The Television Series [Soundtrack] (CBS Records, October 4)
This soundtrack features the 1981 Bob Dylan recording of “Don’t Ever Take Yourself Away,” an “unfinished” song recently completed and embellished by Nikki Jean, and released as “Steel and Feathers (Don’t Ever).” (Does this idea sound familiar?)
- Of particular note from this collection is a previously-unreleased Bob Dylan track, “Don’t Ever Take Yourself Away.” This island-flavored gem dates from recording sessions in the early 1980s, and was newly mixed and mastered for this soundtrack after being locked in the vaults for nearly 30 years.
- CBS Records will release a specially-produced soundtrack for the hit television series Hawaii Five-0 on Tuesday, October 4. Hawaii Five-0: Original Songs From The Television Series features brand new and previously unreleased tracks from some of music’s most popular artists including Bob Dylan, Train, Goo Goo Dolls, The Swell Season, Switchfoot, Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro that are available exclusively on this soundtrack.
Here’s some information about the track from Alan Fraser’s Searching For A Gem site:
- Minnesotan singer Nikki Jean (Nicholle Jean Leary), formerly a member of group Nouveau Riche, was given an “unfinished” song STEEL AND FEATHERS (DON’T EVER) from Bob’s 1981 “Shot Of Love” sessions, and has completed the song, to be included on her upcoming S-Curve US album “Pennies In A Jar”, to be released on 12 Jul 2011. The song is actually DON’T EVER TAKE YOURSELF AWAY, which circulates amongst Dylan collectors on several bootlegs such as “The Genuine Bootleg Series.” She’s revised Bob’s lyrics, rewriting the verses but keeping the tune and choruses.
According to Olof, Dylan tried two takes of “Don’t Ever Take Yourself Away” at Clover Recorders, Los Angeles, on April 23, 1981. Here’s the line-up:
- Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar), Danny Kortchmar (guitar), Steve Ripley (guitar), Benmont Tench (keyboards), Tim Drummond (bass), Jim Keltner (drums), Carolyn Dennis, Regina Havis & Clydie King (backing vocals).
The album is being released on CBS:
- The connection, of course, is CBS — the original owner of CBS Records in the pre-Sony years and home to Columbia Records, Dylan’s longtime label. Released on the revived CBS Records imprint (helmed by former Columbia exec Larry Jenkins), the soundtrack also boasts previously unheard music from Train, A (sic) Swell Season, Goo Goo Dolls, Jimmy Buffett and Matisyahu* as well as the updated iconic theme song. CBS Records — which we frankly thought had gone belly-up this year — also featured a remixed and remastered version of Dylan’s “California” (from the Bringing It All Back Home sessions) for the soundtrack to NCIS last year, so this is nothing new. Not missing a commercial beat, each of the soundtrack’s songs will be featured in an upcoming fall Hawaii Five-O episode and you’ll see a commercial for the album during each airing. (Courtesy Direct Current. *Jimmy Buffett and Matisyahu apparently did not make the final cut.)
1. Hawaii Five-0 Main Title Theme
2. World Upside Down (Jimmy Cliff)
3. The Best of Me (Goo Goo Dolls)
4. Out of Control (Switchfoot)
5. Should We Believe (Train)
6. Closer (Corrine Bailey Rae)
7. Don’t Ever Take Yourself Away (Bob Dylan)
8. Ukulele Five-0 (Jake Shimabukuro)
9. Love That’s Bigger (The Swell Season)
10. Pass It On (Ziggy Marley)
11. Hi’ilawe (John Cruz)
12. Book em Danno (Brian Tyler and Keith Power)
2. Bob Dylan – Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ (Release date October 10, Sony)
Apparently a U.K./Europe budget-priced compilation to coincide with his upcoming tour.
- The Times They Are A Changin’
- Blowin’ In The Wind
- Boots Of Spanish Leather
- It Ain’t Me Babe
- To Ramona
- Mr. Tambourine Man
- Subterranean Homesick Blues
- It’s All Over Now Baby Blue
- Like A Rolling Stone
- I Want You
- Just Like A Woman
- Tombstone Blues
- Desolation Row
- All Along The Watchtower
- One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)
- Watching The River Flow
- I Threw It All Away
- Lay, Lady, Lay
- You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
- The Man In Me
- Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
- Tangled Up In Blue
- Simple Twist Of Fate
- Changin’ Of The Guards
- Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar
- Ring Them Bells
- Brownsville Girl
- Po’ Boy
- Thunder On The Mountain
- Make You Feel My Love
- Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Note that the track order is not quite chronological. The CD opens with “The Times, They Are A-Changin’,” which Dylan sang at the White House last year. The song was also featured in the movie The Watchman, along with covers of “Desolation Row” by My Chemical Romance, and “All Along The Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix. The original Dylan versions of all of these songs are included in this compilation.
Some of the songs on this retrospective have gained additional popularity long after the original release, including “Watching The River Flow,” recently covered by the Rolling Stones; “The Man In Me,” featured in the cult classic The Big Lebowski; “Make You Feel My Love,” a recent hit for Adele; “Changin’ Of The Guards,” covered by Patti Smith; and “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’,” featured in the HBO series True Blood.
3. Ten Years On – A Collection of Songs In Remembrance of September 11th 2001 (MP3 only release, National September 11 Memorial & Museum)
- Your kind contributions will help with necessary fundraising for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, a sacred place where all who were lost are honored, and which for many is the resting place of their loved ones. The 9/11 Memorial will receive 100 percent of profits from sales of the album. – Jem
Released on August 31:
1. Adagio for Strings – Leonard Bernstein & The New York Philharmonic
2. Imagine – John Lennon
3. New York City – Suzzy & Maggie Roche (Not the John Lennon song)
4. Dear Old Friend – Patty Griffin
5. On the Turning Away – Pink Floyd
6. Every Grain of Sand – Bob Dylan
7. Pride (In the Name of Love) – John Legend
8. You Will Make It (feat. Vusi Mahlasela) – Jem
9. That I Would Be Good – Alanis Morissette
10. Time After Time (feat. Sarah Mc Lachlan) – Cyndi Lauper
11. Sister (Live At Radio City) – Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
12. You And I – Stevie Wonder
13. I Know You By Heart Eva Cassidy
14. Help Me – Johnny Cash
15. If I Rise – Dido & A.R. Rahman
16. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
17. Gold Dust – Tori Amos
18. Good Night, New York – Nanci Griffith
19. You’ll Never Walk Alone – Nina Simone
4. Various Artists: Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of AMNESTY International (Shangri-La, November 21 or 22.)
An Amnesty International benefit album, featuring all Bob Dylan covers. Acts linked to the project so far include Lucinda Williams (“Tryin’ To Get To Heaven”), Jack’s Mannequin (“Mr. Tambourine Man”), Rise Against (“The Ballad Of Hollis Brown”), and Bad Religion. More information when available.
On a side note, archival footage of Bob Dylan has apparently been included in the new Cameron Crowe documentary, Pearl Jam Twenty.
Thanks to all my Facebook friends for much of this information.
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