Bob Dylan

Midnight Train

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Although, through some sort of legal legerdemain, this made-in-Germany album is being offered for sale as a legitimate release, it is really what used to be called a bootleg, an unauthorized collection of recordings never intended to be heard by the public. The tracks, mostly session outtakes from 1965-1966 (tracks 1-8) plus a couple of live performances (tracks 9-10), have turned up previously on numerous Bob Dylan bootlegs and, covering a particularly prolific and accomplished period in his career, were valuable to Dylan collectors when they first surfaced. But since Dylan himself started putting the same material on such albums as Biograph, The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991, and The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Live 1966, such low-quality black-market versions have lost their cachet. (In another act of piracy, the brief liner notes are partially cribbed from the All Music Guide Bob Dylan biography.)

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