Here's the version of the album I have on my portable player.
1. Series of Dreams (Tell Tale Signs version)
2. Born In Time (TTS)
3. Everything Is Broken (TTS)
4. Ring Them Bells (Oh Mercy, 2000 remaster)
5. Man In Long Black Coat (OM)
6. Dignity ('Dylan' 3-disk comp)
7. Most Of The Time (OM)
8. What Good Am I (OM)
9. What Was It You Wanted? (OM)
10. Shooting Star (OM)
am liking the look of this track listing Benny, especially the 3 openers from TTS. Personally, I think I would also replace the OM version of Most of the Time with that from TTS.
Out of interest, how is the 2000 remaster of Ring Them Bells different to the original album version, or the SACD release? Also interested in the choice of version of Dignity as I don't have the Dylan comp..what's the thinking on that one too?
Ok, a few things:
1) The 2000 Oh Mercy remaster is the SACD version - was that 2003? I dunno. All the Oh Mercy tracks were taken from that version, as its the best sounding
2) I just grabbed the Dignity from the Dylan set cos it was available easily and in good sound. There are probably better versions of the song out there - this one has a slightly annoying drum track on it, which I'd nuke if I was remixing it.
3) I love the acoustic 'Most Of The Time' on TTS but I dont think it fits the sonic aesthetic of the rest of the tracks.
Overall, I havent put maximum effort into making this alternative version of the album work the best it could, but even slapping something together like I have has produced an album way better than the officially released version. Its such a shame Dylan or Lanois didnt have enough vision or balls or whatever to fully realise what they had laid down at those sessions. Because here's the thing - the slapdash comp I have put together is the best Bob Dylan album since Desire, and better than anything he did afterwards. It's the last great gasp of the old Bob Dylan I fell in love with, before the fires burned out.