Columbia/Sony rarely let a year pass without releasing anything new. So far there has been nothing this year (I do not count the "Brandeis" disc, because it first appeared in Oktober 2010), not even any rumours. Often they release something in the fall, with an official announcement made two months prior and rumours spread even earlier. But right now things have gone surprisingly quiet.
The following sets have apparently been under consideration at one time or another, but nothing is confirmed:
- Supper Club 1993 CD/DVD/BR
- 1975/1976 documentary DVD/BR (a "sequel" to the "No Direction Home" DVD set)
- The Complete Blonde On Blonde Sessions 1966 multi-CD set
- in the liner notes to "BS 8 – TTS" Sloman hinted at a possible release of the 1992 Chicago Sessions
Then there is of course always the possibility of a new studio album (which I would prefer over any retrospective release).
But there is also the big anniversary of "50 years on Columbia Records (ignoring one year on Asylum Records)" coming up (Dylan signed with Columbia in October 1961). Maybe Columbia/Sony will release something really big and obviously marketable like "The Complete Blonde On Blonde Sessions" to commemorate the anniversary and in order to piggy-back the promotion of the whole catalog on that iconic release. Somehow this feels like the most Sony-like scenario.
Another interesting fact is that in 2012 Dylan's first album will fall into the public domain (having been released 50 years ago) and any cheapo label will be able to release it. The same thing is already happening with all of the classic early Rock 'n' Roll albums (not to mention the even older blues stuff) and all of the jazz classics from the 1950s. The market is being flooded with cheap knock-offs of those LPs on labels like Doxy and Jazz Wax.