The lead up to the release of Dylan's 'Tell Tale Signs" (Bootleg series #8) on Oct 8th, or 7th or 6th depending which part of the world you are in, sees Sony/Columbia offering another teaser. The Guardian today has a free download of a bare, stripped back acoustic version of 'Mississippi' which first appeared as a solid rocking track on Love & Theft. I've loved this song in it's original form. Listening to the new version takes some getting used to, but it's still a great song. Grab it today as it may not be there tomorrow.
Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drownin' in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothin' but affection for all those who've sailed with me
Everybody movin' if they ain't already there
Everybody got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now
Meanwhile on Expecting Rain, the deluge of complaints about the pricing of the new release rampages on, with as many counter complaints poking at the whinging middle-class who can afford to whine about the price of a deluxe CD collection from their state of the art laptops when others cannot afford to pay their rent or feed their kids. I am torn between wanting the 3 CD version but not wanting to let the Co. think it is OK to charge US $140 for it.
Anyway - its all about the music - not the rip-off fleecing of fans for an extra $100 by adding a fancy package with booklet, poster, keyring etc, so I may just wait & see if a straight 3 CD comes out at a regular price.
For those who missed it, a new track 'Dreamin of You" is free to download here. Great lyrics, atmospheric, and it has an addictively rythmic bass line.