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  • Summary: The latest collection of unreleased and rare songs recorded between 1989 and 2006.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
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  1. 100
    Tell Tale Signs is awash with evidence of his staggering mercuriality, his evident determination even in the studio to repeat himself as little as possible, re-takes not merely the occasion for refinement, the honing of a song into static finality, but serial re-imaginings.
  2. As Dylan's official bootlegs go, this is one of the series' best.
  3. Tell Tale Signs makes plain that Dylan knows the caprices of the world he lives in, now more than ever.
  4. With a musician as important as Bob Dylan, our appetite for fresh material and new insights is as deep as the artist's song trove, and Tell Tale Signs, the eighth installment of the songwriter's Bootleg Series, is a feast for casual fans and Dylanologists alike.
  5. 80
    The eighth volume of the erractic and fancinating Bootleg Series, exhumes his unreleased music. [Nov 2008, p.80]
  6. Not everything is perfect here, the five live cuts, in particular, not particularly inspired choices. But you could lose yourself in these recordings.
  7. Nothing here is essential, but there will always be enough completeist to warrent airing of Dylan's old laundry. [Nov 2008, p.127]

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Score distribution:
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  1. ThomasL.
    Oct 10, 2008
    10
    Hard to believe this may overtake Burial here on the top 10 list. All I can say is, "Thank God!" The level of brilliance here and the other seven "bootlegs" and the sheer volume of fine songs will take years to digest. Long after Burial is buried we will be listening to this great music. Expand
  2. JaredT.
    Oct 10, 2008
    10
    Absolutely essential! Well worth it for just two cuts alone -- 'Series of Dreams', and the live version of 'Ring Them Bells'. Countless other standout tracks. A couple questionable alternate takes, but one of the strongest albums in the bootleg series. My assessment is based on the 2-disc set though -- the 3-disc set is 1 extra disc for $120 more? Yah right. Expand
  3. MatthewB.
    Nov 23, 2008
    10
    My only quibble, and it's a small one, is that I'd rather have more studio boots (more Bromberg sessions, please!), and less of the live stuff. The Bootleg Series has worked terrific when the live stuff has been specific shows (Live '66) or compilations of specific tours (Rolling Thunder). Taken out of those contexts and thrown in haphazardly...they just seem jarring and unexpected. I felt this way about Biograph, too. Still...there's not a track on there that won't become immediately essential to those who care about Mr. Dylan's work. The genius glows like burning coal (to steal from...let's see...who was that...?). Expand
  4. BaldB.
    Oct 13, 2008
    10
    OMG, what an album. There is a musicality to these songs that were missing from his last few albums. This is hypnotic stuff and extremely well recorded. Expand
  5. GeneD.
    Oct 23, 2008
    10
    One of the best of the "official" bootleg series so far.
  6. JohnH.
    Nov 10, 2008
    10
    A dark and gloriously complex take on modern times, this album will be playing in my house every day for a long time. Rich, thick, beautiful.
  7. DeanD.
    Oct 10, 2008
    9
    Dylan, weathered to perfection.

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