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Bob Dylan announces new box set including 1970 session with George Harrison

Bob Dylan has revealed plans to release a brand new box set of material recorded by the legendary singer-songwriter in 1970 to celebrate the songs turning 50.

The boxset is titled 1970 (50th Anniversary Collection) and is set to be released on February 26th, 2021 via Columbia/Legacy. The release is a three-disc set which features outtakes from Dylan’s sessions for his remarkable albums New Morning and Self Portrait. The most eye-watering aspect from the record, however, is the inclusion of his famous 1970 studio session with George Harrison.

According to the press release, the session with Harrison will be released in full to “capture[s] the pair performing together on nine tracks”.

This forthcoming boxset is Dylan’s first release since he sold his entire back catalogue in an unprecedented deal to Universal, reported to amounts to a total of at least $300million — according to The New York Times. The label described the agreement as “the most significant music publishing agreement this century and one of the most important of all time”.

Jody Gerson, the chief executive of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), said: “To represent the body of work of one of the greatest songwriters of all time, whose cultural importance cannot be overstated, is both a privilege and a responsibility.”

Check out the tracklisting for 1970 (50th Anniversary Collection), below.

1970 (50th Anniversary Collection) tracklisting:

DISC 1
March 3, 1970

  • I Can’t Help but Wonder Where I’m Bound
  • Universal Soldier – Take 1
  • Spanish Is the Loving Tongue – Take 1
  • Went to See the Gypsy – Take 2
  • Went to See the Gypsy – Take 3
  • Woogie Boogie

March 4, 1970

  • Went to See the Gypsy – Take 4
  • Thirsty Boots – Take 1

March 5, 1970

  • Little Moses – Take 1
  • Alberta – Take 2
  • Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies – Take 1
  • Things About Comin’ My Way – Takes 2 & 3
  • Went to See the Gypsy – Take 6
  • Untitled 1970 Instrumental #1
  • Come a Little Bit Closer – Take 2
  • Alberta – Take 5

May 1, 1970

  • Sign on the Window – Take 2
  • Sign on the Window – Takes 3-5
  • If Not for You – Take 1
  • Time Passes Slowly – Rehearsal
  • If Not for You – Take 2
  • If Not for You – Take 3
  • Song to Woody – Take 1
  • Mama, You Been on My Mind – Take 1
  • Yesterday – Take 1

DISC 2

  • Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Take 1
  • Medley: I Met Him on a Sunday (Ronde-Ronde)/Da Doo Ron Ron – Take 1
  • One Too Many Mornings – Take 1
  • Ghost Riders in the Sky – Take 1
  • Cupid – Take 1
  • All I Have to Do Is Dream – Take 1
  • Gates of Eden – Take 1
  • I Threw It All Away – Take 1
  • I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) – Take 1
  • Matchbox – Take 1
  • Your True Love – Take 1
  • Telephone Wire – Take 1
  • Fishing Blues – Take 1
  • Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance – Take 1
  • Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Take 1
  • It Ain’t Me Babe
  • If Not for You
  • Sign on the Window – Take 1
  • Sign on the Window – Take 2
  • Sign on the Window – Take 3

June 1, 1970

  • Alligator Man
  • Alligator Man [rock version]
  • Alligator Man [country version]
  • Sarah Jane 1
  • Sign on the Window
  • Sarah Jane 2

DISC 3
June 2, 1970

  • If Not for You – Take 1
  • If Not for You – Take 2

June 3, 1970

  • Jamaica Farewell
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love
  • Long Black Veil
  • One More Weekend

June 4, 1970

  • Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie – Take 1
  • Three Angels
  • Tomorrow Is a Long Time – Take 1
  • Tomorrow Is a Long Time – Take 2
  • New Morning
  • Untitled 1970 Instrumental #2

June 5, 1970

  • Went to See the Gypsy
  • Sign on the Window – stereo mix
  • Winterlude
  • I Forgot to Remember to Forget 1
  • I Forgot to Remember to Forget 2
  • Lily of the West – Take 2
  • Father of Night – rehearsal
  • Lily of the West

August 12, 1970

If Not for You – Take 1
If Not for You – Take 2
Day of the Locusts – Take 2

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