I love Bob Dylan. Arguably one of the, if not THE greatest artists of the 20th century and still going strong in the 21st.
But he needs to get a new CD packaging company.
CDs. Yeah. I still buy them. I'm old. Came of age in the 70s. Classic rocker. Age 56 now. What of it?
Anyway. So I love the Dylan Bootleg Series of archival releases. It's like getting a new Dylan album - or albums, some of these releases go to 18 discs but I'm poor so I buy the 2 CD ones - every year or so in among his actual new releases. So you get the archival sh*t (meant affectionately) in addition to the new stuff which since Time Out Of Mind in 1997 has been pretty darn consistently mind-bendingly good.
The point? Oh, right. So today I bought Volume 12 in the series, just out, tracing Zimmy's (his real name is Robert Zimmerman, newbies) 1965-66 period (Tombstone Blues, Like A Rolling Stone, Highway 61 Revisited, Visions Of Johanna etc.) but AGAIN as with Volume 11 - the Basement Tapes - I have to literally get a knife out to carve open the cardboard sleeve containing the CD jewel case containing the actual music. Often, the jewel case has the exact same artwork as the cardboard Fort Knox protecting it. Er, so why bother? There are various rants - often hilarious - about this idiocy readily available via web search.
Anyway so here's a look at my Volume 11. Volume 12 looks set for the same treatment, I think. It appears unlikely I can extract the CD without cutting. No wonder Volume 12 is titled The Cutting Edge. I kept the cardboard on Volume 11 because in this case, the jewel case did not reflect the cardboard cover. We'll see about Volume 12. Out comes the knife. Anyone else have this issue? Or am I just an old fart who should stop worrying/caring about liner notes and simply download more? Oh, and the pre-knifed Volume 12 is shown below the knifed Volume 11. Maybe I'll add the knifed Volume 12 when I finish surgery. I did - it's the third photo below, not finished but rather the start of surgery. Same as Volume 11, different cover on the actual jewel case. Buggers! But I managed to do less damage, cut down the side and came clean. Anyway . . . overall point stands. Zimmy, investigate new packaging. Not that it matters, necessarily, the stuff within of course is what counts. IF you can get to it. :)
Dylan, Volume 12 (pre-knifed version)