The Band’s Genuine Bootleg Series 4: Crossing The Great Divide.

“3 CD The Band bootleg released in 1997, not to be confused with the official Across the Great Divide box set. This is the third release in The Genuine Bootleg Series, for some reason sub-titled Take 4. The two first bootleg boxes, The Genuine Bootleg Series, and The Genuine Bootleg Series, Take 2, were mainly filled with Dylan material. Take 4 only has a small amount of Dylan content that is available elsewhere. A Take 3 CD set, all Dylan content, was released in 1999.As usual for the Genuine Bootleg Series, this one continues the same tradition of high production values with multiple gatefold glossy-color sleeves. It also sports inner disc sleeves (each w/color pics + tracklist) and a 36-page booklet containing full text of the July ’91 Goldmine article along with more photos and the track listings. All of the Genuine Bootleg Series have been reissued a few times, in cardboard sleeves and jewel boxes, and The Genuine Bootleg Series Vol 4 seem to exist also under the title Statue of Liberty.58 tracks in all, including early Hawks material, outtakes from 1965 – 1967 The Basement Tapes and Big Pink sessions, outtakes from The Band, Rock of Ages, and Planet Waves, various Band live recordings, bits of a 1988 Levon Helm concert, and three demos for Jericho. A nice set with good sound quality.” (notes via)

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17 Responses to “The Band :: Genuine Bootleg Series 4: Crossing The Great Divide”

  1. Wow! This is really, really good–the best thing I’ve heard in a while. Thanks or putting this out there. And for everything else on your site. What you do here is greatly appreciated.

  2. you do good for the world

  3. What a gem! This is stellar. Many thanks!

  4. thank you.

  5. Everyone should hear this. Possibly the best post ever on the drunkard.

  6. Well, hot damn — thanks for steering us to this!

  7. Thanks for posting this! I’ve been getting into The Band recently and this is just the thing I needed

  8. Outstanding!!!!

  9. Justin, has anyone done any research as to who put these together and where? I have some expensive boots with similar packaging that appear to come from Italy and elsewhere in Europe but I can’t imagine why they would spend so much time and resources on putting these together. I get the “love of the music” but being from Italy, for example, I don’t see how they could get so attached as to track down this music, master it and then release it in such elaborate packaging. I’m glad they do, I just don’t know what makes them do it. I just find it interesting. I suspect expats but would love to know their story.

  10. I’ve been listening to “A Tree with Roots” lately and these will make a great companion piece. Thanks for posting.

  11. @Jay – good question. i came to know these through some CD-Rs from a friend. if’n you find out, let us know.

  12. Very cool. Thank you, good sir.

  13. amazing. thanks, AD!

  14. @Jay

  15. endless thank yous!

  16. Jay beat me to it! Track listing available here: Big hat tip to AD for the hook up! Made my Friday.

  17. Hi Fans, I love Bob Dylan Genuine Bootleg Series and I posess Volume 1 and 2;
    does anybody know where to buy Volume 3 and 4? Thank you, greetings from Hamburg, Germany, Reinhard

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