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Dylan's essential new outtakes collection, plus Josh Hathaway on Oasis and Mark Saleski on the Clash.

New Album Releases 10/07/08: Bob Dylan, Oasis, The Clash, Wu-Tang Clan, Pretenders, & More

While this week's new release list is a tad lighter than we've seen in recent weeks, there are nonetheless some very noteworthy titles to talk about…not the least of which is Tell Tale Signs, the eighth volume in Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series of rare, live, and unreleased gems.

Tell Tale Signs focuses on the period from 1989's Oh Mercy right on up through Dylan's much more recent creative renaissance on the albums Time Out Of Mind, Love & Theft, and 2006's brilliant Modern Times.

What makes this set such an essential purchase is that while many of the songs here, like "Mississippi," "Everything Is Broken," and "Someday Baby" will be familiar to Dylan fans, the alternate versions offered up here are often so radically different from those released on the original albums as to constitute a new Dylan album altogether.

"Mississippi" for example is barely recognizable in an early, stripped-down version (one of three offered here if you buy the three-disc version), until Dylan sings the chorus. "Most Of The Time," awash in Daniel Lanois atmospherics on the Oh, Mercy album is likewise stripped down to the sort of a bare core of Dylan on guitar and harmonica that wouldn't be at all out of place on his earlier, more folk-influenced albums. There are also a number of great new songs, including the bluesy Time Out Of Mind outtake, "Marchin' To The City."

The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs – Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 is available in both one- and two-disc versions, as well as a deluxe three-disc package, and comes with the usual booklet featuring liner notes and track-by-track analysis. If you're anything like me, you'll need everything here.

In non-Dylan related news, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders make their long awaited studio return this week with Break Up the Concrete. Wu-Tang Clan assemble all of their numerous members and sub-clans minus Old Dirty Bastard for Soundtracks from the Shaolin Temple. Wishing you a Merry Christmas this week are the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Neil Sedaka, and George Strait.

Josh Hathaway returns to the NAR contributor's circle this week to confess that he actually still listens to Oasis, and is about to plunk down 100 bucks for the deluxe version of their new one. In the meantime, Mark Saleski remembers the first time he ever heard the Clash on the eve of their first live album, some 25 years after the fact.

Saleski's Choice: The Clash – Live At Shea Stadium

Every music fan has moments they hold dear. Maybe it was the time they performed "that" song at a concert. Or maybe it was a song what happened to be playing when an important relationship began. Perhaps most simple is when we hear a particular artist for the first time…and everything afterward seems different. Here are my own words related to the 2004 release the 25th anniversary edition of London Calling by The Clash:

To this day I can remember where I first heard side one. It was up in my high-school buddy's bedroom at his house on the little lake deep in central Maine. His dad's stereo was normally used for blasting John Phillips Souza-type stuff but on that day "London Calling" and then "Brand New Cadillac" pinned me to the wall.

Partner-in-crime Glen Boyd rightly reminds us that The Clash were once known as the only band that mattered. Hyperbole? Give Live at Shea Stadium a listen and then make up your own mind.

Josh Hathaway's Fanboy Pick: Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul

It's not fashionable to be an Oasis fan these days, but I'm a fat, grouchy, 35-year-old music dork in Huntsville, Alabama. Fashion went out my window long ago.

Those who can get past the surrounding silliness where Oasis is concerned know the band has been on a big upswing that started with Heathen Chemistry, continued in a big way with Don't Believe The Truth, and I'm hoping Dig Out Your Soul will be the culmination of the band's return to greatness. How confident am I? I've fallen in love with the "first single "The Shock of The Lightning" and I plunked down $100 for the big box version of this album as a birthday present to myself. For those less obsessive, the album is also being released as a single CD and as a CD/DVD combo package.

Here are all of this week's new album releases courtesy of All Music Guide:

Offend Maggie
Kill Rock Stars
Indie Rock, Noise-Rock, Noise Pop

Bob Dylan
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs – Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006
Singer/Songwriter, Rock & Roll

OH (Ohio)
Chamber Pop, Alternative Country-Rock, Indie Rock

Margot & the Nuclear So and So's
Not Animal
Indie Rock

Dig Out Your Soul
Big Brother/Reprise
British Trad Rock, Britpop, Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Hard Rock

Jay Reatard
Matador Singles '08
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Garage Punk

Damon Aaron
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Electronic, Urban Folk

John Adams
John Adams: Hallelujah Junction – A Nonesuch Retrospective
Contemporary Orchestral, Vocal and Chamber Music

The Annuals
Such Fun
Indie Rock

Antony and the Johnsons
Another World
Secretly Canadian
Indie Pop, Chamber Pop

Words & Music
Verve Forecast
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Big & Rich
Big & Rich's Super Galactic Fan Pak, Vol. 2
Warner Bros.
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop, Progressive Country

Charles Bruffy
Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary [Hybrid SACD]
Modern and Contemporary Choral Music

Harold Budd/Clive Wright
A Song for Lost Blossoms
Modern Composition, Minimalism, Ambient

City of Refuge
Asthmatic Kitty
Indie Rock

Catfish Haven
Secretly Canadian
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Clash
Live at Shea Stadium
British Punk, Punk, Dance-Rock, Hard Rock

Crooked Fingers
CAI/Red Pig
Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock

Crystal Antlers
Touch & Go
Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

Department of Eagles
In Ear Park
Indie Electronic, Post-Rock/Experimental

Front 242
Alfa Matrix
Electro-Industrial, Industrial Dance, Industrial

Ezra Furman & the Harpoons
Inside the Human Body
Minty Fresh
Indie Pop, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Philip Glass
Glass Box
Contemporary Orchestral, Vocal and Chamber Music

Doomsayer's Holiday
Temporary Residence
Experimental Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

Robin Guthrie
3:19 Bande Originale du Film
Original Score, Ambient, Experimental Ambient

Merle Haggard
20 Hits, Vol. 2
Western Swing Revival, Bakersfield Sound, Honky Tonk, Traditional Country, Progressive Country

Matt Hires
Live from the Hotel Cafe
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Jolie Holland
The Living and the Dead
Alternative Folk, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Urban Folk

Hot Lava
Indie Pop

I Am Ghost
Those We Leave Behind
Post-Hardcore, Punk Revival, Goth Rock

Japanese Motors
Japanese Motors
Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock

Julian Koster
The Singing Saw at Christmastime
Holiday, Christmas

Land of Talk
Some Are Lakes
Saddle Creek
Indie Rock

Suzie Leblanc
Messiaen: Chants de Terre et de Ciel
Atma Classique
Modern Vocal Music

The Little Ones
Morning Tide
Chop Shop/Atlantic
Indie Rock, Indie Pop

Del McCoury
The Best of Del McCoury: The Groovegrass Years
Bluegrass, Bluegrass-Gospel, Country Gospel

Tim McGraw
Greatest Hits, Vol. 3
Contemporary Country, Adult Contemporary, Country-Pop, Neo-Traditionalist Country

Sarah McLachlan
Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock

Jon McLaughlin
OK Now
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Pat Metheny & Anna Maria Jopek
Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Vocal Jazz

Juana Molina
Un Dia
Indie Electronic

Daniel Martin Moore
Stray Age
Sub Pop
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Folk

Michala Petri
Mozart: Flute Quartets [Hybrid SACD]
Our Recordings
Classical Chamber Music

Charlie Pickett
Bar Band Americanus: The Best of Charlie Pickett And…
Roots Rock, Bar Band, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Pretenders
Break Up the Concrete
Pop/Rock, Americana, Singer/Songwriter, Hard Rock

Sun Ra
Secrets of the Sun [Bonus Track]
Avant-Garde Jazz, Avant-Garde, Free Jazz

Red Car Wire
Let's Never Get Older
Punk-Pop, Emo

Rise Against
Appeal to Reason
Punk Revival, Post-Hardcore

Life Like
Indie Rock

Neil Sedaka
The Mircale of Christmas [Razor & Tie 2 CD]
Razor & Tie
Holiday, Christmas

Senses Fail
Life Is Not a Waiting Room
Screamo, Emo, Punk-Pop

Brian Setzer Orchestra
The Ultimate Christmas Collection
Surfdog WEA
Retro-Rock, Retro Swing, Rockabilly Revival, Roots Rock

Spinto Band
Park the Van
Indie Rock

Marnie Stern
This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It And She Is It And…
Kill Rock Stars
Experimental Rock, Noise-Rock, Indie Rock

George Strait
Classic Christmas
MCA Nashville
New Traditionalist, Contemporary Country

The Streets
Everything Is Borrowed
British Rap, Garage Rap/Grime, Club/Dance

Forever More
Tesla Electric
Pop-Metal, Hair Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Album Rock

Various Artists
The First Chapters
Electronica, Rave, Club/Dance, Techno

Michelle Williams
Music World/Columbia
Urban, Dance-Pop, Adult Contemporary

Noise-Rock, Indie Rock

Wu-Tang Clan
Soundtracks from the Shaolin Temple
Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap

Rachael Yamagata
Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart
Warner Bros.
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Elliott Yamin
My Kind of Holiday
Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B

Yo Majesty
Futuristically Speaking: Never Be Afraid
Urban, Pop-Rap

About Glen Boyd

Glen Boyd is the author of Neil Young FAQ, released in May 2012 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard Publishing. He is a former BC Music Editor and current contributor, whose work has also appeared in SPIN, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Rocket, The Source and other publications. You can read more of Glen's work at the official Neil Young FAQ site. Follow Glen on Twitter and on Facebook.

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