By David Browne
August 29, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT
Bob Dylan: Brian Shuel / Redferns / Retna Ltd.

No Direction Home: The Soundtrack--The Bootleg Series Vol. 7

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The Bootleg Series Vol. 7, the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s upcoming documentary No Direction Home, isn’t quite as ear-opening as the performances on Bob Dylan’s Live at the Gaslight 1962, released around the same time. On 1959’s never-released ”When I Got Troubles,” Dylan comes as close as any Minnesota teenager could to sounding like a Delta balladeer. The rest of the two discs presents live or alternate takes of songs we know, with only minor variations: ”Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” with a harder stomp, ”Highway 61 Revisited” without the police whistle. None will make you trade in your Blonde on Blonde, but they do provide a peek into Dylan’s working methods at the peak of his powers — the end of an era, but what an era.

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