You expect a bunch of glossy, gussied up nice-nice stuff for the holiday season but his year has brought a big bunch more of thrown-together, "from the dustbin" material that causes hardened collectors to flinch and bootleggers to abjure and there's a reason: the EuroZone copyright extension laws. Here's more:
"Thanksgiving season has come and gone, and there's a nip in the air--no question about it, European copyright extension season is upon us. Since 2012, when the European Union passed a revised copyright law, extending the copyright on recordings to 70 years, from 50--but only if the recording was published during its first 50 years--record companies have been exploring their vaults for potentially marketable material in danger of losing copyright protection if it is not released. That first year Motown released a series of albums packed with outtakes by some of its major acts, and Sony released a limited-edition collection of 1962 outtakes by Bob Dylan with the surprisingly frank title, The Copyright Extension Collection, Vol. 1. But record labels have complied with the publication requirements reluctantly, releasing the sets in small quantities, or making them available only as digital downloads.
This year's trawl is starting to fill up. Sony has told European retailers that it will release a 9-LP set of '64 recordings by Mr. Dylan, possibly as early as next week. Only 1000 copies will be available, but if past years are any guide, collectors who obtain copies are likely to make them available online before the year is out. [Doubtless at an outrageous price--tough to copy LP-to-LP]
A person close to the project provided a track list that includes TV performances at the CBC in Canada and on The Steve Allen Show; a tantalizing tape, accounting for nearly 3 LP sides, that Mr. Dylan recorded with the folk singer Eric Von Schmidt at Mr. Von Schmidt's Florida home; and a disc of studio outtakes from the sessions for Another Side of Bob Dylan, with the first take of "It Ain't Me, Babe", and a 46-second pass at "Mr. Tambourine Man", a song he would not complete until 1965. Most of the set is devoted to concert recordings, few of which have turned up on bootlegs in master quality versions."
<< This from a NYTimes short-snorter article