Bob Dylan's Tell Tale Signs Debuts at #6 on the US Billboard 200 & Enters Billboard Eurochart Top 100 at #10
Critically Acclaimed 8th Installment of Bob Dylan 'Bootleg Series' Is America's #1 Top Internet Album
Oct 16, 2008
The newly released Bob Dylan album, The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006, has entered the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart at #6, marking the first Top 10 entry and highest chart position for any volume of the Bootleg Series to date. In addition to its American Top 10 chart debut, the album has entered the Billboard Eurochart Top 100 at #10 while debuting in the Top 10 in five additional countries including the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. In addition, Tell Tale Signs has debuted in the Top 20 in Canada, Italy, Germany, Australia and Holland and is a Top 40 album in Spain, Australia, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium.
Tell Tale Signs has debuted at #1 on the Top Internet Album chart after becoming a #1 Bestseller in Music on Amazon.com shortly after its release on Tuesday, October 7.
While fans are making Tell Tale Signs an international hit, the world's music press is heralding the album as a major addition to the Bob Dylan catalog
"....with a songwriter like Mr. Dylan," wrote Jon Pareles in The New York Times (October 12, 2008), "the rough drafts, alternate lyrics and multiple versions are fascinating glimpses of how restlessly he tinkers with mood and meaning."
"Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 is a rich, revealing look at how this master songwriter put together one of the most dramatic creative renaissances in pop history," said Robert Hilburn in the Los Angles Times (September 30, 2008). "Tell Tale Signs is not just 'extra' Dylan. It's essential Dylan."
Chris Willman, giving the album an "A" rating in Entertainment Weekly, dubbed Tell Tale Signs "...generally superb..." while Blender called it "Genius."
"Tell Tale Signs is less an anthology than an album in its own right," observed Mikal Gilmore in Rolling Stone. "It seems designed to tell a story that sharpens and expands the vista of mortal and cultural disintegration that has been the chief theme of 1997's Time Out of Mind, 2001's 'Love and Theft', and 2006's Modern Times -- perhaps the most daring music he's ever made. Tell Tale Signs makes plain that Dylan knows the caprices of the world he lives in, now more than ever."
"For Bob Dylan, these are outtakes," offered the Associated Press. "Most musicians would call them their greatest hits."
"...like its predecessors, the new bootleg series release is a collection of distinction," raved Variety, "as essential to his canon as any release that preceded it."
"...a fresh summation of Bob Dylan's modern times, wrote Edna Gundersen in USA Today, "Tell Tale Signs reveals the 67-year-old legend at the peak of his powers, ruminating on lost love, pondering mortality and trying to make sense of a broken society...this is no museum archive. It's another side of a master songwriter and spellbinding performer."
The album has raves emanating from both sides of the Atlantic. The London Times gave Tell Tale Signs a "five stars out of five" rating while The Independent, London called it "a remarkable collection."
Bob Dylan's award-winning XM music show, "Theme Time Radio Hour," launched its highly-anticipated third season on Wednesday, October 8 at 10:00am (ET). The program airs on Deep Tracks XM channel 40 on Wednesdays at 10:00 am (ET), The Village XM channel 15 at 12:00 pm (ET) and all day every Wednesday on XMX (XM channel 2), the channel showcasing XM's most popular and critically-acclaimed original music shows all in one place.
"Theme Time Radio Hour," an hour-long radio program hosted by Bob Dylan, has been described as "revelatory" by Rolling Stone magazine. Each episode features an eclectic mix of songs, from a wide variety of musical genres, related to that week's theme with Dylan's on-air thoughts and commentary interspersed with phone calls, email readings, contributions from special guests and an array of classic radio IDs, jingles and promos from the past. Themes on season three of "Theme Time Radio Hour" will include "Money," "War," "Presidents," "Cats" and "Famous People."
"To listen to 'Theme Time Radio Hour' is to rediscover the sense of musical adventure that old-fashioned disc jockeys with strongly individual personalities offered in the days before big-money stations pinned their fiscal hopes to the rigid Top 40-style playlists that took the fun out of radio," observed Terry Teachout in The Wall Street Journal.
About Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed songwriters, musicians and performers, having sold more than 110 million albums and performed literally thousands of shows around the world in a career spanning five decades. His most recent studio album, Modern Times -- lauded by critics around the world and selling more than 2.5 million copies to date -- entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #1, as well as debuting within the Top Five in 21 other countries. His previous studio albums, Time Out Of Mind and "Love & Theft", have been among his most commercially successful and critically lauded, each having sold more than a million copies and earning Grammy nominations for Album Of The Year (Time Out Of Mind won that award in 1998).
In 2001, he received a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for best song from a motion picture for "Things Have Changed" from the movie Wonder Boys. Dylan's Chronicles - Volume I, his recent memoirs released in October, 2004, was a world-wide best seller, spending 19 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List. He was awarded a 'special citation' Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."
Bob Dylan remains one of the world's top touring artists, performing more than 100 concerts yearly around the globe.
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