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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

TTRH Authorized CD Set Available through Amazon U.S.

... as an import. Full information can be found at the Amazon U.S. site here (and if you're thinking of buying the set, please consider doing it through the Dreamtime link). Here's the full info from the product description...

2008 double CD paying tribute to Theme Time Radio Hour hosted by Bob Dylan.

For those that are new to the show, each program lasts an hour and has a different theme each week, for example Drink or Mother. Each track is introduced by Dylan with his dry humor, eclectic interest and vast musical knowledge. His voice does not appear on this CD, just tracks selected from the shows. It can be regarded as the best introduction to music ever. This is the only officially-authorized release - and is compiled by the show's producer Eddie Gorodetsky and Ace's own Roger Armstrong. Features 50 tracks, representing the 50 programs of the first series of radio shows. The tracklisting reflects Dylan's wide taste and ranges from Billie Holiday and George Jones, through Aretha Franklin to the Clash and the White Stripes. The sleeve notes include a track-by-track commentary by some of the world's great music writers including Barney Hoskyns, Colin Escott, Billy Vera and Fred Dellar. Each track, no matter how obscure, is illustrated with a sleeve, label shot or photo of the artist. Ace.
Amazon lists the set as to be released on February 26, 2008, but can be pre-ordered now. Current U.S. price is $27.99. Be interesting to find out how well this sells. As one fan noted over in the Expecting Rain TTRH forums, the hard-core Theme Time fan probably already has all the cuts with Dylanesque commentary on CD through one source or another. But on the other hand, I can see the less-technically sophisticated XM Radio listener, the completist, or someone who just wants a great collection of music that incidentally reflects Bob Dylan's tastes all purchasing this collection.



Cool. I'll definately be picking this one up.

And since you are clearly a fan, I thought I might I suggest you pick up my new novel, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, which I think you'd enjoy.

It's a murder-mystery. But not just any rock superstar is knocking on heaven's door. The murdered rock legend is none other than Bob Dorian, an enigmatic, obtuse, inscrutable, well, you get the picture...

Suspects? Tons of them. The only problem is they're all characters in Bob's songs.

You can get a copy on or go "behind the tracks" at to learn more about the book.

Unknown said...

Hmmm... I always thought legal issues with all the different music would keep this from happening. Shame you can't hear Bob's voice, and laugh at his jokes.

Fred@Dreamtime said...

~Thanks for your comment, Tom, and best of luck with "Blood on the Tracks." I've seen mention of it various places on the Web. If you haven't already, you should the link in to Expecting Rain.

~ I mentioned the same thing in the TTRH Forum over at Expecting Rain, Chris. I think because the CD is being put together by Ace, which is a British label, it was a little easier for them to secure - or circumvent - U.S. legal clearances. In any case, I'm glad they're doing it, although I agree, it's too bad that Mr. D's commentary isn't included.