Available commercially for the first time nearly five decades after they were first recorded, The Witmark Demos feature
47 Bob Dylan songs accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, harmonica, and occasionally a piano. Recorded between 1962 and '64, these performances trace Dylan's dramatic growth as a songwriter from early
traditionally styled songs through social commentaries and ultimately to groundbreaking lyrical genius.
While many of these early songs on The Witmark Demos found their way onto Bob Dylan's own albums,
15 have never before been officially released and several more were made famous by other artists, including Peter,
Paul, and Mary and Stevie Wonder ("Blowin' In The Wind"), Judy Collins ("Tomorrow Is A Long Time") and The
Byrds ("Mr. Tambourine Man").
The Witmark Demos also feature a deluxe booklet with in-depth liner notes by music historian Colin Escott, as well as photographs of Bob Dylan captured during the same period as these early recordings.
Together with The Original Mono Recordings, The Witmark Demos provide a
wide-ranging view of Bob Dylan's work during the 1960s and chronicle his amazing evolution from fledgling songwriter to one of the world's most inventive and singular recording artists. From the Label