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Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964

The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964

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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

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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

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2010
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886977617928
catalogNumber:
776178
Rank:
23801

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Man on the Street
  2. Hard Times in New York Town
  3. Poor Boy Blues
  4. Ballad for a Friend
  5. Rambling, Gambling Willie
  6. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic
  7. Massacre Blues
  8. Standing on the Highway
  9. Blowin' in the Wind
  10. Long Ago, Far Away
  11. A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall
  12. Tomorrow Is a Long Time
  13. The Death of Emmett till
  14. Let Me Die in My Footsteps
  15. Ballad of Hollis Brown
  16. Quit Your Low Down Ways
  17. Baby, I'm in the Mood for You
  18. Bound to Lose, Bound to Win
  19. All Over You
  20. I'd Hate to Be You on That Dreadful Day
  21. Long Time Gone
  22. Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues
  23. Masters of War
  24. Oxford Town
  25. Farewell

Disc 2

  1. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  2. Walkin' Down the Line
  3. I Shall Be Free
  4. Bob Dylan's Blues
  5. Bob Dylan's Dream
  6. Boots of Spanish Leather
  7. Girl from the North Country
  8. Seven Curses
  9. Hero Blues
  10. Whatcha Gonna Do?
  11. Gypsy Lou
  12. Ain't Gonna Grieve
  13. John Brown
  14. Only a Hobo
  15. When the Ship Comes In
  16. The Times They Are a-Changin'
  17. Paths of Victory
  18. Guess I'm Doing Fine
  19. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
  20. Mama, You Been on My Mind
  21. Mr. Tambourine Man
  22. I'll Keep It with Mine

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The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
These early demos provide an absorbing look at the young Bob Dylan developing his songwriting skills. Just be aware that sound quality varies widely. Most of the tracks are well recorded but a few sound as if Bob and the mike were about 20 feet apart. Disc 1 is mostly Dylan and guitar but the second disc adds harmonica and features him playing piano on a few cuts. I found it interesting that Dylan plays guitar with more force here than on the polished final studio versions. This is of great value as long as you understand it consists of tapes never meant for commercial release.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago