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Thursday, October 21, 2010

DYLAN'S EARLY MARK AT WITMARK


ANOTHER DYLAN DELIGHT:
Gone are the days of scratchy, almost inaudible bootlegs with no legs.

If you're going to delve into music, at least omit all modern garbage, and stick with great material, like Bob Dylan classics. The latest one, put out just this week, is some very nice live Witmark stuff. Here are most of the specs:

The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (Audio CD)

Two discs, 74 minutes each approximately. The sound is, for the most part, good-clean and warm, with fairly good dynamics-a few tracks suffer from slightly muffled sound-different sources were used for these tracks, but are still sonically okay sounding. The discs are snapped into a double jewel case.

The 59 page booklet contains information (by noted music writer Colin Escott) on music recording and publishing at the time, and a bit on Dylan during the era. There are many previously unpublished period photos of Bob Dylan throughout the booklet, plus a few reproductions of ads/articles about Dylan.

The bonus disc "Bob Dylan In Concert Brandeis University 1963" is 38 minutes long approximately. The sound is fairly good, with some echo heard throughout the tracks. The disc is in a cardboard jacket, which on the back uses a reproduction of a ticket stub that lists the tracks and assorted concert information. To get this, be sure to specify the bonus version.


Release date: October 19, 2010

Track Listings (Witmark material only)

Disc: 1

1. Man On The Street (Fragment)
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 Massacre Blues
7. Standing On The Highway
8. Man On The Street
9. Blowin' In The Wind
10. Long Ago, Far Away

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?