Columbia Records is wrapping up a trove of early
early demo recordings by the fabled singer-songwriter that previously
had never been officially released.
The other major component of the two-pronged release slated for
his first eight studio albums, from “Bob Dylan” through 1967’s “
Recordings known as “The Witmark Demos,” recorded
from 1962-64 for Dylan’s first two music publishers, will make up
Volume 9 in the ongoing “Bootleg Series” of archival releases. They
feature Dylan alone playing guitar and harmonica, and some piano, on
such watershed songs as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times They Are
A-Changin’,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and “Mr. Tambourine
Man” as well as 15 numbers that never subsequently surfaced on his
studio albums, including “Ballad for a Friend,” “Long Ago, Far Away”
and “The Ballad of
The mono box set, akin to “The Beatles in
released last year, is being issued because those early albums were
originally intended by Dylan to be released in that format, which was
the dominant medium at a time when stereo recording was still young.
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