Bob Dylan - The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 9)
Forty-Seven Original Demos Recorded For Bob Dylan’s Early Music Publishers In A Limited-Edition 4-LP Box Set Pressed On 180 Gram Vinyl
4-LP 180 Gram Vinyl
47 Rare Recordings
Deluxe Booklet w/ Rare Photos And In-Depth Liner Notes By Colin Escott
Original Price: $134.98 USD
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The Witmark Demos are seeing their first commercial release on 4 LP 180-gram vinyl in nearly five decades after they were first recorded. Listening to these 47 original recordings, one can trace Dylan’s dramatic growth as a songwriter from early traditionally-styled songs like “Man On The Street” and “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie” through the social commentary of “Blowin’ In The Wind, “The Times They Are A Changin’” and “Masters Of War,” and the groundbreaking lyrical genius of “Mr. Tambourine Man.” All of these songs, and all the others on The Witmark Demos, were written – and their subsequent demos recorded – before Bob Dylan turned 24 years old. Among the many gems found on The Witmark Demos are 15 previously unreleased Bob Dylan songs which include the plaintive “Ballad For A Friend,” the civil rights era-inspired “Long Ago, Far Away” and “The Death Of Emmett Till,” and the poignant “Guess I’m Doing Fine.” The Witmark Demos also features a deluxe booklet featuring in-depth liner notes by noted music historian Colin Escott, as well as rare photographs of Bob Dylan captured during the same period as these early recordings.