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Bob Dylan


Essential Music: Bob Dylan’s Witmark Demos


Between February, 1962 and June, 1964, Bob Dylan, at the dawn of his career, made a number of recordings for two publishing companies, Leeds Music and M. Witmark & Sons. These recordings were released in 2010 as The Bootleg Series: Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) Dylan had recorded his first album […]

Bob Dylan: Complete Album Collection


Today sees the release of Bob Dylan’s Complete Album Collection, Vol. 1., (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) along with a limited edition of the same set(Amazon.com) which contains the music on a USB stick in a harmonica box. The latter was originally to have the music in 320 kbps MP3 files and high-resolution FLAC files, but somewhere […]


Essential Music: Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks


If you follow my writings, you’ll have noticed that Bob Dylan is one of my favorite musicians. I’ve got all of his albums, and listen to his music a lot. In this recent article, The Music I Listen To Most, you’ll see that Dylan comes up in fourth position, behind The Grateful Dead, Franz Schubert […]

Coming Soon: Bob Dylan, The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1


Do you have all of Bob Dylan’s music? 35 studio albums, 6 live albums, and more, will be available on November 5, in the Complete Album Collection Vol. 1. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) This massive collection, optimistically entitled Vol. 1, includes 14 remastered albums, and the first North American release of the 1973 Dylan album. It […]

Music Review: Dylan’s Bootleg Series Vol. 10, Another Self Portrait


(Amazon.com, Amazon UK, iTunes) Dylan’s work from this period has long been derided, in part because of Greil Marcus’s review of Self Portrait, which started with “What is this shit?” While it’s far from his best release, there are some good songs on the album. Together with Nashville Skyline and New Morning, Self Portrait shows […]

Bob Dylan’s Witmark Demos


I received today the latest recordings by Bob Dylan: The Witmark Demos, a two-disc set of 47 songs that Dylan recorded as demos for his publishing company, M. Witmark & Sons, between 1962 and 1964. This is part of Dylan’s “Bootleg Series” of unreleased songs, outtakes and curiosities. I’m a big fan of Dylan, though […]

Dylan Collection Now Available in iTunes Plus


I have written about Apple’s upgrades to iTunes Plus, the DRM-free tracks from the iTunes Store. At the time, I lamented that the two big sets I had bought – the Bob Dylan Collection and the Complete U2 – were not available for upgrade. Well, that has changed. Today, I noticed that the Dylan Collection […]

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