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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’s 30th Anniversary Concert to Be Reissued on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD


Back in 1992, Bob Dylan’s record label organized a 30th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The concert included dozens of artists playing versions of Dylan songs, and ended with Dylan playing three songs, plus one where he was joined by all the musicians. Sony is re-releasing this, in new versions, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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