Bob Dylan: Finjan Club – 2 July 1962 (Audio)

bob dylan live finjan club

The Finjan tape, similar to the early party tapes in that it’s a small group of people, and Dylan’s aware of the tape recorder and is trying to think of interesting songs to play, has many delights, particularly an electrifying version of Muddy Waters’s “Two Trains Running,” a fine loose rendering of “Let Me Die in My Footsteps,” and a haunting fragment of Robert Johnson’s “Rambling on My Mind.” On “Two Trains” Dylan sings, “I’m afraid of
everybody/and I can’t trust myself.” The tape also features one of Dylan’s most powerful original blues (if you can draw the line between blues songs he writes and ones be assembles from existing songs; definitely a matter of degree, as is true with most blues singers): “Quit Your Low Down Ways.”
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan Performing Artist I: The Early Years 1960-1973)

Finjan Club
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2 July 1962

Released on DYLAN, BOB – FINJAN CLUB, 14 January 2013.
(The release is unauthorized and is not associated with or approved by Bob Dylan or his current recording label)

Very highly recommended to anyone interested in Dylan. Some of the very best live early material available.

Finjan 3

  1. The Death Of Emmett Till
  2. Stealin’, Stealin’ (trad. arr. Memphis Jug Band)
  3. Hiram Hubbard (trad.)
  4. Blowin’ In The Wind
  5. Rocks And Gravel
  6. Quit Your Low Down Ways
  7. He Was A Friend Of Mine
  8. Let Me Die In My Footsteps
  9. Two Trains Runnin’ (McKinley Morganfield)
    ….. Dylan again performs ‘Still a Fool’ (sometimes known as ‘Two Trains Runnin’). Of Muddy Waters’ three verses, Dylan’s version here uses two and then adds two more, of which one shows a personalised contribution by Dylan himself and both show his familiarity with common-stock blues lyric poetry.
    ~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)
  10. Ramblin’ On My Mind (Robert Johnson)
  11. Muleskinner Blues aka. Blues Yodel No. 8 (Jimmie Rodgers – G. Vaughan)

“The incredible Finjan tape belongs in every collection. Period. This particularCD release is the one to own. Few if any other releases of Finjan can compare to this gem. Some of the other releases have edited out the in between song talking, mistakes, and false starts (which sometimes seem as long as the songs themselves). Nothing is edited here. TheCD captures the moment the recorder was turned on and left to run. This has always been a nice quality soundboard recording, but Yellow Dog has brought it to pure perfection. The audience is pin drop quiet. So much so that this could be a studio recording. The tape is so clean that several times you can hear the guitar case snaps etc. when the stage hand opens it to retrieve harmonicas and a capo. Turn up the stereo, and suddenly Dylan is in the room with you”
– Bobsboots (on the Yellow Dog bootleg)

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5 thoughts on “Bob Dylan: Finjan Club – 2 July 1962 (Audio)”

  1. Amazing stuff. I planned to give this a quick look/listen and move on but was stopped in my tracks. It’s magic to hear Dylan introduce a mostly-unheard ditty that would become what it has: “Here’s a song that says a little more…” Well, I guess.

  2. Illuminates great feats in Bob’s singing career, to come. Incredibly strong voice for such a young ( or older ) singer . Great stuff.

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