I’m sitting here drinking coffee and listening to this fine recording of early Bob Dylan. For fans of early Dylan, this is a gem . It’s a trip back in time to what Dylan sounded like playing in the small clubs before he became famous. Listening to this CD I can imagine sitting in this dark club and hearing Bob Dylan perform songs that would become well known, and others that wouldn’t get any attention at all in the coming years.
Several of these tunes were recorded for Dylan’s first and second albums. Rocks and Gravel was meant to be on his second album, but was replaced by Girl From the North Country. Robert Johnson’s Ramblin’ On My Mind is performed here for the first time by Bob Dylan. The recording of Hiram Hubbard is the only known performance of this song by Bob Dylan. He Was A Friend of Mine was also left off Dylan’s first album.
I drink my coffee and marvel at the “time travel”, at the sureness of the young Bob Dylan. He definitely had “it” already then.
It is on Amazon for just 15 dollars.
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.
- The Death Of Emmett Till
- Stealin’, Stealin’ (trad. arr. Memphis Jug Band)
- Hiram Hubbard (trad.)
- Blowin’ In The Wind
- Rocks And Gravel
- Quit Your Low Down Ways
- He Was A Friend Of Mine
- Let Me Die In My Footsteps
- 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)
- Ramblin’ On My Mind (Robert Johnson)
- Muleskinner Blues aka. Blues Yodel No. 8 (Jimmie Rodgers – G. Vaughan)
-Egil & Hallgeir