My favourite Bob Dylan bootleg from 1962 : The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan Outtakes
When Dylan released his landmark album The Freewheelin’ in 1963 he had something special. Out of the 13 songs on this his second album 12 were written by Bob Dylan, and about half of the tracks became all-time classics. This very good outtakes bootleg, which was first released on CD in 1994, includes several great tracks that until today remain officially unreleased or has a very limited release. The cover photography is from the same photo-session as the official cover .
Hearing the songs that didn’t make the album, does not show us a weaker Dylan, but rather, other roads taken and other views. He was already then looking at different angles and ways to present a song. If you can find this album (and it is quite easy) get it and witness the beginnings of Dylan as we know him today. This is fresh, angry, bluesy and incredibly good!
Solid Road (Rocks and Gravel):
Review: A great package. The cover is an alternate photo from the Don Hunstien West 4th street photo shoot that produced the official LP cover. Inside is Dylan at CBS studio NY with famed producer John Hammond. The recordings are clear, crisp, and right off of the mix down board. This CD belongs in every collection. It was re-released in 1999 by an unknown Label, and again in2001 by OMR.
“Bono had heard a few of those songs and suggested that Daniel [Lanois] could really record them right, Daniel came to see me when we were playing in New, Orleans last year and… we hit it off. He had an understanding of what my music was all about.”
~Bob Dylan (to Edna Gundersen Sept 1989)
On the first recording session for “Oh Mercy” he only tried “Born In Time”, and two versions from this session was released on “Tell Tale Signs”. The second sessions focused on “What Good Am I?” & Ring Them Bells.
The Studio New Orleans, Louisiana 7 March 1989 Second Oh Mercy recording session, produced by Daniel Lanois
For the first time in his career, Dylan books a month of sessions to record an album. The sessions will take place at the Power Station in New York, across the way from Sony Studios. Dylan coproduces the album with Mark Knopfler. The band they have devised for the sessions ranks as one of his most inspired gatherings. The rhythm section is Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. The two-pronged guitar attack is to be provided by Knopfler and ex-Stones axeman Mick Taylor. Keyboardist Alan Clark has been enlisted from Knopfler’s band. The sessions result in 16 original new songs, 14 cover versions, and a couple of instrumentals (copyrighted under the titles, “Dark Groove” and “Don’t Fly Unless It’s Safe”).
~Clinton Heylin (Still on the Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan Vol. 2, . 1974-2008)
Here we have some brilliant outtakes from the Infidels sessions. Most importantly the electric versions of “Blind Willie McTell”.
Studio A Power Station New York City, New York
April 11 – May 17.