Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Bob Dylan - The Emmit Grogan Acetates (1963)
Oh, the awesome early Dylan. Just love this stuff and, knowing my penchant for all things rare and unusual in great music, sometimes even just an added second of studio chatter is enough to make a boot worthwhile to me. I know, I am a freak. Just ask the wife. Although this dates as 1963, it seems these recordings were also dated from 1964-65, so who knows? Things get murky sometimes in the wild and wooly world of acetates. I will also begin again to post some more outtakes and rarities from Mr. Zimmerman as soon as I can get them uploaded and have some pithy comments prepared for your edification and approbation.
Culled from the interwebs...
"Seven tracks from the Emmett Grogan acetates in superb stereo so clean there's little hint that acetates are the source. Bonus tracks also in excellent quality, to my knowledge best quality available. The Another Side acetates are sure to cause a stir. While these trax are the same as appear on the official album, in a couple of cases you hear the producer asking Dylan if he's ready and perhaps a count-in. All, that is, except "Mr Tambourine Man." This version is completely different, vocally and instrumentally, than the one recorded 6 months later and released on Bringing It All Back Home. This is a major find. Unlike the upbeat, optimistic, jaunty official version, this one is much slower, more sparse, sung like BD has the "worried blues," concerned that his muse may not return. A totally different song, different phrasing, added lines, a mistaken line, different ending. And who is that singing the choruses with Bob? [Jack Elliott] This version runs well over a minute longer than the released version, and ends without a guitar/harp solo. This one tune is more than worth the price of admission. "
1. i don't believe you
2. chimes of freedom
3. motorpsycho nitemare
4. mr. tambourine man (with jack elliot)
5. all i really i want to do
6. black crow blues
7. i shall be free #10
8. all i really want to do
11. bob dylan's new orleans rag
12. east laredo blues
13. that's all right, mama -- sally free and easy
14. bob dylan's new orleans rag
15. hero blues
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