Red Rosey Bush
This short tape (approximately 25 minutes) was most likely recorded in Dylan's
apartment in Minneapolis. It's the first "true" Dylan tape we have, by that
I mean that the voice is recognizably Dylan and the style and selection
of songs closer to what we normally think of when we talk about the early
years. There's still a little bit of the sweetness in Dylan's voice when
he sings Red Rosey Bush, and the guitar playing is gentler than usual, but by the time he's finished
the four talking blues songs at the end of the tape, there's no doubt that
it's the young Bobby Dylan singing in the style of his idol Woody Guthrie.
This tape is a far cry from the St. Paul Tape of a few months prior to this recording. It would only be a short time
before his true individual style would emerge, but we would have to wait
until the Minnesota Hotel Tape for that to happen.
The material on this tape leaves a lot to be desired, and Dylan hasn't yet figured out how to break out of his shell. At one point he gets so rattled at a woman singing along with one of the talking blues songs, that he breaks out in mock anger and swears at her. It's hard to tell if he's serious or not.
The sound quality is what you might expect for a tape of this time period: poor. Nevertheless, it's listenable - far more listenable than the St. Paul Tape - and well worth adding to your collection if you're interested in a peek at the early Bob Dylan struggling to emerge.
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