Minneapolis Party Tape

May 1961

Ramblin' Round
Death Don't Have No Mercy
It's Hard To Be Blind
This Train Is Bound For Glory
Harp Blues
Talking Fish Blues
Pastures Of Plenty
Railroad Bill
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Man Of Constant Sorrow
Pretty Polly
Railroad Boy
James Alley Blues
Why'd You Cut My Hair?
This Land Is Your Land
Still A Fool
Wild Mountain Thyme
Howdido, Car Car
Don't You Push Me Down
Come See
I Want It Now
San Francisco Bay Blues
A Long Time A Growin'
Devilish Mary
As the title may suggest, this is another in the category of Party Tapes. This is much longer than the East Orange Tape and presents much more of a variety. Most of the songs are traditional folk and blues songs and the obligatory smattering of Guthrie and Fuller songs. There are no original songs yet at this point and Dylan is still concentrating on his catalog of folk standards.

The session is pretty loose and informal. The designation "party tape" seems particularly appropriate here because Dylan is obviously performing for the amusement of himself and his friends. Some interesting songs here: Railroad Boy, Pretty Polly, Pastures of Plenty, He's Young But Daily Growin' (aka Long Time A-Growin'). Performances range from ragged to excellent. Most common circulating tapes were poor in sound, but the recent Minnesota Tapes 3-CD set presents this material in excellent sound, marred somewhat by a very loud ground hum running throughout.


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