Witmark Demos

late 1962 thru mid 1964

[June 62]
Blowin in the Wind
[November 62]
Long Ago Far Away
[December 62]
A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall
Baby I'm in the Mood
Ballad of Hollis Brown
The Death of Emmett Till
Let Me Die in My Footsteps
Quit Your Lowdown Ways
Tomorrow is a Long Time
[late winter 63]
All Over You
Bound to Lose, Bound to Win
I'd Hate to Be You On That Dreadful Day
Talkin John Birch Society Blues
[March 63]
Don't Think Twice
Long Time Gone
Masters of War
Oxford Town
Walking Down the Line
[April 63]
Bob Dylan's Blues
Bob Dylan's Dream
Boots of Spanish Leather
I Shall be Free
[May 63]
Girl from the North Country
Hero Blues
Seven Curses
[August 63]
Ain't Gonna Grieve
Gypsy Lou
John Brown
Only a Hobo
Watcha Gonna Do
[September 63]
Times They Are a Changin
When the Ship Comes In
[December 63]
Paths of Victory
[January 64]
Baby Let Me Follow You Down
Guess I'm Doing Fine
[June 64]
I'll Keep it With Mine
Mama You Been on My Mind (guitar)
Mama You Been on My Mind (piano)
Mr Tambourine Man

This is a large and impressive body of studio work that took place over the course of a couple of years. The purpose of these sessions was to record demos for Witmark Publishing of songs that other artists might be interested in performing. Some of these songs were later released by Dylan, but not the versions here though. The most famous of these include Blowing In the Wind, Mr. Tambourine Man, Hard Rain, etc. Others were recorded at later CBS album sessions but not released, such as Tomorrow Is a Long Time, Farewell, Seven Curses, etc. Then there are the more obscure songs: Long Ago, Far Away, Guess I'm Doing Fine, Bound To Lose, Ain't Gonna Grieve. It's easy to see why these more obscure songs remain obscure. They just weren't that good. Of the more familiar songs that appear here, I'm convinced that these sound every bit as good, if not better, than the officially released versions. Plus there are some real unusual things here, such as piano demos of Mr. Tambourine Man, When the Ship Comes In, Mama You Been On My Mind, and The Times They Are A-Changin', among others.

This tape, along with the Minnesota Hotel tape and the second Gaslight tape, form most of the core of the consistently great body of work that Dylan gave us early in his career. Some of this material has already appeared on The Bootleg Series, but I would like to see the rest of it released as well.



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