The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964

The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964

by Bob Dylan


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Available commercially for the first time nearly five decades after they were first recorded, The Witmark Demos feature 47 Bob Dylan songs accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, harmonica, and occasionally a piano. Recorded between 1962 and '64, these performances trace Dylan's dramatic growth as a songwriter from early traditionally styled songs through social commentaries and ultimately to groundbreaking lyrical genius.

While many of these early songs on The Witmark Demos found their way onto Bob Dylan's own albums, 15 have never before been officially released and several more were made famous by other artists, including Peter, Paul, and Mary and Stevie Wonder ("Blowin' In The Wind"), Judy Collins ("Tomorrow Is A Long Time") and The Byrds ("Mr. Tambourine Man").

The Witmark Demos also feature a deluxe booklet with in-depth liner notes by music historian Colin Escott, as well as photographs of Bob Dylan captured during the same period as these early recordings. Together with The Original Mono Recordings, The Witmark Demos provide a wide-ranging view of Bob Dylan's work during the 1960s and chronicle his amazing evolution from fledgling songwriter to one of the world's most inventive and singular recording artists. From the Label

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The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
These early demos provide an absorbing look at the young Bob Dylan developing his songwriting skills. Just be aware that sound quality varies widely. Most of the tracks are well recorded but a few sound as if Bob and the mike were about 20 feet apart. Disc 1 is mostly Dylan and guitar but the second disc adds harmonica and features him playing piano on a few cuts. I found it interesting that Dylan plays guitar with more force here than on the polished final studio versions. This is of great value as long as you understand it consists of tapes never meant for commercial release.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago