Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bob Dylan - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964

As I am writing this journal entry on Tuesday morning I am listening to Claudia Marshall play cuts from Bob Dylan, The Witmark Demos 1962-1964 on WFUV. The next song is a cover of A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by Leon Russell. It is always an exciting time for me when new Dylan music is released. Years ago I would run to the nearest music store to buy the newest Dylan CD on the day of its release. Since there are so few music stores I ordered the CD directly from Sony Music and it was actually delivered before todays’ release date. I also received a t-shirt with a photo of Dylan when he was in his early twenties.

Demos are rough recordings of a song, perhaps for other artists to evaluate. This 2 CD set has 47 cuts which are just Dylan and an acoustic guitar. It is the latest installment of the Bootleg series. It does include a handful of songs that were never released. Listening to it will keep me busy for a while.

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Hi Bruce,

On behalf of Columbia Records and Special Rider many thanks for plugging "The Bootleg Series Volume 9 — The Witmark Demos" on your site (street date 19th October) ... .. thanks, also, on behalf of the artist and label for not posting any pirate links this material and, if you / your readers would like good quality, non-pirated previews from Dylan’s upcoming releases, then full-length versions of "The Times They Are A–Changin” and "Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right" shall shortly be available for fans and bloggers to host / post / share etc from www.bobdylan.com . Up-to-the-minute news on Dylan’s 2010 / 2011 shows and releases is, of course, also available on the official web-site and on www.myspace.com/bobdylan and an increasing archive of exclusive film footage of Bob Dylan performances is also available for fans and YouTubers via the official channel at www.youtube.com/user/BobDylanTV ... .. and keep an eye on these official sources for details of further Dylan news, preview material and on-line promotions.

Also and as a goodwill gesture to fans and bloggers, an exclusive preview stream of a selection of tracks from "The Witmark Demos" is available via NPR as part of their ‘First Listen’ series at www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130356302 ... .. this is for hyper-linking ONLY and for streaming by fans directly off NPR, so please reciprocate this goodwill gesture by NOT ripping or embedding these files.

Thanks again for your plug.



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