Bob Dylan – Dylan Owned Unreleased Acetate ‘Ball and Stripe Rag’ (AKA Little Sadie)
A 10” acetate of an unreleased, alternate version of Bob Dylan’s “In Search of Little Sadie” (titled here “Ball & Stripe Rag”) from his 1970 album Self Portrait. This acetate was previously owned by Dylan and used during the making of that album. The version is just voice and guitar; it was completely unreleased until a different mix of it appeared on The Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971).
This acetate was part of a collection of Dylan acetates discovered this year in a five story brownstone at 124 West Houston Street in Greenwich Village. From approximately 1969 through 1972, Dylan rented the ground floor of the building for use as a studio (at the time, he lived two blocks away at 94 McDougal St.) When the owner of the building died in January 2014, her executor found the acetates in two boxes labeled “Old Records,” in a a loft closet above the bedroom. The discovery of these acetates by Recordmecca’s Jeff Gold received extensive media coverage in publications including The New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Rolling Stone, and Billboard.
The Houston St. Studios acetates originally belonged to Bob Dylan, who either discarded them or left them when he moved out of the building in the early 1970’s. For more than 40 years, they were carefully stored by the building’s owner, and only discovered by chance by before the building was put up for sale earlier this year. This acetate is in EX+ condition, probably played no more than a few times.
Included is a copy of a letter of authenticity from the estate’s executor detailing how he discovered the acetates, and a letter of authenticity and written lifetime guarantee from Recordmecca’s Jeff Gold, an internationally recognized Dylan authority. A remarkable Dylan artifact formerly owned by Dylan himself. (Inventory #103.)
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