Bob Dylan – Dylan Owned, Unreleased 10″ Acetate “Sign On The Window” Alternate Version


An 10” acetate of an unreleased alternate version of Bob Dylan’s “Sign on the Window” (titled here “Sign in the Window Reel O”) from his 1970 album New Morning.  This acetate was previously owned by Dylan and used during the making of that album.  This is the version that appears on the album, but has an extra 7 second piano introduction at the beginning, played by Bob Dylan.

This acetate was part of a collection of Dylan acetates discovered in 2014 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 Excellent 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 who appraised The Bob Dylan Archive for Dylan’s management.  A remarkable Dylan artifact formerly owned by Dylan himself. (Inventory #134.)

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