Bob Dylan – Dylan Owned Alternate “If Dogs Run Free” Acetate
A 10” acetate of Bob Dylan’s “If Dogs Run Free,” previously owned by Dylan and used during the making of his 1971 album New Morning. This acetate, labeled “Al’s Mix” (for Al Kooper), is 10 seconds longer and has an alternate mix to the released version. It 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 (read the complete story and see more photos on the Recordmecca blog.)
The West 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. The “If Dogs Run Free” acetate is in EX+ condition and sounds incredible, probably played no more than once or twice. Included is a digital transfer of the acetate, 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 114)
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