Bob Dylan – Dylan Owned Alternate “Self Portrait” Side 4 Acetate
A 12” acetate of an unreleased sequence for Side 4 of Bob Dylan’s album Self Portrait, previously owned by Dylan and used during the making of that 1970 album. The label of the acetate lists “New Song #1” as the title for “Wigwam” and the has an alternate sequence to the released version, and includes five instead of six songs. 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 (read the complete story and see more photos on the Recordmecca blog.)
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 once or twice, but with some light pressure marks and a small edge chip to the acetate not affecting the grooves. There are some tears in the generic sleeve, as is often found with vintage acetate sleeves. 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 #50)
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