If you know me, you may know of my passion for collecting Bob Dylan stuff. I’ll be featuring many interesting Dylan collectibles in this space in the coming months– so I thought it only fitting to start off with something truly rare from Dylan –two original acetates of the unreleased 1964 album “Bob Dylan In Concert.”
This album was originally supposed to be released by Columbia Records between Dylan’s albums “Another Side of Bob Dylan” and “Bringing It All Back Home,” but was never issued, probably because Dylan was coming up with so much new studio material. Two different track listings were contemplated–version one with songs from Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, NYC, 1963; and version two with some substitutions thought to be from Royal Festival Hall, London, 1964. The legendary San Francisco music critic (and Dylan friend) Ralph J. Gleason was hired to write liner notes, but the album was never issued.
Over the years a few cover slicks for the album have surfaced–but to my knowledge, no vintage acetates have ever been found–until now. I was fortunate enough to obtain these from Gleason’s family–evidently once in a great while miracles do occur. (Gleason, while working at Fantasy Records in the 70’s, cut at least one duplicate of the second acetate–you can see it on the Searching For A Gem website–undoubtedly using the 1964 original above as a source.)
For those of us who love the details, here goes (notations transcribed exactly as they appear on the label stickers for the 1st acetate, and the sleeve for the 2nd disc):
Job No. 77110-Ref Mono l Bob Dylan Att: T.Wilson
1) Ship Comes In 2) Davy Moore 3) Percy’s Song 4) NO Rag 5) Old Riley
Job No. 77110- Ref Mono ll Att: T.Wilson
1) Woody Poem 2) Lay Down Your Weary Tune 3) Dusty Old Fairgrounds 4) John Brown
Job 77182 Bob Dylan Side #l Tom Wilson
1. Davey Moore 2. The Gates of Eden 3. New Orleans Rag 4. Old Riley (Seven Curses) 5. The Walls of Redwing
Job 77182 Bob Dylan Side #ll Tom Wilson
1.If You Gotta Go 2. Mr. Tambourine Man 3. Hero Blues 4. Turn, Turn To the rain & The Wind 5. Eternal Circle
If you want to read more about the “Bob Dylan In Concert” LP, I highly recommend the wonderful SEARCHING FOR A GEM Dylan site (particularly these pages): http://www.searchingforagem.com/1960s/1964.htm
Sorry, but these aren’t for sale–but check out the Recordmecca site for some other very cool Dylan rarities.