Bob Dylan – 2 Dylan-Owned Alternate “New Morning” LP Acetates
Two 12” acetates of an alternate version of Bob Dylan’s 1971 album New Morning, previously owned by Dylan and used during the making of the LP. These one-sided acetates were cut directly from the master tapes, and feature an alternate sequence to the released version. They were 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. These acetates are in Excellent condition and sound incredible, probably having been played no more than a few times (by Dylan!). Both labels have Dylan’s name and the side number written in red pen, as well as “New Morning” written lightly in pencil.
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 23/24)
Side One: If Not For You/Day of the Locusts/Time Passes Slowly/Went to See the Gypsy/Winterlude/If Dogs Run Free
Side Two: New Morning/Sign on the Window/One More Weekend/The Man in Me/Three Angels/Father of Night
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