Bob Dylan ‎– The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964



Man On The Street (Fragment)
Hard Times In New York Town
Poor Boy Blues
Ballad For A Friend
Rambling, Gambling Willie
Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues
Standing On The Highway
Man On The Street
Blowin' In The Wind
Long Ago, Far Away
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
Tomorrow Is A Long Time
The Death Of Emmett Till
Let Me Die In My Footsteps
Ballad Of Hollis Brown
Quit Your Low Down Ways
Baby, I'm In The Mood For You
Bound To Lose, Bound To Win
All Over You
I'd Hate To Be You On That Dreadful Day
Long Time Gone
Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues
Masters Of War
Oxford Town
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Walkin' Down The Line
I Shall Be Free
Bob Dylan's Blues
Bob Dylan's Dream
Boots Of Spanish Leather
Girl From North Country
Seven Curses
Hero Blues
Watcha Gonna Do?
Gypsy Lou
Ain't Gonna Grieve
John Brown
Only A Hobo
When The Ship Comes In
The Times They Are A-Changin'
Paths Of Victory
Guess I'm Doing Fine
Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
Mama, You Been On My Mind
Mr. Tambourine Man
I'll Keep It With Mine

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88697 76179 2 Bob Dylan The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964(2xCD, Comp) Columbia, Legacy 88697 76179 2 US 2010 Sell This Version
88697 76179 2 Bob Dylan The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964(2xCD, Comp) Columbia, Legacy 88697 76179 2 Canada 2010 Sell This Version
88697806002 Bob Dylan The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964(2xCD, Comp) Columbia, Legacy 88697806002 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
88697806002 Bob Dylan The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964(2xCD, Comp) Columbia 88697806002 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
88697761792 Bob Dylan The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964(2xCD, Comp) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music 88697761792 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
SICP 2960/1 Bob Dylan The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964(2xCD, Comp, Mono, Ltd) Sony Records Int'l SICP 2960/1 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
88697 78250 1 Bob Dylan The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964(4xLP + Box, Comp) Columbia, Legacy 88697 78250 1 US 2010 Sell This Version


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May 20, 2016
referencing The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964, 2xCD, Comp, 88697 76179 2

What really peaked my interest, causing me to jump into this seemingly endless bootlegged series was the song “I’ll Keep It With Mine,” which Britta Phillips did with intense exquisite passion and grace, on their release 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, and is now doing live during Dean Wareham’s Galaxie 500 tour. With this being the first time many of these songs have surfaced, I sat right down and queued up a whole host of interesting numbers, including a very introspective version of “Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man,” where his imagery and abstractness seem all the more pointed.

Of course these aren’t the most well recorded tracks, even with the remarkable cleansing process they were put through before being released. Never the less, one gets an insightful vision of what was circulating in the head of Bob Dylan, a mere ten or so weeks following the release of his very first album. Many of the tracks are very lo-fi in their nature, often Dylan opts for the piano rather than his guitar, and you can almost visualize him considering and changing these songs as they’re coming out of his mouth. A number of the tracks, especially his talking blues forays sound sedated, mere shadows of what they would become. A real pleasure, and idea that I’ve always supported, was how much Bruce Springsteen’s early demo sessions sound remarkably like Dylan in their structure, phrasing and development.

Dylan wasn’t trying to prove anything here, these are just his initial takes on a large grouping of material. To be honest I’m surprised that he allowed a tape machine to be running, as these tracks were already cataloged in his head, this was just Bob, perhaps for the first time, allowing these songs to fully see the light of day, before he reworked them. It’s important to maintain a sense of perspective here, an open mind, and even a sense of humor, because your gonna’ hear some looser material back to back which songs that would become timeless classics.

As with all of this material, it’s rather easy to dismiss, holding no lasting value, or repeated play interest. It’s all sort of like standing on a wooden crate, rubbing the dirt from a smudged window pane, looking in and discovering that there’s really not much to be seen, other than a young man, endlessly typing away, while adding the music to the words in his head. Of course I’m pleased to have had the look-see, but what is there to honestly say, just the dullness of an artist at work ... I’ll take the finished product any day of the week.

Review by Jenell Kesler


November 14, 2012
referencing The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964, 2xCD, Comp, 88697 76179 2
recently purchased this, already got Nashville Skyline and John Wesley Harding on vinyl ( to me the best Dylan albums and I think he was finally happy in this period between 1968 and 1969 ), but these old demos he recorded for Witmark intended to be performed by other artists show the genius of Dylan as a songwriter. It is Dylan as unpolished as he can get, the songs are like raw diamonds.