Get Excited: Bob Dylan to Release The Witmark Demos in October

08/25/2010 5:28 PM |


On October 19th, Columbia Records will release the ninth installment of Bob Dylan‘s mostly excellent Bootleg Series. The 2-disc collection is called The Witmark Demos (a reference to Dylan’s first publisher, M. Witmark & Sons), and it feature 47 tracks recorded between 1962 and 1964. There will be demo versions of well known early songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” as well as a number of songs that have never been released: “Guess I’m Doing Fine,” “Long Ago, Far Away,” “Ballad for a Friend,” etc.

It’s worth noting, I suppose, that the Bootleg Series is starting to repeat itself a bit here—the tracklisting for The Witmark Demos bears a strong resemblance to Volume 1. Outtakes form his first few albums, like “He Was a Friend of Mine,” “Man on the Street,” “Rambling, Gambling Willie,” “Walkin’ Down the Line,” “Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Blues” and others all appear in both places. It’s not clear if they’re the same versions or not, but there’s enough other stuff going on here that it shouldn’t matter. And these look way too nice on my CD shelves not to get it anyway. The full tracklist is after the jump.

Disc 1
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

Disc 2
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
Walls of Red Wing
Girl From the North Country
Seven Curses
Hero Blues
Whatcha 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

(via Arts Beat)