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Monday, September 13, 2010

Bob Dylan Returning to St. Louis This Fall, Releasing Very Cool Archival Recordings

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 6:45 AM

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Bob Dylan's scheduled to make his annual appearance in St. Louis on Thursday, October 21, at the Chaifetz Arena. That's according to his official website, which also notes that tickets go on sale on Friday, September 17. (No word yet from the Chaifetz on price, although that's likely coming sometime today or tomorrow.) This show falls in the same week that several very cool Dylan releases hit the market. First, Columbia/Legacy plans to release a boxed set called Bob Dylan -- The Original Mono Recordings, a collection of his first eight full-length albums available on CD and 180-gram vinyl. The other release is volume nine of Dylan's bootleg series, The Witmark Demos. Says his website:

The Witmark Demos features 47 Bob Dylan songs recorded by the artist--accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, harmonica and occasionally piano--for his first music publisher, Leeds Music, in January 1962, and for his second publisher, M. Witmark & Sons, between 1962 and 1964. Listening to these recordings, one can trace Dylan's dramatic growth as a songwriter from early traditionally-styled songs like "Man On The Street" and "Ramblin' Gamblin' Willie" through the social commentary of "Blowin' In The Wind, "The Times They Are A Changin'" and "Masters Of War", and the groundbreaking lyrical genius of "Mr. Tambourine Man." All of these songs, and all the others on The Witmark Demos, were written--and their subsequent demos recorded--before Bob Dylan turned 24 years old.

Among the many gems found on The Witmark Demos are 15 Bob Dylan songs that were recorded by the artist only for these sessions, and which have never been officially released to the public until now. These include the plaintive"Ballad For A Friend," the civil rights era-inspired "Long Ago, Far Away" and "The Death Of Emmett Till," and the poignant "Guess I'm Doing Fine."

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