New Dylan albums: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 and Mono Recordings

Bob Dylan’s excellent ongoing campaign of releasing live and rare recordings continues with the October 19 release of The Bootleg Series Volume 9 – The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964.

What are they?

The Witmark Demos features 47 Bob Dylan songs recorded by the artist accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, harmonica and occasionally piano on 2 CD or 4 LP 180-gram vinyl. All of these songs were written – and their subsequent demos recorded – before Bob Dylan turned 24 years old.

Among the many gems 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.”

Right, I’ll have that, then.

There’s also a massive release set of the first eight Dylan albums, all released – on CD and vinyl – in their original monaural recordings. Okay, I’m a big fan, but that’s just for crazy completists.