Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Early Years, Vol. 1

Bob Dylan
Early Years Vol. I
source: Minnesota Party Tape

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Luisbp51 (Hungercity June 30, 2013)


01. Railroad Bill (Traditional)
02. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (A P Carter)
03. Man Of Constant Sorrow (Traditional)
04. Pretty Polly (Traditional)
05. Railroad Boy (Traditional)
06. James Alley Blues (Richard Brown)
07. Bonnie, Why’d You Cut My Hair (Traditional)
08. This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)
09. Two Trains Running (McKinley Morganfield)
10. Wild Mountain Thyme (Traditional)
11. Howdido (Woody Guthrie)
12. Car Car (Woody Guthrie)
13. Don’t You Push Me Down (Woody Guthrie)
14. Come See (Woody Guthrie)
15. I Want It Now (Woody Guthrie)
16. San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller)
17. A Long Time Growing (Traditional)
18. Devilish Mary (Bess Lomax)
19. Ramblin’ Round (Woody Guthrie)
20. Death Don’t Have No Mercy (Rev. Gary Davis)
21. It’s Hard To Be Blind (Adapted*)
22. This Train Is Bound For Glory (Big Bill Broonzy)
23. Harmonica Solo
24. Talkin’ Fish Blues (Woody Guthrie)
25. Pastures Of Plenty (Woody Guthrie)

*Adapted from the traditional “It’s Hard To Be Poor” and Rev. Gary Davis’ “There Was A Time When I Was Blind”

The original package for this Winged Wheel release is a two color cardboard gatefold pack. The photo is of a couple years later than the recorded material… at NYC’s CBS Studio A. A paper insert lists full song details. The silk screened silver disc is a wonderful reproduction of a vinyl LP. The retouched (r) back cover is a bobsboots creation that contains an additional spine on the left side to simulate a jewel case insert.

Source / Venue:
Minnesota Party Tape (Beecher Tape) – May 1961
Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Winged Wheel / WW-9425
Released: 1995

Other releases of Minnesota Party Tape II:

Gleason Home Tape
The Minnesota Tapes
Quality: 5-6 stars
Bob’s Boots ref # BB-e01

Review from someone:
Though not as famous as the Hotel Tape, This recording from Bonnie Beecher’s apartment predates that one by half a year. Dylan’s progress was explosive during this time, and half a year was a lifetime. The tape is nowhere near the league of the later recording, partly because of the low quality of the original recording, and partly due to a remarkably uninspired performance. One of the first times that a young Bob would hear himself on tape; nerves, inexperience, and limited repertoire would result in, at best, this mediocre offering. The tape is significant, however, not only for its historical importance, but also as a standard by which to compare the December tape. The cover photo is from CBS archives, and pictures Dylan in Columbia Studios, NY 1962 during the recording of his second LP.
� 2001 CD Pinkerton bobsboots.com

3 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Early Years, Vol. 1

  1. Mat,

    not certain but i think you are ok with this one. The later Hotel tape has been raided, but i can’t recall any of these leaking out.

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