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Bob Dylan - "The Minnesota Tapes" : The Bonnie Beecher recordings


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#1 birdistheword

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 11:44 AM

The Minnesota Tapes:
http://rapidshare.co...ec__1961_D1.zip
http://rapidshare.co...ec__1961_D2.zip
http://rapidshare.co...ec__1961_D3.zip

Soon after recording his debut LP for Columbia Records (an album he quickly disowned), Dylan went home for Christmas break and recorded an informal set of songs at a friend's apartment.

Recorded on this day, 47 years ago, these home recordings are actually a better portrait of Dylan's early days as a folk singer, much moreso than his debut. He's finally matured as a performer and a interpreter, and he'd soon leave behind most of these songs and focus on his own.

A disc and a half of earlier recordings precede those he made at Bonnie Beecher's apartment - only six months apart, the Dec. 22 recordings at Beecher's place are a major leap foward.

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#2 Sid Hartha

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 12:47 PM

This sounds promising. Looking forward to hearing it.

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 01:50 PM

Soon after recording his debut LP for Columbia Records (an album he quickly disowned), Dylan went home for Christmas break and recorded an informal set of songs at a friend's apartment.

what was he christmas breaking from? nascent superstardom?

and did he really disown his debut? wouldn't surprise me. just don't remember ever reading that
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Posted 22 December 2008 - 03:15 PM

Soon after recording his debut LP for Columbia Records (an album he quickly disowned), Dylan went home for Christmas break and recorded an informal set of songs at a friend's apartment.

what was he christmas breaking from? nascent superstardom?

and did he really disown his debut? wouldn't surprise me. just don't remember ever reading that


Meant that term loosely...he had already moved to the NY area, but he went home to Minnesota for the holidays.

And there's been numerous accounts of his dissatisfaction with his debut, dating back to a month after the album sessions (when Dylan told Robert Shelton that his liner notes were better than the album itself), but if you watch No Direction Home, Dylan himself says that when he heard the record, he wasn't crazy about it. Paraphrasing, but he basically said he felt he had recorded the wrong songs and that he probably should've stuck on more of his own compositions. In retrospect, he says he thinks he may have been too afraid to 'give too much away' or something like that.

At least half (maybe most) of the songs on the debut weren't Dylan's usual coffee house numbers - for example, he had just heard Dave Van Ronk's version of "House of the Rising Sun" and decided on a whim to record it.

"I Was Young When I Left Home," "Hard Times In New York," "Dink's Song," "Poor Lazarus," "Baby, Please Don't Go," "Black Cross," "Wade in the Water" and "Stealin'" among others are excellent performances...unfortunately, Columbia/Sony's only released a few tracks. Unless there's more tracks out there, the songs from the Dec. 22 session can easily fit on one CD.

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 09:13 PM

I remember listening to this tape back in high school. Really like the version of Rising Sun, it's very droney "I was young when I left Home" is a great track that I don't think he recorded anywhere else after that. Or played live even, now that I think about it. Maybe