Bob Dylan: The Witmark Demos + 1st re-release of The Original Mono Recordings

Bob Dylan's The Witmark Demos set for October 19th release along with first re-release of the Original Mono Recordings

Bob Dylan

Forty-Seven Original Demos Recorded For Dylan's Early Music Publishers Highlight First New Volume In Famed Bootleg Series Since 2008

Artist's First Eight Groundbreaking Albums Available In Limited Edition Box Set of Newly Mastered Mono Versions

Available For First Time On Compact Disc and 180-Gram Vinyl

Columbia Records will release Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series Volume 9 - The Witmark Demos on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, in conjunction with Columbia/Legacy's release of the artist's first eight long-playing albums in a box set titled Bob Dylan - The Original Mono Recordings.

Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings

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Both sets have been long sought-after by collectors and fans worldwide, with The Witmark Demos seeing their first commercial release nearly five decades after they were first recorded, and The Original Mono Recordings returning to the marketplace for the first time ever on Compact Disc, as well as on fully analogue 180-gram vinyl. Both are available for pre-order now at and

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."

While many of these early songs on The Witmark Demos found their way onto Bob Dylan's own albums, much of the world's first exposure to them was through their recordings by others, including Peter, Paul and Mary and Stevie Wonder ("Blowin' In The Wind"), Judy Collins ("Tomorrow Is A Long Time") and The Byrds ("Mr Tambourine Man"). It's a testament to the lasting cultural impact of these songs that they have been covered by more than a thousand artists in the nearly fifty years since these demos were created.

The Witmark Demos also features a deluxe booklet featuring in-depth liner notes by noted music historian Colin Escott, as well as rare photographs of Bob Dylan captured during the same period as these early recordings.

The Original Mono Recordings is comprised of Bob Dylan's first eight long-playing albums, painstakingly reproduced from their first generation monaural mixes as the artist intended them to be heard: One channel of powerful sound, both direct and immediate. While stereo recordings had been available as early as the mid-1950s, mono was still the predominant - and often preferred - mode of recording and mixing by the top artists of the 1960s. As a result, artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan devoted their attention to the mono mixes, leaving the stereo mixing process to studio engineers.

The Original Mono Recordings are accompanied by a deluxe booklet, featuring vintage photographs of Bob Dylan and an expansive essay from renowned author and critic - and longtime Dylan aficionado - Greil Marcus.

Each disc in the set comes in its own individual jacket which faithfully replicates the original album artwork, complete with labels and stickers that were found on the original 1960s releases.

These eight albums - spanning the artist's self-titled debut in March 1962, through John Wesley Harding released on December 27, 1967 - are universally regarded as some of the most important works in the history of recorded music.

Together with The Witmark Demos, they provide the public with a wide-ranging view of Bob Dylan's work during the 1960s, and chronicle his amazing evolution from fledgling songwriter to one of the world's most inventive and singular recording artists.

Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings

The complete track listing of The Bootleg Series Volume 9 - The Witmark Demos is as follows:

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

The eight albums in The Complete Mono Recordings are as follows:

Bob Dylan - 1962
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - 1963
The Times They Are A-Changin' - 1964
Another Side Of Bob Dylan - 1964
Bringing It All Back Home - 1965
Highway 61 Revisited - 1965
Blonde on Blonde - 1966
John Wesley Harding - 1967

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One Response to Bob Dylan: The Witmark Demos + 1st re-release of The Original Mono Recordings

  1. adamcmr says:

    Bob Dylan's Witmark Demos are Awesome!!! It shows how talented he was at such an early age. This album has so much Dylan material, it is sooo worth it.

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