INCLUDES 3 BONUS TRACKS
180-Gram SOLID BLUE LP
Dylan’s self-titled debut album was made in a matter of hours, it cost $402 to record (according to producer John Hammond) and it serves as an introduction for anyone wanting to explore Dylan’s first steps as a professional musician. On his first LP, recorded at New York’s Columbia Recording Studios, on November 20-22, 1961, Dylan sang topical folk songs, accompanying himself on harmonica and guitar. The album contained only two originals (“Song to Woody” and “Talking New York”) and eleven cover versions, mostly old folk and blues numbers.
Dylan takes an arranger’s credit on many of the traditional songs, but a number of them can be traced to his contemporaries. For example, the arrangement of “House of the Rising Sun” was developed by Dave Van Ronk, who was Dylan’s close friend at the time. A significant portion of the album is possessed by the style and spirit of Woody Guthrie, whose influence as a singer and guitarist hovers over “Man of Constant Sorrow” and “Pretty Peggy-O”, as well as the two originals here – the savagely witty “Talkin’ New York” and the poignant “Song to Woody”.
BOB DYLAN, vocal, guitar and harmonica
A1-A5, B2-B3 & B5: Columbia Recording Studios (Studio A), New York City. November 20, 1961 (between 7 and 10pm).
A6-A7, B1, B4 & B6: Columbia Recording Studios (Studio A), New York City. November 22, 1961 (between 2:30 and 5:30pm).
Produced by John Hammond. Recorded by Knuerr and Dauria.
Originally issued as Bob Dylan (Columbia, CS-8579, 1962).
A8 & B8: Bob Dylan (vc, g and hca), George Barnes, Bruce Langhorne (g), Gene Ramey (b), Dick Wellstood (p), Herb Lovelle (d). Produced by John Hammond. Recorded at Columbia Recording Studios (Studio A), New York City, November 14, 1962. [Columbia single 4-42656, released on December 14, 1962]
B7: Bob Dylan (vc, g & hmca). WBAI Radio, New York City, March 11, 1962. The program was called “Folksinger’s Choice”and was hosted by Cynthia Gooding.
1. YOU’RE NO GOOD 1:40
2. TALKIN’ NEW YORK 3:18
3. IN MY TIME OF DYIN’ 2:39
4. MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW 3:07
5. FIXIN’ TO DIE 2:20
6. PRETTY PEGGY-O 3:23
7. HIGHWAY 51 2:51
8. MIXED-UP CONFUSION 2:30*
1. GOSPEL PLOW 1:45
2. BABY, LET ME FOLLOW YOU DOWN 2:35
3. HOUSE OF THE RISIN’ SUN 5:18
4. FREIGHT TRAIN BLUES 2:18
5. SONG TO WOODY 2:42
6. SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN 2:44
7. BABY, PLEASE DON’T GO 2:19*
8. CORRINA, CORRINA 2:32*
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