September 2, 2010 – 11:02 am

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The Great White Wonder [A Philip Cohen Reconstruction; 2CD]

Outtakes and rarities. Generally very good soundboard.

This July 1969 two-LP set is where rock bootlegging began. The album got its name because many of the early pressings had a plain white album cover (not unlike The Beatles’ “White Album”), in some cases with the words “Great White Wonder” rubber stamped on the cover (though my copy was a plain white, not stamped).

I have re-created this 24-track double album, taking 20 tracks from tape-derived CD sources, one track from an MP3 download, and three others from my original vinyl edition. The album was dominated by material from the 1961 “Minnesota Hotel” or “Minnesota Apartment” tapes and material from the 1967 “Basement Tapes” with a small amount of mid-1960s CBS vault material.

I have also added one bonus track to the end of Disc One. In reconstructing this album, I have not used any mixes from the official 1975 “Basement Tapes” album, because those mixes featured 1970s overdubs by Robbie Robertson. I have paid close attention to using the correct takes and mixes, by comparing to my original vinyl pressing, instead of believing information offered on the internet (some of which is incorrect). - Philip Cohen

From Rolling Stone “paper” (September 20, 1969):
More then 2,300 copies of a “bootleg” Bob Dylan album are now being sold in Los Angeles in what may be the entertainment industry’s first truly hip situation comedy… The effect of the album’s “release” on the local record scene has been phenomenal. Five radio stations - KCBS [sic, should be KCSB-FM] in Santa Barbara, KNAC in Long Beach, KRLA in Pasadena and KMET-FM and KPPC-FM in Los Angeles - immediately began playing the LP thereby creating a demand that often far exceeded a shop’s limited supply. The supply line was ragged at best, largely because the two men behind the scheme (a third put up the initial money, they say) are the “exclusive distributors.”

Not only that, “We don’t have a car of our own,” they say. “We have to borrow cars to take the records around.” As a result, shops are charging whatever they think the traffic will bear. The two producers say they are wholesaling the package at $4.50 each ($4.25 apiece after the first 50), and shops are asking from $6.50 up. One store, The Psychedelic Supermarket in Hollywood (its name tells where its owner is at) is even asking and getting, $12.50 for the two record set.
Click here for the full article.

According to the Wikipedia, “It has been claimed that the bootleg sold nearly 350,000 copies, but there is no way to verify this.”

Thanks to Phil for the fine effort in re-constructing this piece of rock history and for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

These tracks are no longer available for download.

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Update: June 25, 2012

DMCA Request : Please cease Infringing Activity / remove Infringed
Title(s) from Infringing File Location(s) ASAP : thank you.

Deborah Sykes
for and on behalf of
2 Queen Caroline Street
London W6 9DX
United Kingdom

Click on the link to order Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series.


  2. This really was the first bootleg I found on St Mark’s Place in NYC back in ‘69.
    I was so happy I found this after having read about it in Rolling Stone and I still have this “treasure”!!

    Love from The Netherlands

    Rijn B

    By Rijn on Sep 2, 2010

  3. Got this, but it is always good to get it again for the pc, this time. Cheers and, again, many thanks for your efforts.

    By Canute on Sep 2, 2010

  4. I love you Philip!!!!!!!

    By Happy Jap on Sep 2, 2010

  5. How about some concerts with Bob and the Band? Those shows were some of the best of his and their careers. But I have never seen one posted here. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.

    By Djob on Sep 2, 2010

  6. thanks so much for this. i traded my copy of this album for a chunk of excellent product from Afghanistan back in 1977.

    By ron j on Sep 2, 2010

  7. nice one..I`m actually fortunate enough to own a signed copy right from ken of dub and ken fame..
    Lionel Mappelson rules!


    By sluggo on Sep 2, 2010

  8. Thanks so much for this wonderful posting.
    Much appreciated!

    By levubu on Sep 2, 2010

  9. Any chance of adding “The Genuine Basement Tapes” here?

    Seems like the BT material would be a natural for Dylan’s CBS “Bootleg” series…why hasn’t that happened yet?

    By Scott Brookman on Sep 2, 2010

  10. Scott,

    I sent Big O all five volumes of “The Genuine Basement Tapes”, and they will appear on Big O at some point in the future.

    By Philip Cohen on Sep 2, 2010

  11. Great concept, this — the historic reproduction. Thanks!

    By wardo on Sep 3, 2010

  12. I have a vinyl copy of the original GWW, but have wanted a better fidelity copy for years. Thanks SO much

    By Bob Eskin on Sep 3, 2010

  13. I found this double LP used at a Long Beach California Swap Meet in 1973. I still have it. By the way, GREAT Job Phillip on Reconstructing this Rare Vintage Boot. Thank You.

    By ToddS on Sep 3, 2010

  14. Brilliant, and very generous. Thank you!

    By tony on Sep 3, 2010

  15. Philip - I love you almost as much as Betty Chestnut!

    By TDC on Sep 3, 2010

  16. Phil: thanks for the update on the GBT, man. Looking forward to hearing ‘em on Big-o.

    You rule!

    By Scott Brookman on Sep 3, 2010

  17. This is fantastic, I always wanted this since way bacck.
    Thanks for providing this piece of Dylan history.

    I feel like a dunce but I can’t seem to download it.
    For some reason the “save as” on the dropdown in Safari isn’t activated.
    Maybe I should try Firefox.
    If anyone can give me a hint I’d appreciate it.

    By djw on Sep 3, 2010

  18. Hello djw

    For Mac users, hold the “option” key and click on the download link.

    For PC users, use the right button on the mouse to click on the track link.

    That will allow you to save the file.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 4, 2010

  19. funny that st marks place was mentioned. if anyone remembers flashback records on that street that was my store. we had it on both sides at different times. 31 and 32 st marks. after we left the last time a sushi bar opened up and a staircase was installed over the front. wonder if anyone here remembers this. sigh.. memories. thanks bigo for all u do.

    By darth on Sep 5, 2010

  20. My copy of this was stamped Great White Wonder by Blind Boy Grunt. I got it at Flipside Records on the north side of Chicago in 1969 or 1970. Thanks for this, Phil & BigO

    By deconstructo on Sep 5, 2010

  21. Thanks BigO & Philip Cohen

    Philip - Are these available on another site in lossless format ?

    Thanks Guys

    By Tom Thumb on Sep 9, 2010

  22. What’s best ??

    Tree With Roots :


    The Genuine Basement Tapes

    Could both be uploaded - Please

    By Tom Thumb on Sep 9, 2010

  23. I’m writing from Weellington, New Zealand. I never went out of my way to buy Dylan bootlegs, but I still managed to come into possession of about half a dozen of them by the end of the 1970s, so I produced a radio programme which purported to have a young dylan from the early 1960s sitting with me in the studio here and performing some of his early songs. Fun. But even so, just in case anybody really believed Bob Dylan had come to Wellington and sat in a studio with me, the powers-that-be clarified things after the show, declaring it to be just a fantasy. Well — I also write in German, and readers interested in an article I wrote about Bob Dylan — entirely a propos of nothing, just because I felt like it — can find it here.

    I imagine what with all the new releases of old material hitting the shops I may do another Dylan story soon, so keep an eye out for and a piece by yours truly — tom appleton

    By Tom Appleton on Sep 12, 2010

  24. “Open the Door Richard” was the original title. it had to be changed because there was later a top-40 song with the same title. Homer was substituted,

    By Bill on Sep 14, 2010

  25. Actually, “Open The Door Richard” was a late 1940s hit by Louis Jordan.

    By kenw on Sep 14, 2010

  26. About St. Marks Place.
    Back in 70 I was in NYC and asked a hippie looking boy in a recordstore where I could find bootlegs and he send me to St.M-place.

    I remember it was in a basement and I also bougt there “Hoboken Saturday Night” by The Insect Trust and “Laura Nyro NY Tendeberry”.

    The guy there was very friendly.

    Rijn B The Netherlands Eindhoven

    By Rijn on Sep 16, 2010

  27. Thanks for this great Bob gem. I never had the vinyl so this is a great bit of history. Thanks for the restoration work Phil and thanks BigO for sharing.

    By Matt on Oct 7, 2010

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