THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: BE BOB

April 22, 2010 – 1:37 pm

Dylan’s record label held out till 1991 to release their first official bootleg. Idiots.

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BOB DYLAN
Strip Tease [Condor/Toasted Records 1CD]

The material here is various 1964-65 studio outtakes from Another Side, Bringing It All Back Home, and Highway 61 sessions. Long John from the Tony Glover home recording of Dec 22, 1961 is tacked on for filler. Very good soundboard stereo. This bootleg was released in 1989. Info from bobsboots.com.

“This CD is packed with great outtakes from 64-65. Unfortunately, the overall sound is a little muffled. It’s quite enjoyable, however, and not nearly so bad as to deter acquisition. Although recorded at the correct speed, the muddy sound gives everything the feeling of being slow.

“A couple of these songs, Sitting On A Barbed Wire Fence and It Takes a Lot to Laugh, have since been released on the official Bootleg Series in incomparable quality, but there are count-offs and endings here that are faded out on the official release. On Suze, Bob can be heard saying “OK” right before the cut off. I’ll Keep It With Mine is a different, slightly more up tempo version than the released one, with a superimposed 3/4 time feel. Eternal Circle is different, with a harp solo at the end. If You Gotta Go, Go Now begins with a drum and guitar intro.

“The package is quite nice, with a sharp looking full color cover, and a period black and white photo on the back. As the manufacturer is actually TMOQ (Trademark of Quality), the title and front cover came about simply because they already had it camera ready from an LP project of two years earlier. The biggest problem with this package is one that has always haunted TMOQ. There is no historical information what-so-ever as to dates, sessions, etc.” - bobsboots.com

Bobsboots also had this interesting story to share about how the cover art came about.

“This is an interesting title with a colorful history. When TMOQ began LP production again in the mid ’80s, they hooked up with a printer that produced amazing quality, slick LP covers. As the ’80s came to a close, the offer of boot CD pressing was made available. TMOQ jumped on the bandwagon, and this title was among the first pressed. The title and cover came about simply because TMOQ already had the camera ready art from an LP release of three years earlier. An even earlier release than that lent its cover to the inside flap. The folding card was printed on heavy, LP stock cardboard, but it was laid out for printing as an LP (with the front cover as the left side panel). The card then needed to be inserted backwards to be correct. Some retailers inserted the card correctly, and it appeared to be a different title.

“Of course, the Condor and Toasted Labels are a TMOQ creation. They claim that they used the same source tapes as for their earlier LP releases. There are a handful of vinyl pops here and there. Whether these noises are from official acetate or boot acetate is uncertain, although most likely the latter.” - bobsboots.com

For anyone who’s a fan of Dylan, it’s that voice that kept us all enthralled. It is arguable that it was at its strongest here from 1965 to 1966. Young and innocent but not naive. The voice of “our generation” whether in America or otherwise, Dylan recognised all youth wanted change, were willing to try, still had dreams and the enthusiasm and boldness necessary to make it happen.

Dylan’s words poured out easily. Songs like It Takes A Lot To Laugh, Love Minus Zero and so much more. He was also prolific, two albums each in ‘64 and ‘65 and a double in ‘66. Not a dud in any of them.

Consider then why the generations that followed never could have such a “unifier”? The present generation seems eternally in thrall of the slick advertisements the mass media bombards them with. The ’60s made the noise. The noughties are surrounded by media “noise”.

While bobsboots is correct that the sound here is “muddy”, myself I was quite happy as it sounded like my ancient AM radio was playing again. Bliss. Thanks to Phil Cohen for sharing this.
- Professor Red

The well-informed bobsboots site is here
http://www.bobsboots.com/CDs/cd-s69.html

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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01. It Takes a Lot to Laugh (omitted)
Track 02. She Belongs To Me (4.2MB)
03. Killing Me Alive (Sitting On A Barbed Wire Fence) (omitted)
Track 04. Love Minus Zero (5.2MB)
Track 05. If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Jan 1965 Bringing It All Back Home outtake) (3.5MB)
Track 06. On The Road Again (3.5MB)
Track 07. It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (5.0MB)
Track 08. The Cough Song (Suze) (Oct 1963 The Times They Are A-Changin’ outtake) (2.8MB)
Track 09. I’ll Keep It With Mine (Jan 1966 rehearsal) (5.2MB)
Track 10. California (4.3MB)
Track 11. Bob Dylan’s New Orleans Rag (1.4MB)
Track 12. East Laredo Blues (4.3MB)
Track 13. That’s Alright Mama (4.4MB)
Track 14. Lay Down Your Weary Tune (6.4MB)
Track 15. The Song It Was LongĀ  (Eternal Circle) (4.1MB)
Track 16. Percy’s Song (9.9MB)
Track 17. I Was Young When I Left Home (7.9MB)
Track 18. In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down) (5.3MB)
Track 19. Long John (8.6MB)

The omitted tracks can be found on Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series Vol 1-3. A couple of the tracks here are slightly different from the ones that appear in the Bootleg Series.

Dylan and his record label finally released an official bootleg in 1991. Click on the link to order Bob Dylan albums.

  1. 7 Responses to “THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: BE BOB”

  2. I have had this on vinyl since collecting began … God, how old I have got … Now, here it is for me to put on my mp3 player with ease and without the failed struggles to get to work the turntable thing I bought to change vinyle into cds! Thanks … and I am still guessing who the lady is in the background … Albert Grossman’s wife and later the cover girl on Bringing It All Back Home? Cheers m’dears!

    By Canute on Apr 22, 2010

  3. Ps …of course, I should have said: Thank you Phil Cohen for going to the trouble of sharing this wonderful gem with us.

    By Canute on Apr 22, 2010

  4. Far out Top great Thanks!!!!!!

    By udo on Apr 23, 2010

  5. It’s great to have all these tracks on one CD. I have some on vinyl only and some different takes of others on CD.
    Thanks for posting this album.

    By Martin on Apr 25, 2010

  6. I never had this one before. This is my favorite period of Bob’s career. Thanks for sharing this gem.

    By Matt on May 3, 2010

  7. Just fantastic that someone is happy to share all this great music. Thanks again Mr Cohen.

    By Allan McFadyen on Jul 8, 2010

  8. Track 18 link is dead. Is it possible you could re-up if you get a moment. Many thanks.

    By Lorton on Feb 7, 2015

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