September 4, 2010 – 3:58 am

Click on the panels for a better view or to download artwork.

Pat & Billy, Bob & Sam [no label, 1CD]

Outtakes and rarities. Good to very good soundboard.

Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid (1973) is noted for a number of things: First and foremost, Peckinpah’s fights with MGM which resulted in a truncated theatrical version that was disowned by the cast and crew. (A director’s cut was eventually released in 1988 which did much to restore the film’s stature among Peckinpah’s finest.)

The film starred an unlikely Kris Kristofferson as gunslinger Billy The Kid; the film was more violent than your usual western then - the scene where chickens are shot up in slo-mo comes to mind; and the downbeat ending (unavoidable, given the subject matter - but there was no freeze frame a-la Butch Cassidy that idolises the “heroes”).

On the other hand, as a western it was a little different with its art-house shots - the death of Sheriff Baker is especially poignant, especially with Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door on the soundtrack. And then, there was Bob Dylan. For many fans, Knockin’ was possibly a much bigger hit than the film ever was! It’s also likely the popularity of the song led many into the cinemas to watch the film and what a let down that was. Onscreen, Dylan was not the assured rock star he was. He was certainly no Tom Waits; couldn’t carry a scene and one felt he was kind of nervy and tentative. And he appeared in too few scenes.

But Dylan did leave behind the movie soundtrack; and one wonders if the full works - warts and all - will ever see the light of day.

Still, here are some outtakes.

We received this CD in a trade and the track information is taken from:

These tracks are no longer available for download.

+ + + + +

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 the Pat Garrett And Billy the Kid soundtrack.

  1. 9 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - PAT AND BILLY”

  2. Not being a big Dylan fan I was surprised at how natural and perfect the soundtrack is to the film.

    After pursuing and finding the vinyl I wore it down waiting with baited breath for the cd to arrive many years later. Then I was stuck buying the Peckinpaugh boxset to get it on dvd. Loving the marriage of the music with the film so much I also tracked down and linenbacked the poster for my living room.

    Alongside Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, anything by Portishead or Mazzy Star and the soundtrack to Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America, this is one of maybe a dozen that I can put on ‘replay’ and groove to for hours and hours on end.

    Does anyone know if aside from Knocking, did he ever play any of this live?

    Big O stikes again and I Thank You very much.


    By undead on Sep 4, 2010

  3. nice sound quality. very glad to have this, thank you

    By tony on Sep 4, 2010

  4. Billy
    Stockholm - Sweden - March 22. 2009
    first time live
    (track #13)

    By HDM on Sep 4, 2010

  5. Finally get to hear the Billy demo. Thank you for making this a reality! Keep up the unbelievable work!

    By Brad on Sep 5, 2010

  6. I`m not sure of this but the demo sounds like the take used in the films trailer.Anyway,thanks again for this and all the stuff phil cohen/big o.

    By Frank on Sep 5, 2010

  7. I meant to write the demo sounds very much like the take of billy at the films end credits . Thanks again.

    By Frank on Sep 5, 2010

  8. And ‘Rock Me Mama’ on the bootleg inspired a young man named Ketch Secor to write verses around Dylan’s chorus, and a new folk standard was born - Wagon Wheel.

    By Dan on Sep 8, 2010

  9. Thanks for another great Dylan disc. Can’t wait to listen.

    By Matt on Oct 8, 2010

  10. Yep. The new “Wagon Wheel” is burning it up. Would love to know what Bob thinks about the popular Old Crow Medicine Show version. So funny to hear “Rock Me Mama” at a music festival a while back, covered by an opening act, a really young band. Sure they didnt know the Dylan connection (but then he attributed it to A. Krudup, I think)…. Wish someone would do the same with other unfinished Dylan songs– Sante Fe, Can’t Leave Her Behind/On A Rainy Afternoon… so many that are almost there. =)

    By MissMary333 on Jan 8, 2013

Post a Comment