Editors’ Notes When baby-faced Bob Dylan entered the studio in late 1961 to record his debut, no one expected such greatness. The album is packed with spirited, well-executed covers of old blues and folk tunes—including many eyebrow-raisers such as Bukka White’s “Fixin’ to Die”—which proved Dylan’s immense talent for song interpretation. The two originals here signaled an emerging, Woody Guthrie-inspired genius: “Song to Woody” beautifully blends poignancy and innocence while “Talkin’ New York” is rich with wit and insight, and both are uncanny accomplishments considering Dylan was only 20 years old.

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You're No Good
1
1:42
 
Talkin' New York
2
3:21
 
In My Time of Dyin'
3
2:41
 
Man of Constant Sorrow
4
3:10
 
Fixin' to Die
5
2:23
 
Pretty Peggy-O
6
3:26
 
Highway 51 Blues
7
2:52
 
Gospel Plow
8
1:47
 
Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
9
2:37
 
House of the Risin' Sun
10
5:21
 
Freight Train Blues
11
2:21
 
Song to Woody
12
2:45
 
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
13
2:42
 

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