7 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Discovered among the tapes of music writer and Rolling Stone magazine co-founder Ralph J. Gleason, these live recordings of Bob Dylan from the 1963 Brandeis University Folk Festival catch the future legend at an interesting juncture. He had recorded, but not released, his second album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, which featured his first collection of original material. (His first album had only two originals.) The concert is not a promotion for his new album — though it does feature a chilling version of “Masters of War.” There are three “talkin’” tunes based on the old folk and blues traditions of his hero, Woody Guthrie that are bright and humorous and highly political. A concert staple, “Ballad of Hollis Brown,” which would finally appear on Dylan’s third album, The Times They Are-A Changin’”, is fierce and frightening. In just a few short months, Bob Dylan would become a folk hero, and within a few years a rock singer and songwriter beyond compare.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Discovered among the tapes of music writer and Rolling Stone magazine co-founder Ralph J. Gleason, these live recordings of Bob Dylan from the 1963 Brandeis University Folk Festival catch the future legend at an interesting juncture. He had recorded, but not released, his second album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, which featured his first collection of original material. (His first album had only two originals.) The concert is not a promotion for his new album — though it does feature a chilling version of “Masters of War.” There are three “talkin’” tunes based on the old folk and blues traditions of his hero, Woody Guthrie that are bright and humorous and highly political. A concert staple, “Ballad of Hollis Brown,” which would finally appear on Dylan’s third album, The Times They Are-A Changin’”, is fierce and frightening. In just a few short months, Bob Dylan would become a folk hero, and within a few years a rock singer and songwriter beyond compare.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Musivino ,

Rotolo's Bloom

Doesn't get more song and dance man.

Heartless crooner ,

Just listen and feel

I was fortunate to find bob Dylan in youth, because really that is what his songs appeal to. And later on cause nostalgia. Just listen to this mans words on the songs, feel the passion, he doesn't sing them, no they radiate through him. If anyone is on the fence as towards purchasing this album, then preview the song "bob dylan's dream" and remember what I said. He turns seventy this month. And the music still radiates. Never stop mr. Dylan, your fans couldn't stand it.

akornylak ,

Chills

What a gem of a live album.

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