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Bob Dylan-The Great White Wonder

Posted May 29, 2011 By admin

One of the most famous bootlegs of all time. This is the first bootleg ever to be produced in the rock-and-roll era. Great White Wonder was originally released in the United States in July of 1969. There was little on this piece to identify it to the world. It came out in a blank white gatefold cover, with blank white labels. The only identifying mark whatsoever is the matrix number: GF 001/2/3/4. (gwa 1Aa version 1). The name ‘Great White Wonder’ probably actually began as a joke when retailers needed to come up with a name for this blank white album. The term quickly became synonymous with Dylan in the bootleg world however, and has since been used many, many times to refer to either the man or his work. Later in the year this famous album was repressed. This second repress, (gwa 1Aa version 2 ) can be identified only by the addition of the number “2” carved after the matrix on all four sides of the LP.

At about the same time that the album first made its appearance in the United States, a Swedish pressing began circulating in Europe. The differences in this album and the previous is that this one had a very thin blank white gatefold cover, and a machine-stamped matrix BD 101 A/B. (gwa 1Ab). It is not impossible that this is actually the first “Great White Wonder”. Towards the end of the year, one of the above pieces began appearing in the east coast of the United States in two separate blank white covers. The matrix number has been completely scratched out, so it is not sure exactly which piece this is, or if it is actually a different pressing. This set is known as gwa 1Ac. Hot Wacks, the book that tries to chronicle bootlegs by every artist, claims that there is an original version of the above album with fewer songs. It is doubtful, however, that this actually exists.

The quality on all of the above pieces is similar, and fairly good. As the same master plates were used over and over, sound quality began to deteriorate somewhat. While these pieces, pressed in the last year of the decade, are fairly easy to chronicle … things start getting a little more complicated from here on out. There are no fewer than fifty separately identifiable albums that have either copied this material directly, or have released this material in varying qualities under the same title.-BobsBoots.com

Bob Dylan
The Great White Wonder

Disc 1

  1. Candy Man (minnesota Tapes, 22 Dec. 1961)
  2. Ramblin’ ’round (minnesota Tapes, May 1961)
  3. Black Cross (minnesota Tapes, 22 Dec. 1961)
  4. I Ain’t Got No Home (minnesota Tapes, 22 Dec. 1961)
  5. The Death Of Emmett Till (broadside Show, Nyc May 1962)
  6. Poor Lazarus (minnesota Tapes, 22 Dec. 1961)
  7. Bob Dylan’s New Orleans Rag (times They Are A-changin’ Sessions, Columbia Studios, Nyc, 1963)
  8. If You Gotta Go, Go Now (bob Dylan 1965 Revisited, Disk 1 Track 11)
  9. Sitting On A Barbed Wire Fence (bob Dylan 1965 Revisited, Disk 7 Track 2)
  10. Only A Hobo (for Sale Or Just On The Shelf, 12 Aug. 1963)
  11. Quinn The Eskimo (the Mighty Quinn) (genuine Basement Tapes, Vol. 2 #1)
  12. This Wheel’s On Fire (genuine Basement Tapes, Vol. 3 Apr.–oct. 1967)

Disc 2

  1. I Shall Be Released (genuine Basement Tapes, Vol. 3 Apr.–oct. 1967)
  2. Open The Door, Homer (genuine Basement Tapes, Vol. 2 #1)
  3. Too Much Of Nothing (genuine Basement Tapes, Vol. 2 #2)
  4. Nothing Was Delivered (genuine Basement Tapes, Vol. 2 #1)
  5. Tears Of Rage (genuine Basement Tapes, Vol. 2 #1)
  6. Living The Blues (johnny Cash Show, Nashville 1 May 1969)
  7. Baby Please Don’t Go (minnesota Tapes, 22 Dec. 1961)
  8. Dink’s Song (minnesota Tapes, 22 Dec. 1961)
  9. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (minnesota Tapes, 22 Dec. 1961)
  10. East Orange, N.j. (minnesota Tapes, 22 Dec. 1961)
  11. Man Of Constant Sorrow (minnesota Tapes, May 1961)

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Adam Duritz-Twitter Tracks

Posted February 17, 2011 By admin
These are all tracks Adam Duritz (of Counting Crows) has posted on his twitter/soundcloud account in the past couple months. They range from studio demos, live recordings and recordings he made in his apartment.
  • Borderline (Live)
  • Come Pick Me Up (Live-Shim Sham 2001)
  • Crazy For You (Live-Shim Sham 2003)
  • Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright (2 Versions) (Valentines Day 2011 Apartment Demos)
  • Girl From The North Country (Live)
  • Going Back To Georgia (Live ft. Emmy Rossum)
  • Holiday In Spain (Live ft. Blof)
  • Motel Blues (Live)
  • Night Moves (Live- Shim Sham 2003)
  • Rainbow Sleeve (Valentines Day 2011 Apartment Demos)
  • Sister Golden Hair (Live-Shim Sham 2003)
  • The Dark End Of The Street (Valentines Day 2011 Apartment Demos)
  • Unsatisfied (Live-Shim Sham 2003)
  • You Might Think (Valentines Day 2011 Apartment Demos)
  • Barely Out Of Tuesday (Studio Demo)
  • My Winding Wheel (Live-Shim Sham 2003)
  • O My Sweet Carolina (Valentines Day 2011 Apartment Demos)
  • On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Valentines Day 2011 Apartment Demos)
  • Valentines Day (Valentines Day 2011 Apartment Demos)

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George Harrison
All Things Must Pass Studio Outtakes
  1. My Sweet Lord
  2. Wah-wah
  3. Isn’t It A Pity
  4. What Is Life
  5. If Not For You
  6. Behind That Locked Door
  7. Let It Down
  8. Run Of The Mill
  9. Beware Of Darkness
  10. Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp
  11. Awaiting On You All
  12. All Things Must Pass
  13. Art Of Dying
  14. Hear Me Lord
  15. I Live For You
  16. Down The River
  17. Everybody, Nobody
  18. Beautiful Girl
  19. I Don’t Wanna Do It
  20. Window,window
  21. Cosmic Empire

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Ryan Adams-Destroyer Sessions

Posted January 27, 2011 By admin

Ryan Adams
Destroyer Sessions

  1. Born Yesterday
  2. Dreaming’s Free (a/k/a I’m Alright Today)
  3. The Poison And The Pain
  4. No Disguise
  5. Rainy Days
  6. Statuettes With Wounds
  7. The String And The Wire
  8. Hey There, Mrs. Lovely
  9. Nighttime Gals
  10. In My Time Of Need
  11. Bartering Lines
  12. Memories Of You
  13. Revelator

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Bob Dylan-The Witmark Demos

Posted December 22, 2010 By admin

It’s hard evaluating albums like this, because even though it’s “new”, the material on it is close to 50 years old. Another reason it’s hard to evaluate it is most of the music is really rough and not the best quality soundwise. But, when you’re talking about an artist like Bob Dylan, it’s always worthwhile to hear unreleased (officially at least) material, and very early material at that. While none of these songs are really amazing on their own, when put into context you can see where some of the brilliance started and why Dylan became as successful as he did. Most of the tracks are just Dylan and his guitar, and though some songs include the piano and harmonica, he plays all the instruments on this compilation. Some of these songs were later re-recorded for future releases, so it’s interesting to hear them in their rawest form, while others have never been heard outside of bootleg form or on live compilations. This release will probably only be for the hardcore Dylan fans, but for those fans, this is one of the holy grails of Dylan lore, and it’s really cool to see some of these songs finally unearthed. Highlights on this album: “John Brown“, “Hard Times In New York Town“, “Only A Hobo“.

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Bob Dylan-The Witmark Demos

Posted December 22, 2010 By admin

It’s hard evaluating albums like this, because even though it’s “new”, the material on it is close to 50 years old. Another reason it’s hard to evaluate it is most of the music is really rough and not the best quality soundwise. But, when you’re talking about an artist like Bob Dylan, it’s always worthwhile to hear unreleased (officially at least) material, and very early material at that. While none of these songs are really amazing on their own, when put into context you can see where some of the brilliance started and why Dylan became as successful as he did. Most of the tracks are just Dylan and his guitar, and though some songs include the piano and harmonica, he plays all the instruments on this compilation. Some of these songs were later re-recorded for future releases, so it’s interesting to hear them in their rawest form, while others have never been heard outside of bootleg form or on live compilations. This release will probably only be for the hardcore Dylan fans, but for those fans, this is one of the holy grails of Dylan lore, and it’s really cool to see some of these songs finally unearthed. Highlights on this album: “John Brown“, “Hard Times In New York Town“, “Only A Hobo“.

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