The items listed here may or may not see the light of day, they are simply listed here as an indication of what is currently rumoured to exist out there at the moment. If anyone has any further information, can set up a trade, knows of something not listed here, or has a tape of interest along similar lines to what’s listed here in their posession, please contact The Webmaster
Last updated: 10th November 2003
Well, we’re getting nearer the end of the year and it doesn’t seem like much is happening…Bob is on tour in Europe, and we haven’t had a soundboard from a U.K. show since 1984. Might be about time 😉
NEW TAPE RUMOURS
1965 tapes – Two new tapes are rumoured to be coming out soon, one a line recording. Good news!
1997 “Rehearsals” – Haven’t heard any mention of this for a while…
Dave Bromberg Sessions – The 4-track ‘sampler’ is circulating. The tracks are ‘Sloppy Drunk’, ‘Polly Vaughn’ ‘Kaatskill Serenade’ and ‘Miss The Mississippi & You’. All in excellent sound quality and essential listening.
ISIS #85 TWM 1462: 4248 9th May 1999 Page 9
4248: THE ACME STUDIOS, CHICAGO, JUNE 1992 SESSIONS
These sessions with Dave Bromberg, have not been mentioned in this column for some time, so here are the various references: 2359, 2362, 2366, 2378 and 2445.
The musicians on these sessions included a horn section of: Peter Ecklund (trumpet), Curtis Linberg (trombone) and John Firmin (tenor saxaphone and claranet). The rhythm section consisted of: Butch Amiot (bass), Chris Cameron (keyboards) and Richard Crooks (drums), who also played on ‘Blood On the Tracks’. Other musicians were: Jeff Wisor (fiddle and mandolin), Dick Fegy (mandolin) and Glenn Lowe (guitar). These are in addition to Dave Bromberg, of course.There was a choir, as previously reported, but this was only for one of the sessions. Also, a zydeco accordian player came in for one song; this was NORTH EAST TEXAN WOMAN. This title adds to previous information, as do a few others below.
A number of chicago blues songs were done, mainly Muddy waters material, as well as some Jimmie Rogers material, such as MISS THE MISSISSIPPI AND YOU, and some Dave Bromburg songs, such as KAATSKILL SERENADE and SLOPPY DRUNK. HEY JOE was a warm-up song and, as previously reported, POLLY VAUGHN was recorded. Dylan, who drove out from Los Angeles in a “truck” (prehaps a camper van?), is quoted as saying, at one session, ‘I’ve made too many records”. Dylan was looking for a “live” sound, that is, all the musicians playing together at one time in the same room. For at least some of the recordings, the musicians sat in a circle in the studio to record, including Dylan. Though not too talkative, Dylan did hang out a bit with the session musicians and the crew.
13265 Acme Recording
Early/Mid June 1992
Produced by David Bromberg.
1. I’ll Rise Again (trad.)
2. Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Blind Willie Johnson)
3. LadyCame From Baltimore (trad.)
4. Polly Vaughan (trad.)
5. Casey Jones (trad.)
6. Duncan And Brady (trad.)
7. Kaatskill Serenade (David Bromberg)
8. World Of Fools (David Bromberg)
1-2, 4-8 Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar) backed by David Bromberg (guitar) and his band.
2 Bob Dylan (vocal) and David Bromberg (acoustic guitar).
1-2 Chicago South Side Gospel Choir
Note. No known recording in general circulation from this session.
Mix, November 1992.
Clinton Heylin: The Recording Sessions 1960-1994. St. Martins Press 1995, pp. 189– 91.
Clinton Heylin: Bob Dylan: Behind The Shades. Take Two. Viking 2000, pp. 672–673.
Session info updated 26 February 1993.
Therefore, these are the tracks known to have been recorded –
1. North East Texas Woman
2. Miss The Mississippi & You
3. Kaatskill Serenade
4. Sloppy Drunk
5. Polly Vaughn
6. I’ll Rise Again
7. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
8. Lady Came From Baltimore
9. Casey Jones
10. Duncan & Brady
11. World Of Fools
I’ve omitted ‘Hey Joe’ from the list since it was described as a ‘warm up’ and may or may not have been recorded.
Thanks to Emily for correcting some of the band member’s names, and my spelling of ‘Kaatskill Serenade’! 😉
Supper Club Soundboards – No sign of the ‘missing three’ as yet. 🙁
Robert Shelton Interviews Bob Dylan – A collector has these and is apparently hanging on to them until he can get a trade for another new tape. Still no sign.
Paris 1966 Audience Tape – Long rumoured, most likely exists. Hasn’t turned up yet.
Additional 1974 ‘Blood On The Tracks’ outtakes – Including takes of ‘Idiot Wind’. Mentioned but can’t get anymore information at present.
What’s Real and What Is Not
The following information is gathered from a various sources, though mainly it’s from Michael Krogsgaard’s ‘Positively Bob Dylan’ book. Here’s a list of material known to have been recorded, but which for the most part is unavailable to collectors.
1975 – All concerts were recorded by Bob Dylan’s crew, and some (Plymouth October 31, Providence November 4, Springfield November 6, Worcester November 19, Cambridge November 20, Boston November 21 evening, Montreal December 4, Clinton December 7 and others) were filmed.
1976 – All shows were recorded and some (f.i. Clearwater April 33 and Ft. Collins May 23) were filmed by Bob Dylan’s crew.
Far East Tour 1978 (20th Feb-1st April) All concerts recorded by Bob Dylan’s crew on 2-track 1/2″, except Budokan Hall, February 28 and March 1, which were recorded on 16-track 2″.
Los Angeles/European Tour 1978 (1st June-15th July) All concerts recorded by Bob Dylan’s crew on 2-track 1/2″.
American Tour 1978 (15th Sept-16 Dec) All concerts recorded by Bob Dylan’s crew on 4-track 1/4″, using two Pioneer RT-707 tape machines.
1984 – All shows from Paris July 1 and on were recorded on multitrack by The Rolling Stones Mobile Unit.
1987 – The four shows at Wembley Arena (14,15,16,17 Oct) were recorded with multitrack equipment
The Stephen Pickering Collection
I recently got hold of a second hand copy of Paul Cable’s book, “The Unreleased Recordings”. I’ve found it a fascinating read. This came out in 1979/80 – before ‘The Telegraph’. before ‘Biograph’ & ‘The Bootleg Series’, before the internet and really organised tape trading. One of the most fascinating things for me is on page 140- where Cable mention’s the Stephen Pickering collection –
It is rumoured that Stephen Pickering, the author, claims to have in his collection the following items:
Dylan demos of “Love Is Just A Four Letter Word”, “Farewell Angelina” and “Wanted Man”;
“Planet Waves” outtakes of “Except You” and “Forever Young”;
A Canadian TV request programme.
“Billy The Kid” out-takes including “Holly’s Song and “Pico’s Blues”;
“New Morning” outtakes including “Jamaica Farewell” and “Take A Letter To Mary”;
Dylan singing Hebrew religious songs;
The whole of a ’66 Australian concert in excellent sound quality;
A Dylan-Grateful Dead session reckoned to have taken place in 1972;
Some additional “Blood On The Tracks” outtakes with Eric Clapton;
“Desire” outtakes including “Golden Loom” and “Seven Days”
Some of these, like the Grateful Dead session and “Jamaica Farewell”,
have been talked about for a long time now. It is conceeded by some collectors that Pickering could well be in posession of all these tapes; others think he’s living in a fantasy world. In an interview with Dark Star magazine Joan Baez said that Dylan had never made recordings of “Farewell Angelina” or “Love Is Just A Four Letter Word”.
In 1980, a collector looking at that list of stuff mght well have thought that Pickering was indeed living in a fantasy world. Looking at it now though, it seems like he’s spot on.
Baez was wrong, “Farewell Angelina” was recorded, we now know, since it was released on The Bootleg Series.
“Planet Waves” outtakes of “Except You” and “Forever Young” have turned up on “Biograph” and “The Bootleg Series”.
A Canadian TV request programme = Quest 1964
“Billy The Kid” out-takes including “Holly’s Song and “Pico’s Blues”. Yep.
Some additional “Blood On The Tracks” outtakes with Eric Clapton. I’ll bet this is the recording from Eric’s birthday where they did “Idiot Wind”.
“Desire” outtakes including “Golden Loom” and “Seven Days”. Yep.
The whole of a ’66 Australian concert in excellent sound quality. Well that’s a bit vague, but we have got stuff along those lines.
So that leave only a few. Clinton Heylin is also said to have “Love Is Just A Four Letter Word”, so I’d bet that’s correct. “Wanted Man” is anyone’s guess. It wouldn’t surprise me though. We thought there’s no way “Farewell Angelina” existed.
“New Morning” outtakes including “Jamaica Farewell” and “Take A Letter To Mary” – In ‘The Recording Sessions’ Heylin mentions the bass player having an Acetate of ‘Jamaica Farewell’ made up. A 9 min. recording as well. I think that’s likely correct. If Pickering has that, I guess he could have additional stuff from these sessions as well.
“Dylan singing Hebrew religious songs” & “A Dylan-Grateful Dead session reckoned to have taken place in 1972” well who knows? Given the fact that most of this list has surfaced, it could well be true…
Anyone know where Pickering is now? 🙂