BOB DYLAN – ” The Complete Freewheelin ” Sessions (1962-1963)

Posted: September 10, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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“The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” is certainly one of the most well-known Dylan’s record. It put Bob on the map as this new Folk singer with incredible original compositions and lyrics.

The album in itself is a work of art, gathering some of his best songs like Blowin’ In The Wind, Girl From The North Country, Masters Of War, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right, and more. Any artist with just one of these songs would have become a star (Blowin’ In The Wind launched Peter, Paul & Mary on the national stage).
It is especially poignant to hear outtakes of The Death Of Emmett Till and Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues , With that album, Bob Dylan gradually became the voice of a generation, a prophet, and a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, culminating with him singing during the March On Washington, along Joan Baez and others. He refused all those terms and continued his path into other musical territories for the next 55 years.

The Freewheelin’ is also revered for its cover, Bob and Suze Rotolo (Bob’s girlfriend from 1962 to 1964) walking down in West Village in New York, the epitomy of youth and love for the Baby Boomers.

Most of the material was unknown to most until 2012. At the end of that year, Columbia (Sony) released an under the radar collection, called “The Copyright Extension Collection Vol.I “, with less than a hundred copies. This collection had to be released due to changes in the European laws on copyright. If Sony wanted to keep the rights on those recordings for the next 70 years, they had to release all the material they have before the 50 years mark, each year. That is why we have for Christmas every year since 2012 a special release from several musical acts.

On this video, you have more than 50 outtakes available in superb quality, spanning from April 1962 to April 1963, including the rare tracks of the promotional edition of the album like Rocks & Gravel (broadcasted in an overdubbed version on the first season of the HBO show True Detective). A really great collection.  Edited it down so to exclude officially released material on the album or the bootleg series.

Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios, New York City: 24 April 1962    The 1st Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan session, produced by John Hammond.

1. Goin’ To New Orleans (Take 1) 2. Goin’ To New Orleans (Take 2) 3. Sally Gal (Take 2) 4. Sally Gal (Take 3) 5. Rambling, Gambling Willie (Take 1) 6. Rambling, Gambling Willie (Take 3) 7. Corrina, Corrina (Take 1) 8. Corrina, Corrina (Take 2) 9. The Death Of Emmett Till 10. Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues 11. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle [Take 2]

Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios, New York City: 25 April 1962    The 2nd Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan session, produced by John Hammond.

1. Rocks And Gravel (Solid Road) [Take 3] 2. Sally Gal (Take 4) 3. Sally Gal (Take 5) 4. Baby Please Don’t Go (Take 1) 5. Milk Cow (Calf’s) Blues (Good Morning Blues) [Take 1] 6. Milk Cow (Calf’s) Blues (Good Morning Blues) [Take 3] 7. Wichita Blues (Going To Louisiana) [Take 1] 8. Talkin’ Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (Take 2) 9. Milk Cow (Calf’s) Blues (Good Morning Blues) [Take 4] 10. Wichita Blues (Going To Louisiana) [Take 2]

Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios, New York City: 9 July 1962   The 3rd  Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan session, produced by John Hammond.

1. Baby, I’m In The Mood For You (Take 2) 2. Blowin’ In The Wind (Take 1) 3. Blowin’ In The Wind (Take 2) 4. Worried Blues (Take 2)  5. Babe, I’m In The Mood For You (Take 4) 6. Bob Dylan’s Blues (Take 2)

Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios, New York City: 26 October 1962   The 4th  Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan session, produced by John Hammond.

1. Corrina, Corrina (Take 2) 2. Corrina, Corrina (Take 3) 3. That’s All Right, Mama (Take 1) 4. That’s All Right, Mama (Take 3) 5. That’s All Right, Mama (Take 5) 6. Mixed Up Confusion (Take 3) 7. Mixed Up Confusion (Take 5) 8. Corrina, Corrina (Take 7)

Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios, New York City: 1 November 1962    The 5th Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan session, produced by John Hammond.

1. Mixed Up Confusion (Take 1) 2. Mixed Up Confusion (Take 2) 3. Mixed Up Confusion (Take 4) 4. Mixed Up Confusion (Take 5) 5. Mixed Up Confusion (Take 6) 6. That’s All Right Mama 7. Rocks And Gravel (Solid Road) [Take 1] 8. Rocks And Gravel (Solid Road) [Take 2]

Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios, New York City: 14 November 1962    The 6th Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan session, produced by John Hammond.

1. The Ballad Of Hollis Brown (Take 2) 2. Kingsport Town (Take 1) 3. Whatcha Gonna Do? Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios, New York Studio: 6 December 1962   The 7th Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan session, produced by John Hammond. 1. Hero Blues (Take 1) 2. Whatcha Gonna Do? (Take) 3. I Shall Be Free (Take 3) 4. I Shall Be Free (Take 5) 5. Hero Blues (Take 2) 6. Hero Blues (Take 4)

Credits to Dylanstubs.com

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