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The Bootleg Series Volume 9: The Witmark Demos 1962-1964 by Bob Dylan (Columbia)

Like sketches, jottings and discarded Polaroids, demo recordings can reveal much about an artist’s intentions. In rare cases they can equal or better the finished work. Since 1991, Columbia Records has released eight volumes of Bob Dylan rarities, including out-takes, live recordings and demos, many of which have arguably outshone “definitive” versions. This latest volume in the Bootleg Series collects the first demos Dylan made as an original songwriter, recorded for his publishers Leeds…

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