Bob Dylan

Acoustic Set NYC 1963

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When CBS Records abruptly scrapped plans to release a proposed live LP documenting Bob Dylan's October 26, 1963, performance at New York City's venerable Carnegie Hall, scuttlebutt suggested that label execs were flummoxed by the six-minute spoken narrative "Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie" -- which, ironically, was not even from the Carnegie Hall gig in question but one of several cuts added to the album from an April 12 gig at New York's Town Hall. The bootleg release Acoustic Set NYC 1963 contains seven additional songs from the Town Hall appearance alongside four songs from Dylan's May 5, 1966, gig at Dublin, Ireland's Adelphi Theatre. Upon its original 1989 release, the disc might have merited attention, but given its rather haphazard conceptual approach and unappealing package, this is now one to avoid, especially in light of its poor sound quality. The Town Hall date can be found in somewhat more complete form on Yellow Dog's Banjo Tape and NYC Town Hall Release, while the Adelphi performance (or at least a more complete version of it) is available via Scorpio's While the Establishment Burns.