The bootleg release Before the Flood and After the Fire compiles a pair of early radio appearances that capture a young Bob Dylan ascending from folk balladeer to voice of a generation, delivering deeply passionate renditions of the polemical songs that vaulted him to international fame. The bulk of the material hails from Dylan's May 1, 1963, spot on Chicago journalist Studs Terkel's WFMT showcase Wax Museum, aired just weeks prior to the release of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. Not only do these performances of "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall," "Blowin' in the Wind," and the little-known "Who Killed Davey Moore?" boast a searing energy and urgency, but between songs Dylan displays a dazzling, wry wit. He's a star busy being born. The disc also includes two songs from his October 1962 guest shot on Billy Faier's WBAI show in New York, "The Death of Emmett Till" and the traditional "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor." Excellent sound and stylish packaging round out a superior release.
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