Bob Dylan

Emmett Grogan Acetates and Other Rarities

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Sometime in late 1965 or early 1966, Bob Dylan gave a cache of acetates from the recording sessions that yielded his classic LP Another Side of Bob Dylan to Emmett Grogan, a co-founder of the radical Haight-Ashbury community group the Diggers as well as the author of the cult-classic memoir Ringolevio. Although Grogan died in 1978, the tapes in question did not resurface until early 1995, at which point they were the subject of furious pirating among Dylan bootleggers; Emmett Grogan Acetates and Other Rarities is just one example, adding to the menu a hodgepodge of live material drawn from scattered dates from 1964 to 1966 in an attempt to paint an authoritative portrait of Dylan's evolution from folk to rock & roll. The revelation of the Grogan tapes is a version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" that is far slower and more melancholy than the official release, complete with harmonies from Ramblin' Jack Elliott. "All I Wanna Do" is similarly fascinating thanks to the inclusion of an extra verse excised from subsequent renditions. The bonus material includes four songs from D.A. Pennebaker's classic documentary Don't Look Back as well as several songs from Dylan's 1966 U.K. tour. There's really no rhyme or reason to explain such a random assembly of material, and serious Dylan enthusiasts seeking the Grogan tracks will find the Diamonds in Your Ear release As Good as It Gets: The Ultimate Emmett Grogan Acetates a far superior selection in terms of both packaging and sound.