Bob Dylan

Thin Wild Mercury Music

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A very interesting compilation of Dylan's best rare/unreleased material from the mid-'60s. In most cases you can hear why these were rejected for inclusion on his '65-66 albums; the song is unfinished, or the arrangement too unpolished. But there are very good, substantially different alternate takes here: a beautiful acoustic "Love Minus Zero/No Limit," and a "Visions of Johanna" with ghostly organ, a more melodic, gentle version of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," a scarifying solo piano rendition of "She's Your Lover Now." The fragments and instrumentals (including a really nice wordless arrangement of "I'll Keep It With Mine") are always interesting at the least. Also includes some fine cuts that were technically officially released, but may be missing from the archives of some collectors, like the great European single "If You Gotta Go, Go Now," and the slow version of "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window" that briefly appeared on a single by mistake. For a laugh, the CD ends with a bungled '65 promotional message from Bob himself, followed by a chaotic attempt at "If You Gotta Go, Go Now" (probably recorded with the drummer from John Mayall's band in England in 1965).

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