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5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan in Concert at Brandeis University a treat
47 year old concert recording shows Dylan as the young serious and serio-comic artist.

I didn't expect much from the Bob Dylan bonus CD of Bob Dylan in Concert at Brandeis U in 1963. Surprisingly it is more interesting than The Original Mono Recordings.

First, the concert has never been heard before so it is new to the ear.

The concert was...
Published on November 18, 2010 by Stephen Pate

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3.0 out of 5 stars For the Dylan Fans
This product premiered as a bonus disc, that was free with the purchase of specific Dylan albums. It has since been seen fit to be re-released as a full fledged product with additional linear notes from a pre-eminent Dylan scholar. It contains all of 7 tracks, which are from a great Dylan concert, but it's not an essential Dylan product. Full-fledged Bootleg Series...
Published on September 19, 2011 by AmazingMets


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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan in Concert at Brandeis University a treat, November 18, 2010
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47 year old concert recording shows Dylan as the young serious and serio-comic artist.

I didn't expect much from the Bob Dylan bonus CD of Bob Dylan in Concert at Brandeis U in 1963. Surprisingly it is more interesting than The Original Mono Recordings.

First, the concert has never been heard before so it is new to the ear.

The concert was on a tape held by Rolling Stone co-founder and music critic Ralph Gleason. "It had been forgotten, until it was found last year in the clearing of the house after my mother died," says Ralph's son Toby Gleason. "It's a seven inch reel-to-reel that sounds like it was taped from the mixing disc. A collector/dealer associate of the family said `This might be worth something to the Dylan office' and we sold it to them last year." (Rolling Stone mag)

Second, it shows Dylan is fine form and good humor. It struck me almost immediately how much he liked to pull the audience's collective leg.

Three of the seven songs are laced with his humor and sarcasm, Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues, Talking World War III Blues, and Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues.

The same humor permeates the lovers appeal in Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance.

Talking World War III Blues is still funny and works better before a live audience

Dylan's timing on delivering the lines is priceless. Back then some people said he was affecting a Little Tramp persona on stage and you can hear it.

Where did Dylan's sense of humor go? You won't get that free and easy manner at concerts these days, nor for decades. There are a few sly hints on Modern Times but nothing as boldly humorous.

Too bad. Dylan was a natural comedian and his wit was cutting and quick. Being older doesn't mean one has to lose their sense of humor. Groucho Marx was funny in his 80s.

Dylan recorded Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues for The Freewheelin Bob Dylan but Columbia Records thought his anti-anti-Communist joke was in poor taste.

Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues demonstrated early on Dylan's ability to turn news into broadsides. Dylanroots says,

"on June 19, 1961, (Paul)Stookey (Peter Paul and Mary) sat in the Gaslight reading the New York Herald Tribune, which contained an article about a Father's Day boat cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain that had gone awry due to counterfeit tickets and overcrowding. Stookey showed the story to a recent acquaintance, a 20­year­old singer named Bobby Dylan who had arrived in New York from Minnesota the previous winter. "I remember handing him an article on the Bear Mountain thing," Stookey said, "and he brought a song back the next day. Astounding." The song was "Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Disaster Blues," which Dylan wrote in the style of his idol, Woody Guthrie. Dylan was not at that point known as a songwriter, which made the composition all the more surprising. William Ruhlman, Peter, Paul and Mary -- The Early Years, Goldmine Online, 1996.

It was a skill Dylan practiced with Phil Ochs, a folk singer from the 60s. Ochs would join Dylan at the NY Public Library. Each would take the daily paper and see who could come up with the best folk song from a story in the news.

Another old favorite he performs is Bob Dylan's Dream. It captures those days when we hung out with friends when we were young. He sings it with just the right emotion of longing and remembrance without being saccharine.

The concert captures a time long ago when folk singers with protest and smokey voices captured our attention and imagination.

Where to get the Bonus CD

Amazon.com has a few copies of Bob Dylan In Concert: Brandeis University, 1963 on sale.They also have limited supplies of the CD free with with The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 9). eBay might be a source when Amazon.com runs out.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get "The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 9) (Amazon.com Exclusive Bonus Edition)" and this CD is included free, December 4, 2010
This is a worthwhile, well-recorded live disk showcasing very early Dylan. If you buy "The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 9) (Amazon.com Exclusive Bonus Edition)," the 2-CD box set includes this live Brandeis University Concert as a free third CD. Be sure to order the Bonus Edition rather than the standard version.

These recordings from a Brandeis University folk concert in 1963 were recently discovered at the home of the late Ralph J. Gleason, famed music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and cofounder of Rolling Stone magazine. The seven songs clock in at 38 minutes: "Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance" (incomplete), "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues," "The Ballad of Hollis Brown," "Masters of War," "Talkin' World War Three Blues," "Bob Dylan's Dream," and "Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues." Bob plays guitar and harmonica.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brandeis University 1963, October 24, 2010
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I ordered the Bootleg Series Vol.9 The Whitmark Demos so I could get this CD.
I was not disappointed. Dylan's searing rendition of "Masters of War" is worth the price of the disc.
Actually, this whole disc is excellent. Sound quality is pristine. Sound board quality. Slight echo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, September 20, 2011
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Thoroughly enjoyed this CD - great early Dylan sound - some serious songs - some fun songs - all good songs!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As a Completists....., May 31, 2011
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....you will want to own this. It starts off ugly, joining the first song in progress, and giving you only 2 minutes until it's conclusion. After that, 6 more songs which was probably Dylan's primary song list at the time, ending with the dated Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues, not the most exciting of songs to end on. BUT, when you look back at this discs' place in history, a fledgling young man with harmonica and guitar, who could have been just another student, but instead would become the voice of a generation, then it is an essential artifact of the time. Well worth the small amount charged for this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A snapshot of Dylan before he was famous, August 11, 2013
This review is from: Bob Dylan in Concert: Brandeis University 1963 (Audio CD)
This disc is a must for anyone who likes Dylan's early music. This was recorded by the music critic, Ralph J. Gleason, at the Brandeis University Folk Festival back on May 10, 1963 and was forgotten about in a box until a collector found it in 2009 after Gleason's death. The sound quality of the disc is excellent and seems like it was recorded just yesterday.

This show was recorded just a few weeks after "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" was recorded but still a few weeks before it was released. Peter, Paul, & Mary had not yet released their version of 'Blowin' in the Wind', either, so Dylan was still unknown to the general public and still hungry as an up-and-coming performer. It's just amazing to listen to the crowd's response as most of them listened to him for the first time back in the folk movement of the early 1960s.

His first set begins about one line into 'Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance' and continues into 'Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues', which was somewhat of a controversial song at that time as it made fun of the hard right-wing fear of communism that had been so common and taken very seriously in the mid 20th century. Dylan then launches into an early, solid rendition of 'The Ballad of Hollis Brown' that silences the audience, not that they were very loud or raucous back then anyway. Dylan holds them in rapt attention with the raw honesty and intensity of his writing and playing that ultimately made him into a superstar and changed a generation and even the course of history. With the audience on the edge of their seats and eager for more, Bob plays a powerful, righteous version of 'Masters of War' that totally blows the entire crowd away. The truthful vengeance with which Dylan condemns those who profit shamelessly from the carnage of war is part of what sets the world on fire over the next few years of that time period, and we get to hear people get a taste of that for the first time. The crowd just explodes when the song finishes.

The songs from the second set that he played later that night are 'Talkin' World War III Blues', 'Bob Dylan's Dream', and 'Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues', including an explanation from Dylan of where the Bear Mountain Picnic song came from. It is so cool to hear him play as he did back in early 1963, before the Beatles came to America and Dylan and so much of the rest of the world went electric. This disc is a piece of history.

Within the coming year, Bob Dylan's protest songs would make him well-known throughout the Western World, Dr. Martin Luther King would march on Washington, and social consciousness would be raised to levels that the world had probably never seen before. Everything started to change in ways that continue to shape our lives today, but in this recording we can hear some of the stones that start that avalanche of change falling back when Bob Dylan was still just a little-known name in the middle of a list of performers at a folk festival.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Early Sound, June 1, 2011
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I recommend this CD without reservation. It contains classic, original, Bob Dylan sound. It's purity is wonderful.......... the MC refers to "Bobby Dylan"....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan /Brandeis concert., June 25, 2013
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Listening to Dylan with this concert of 1963 tells you why he is still around . Any Dylan fan can certainly appreciate his early music because he was so good as he is today. A great song writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GIFT!!!!, January 14, 2013
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It was a Christmas gift for my husband and he loved it! We listened to it over and over! He and I both recommend to friends to check it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan Live in Concert at Brandeis U., May 30, 2011
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Bob Dylan in Concert: Brandeis University 1963. A short but very nice album that features Dylan doing some remarkable versions of some of his Anti-War and Pro-Civil Rights hits. Odd to hear people give a sort of non-committal applause for a few of the songs, then give a huge accolade for Masters of War, which many of them had just heard for the first time! It shows one thing, in those days the audiences LISTENED to the music and what it was saying. It was important. Dylan was not a big star yet. It seems to be almost a "practice run" at being "The Voice of His Generation" There is a little humility and even timidity in the performance. Not the raucous and sometimes high-handed Bob of later years when he was a major superstar. One gets the real atmosphere of this small stage performance before people who were there to see what Dylan was bringing to the table. Whether he liked it or not it was performances like these that made him the Voice of His Generation whether he liked it or not. He always wants to be out of the limelight, but it was apparent at this concert that he had something to say, not just as a performer, but as a thoughtful part of a growing movement he was leading. this is a delightful "Must Have" for any Dylan-O-Phile. Titles include:Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance, Talkin' John Birch Society Blues, Ballad of Hollis Brown, masters of War,Talkin' World War III Blues, Bob Dylan's Dream,Talkin' and Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues.
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