- Bob Dylan: "The 'Queen of the Folksingers,' that would have to be Joan Baez... The sight of her made me high. All that and there was her voice. A voice that drove out bad spirits. It was like she'd come down from another planet." Read more musical excerpts from Chronicles, Vol. 1 on our Music You Should Hear page.
Live at the Gaslight 1962 Live
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Dylan is one to constantly refine his work through live performance. So, it's always interesting when you get to hear a real early live show. This album is terrific.
Note: This is not the set list included on this Album. It is from the original show that the album was taken from.
Man On The Street
He Was A Friend Of Mine
Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues
Song To Woody
Ballad Of Hollis Brown
Kindhearted Woman Blues
See That My Grave is Kept Clean
Ain't No More Cane
Cuckoo Is A Pretty Bird
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
No More Auction Block
Rocks And Gravel
Gaslight really is like a time machine to another time and place and proves a very rewarding journey. As others have said, Hard Rain and Cocaine are really special but the whole set is a gem.
One other thing: I often get cynical about the dubious necessity of "Remastering" that the record companies employ to sell us the same records over and over again. However, the state of the art audio technology employed for this release, the Zeppelin live CD and DVD from a few years ago, Kurt Cobain's cassette demo's from the Nirvana box and other recent archival releases truly is a wonder. Live At The Gaslight 1962 shouldn't sound this good, but it does.
Despite the incompleteness of the track-listing on this Columbia release, it is a very vital piece documenting Dylan's transition from folkie-interpreter to powerhouse songwriting. An early performance of "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall" shows just how much he had evolved as a singer, guitar player and songwriter in just under a year after the recording of his self-titled debut album for Columbia in late 1961 (which had only one self-penned track, "Song to Woody"). The version of "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" is quite early, as the lyrics are improperly sung and different from the take issued on "Freewheelin'" in 1963. Also, the arrangements of the powerful anti-war song "John Brown" and the traditional "Cocaine" differ here from ones on other bootleg recordings. The closing cuts on the disc, most notably the incomplete "West Texas" and the eight-minute "Barbara Allen," show Dylan to be nearly as strong an interpreter of old traditional songs as he would later become as a songwriter. This is the kind of disc that both Dylan novices and hardcore Dylanologists can enjoy (though neither will heap tons of praise on it).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is early acoustic BD. Really well done. Every fan needs a copy.Published 11 months ago by Bjorn
Bought as a gift for a good friend. A big Dylan fan, he had been trying to find this recording. Is very happy with this CD. Excellent condition.Published 15 months ago by MIKE L.
I hate Dylan. Bought for a Poet friend of mine who is a fanatic. He seemed very happy.Published 18 months ago by A.Porto
A gift to one of my best friends (who's got EVERYTHING from Dylan) except this and the Carnegie Hall.
He owes me big time!
This live performance is a glimpse into the world which seems now so long ago. A day in the life of Bob Dylan in 1962. One of my favorite Dylan live performances available. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Garymusic
Heard one of the songs in a commercial and decided to try the album. Definitely worth a listen for Bob Dylan fans out there.Published on December 27, 2013 by Kate Hullfish
Dylan as a youngster! Great selection of songs and loved the guitar instrumental as much as any of the wonderful songs! Add this to your collection if you can!Published on May 26, 2013 by bluesundown