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Live at the Gaslight 1962 Live

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  • 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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
  2. Rocks And Gravel
  3. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  4. The Cuckoo
  5. Moonshiner
  6. Handsome Molly
  7. Cocaine
  8. John Brown
  9. Barbara Allen
  10. West Texas


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony BMG Music
  • ASIN: B000B8K8N0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Miguel Gonzalez on September 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you've got the Bob Bug (as I do) then this is an absolute treasure. Somebody captured Dylan at the Gaslight coffeehouse in Greenwich Village during 1962 with a portable tape recorder. Through the magic of digital technology, the tapes sound clear and balanced. The nuances of Dylan's vocals and guitar picking are a joy to hear so closely. At this point in time, Dylan had already seen the release of his debut LP come and go; he was working on the follow-up, "Freewheelin'", in fits and starts. So what you get here is an artist's work-in-progress on three originals and warm, intimate readings of folk standards delivered to a tiny audience in a small, dark room. The next "live" Dylan document is the Philharmonic Hall concert (Bootleg Series Vol. 6) of 1964. So, here it is ... pre-fame Dylan live in a coffeehouse on MacDougal Street in the Village. Short of a time machine, you'll never get as close to the real thing as this lil' round wafer.
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Some great reviews here. I guess some people may wonder what the original set list was. I've gotten it off the original tapes and some web sites. Some people claim that it was one long show. Some claim it was multiple nights. I wasn't born yet myself, but the order seems acurate by the recordings I've heard.

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

Pretty Polly

Car Car

Motherless Children

Handsome Molly

John Brown

Ballad Of Hollis Brown

Kindhearted Woman Blues

See That My Grave is Kept Clean

Ain't No More Cane

Cocaine

Cuckoo Is A Pretty Bird

West Texas

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

Don't Think Twice, It's Alright

Black Cross

No More Auction Block

Rocks And Gravel

Barbara Allen

Moonshiner
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Although some might consider this statement heresy, I have to admit that I have long been a major fan of Bob Dylan The Rocker and less enthusiastic about the early folk stuff. Perhaps I am just getting older and wiser but lately I have begun to appreciate pre-electric Bob and this set has much to do with it.

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.
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This one has been floating around Dylan bootleg circles for years (and is reported to have been, in one variation, the first-ever bootleg compact disc!). As one previous reviewer notes, this disc, presently available at Starbucks coffeeshops, is not complete. We can speculate why some tracks are left off (most notably an early version of the stark "The Ballad of Hollis Brown") ... maybe Dylan did not think some of the performances were worthy of official release.

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).
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I too am a little disappointed that Sony, Dylan, Rosen, whoever decided to make this a truncated version of the Gaslight tapes which are indeed the very first bootleg CD I ever bought (not to mention having it on tapes and vinyl for years...). But it's a great batch of performances and it sounds great on this release. However, to set the record straight (and in reponse to Jack Priest's review here where he states: "Why they left off songs like "Black Cross", "No More Auction Block" and some very good others is beyond me, because it wouldn't have cost one lickin', stickin' cent more"), it DOES cost more to include more songs on an album. It doesn't cost more to manufacture it, true, but you have to pay publishers for every song on the album. And while many of the songs could be construed as Public Domain and thus not subject to royalties, in reality, somebody is usually able to lay claim to a song and demand royalties for it... Anyway, this is still a great album, and I think the fact that Sony & Dylan have been pretty generous about opening their vaults (and others) to release these kinds of albums is commendable.
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