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  • Audio CD (5 Dec 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Merlin
  • ASIN: B0062MFDA2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Introduction (Live at the Riverside Chruch)0:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handsome Molly (Live at the Riverside Church) 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Omie Wise (Live at the Riverside Church) 8:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Po' Lazarus (Live at the Riverside Church) 5:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mean Old Southern Railroad (Live at the Riverside Church) 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Acne (Live at the Riverside Church) 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sally Gal (Live at the Oscar Brand Folk Festival) 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Girl I Left Behind (Live at the Oscar Brand Folk Festival) 5:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Oscar Brand Intro (Live on the Oscar Brand Show)0:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Girl from the North Country (Live on the Oscar Brand Show) 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Only a Hobo (Live on the Oscar Brand Show) 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (Live on the Steven Allen Show) 6:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Les Crane Introduction (Live on the Les Crane Show)0:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. It's All Over Now Baby Blue (Live on the Les Crane Show) 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Les Crane Interview (Live on the Les Crane Show)17:56Album Only
Listen16. It's Alright Ma (Live on the Les Crane Show) 7:26£0.99  Buy MP3 

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By OMG! It's got a plug! TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Dec 2011
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Subtitled 'Radio & TV 1961-1965', this is the third (unofficial) Dylan release by Leftfield Media in the past 18 months and, due to the average quality of sound alone, it's the weakest of the three. Consisting of 12 songs (most with brief introductory interviews), three introductions and a lengthy interview, it clocks in just shy of 80 minutes.

The opening three tracks, from the New York Riverside Church Hootenanny TV Special in July 1961, are traditional numbers and they highlight just what an engaging and talented live performer Dylan was even at this early stage of his career. Introduced as Bobby Dylan, at the end of 'Handsome Molly' he mentions that he's having problems with his harmonica stand that is improvised from a wire coat hanger and during 'Omie Wise' there are long silences as he asks for a knife and attempts to fix it... 'Mean Old Southern Railroad' from the same broadcast is performed by Danny Kalb with Dylan featuring on harmonica.

The second half of the album features original Dylan compositions and the transition from folk troubadour to master poet and songwriter is, even with the muddied sound, clearly evidenced. The hilarious 18 minute interview with Les Crane is worth the entrance fee alone. Dylan is upbeat and very humorous and the rapport he shares with Crane draws plenty of laughter from the studio audience. Dylan introduces the closing track as 'It's Alright Ma (It's Life and Life Only)'.

This compilation acts as an interesting historical document. However, given the average sound quality (it's particularly bad on 'It's All Over Now Baby Blue'), it doesn't quite hold the same appeal as the two earlier Leftfield Media releases. Nonetheless, Dylan aficionados will still find much to enjoy here. Housed in a standard jewel case with a cardboard slipcase, it features well researched and detailed sleeve notes. 3½ Stars.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Knowles on 7 Dec 2011
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There are lots (and I mean a lot) of official and unofficial cd's of Bob Dylan available to buy. Not forgetting the bootleg vinyl and tapes and downloads and videos and dvds.
So why buy this one? why bother?
well, the plain and simple answer is because unless you have some of the above mentioned bootlegs, then you won't have heard these songs or these versions of these songs, and certainly wont have heard the interviews that are on this cd. (I'm sure there are many Bobcats out there that already have this material in one format or another.)
For the Les Crane Interview alone it's worth buying. For the recording of 'Acne' and 'Mean old Southern Railroad', it's worth buying. The inside booklet has a good amount of information in it.
The only negative to this cd is that when I inserted it into my pc, windows media recognised it as something totally different altogether, the title and the tracks named are incorrect, this will matter if you download it for your ipod or other mp3 player, although you'll be able to rename them.
Priced as it is, you can't go wrong if you're thinking of buying this for a Dylan fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Fowler on 2 Jan 2013
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Arrived in good time.
Very good quality.
A long-standing interest in the artist and his music. This particular CD is of historic interest and value, and would recommend this to others who are similarily interested.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tedham Porterhouse on 12 Dec 2011
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The entire Les Crane segment runs a semitone too fast, when Dylan sings he sounds like he's just inhaled some helium. It's a pity that nobody at Leftfield Media corrected this as it really does mar the quality of this release. I guess I won't be dispensing [with] my Dimestore Medicine after all.
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By Stuart Jefferson - Published on
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This is a collection (78 minutes approximately) of various performances between 1961 and 1965. They've been floating around for years in various issues, but as far as I know this is the first "legitimate", easily obtainable release of this music. The sound varies of course, but is better than you think-pretty good bootleg quality. The lyrics are easily heard, and the guitar sounds fairly crisp under the circumstances.

The first six tracks (Track 1 is an Introduction) come from a July 1961, "12 Hour Hootenanny Special", at Riverside Church. The songs are, "Handsome Molly", "Omie Wise", "Po Lazarus", "Mean Old Southern Railroad", and "Acne". These songs find Dylan singing and performing with more assurance than earlier the same year. Between songs, Dylan comments briefly about his harmonica rack not working properly, and generally acknowledging the audience. He then launches into a good version of "Omie Wise" and continues with his set. These songs were recorded just a few months after Dylan arrived in New York City. His performance (and the entire show) was broadcast over the radio as "Saturday Of Folk Music". During this period, Dylan was using comedic routines (especially the "poor me" style) to endear himself to the audience. You can hear him trying to fashion a harmonica holder out of a wire coat hanger-to the audiences delight.

On "Mean Old Southern Railroad" Dylan plays harmonica for guitarist Danny Kalb (later of the band Blues Project), and shares vocals with Ramblin' Jack Elliott on "Acne". The lyrics to "Acne" were written by Eric Von Schmidt, a folkie relatively forgotten now, but important in the early days of the folk movement. Dylan's harmonica work with Kalb is pretty good, and hearing him sing "Acne" in a doo-wop style is pure satire. These are examples of a very early Dylan that would soon disappear.

"Sally Gal" and "Girl I Left Behind" are also from 1961, from the "Oscar Brand's Folk Song Festival", during October of that year. Brand does a short interview/introduction, with Dylan bringing out his (untrue) story of traveling with various carnivals as a kid and learning songs. "Sally Gal" is performed at a good pace, with Dylan in fine, exuberant form. This may be the earliest performance of this well known tune by Dylan. "Girl I Left..." is a traditional song that's been around (sometimes in slightly differing versions) for many years. Dylan uses the right amount of poignancy in this sad tale.

After his introduction, Dylan performs "Girl From The North Country", and "Only A Hobo", also recorded for Brand's radio show in 1963. Dylan apparently wasn't scheduled to perform, but agreed to sing a couple of songs. Dylan speaks briefly between songs, and there's a period radio show introduction that's pretty cool to hear.

"Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll" is from the "Steve Allen Show" on TV, from February of 1964. Allen and Dylan talk briefly before he begins "Lonesome...", a song about racial inequality and death. An interesting aside is that Allen thought Dylan had no chance to make it in show business. Oops.

The last two songs, from February 1965, are from the "Les Crane Show". After an introduction by Crane, Dylan sings a good version of "It's All over Now Baby Blue". In the background you can hear Bruce Langhorne (who also recorded with Dylan in the studio) on electric guitar, accenting Dylan's performance. The other tune, "It's Alright Ma", with all the verses, (introduced by Dylan as "It's Alright Ma, It's Life And Life Only") is sung just after a long (18 minutes) interview with a talkative Dylan. The talk ranges over a number of subjects-a lot of it pretty nonsensical. But the host does let on that poet Allen Ginsberg was on a previous show, and talked about "legalizing pot", pretty heady stuff (no pun intended) for a commercial show of that time. But included are some insights into Dylan during this period-being inspired by Hank Williams, watching TV in pool halls and bars (half jokingly) hearing his songs performed by other artists, and possibly buying a car. Dylan is actually fairly funny at times, and even banters with the other guests on the show.

For fans of very early Dylan, this is well worth checking out. Many people have this stuff already on various bootlegs, but this is an easily obtainable way to acquire these early songs and interviews. It's a fascinating trip back in time, when Dylan was still honing his identity, when his (and everyone's) expectations were full of innocence. If you're of a certain age (and don't already own this music) this is like getting a long lost present from home-the memories this music conjures up! Incidentally, the concert mentioned by Oscar Brand is also available as "Bob Dylan Carnegie Chapter Hall", from 1961. It's already been reviewed so I won't waste anyone's time reviewing it myself.
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Rare vintage Dylan on cd 7 April 2014
By mohsen s. molkara - Published on
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Good quality recordings of passionate rendition of some great folk songs of the era . Hard to pass by! Vintage Dylan.
Very dang good recordings. mostly radio shows and them some TV ... 23 Nov 2014
By Ronnie D. White - Published on
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Very dang good recordings. mostly radio shows and them some TV Shows.... which is why the young Bob voice is real and fresh -- and funny!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
good job 17 Feb 2014
By Bob Harmon - Published on
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Good for Dylan fans. Bob at his younger and more comical stages. Not for first timers looking for a greatest hits album.
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I love dylan 2 Sep 2013
By C. Roellig - Published on
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Yes, anything that I can read about Bob, is great. This has been a good read..thanks for sending it to me.
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