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  • Audio CD (2 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Leftfield Media
  • ASIN: B004UR2ASE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On the morning of April 25 1962, directly after the conclusion of his final Freewheelin' Bob Dylan album session, Bob journeyed to Chicago for a live club appearance and a radio interview. The gig, on the evening of the same day, was at a newly opened club called The Bear, in which manager Albert Grossman was a partner. But the primary reason for the 700-mile excursion west was for Dylan to appear on a radio show the following evening, hosted by the extraordinary Studs Terkel. Capturing the entire broadcast, during which Dylan is questioned and discusses with Studs his thoughts and ideas behind both the songs he performs and others he had written by this juncture, this CD contains a legendary event during which a 21 year old Bob Dylan also performs full acoustic versions of 7 self penned numbers. Across just over an hour of airtime, Studs and Bob chat like old friends as Dylan is prompted towards playing certain tracks from his then fairly slim body of work, but comes up trumps by pulling songs not just from his imminent second record, but including one from the album after that and showcasing 3 songs that wouldn't see the light of day on record until the 1990s. Serving both as a historic document of a little known event in the career of a true musical icon, but also as a wholly enjoyable listening experience that stands up to numerous repeat listens.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By OMG! It's got a plug! TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 May 2011
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This is a recording of a radio broadcast of the Louis 'Studs' Terkel show from April 1963 featuring solo performances by Bob Dylan interspersed with conversations between Terkel and Dylan. Recorded a couple of days after the conclusion of 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' sessions, Dylan performs seven songs. It has a playing time of 65 minutes, with 37 minutes of conversation between Terkel and Dylan and 28 minutes of music - each song is followed by conversation except for the closing 'Blowin' in the Wind'.

All of the songs featured are original Dylan compositions and, on the whole, he is on top form but you can almost sense a tiredness in his performances at times. None of these versions have ever been officially released and three of the songs didn't get a release of any kind until the 1990s. Heavily bootlegged since its original broadcast, it doesn't share the clarity of sound found on last year's 'Folksinger's Choice' but it's more than acceptable. Dylan's voice is very raspy during the conversations (all that singing and smoking!) and he is forthcoming and enthusiastic when dealing with Terkel's probing questions. They talk about Dylan's influences, the inspirations behind his songs and Dylan informs Terkel that he has written about 75 songs and that he is writing a book - an autobiography about his first week in New York. Dylan does appear to lose interest during the penultimate conversation and is keen to sing another song. The conversations, whilst initially interesting, do not lend well to repeated listens.

Although not part of the ongoing official Bootleg Series, this fascinating historical recording is essential for collectors of the series. Housed in a standard jewel case with a cardboard slipcase, it contains extensive liner notes about Studs Terkel, the broadcast and the songs that Dylan performs.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By N. A. Spencer on 3 May 2011
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There is an influx of Bob Dylan material being released at the moment, arguably to coincide with his 70th birthday on 24th May 2011. On completing the last recording session of his second album `Freewheelin' Dylan then travelled 700 miles to Chicago, where on the 25th April 1963 he was to carry out a radio interview and then perform some gigs. Studs Terkel's Wax Museum is the long lost recording of the radio interview.
None of the tracks included on this recording are previously unreleased and will be familiar to most fans. However, the conversations between Terkel and Dylan are really insightful and enjoyable with Dylan coming across as being relaxed and happy to talk about whatever subject Terkel raises.
One minor point to make is that the sound quality is slightly below par at the beginning of the recording but it does improve after a couple of tracks. Having said that Studs Terkel's Wax Museum is fun to listen to and a good addition to the ever growing Dylan catalogue.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gizmophobic VINE VOICE on 3 May 2011
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A complete (66mins) radio broadcast from Chicago in April 1963, just over a year after the Cynthia Gooding radio tape also now available (see Folksinger's Choice cd), but Bob had been moving pretty fast, "I sing all my own songs now".
He sings seven of them (missing the odd verse now and again) beginning with Farewell which is also on the recently released Witmark demos, as is John Brown, although of course this being live radio we have different versions here (but not very). Who killed Davey Moore? also shows up live in the Bootleg series, and as the others are on official albums, Hard Rain, Dylan's Dream and Blowin in the wind ,on the about to be released Freewheelin, and Boots of Spanish letter from the subsequent Times they are a changin', there are no songs not available elsewhere unlike in the case of the Gooding show. The latter also has the edge on charm and Bob's sense of ease. Terkel is almost as sycophantic as Cynthia was, but Bob takes him much more seriously, going into considerable detail about some of his lyrics. He tries to get him to play Hard Rain off the record but eventually agrees to sing it although declines a request for "Don't think twice" because "I'll lose a nail" in favour of Bob Dylan's dream (very nice but leaves a couple of verses out).
We get a little more of the myth building ( I saw Woody when I was ten etc,) but Terkel is very keen to intellectualise and the show only really takes off when Bob gets asked for a love song and we get a "Girl leaves boy" song, Boots of Spanish leather (RIP Suze Rotolo ). Bob also refers to writing a book about his first couple of weeks in New York. Turkell of course swallows this whole and is happy to go along with some very clumsy metaphorical musings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John on 4 Jun. 2011
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Listening to Bob not answer questions from Studs Terkel, even at his then young age,makes it worthwhile having. At the height of his popularity with the "protest singer brand" he had the guts to say no when he did not want to be stuck in a box. The songs many of us have heard a million times before still have the same massive impact now as then. A studio live "Who killed Davey Moore", still has a depth to it hard to find in any other artist. No one accepts the blame, maybe one reason for his not wishing to be tied down to a category of someone else's choosing.

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