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.