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Many years ago I acquired a lot of Dylan material on reel-to-reel including a version of the "Gaslight Tapes"
which includes this material, which Paul Cable's (old) book remarks was in some quarters believed to be recorded
I bought this CD because of the version of "Two Trains Running". I can still remember the first time I heard it on the tape all those years ago. I believe it to be one of his best blues performances,certainly up there with "In my time of Dying" on
his first album, and far better than "Fixin' to Die" there.
There are some other good performances, and then CD fizzles out with a failed attempt to sing an old Jack Elliot classic
Muleskinner Blues. If you have any interest in early Dylan you have to get it for "Two Trains Running"; it appears
on the "Minnesota Party Tape", but this is later, and a much more mature performance.
So why only 4 stars? Well, back in my bootleg collecting days, my heart
used to sink (just a little) at the prospect of hearing another version
of Emmett Till. In his songs about specific atrocities, there is a
remarkable evolution from this song, through "Oxford Town", "Davey
Moore" and "Hattie Carroll", culminating in the magnificent "Only a Pawn".
To be fair, the last verse of Emmett Till is pretty good.