Bob Dylan To Release Early Demos

On 'Bootleg Series Vol. 9'
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Seminal American songwriter Bob Dylan is set to re-visit an early series of demos on a new album.

Bob Dylan's growth as a songwriter was remarkable. Emerging on the New York folk scene in the early 60s, within a matter of months he was transformed from a Woody Guthrie indebted hopeful into one of America's most praised artists.

Moving from dustbowl ballads to protest songs, social commentary to poetic imagery it seemed that Bob Dylan knew no bounds. Now a newly discovered series of demo recordings can shed light on this era.

The forthcoming album 'Bootleg Series Vol. 9' brings together some never before heard recordings. Containing unfamiliar takes of now classic songs, the album features a raft of unreleased material.

Named 'The Witmark Demos' the songs were recorded by Bob Dylan for his first publisher Leeds Music, in January 1962, and for his second publisher, M. Witmark & Sons, between 1962 and 1964.

Playing just the acoustic guitar with flourishes of harmonica and occasional piano, Dylan is seen in an intimate light. Containing forty seven tracks, the compilation extends from 1962 to the release of 'John Wesley Harding' at the tail end of 1967.

A stunning creative arc, the album contains some seminal material heard in a completely safe, relaxed environment. An unusual 'live' album it is the first new segment in the 'Bootleg Series' in two years.

Amongst the gems on the new album are fifteen songs recorded only for these sessions. Never before released, the material includes renditions of folk classics alongside neglected originals.

Accompanied by extensive liner notes and rare photographs of Bob Dylan captured during the same period, the new album will also be available as part of a new Mono edition boxset of the entire 'Bootleg Series'.

Bob Dylan is due to release 'The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos' on October 18th.

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