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Rare Dylan album

GUEST,Lin 03 Jul 15 - 08:56 PM
Joe Offer 03 Jul 15 - 11:43 PM
GUEST,Lin 04 Jul 15 - 12:56 AM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 04 Jul 15 - 01:10 AM
GUEST,David E. 04 Jul 15 - 09:29 PM
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Subject: Rare Dylan album
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 03 Jul 15 - 08:56 PM

In today's edition of the Los Angeles Times - July 03, 2015 in the Calendar section of the paper there is short article entitled, "Amoeba has rare Dylan album for sale.
"Right now at Amoeba Music (large record store) in Hollywood has one copy of the rarest pieces of Bob Dylan ephemera ever produced. It is a test pressing of his landmark 1975 album "Blood on the Tracks" that contains alternate versions of half the songs on the LP.

Legend has it Dylan test pressed this version to listen to in 1974 to prepare for its Columbia Records release, but after taking advice from his brother David that too many songs sounded alike, he stopped the presses and re-recorded five songs on the album. Only five copies of this test pressing are known to exist.

The store said it came up on this one during a massive buy from a collection in New Jersey, and it is the most expensive item Amoeba Music in Hollywood has ever put on sale for $12,000 to the public, and placed right alongside the rest of rare Dylan music behind the counter in the sprawling record store."

(I'm wondering who the buyer will be?) I'm guessing someone in the music business who has a lot of money.

Can you imagine spending $12,000 for just half the songs being alternative versions (not even the entire album.)
I wonder what the store paid for the massive collection or if the person who sold it even knew he/she had this rare alternative version, especially if there is no indication by looking at the album that it was different. What I mean it the person selling the massive collection of records to Amoeba may not have known that 5 of the songs were rare on an album that looks like the normal "Blood on the Tracks" LP.

But I am sure it is a huge collector's item for some big Dylan fan with money!

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Subject: RE: Rare Dylan album
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Jul 15 - 11:43 PM

By the way, Amoeba Music bills itself "The World's Largest Independent Record Store." The original store opened in 1990 in what looks like an old arch-roofed supermarket on Telegraph Avenue near the University of California at Berkeley. The second store opened in 1997 in the Haight-Ashbury District, just across the street from Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. I haven't been to the third store, which opened in 2001 on Sunset Boulevard at Cahuenga in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. The Wikipedia article on these stores is very interesting. I've spent many, many hours in the Northern California Amoeba stores. They're as fun as Tower Records used to be years ago.


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Subject: RE: Rare Dylan album
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 04 Jul 15 - 12:56 AM

Hi Joe:

I've never been to the Berkeley or the San Francisco store but was at the Hollywood store several years ago. It is a huge store and if you go there plan to stay awhile! So many used records, CDs, magazines, books to see. Also, no public restrooms there so if you plan to stay awhile in there - better go somewhere at a nearby restaurant beforehand. I could spend hours in that store! You can't see it all in 20 minutes or so, so if you go, go alone or with someone who loves to spend a lot time in record shops.

Actually, I once spent about 6 hours in a record shop in Takoma Park, Maryland that was a folk music store! I didn't live there and was just visiting Maryland for a few days so it was the only time I could be at that store called, "House of Musical Traditions" (sell instruments on one side and music CDs, books, magazines on the other side (most folk acoustic music) When I was there in the mid-90's they had a lot of used folk tapes by local artists/obscure artists for the most part and it was fun looking through boxes and boxes of stuff besides what was on the shelves. I am sure they don't have tapes anymore as that was in the 1990's when I was there.

Yes, 6 hours in a record shop - I took a short break and went down the street to have lunch at a little café and then back to the record shop. This was after taking a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Maryland. Got off the plane, got a shuttle bus to my hotel from the airport, freshened up a bit (after no sleep on the plane) and took the local city bus from Silver Spring Maryland to Takoma Park to the record shop in the rain. I had heard about the record shop after reading about it in a folk music magazine called, "Dirty Linen" (no longer published for several years now.)

I was in 7th heaven - a record shop with mostly all folk related items. They gave me a large box to carry all the tapes and records I had bought (really heavy) and was not easy carrying all this on the bus back to hotel in the rain and walking several blocks to get back to my hotel after dark when I didn't even know the area very well. was worth it as it was a great shop for folk music!
Even got asked out on a date by a guy who worked there to go to a folk music venue the next night! :-)))

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Subject: RE: Rare Dylan album
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 04 Jul 15 - 01:10 AM

google 'may' lead to further info and 'opportunities' to hear the various versions....

However, an eventual legal release of the tracks could be in the pipeline
as part of the official program of 'bootleg' Dylan releases.

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Subject: RE: Rare Dylan album
From: GUEST,David E.
Date: 04 Jul 15 - 09:29 PM

I came across a "Blind Joe Death" (John Fahey) 78 at the Berkeley store 25 years or so ago and left it there. Still kicking myself. And those five "unreleased" Dylan songs are out in circulation for anyone who wants to hear them. Unless you have a need to spend 12 grand of course...

David E.

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