The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 – The Witmark Demos: 1962–1964 (compilation album) by Bob Dylan

The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 – The Witmark Demos: 1962–1964 by Bob Dylan
(Compilation album)
Year: 2010
Release date: 2010-10-19
Overall rank: 10,105th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 – The Witmark Demos: 1962–1964 is ranked 36th best out of 74 albums by Bob Dylan on BestEverAlbums.com.

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This album is rated in the top 25% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 74.4/100, a mean average of 71.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 74.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 20.4.

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From 02/22/2018 02:37
Some stand-outs tracks, but as album, It isn't consistent.
It is a must-listen for every Bob Dylan fan, for It being a compilation from most of his earlier recordings.
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From 07/07/2016 11:21
Interesting from a historic point of view, but as a listening experience, it's rather boring. Maybe that's the point, it's not really designed to be listened too, just something to go back to now and then. Obviously historically essential, but as from a listening point of view, the dullest of the bootleg series so far.
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From 09/28/2013 20:44

This collection is pretty great! There is a beautiful, laid back, unforced and unconcerned vibe on many of the songs here. Also this Bootleg series really presents in detail the beautiful transformation Dylan went through from 62 to 64 - from pretty traditional blues/folk singer to budding songwriter to songwriting prodigy/extraordinaire to poetic genius in a folk musician's guise.

I feel that a lot of this material is more great for interest in development and so you have the records as documents more than for sheer quality or essentialness. This album probably will only be truly amazing if you are a pretty well initiated Bob Dylan fan. That said, there are some songs on here that are all time classic Dylan works ("Tomorrow Is A Long Time", "Let Me Die In My Footsteps", "Farewell" and much more). I could see someone buying this or hearing this as an introduction to the man's music and it could definitely be a fine intro (although "Freewheelin'" is much more recommended).

Energy and charismatic flair are on full display throughout here. And even for songs that are contained on other studio or live or bootleg series the songs here are often in a fresh and exciting state of are just performed in a slightly different way. This keeps the classics interesting, for me at least. And the rendition of "Don't Think Twice" on here is truly one of the greatest and most tender and pure musical anythings I've ever heard. The better known "Freewheelin'..." version is also masterful, but this FEELS like something else, something more pure and wonderful. (Note: This song version is also on Bootleg Series 7 "No Direction Home Soundtrack" which is where I first heard it)

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