Album review: Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Vol 9

Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Vol 9 - The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 Columbia, £19.99 ****

GOOD old Bobby D - with his seemingly bottomless vault of bootlegs and demos, he is the gift that keeps on giving. There's a veritable Bob bonanza going down this week, as the latest edition of the prized Bootleg Series is let loose at the same time as a box set of Dylan's first eight albums in their original mono incarnation. The Witmark Demos comprises 43 early demo recordings Dylan made for his publishers Leeds Music and M Witmark & Sons, lovingly packaged with a booklet of liner notes. There are spare recordings on acoustic guitar and harmonica - and, occasionally, refreshingly, on piano - of future classics such as The Times They Are A-Changing, Don't Think Twice It's All Right and Mr Tambourine Man for the completist to cosy up to, but the chief interest of the collection is the 15 previously unavailable Dylan songs, such as rudimentary yet eerie lynching saga The Death Of Emmett Till.

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