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Bob Dylan - Carnegie Chapter Hall

Bob Dylan - Carnegie Chapter Hall

On the evening of November 4, 1961, ten months after arriving in New York and nine days after signing with Columbia Records, Bob Dylan performed 22 songs at Carnegie Chapter Hall in New York City, an auxiliary practise room to the main, very prestigious central concert hall. With a 100 person capacity, only fifty three paying customers attended the show, meaning a loss for the promoter.
Dylan had been making a reasonable name for himself in the folk community around NYC’s Greenwich Village since his arrival in the city, and had achieved good reviews playing in the area’s coffee bars and folk cellars, most notably from Robert Shelton on the New York Times.
The first seven songs from this performance came into circulation among collectors some years ago. Five additional songs appeared in December 2004 and a further two (‘Talking Merchant Marine’ and ‘Talking New York’) turned up in May, 2008. It is generally believed that no other songs from this earliest of Dylan performances are in existence anywhere. All of the available material has been pulled together for this remarkable release. 
With a tracklist comprising four Dylan originals, plus a further two Dylan arrangements of traditional tunes, two Woody Guthrie songs plus a mixture of other traditionals and folk and blues standards, the historical value alone of this recording, available legitimately now for the first time, is reason enough for its release. However, the show is enormously enjoyable and the quality of the recording remarkably good considering the circumstances and its age. Certainly during the actual songs, the sound remains relatively consistent. Interestingly, the drops in volume that occur between certain numbers were unavoidable as, being a rather informal event, Bob would be shuffling about for lyrics, harmonicas in different keys and other paraphernalia while addressing the gathering, and in doing so moving away the vocal mic, which was connected via a fairly primitive two channel mixer to the PA. 

   1. Pretty Peggy-O                                                             
   2. In the Pines 
   3. Gospel Plow                                                                                    
   4. 1913 Massacre                                                         
   5. Backwater Blues                                                                         
   6. A Long Time A-Growin’                                                             
   7. Fixin’ to Die 
   8. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues                                                                            
   9. Man on The Street
10. Talking Merchant Marine
11. Black Cross
12. Freight Train Blues
13. Song to Woody
14. Talking New York

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