Bob Dylan Concert From 1963 to be Released

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings will release an album of a 1963 concert by Bob Dylan at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

Rolling Stone co-founder Ralph Gleason had apparently had the recording sitting on a shelf among his archives for the past 40 years. “It had been forgotten, until it was found last year in the clearing of the house after my mother died,” said Toby Gleason, Ralph’s son. “It’s a seven inch reel-to-reel that sounds like it was taped from the mixing desk.”

The songs on the album include “Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance” (incomplete), “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues,” “Ballad Of Hollis Brown,” “Masters of War,” “Talkin’ World War III Blues,” “Bob Dylan’s Dream” and “Talkin’ Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues.”

The liner notes, written by Dylan expert Michael Gray, say, “It’s a small miracle this recording exists… Clearly a professional recording… (t)he Bob Dylan performance it captured, from way back when Kennedy was President and the Beatles hadn’t yet reached America, wasn’t even on fans’ radar… It reveals him not at any Big Moment but giving a performance like his folk club sets of the period: repertoire from an ordinary working day… Dylan has leapt a creative canyon with this material… This is the last live performance we have of Bob Dylan before he becomes a star.”

The album will be available on CD, vinyl and digital formats everywhere on April 12.