Don’t Buy Dylan’s “The MacKenzie Tapes” CD Unless…

Recently the Dylan website Expecting Rain, brought to my attention a Bob Dylan CD for sale in the UK (mp3s too) of The MacKenzie Home Tapes, recordings made by Bob Dylan in the apartment of Eve and Mac MacKenzie in 1961 and 1962.

Based on listening to previews of the songs on Amazon UK, and a copy of the recordings I was able to download some years ago, I would not recommend this album to anyone but a total Bob Dylan completest. On the CD, many of the tracks are fragments.

While there are a handful of worthwhile songs from the sessions, those appeared on Sony’s 50th Anniversary Collection, which was released in a very limited edition in Europe last year to prevent the recordings from entering the public domain.

It is possible that those songs — “Hard Times in New York Town,” “The Death of Emmett Till,” “I Rode Out One Morning,” “House of the Rising Sun,” “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” and “Ballad of Donald White” — will be part of one or more bootleg series recordings that will be released in the future.

You can hear excerpts of the songs here.

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Michael Goldberg is a distinguished pioneer in the online music space; Newsweek magazine called him an ‘Internet visionary.’ In 1994 he founded Addicted To Noise (ATN), the highly influential music web site. He was a senior vice-president and editor in chief at SonicNet from March 1997 through May 2000. In 1997, Addicted To Noise won Webby awards for best music site in 1998 and 1999, and also won Yahoo Internet Life! awards for three years running as best music site in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Prior to starting Addicted To Noise, Goldberg was an editor and senior writer at Rolling Stone magazine for 10 years. His writing has also appeared in Wired, Esquire, Vibe, Details, Downbeat, NME and numerous other publications. Michael recently completed his first novel, Days of the Crazy-Wild, and is currently writing a second novel.

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