Earlier this year an apparently legit album of pre-1963 Dylan recordings called Have A Light showed up on Amazon in the U.S. and elsewhere.
The album, available only as mp3s, contains 24 excellent early Dylan recordings. The price? $7.99.
So what’s the deal? I’m not sure. If you have more solid info regarding this album, please let me know.
Most of the songs are folk and blues standards that weren’t written by Dylan, but a version of his “Song to Woody” is included as is “Talkin’ New York Blues.”
In any case, for at least six months this album has been available and if Sony could stop it from being sold, you’d think they would.
Some of these recordings – including “Hard Times in New York Town” and “Roll On John” and Hank Williams’ “(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle” — come from recordings made at Cynthia Goodings apartment in March of 1962, while a 1961 version of “Cocaine Blues” is probably from a tape made in Bonnie Beecher’s apartment.
Have A Light track listing:
1 Hard Times in New York Town — Cynthia Gooding, March 11, 1962
2 You’re No Good
3 In My Time of Dyin’
4 Man of Constant Sorrow
5 (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle — Cynthia Gooding, March 11, 1962
6 Fixin’ to Die
7 Cocaine Blues – 1961 recording, probably from the Bonnie Beecher apartment tape
8 Roll On John — Cynthia Gooding, March 11, 1962
9 Pretty Peggy-O
10 Corrina, Corrina
11 Gospel Plow
12 Baby Let Me Follow You Down
13 House of the Risin’ Sun
14 Freight Train Blues
15 Long John
16 Talkin’ New York
17 Baby Please Don’t Go
18 Song to Woody
19 Highway 51
20 Wade in the Water
21 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
22 Mixed Up Confusion
23 Dreamed a Dream
24 Makes a Long Time Man Feel Bad — Cynthia Gooding, March 11, 1962
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