Did you know? 149 early recordings of Dylan found in old Manhattan studio

The boxes contain records with notes on the sleeves for the Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait and New Morning albums


Ians July 04, 2014

Two boxes containing 149 recordings made by Bob Dylan in the late 1960s and early 1970s were found in a closet in an apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village, the Blowing in the Wind singer used as a studio more than 40 years ago.

The discovery was made at 124 W Houston Street, a place Dylan had rented out near his apartment.

The boxes contained acetate records with notes on the sleeves for the Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait and New Morning albums, as well as some covers of Johnny Cash songs, including Ring of Fire and Folsom Prison Blues.

The woman who owned the building where the studio was located died and left the Manhattan property to her brother, who found the boxes and contacted collector Jeff Gold. Gold confirmed the recordings’ authenticity and bought the lot.

“They are so cool,” Gold told the Daily News. “These would have been made in 1969, 1970 and 1971.” He also added that the sound quality of the tapes was unbelievably great and that they were all first generation recordings cut directly from the master tape.

The collector is selling some of the items online, with the rare ones going for up to $7,000 each. 

Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2014.

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