The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964
The thing about Bob Dylan that fans tend to ignore is that the square, cigar-smoking industry suits immediately recognized his creativity and songwriting talents. The pre-fame Dylan cut these bare-bone demos in order to get his songs covered by other, more popular acts. And, boy, did people flock to cover many of them, while others became Dylan classics and some remain intriguing rarities. A number of tunes, such as "Bound to Lose, Bound to Win," are just fragments, but the entire set becomes more than just a fascinating listen as it emits a casual but energetic buzz.