The Minneapolis Hotel & The Gaslight Cafe (Discontinued)

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The Minneapolis Hotel & The Gaslight Cafe (Discontinued) - Vinyl Record

by Bob Dylan

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Let Them Eat Vinyl
140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed
1000 only limited edition

Further to BDAs previous collections (Carnegie Hall & The Minnesota Party Tape) comes the third album in the 1961 series of rare and previously unreleased Dylan material . This time showcasing an early stint at the infamous Gaslight Cafe in NYCs Greenwich Village, and the December recordings made at his friend Bonnie Beechers apartment back in Minnesota - the same venue that witnessed the Party Tape in May of the same year.

Dylan played the Gaslight a number of times but this particular performance is one of only two for which any recordings exist - it is believed to be the set he played there on 6th September 61.

Bonnie Beechers apartment (aka the Minneapolis Hotel) was a regular stopping off point for Bob on his way home to visit his parents in Hibbing, and while there he would often play in front of old college friends. This recording was made a few days before Christmas - on 22nd December 1961- en route to spending the festivities with his folks. Both recordings here feature the very best sound recordings known to exist making this LP both a hugely important historical document and a delightful collection of Bob Dylanís earliest work.

1. Man On The Street
2. He Was A Friend Of Mine
3. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues
4. Song To Woody
5. Pretty Polly
6. Car, Car
7. Candy Man
8. Stealin, Stealin
9. Its Hard
10. Man Of Constant Sorrow
11. Omie Wise
12. In The Evening

13. Baby Let Me Follow You Down
14. Sally Gal
15. Gospel Plow
16. Long John
17. Cocaine
18. VD Blues
19. VD Waltz
20. VD City
21. VD Gunners Blues
22. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
23. Ramblin Round
24. Black Cross

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