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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15

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  1. Nov 3, 2010
    9
    Most of the fun here is listening to the unreleased material, which is, as you would expect, fantastic. And who can tire of hearing more versions of 'Don't think Twice', 'Masters of War', a piano backed 'Mr Tambourine Man'. And damn, do you get a lot of songs!

    But the one thing really bringing this purchase home was the extra live disk you got if you ordered it from Amazon (Brandeis
    Most of the fun here is listening to the unreleased material, which is, as you would expect, fantastic. And who can tire of hearing more versions of 'Don't think Twice', 'Masters of War', a piano backed 'Mr Tambourine Man'. And damn, do you get a lot of songs!

    But the one thing really bringing this purchase home was the extra live disk you got if you ordered it from Amazon (Brandeis 1963). It's short and the audio isn't consistently good (it's not consistently good in the regular 2-disk set either) but the show is equal parts playful and serious, lots of energy in the performances, and it's always a good thing to have another document of early Dylan live. If only he injected this much fun into his performances nowadays.
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  2. Nov 2, 2010
    10
    We rediscover classics and discover the young master at his best. Listen this album it's like to attend to the born of an icon. The sound give us the feeling of being here during the records. It's just magical.
  3. Jan 25, 2011
    10
    A magnificent release for any serious Bob Dylan fan as the demo-recordings are greatly restored into songs with great discovery. You'll recognize most of the tunes, but it's the atmosphere and importance of them that comes through in another way that makes this seventh instalment of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series essential.
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88

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

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  1. Jan 3, 2011
    100
    At its core, this constitutes a hearty glimpse of young Bob Dylan changing the music business, and the world, one note at a time.
  2. Dec 22, 2010
    80
    These songs, nearly half a century old, are as relevant as ever. They should have never been hawked to commercial singers, but delivered as broadsides to the public or as protest music to audiences (as many of them were). Active, agitated citizens should be the recipients of these songs.
  3. Dec 20, 2010
    90
    At its core, these demos are the sound of Dylan becoming Bob Dylan, and it's an evolution that's spellbinding.