M index
Daily Updates Home e-mail
Minnesota Tapes
source: Minneapolis recordings

Disc one
Minnesota Party Tape:
Ramblin' Round (Woody Guthrie)
Death Don't Have No Mercy (Rev. Gary Davis)
It's Hard To Be Blind  (Adapted*)
This Train Is Bound For Glory (Big Bill Broonzy)
Harmonica Solo 
Talkin' Fish Blues (Woody Guthrie)
Pastures Of Plenty (Woody Guthrie)
Railroad Bill (Traditional)
Will The Circle Be Unbroken (A P Carter)
Man Of Constant Sorrow (Traditional)
Pretty Polly (Traditional)
Railroad Boy (Traditional)
James Alley Blues (Richard Brown)
Bonnie, Why'd You Cut My Hair (Traditional)
This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)
Two Trains Running (McKinley Morganfield)
Wild Mountain Thyme (Traditional)
Disc two
Car Car
Don't You Push Me Down
Come See
I Want It Now (I Want My Milk)
San Francisco Bay Blues
A Long Time A-Growin'
Devilish Mary
Minnesota Hotel Tape:
Candy Man (Rev. Gary Davis arr. of trad. song)
Baby Please Don't Go (Big Joe Williams)
Hard Times In New York Town (adapted*1)
Stealin' (Memphis Jug Band arr. of trad. song)
Poor Lazarus (Traditional)
I Ain't Got No Home (Woody Guthrie)
It's Hard To Be Blind (adapted*2)
Dink's Song (John & Alan Lomax arr. of trad. song)
Man Of Constant Sorrow (Dylan arr. of trad. song)
East Orange (Assumed Dylan)
Disc three
Naomi Wise (Traditional)
Wade In The Water (Traditional)
I Was Young When I Left Home (adapted*3)
In The Evening (Leroy Carr)
Baby Let Me Follow You Down (E.Von Schmidt)
Sally Gal (adapted*4)
Gospel Plow (Traditional)
Long John (Traditional)
Cocaine Blues (Rev. Gary Davis arr. of trad. song)
VD Blues (Woody Guthrie)
VD Waltz (Woody Guthrie)
VD City (Woody Guthrie)
VD Gunner's Blues (Woody Guthrie)
See My Grave's Kept Clean (Lemon Jefferson)
Ramblin' Round (Woody Guthrie)
Black Cross (Lord Buckley arr. of Joseph S. Newman)
© 2002 Craig Pinkerton Bobsboots.com
Download covers for printing
© 2002 Craig Pinkerton Bobsboots.com
© 2002 Craig Pinkerton Bobsboots.com
View enlarged images below

Source / Venue:
Minnesota Party Tape II (Beecher Tape) - May 1961
*Adapted from the traditional "It's Hard To Be Poor" and Rev. Gary Davis' "There Was A Time When I Was Blind"
Minnesota Hotel Tape (Glover Tape) Dec. 22, 1961

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Wanted Man WMM 033/034/035 

5-6 stars  Party Tape

Other releases of Minnesota Party Tape II
Early Years Vol 1
Gleason Home Tape
Other releases of Minnesota Hotel Tape
Cocaine Blues
Early Years Vol 2

Gleason Home Tape
His Gotham Ingress

Songs For Bonnie
8 stars
Hotel Tape

ref  #

* These songs were adapted by Dylan from:
1) The traditional song: "Hard Times In The Country Working On Ketty's Farm"
2) Adapted from the traditional "It's Hard To Be Poor" and Rev. Gary Davis' "There Was A Time When I Was Blind"
3) Adapted from the traditional "900 Miles"
4) Adapted from Woody Guthrie's "Sally Don't You Grieve"

The December tape has been in wide circulation for many years. It was actually the first bootleg ever produced. It was released on a 2 LP set in 1969, and went by the title 'Great White Wonder' It has been available under various titles a countless number of times in the decades that followed. The quality has generally been very good, and the performance tells the story of a fresh faced boy just out of high school, who had the energy and natural 'world-traveled weariness' quality that would forever change the world. It is absolutely required material for even the smallest collection. The May tape has never enjoyed the same popularity. Partly because of the low quality of the original recording, and partly due to a remarkably uninspired performance. One of the first times that a young Bob would hear himself on tape, nerves, inexperience, and limited repertoire would result in, at best, this mediocre offering. The tape is significant, however, not only for its historical importance, but also as a standard to compare the December tape. A short seven months that separate the two. A lifetime that separate the two. The interim shows the explosive growth from a kid with a guitar to a Folk Phenomenon. This unique package from Wanted Man presents the two tapes together. As is with most titles from this label, the package is minimal, but the cover photo is priceless. 
© 2000 Craig Pinkerton Bobsboots.com
© 2000 Craig Pinkerton - Site by eve, Incorporated