149 ‘lost’ Bob Dylan acetates found in a New York cupboard

The two boxes of records were untouched for 40 years

149 ‘lost’ Bob Dylan acetate records have been found in a New York cupboard.

The never-heard-before versions of songs which eventually were to feature on the iconic singer-songwriter’s ‘Nashville Skyline’, ‘Self Portrait’ and ‘New Morning’ albums were found in a closet in a building at 124 W Houston Street in Manhattan, which was once home to a studio Dylan worked in from 1969 to 1972.

The two boxes in which the records were found were labelled ‘Old Records’ and had been untouched for 40 years, reports Brooklyn Vegan. They feature alternative and unfinished versions of a host of Dylan songs as well as cover versions.

Speaking about the discovery, Jeff Gold of Record Mecca commented: “We discovered many of the acetates were unreleased versions of songs, in some cases with different overdubs, sometimes without any overdubs, many with different mixes, different edits and in a few cases completely unreleased and unknown versions. There are outtakes too, including electric versions of Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’ and ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ recorded during the ‘Self Portrait’ sessions, and a gospel-tinged version of ‘Tomorrow is Such a Long Time’ recorded during the ‘New Morning’ sessions.”

A draft of Bob Dylan’s song ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ recently broke the record for the most expensive lyric manuscript ever sold. The working draft of the song, written in Bob Dylan’s own handwriting, was sold by Sotheby’s for $2.045 million (£1.204 million) last month to a private, unidentified buyer who is reported to be a Californian and a longtime fan of the folk singer. The auction house said that it was “the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem.”

The draft was written on paper from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C. and featured doodles of a hat, a bird and an animal with antlers. ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ features on Dylan’s 1965 LP ‘Highway 61 Revisited’, his sixth studio album.