Nearly 150 previously unknown acetates of songs Bob Dylan was working on at the turn of the ‘70s have been discovered.
As reported by Rolling Stone, the acetates were made by Dylan as he was recording the 1969 album, Nashville Skyline, and the 1970 albums Self Portrait and New Morning. The recordings, which are currently in the hands of collector Jeff Gold, previously belonged to a woman who owned the Greenwich Village building where Dylan had rented a room to use as a studio. It’s assumed Dylan simply left the acetates at that location when he moved out of the space.
The material includes alternate mixes, alternate takes and a handful of never-before-released outtakes. Among the latter are electric versions of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues,” and a gospel-tinged take of “Tomorrow is a Long Time.” Columbia Records owns the master tapes for Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait and New Morning, but it’s likely the newly discovered acetates are the only sources for the in-progress mixes.