Quality is key and the Witmark sessions are simply stunning in their clarity and sharp resonance. Bob Dylan spent the magical time after the release of his first studio album writing and playing as much as humanly possible, and these recordings were taken from the best possible recordings that he made at the Leeds/Witmark studio for artists getting down songs for publication and music write-ups.
The genius is sitting in a tiny professional studio on the guitar, harmonica and, at times, piano putting down an incredible amount of traditional folk/blues melodies with new words and new music crafted with his sensational lyrics. Dylan is shown growing, chronologically, in this set unlike anything that has been released to date.
"Hard Times In New York Town" tells the story of the 18 year old's struggle upon moving from Minnesota to New York City and is moving, as well as catchy. The included version of "Blowin' In The Wind" seems to be good enough to be the album version, or a great live recording, and the coziness of the studio is evident when one can hear Bob cough between verses.
Simply put: Wow! This two-disc set is a must have for any fan of the great writer/singer/song writer/legend that is Bob Dylan.