Bob Dylan: GE Smith Audition Tape (85min audio)

Altogether, not a great tape but a good listen, enjoyable for its unique qualities and for Dylan’s evident enthusiasm for performing – which comes through on one of the takes of “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” and on “Dead Man, Dead Man” – even at this odd between-bands moment in a rehearsal hall in New York City. You can feel his readiness to get back on stage. He’s not only determined to stand, but raring to go.
–> Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist Volume 3: Mind Out Of Time 1986 And Beyond)

First you need to check this clip from the CTWIF Podcast (Jan 2020):

New York City, New York
22 November 1987
G. E. Smith audition

  • Bob Dylan (guitar and vocal)
  • G.E. Smith (guitar and vocal)
  • Tom “T-Bone” Wolk (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)

1. Dancing in the Dark (x2) Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen [Bruce Springsteen] 0:00
2. Six Days on the Road Carl Montgomery, Earl Green 03:24
3. Carrying My Cross Traditional 06:18
4. Suzie Q Delmar Allen Hawkins [Dale Hawkins], Stan Lewis, Eleanor Broadwater 12:17
5. You’re a Big Girl Now 16:26
6. All I Really Want to Do 21:50
7. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat #1 24:55
8. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat #2 (Instr.) 28:29
9. // Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat #3 29:20
10. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat #4 31:49
11. Dead Man, Dead Man #1 (Instr.) 32:46
12. Dead Man, Dead Man #2 33:26
13. Dead Man, Dead Man #3 39:33
14. Dead Man, Dead Man #4 42:33
15. Everybody’s Movin’ Glen Orin Troutman [Glen Trout] 43:36
16. It’s Much Too Easy 46:37
17. Trail of the Buffalo Traditional arranged by Woodrow Wilson Guthrie [Woody Guthrie] 52:37
18. Heart of Mine 58:10
19. Joey #1 Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy 01:03:35
20. Joey #2 Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy 01:06:07
21. Joey #3 (Instrumental) Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy 01:10:07
22. Joey #4 (Instrumental) Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy 01:11:22
23. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight 01:12:37
24. Folsom Prison Blues John R. Cash [Johnny Cash] 01:18:04
25. Folsom Prison Blues (Instr.) John R. Cash [Johnny Cash] 01:20:17
26. Shelter from the Storm 01:20:40

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