BOB DYLAN 614/615 + 616/617 (GWW II)

The Dylan bootleg book Great White Answers mentions as gw 15 a 2 LP set also referred to as Great White Wonder II. It is a blank white gatefold album from 1970 that contains songs from the previous releases Stealin’ and John Birch plus seven Basement tape tracks (Matrix: DAB 614/615/616/617).

“The LPs were not merely copied from those releases, however, but from original, high quality tapes…. and are quite good quality.
There are a few package variations that include various combinations of the following:
The cover is a blank white gatefold. In Europe it was released with a small black title stamp on the front that reads ‘Stealin’. It is the same LP set, however. The labels are blank white, light blue, yellow, or black.
The vinyl is black. It was also released by CBM in an inferior copy that came in a yellow sleeve with a die-cut center hole.
It has large stickers front and back that title the piece ‘GWW-2’.  They also list the songs and ref. number.”

I have not been able to find images of this CBM double set.

bobsboots then states that the double set was reissued later by Contraband as two single LPs (without any apparent title) and these can be easily found:

Dylan GWW II

Matrix:  614/ 615

Side 1:  Can you please crawl out your window / It takes a lot to laugh / Love – 0/no limit / She belongs to me / It’s all over now, Baby Blue / That’s all right Mama (all preceding tracks: studio 1964/5) / Hard times in New York town */ Stealin’ * (* Minnesota hotel tapes)

Side 2:  I was young when I left home/ Percy’s song (take 2) **/ Corrina Corrina ***/ In the evening/ Long John/ Down in the flood *                                                                                                          Minnesota hotel tapes except for  * Basement tapes.  ** ‘Times’ outtake Oct. 63  *** B-side of Dylan’s first 45 “Mixed Up Confusion”, released 14 December 1962, alternate mono take (4) to The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan version

“The cover is either a red and white insert, or a black and white xerox of it. The label is either blank or CBM.  Hotwacks, great white answers, and Paul Cable all refer to this un-titled LP as ‘Dylan’, although it is a near certainty that it was never released under that name.
Dennis Liff referred to it more accurately as ‘Bob Dylan’
It has also been incorrectly referred to as ‘Stealin’ due to the fact that the GWW-2 disc from which it was copied is mainly material from the ‘Stealin’ release. Whether you have heard it  called ‘Volume one’, ‘CBM 614’, ‘Dylan disc one’ or something else… This is the LP to which all are referring.”


Dylan Bob D

Dylan Bob 616 617 a

Dylan Bob 616 617 c

Matrix: 616/617

Side 1:  Wade in the water * / Cocaine * / I’ll keep it with mine / Talking John Birch paranoid blues / Who killed Davey Moore? * * / Eternal circle / Ramblin’ gamblin’ Willie                                                    ’62 & ’63 studio outtakes except for  * Minnesota hotel tapes  * * 10/26/63 Carnegie Hall

Side 4:  Million dollar bash / Yea! Heavy and a bottle of bread / Please, Mrs. Henry / Lo and behold / Tiny Montgomery / You ain’t going nowhere / Mixed up confusion* / East Laredo blues**    Basement tapes except for  *1962 mono 45 rpm ** ‘Another side of Bob Dylan’.. studio outtake.

It has also been incorrectly referred to as ‘John Birch’ due to the fact that the GWW-2 disc from which it was copied contained material from the ‘John Birch’ release. Whether you have heard it  called ‘Volume two’, ‘CBM 616’, ‘Dylan disc two’ or something else… This is the LP to which all are referring.”

Year of release is given as 1971 but I believe it may have appeared as late as 1973.


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