Dylan tapes (and movies) being auctioned [plus a real Beatles guitar]

The auction takes place on 17 May at Julien’s Auctions.

Dylan 75 Toronto reel“A Super 8mm color film with magnetic sound, featuring Bob Dylan performing live on stage at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on December 1, 1975. Also includes 24 vintage color photographs taken during a concert at the same venue on October 29, 1981, as well as an original ticket stub for the event and audio recordings of the same 1981 performance recorded on two vintage “Realistic Gold-90” cassette tapes, accompanied by digitized versions of the audio recordings on CD.

NOTE: The consignor is transferring all copyrights connected with this material. While the seller confirms that this property is sold with copyright, Julien’s cannot accept liability in relation to any matters arising as a result of any imperfection in copyright given.”

I am pretty sure Dylan’s legal team would have no problems challenging any commercial use of this material. Minimum bid is $1,500.

 

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Dylan Toronto 78 tapes

These don’t look like quality tapes to me. On the other hand, the seller has already done the transfer to digital. However, not knowing what equipment was used, I would prefer to do my own.

Dylan Toronto 78 package

“A Super 8mm film with magnetic sound, featuring Bob Dylan performing on stage live at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, October 12, 1978. Also includes 10 vintage color photographs taken during the same show, as well as audio recordings of the concert recorded on two vintage Realistic C-90 cassette tapes, accompanied by digitized versions of the audio recordings on CD. ” Plus same copyright notice.

Minimum bid is a staggering $2,500 and one bid has already been submitted. In 1990, this concert was bootlegged on the CD I Was Young When I Left Home and bobsboots.com had this to say: “This audience recording captures the entire show in proper order. Bob puts a lot of effort and passion into the performance. Some tunes have been altered. The 8 minute version of Tangled Up In Blue is dream-like magic. The Street Legal material is fresh and powerful. On the other hand, the sound quality is only “good” … not great. While the vocals/music mix is fairly good, it has a very ‘mid-range’ overall sound that some find annoying. If you enjoy the ’78 material, this piece is highly recommended, as it is performed so well. If you can only enjoy the best soundboard quality… stay away.  

Perhaps the tape offered here is an alternate source and an upgrade but I certainly wouldn’t put any money on that. Both items sold by the person from Ontario or thereabouts, is my obvious guess.

 

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Off topic [and I have to admit, for me any excuse will do to feature a couple of rarely seen images of the Beatles performing]:

The most amazing item offered as part of this auction is George’s 1962 Rickenbacker 425 (serial number BH 439), purchased for $400 when he visited his sister in Illinois in September of 1963. Minimum bid: $400,000 and four bids already in.

 

The guitar, possibly photographed on stage for the first time, at Pavillion Gardens in Buxton on 19 October ’63 … look how close the audience is – just asking for a stage invasion.

Beatles Sheffield 63

Beatles George Rickky

Beatles George Rickky 2

The re-painted (it used to be ‘Fireglo’ red; http://www.rickenbacker.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=397 ) Rickenbacker in action during the Beatles’s Swedish tour, late October 1963. It may have been retired as a concert guitar right after this as all photos show George playing his walnut finish 1962 Gretsch 6122 Country Gentleman. Update – February ’17: It was not retired after all: A clip has appeared on YouTube, titled The Beatles at The Regent Theatre in Ipswich., UK on Halloween 1964 and John (!) can clearly be seen playing it.


 

Beatles Ricky 63

Read all about this guitar here: http://www.thecanteen.com/harrison5.html

 

*** UPDATE: The guitar achieved a high bid of $657,000 ***

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2 comments
  1. Yesdays said:

    Fascinating. Makes you wonder what else is out there somewhere, …in a shoe box, or in a concrete & steel vault

    • I’d love to get my hands on some rare live masters – or even just cassettes of FM recordings that haven’t been heard in decades. I was bidding on some of those on eBay recently but the ones I really wanted went for surprisingly high amounts, even though the performers were not that well known (except for one of them). Nice to see though that such cassette tapes from the 70s are still valued.

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