The insert-less Dylan bootleg: WCF’s ‘Motorcycle’ (103) and the original version (1943)

Dylan Motorcycle

There are two versions: Those with handwritten covers, which seems to have been done by the same person):

Dylan Motorcycle II

Bob Dylan Motorcycle red

Dylan Motorcycle III

And those with a stamp:

Dylan Motorcycle stamp

The stamp up close:

Bob Dylan Motorcycle st

Exists with purple, green (or is it turquoise?) or red labels and while bobsboots calls it “relatively rare” there are certainly rarer WCF titles.

Dylan Motorcycle blu lbl 1

Dylan Motorcycle blu lbl 2

Matrix: 103 A / B

USA: 1971

Source: Basement tapes with the Band, April 1967, Woodstock, NY, except the last three tracks on side B: Witmark demo tapes, 1963.

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Based on the fact that WCF for the most part did copy the releases of others, my money is on this version having come out first, also ca. 1971.

“(Referencing) Dennis Liff in “Raging Glory”, the LP-1943 version is noted as having matrix: LP-1943-A/B, SON, K-4068/9. It’s actually unclear in the book if this refers to 3 different pressings (one with LP-1943 A/B, another with SON, and a 3rd with K-4068/9), or if this version simply had a matrix of LP-1943 A, SON, K-4068 one one side, and a matrix of LP-1943 B, SON, K-4069 on the other side. However following the pattern in the book, this entry indicates the one matrix number of LP-1943-A/B, SON, K-4068/9 for this version.” [from a comment by frequent blog contributor YesDays]

 

Bob Dylan Motorcycle 1943 st

Unfortunately, the added notes on this copy are not readable. A lot of work seems to have gone into them.

It is usually found with this stamp in the top right corner spelling out “CYCLE” in all caps or without the stamp:

Bob Dylan Motorcycle 1943 hw

It is quite peculiar how similar both releases are in appearance, although the labels do not use the same wording and this version has song separation.

There seem to have been two pressings as evidenced by the labels. Those with a large slightly depressed central area surrounding the spindle hole:

Bob Dylan Motorcycle 1943 lbl 1 alt

Bob Dylan Motorcycle 1943 lbl 2 lg

And those with an additional raised central area:

Bob Dylan Motorcycle 1943 lbl 1

 

 

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4 comments
  1. Erik T said:

    I could swear I have that handwriting on a different Bob boot- “24” maybe, but that is supposed to be a Euro pressing. I should take a peek…

  2. 4mabs said:

    WoW! these are very cool!

  3. YesDays said:

    Well, once again looking to Dennis Liff in “Raging Glory”, the LP-1943 version is noted as having matrix: LP-1943-A/B, SON, K-4068/9. It’s actually unclear in the book if this refers to 3 different pressings (one with LP-1943 A/B, another with SON, and a 3rd with K-4068/9), or if this version simply had a matrix of LP-1943 A, SON, K-4068 one one side, and a matrix of LP-1943 B, SON, K-4069 on the other side. However following the pattern in the book, this entry indicates the one matrix number of LP-1943-A/B, SON, K-4068/9 for this version.

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