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Q: Subterranean Homesick Blues - CD ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   6 Comments )
Subject: Subterranean Homesick Blues - CD
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: spurious-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 18 Feb 2003 01:25 PST
Expires: 20 Mar 2003 01:25 PST
Question ID: 162889
Where can I get a CD with the _full_length_ version of Subterranean
Homesick Blues, written and sung by Bob Dylan.

I am talking about the long, long version, not the one from the
"Bringing It All Back Home" album.

Any answer that gives me enough info to get the CD gets *****.  By
that I don't mean just "Check Ebay".
Subject: Re: Subterranean Homesick Blues - CD
Answered By: rico-ga on 19 Feb 2003 05:17 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi spurious,

Appreciate your offer.  To give you some value received, and in order
to feel that I earned my buck and a quarter, here's some info and
related links on SHB and Dylan...

Lyrics can be found here...

According to one of the authorities who posts regularly on
dylan, SHB was recorded twice by Dylan during the "Bringing It All
Back Home" sessions. The acoustic version was recorded January 13,
1965 and later released on the Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3.  The version
released on "Bringing It All Back Home" was recorded two days later on
January 15th.

Although neither contain SHB, the two generally acknowlded reference
bootlegs for Dylan's 1965-66 studio sessions are "Thin Wild Mercury

and "The Lonesome Sparrow Sings"

... both of which I own, btw.  Picking between the two, I think TWMM
is a little more interesting. And speaking of bootlegs, did you know
that Dylan may have been the first "rock-and-roll" artist ever
bootlegged (it's also been claimed that he's the *most* bootlegged
artist ever)? "Great White Wonder", originally released in July, 1969
is usually cited as both the first Dylan boot, and the first r`n-r
boot. See...

I actually had one of the "2,300" copies of the original GWW, and
still have a copy made from the original vinyl on a reel-to-reel tape
(of course, I don't have a player anymore :-)).  My copy
self-destructed several years later, the only album I've ever seen
that actually split while on the turntable.

So, hope you felt you got your money's worth.  Thanks again for the

spurious-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Sometimes the best answer to a dumb question is "You've been had, mate!"

Subject: Re: Subterranean Homesick Blues - CD
From: aceresearcher-ga on 18 Feb 2003 01:39 PST
An import CD "Subterranean Homesick Blues" with this song is available on CDNow:

However, the time length of the track is not listed.


Subject: Re: Subterranean Homesick Blues - CD
From: spurious-ga on 18 Feb 2003 02:45 PST
Thanks aceresearcher-ga, the CD you linked to has 11 tracks. Given the
length of a typical Dylan song, that doesn't leave much room for a
monster-length version of SHB. I'm not certain, of course; maybe
someone knows for sure.
Subject: Re: Subterranean Homesick Blues - CD
From: spurious-ga on 18 Feb 2003 02:48 PST
My ex-colleague and I have been looking out for this since 1997. He
said it was a 22 verse (Are they verses?; I don't know the
terminology) vs the original 3 rendition and it's not readily
available. Maybe an enthusiast would know.
Subject: Re: Subterranean Homesick Blues - CD
From: pinkfreud-ga on 18 Feb 2003 04:47 PST
There is an "alternate acoustic version" of "Subterranean Homesick
Blues" on Disc 2 of a box set called "The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 :
Rare And Unreleased, 1961-1991":
Subject: Re: Subterranean Homesick Blues - CD
From: rico-ga on 18 Feb 2003 11:45 PST
I think I'd probably qualify as a Dylan "enthusiast", and I have never
seen or heard any mention of an extended (certainly not 22 verses)
version of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" in the 30-odd years I've been
collecting Dylan.

The CD noted by aceresearcher, btw, is "Bringing it All Back Home"
released under that alternate title in Europe. The one mentioned by
pinkfreud, btw, is only notable for being an acoustic version, not for
extended lyrics or length.

With all due respect to your ex-colleague, I don't think it exists. 
However, the quickest way of verifing it would be to joinnig the
Google Group and posting your question there.  Be
prepared for the possibility of having to endure loud sounds of
derision, though. :-)

Subject: Re: Subterranean Homesick Blues - CD
From: spurious-ga on 18 Feb 2003 18:03 PST
Rico-ga's an authority on the matter, I guess I am probably the victim
of a long running hoax/ practical joke. I'm not normally easily
fooled; the problem is with Dylan, it is entirely believable and if
true, well worth searching for. Almost like a treasure map to a hoard
of Nazi gold.

I suggest Rico reposts his comment as an answer; at the very least,
it's saved me another six years of searching record stores. Otherwise,
I'll withdraw the question, so that we don't clog up GA any more with
expired questions.

Many thanks to aceresearcher-ga and pinkfreud-ga for their helpful

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