As nice as the official ‘bootleg series’ releases have been over the past 10+ years, it’s the unofficial stacks I regularly find myself turning to when looking for an off-kilter Dylan fix. Long available in trading circles (at times known as the Yesterday bootleg) the following two sessions were cut in ’69 and ’70 at CBS studios in Nashville and New York City respectively. George Harrison guests on the NYC session, and it would not surprise me if this, or a session like it, were not the impetus for the inclusion of “If Not For You” on his 1970 solo debut All Things Must Pass.

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43 Responses to “Bob Dylan :: Yesterday (CBS Studios: Nashville/NYC Outtakes)”

  1. first Nighthawks Tom Waits and now Bob Dylan bootlegs with George Harrison. great start to 2010.

  2. this collection really is a treasure

  3. Wow! Fantastic. Thank you.

  4. Incredible…THANKS!!!

  5. wonderful

  6. thanks AD, can’t wait to give these a listen!

  7. Thanks so much for sharing

  8. Awesome post. Keep this type of thing coming. The quality of the recordings is even great. It amazes me that I can get more information from a free blog than I could ever get from a paid subscription to a music magazine like SPIN or Rolling Stone.

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  10. This is great. Thank you I can’t wait to listen to it.

  11. Heidiho, this is what I love about Aquarium Drunkard. Thanks for all the audible love. Hey, did you know Bob Dylan’s real name is “Robert Allen Zimmerman”? It’s not that surprising, but a fun fact. Happy New Decade, AD!

  12. Love me some Blind Boy Grunt. Cheers, AD.

  13. Hey these are awesome! I could only download like half of them though. Now I have a problem accessing the links. Anyone else having problems?

  14. Having problems with the links :/

  15. That’s Charlie Daniels he’s talking to at the beginning of Gates of Eden.

  16. Did I miss the files or are they being restored as a zip? I’d love to get them.

  17. HANG tight. Zip on the way……

  18. Excellent! Thank you so so much. I’m very excited.

  19. That’s an awesome late Christmas gift. Thanks!

  20. nice. these tunes are much appreciated.

  21. Thanks. I am loving this. And the Tom Waits too!

  22. whoah!

  23. Outstanding stuff.

    For the completists:
    “True Love” should be “Your True Love”…another Perkins cover.

  24. A fantastic post. Borderline public-service. I’ve always thought Nashville Skyline was an underrated effort, and always loved the Bootleg Series version of “If Not for You” featuring George on slide.

  25. please post the Dylan & Cash stuff Again! Thank you so much what you’re doing is great!

  26. Thanks for this! What a New Years’ present.

  27. Possum Belly Overalls!

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  29. thank you thank you thank you. an unheard bootleg from my favorite dylan era. the drunkard delivers again!

  30. Some interesting/dull facts (depeniding on your persuasion) on the Dylan/Harrison connection:

    Harrison’s impetus for a version of “If Not For You” on ‘All Things Must Pass’ may well have come from this session. However they did also meet up in 1968 in Woodstock at Bob’s home a few times, I have recording from one meeting of them playing an early version of “I’d Have You Any Time” a co-compostion of which Harrison’s version is the opening song on All Things Must Pass. Also on the tape is “Nowhere To Go” (sometimes called “Everybody Somebody Comes To Town”) which I don;t think ever made it to an album for either Dylan or Harrison.

    “Behind That Locked Door” a beautiful song from All Things Must Pass is thought to have been written about Dylan by Harrison.

  31. that link ain’t working… for me anyway ;-(

  32. Thank you so much for this! I’m in the air in Paris!

  33. i think the link is broken. i would love to hear these sessions. please please fix the link. thanx.

  34. It works. Mediafire was just down today

  35. Thanks for the great post and download. The versionof “If Not For You” is definitely the basis for the Harrison recording on “All Things Must Pass” – particularly George’s guitar coda. Compare the quicker tempo and church organ on Dylan’s studio version from “New Morning.”

  36. Thanks Drunkard! That’s Carl Perkins pickin’ it on the Nashville stuff BTW… From “Produced by Bob Johnson, this session was three days after the ‘Nashville Skyline’ LP was recorded in the same studio, with different musicians.
    The 1970 material … was produced by Bob Johnson as well. This session also produced the “If Not For You” version that was released on the official CBS LP ‘The Bootleg Series 1-3″ The musicians include George Harrison (guitar), Charlie Daniels (bass & backing vocals), Billy Mundi (drums) & Bob Johnson (piano)

  37. Schwing! 🙂

  38. This bootleg has been mislabled for years. All of these tracks are actually from the first session for “New Morning” on May 1st, 1970 in NYC at Columbia Studio B. check this link and click on May 1st.

  39. also, alot of the info on “” is bogus and sometimes completely incorrect as in this case. thanks for the tracks though, this album is great.

  40. Thanks for this jewel!

  41. Can’t thank you enough!

  42. Thank you.Honestly.

  43. Is there still a link for this?

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