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Bob Dylan – Pecos Blues

Bob Dylan – Pecos Blues Type: CDR (1974)

From Bobsboots;

Source: Pat Garrett soundtrack sessions
Mexico City, Mexico January 20, 1973
Burbank, CA February 1973
Manufacturer / Catalog No. Spank / SP 107
Released: 1991
: 9½ stars

Bob’s Boots ref # BB-p05

Mama, put my guns in the ground
I can’t shoot them anymore.
That long black cloud is comin’ down
I feel like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door.

We’ve written of our love for the much neglected Dylan Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid OST. An insanely under-rated Dylan album and a wonderful score. Check it out here!

The obvious highlight on the Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid OST is one of Dylan’s best known songs, the simple yet immensely powerful Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, a timeless track that even the awful Axl Rose couldn’t fuck up!

However, as well as this masterpiece, the LP has some lovely and delicate instrumentals. Pared down pieces, in a style well ahead of its time.

Post-modern bands in the nineties were being gushed over by so-called critics for producing instrumental music of similar ilk!

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Now, on this wonderful boot, we get 24 outtakes from the sessions for the soundtrack of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid!

The sound from these February 1973 sessions is excellent, taken from the master or a source that was close to the master itself.

You get multiple versions of vocal and instrumental numbers from the soundtrack, including three takes of the most famous track to emerge from the project “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”

Dylan sounds earthier here than he did on most of his 1970s recordings, and there’s an agreeable backyard-hootenanny informality to the proceedings.

About half the tracks includes contributions from notable guests Roger McGuinn and Jim Keltner.

This is a must have disc for all fans of studio outtakes, and/or the Pat Garrett material. As with the released version, there is a lot of instrumentals. There’s also a lot of Bob talking and interacting with the engineer.

The songs are direct from the studio mixing consoles, in incredible quality. The cover is Rex Features’ classic ‘Alias’ photo. The photo on the back is the ferrotype that is believed to be of Henry McCarty who would change his name to Bill Bonney aka ‘Billy The Kid’. The CD title is the result of a grammatical error. The true title of the song does not include an apostrophe. Also released as ‘Lucky Luke’.

” Incredible glimpse of Dylan in the studio. Recorded Jan & Feb, 1973. It is a stripped down bare bones & all look of some great music. The recording is excellent in quality of performance & sound. The between takes chat is quite revealing. Recommended to everyone!!!”

-Tom Fischer


Mexico City:

Billy 1
Billy 2
Tom Turkey
Billy Surrenders
And He’s Killed Me Too
Good-bye Holly
Pecos Blues 1
Pecos Blues 2


Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 1
Sweet Amarillo
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 2
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 3
Final Theme 1
Final Theme 2
Rock Me Mama 1 (A. Crudup)
Rock Me Mama 2 (A. Crudup)
Billy-7 1
Billy-7 2
Final Theme 3
Final Theme 4
Dylan Talking

Here be Bobby and Pat and Billy … only moreso! :


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September 1, 2008 Posted by | Jim Keltner, Music_Bootleg, Music_ClassicRock, Music_OST, Roger McGuinn, _BOB DYLAN, _MUSIC | Leave a comment