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Bob Dylan 1969 Isle of Wight Festival Acetate Pressing

Rare EMI acetate pressing of Dylan's 'comeback' show at the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, featuring 'Highway 61' and 'Like a Rolling Stone'

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Rare EMI acetate pressing of Dylan's 'comeback' show at the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, featuring 'Highway 61' and 'Like a Rolling Stone'

Rare 12″ double-sided EMI acetate pressing of Bob Dylan's performance at the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, which marked his dramatic 'comeback' following the infamous 1966 motorcycle accident. The acetate disc bears Emidisc labels on both sides, annotated with track listings as follows:

SIDE 1
1. Highway 61 Revisited
2. One Too Many Mornings
3. I Pity The Poor Immigrant
4. Like A Rolling Stone
5. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
6. Mighty Quinn
7. Whose Going To Throw That Minstrel Boy A Coin

SIDE 2
1. She Belongs To Me
2. I Threw It All Away
3. I Ain’t Gonna Work On Maggies Farm
4. Wild Mountain Thyme
5. It Ain’t Me Babe
6. To Ramona
7. Lay, Lady, Lay

In fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks.

Acetate pressings (also called 'lacquers') are the rarest of the rare among record collectors. They are lacquer-coated metal (nickel) discs created as the first step in the manufacturing process of a record. Literally cut into a metal plate by a lathe, the lacquer coating is very thin, resulting in extremely limited durability when played. They are also noticeably heavy compared to a commercial product, weighing about three times as much as equivalent-format vinyl. A record company typically creates less than a half dozen acetate pressings of a recording in order to test sound quality in anticipation of a commercial release. Frequently, acetates are then discarded or destroyed after sound testing is complete; however, sometimes they are shared with key executives, the artists themselves, or high-level industry influencers.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music
  • Dates: #679 - Ended December 14, 2023