Echo’s Interest In Early Bob Tape

Echo Helstrom, Bob’s Hibbing girlfriend has shown an interest in buying his early tape, from 1959, which is to be auctioned soon.

“We know that “Echo” Bob’s girlfriend in high school has expressed some interest. As far as Bob, I haven’t heard anything but you never know.” according to Veronica Shrum of Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas.

“This tape, which has been held by Ric Kangas all these years, is about as rough as they come,”
says Doug Norwine, Director of Music and Entertainment Auctions for Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries, “but it’s a wonderful window into the early efforts of a musical legend.
This is Dylan stretching his musical chops,experimenting with what he could do, and we can see, with perfect hindsight, how the seeds of what would become a brilliant musical career are being planted right here.”
“The tape includes four songs,” Norwine says.”I Got Trouble,’ and ‘I Got a New Girl,’ along with ‘I Wish I Knew,’ in which Dylan can be heard backing up Kangas.
‘Trouble’ and ‘New Girl’ were featured in No Direction Home, but the fourth track, ‘The Frog Song,’ in which Dylan first experiments with singing in a different voice – a low, guttural tone, like one of his heroes, Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry – has never been released in any medium,and has never heard before. Again, this is Dylan trying to find his unique voice, an experiment that would bear fruit years later.”

Heritage Auction Galleries will offer the Bob Dylan Early Reel to Reel Tape in their upcoming Signature Auction, to be held on October 6 & 7,2006, at their headquarters in Dallas, TX.

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ESTIMATE: $25,000& up

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From: Veronica Shrum of Heritage Auctions.

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