DescriptionBob Dylan Rare 1962 Single "Mixed Up Confusion" - Orange Stock Copy Variant 1 An original 1962 Columbia Records retail store stock copy of Bob Dylan's very first single, "Mixed Up Confusion," which disappeared as soon as it was released in December of that year. It completely sank without a trace, so these orange-label versions are ridiculously rare.
This version uses a different type font then all the other variants, so our consignor calls it the "small type" version, and may be the hardest of them all to find. Also, producer John Hammond's credit is above the CBS 'walking eye' logo on the left side of the label, so we'll call this one the "Hammond over logo" stock-copy variant.
This one comes housed in its original 1962 Columbia Records generic 45 RPM sleeve, complete with its "Recommended Needle Life Chart."
Vinyl is in EX 7 condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.
More Information: "Mixed Up Confusion" is a very intriguing and often overlooked element of Dylan's earliest days with Columbia Records. In October and November of 1962, midway between the release of his first two albums and having gained no traction yet, Dylan stubbornly kept recording & re-recording this original uptempo rocker with a set of rotating musicians, testing the patience of producer John Hammond and all at CBS. (And here you thought Dylan didn't go electric until the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.)
In an October 26 recording session at Columbia, there were five recorded attempts at the song, with four back-up musicians. Nothing came of it. Then on November 1, with two replacement musicians, Dylan took five more stabs at it. Still nothing. Dylan was supposedly trying to record this song in a way that resembled the Sun Records sound of the 50's.
Finally on November 14, "still unable to give up on a bad idea," as author Clinton Heylin notes, Dylan attacks the song with a vengeance this time, recording four more attempts. He was finally satisfied with one of the takes, a piano-driven version that featured Gene Ramey on bass (the third bassist he'd used in this fiasco), guitarist George Barnes, Dick Wellstood on piano, Herb Lovelle on drums and "Mr. Tambourine Man" himself Bruce Langhorne also on guitar.
Released in late 1962 as the very first Bob Dylan single issued anywhere in the world, it "sank like a stone" and probably didn't sell beyond family and friends. What Dylan was thinking we don't know, because again, he never addresses these kinds of issues in interviews. But what we clearly can see is that from the very beginning, Dylan was a seeker and a breaker of rules, following his artistic muse wherever it took him, convention be damned. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't, but it was always interesting.
ADDITIONALLY, Paul Prince is as much a first-generation Bob Dylan fan and collector as any person can be outside of New York City. He entered the hobby in spectacular fashion in the spring of 1963. Mr. Prince walked into a Southern California record store and asked for the brand new album by this unknown New York folksinger Bob Dylan. The clerk turned around, opened up a box from Columbia Records and pulled out a fresh new sealed copy of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. Paul paid the man, took his new record home, popped it on the turntable, got to the second song and started going, "Whaaaat?"
The rest, as they say, is collecting history.
Mr. Prince's original mono Freewheelin', in his collection for 56 years, is the lead item of a marvelous, marvelous record collection that Heritage will proudly be selling over the next couple of auctions. We begin this sale with about 50 of his rarest, most desirable records and concert posters, handbills and ephemera (see our Posters section for those). Mr. Prince is a collector of the highest integrity, with an amazing ability to catalog, organize and keep track of the finest details of everything he collects. It is an honor and privilege for Heritage to be representing Mr. Prince and one of the finest Bob Dylan collections in the world.
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