“I Told You Before That I’m Already There”
1967, Columbia Records [UNRELEASED]
Long rumored to exist but never heard by anyone besides “my friend’s friend” and so on. This, supposedly, is the culmination of a 5 day studio session taking place shortly after Dylan was introduced to the concept of electric guitar feedback. The album, according to the half dozen people who claim to have heard it, is comprised of massive swirls of feedback with Dylan intermittently reciting poetry while Allen Ginsberg sings aimless melodies or blows into a penny whistle. Against Dylan’s wishes Columbia threatened to release the “album” during his “motorcycle accident”-hiatus in order to cash in on the psychedelic flower power movement. It was only upon this threat, under great duress, that Dylan recorded the John Wesley Harding album. This album cover is purported to have been obtained by a Columbia Records intern who turned out to be an AJ Weberman plant.