Like so many of the archival albums issued as part of Bob Dylan's ongoing Bootleg Series, The Witmark Demos 1962 - 1964 isn't something that's going to appeal to everybody.
Indeed, for those casual, or even semi-devoted Dylan fans with that dog-eared copy of Blood On The Tracks or Highway 61 gathering dust in the closet, this may warrant just a single listen (if even that) at best.
On the other hand, for those looking to delve ever deeper into the early development and legend of the man who in just a few short years went from being simply another in a long line of Woody Guthrie wannabes, to the iconic "voice of a generation" back in those formative early sixties years, this is truly essential stuff.
Once again, be forewarned though.
This is a collection that truly separates the men from the boys when it comes to being any sort of serious, would-be Dylanologist.
Even if your own Bob collection draws from such disparate eras as Dylan's early folkie days, his shocking jump from folk to rock in the mid-sixties, the late seventies "born again" years, or even his more recent, latter-day artistic rejuvenation with albums like Love & Theft and Modern Times — this still may not be for you.
Although the pristine quality of these restored recordings is pretty remarkable when both their age and somewhat dusty vintage are taken into account, listening to them in a single sitting often requires nothing less than the patience of Job. But after all, one Dylan fans joy is another ones pain, right?
Repeated listens are likewise going to be unlikely — at least, unless you count yourself among the sort of fanatics who pour over each line of Dylan's songs as though you were deciphering Shakespeare. The good news here is that for those who fall into that latter category, this is definitely your kind of album. So, by all means, jump in with both feet. You'll be diving overboard before you know it.