the witmark demos see their first commercial release nearly five decades after they were first recorded. the witmark demos features 47 bob dylan songs recorded by the artist - accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, harmonica and occasionally piano - for his first music publisher, leeds music, in january 1962, and for his second publisher, m witmark and sons, between 1962 and 1964. listening to these recordings, one can trace dylan's dramatic growth as a songwriter from early traditionally-styled songs like 'man on the street' and 'ramblin' gamblin' willie' through the social commentary of 'blowin' in the wind', 'the times they are a changin' and 'masters of war', and the groundbreaking lyrical genius of 'mr tambourine man.' all of these songs, and all the others on the witmark demos, were written - and their subsequent demos recorded - before bob dylan turned 24 years old. among the many gems found on the witmark demos are 15 bob dylan songs that were recorded by the artist only for these sessions, and which had never been officially released to the public. these include the plaintive 'ballad for a friend,' the civil rights era-inspired 'long ago, far away' and 'the death of emmett till,' and the poignant 'guess i'm doing fine'.