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“If Not For You” Scarlet Rivera version?

In 1970 Dylan had recorded a large number of studio outtakes for "New Morning", some of which ended up on "Self Portrait" and several Bootlegs. One of the included songs, "If Not For You" was recorded several times in slightly different versions. On the "Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3" you can listen to one of those. A few days ago I found out about another version of the song, one that - at least to me – was unknown. You can listen to it on playlist.com, to me it seems like a probably overdubbed version with a beautiful Scarlet Rivera-kind of violin. The only big question mark to me is: How is this possible, since the Rivera sessions happened a few years later, when Dylan recorded songs for "Desire"? If anybody knows anything about this particular recording, please post it here. Otherwise you have to listen to this version, it's the most beautiful one, and better than both of the officially released versions.

MIKE HOBO | October 24, 2010 | RECORDS

User comments

handydandy October 26, 2010
could be Emanuel Green or Buddy Spicher

glen October 26, 2010
violnist (who overdubbed on dylan's vocal) was norman spicher

steve hughes October 25, 2010

CW October 25, 2010
Thanks v much for sharing this. I don't think it sounds like Scarlet's style. Lovely version though. Prob the best I have heard of it.

John Keller October 25, 2010
My best guess is Charlie Daniels who appears on Self Portrait. I am not certain whether he appears on New Morning. It is an interesting question. I have always understood that Bob picked up Scarlet Rivera on the street during a drive in New York City.

Laura October 25, 2010
I don't think this sounds like Scarlet Rivera. Her style is a it less clean and more.. intuitive, if that makes any sense? I'm sure other people will have more info on who it is and when this was recorded.

hans buskes October 25, 2010
Not every violinist is Scarlet Rivera! Dylan recorded dozens of versions of if not for you during the Self Portrait and New Morning sessions. Considering the voice of Dylan on this recording it is obviously from these sessions. During the Self Portrait sessions violinists were present, so it doesn't suprise me. It is a unique recording of course. It is a beautiful version and to my knowledge the first time Dylan uses violin on a recording.

Viktor October 25, 2010
Hello! I've had this version for quite some time. I have it tagged as "If Not For You [New Morning Sessions]" och "Genuine Bootlegs Volume 3, Disc 2".

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