Bob Dylan is the debut album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on March 19, 1962 by Columbia Records. Produced by Columbia's legendary talent scout John H. Hammond, who signed Dylan to the label, the album features folk standards, plus two original compositions, "Talkin' New York" and "Song to Woody".
Bob Dylan did not receive much acclaim until years later. "These debut songs are essayed with differing degrees of conviction," writes music critic Tim Riley, " even when his reach exceeds his grasp, he never sounds like he knows he's in over his head, or gushily patronizing...Like Elvis Presley, what Dylan can sing, he quickly masters; what he can't, he twists to his own devices. And as with the Presley Sun sessions, the voice that leaps from Dylan's first album is its most striking feature, a determined, iconoclastic baying that chews up influences, and spits out the odd mixed signal without half trying."
The album did not initially sell well either, and Dylan was for a time known as "Hammond's Folly" in record company circles. Mitch Miller, Columbia's chief of A&R at the time, said US sales totaled about 2500 copies. Bob Dylan remains Dylan's only release not to chart at all in the US, though it eventually reached #13 in the UK charts in 1965. Despite the album's poor performance, financially it was not disastrous because the album was very cheap to record.
Bob Dylan was re-released in 2010 as the first of a 9 cd boxset titled The Original Mono Recordings, with new liner notes by Greil Marcus on a 60 pages booklet. A new edition was released in June 2013 as a single album by Hoodoo records, with 12 bonus tracks (1 single B-side and 11 live radio recordings from 1961-1962) and a 16-page booklet.