Dylan’s missing album track 8… Treasure Of Love.

by Aaron Galbraith and Tony Attwood

Just recently we’ve been engaged in a project listening back to some of the outtakes from the 1986 and 1987 sessions that produced the majority of Bob Dylan’s “Down In The Groove” album, as well as some of the live shows from the era.

And between us we reached the conclusion that, as many people said at the time, the album is, to be fair, not very good.

So we decided to see if we could compile a better album ourselves from the outtakes and live shows from the period which you never know, might one day turn up on the Bootleg series.  (Our charge to the record company for being the researchers on this project will be modest, although Tony is insisting that there is a sleeve credit with his surname spelled correctly.  “Two t’s please,” is the phrase being used.)

And now we have reached track 8 on our new release for “Sheep In Wolves Clothing” and here we have chosen Bob’s cover of “Treasure Of Love”.



The track was recorded in March 87 at the home of Ted Perlman, shortly before Bob’s appearance at the Gershwin Tribute Concert.

Perlman had this to say about the session:

“Bob stopped by our house many moons ago and we hung for a few days recording a few songs together. I’ve done two albums with Bob previous to this but this was my favorite time working with him. I didn’t really have much recording equipment at the time, and I ended up playing the drums to Bob’s guitar, but in retrospect there’s an honesty and joy that comes thru on this record. Kudos to Peggi Blue for her excellent background vocals.“

The song was originally released in 1956 by Clyde McPhatter and it is a fine example of the eras Doo Wop and early Rock n Roll sound. Clyde McPhatter was the first person to be inducted twice into the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame, as a solo artist and as a member of the Drifters. In fact, to this day, anyone with multiple entries to the Hall is said to be joining the Clyde McPhatter Club.

And in fact while looking into this track we thought of another idea.  Why don’t we make this a double CD and include the original versions by the original artists on disc 2.  (Tony’s comment was “fine as long as I don’t have to do any of the negotiations with the record companies to get the rights to those originals”).
A treasure of love, is easy to find
It’s waiting for you, if your hear,ar,art isn’t blind
A treasure of love, is not very far
It glows like fire and it shi-i-ines, like a starIt’s stronger than diamonds and worth more than gold
This is a treasure that never grows old
The treasure of love is found on no chart
To find where it is just look in your heart

It’s stronger than diamonds and worth more than gold
This is a treasure that never grows old
The treasure of love is found on no chart
To find where it is just lo-a-ook in your heart

The song was written by Joe Shapiro and Lou Stallman.  It reached the top of the rhythm and blues charts, number 16 in the pop charts and number 27 in the UK singles charts.

The lost Dylan album – the tracks so far

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