Vinyl pressed up already as review copies? Wow.
OK. Though it ought not have to be said, it seems like it does have to be said anyway. So, here: the alleged review being discussed here is clearly a a parody (of a number of things, including but not only, Dylan's fans)
Leaving external factors aside for the moment, there are a number of internal elements of the "review" that intentionally signal the joke. Throat singing is the most obvious.
Here is a fairly incontestable and objective piece of evidence for those still holding out hope that the review is genuine:
If you look at the picture "quoted" above, from the review website, of the back of the LP, you'll see that the songs are divided into a number of groupings which indicate which of the four sides of the two LPs each song will be on.
Look at the first grouping of songs in Bumstead's (how fun is that to say!?) picture. Side one of Bumstead's (yep. still fun to say) first LP has only the first two songs on it: Duquesne Whistle and Soon After Midnight.
Now look at the way the songs are divided up on Dylan's official store website:http://www.myplaydirect.com/bobdylan/te ... s/27642919
Three songs on LP 1, side 1, including Narrow Way.
It was a fine guess by Bumstead (yep), putting just two songs on side 1. But, he guessed wrong.
Conclusion: Not Real.
Also, no one but AndDoug noted that AlanBumstead is a member here, has 4 posts, at least 1 of which is in this thread. The people arguing about his review (it would seem), ran right by him like Elmer Fudd asking Bugs Bunny for directions as he searched for Bus Bunny. As AndDoung noted, AlanBumstead even corrected someone misquoting him. That is beautiful.
Tell us something we don't know. By the way, I'm a Bumstead fan regardless of the outcome.