"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 1966

All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
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This yearly page now contains only the main Rarities List! Mono 7" Singles & EPs (up to 1976) are now here, and Promotional Items (Albums and Singles) are now here. (There were no stereo singles in 1966.) All Honourable Mentions are now here. Because of the length of this page, "Blonde On Blonde" album releases with rarities and the major 1966 Dylan 7" singles/EPs with rarities are now listed here:

1966 Blonde On Blonde Rarities ] 1966 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? ] 1966 I Want You ] 1966 Just Like A Woman ] 1966 Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat ] 1966 One Of Us Must Know ] 1966 Rainy Day Women ]

If you have any entries to add to the list or additions/corrections to existing entries, please let me know! Please note I cannot value your Dylan rarities - see the Mission page for reasons why. Contact the dealers on my Trading page for assistance!

 Revised: 13 March, 2017.


Titles in red are not available on a currently released Bob Dylan CD (for these see bobdylan.com )

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Performances currently available on commercial CD are marked by (these are the ones that count as obscurities rather than as rarities)


"With God On Our Side"/"Motorpsycho Nitemare" - 7" mono EP, CBS EP 6266 (France), 1966:

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CBS EP 6266 (France) - front (my copy)

In a unique release exclusive to France, With God On Our Side from The Times They Are A -Changin' is cut into two with Part 1 (5:21) on the A-side, and Part 2 (1:43) on the B-side together with Motorpsycho Nitemare from Another Side Of Bob Dylan.

I previously listed this just as R-0048, but to achieve consistency in the list I have now allocated a separate R-number to Part 2 (Fin). This is a different split of the song from the one on the US Columbia promo single with R-0039/R-0594 (see 1964), which was about 50-50.

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CBS EP 6266 (France) - front

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CBS EP 6266 (France) - A-side (R-0048)

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CBS EP 6266 (France) - B-side (R-0595 plus Motorpsycho Nitemare

R-0048 With God On Our Side (Début) (5:21)

R-0595 With God On Our Side (Fin) (1:43)

The rear sleeve shows the French Positively 4th Street EP (CBS 6210, see 1965) and three French Bob Dylan LPs - "Mister" Bob Dylan (actually The Times They Are A-Changin' - see Mono Album Releases), Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited.


"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"/"Highway 61 Revisited" - 7" mono singles, Jan 1966 onwards:

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CBS LL-882-C (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers
All 7" singles/EPs containing Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? are now here.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scan.


"One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)"/"Queen Jane Approximately" - mono 7" singles, Feb 1966 onwards:

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CBS 202.053 (Sweden) - front scan by Hans Seegers

All 7" singles/EPs containing One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) are now here.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scan.


"Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"/"Pledging My Time" - 7" mono singles, Apr 1966 onwards:

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US trade ad for Rainy Day Women 7" single, scan by Hans Seegers
Because they contain edited versions of both the A- and B-sides, all 7" singles and EPs containing Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 are here.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scan.


"I Want You"/"Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" - 7" mono single, CBS BA 301111 (Greece), 1966:


CBS BA 301111 (Greece) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara
This single again had no picture sleeve and came in a generic CBS sleeve. The record has orange CBS labels. The length of the A-side is not given, but I assume it is the 2:54 edit R-0322, so also see here. The length of the B-side is not given, but I assume it is the 2:26 edit R-0051M, so also see here. At this time CBS records were distributed from Athens by a company called "Music Box". This sleeve therefore has the words 'Distributed by "Music Box" Athens' overprinted.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


CBS BA 301111 (Greece) - detail of A-side, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS BA 301111 (Greece) - B-side scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS BA 301111 (Greece) - A-side in sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

"Like A Rolling Stone" - 7" mono Emidisc test pressing made for CBS (no catalogue number) (UK), May 1966:


Picture from eBay
R-0890 Like A Rolling Stone - recorded live with The Hawks at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England, 17 May 1966 (mono 8:20 version), from CBS UK acetate, 1966

This mono test pressing on an Emidisc recording blank with pink handwritten text plays at 33⅓ RPM and lasts 8:20. This is a mono occurrence of this performance with the famous "Judas!" shout and Bob's response, much bootlegged as from the "Royal Albert Hall" concert, and finally released in stereo as The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966 - The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert in 1998.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for finding this on eBay.

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Columbia/Legacy COL 491485 2 (Austria for Europe) - front of slipcase (my copy)

"Blonde On Blonde" - mono and stereo vinyl LPs with rarities, May 1966 onwards:

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Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - front scan by Hans Seegers

All Blonde On Blonde albums containing rarities are now here.

For regular mono releases of the album see Mono Album Releases.

For regular stereo releases of the album see International Album Releases (Regular).

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scan.


"I Want You"/"Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" - 7" mono singles, Jun 1966 onwards:


Columbia 4-43683 (USA) - front scan by
Manuel García Jara

This single has a live version of Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues from Liverpool, 1966 (5:41), on the B-side. All 7" singles/EPs containing I Want You are now here.

A 1967 Portuguese mono 7" EP is supposed to have Rainy Day Women and Pledging My Time from Blonde On Blonde on the A-side, but instead plays a 2:26 edit of the live Just Like Tom Thumb's Blue plus I Want You. Details are therefore also here.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara and Hans Seegers for information and scans.

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CBS 5779 (Portugal) - front scan by Hans Seegers

"Just Like A Woman"/"Obviously 5 Believers" - 7" mono singles, Sep 1966 onwards:

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CBS 2360 (Denmark) - front scan by Hans Seegers
The A-side is a 2:56 edit of the 4:56 album track. All 7" singles containing Just Like A Woman are now here.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scan.


"Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat"/"Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine" - 7" mono singles, late 1966 onwards:


CBS 202700 (UK) - front/rear scan by Sam C. Visser
The A-side is a 2:20 edit of the 3:50 album track. All 7" singles/EPs containing Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat are now here.

Thanks to Sam C. Visser for information and scan.


"Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands" - 10" mono metal acetate, (no catalogue number) (UK), 22 Oct 1966:


A-side picture from eBay
This "alternate take" is timed at 4:56 (the album version from Blonde On Blonde is 11:17). The acetate is single-sided, and has a white label with the CBS logo, the address of CBS Recording Studios, 31-37 Whitfield Street, London, W1P 5RE, and typewritten text. It is dated "22 Oct '66". However, the CBS Studios in Whitfield Street were not opened until 1972, as confirmed by Derek Barker of "Isis" magazine, who visited there when they were brand new. Also, the modern postcode system was not in use in 1966, so the address would have just been "London W1". The acetate is therefore included in Questionable Releases and an R-number has not been assigned to the take.

This acetate sold on eBay for $530! Caveat emptor...

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for finding this on eBay and to Derek Barker for information.


B-side picture from eBay (blank)

"Una Noche Y Bob Dylan: Hombre Y Musica" [A Night And Bob Dylan: Man And Music]" - 7" mono EP releases, CBS EPC 543 (Mexico), 1966:

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CBS EPC 543 (Mexico) - front scan by Hans Seegers (both variants)

A-side: It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry; From A Buick 6
B-side: Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?; Desolation Row

This EP is very rare and features the only 7" vinyl appearance of Desolation Row, which is heavily edited.


CBS EPC 543 (Mexico) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (variant 1 - two folded-over flaps)

CBS EPC 543 (Mexico) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 2 - top folded-over flap only!)

CBS EPC 520 (Mexico) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (Dylan cover only)


CBS EPC 543 (Mexico) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (variant 1)


CBS EPC 543 (Mexico) - B-side with R-0739, scan by Hans Seegers (variant 1)


CBS EPC 543 (Mexico) - detail of B-side, scan by Hans Seegers (variant 1 - "Please")


CBS EPC 543 (Mexico) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 2)


CBS EPC 543 (Mexico) - B-side with R-0379, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 2)


CBS EPC 543 (Mexico) - detail of B-side, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 2 - "please")

R-0739 Desolation Row - edited version shortened to the first two verses and the end harmonica solo only. The cut is just before the words "Desolation Row" in the second verse.

The rear sleeve shows illustrations of three Mexican EPs; one is the well-known Dylan EP Like A Rolling Stone (see here) but also shown is another Dylan-related EP, the rare first release of Mr. Tamborín (Mr. Tambourine Man) by The Byrds (EPC 520, also illustrated above). Unlike the first and very common Dylan Like A Rolling Stone Mexican EP, which was reissued several times, other Mexican EPs are very rare and they were never reissued. However, Manuel García Jara's copy of this bizarrely titled EP, probably the rarest Dylan Mexican EP, has some slight differences from Hans' copy. The sleeve is made of cardboard, and the rear has two folded flaps like Hans' copy, but this copy has a fault - the flap at the top is visible but the flap at the bottom is on the inside! The A-side record label looks identical to that of Hans' copy, but the B-side record label has three differences:

  1. The matrix numbers to the right of the centre hole are in a lower position
  2. There is no gap at the bottom of the label between "-B. Dylan-" and the small CBS logo
  3. The EP title, the tracklist, the translations into Spanish and the composer credits are identical, so identical that two printing errors are repeated - the bracket at the end of "(Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window)" is missing the top half, and the "I" of "DESOLACION" is faulty on both copies. For this reason, it is very surprising that track 1 on Hans' B-side label is "Can you Please crawl out your window" while on Manuel's copy it's "Can you please crawl out your window"!

Thanks to Arie de Reus for information about the edit and to Hans Seegers and Manuel García Jara for further information and scans.


Tom Rush - "Take A Little Walk With Me" - vinyl LPs, Elektra EKL 308 (mono)/EKLS 7308 (stereo), (USA), 1966/CD: Collector's Choice Music WWCCM0230 2 (USA), Sep 2001; "2 Elektra Classics: Tom Rush" - 2CD set: Elektra 8122 73566-2 (Germany for Europe), 2001:

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EKL 308 (mono LP, 1966) - scan by Mike Silk
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EKLS 7308 (stereo LP, 1966) - scan by Hans Seegers

Musician credits from rear sleeve, scan by Hans Seegers

Collector's Choice Music WWCCM0230 2 (USA) - 2001 CD picture from amazon.com

Elektra 8122 73566-2 (Germany for Europe) - 2001 CD set, slipcase front (my copy)

Paul Cable says in his book "Bob Dylan: His Unreleased Recordings" (Scorpion/Dark Star, 1978) that the "Roosevelt Gook" who plays piano on all six tracks on side 1 of this album is thought to be Bob. However, both Tom Rush in an Oct 1999 interview and Al Kooper in his book "Back Stage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards" (Billboard Books, New York, 1998) say that the person using this pseudonym was actually Al Kooper. Al Kooper is credited with playing electric guitar and celesta as well as co-production on this album (as illustrated below from the rear sleeve), and apparently wanted a separate fee rather than just a payment for "doubling up"! These tracks are therefore included here for completeness, but also in Red Herrings. (Bob names a companion as "Roosevelt Gook" during a phone-in on the Bob Fass Show, WBAI radio, New York, 26 Jan 1966, and Clinton Heylin says this was definitely Al Kooper.)

Stereo versions

R-0056 You Can't Tell A Book By Its Cover (Willie Dixon)

R-0057 Who Do You Love? (Elias McDaniels - "Bo Diddley") - this track was also included on the 1974 triple LP compilation The Bitter End Years, Roxbury (USA) RXL 300, see 1974

R-0058 Love's Made A Fool Of You (Buddy Holly-Wes Montgomery)

R-0059 Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry)

R-0060 Money Honey (Jesse Stone)

Thanks to Dean Chambers for reminding me that Bob recorded several takes of this song at Sony Studios, New York, 30 Sep 1994. Two takes are available on some bootleg recordings.

R-0061 On The Road Again (Tom Rush - not a cover of the Dylan song)

Mono versions

R-0056M You Can't Tell A Book By Its Cover (Willie Dixon)

R-0057M Who Do You Love? (Elias McDaniels - "Bo Diddley")

R-0058M Love's Made A Fool Of You (Buddy Holly-Wes Montgomery)

R-0059M Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry)

R-0060M Money Honey (Jesse Stone)

R-0061M On The Road Again (Tom Rush - not a cover of the Dylan song)

This album was finally released on CD by Collector's Choice in Sep 2001, and also as part of an Elektra Classics 2CD set in Germany in 2001. Other Tom Rush original Elektra LPs are also being released by Collector's Choice, see their website .

"Roosevelt Gook" also appears on the 1968 album The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper, and was again thought to be Bob Dylan, also see Red Herrings.

Thanks to Mike Silk and Hans Seegers for information and scans, and to Peter Gilmer for the 2CD set.


Various Artists - "Zenith Salutes... The Teen Sound" - stereo vinyl LP, Columbia Special Products CSS 523 (USA), 1966:
Zenith was a brand of audio equipment at the time and the sponsor of this album and boxed set, part of a Zenith Salutes... series.

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Columbia Special Products CSS 523 (USA, stereo) - front scan by Hans Seegers
R-0062 Pledging My Time - alternate stereo mix (this version is also on the 1967 Dutch Greatest Hits Vol. 3 album
Thanks to Larry Crum for pointing out that this mix appeared on the revised US stereo version of Blonde On Blonde released on LP in 1968 and on CD in 1982, see 1966 Blonde On Blonde Rarities.
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Columbia Special Products CSS 523 (USA, stereo) - rear scan by "Zuke"


Columbia Special Products CSS 523 (USA, stereo) - Side 1 scan by Reginald Bartlette


Columbia Special Products ZS 5 (USA) - front of box, picture found by Tim Dunn

Hans Seegers has these LPs in his possession with catalogue numbers CSM 523 (mono) and CSS 523 (stereo), John Z ("Zuke") has CSS 523 as part of a 5LP boxed set Zenith Salute To Stereo. In his article on Bob's appearances on compilation LPs in "The Bridge" Alan Hoaksey gives the catalogue numbers as CLP 523 (mono) and CSP 523 (stereo), however I have found no examples of these. The mono version of the LP obviously doesn't have this rarity. For a 1962 Zenith sponsored compilation album featuring Bob, Zenith Presents... All Star Hootenanny, mono - CLP 149, see the Various Artist Compilations page of Mono Album Releases, stereo - CSP 149, see International Compilations: Various Artist Albums 1962-69. This stereo album was included in a 1967 5LP boxed set Zenith Salutes... The World Of Stereo, Columbia Special Products ZS 5, also see International Compilations: Various Artist Albums 1962-69.

Thanks to Hans Seegers, "Zuke" and Reginald Bartlette for information and scans.


Mono Singles & EPs for 1966

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Mono 7" Singles & EPs 1966-68
These are now here: Mono 7" Singles & EPs 1966-68. Mono LPs have their own pages, see International Mono Releases.

Blonde On Blonde
Blonde On Blonde
(1966, mono)


Promotional/Regular Items for 1966


Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo items for 1966 which don't contain rare material but which are still very collectable are now included with promo releases of regular albums and commercially released singles on the appropriate page in International Stereo Releases. Blonde On Blonde 1966
Blonde On Blonde
(1966, stereo)

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