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John Wesley Harding

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Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
(1967)

This page is part of a list of original releases by release date of international commercially-released regular stereo Dylan albums. They do not contain rarities or obscurities and are not eligible for the Searching For A Gem list. Nevertheless, their interest value or scarcity means they're worth listing here - as far as I know some are not included on any other Internet site. Promo releases of regular albums are now listed here and no longer in the former yearly Promo sections.

Because of the length of this page, John Wesley Harding CD releases are now here. For releases of this album in CBS/Columbia multi-packs, see International Album Releases (Regular) - Multi-Packs.

Nashville Skyline 1969
Nashville Skyline
(1969)

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Revised 23 November, 2017.


Original US stereo LP, Columbia CS 9604, Jan 1968 (bobdylan.com says the release date was 27 Dec 1967, but contemporary sources say the album did not appear in stores until Jan 1968). Thanks to Stephan Pickering for the scan of the "Billboard" magazine ad dated 20 Jan 1968.

The front photograph is by John Berg, another Columbia staff photographer. The picture has promoted much discussion, such as who are the people shown (the Bauls of Bengal), and whether or not you can see faces of The Beatles in the trees! For more information, see the EDLIS "Things Twice" page . Note you need an LP sleeve to look for The Beatles, a CD insert is too small!

This album was the last Dylan album to have a separate mono mix - for this see Mono Album Releases.


"Billboard" ad, USA, 20 Jan 1968

This title is one of the fifteen Dylan albums released in Sep 2003 as a hybrid CD/SA-CD. This is playable both in stereo on an ordinary CD player and in enhanced stereo on an SA-CD player or a DVD player that also plays SA-CDs (Sony's higher range models all do this). Some titles are available in 5.1 surround sound, but not this one.

The recalled Aug 1997 CD jewel case re-release of Biograph contained an unfaded version of I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (R-0255, see 1997). The replacement Oct 1997 jewel case release and the current "book-style" release of Biograph do not contain this rarity.


Photo from eBay - the handwritten text is almost unreadable
In 2009 two acetates appeared on eBay of supposed "alternate" versions of I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine and I Pity The Poor Immigrant. According to Gen Dundas' "Tangled" there are two unreleased complete takes of I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine, recorded at Columbia Studios, Nashville, TN, on 17 Oct 1967, and there are also two unreleased complete takes of I Pity The Poor Immigrant, recorded at Columbia Studios, Nashville, TN, on 6 Nov 1967. However, these sessions do not circulate amongst Dylan collectors. Because several expert collectors have questioned the authenticity of these acetates they have not been included in the Rarities listing, but will be if they can be verified as genuine.

All Along The Watchtower was remixed by Funkstar Deluxe in 2001, on the album Keep On Moving (It's Too Funky In Here), see 2001.

There are no currently released out-takes from this album.


Vinyl and Tape Releases


"John Wesley Harding" - acetate stereo LP, Columbia XSM 135311/2 (USA), Dec 1967:

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XSM 1353112 - side 2 scan by Hans Seegers
This acetate has no label, just handwritten information in grease pen in the centre.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scan.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP, Columbia CS 9604 (USA), Jan 1968 (three variants), re-released 1969-70, early 1970s; Columbia KCS 9604 (USA), 1970s; Columbia PC 9604 (USA), late 1970s/early 1980s; Columbia JC 9604 (USA), 1983; Columbia PC 9604 (USA), late 1980s, re-released early 1990s:

Columbia CS 9604 (USA), Jan 1968 (first variant):


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - front of promo copy with timing strip, scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1960s release)
The first release of CS 9604 had red Columbia labels with the white "STEREO/360° SOUND" logo. There are at least three 1960s label variants. Gerd Rundel has a stereo copy with a radio station timing strip and the first release labels. This record has matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1B, Side 2 - XSM135312-1B. Dennis Rooney has a copy with the timing strip with the same labels and matrix numbers.

The rear sleeve of Gerd's promo copy is unusual in that the text at bottom right "© 1968 by Bob Dylan" is missing. This is absent from two of Sergio Mariano Romay's commercial copies but was corrected on later printings as shown. The record is in a generic Columbia inner sleeve with illustrations of contemporary albums.


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - front scan by Frank (first 1960s release)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of front, scan by "Frank" (first 1960s release)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - front with stickers, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (first 1960s release)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - front with stickers, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (first 1960s release)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of front of promo copy with timing strip, scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1960s release)


Columbia CL 2804/CS 9604 (USA) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (promo album)


Columbia CL 2804/CS 9604 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (mono and stereo)


Columbia CL 2804/CS 9604 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (promo album - copyright text missing)

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Columbia CL 2804/CS 9604 (USA) regular album - rear scan by Hans Seegers (mono and stereo)


Columbia CL 2804/CS 9604 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (regular album - copyright text included)


John Wesley Harding - US Big Three Music Corporation music book, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia CL 2804/CS 9604 (USA) promo album - inner sleeve front scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CL 2804/CS 9604 (USA) promo album - inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (first and second 1960s variants)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (first and second 1960s variants - "- B. Dylan -" under last song title)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1960s variant)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1960s variant - "- B. Dylan -" under last song title)

Gerd Rundel's commercial stereo copy with the labels shown has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1D (larger than on Side 2), Side 2 - XSM135312-1A. Sergio Mariano Romay has a commercial copy which also has the copyright text missing on the rear sleeve, first release labels as shown and exactly the same handwritten matrix numbers (e.g. larger on Side 1 than on Side 2). The record is in an unusual light brown/grey mottled plain inner sleeve, not a picture inner sleeve as shown below. The front sleeve has two stickers, a white stamped sticker with "J/COLUMBIA/ROCK & ROLL/CS 9604" on the left (possibly for record store classification) and a yellow printed price sticker on the right.

Jonas Ruthenberg has an original US stereo commercial copy that has slightly different specifications than those already listed. It still has an opened shrink wrap with some residue of a price sticker on the upper right hand side of the shrink wrap on the front sleeve. There is no "(C) 1968 by Bob Dylan" text on the rear sleeve. The record of this copy comes in a light brown/grey plain inner sleeve. It has first variant labels and handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM 135311-1B, Side 2 - XSM 135312-1B.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for the scan of the Big Three Music Corporation US sheet music for the album.

Columbia CS 9604 (USA), Jan 1968 (second and third variants):


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of front with "D" stamp, scan by Stuart Moore (second 1960s release)

For the second 1960s variant, also see the export copies below. Nathaniel Nash has a copy of this without the CBS stickers (not shown). The second variant has the writer's credit on the Side 2 label missing. The third variant has different placement of the writer's credit on both Sides 1 and 2.


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of front with "D" stamp, scan by Stuart Moore (second 1960s release)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of rear with "D" stamp, scan by Stuart Moore (second 1960s release)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Anton Wennbom (second 1960s variant, Side 1 is the same as the first variant)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of Side 2, scan by Anton Wennbom (second 1960s variant with writer's credit missing)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (third 1960s variant)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Stuart Moore (third 1960s variant)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (third 1960s variant)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of Side 2, scan by Stuart Moore (third 1960s variant)

Thanks to Stuart Moore for scans of what appears to be a later 1960s release still in the clear wrap with a "D" stamp on the front and back, possible a demo copy. It has 1960s labels but the writer credit for "B. Dylan" is printed lower than on the labels of the records from Frank and Anton Wennbom (it's missing altogether on the Side 2 label of Anton's export copy below, as it is on one of Gerd Rundel's mono copies, see Mono Album Releases). The record matrix numbers of this demo copy are: Side 1 - XSM135311-1H, Side 2 - XSM135312-1E.

Sergio Mariano Romay has a second copy of this LP with these characteristics:

Rear sleeve: copyright text still missing
Record label Side 2: second 1960s variant, with writer’s credit missing
Matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM – 135311 – 1C (handwritten with small letters), Side 2 - XSm – 135312 – 1F (handwritten with large letters). (This is the opposite of Gerd and Sergio's copies above, where the Side 1 matrix number was larger than that of Side 2.)

Jurgen Vreugdenhil has a copy with the third 1960s variant record labels but with matrix numbers that imply the record is from the early 1970s: Side 1 - XSM135311-1K, Side 2 - XSM135312-1K (the same as Gerd Rundel's 1970s copy, see below). I can only assume one of the Columbia pressing plants had a stock of old labels to use up!

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Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Arie de Reus (red vinyl release)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Arie de Reus (red vinyl release)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Arie de Reus (red vinyl release)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Arie de Reus (yellow vinyl release)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Arie de Reus (yellow vinyl release)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Arie de Reus (yellow vinyl release)

Thanks to Renaud Depierreux for the photo from eBay of a 1960s copy with red vinyl. Hans Seegers says these were pressed at the Columbia plant at Pitman, NJ, as a limited edition for employees. Derek Barker in "Isis" 190 says that they were actually made by an employee at the Columbia pressing plant at Pitman, NJ, as "after hours" copies using the same press as used for the commercial black vinyl copies, but with coloured vinyl. The red vinyl copy found by Gerd Rundel on eBay has stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1H, Side 2 - XSM135312-1H. Arie de Reus has a copy of the red vinyl release and also a copy with yellow vinyl. He knows of three copies of each that were pressed. All have the "1H" matrix numbers. As they were pressed from official company plates and have the correct matrix numbers, these copies are very highly sought after!

Columbia CS 9604 (USA), 1969-70:


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1969-70 release)

Gerd Rundel dates the release shown here to 1969-70. The record label layout (black text) is the same as that of the new design with the Columbia logos in a ring round the circumference with "CS 9604" in italics, similar to the very rare US Self Portrait copy with old-style labels with the white “STEREO/360 SOUND” logo, which means that this label design was in circulation in 1970. "STEREO" is printed to the left of the centre hole, missing on the other variants. The record of the copy shown comes in a plain white inner sleeve and has stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1H, Side 2 - XSM135312-1J. The matrix numbers indicate that this is not a first release variant but rather a variant released shortly before the record labels changed to the new 1970s Columbia label design.


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (1969-70 release)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (1969-70 release)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1969-70 release)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - inner sleeve front scan by Nigel Harrison (1969-70 release)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1969-70 release)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1969-70 release - "CS 9604" in italics)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (1969-70 release)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1969-70 release)

Nigel Harrison has a copy in the same sleeve where the record comes in an inner sleeve advertising Country and Western posters (Gerd's copy comes in a plain white inner sleeve). The record labels are the same as Gerd's copy above with "CS 9604 in italics and "STEREO" to the left of the centre hole, but the record has different stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1K 1 T, Side 2 - XSM135312-1H. Nigel thinks the matrices indicate that this copy was pressed from T1 first mould lacquers, probably from the "H" in Columbia's plant in Carrollton, GA.

Columbia CS 9604 (USA), 1970s:


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for scans of the first 1970s release. The stereo logo is still present on the front sleeve at top centre, and the catalogue number is still Columbia CS 9604 on the front sleeve, with the rear sleeve having both mono and stereo catalogue numbers. The Bob Dylan credit is present at rear bottom right. The pasted construction of the sleeve can be seen clearly because the top and right white borders of the front slick on this copy have not been trimmed. The record has 1970s style labels with Columbia logos in a ring round the circumference, still with catalogue number CS 9604. The record of the copy shown has stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1K, Side 2 -XSM135312-1K. As stated above, Jurgen Vreugdenhil has a copy with these matrix numbers, but with the third 1960s variant record labels.


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release - "CS 9604" again in italics)

Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)

Columbia KCS 9604 (USA), 1970s:


Columbia KCS 9604 (USA) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for scans of the second 1970s release. The stereo logo is missing from the front sleeve, the catalogue number is now Columbia KCS 9604 on the front and rear sleeves, and the record has 1970s style labels with Columbia logos in a ring round the circumference. The Bob Dylan credit is present at rear bottom right. The record of the copy shown has stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1AB, Side 2 - XSM135312-1AH.

Bill Succolosky has a copy of KCS 9604 in the previous stereo/mono sleeve with a "STEREO/KCS 9604" sticker on the front sleeve at top left.


Columbia KCS 9604 (USA) - detail of front with "STEREO/KCS 9604" sticker, scan by Bill Succolosky (1970s release)


Columbia KCS 9604 (USA) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)


Columbia KCS 9604 (USA) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)


Columbia KCS 9604 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)


Columbia KCS 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)

Columbia KCS 9604 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)

Columbia KCS 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release)


Columbia KCS 9604 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s release, late 1970s/early 1980s release PC 9604 sleeve is the same)

Columbia PC 9604 (USA), late 1970s/early 1980s:
 

Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1970s/early 1980s release)

The sleeve of this late 1970s/early 1980s release has catalogue number “9604” on front and rear and “PC 9604” on the spine. The record labels have "PC 9604" but the inverted triangle to the left of the centre hole on Side 1 is missing, dating it from before 1985 (compare with Stuart's late 1980s copy below). The record of the copy shown has stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1AD, Side 2 - XSM135312-1AH.


Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1970s/early 1980s release)

Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1970s/early 1980s release)

Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1970s/early 1980s release)

Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1970s/early 1980s release)

Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1970s/early 1980s release)

Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1970s/early 1980s release)

Columbia JC 9604 (USA), 1983:
 

Columbia JC 9604 (USA) - front photo by Manuel García Jara (1983 release)


Columbia JC 9604 (USA) - rear photo by Manuel García Jara (1983 release)


Columbia JC 9604 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1983 release)


Columbia JC 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1983 release)


Columbia JC 9604 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1983 release)


Columbia JC 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1983 release)

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for pictures of the 1983 release, Columbia JC 9604. The front sleeve again omits the "STEREO" logo. The sleeve has "JC 9604" on the spine as shown, and also on the record labels.

Columbia PC/JC 9604 (USA), ca. 1984:


Columbia PC/JC 9604 (USA) - detail of front, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (1984 release)

Sergio Mariano Romay has what looks like a transitional copy. The front sleeve does not have the stereo logo, and the rear sleeve does not have a barcode. On the sleeve there is a black panel on the spine/front covering up what looks like the catalogue number of “PC 9604”. the spine then has “BOB DYLAN” and “JOHN WESLEY HARDING” with “JC 9604” printed in the centre.


Columbia PC/JC 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (1984 release)


Columbia PC/JC 9604 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (1984 release)


Columbia PC/JC 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (1984 release)


Columbia PC/JC 9604 (USA) - detail of spine, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (1984 release)

The record has 1970s style labels with Columbia logos in a ring round the circumference; they have have “PC 9604” but without the inverted triangle to the left of the centre hole as on the labels below. The matrix numbers, stamped both sides, are: Side 1 - XSM135311-1AC, Side 2 - XSM135312-1AH.

Columbia PC 9604 (USA), late 1980s, re-released early 1990s:

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Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - front with sticker, scan by Stuart Moore (late 1980s release)
Thanks also to Stuart Moore for scans of the late 1980s release, Columbia PC 9604. The front sleeve also omits the "STEREO" logo and has a "THE NICE PRICE" sticker, while the rear sleeve has a barcode. The labels have a new catalogue number and also an inverted triangle to the left of the centre hole, first introduced on Columbia US record labels with Biograph in 1985. JWHUSStereo3Back.jpg (17393 bytes)
Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - rear scan by Stuart Moore (late 1980s release)
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Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (late 1980s release)

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Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (late 1980s release)


Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - front scan by Stuart Moore (early 1990s release)


Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (early 1990s release)


Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - rear scan by Stuart Moore (early 1990s release)


Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (early 1990s release)

Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (early 1990s release)

Columbia PC 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (early 1990s release)

Thanks also to Stuart and Gerd Rundel for scans of the early 1990s release of PC 9604 with plain red Columbia record labels with one white Columbia logo instead of the ring of yellow Columbia logos. Stuart's copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM 135311 (suffix missing) plus "MJS", Side 2 - XSM 135312-3A. Gerd's copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM-135311-G2D, Side 2 - XSM-135312-G2B.


"John Wesley Harding" - 180gm stereo vinyl test pressings and 2LP set, Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA), test pressings dated 23 Sep 2013, 9 Jun 2014 and 22 Sep 2014, commercial release 14 Jul 2015:
This heavyweight vinyl release plays at 45RPM and comes on two discs in a gatefold sleeve.

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA), test pressings:


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - test pressing Side 1 (Record 1, Side 1), scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)

Gerd Rundel has three 180gm RTI test pressings of the 2LP set. These test pressings were made by RTI (Record Technology Inc.) for Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs. Each record of the first test pressing comes in a plain black cut-out sleeve. Sides 1 and 3 have generic RTI labels and are dated 23 Sep 2013 while Sides 2 and 4 have plain white labels.

The records of this copy have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - MFSL 2-423 A3 plus 22390.1 (3), KW @ MoFi opposite, Side 2 - MFSL 2-423 B3 plus 22390.2 (3), KW @ MoFi opposite, Side 3 - MFSL 2-423 C3 plus 22390.3 (3), KW @ MoFi opposite, Side 4 - MFSL 2-423 D3 plus 22390.4 (3), KW @ MoFi opposite. In the matrix numbers, “KW @ MoFi” means that the records were mastered by Krieg Wunderlich of Mobile Fidelity.


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - test pressing Side 2 (Record 1, Side 2), scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1 - Side 4 is the same, as are Sides 2 and 4 of variants 2 and 3)


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - test pressing Side 3 (Record 2, Side 1), scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - detail of front sleeve of test pressing Record 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2)


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - test pressing Side 1 (Record 1, Side 1), scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2)

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - detail of front sleeve of test pressing Record 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2)


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - test pressing Side 3 (Record 2, Side 1), scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2)


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - test pressing Side 1 (Record 1, Side 1), scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 3)

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - test pressing Side 3 (Record 2, Side 1), scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 3)

Each record of the second test pressing comes in a plain white sleeve with a sticker at front top left.  Sides 1 and 3 again have generic RTI labels, this time dated 9 Jun 2014 while Sides 2 and 4 again have plain white labels. The handwritten matrix numbers are the same as those of the first test pressing.

Each record of the third test pressing comes in a plain black cut-out sleeve.  Sides 1 and 3 again have generic RTI labels, this time dated 22 Sep 2014 while Sides 2 and 4 again have plain white labels. On Sides 1 and 3 "SEPTEMBER" is misspelled "SEPTEMBE". The handwritten matrix numbers are the same as those of the first and second test pressings.

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA), commercial release:


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - front of gatefold sleeve, picture from www.musicdirect.com (2013 release)

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (dated 2015)

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - detail of inner sleeve, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - detail of spine, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-423 (USA) - front of gatefold sleeve, picture from www.amazon.co.uk (2016 release)
Sergio Mariano Romay has a 2015 commercial copy. The original sleeve notes are now printed on the inside of the gatefold sleeve. The copyright is "© 1967 by Bob Dylan", instead of 1968 as on the original albums. The rear sleeve is numbered, the copy shown is "000315". The two records come in plastic Mobile Fidelity inner bags and have black and silver Mobile Fidelity labels dated 2015. The commercial records shown have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - MFSL 2-423A3  kw @ MoFi  22390-1 (3)…, Side 2 - MFSL 2-423B3  kw @ MoFi  22390-2 (3)…, Side 3 - MFSL 2-423C3  kw @ MoFi  22390-3 (3)…, Side 4 - MFSL 2-423D3  kw @ MoFi  22390-4 (3) (The "kw" again means the records were mastered by Krieg Wunderlich of Mobile Fidelity).

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information and also for finding that it was re-released on 23 Dec 2016. Thanks to Sergio Mariano Romay for further information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP releases, Columbia CS 9604 (USA for export), Jan 1968 onwards; Columbia PC 9604 (USA for export), 1980s:

Columbia CS 9604 (USA for export), Jan 1968 onwards:


Columbia CS 9604 (USA for export) - detail of front with CBS sticker for UK, scan by Anton Wennbom (1960s release)

Anton Wennbom has a copy of CS 9604 with the Columbia logos on the sleeve and record labels covered with CBS stickers for sale in the UK. The record labels are of the second US variant design, same as the first variant on Side 1, writer's credit "B. Dylan" missing on Side 2. Dr. Hanns Peter Bushoff has a different copy bought in Zurich, Switzerland, with more elegant "CBS" stickers on the rear sleeve and labels. The record labels are of the third US variant design with "B. Dylan" printed lower on both labels.


Columbia CS 9604 (USA for export) - detail of rear with CBS sticker, scan by Anton Wennbom (1960s release)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA for export) - detail of rear with gold foil "CBS" sticker, scan by Hanns Peter Bushoff (1960s release


Columbia CS 9604 (USA for export) - Side 1 with "CBS" sticker for UK, scan by Anton Wennbom (second 1960s variant, same as first above)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA for export) - detail of Side 1 with "CBS" sticker (not shown), scan by Anton Wennbom (second 1960s variant, same as first)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA for export) - Side 2 with "CBS" sticker for UK, scan by Anton Wennbom (second 1960s variant, with writer's credit missing)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA for export) - detail of Side 2 with "CBS" sticker (not shown), scan by Anton Wennbom (second 1960s variant with writer's credit missing)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA for export) - Side 1 with "CBS" sticker, scan by Hanns Peter Bushoff (third 1960s variant)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA for export) - Side 2 with "CBS" sticker, scan by Hanns Peter Bushoff (third 1960s variant)


Columbia CS 9604 (USA for export) - detail of rear with "Columbia" not obscured, scan by Gerd Rundel (1960s release)

Gerd Rundel has a copy where the sleeve and record labels with CBS stickers are the same as Anton Wennbom's copy. The sleeve has “Printed in U.S.A.” on the rear and spine. The record of this copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1F, Side 2 - XSM135312-1F.

Columbia PC 9604 (USA for export), late 1970s/early 1980s:


Columbia PC 9604 (USA for export) - front with sticker, scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1970s/early 1980s release)

Columbia PC 9604 (USA for export) - front "SKIV GROSSISTEN" sticker scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1970s/early 1980s release)

Columbia PC 9604 (USA for export) - rear with sticker, scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1970s/early 1980s release)

Columbia PC 9604 (USA for export) - rear "SKIV GROSSISTEN" sticker scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1970s/early 1980s release)

Columbia PC 9604 (USA for export) - Side 1 with "SKIVGROSSISTEN" ring-shaped sticker, scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1970s/early 1980s release)

Columbia PC 9604 (USA for export) - Side 2 with "SKIVGROSSISTEN" ring-shaped sticker, scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1970s/early 1980s release)


Columbia PC 9604 (USA for export) - detail of rear with "Columbia" not obscured, scan by Lars M. Banke (1980s release)

This late 1970s/early 1980s US copy bought in Sweden has "Columbia" still visible on the spine, but the Columbia logos at front top left and rear bottom right are covered by stickers with "SKIV GROSSISTEN [RECORD WHOLESALERS]" (in two words). "Columbia" at the bottom of the rear sleeve is not erased or covered with a sticker. The record labels have red ring-shaped stickers with the text "SKIVGROSSISTEN" now in one word in yellow. The record of this copy has (later) matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1AB, Side 2 - XSM135312-1AF.

Lars M. Banke says: "The sticker “Skivgrossisten” indicates that it is put on the label by the wholesale company that imports these records and sells them to retail shops. Why this wholesale company found it necessary to put the sticker on the discs, I do not know. Also I do not know why this one was not “stickered” like the other export copies – with CBS stickers or “neutral” stickers. The company “Skivgrossisten” was located in Skövde in Central Sweden and ceased trading in 2008. The purpose of the company was to “do retail business with music-related products like phonograms and other business in accordance herewith” [my translation]. A bit funny that it mentions retail business as the purpose when the name indicates wholesale business. “Skivgrossisten” was also in the 1970s the name of a (retail) record shop in Drottningsgatan in Stockholm. In fact it was a chain with three shops – mainly selling so-called “cut-out” LPs. So perhaps it is more likely that it was this “Skivgrossisten” shop who has put the sticker on the “Budokan” album? Or perhaps “Skivgrossisten” was one single company, meaning that the (mother) company in Skövde owned the three shops in Stockholm?"

Lars and Manuel García Jara have copies of Street-Legal and Bob Dylan At Budokan bought in Sweden with the same “Skivgrossisten” stickers on the rear sleeve and record labels.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and to Anton Wennbom, Dr. Hanns Peter Bushoff, Gerd Rundel and Lars M. Banke for further information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo reel-to-reel tape releases, Columbia CQ 997 (USA)/Columbia HC 997 (USA), Jan 1968:


Columbia CQ 997 (USA) - tape box front scan by Manuel García Jara (7½ IPS release)

After Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (1967) this was the third Bob Dylan album to be issued on reel-to-reel tape, in 4-track stereo. All tracks are the standard stereo album versions. The top and bottom of the black tape box are hinged together at front left/rear right, with a grey wrap-around label.

There were two reel-to-reel tape releases: Columbia CQ 997 is the higher quality release, running at 7½ inches per second (IPS); Columbia HC 997 runs at 3¾ inches per second (IPS), so only uses half as much tape, but does not have as great a dynamic range. The boxes look identical apart from the catalogue numbers and tape speeds (on the spines).


Columbia CQ 997 (USA) - detail of tape box front, scan by Manuel García Jara (7½ IPS release)


Columbia CQ 997 (USA) - tape box rear scan by Manuel García Jara (7½ IPS release)
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Columbia HC 997 (USA) - tape box front scan by Steven Fant (3¾ IPS release)


Columbia HC 997 (USA) - detail of tape box front, scan by Steven Fant (3¾ IPS release)

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Columbia HC 997 (USA) - tape box rear scan by Steven Fant (3¾ IPS release)


Columbia CQ 997 (USA) - detail of tape box rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (7½ IPS release)


Columbia CQ 997 (USA) - tape reel scan by Manuel García Jara (7½ IPS release)

Columbia CQ 997
(USA) - detail of tape reel, scan by Manuel García Jara (7½ IPS release - contrast heightened)

Columbia HC 997 (USA) - detail of tape box rear, scan by Steven Fant (3¾ IPS release)


Columbia HC 997 (USA) - tape box inside top and bottom, scans by Steven Fant (3¾ IPS release)


Columbia HC 997 (USA) - detail of tape box inside top, scan by Steven Fant (3¾ IPS release)

Columbia HC 997 (USA) - tape reel scan by Steven Fant (3¾ IPS release)

Columbia HC 997 (USA) - detail of tape reel, scan by Steven Fant (3¾ IPS release)


Columbia CQ 997 (USA) - tape box spine scan by Manuel García Jara (7½ IPS release)


Columbia HC 997 (USA) - tape box spine and top, scans by Steven Fant (3¾ IPS release)

The tape reels of the Columbia CQ series running at 7½ IPS have dark grey tape labels with black text - I have had to heighten the contrast considerably to make the text partially readable, although you can see the catalogue number; the tape reels of the Columbia HC series running at 3¾ IPS have white labels with black text, much more readable.

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


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo 4-track tape cartridge, Columbia 14 10 0372 (USA), 1968:


Columbia 14 10 0372 (USA) - front of slipcase, scan by Hans Seegers
This is a very rare item! 4-track was a short-lived continuous tape format, quickly superseded by 8-track. It has only two "programs" per tape instead of four as in the 8-track format. The cartridge is in green plastic inside a white and black card slipcase.
Columbia 14 10 0372 (USA) - rear of slipcase, scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia 14 10 0372 (USA) - front of tape cartridge, scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia 14 10 0372 (USA) - rear of tape cartridge, scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia 14 10 0372 (USA) - alternate front of slipcase, picture from eBay

The track running order has been changed to make both sides of equal length:

Program 1: John Wesley Harding; Dear Landlord; I am A Lonesome Hobo; The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest; I Pity The Poor Immigrant.

Program 2: As I Went Out One Morning; I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine; Drifter’s Escape; All Along The Watchtower; The Wicked Messenger; Down Along The Cove; I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight.

Thanks to Augie Krater for finding this on eBay and to Hans Seegers for further information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo 8-track tape cartridge, Columbia 18 10 0372 (USA), 1968(?):


Columbia 18 10 0372 (USA) - front of tape cartridge, scan by Stuart Moore
This 8-track release has four "programs" per tape. The cartridge is in brown plastic with two labels. The track running order has been changed to make all four sides of equal length (the same running order as the 4-track release):

Program 1: John Wesley Harding; Dear Landlord; I am A Lonesome Hobo

Program 2: The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest; I Pity The Poor Immigrant

Program 3: As I Went Out One Morning; I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine; Drifter’s Escape

Program 4: All Along The Watchtower; The Wicked Messenger; Down Along The Cove; I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight.


Columbia 18 10 0372 (USA) - rear of tape cartridge, scan by Stuart Moore

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo cassette releases, Columbia 16 10 0372 (USA), before 1971; Columbia PCT 9604 (USA), 1980s, late 1980s:

Columbia 16 10 0372 (USA), before 1971:


Columbia 16 10 0372 (USA) - cassette insert scan by Steven Fant (pre 1971 release)

Columbia 16 10 0372 was the first US cassette release, before 1971. It has a folded insert with details of other contemporary Columbia cassettes on the inside. The cassette is light grey cassette with white paper labels. There was also an outer card box with the same graphics as the insert.


Columbia 16 10 0372 (USA) - cassette Side 1 scan by Steven Fant (pre 1971 release)


Columbia 16 10 0372 (USA) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Steven Fant (pre 1971 release)


Columbia 16 10 0372 (USA) - outer box end scan by Steven Fant (pre 1971 release)


Columbia 16 10 0372 (USA) - cassette Side 2 scan by Steven Fant (pre 1971 release)

Columbia JCT 9604 (USA), 1970s:

More information about this release required!

Columbia PCT 9604 (USA), 1980s:


Columbia PCT 9604 (USA) -
cassette insert (1980s release, my copy - reverse is blank)

The copy of Columbia PCT 9604 bought by me in the USA in 1989 also has minimal artwork and the inside of the insert is again blank. It has a light grey cassette with black text printed directly on to it, there are no paper labels. It also has Dolby noise reduction, not used on the 1970s cassettes. The catalogue number on the insert is "PCT 9604" but is just "CT 9604" on both sides of the cassette. The inverted triangle on Side 1 of the cassette was introduced with Biograph in 1985 for both LPs and cassettes.


Columbia CT 9604 (USA) - Side 1 (1980s release)


Columbia CT 9604 (USA) - Side 2 (1980s release)

Columbia PCT 9604 (USA), late 1980s:


Columbia PCT 9604 (USA) - cassette insert scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release - reverse is blank)
This copy owned by Gerd Rundel has an insert that is identical to mine but must be later than my copy because of the cassette design. It has a transparent smoked grey cassette with white text printed directly on to it, there are no paper labels. The catalogue number on the insert is again "PCT 9604" and just "CT 9604" on both sides of the cassette.


Columbia CT 9604 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)


Columbia CT 9604 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

Thanks to Steven Fant and Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP, Columbia CS 9604 (Canada), Jan 1968 to early 1970s; Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada), mid 1970s (two releases); Columbia WKCS 9604 (Canada), 1980s:

Columbia CS 9604 (Canada), Jan 1968 to early 1970s:


Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1968 release)

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for scans of the 1968 release, Columbia CS 9604. The sleeve has "LITHO IN CANADA" on the spine. The rear sleeve has both stereo and mono catalogue numbers. The record was made in Canada also and the labels have the "STEREO"/"360 SOUND" logo in black. The copy shown has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1F, Side 2 - XSM135312-1F. Unusually, the generic inner sleeve was printed in the USA.


Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (1968 release - missing on 1970s release)

Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (1968 and early 1970s releases - compare with mid 1970s release)

Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (1968 release)

Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1968 release -both stereo and mono catalogue numbers)

Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - detail of inner sleeve rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1968 release - printed in USA)

Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - inner sleeve front, scan by Gerd Rundel (1968 release - printed in USA)


Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - inner sleeve rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1968 release - printed in USA)


Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1968 release - "STEREO"/"360 SOUND" logo in black)

Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (1968 release)

Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1968 release - "PRINTED IN CAN.")


Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1968 release)


Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (early 1970s release)
Thanks to Manuel García Jara for scans of an early 1970s release, still Columbia CS 9604. The front sleeve now no longer has the "PLAYABLE ON MONO EQUIPMENT" text. The spine is the same as the 1968 release, but there are several differences on the rear sleeve, which now has only the stereo catalogue number. The text at the bottom of the rear sleeve is different and includes the printer name, "SHOREPAK CAN". The record labels are still the "STEREO"/"360 SOUND" design, as well as but have the logo in white, a style used in Canada up to 1972. The company name on the labels is "COLUMBIA RECORDS OF CANADA". Columbia Records of Canada Ltd. was renamed CBS Records Canada Ltd. in late 1976, so this release is before then. The copy shown has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1H, Side 2 - XSM135312-1H.


Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - detail of spine, scan by Manuel García Jara (early 1970s release)


Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (early 1970s release)

Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (early 1970s release - stereo catalogue number only)

Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (early 1970s release - "STEREO"/"360 SOUND" logo in white)

Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (early 1970s release)

Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (early 1970s release - "COLUMBIA RECORDS OF CANADA")


Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (early 1970s release - "SHOREPAK CAN")

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada), mid-1970s (two releases):


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (mid-1970s releases)

Thanks to Marc Kuszel and Gerd Rundel for pictures of the mid-1970s Canadian releases with new catalogue number Columbia KCS 9604. They now have 1970s-style labels with the Columbia logo in a ring round the circumference. The front of the sleeve is grey while the rear is white with black text. The two sleeves are the same except for different copyright text at the bottom of the rear - Columbia Records of Canada Ltd. was renamed CBS Records Canada Ltd. in late 1976, so the second mid-1970s release is after then.


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (mid-1970s releases)


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid-1970s release)


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid-1970s release)


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (mid-1970s releases - stereo catalogue number only)


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear with sticker, photo by Marc Kuszel (mid-1970s releases)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid-1970s release)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (both mid-1970s releases)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid-1970s release)


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid-1970s release)


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid-1970s release - "COLUMBIA RECORDS OF CANADA")


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid-1970s release - "CBS RECORDS CANADA")


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid-1970s release)


Columbia CS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid-1970s release - "COLUMBIA RECORDS OF CANADA")


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid-1970s release - "CBS RECORDS CANADA")

The record labels are also the same except for the company name at the bottom - the first mid-1970s release has COLUMBIA RECORDS OF CANADA LTD." and the second has CBS RECORDS CANADA LTD." as shown. The records of Gerd Rundel's copies shown both have the same matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1G (stamped), Side 2 - XSM-135312-1C-2-HD (handwritten).

Columbia WKCS 9604 (Canada), 1980s:


Columbia WKCS 9604 (Canada) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (1980s release)

The catalogue number on the front and rear sleeve of this 1980s release is "WKCS 9604". The rear sleeve is white and also has a Canadian price code next to the Columbia logo at top right. The Canadian text at the bottom of the rear sleeve is the same as the previous release. The record labels have catalogue number "KCS 9604" and much longer circumference text than earlier releases, now in English and French. The record of this copy has matrix numbers: Side 1 - KCS 9604-A XSM-135311 2A-2ZDK, Side 2 - KCS 9604-B XSM-135312 1C-2-HD.


Columbia WKCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of front, scan by Lars M. Banke (1980s release)

Columbia WKCS 9604 (Canada) - rear scan by Lars M. Banke (1980s release)

Columbia WKCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke (1980s release)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (1980s release)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (1980s release - "DISTRIBUTED BY CBS MUSIC INC.")

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke (1980s release)


Columbia WKCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke (1980s release - "CBS RECORDS CANADA")

Thanks to Gerd Rundel, Manuel García Jara, Marc Kuszel and Lars M. Banke for information and pictures.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP, Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada for export), 1970s:


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - front with sticker over "Columbia", scan by Lars M. Banke (first variant)
Lars M. Banke has two copies of the 1970s Canadian release of KCS 9604 which were sold in Sweden. The first has black circular stickers over the Columbia logos on the front and rear of the sleeve. The record itself has black ring-shaped stickers over the ring of Columbia logos round the circumference of the labels.
Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of front with sticker over "Columbia", scan by Lars M. Banke (first variant)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - rear with sticker over "Columbia", scan by Lars M. Banke (first variant)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear with sticker over "Columbia", scan by Lars M. Banke (first variant)


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - Side 1 with black circular sticker over "Columbia" logos, scan by Lars M. Banke (first variant)


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - front with "Columbia" obscured, scan by Lars M. Banke (second variant)


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of front with "Columbia" obscured, scan by Lars M. Banke (second variant)


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - rear with "Columbia" obscured, scan by Lars M. Banke (second variant)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear with "Columbia" obscured, scan by Lars M. Banke (second variant)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - Side 1 with white circular sticker over "Columbia" logos, scan by Lars M. Banke (second variant)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - Side 2 with white circular sticker over "Columbia" logos, scan by Lars M. Banke (second variant)

The second has a much lighter sleeve with the Columbia logos on the front and rear obscured with black marker pen. The record itself has white ring-shaped stickers over the ring of Columbia logos round the circumference of the labels.


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear with "Columbia" obscured, scan by Lars M. Banke (second variant)


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - front with "Columbia" obscured, scan by Gerd Rundel (third variant)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of front with "Columbia" obscured, scan by Gerd Rundel (third variant)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - rear with "Columbia" obscured, scan by Gerd Rundel (third variant)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear with "Columbia" obscured, scan by Gerd Rundel (third variant)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - Side 1 with black marker pen obscuring "Columbia" logos, scan by Gerd Rundel (third variant)

Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - Side 2 with black marker pen obscuring "Columbia" logos, scan by Gerd Rundel (third variant)


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of rear with "Columbia" obscured, scan by Gerd Rundel (third variant - "CBS RECORDS CANADA")

Gerd Rundel's copy is different again in that it has "Columbia" obscured on the front and rear sleeve with black marker pen like the second copy, and the Columbia logos on the labels are obscured by black marker pen, not ring-shaped stickers. The record of this copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM-135311-2A-2ZDK, Side 2 - XSM 135312-1B plus "2-HD" opposite.

Thanks to Lars M. Banke and Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo cassette release, Columbia 16 10 0372 (Canada), before 1971:


Columbia 16 10 0372 (Canada) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel

This is the first Canadian stereo cassette release of this album. The text “A Product Of Columbia Records Of Can. Ltd.” is printed on both the insert and the cassette labels, but the cassette itself was “MADE IN U.S.A.” as stamped into the Side 2 case at top right. The cassette is light grey with white paper labels. The reverse of the insert is blank.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Columbia 16 10 0372 (Canada) - detail of cassette Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia 16 10 0372 (Canada) - cassette Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia 16 10 0372 (Canada) - detail of cassette Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia 16 10 0372 (Canada) - cassette Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS SBPG 63252 (UK), 23 Feb 1968, reissued 1972:


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - front scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (1960s release)
My copy of this album was stolen in May 1968, and I wasn't able to replace it at the time. Shown below is an original flyer distributed by CBS in early February 1968 advertising Bob's new album. Note it portrays the original US Columbia stereo artwork, presumably the UK sleeve had not been finalised at the time of printing.

The UK sleeve is laminated on the front only and was printed by the Upton Printing Group. The first UK stereo issues came with a white stereo/arrows sticker on the back of the sleeve. Emanuele Patrocco's copy has a gold foil sticker with "Stereo", Jean-Pierre Mercier's copy has a red stamp with the "Stereo/arrows" logo. Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen's copy with a red "STEREO" stamp has the first variant record labels and stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 -SBPG 63252 A1, Side 2 - SBPG 63252 B2. Gerd Rundel has a copy again with first variant record labels with the same matrix numbers as Rene's and where the red "STEREO" stamp is further to the right than Rene's or Jean-Pierre's.


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (late 1970s release)


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - rear photo by Emanuele Patrocco showing gold foil "STEREO" sticker (1960s release)


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara showing gold foil "STEREO" sticker (1960s release)


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (1960s release)


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (1960s release)


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - front of advertising flyer, scan by Henry V. Bell


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - reverse of advertising flyer, scan by Henry V. Bell


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - rear photo by Jean-Pierre Mercier showing red "STEREO" stamp (1960s release)


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - rear with red "STEREO" stamp further right, scan by Gerd Rundel (1960s release)


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - detail of rear with red "STEREO" stamp, scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (1960s release)


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - rear photo by Henry V. Bell showing white "STEREO" sticker (1960s release)


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - front of inner sleeve, photo by Henry V. Bell (1960s release)


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - rear of inner sleeve, photo by Henry V. Bell (1960s release)


CBS S bpg 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Henry Bell (1960s release)


CBS S bpg 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Henry Bell (1960s release, "S bpg 63252")


CBS S bpg 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Henry Bell (1960s release)


CBS Sbpg 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (1972 release)

CBS Sbpg 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Stuart Moore (1972 release, "Sbpg 63252")


CBS Sbpg 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (1972 release)

This was the first CBS UK Dylan album to show the playing speed to the left of the centre hole on the record labels as "33" instead of "33". Henry V. Bell's copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - SBPG 63252 A2, Side 2 - SPBG 63252 B1. On Henry V. Bell's 1968 copy all publisher credits are to B. Feldman & Co, Stuart Moore's copy from after 1972 has the publisher credits split between Big Ben Music Ltd. and B. Feldman & Co. Ltd., as does Manuel García Jara's late 1970s release (CBS UK still used the plain orange label style until The Basement Tapes in 1975).


Songbook scan by Stuart Moore

Stuart Moore has three copies of the UK John Wesley Harding songbook. The one on the left has advertising on the rear, the two to the right have the album Dylan sleeve notes on the rear.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel, Henry V. Bell, Emanuele Patrocco, Jean-Pierre Mercier, Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen, Manuel García Jara and Stuart Moore for information, photos and scans.


Songbook scan by Stuart Moore

Songbook scan by Stuart Moore

"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS SBPG 63252 (UK), mid-1970s (two variants):


CBS SBPG 63252/CBS S 63252/CBS S BPG 63252/CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1970s/late 1970s/early 1980s variants)
The next eight UK releases shown here from the mid 1970s (after 1976) to the early 1980s all use the same yellow-tinted sleeve, holding records with catalogue numbers CBS SBPG 63252, CBS S 63252, CBS S BPG 63252 and CBS BPG 63252.

The Side 1 record label of Gerd Rundel's mid 1970s release copy has The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest on Side 1 listed on one line while Manuel's late 1970s release below returns to the old typeface with the song title on two lines. The record of this copy has catalogue number "SBPG 63252" and handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - CBS-S-63252-A-2, Side 2 - CBS S 63252 B3.


CBS SBPG 63252/CBS S 63252/CBS S BPG 63252/CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1970s/late 1970s/early 1980s variants)

CBS SBPG 63252/CBS S 63252/CBS S BPG 63252/CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1970s/late 1970s/early 1980s variants)

CBS SBPG 63252/CBS S 63252/CBS S BPG 63252/CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1970s/late 1970s/early 1980s variants)

CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1970s release)

CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1970s release - catalogue number "SBPG 63252")

CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1970s release)

CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1970s release - catalogue number "SBPG 63252")


CBS SBPG 63252/CBS S 63252/CBS S BPG 63252/CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1970s/late 1970s/early 1980s variants)


CBS Sbpg 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid 1970s release)

CBS Sbpg 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid 1970s release - catalogue number "Sbpg 63252")

CBS Sbpg 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid 1970s release)

CBS Sbpg 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid 1970s release - catalogue number "Sbpg 63252", same as Side 2 label immediately below)

Gerd's second mid 1970s variant comes in the same yellow tinted sleeve as already shown for the mid 1970s/late 1970s/early 1980s variants. This may be the forerunner of Manuel's 1977 mixed labels copy below (the Side 2 record label is the same). Both record labels have "Sbpg 63252" to the right of the centre hole. The labels still have "MADE IN ENGLAND" at the bottom. The song titles do not have track times. The record of the copy shown has stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - SBPG 63252 A2, Side 2 - SBPG 63252 B2.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS S 63252/CBS Sbpg 63252 (UK), around 1977:


CBS S 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1977 release)


CBS S 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1977 release - catalogue number "S 63252", track times)


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1977 release)


CBS SBPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (1977 release - catalogue number "Sbpg 63252", no track times, same as Side 2 label immediately above)


CBS S 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (alternate 1977 release)


CBS S 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (alternate 1977 release - catalogue number "S 63252", track times)


CBS S 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (alternate 1977 release)


CBS S 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (alternate 1977 release - catalogue number "S 63252", track times)

Manuel García Jara's late 1970s release comes in the same sleeve as above but has mixed record labels. The catalogue number on the Side 1 record label is now "S 63252" while on the Side 2 record label it is still "Sbpg 63252". Strangely, The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest on Side 1 is listed on two lines like the plain orange CBS label releases above but wrongly titled "The Ballard Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest". The labels still have "MADE IN ENGLAND" at the bottom. The song titles on the Side 2 label do not have track times.

Gerd Rundel's alternate copy is a variant with “S 63252” on both labels and released at around the same time as Manuel's mixed labels copy. He dates both copies around 1977. The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest on the Side 1 label is again listed on two lines and wrongly titled "The Ballard Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest". The pale yellow sleeve is the same as listed for all the mid 1970s/late 1970s/early 1980s variants. The record of the copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - SBPG 63252 A2 (stamped), Side 2 - CBS S 63252 B3 (handwritten).


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS S BPG 63252/CBS BPG 63252 (UK), late 1970s/early 1980s (four variants):


CBS S BPG 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (first late 1970s/early 1980s variant)

These four variants from the late 1970s/early 1980s must be later than Manuel García Jara's late 1970s copy. The sleeves of all four variants are pale yellow and look identical to those above and that of the Ireland release below. The record labels are again orange/yellow but all have some differences from those of Manuel's late 1970s release above:

  • On all four variants the arrows under "STEREO" on the left of the centre hole have been replaced by “LC|0149” in a capsule

  • On all four variants "THE BALLAD OF FRANKIE LEE AND JUDAS PRIEST" on Side 1 is now again listed in one line instead of two, and listed correctly!

  • On all four variants the composer credits below the song titles now have a different text layout

The differences between the variants are as follows:

  • The catalogue number on the right of the centre hole on both labels of the first variant is "S BPG 63252" and on both labels of the second to fourth variants is only "BPG 63252" (the catalogue number is the only difference between the first and second variants). Bizarrely the first release below with red labels dating from the mid-1980s goes back to "S BPG 63252"!

  • On the "S BPG 63252" variant and the first "BPG 63252" variant, "MADE IN ENGLAND" is at the bottom of the label as on the previous releases, on the next two "BPG 63252" variants (third and fourth late 1970s/early 1980s variants) "MADE IN ENGLAND" is in the circumference text as on the mid-1980s release with red labels below

  • On the third variant there is no text at the bottom of the label

  • On the fourth variant there is now CBS copyright info at the bottom of the label - this later moves on the mid-1980s release to the circumference text on the right following "MADE IN ENGLAND".


CBS S BPG 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (first late 1970s/early 1980s variant)


CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (second late 1970s/early 1980s variant)


CBS S BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (first late 1970s/early 1980s variant - catalogue number "S BPG 63252")


CBS S BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (first late 1970s/early 1980s variant - catalogue number "S BPG 63252")


CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (second late 1970s/early 1980s variant)

CBS S BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (first and second late 1970s/early 1980s variants - "MADE IN ENGLAND" at bottom as previous releases)

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (second to fourth late 1970s/early 1980s variants - catalogue number "BPG 63252")

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (second to fourth late 1970s/early 1980s variants - catalogue number "BPG 63252")


CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (third and fourth late 1970s/early 1980s variants - "MADE IN ENGLAND" in circumference text as mid-1980s release)


CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (third late 1970s/early 1980s variant)

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (third late 1970s/early 1980s variant - no text at bottom)

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (third late 1970s/early 1980s variant)

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (fourth late 1970s/early 1980s variant)

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (fourth late 1970s/early 1980s variant - CBS copyright info at bottom)


CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (fourth late 1970s/early 1980s variant)

The records of all four variants shown have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - CBS-S-63252-A-2, Side 2 - CBS S 63252 B3. The catalogue number of the mid 1980s copy release is "S BPG 63252" like that of the first of these variants.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara and Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS 63252 (UK), mid 1980s (three variants):
It appears this album did not have a catalogue number change to "CBS 32xxx" around 1982 as did many other Bob Dylan albums.


CBS 63252 (UK) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (first colour variant)
These mid 1980s CBS UK releases have yellow sleeves of varying shades - four examples are shown. Manuel's copy which comes in the first sleeve shown has red CBS record labels with both "MADE IN ENGLAND" and the CBS copyright information in the circumference text. The catalogue number is "63252" on the sleeves, but "S BPG 63252" on the record labels. The record of the copy that comes in the mid yellow sleeve has matrix numbers: Side 1 - CBS-S 63252-A2, Side 2 - CBS-S 63252-B3.


CBS 63252 (UK) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara (first colour variant)


CBS 63252 (UK) - front photo from eBay (third colour variant)


CBS 63252 (UK) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (first colour variant - yellow)


CBS 63252 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (first colour variant)


CBS 63252 (UK) - rear photo by Michel Pomarede (fifth variant - white)


CBS 63252 (UK) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (second colour variant)

CBS 63252 (UK) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara (second colour variant)

CBS 63252 (UK) - front photo William Henry Prince (fourth colour variant)

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (CBS copyright info at bottom)

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (just "MADE IN ENGLAND" in circumference text)

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel ("BPG 63252" on right)

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS S BPG 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS S BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (no text at bottom)

CBS S BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara ("MADE IN ENGLAND" and CBS copyright info in circumference)

CBS S BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara ("S BPG 63252" on right)

CBS S BPG 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

Gerd Rundel's copy also comes in the second sleeve shown, but the record has different red CBS labels of an earlier design. The catalogue number to the right of the centre hole is just “BPG 63252” (the mono number) and the CBS copyright info is at the bottom of the labels. The record of this copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - CBS-S-63252-A-2, Side 2 - CBS S 63252 B3.

Michel Pomarede has a 1980s copy with a strong yellow front sleeve (like the third variant shown above) but a white rear sleeve as shown. The red CBS record labels are the same as those of Manuel García Jara's copy with "S BPG 63252" and "MADE IN ENGLAND" plus CBS copyright info in the circumference text.

Thanks to Wiebke Dittmer for finding the eBay copy and to Manuel García Jara, Gerd Rundel, Michel Pomarede and William Henry Prince for information and pictures.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP release, CBS 463359 1 (UK), late 1980s:


CBS 463359 1 (UK) - front scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 463359 1 (UK) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 463359 1 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 463359 1 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 463359 1 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 463359 1 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 463359 1 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

On the late 1980s release the sleeve and record labels now have a new catalogue number, CBS 463359 1. The front sleeve is now grey again and has no CBS logo or catalogue number at top left. The rear sleeve is white with black text and has a barcode in the upper right hand corner. The record has red CBS labels with both "MADE IN ENGLAND" and the CBS copyright information in the circumference text. The copy shown has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - 463359 1 A3, Side 2 - 463359 1 B3.

There must be a 1990s Columbia release with the same catalogue number and red record labels - scans required.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo 180gm vinyl LP release, Columbia/Simply Vinyl 63252 (UK), 1999:


Columbia/Simply Vinyl 63252 (UK) - front scan by Ronald Born

Columbia/Simply Vinyl 63252 (UK) - rear scan by Ronald Born

Columbia/Simply Vinyl 63252 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Ronald Born

Columbia/Simply Vinyl 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Ronald Born

Columbia/Simply Vinyl 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Ronald Born

Columbia/Simply Vinyl 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Ronald Born


Columbia/Simply Vinyl 63252 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Ronald Born

This album comes in a clear plastic sleeve with a "Simply Vinyl" sticker as for other heavyweight vinyl releases by this company. The front sleeve has a Columbia logo without a catalogue number and the "STEREO"/arrows logo at top centre. The rear sleeve has a barcode at top right. The record has orange Columbia labels with the "LC|0162" Columbia Records EU Label Code to the left of the centre hole.

Thanks to Ronald Born for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo cassette releases, CBS 40-63252 (UK), 1970s; CBS 463359 4 (UK), late 1980s:
David Burgess has a Jun 1970 CBS UK leaflet advertising the release of Self Portrait that lists an 8-track stereo tape cartridge CBS 42-63252. Ronald Born has a CBS UK catalogue from 1974-75 that also lists it. Scans required!


CBS 40-63252 (UK) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Dr. Walter Roedl (first 1970s release)


CBS 40-63252 (UK) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Dr. Walter Roedl (first 1970s release)


CBS 40-63252 (UK) - cassette Side 1 scan by Dr. Walter Roedl (first 1970s release)


CBS 40-63252 (UK) - cassette Side 2 scan by Dr. Walter Roedl (first 1970s release)


CBS 40-63252 (UK) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Tom Willems (second 1970s release)


CBS 40-63252 (UK) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Tom Willems (second 1970s release)


CBS 40-63252 (UK) - cassette Side 1 scan by Tom Willems (second 1970s release)


CBS 40-63252 (UK) - cassette Side 2 scan by Tom Willems (second 1970s release)


CBS 463359 4 (UK) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (late 1980s release)

CBS 463359 4 (UK) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (late 1980s release)

CBS 463359 4 (UK) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (late 1980s release)

CBS 463359 4 (UK) - cassette Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (late 1980s release)

Thanks to Dr. Walter Roedl, Tom Willems and Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP release, CBS SBPG 63252 (Ireland), late 1970s/early 1980s:


CBS SBPG 63252 (Ireland) - front scan by Gerd Rundel

This rare Irish release comes in a pale yellow sleeve with "63252" above the CBS logo on the front and below it on the rear. It has "SBPG 63252" on the orange/yellow CBS record labels, which are different from both Manuel García Jara's and Gerd Rundel's late 1970s/early 1980s UK releases above. The catalogue number on the right of the centre hole on both labels is "SBPG 63252" and there is nothing under "STEREO" to the left of the centre hole. The US catalogue number CS 9604 is also printed to the right of the centre hole. The record labels have "Record mfd. in Ireland" as well as "MADE IN ENGLAND". The Side 2 label is poorly centred and "MADE IN ENGLAND" at the bottom is hardly visible. The record has a CBS UK generic inner sleeve, which may not be original - both records of my copy of Self Portrait from 1970s come in this inner sleeve, which has on the reverse the address of CBS Records, 28/30 Theobalds Road, London WC1, an address not used after 1973.

The record of this copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - CBS-S-63252-A-2, Side 2 - CBS S 63252 B3 (the same as the equivalent UK releases above).

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


CBS SBPG 63252 (Ireland) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS SBPG 63252 (Ireland) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS SBPG 63252 (Ireland) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS SBPG 63252 (Ireland) - inner sleeve front scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS SBPG 63252 (Ireland) - inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS SBPG 63252 (Ireland) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS SBPG 63252 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS SBPG 63252 (Ireland) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (compare with UK releases above)

CBS SBPG 63252 (Ireland) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS SBPG 63252 (Ireland) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (compare with UK releases above)

"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS S 63252 (NL), Feb 1968, re-released 1970s/early 1980s/mid-1980s; CBS 463359 1 (NL), late 1980s; Columbia 463359 1 (NL), 1991 (twice):

CBS S 63252 (NL), Feb 1968 (two variants):


CBS S 63252 (NL) - front scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (1968 releases)

The front sleeves of these releases have the CBS logo and the "STEREO"/arrows logo in white. The 1968 record comes in a plain paper inner sleeve and has orange CBS labels. It has no matrix numbers. Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen’s copy of the 1968 release has a "B" in circle at top right. Sergio Marianio Romay has a 1968 copy with no “B” in a circle on the rear sleeve at top right as shown. The front sleeve and record labels are exactly the same as those of Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen’s copy. The record of this copy has stamped UK matrix numbers: Side 1 - “SBPG 63252 A1”, Side 2 - “SBPG 63252 B1” (almost illegible).


CBS S 63252 (NL) - rear scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (1968 release)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (1968 release, "B" in circle)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (1968 releases)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - rear scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (alternate 1968 release)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (alternate 1968 release, no "B" in circle)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (1968 release)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (1968 release)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (1968 release)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of front, scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (1968 and 1970s releases)

Manuel García Jara has a Dutch release of 1968 where the record has stamped UK matrix number "SBPG 63252 A1" on Side 1 only, there are no matrix numbers on Side 2.

Yme Hoeksma has a copy with the CBS S 63252 sleeve and labels but which actually plays Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits! I have heard of no other instances of this mistake.

CBS S 63252 (Spain for NL), 1973:


CBS S 63252 (Spain for NL) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1973 release - Dutch sleeve)

This album was made for the Dutch market with a sleeve printed in Holland, but a record pressed in Spain. The sleeve is the same as that of the 1968 Dutch release above with "B" in a circle at rear top right and "NL printed in holland" printed vertically at rear bottom left. The record has the identical typeface on the labels and UK matrix numbers as those of the 1971 Spanish release made by CBS itself. These labels are different from the 1971 labels in that each track has a composer credit - this is the first Spanish release with just one composer credit at the end of the song titles. The labels have the Dutch "STEMRA" copyright organisation logo, and also "MADE IN SPAIN" instead of "FABRICADO EN ESPAÑA".


CBS S 63252 (Spain for NL) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara (1973 release - Dutch sleeve)


CBS S 63252 (Spain for NL) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (1973 release - Dutch sleeve)

CBS S 63252 (Spain for NL) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1973 release - Dutch sleeve, "B" in circle)

CBS S 63252 (Spain for NL) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1973 release - Dutch sleeve)

CBS S 63252 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1973 release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain for NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1973 release - "STEMRA")

CBS S 63252 (Spain for NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1973 release - "MADE IN SPAIN")

CBS S 63252 (Spain for NL) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1973 release)

Although I've dated this release as 1973, it can be dated between 1973 (when CBS opened its own pressing plant in Spain) and 1976 (when CBS started to use orange/yellow labels as below). The record of this copy has UK matrix numbers - Side 1: SBPG 63252 A2, Side 2 - SBPG 63252 B1.

CBS S 63252 (NL), mid 1970s (three releases):


CBS S 63252 (NL) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (1970s releases)
The 1970s copy owned by Gerd Rundel has the same front sleeve as the 1968 copies, but has a minor difference on the rear sleeve with the "B" in a circle at top right replaced by a "Y".


CBS S 63252 (NL) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1970s release)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1970s release, "Y" in circle)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke (1970s releases)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - rear scan by Lars M. Banke (second 1970 release)

CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke (second 1970 release - "CB|271" on sticker, "54" in circle)

CBS S 63252 (NL) - rear with Swedish promo stamp, scan by Lars M. Banke (second 1970 release)

CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke (third 1970 release with Swedish promo stamp - "CB|271" printed, "57" in circle)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s releases)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s releases)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s releases)

The 1970s record comes in a plain paper inner sleeve and has orange/yellow CBS labels. The record of Gerd's copy has matrix numbers: Side 1 - S 63252-1? (handwritten, hard to read), Side 2 - CBS 01-63252-3B-1 (stamped). Lars M. Banke has two further copies of this release where the record has the same labels as Gerd's but the rear sleeve now has different codes at top right. The rear sleeve of the first copy has "CB|271" on a sticker at top right with "54" in a circle below it. Lars has a second copy with a promo stamp "FOR PROMOTION ONLY/NOT FOR SALE/CBS RECORDS SWEDEN" on the rear sleeve. The rear sleeve of this copy now has "CB|271" printed at top right, with "57" in a circle.

CBS S 63252 (NL), mid 1980s:


CBS S 63252 (NL) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1980s release)
This must be the first Dutch release with red record labels because it still has the original catalogue number.
CBS S 63252 (NL) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1980s release)

CBS S 63252 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1980s release)

CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1980s release)

CBS S 63252 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1980s release)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1980s release)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1980s release)


CBS S 63252 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (mid 1980s release)

The sleeve is an unlisted variant with “CB|271” and “57” at rear top right, also the text at rear bottom left is now missing. The record of the copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - 01-63252-1A-1 (stamped), Side 2 - 01-63252-3B-1 (handwritten).

CBS 463359 1 (NL), late 1980s:


CBS 463359 1 (NL) - front with sticker, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

CBS 463359 1 (NL) - front sticker scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

CBS 463359 1 (NL) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

CBS 463359 1 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

CBS 463359 1 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

CBS 463359 1 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

The sleeve (front and rear) and inner sleeve are exactly the same as the first 1991 release listed below except for the “Dylan Originals” sticker on the front. There is no front logo or stereo information. Both the sticker and the inner sleeve date from 1991, although the record has red CBS labels and dates from the late 1980s before CBS in Europe became Columbia. The copy of the record shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - 01-63252-1A-1 (stamped), Side 2 - 01-63252-3B-1 (handwritten).

Columbia 463359 1 (NL), 1991 (two releases):


Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1991 release)
The first Columbia 1991 vinyl release has a sleeve without a front logo, but still has "CBS" logos on the rear. It does not have the artist/album title at top left and the catalogue number at top right of the front sleeve, as the second 1991 release in a "Columbia" sleeve does. There is a bar code on the rear sleeve.

The record has red Columbia labels and was made in Holland. The record labels have the same text layout as that of the last CBS release above, and are completely different from those of the second 1991 Columbia release, see below.


Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1991 release)

Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - inner sleeve front scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1991 release)

Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1991 release)

Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1991 release - still "CBS" information)

Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1991 release)

Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1991 release)

Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1991 release)

Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1991 release)

The record of this copy comes in a generic 1991 "Dylan Originals" "Nice Price" sleeve with details of other albums in the series. The copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - 01-63252-1A-1 (stamped), Side 2 - 01-63252-3B-1 (handwritten).


Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1991 release without text)


Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1991 release - still "CBS" information)


Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - front scan by Wiebke Dittmer (second 1991 release)

The second Columbia 1991 vinyl release again has a sleeve without a front logo, but it has the artist/album title in small type at top left and the catalogue number at top right. There is again a bar code on the rear sleeve. The record again has red Columbia labels and was again made in Holland. The record labels have a completely different text layout from those of the first 1991 Columbia release with the information around the centre hole switched and the song titles left aligned instead of centred as above.


Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - rear scan by Wiebke Dittmer (second 1991 release)


Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Wiebke Dittmer (second 1991 release - "Columbia" information)


Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Wiebke Dittmer (second 1991 release)


Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Wiebke Dittmer (second 1991 release)


Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Wiebke Dittmer (second 1991 release)


Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Wiebke Dittmer (second 1991 release)


Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - detail of front, scan by Wiebke Dittmer (second 1991 release with top line text)


Columbia 463359 1 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Wiebke Dittmer (second 1991 release - "Columbia" information)

Thanks to Gerd Rundel, Manuel García Jara, Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen, Wiebke Dittmer and Lars M. Banke for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS S 63 252 (West Germany), Feb 1968:


CBS S 63 252 (West Germany) - front scan by Gerd Rundel

The front sleeve of Tim Norford's copy of this release has the German words "mit Großplakat [with large poster]" overprinted in the top right hand corner. The poster was the one by Milton Glaser given away in the USA with the 1967 compilation Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, illustrated on the index page for Part 1. Gerd Rundel's copy does not have the overprinting or the poster. The sleeve and record were made in West Germany. The record has orange CBS labels (the labels of both copies shown are identical) and Gerd Rundel's copy has US matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1F (handwritten), Side 2 - XSM135312-1J (stamped). Gerd's copy comes in a CBS Germany inner sleeve with a cut-out on the front showing the Side 1 label, and details of contemporary CBS German releases front and back.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel and Tim Norford for information and scans.

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CBS S 63 252 (West Germany) - front with overprinted text, scan by Tim Norford


CBS S 63 252 (West Germany) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS S 63 252 (West Germany) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS S 63 252 (West Germany) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS S 63 252 (West Germany) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS S 63 252 (West Germany) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS S 63 252 (West Germany) - inner sleeve front with cut-out showing Side 1 label, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS S 63 252 (West Germany) - inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS S 63 252 (West Germany) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS S 63 252 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS S 63 252 (West Germany) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS S 63.252 (France), Feb 1968 (three variants):


CBS S 63.252 (France) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (all releases)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1 - no "U", two folded-over flaps)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - front scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (variant 2)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - rear scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (variant 2)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - detail of rear, scan by Jérémie Viala (variant2 - no "U", no folded-over flaps)

CBS S 63.252 (France) - detail of rear, scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (all releases)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - detail of rear, scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (all releases)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - detail of rear, scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (all releases)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - detail of rear, scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (variant 3 - "U", no folded-over flaps)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1 - Rene's Side 1 has the same mistake)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - Side 1 scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (variants 2 & 3)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (variants 2 & 3)


CBS S 63.252 (France) - Side 2 scan by Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen (variants 2 & 3)

This album has a fully laminated sleeve with printed "STEREO/MONO"/arrows logos on front and back. The sleeve was printed by J. Colombet in Paris XV, France.

Gerd Rundel's copy (variant 1, released in 1968) has two folded-over flaps on the rear sleeve and no "U" next to the CBS logo. On the rear it has CBS copyright information in French at bottom left, and catalogue number at top right, and an "F" printed vertically at bottom right. The record has orange CBS labels with a "STEREO/MONO" logo with arrows and three matrix numbers on each side: Side 1 - YP AR TX 60789  S 63252 A  M6 257589, Side 2 - Y PAR TX 60790  S 63252 B  M6 257590 (the "YP AR" on Side 1 and "Y PAR" on Side 2 are correct). On Side 1 The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest is mistitled "The Ball Dof Frankie Lee And Judas Priest".

Jérémie Viala's copy (variant 2) has no folded-over flaps on the rear sleeve and no "U" in a circle next to the CBS logo at top right. The record labels have the same "STEREO/MONO" logo without arrows as that of variant 3 and the same mistake on Side 1. The matrix numbers are the same as Gerd's copy.

Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen's copy (variant 3) has no folded-over flaps on the rear sleeve and a "U" in a circle next to the CBS logo at top right. The record labels have the same "STEREO/MONO" logo without arrows as variant 2 and the same mistake on Side 1. The matrix numbers are again the same as Gerd's copy.

Thanks to Rene Kejlskov Jørgensen, Gerd Rundel and Jérémie Viala for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo/mono vinyl LP releases, CBS S 63252 (Italy), 14 Feb 1968, reissued 18 Mar 1969 and mid-1970s:


CBS S 63252 (Italy) - front without stamp, scan by Hans Seegers (1968 release variant 2)

These releases were made by CBS Italiana S.p.A. and distributed by Messaggiere Musicali, Milan and Rome. The sleeves were printed by Stampa Reparto Grafico C.G.D. The laminated sleeve has two folded-over flaps. The rear sleeve has part of the album's liner notes by Bob Dylan translated into Italian. The records are all marked "stereo/mono". The 1968 and 1969 records have orange CBS labels.

Lars M. Banke's 1968 copy has suffered water damage on the rear sleeve and the Side 1 record label is faded compared with the Side 2 label. The white marks in the upper left corner of the front sleeve are remains of a label with the original owner's name or initials. The record has orange CBS labels with "MADE IN ITALY BY CBS SUGAR" in the circumference text at top right. There is no “MADE IN ITALY” at the bottom of the labels. The matrix numbers of this copy are: Side 1 - 63252 1L C 1 XSM 135311,Side 2 - 63 252 2L C 1 XSM 135312.

Hans Seegers' 1968 copy comes in the same sleeve but has different orange CBS labels. These have completely different circumference text and “MADE IN ITALY” at the bottom of the labels as shown. The record of the 1969 release had the same labels.


CBS S 63252 (Italy) - detail of front, scan by Hans Seegers (1968 release variant 2, other releases are the same)

CBS S 63252 (Italy) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 release variant 1)

CBS S 63252 (Italy) - rear scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 release variant 1)


CBS S 63252 (Italy) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (all releases)


CBS S 63252 (Italy) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers (all releases)


CBS S 63252 (Italy) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers (all releases)


CBS S 63252 (Italy) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 release variant 1)

CBS S 63252 (Italy) - front with stamp, scan by Hans Seegers (1969 and mid-1970s releases)

CBS S 63252 (Italy) - front stamp, scan by Hans Seegers (1969 and mid-1970s releases)

CBS S 63252 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 release variant 1 - without "MADE IN ITALY" at bottom)

CBS S 63252 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 release variant 1 - "MADE IN ITALY" in circumference text)

CBS S 63252 (Italy) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 release variant 1)

CBS S 63252 (Italy) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (1968 variant 2 and 1969 releases)

CBS S 63252 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers (1968 variant 2 and 1969 releases - "MADE IN ITALY" at bottom)

CBS S 63252 (Italy) - detail of Side 1 with export stamp, scan by Hans Seegers (1968 release variant 2)

CBS S 63252 (Italy) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (1968 variant 2 with export stamp - 1969 release is the same)


CBS S 63252 (Italy) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (mid-1970s release)


CBS S 63252 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers (mid-1970s release)


CBS S 63252 (Italy) - Side 2 scan by Enrico Porro (mid-1970s release)


CBS S 63252 (Italy) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers (all releases)

The record labels of the 1968 release variant 2 copy shown have stamps with Italian text "DISCO DESTINATO ALL'ESPORTAZIONE [DISC INTENDED FOR EXPORT]" - I have as yet no idea where it was intended to be sent, perhaps Yugoslavia.

The front sleeve of the 1969 and mid-1970s releases has printed Italian text in a rectangle on the right. This translates as "CONTAINS DRIFTER'S ESCAPE, WINNING SONG IN 'BANDIERA GIALLA'". "Bandiera Gialla [Yellow Flag]" was an Italian radio music programme which ran from 1965-70.

The mid-1970s record was pressed by CBS Sugar in Italy and has orange/yellow CBS labels and matrix numbers: Side 1 - S CI 63252 ◊ 1L 26/7/71 (stamped), XSM 135311/2 (handwritten), Side 2 - S CI 63252 ◊ 2L 26/7/71 (stamped), XSM 135311/2 (handwritten). "26/7/71" (26 Jul 1971) may be the pressing date, but it is certainly not the release date, because this label style was not used till the mid-1970s.

Thanks to Enrico Porro and "Beppe" for information and to Hans Seegers for further information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS S 63252 (Greece/NL), 1968; CBS S 63252 (Greece), 1969; CBS 463359 1 (Greece), late 1980s:

CBS S 63252 (Greece/NL), 1968:


CBS S 63252 (Greece) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 release)
The 1968 release has a front sleeve with a white CBS logo (here partly obscured by a record store sticker), and a white "STEREO"/arrows logo at top centre. The rear sleeve has a black "STEREO"/arrows logo at top right and Diski CBS A.E.B.E. information at bottom left. There is also a record store sticker at rear top right on this copy. The record was made in Holland and has the same orange CBS labels as the 1968 Dutch release above, and also has no matrix numbers.
CBS S 63252 (Greece) - detail of front, scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 release)

CBS S 63252 (Greece) - rear scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 release)

CBS S 63252 (Greece) - detail of front, scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 release)

CBS S 63252 (Greece/NL) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 Dutch release)

CBS S 63252 (Greece/NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 Dutch release)

CBS S 63252 (Greece/NL) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 Dutch release)


CBS S 63252 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 release - pickup information at top left)


CBS S 63252 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke (1968 release) - CBS copyright information and Greek information at bottom left, pickup information at bottom right

CBS S 63252 (Greece), 1969:


CBS S 63252 (Greece) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1969 release)


CBS S 63252 (Greece) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara (1969 release)


CBS S 63252 (Greece) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (1969 release)

CBS S 63252 (Greece) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1969 release)

CBS S 63252 (Greece) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1969 release)

CBS S 63252 (Greece) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1969 release)


CBS S 63252 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1969 release) - no pickup information at top left


CBS S 63252 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1969 release) - CBS copyright information at bottom left, Greek information at bottom right, no pickup information

This album was re-released in early 1969, still distributed by Diski CBS A.E.B.E., and was the first Dylan album made entirely in Greece. The sleeve has an identical front, but the rear is very different - there is no information about the pickup requirements at top left or bottom right. The Greek copyright is now at bottom right aligned to the right. The record labels have the Dutch design but they have "MADE IN GREECE" in the circumference text. The record of this copy has a UK matrix number on Side 1 - SBPG 63252 A1 (stamped) and the infinity symbol (handwritten) on Side 2.

CBS 463359 1 (Greece), late 1980s:


CBS 463359 1 (Greece) - front with sticker, scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1980s release)
The late 1980s release has a front sleeve that looks like the late 1980s Dutch sleeve without the CBS logo or the "STEREO"/arrows logo. There is a red/white CBS "NICE PRICE" sticker. The rear sleeve has no longer has a "STEREO"/arrows logo, but it has a barcode at top right with "CB|231" in a capsule and "52" in a circle below it. There is no Diski CBS information on the rear, but there is an "LC|0149" capsule at bottom right. The record was made in Greece this time and has red CBS labels, but again has no matrix numbers.

CBS 463359 1 (Greece) - front sticker scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1980s release)

CBS 463359 1 (Greece) - rear scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1980s release)

CBS 463359 1 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1980s release)

CBS 463359 1 (Greece) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1980s release)

CBS 463359 1 (Greece) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1980s release)

CBS 463359 1 (Greece) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1980s release)


CBS 463359 1 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke (late 1980s release)

Thanks to Lars M. Banke for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS YS-948-C (Japan), Jun 1968:

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CBS YS-948-C (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1968 release)
CBS YS-948-C was the last Japanese CBS release before Sony took over the company, and is the only Japanese CBS release that uses the regular front sleeve! The rear sleeve includes Bob's sleeve notes in English. The obi is missing from the copy shown.

The promo records have white labels with Japanese characters indicating a promo, the commercial records have orange CBS labels. Also shown is a test pressing with plain white labels just rubber stamped with the catalogue number and a two red Japanese characters on Side 2.

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Scott Smith for information and scans.

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CBS YS-948-C (Japan) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (1968 release)


CBS YS-948-C (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (1968 test pressing)


CBS YS-948-C (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (1968 test pressing)


CBS YS-948-C (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Scott Smith (1968 promo release)


CBS YS-948-C (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Scott Smith (1968 promo release)


CBS YS-948-C (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (1968 commercial release)


CBS YS-948-C (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (1968 commercial release)

"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP reissues, CBS/Sony SONP-50140 (Japan), late 1969; CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan), 1974; CBS/Sony 25AP 277 (Japan), 1976:

CBS/Sony SONP-50140 (Japan), 1969:


CBS/Sony SONP-50140 (Japan) - front with top obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1969 release)
This album has a dark red/white top obi and was released in late 1969 or early 1970 (the promo copy has yellow labels and dates from before the black/white promo labels were introduced in 1970). The commercial copy has CBS/Sony orange/cream labels. There was a four page insert in English and Japanese.


CBS/Sony SONP-50140 (Japan) - detail of front with top obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1969 release)


CBS/Sony SONP-50140 (Japan) - back with top obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1969 release)


CBS/Sony SONP-50140 (Japan) - detail of back with top obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1969 release)


CBS/Sony SONP-50140 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Wil Gielen (1969 promo release)


CBS/Sony SONP-50140 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Wil Gielen (1969 promo release)


CBS/Sony SONP-50140 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Wil Gielen (1969 commercial release)


CBS/Sony SONP-50140 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Wil Gielen (1969 commercial release)

CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan), mid 1974:


CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - front with top obi, scan by Wil Gielen (mid 1974 release)
This release has a beige top obi with price ¥2,000 and a voucher to send of for the limited edition rarities album Mr D's Collection #1 (see 1974) or a Dylan photo book. This obi can also be found with a sticker for ¥2,200 over the ¥2,000 price (dating from late 1974/early 1975) and with a printed price of ¥2,200 with no voucher (also dating from late 1974/early 1975 - not shown). The promo copy now has black/white labels and the commercial copy has the regular orange/cream labels.

There is a Japanese language booklet and the record comes in a CBS/Sony Japan "BOB DYLAN" inner sleeve with details of all his Japanese releases.


CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - back with top obi, scan by Wil Gielen (mid 1974 release)


CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - detail of back with top obi, scan by Wil Gielen (mid 1974 release)


CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - detail of top obi, scan by Wil Gielen (mid 1974 release with ¥2,000 price)


CBS/Sony SOPL 226 (Japan) - detail of top obi scan by Wil Gielen (mid 1974 release with ¥2,200 sticker)


CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - booklet front scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - booklet rear scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - detail of booklet front, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - top obi scan by Wil Gielen (mid 1974 release with price ¥2,000 and voucher cut out)

CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - top obi scan by Wil Gielen (mid 1974 release with ¥2,200 stickers)

CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - rear scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (mid 1974 release with ¥2,200 stickers on top obi and rear)

CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Wil Gielen (mid 1974 release with ¥2,000 price)

CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (mid 1974 release with ¥2,200 sticker)

CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - top obi scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (mid 1974 release with ¥2,200 stickers and voucher cut)

CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - inner sleeve front scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - inner sleeve rear scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Wil Gielen (1974 promo release)

CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Wil Gielen (1974 promo release)

CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Wil Gielen (mid 1974 commercial release)


CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Wil Gielen (mid 1974 commercial release)


CBS/Sony SOPL-226 (Japan) - detail of inner sleeve rear, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Sergio Mariano Romay's copy has an obi with two ¥2,200 stickers and the voucher cut out. There is also a ¥2,200 sticker on the rear sleeve covering the printed price of ¥2,000. The record has stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - SOPL – 226 A1  1  A  6, Side B - SOPL – 226 B2  1  A  4.

CBS/Sony 25AP 277 (Japan), 1976-1977:

This release has a vertical side obi with three variants:

  1. 1976: dark red/white obi with a voucher for the limited edition rarities EP Mr D's Collection #2 (see 1976)
  2. Early 1977: brown/white obi with a different design including a Dylan discography up to 1096's Hard Rain.
  3. Later 1977: wider brown/white obi with 1978 tour dates (the tour during which Bob Dylan At Budokan was recorded) - scans required!

CBS/Sony 25AP 277 (Japan) - front of 1976 release with dark red vertical obi, picture from eil.com
The price was ¥2,500 as indicated by the new style catalogue number. All three releases had an 8-page stapled booklet in English and Japanese. Promo copies have black/white labels and commercial copies have the regular orange/cream labels. The record of the early 1977 commercial copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - 25AP-277A1, Side 2 - 25AP-277B1.


CBS/Sony 25AP 277 (Japan) - front of early 1977 release with brown vertical obi, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS/Sony 25AP 277 (Japan) - front of early 1977 release obi, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS/Sony 25AP 277 (Japan) - rear of early 1977 release obi, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Sony 25AP 277 (Japan) - detail of front of early 1977 release obi, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Sony 25AP 277 (Japan) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara (all releases)

CBS/Sony 25AP 277 (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (all releases)

CBS/Sony 25AP 277 (Japan) - rear of early 1977 release with obi, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Sony 25AP 277 (Japan) - front of booklet, scan by Manuel García Jara (all releases)

CBS/Sony 25AP 277 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (all commercial releases)

CBS/Sony 25AP 277 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (all commercial releases)

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


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS SBP 233498 (Australia), 1968, reissued late 1960s and 1970s:
For the equivalent mono album, see Mono Album Releases.


CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - front scan by Stuart Moore (original 1968 promo copy)
The rear sleeves of the original 1968 release and the late 1960s/1970s reissues differ slightly in that the text at the bottom of the sleeve is in a box in the late 1960s/1970s version. The original 1968 release has orange CBS labels with the Albert's logo, the late 1960s release labels are missing the Albert's logo, and the 1970s releases have orange/yellow CBS labels. Stuart Moore has a promo copy of the original 1968 release with "NOT FOR SALE" stamps on the rear sleeve and the Side 1 record label. This record has matrix numbers: Side 1 - MX154701 SBP233498-1, Side 2 - Δ MX154702 SBP233498-2. (I've used a Greek "Δ" to indicate a triangle.)


CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - rear with "NOT FOR SALE" stamp, scan by Stuart Moore (original 1968 promo copy)


CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - Side 1 with "NOT FOR SALE" stamp, scan by Stuart Moore (original 1968 promo copy)

CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - front scan by Stuart Moore (original 1968 release)

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CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - rear scan by Stuart Moore (original 1968 release)


CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - rear scan by Stuart Moore (late 1960s release)

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CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (original 1968 release)

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CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (original 1968 release)


CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (original 1968 promo copy)

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CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Rowland Ford (late 1960s release, no Albert's logo)


CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - detail of Side 1, scan by Rowland Ford (late 1960s release)

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CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Rowland Ford (late 1960s release, no Albert's logo)


CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (mid 1970s reissue, before A.R.C. ownership change)


CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (mid 1970s reissue, before A.R.C. ownership change)


CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - front scan by Stuart Moore (late 1970s reissue, after A.R.C. ownership change)

CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - rear scan by Stuart Moore (late 1970s reissue, after A.R.C. ownership change)

CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - inner sleeve scan by Stuart Moore (late 1970s reissue, after A.R.C. ownership change)

CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (late 1970s reissue, after A.R.C. ownership change)

CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (late 1970s reissue, after A.R.C. ownership change)


CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - front picture found on eBay by Peter Lindberg (1969 release, different centre top "STEREO" logo)


CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - detail of front, scan by Stuart Moore (1968 and 1970s releases)

Peter Lindberg has found an album with a different front sleeve, with a different "STEREO" logo at top centre. Stuart Moore thinks this is from 1969, as he has an Australian stereo copy of Highway 61 Revisited from 1969 with the same logo. This design must have been discontinued, because Stuart Moore's later copies have front sleeves with the original "STEREO" logo.

Early Australian release record labels had the text "MADE IN AUSTRALIA BY A REGISTERED USER OF THE TRADE MARKS" without a CBS copyright. This is because up to 1977 all Australian records were manufactured by the Australian Record Company (Pty) Ltd. (A.R.C.) on behalf of CBS. A.R.C. changed its name to CBS Records Australia Limited on 17 Oct 1977, and on record labels from after that date the longer bottom edge text includes the CBS copyright information. (Stuart Moore says that the label change may not have occurred till late 1978 or early 1979, Bob Dylan At Budokan from 1978 still does not have a CBS copyright nor does Masterpieces, Slow Train Coming from 1979 does have the CBS copyright.)


CBS SBP 233498 (Australia) - detail of front, picture found on eBay by Peter Lindberg (1969 release, different centre top "STEREO" logo

The record of the mid 1970s copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - MX154701 SBP233498-2, Side 2 - A MX154702-B SBP233498-1. The record of the late 1970s copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - A MX154701-B SBP233498-1, Side 2 - A MX154702-B SBP233498-2.

Thanks to Stuart Moore, Rowland Ford and Peter Lindberg for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo cassette release, CBS PC 498 (Australia), 1970s:

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CBS PC 498 (Australia) - front insert scan by Stuart Moore
This release has minimal artwork - the inside of the insert is blank. The white cassette has pale pink CBS paper labels.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information and scans.

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CBS PC 498 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore

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CBS PC 498 (Australia) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS SBP 473489 (New Zealand), 1968; CBS SBP 474239 (New Zealand), late 1960s and 1975:
I understand there was a New Zealand mono release CBS BP 473489, scans required!


CBS SBP 473489 (New Zealand) - front scan by Les Kokay (1968 release)
These rare stereo albums from New Zealand have a similar sleeve to the 1968 Australian release. The first sleeve (CBS SBP 473439) has a distinctive front with a black CBS logo and a stereo/arrows logo, three fold-over flaps and doesn't mention New Zealand anywhere, the second 1960s release (CBS SBP 474279) was manufactured by Phonogram in New Zealand on behalf of CBS Records and has a conventional CBS logo on the front without the stereo/arrows logo. The 1968 and late 1960s records were all made in New Zealand and have orange CBS labels. The label design for CBS SBP 474279 is completely different from that of the first release CBS 473489. The record for the 1975 release has new design orange/yellow CBS labels and was also made in New Zealand.

Thanks to Les Kokay, Stuart Moore and Bill Hester for information and scans.


CBS SBP 473489 (New Zealand) - detail of front, scan by Les Kokay (1968 release)

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CBS SBP 473489/474239 (New Zealand) - front scan by Stuart Moore (late 1960s release)

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CBS SBP 474239 (New Zealand) - rear scan by Stuart Moore (late 1960s release)


CBS SBP 473489 (New Zealand) - detail of Side 2, scan by Les Kokay (1968 release)


CBS SBP 473489 (New Zealand) - detail of front, scan by Les Kokay (1968 release)


CBS SBP 473489 (New Zealand) - rear scan by Les Kokay (1968 release)


CBS SBP 473489 (New Zealand) - detail of rear, scan by Les Kokay (1968 release)


CBS SBP 474239 (New Zealand) - front scan by Bill Hester (1975 release)


CBS SBP 474239 (New Zealand) - detail of front, scan by Bill Hester (1975 release)


CBS SBP 473489 (New Zealand) - Side 1 scan by Les Kokay (1968 release)


CBS SBP 473489 (New Zealand) - Side 2 scan by Les Kokay (1968 release)

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CBS SBP 474239 (New Zealand) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (late 1960s release)

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CBS SBP 474239 (New Zealand) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (late 1960s release)

CBS SBP 474239 (New Zealand) - rear scan by Bill Hester (1975 release)


CBS SBP 474239 (New Zealand) - detail of rear, scan by Bill Hester (1975 release)


CBS SBP 474239 (New Zealand) - detail of rear, scan by Bill Hester (1975 release)

CBS SBP 474239 (New Zealand) - Side 1 scan by Bill Hester (1975 release)

CBS SBP 474239 (New Zealand) - detail of Side 1, scan by Bill Hester (1975 release)

CBS SBP 474239 (New Zealand) - Side 2 scan by Bill Hester (1975 release)

"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS CS 9604 (Singapore/Malaysia), 1968:


Columbia CS 9604 (Singapore/Malaysia) - front with printed "CBS", scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CS 9604 (Singapore/Malaysia) - detail of front with printed "CBS", scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CS 9604 (Singapore/Malaysia) - rear with printed "CBS" and red stamp, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia CS 9604 (Singapore/Malaysia) - detail of rear with printed "CBS" and red stamp, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CS 9604 (Singapore/Malaysia) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CS 9604 (Singapore/Malaysia) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

Gerd Rundel has a copy of the Singapore/Malaysia release with "CBS" printed over the Columbia logos on the front and rear sleeve and record labels with a third CBS logo replacing the top Columbia logo. The record labels are similar to the fourth 1960s US style (see above), with no arrows on either side of the white "STEREO/360° SOUND" logo and no copyright information at the bottom. However, they also have "NONBREAKABLE" to the left of the centre hole. The record of this copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM 135311, Side 2 - XSM 135312. The front sleeve has a green tinge and there is a red stamp of some kind on the rear sleeve. CBS had a record pressing facility in Singapore from 1967, so records after that were sourced locally.

Lars M. Banke has two copies in the same sleeve where the records have the same labels. The record of one of the copies has matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM 135311 (handwritten), Side 2 - XSM 135312 (stamped) plus A 183* (stamped) about 1cm away; the record of the other copy has stamped matrix numbers:: Side 1 - XSM 135311, Side 2 - XSM 135312 and no "A 183*" on Side 2.

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Gerd Rundel and Lars M. Banke for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS CS 9604 (Philippines), 1968:


CBS CS 9604 (Philippines) - front scan by Arie de Reus

CBS CS 9604 (Philippines) - rear scan by Arie de Reus

CBS CS 9604 (Philippines) - Side 1 scan by Arie de Reus (first variant)

CBS CS 9604 (Philippines) - Side 2 scan by Arie de Reus (second variant)

CBS CS 9604 (Philippines) - Side 1 scan by Joe Hancock (second variant)

CBS CS 9604 (Philippines) - Side 2 scan by Joe Hancock (also second variant)

This release with the US stereo catalogue number was made by Mareco Inc. in the Philippines for CBS Records. It uses the standard US mono/stereo sleeve without the "© 1968 by Bob Dylan" text at lower right of the rear sleeve, see above. The record has orange CBS labels. There are two label variants: the first has two songs listed above the centre hole and CBS logo on Side 1. The second has no songs listed above the centre hole on Side 1 and text in a different type face. The copy owned by Arie de Reus has a first variant Side 1 label but a second variant Side 2 label! This copy has matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM 135311-1F (handwritten), Side 2 - XSM 135312-1J (stamped). The copy owned by Joe Hancock has both labels in the second variant style. Both copies have the same sleeve. A scan of a first variant Side 2 label is needed!

Thanks to Arie de Reus and Joe Hancock for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS S 63252 (Israel), 1968:


CBS S 63252 (Israel) - front scan by Hans Seegers (both variants)

CBS S 63252 (Israel) - detail of front, scan by Hans Seegers (both variants)

CBS S 63252 (Israel) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (variant 1)

CBS S 63252 (Israel) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers (both variants)

CBS S 63252 (Israel) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2)

CBS S 63252 (Israel) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (variant 1)

CBS S 63252 (Israel) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers (both variants)

CBS S 63252 (Israel) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers (variant 1)

CBS S 63252 (Israel) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (variant 1)

CBS S 63252 (Israel) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2)

CBS S 63252 (Israel) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2)

CBS S 63252 (Israel) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2)


CBS S 63252 (Israel) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers (variant 1 without "IL" on right)


CBS S 63252 (Israel) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2 with "IL" on right)

The fragile sleeve has three folded-over flaps. It is laminated on the front but not the rear. There is no country of origin on the sleeve of Hans Seegers' copy, but the record was made in Israel. The record itself is of heavy vinyl and has orange CBS labels with stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - SBPG 63252 A2, Side 2 - SBPG 63252 B2.

The sleeve of Gerd Rundel's copy looks the same as that of Hans' copy but it has “IL” (Israel) printed vertically at rear bottom right above the bottom flap. This label variant comes with “STEREO/MONO” arrows to the right of the centre hole. The stamped matrix numbers are the same as those of Hans' copy.

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa), 1968 (twice), reissued 1978; CBS ASF 1228 (Rhodesia), late 1970s:
For the equivalent mono album (1968 only), see Mono Album Releases.


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)
These South African albums were made in South Africa by The Gramophone Record Record Company (Pty) Ltd, (part of EMI) for CBS Records. The sleeves were printed by Interpak. There were two very similar releases in 1968. Both sleeves are laminated on the front only, but the first release rear sleeve has two folded-over flaps, missing on the second and third release sleeves. Each of the first and second South African release sleeves shown has a sticker from a Johannesburg record store. The first and second South African release records have orange CBS labels with a slight difference - the playing speed "33⅓" is in a different typeface on the second release labels. The copy shown of the first release record has matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1G, Side 2 - XSM135312-1J. The third release has a similar sleeve to the second release sleeve, with no folded-over flaps, with a "76" above the Interpak printer's logo at bottom right and a copyright line including a 1978 date. The third release record has orange/yellow CBS labels.


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - front photo from eBay (second release)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - rear photo from eBay (second release - no folded-over flaps)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara (all releases)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (first release - two folded-over flaps)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release -printer details)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - detail of rear, photo from eBay (second release)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release - two folded-over flaps)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - detail of rear, photo from eBay (second and third releases - no folded-over flaps)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (third release)

CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - rear scan by Lars M. Banke (third release)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - Side 1 photo from eBay (second release)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - detail of Side 1, photo from eBay (second release - "33⅓" in different typeface)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (third release)

CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke (third release)

CBS ASF 1228 (Rhodesia) - front photo from eBay

CBS ASF 1228 (Rhodesia) - rear photo from eBay

CBS ASF 1228 (Rhodesia) - Side 1 photo from eBay


CBS ASF 1228 (Rhodesia) - Side 2 photo from eBay


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (third release)


CBS ASF 1228 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke (third release, dated 1978)

The Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) release appears to have a similar sleeve to the South African release. It has “4-A” on the rear sleeve at bottom right, a code used by Belmont Printers of Bulawayo. The record has white CBS labels with blue text and the CBS logos in a box, a style which dates from the late 1970s.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara and Lars M. Banke for information and scans. Thanks to Omer Nuriel and Gerd Rundel for finding pictures of the second South African release and the very rare Zimbabwe release on eBay.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS S 63252 (Spain), Nov 1970, re-released Jul 1971, 1976, 1978; CBS 463359 1 (Spain), 1989:

CBS S 63252 (Spain), Nov 1970, re-released Jul 1971:


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 COFASA release)
The first stereo release in 1970 was manufactured by COFASA for Discos CBS. This album sleeve has some Spanish text but the song titles and sleeve notes are in English. The Side 1 labels have a copyright date of 1970, when Discos CBS opened an office in Madrid. The sleeve was printed by Offset ALG, Madrid. The record of the 1970 copy shown has orange CBS labels with matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM 135311, Side 2 - XSM 135312. The song titles on the labels are on individual lines. Juan B. Heinink dates the CBS release of the LP as after Jul 1971, and it reached #3 in the Spanish charts in Aug 1971. It appears to have the same sleeve as the 1970 COFASA release. The record again has orange CBS label, but this time the song titles are printed as continuous text.
CBS S 63252 (Spain) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 COFASA release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 COFASA release)


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 COFASA release)


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - front of inner sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (all releases)


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - rear of inner sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (all releases)


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 COFASA release)


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 COFASA release)


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 COFASA release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain) - front scan by Stuart Moore (1971 CBS release)


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - rear scan by Stuart Moore (1971 CBS release)


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (1971 CBS release)


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Stuart Moore (1971 CBS release)


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (1971 CBS release)

The Discos CBS address is Calle Princesa 1, Madrid-13. The records were in an inner sleeve with the song lyrics in English. The sleeves were printed in Spain by Offset ALG, Madrid.

The first release of the album in 1968 was in mono only and manufactured by Discophon of Barcelona on behalf of CBS. It is very rare, for more details see Mono Album Releases.


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 COFASA release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain), 1976:


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1976 release)
This album was re-released in Spain in 1976. The 1973 dates on the rear sleeve are incorrect. The sleeve was again printed in Spain by Offset ALG, Madrid. The Discos CBS address is now Avenida del Generalísimo 25, Madrid-16. The record came in the same lyrics inner sleeve and had orange/yellow CBS labels. The copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1AB, Side 2 - 63252-B0.
CBS S 63252 (Spain) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara (1976 release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (1976 release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1976 release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1976 release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1976 release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1976 release)


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1976 release - wrong copyright dates)

CBS S 63252 (Spain), 1978:
 

CBS S 63252 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)
This album was re-released in Spain in 1978. The incorrect 1973 dates on the rear sleeve have now been removed. The sleeve was again printed in Spain by Offset ALG, Madrid. The Discos CBS address is again Avenida del Generalísimo 25, Madrid-16. The record came in a new lyrics inner sleeve the same colour as the outer sleeve. The record had orange/yellow CBS labels with a slightly different layout from the 1976 release. The copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1AB, Side 2 - XSM135312-1AC.
CBS S 63252 (Spain) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain) - inner sleeve front scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain) - inner sleeve rear scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

CBS S 63252 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)


CBS S 63252 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release - copyright dates deleted)

CBS 463359 1 (Spain), 1989:


CBS 463359 1 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 release)

The album was re-released in 1989 with a new catalogue number, CBS 463359 1. The sleeve was again printed by Offset ALG of Madrid. Discos CBS has a new Madrid address, Paseo de la Castellana 93, 28046-Madrid. There was no CBS logo on the front sleeve and no inner sleeve. The record had red CBS labels dated 1989 and was made by Tecnodisco S.A. for Discos CBS. The copy of the record shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - 463359-1A0, Side 2 - 463359-1B0.


CBS 463359 1 (Spain) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 release)

CBS 463359 1 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 release)

CBS 463359 1 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 release)

CBS 463359 1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 release)

CBS 463359 1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 release)

CBS 463359 1 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 release)


CBS 463359 1 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 release)

Thanks to Juan B. Heinink, Manuel García Jara and Stuart Moore for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo cassette release, CBS 40-63252 (Spain), 1973:


CBS 40-63252 (Spain) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

This was the first cassette release of this album in Spain. The cassette itself was made by BIAS S.A. in Barcelona (as were other Spanish CBS cassettes of this period) and the insert was printed by Offset ALG in Madrid. The date of release is "1972" on the cassette labels but "1973" on the inside of the insert. The cassette is off-white and has orange CBS paper labels with black text.


CBS 40-63252 (Spain) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-63252 (Spain) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-63252 (Spain) - detail of cassette Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara ("BIAS S.A. - Barcelona")

CBS 40-63252 (Spain) - cassette Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS 63252 (Portugal), mid-1970s:


CBS 63252 (Portugal) - front photo by Lee Lintott
Thanks to Lee Lintott for informing me of this copy for sale on eBay. It has a laminated sleeve and the record has orange/yellow 1970s-style CBS labels with matrix numbers: Side 1 - SBPG 63252-A1 (stamped) 001122-A (handwritten), Side 2 - 01-63252-B (stamped), 001122-B (handwritten). Both sides also have "HXP" stamped in the centre wax. The album was manufactured and distributed in Portugal by Radio Triunfo, LDA.

This album was prohibited in Portugal during the dictatorship of Dr. Antonio Salazar, which ended in 1974. It was reissued in the 1980s with red labels.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for further information.


CBS 63252 (Portugal) - rear photo by Lee Lintott


CBS 63252 (Portugal) - detail of rear, photo by Lee Lintott


CBS 63252 (Portugal) - Side 1 photo by Lee Lintott


CBS 63252 (Portugal) - Side 2 photo by Lee Lintott

"John Wesley Harding" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS/Suzy S 63252 (Yugoslavia), 1982:


CBS/Suzy S 63252 (Yugoslavia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
This 1982 release was made in Yugoslavia by Suzy Records of Zagreb (now Croatia) for CBS. The record has orange/yellow CBS labels dated 1982. Manuel García Jara's copy has matrix numbers: Side 1 - 63252 1 AB, Side 2 - 63252 2 AA.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


CBS/Suzy S 63252 (Yugoslavia) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS/Suzy S 63252 (Yugoslavia) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS/Suzy S 63252 (Yugoslavia) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Suzy S 63252 (Yugoslavia) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Suzy S 63252 (Yugoslavia) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Suzy S 63252 (Yugoslavia) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Suzy S 63252 (Yugoslavia) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Suzy S 63252 (Yugoslavia) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

"John Wesley Harding" - stereo cassette release, CBS/Suzy 40-63252 (Yugoslavia), 1982:


CBS/Suzy 40-63252 (Yugoslavia) - outside of insert, scan by Tom Willems
This release again has minimal artwork. The black cassette has yellow CBS/Suzy paper labels with black text.

As I Went Out One Morning is mistitled "As I Went Out Morning" on the Side 1 label but it is correct on the insert.


CBS/Suzy 40-63252 (Yugoslavia) - inside of insert, scan by Tom Willems


CBS/Suzy 40-63252 (Yugoslavia) - cassette Side 1 scan by Tom Willems


CBS/Suzy 40-63252 (Yugoslavia) - cassette Side 2 scan by Tom Willems

Thanks to Tom Willems and Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


CD Releases


Because of the length of this page, John Wesley Harding CD releases are now here.

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