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Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
(1967)
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This page lists mono releases of this regular Bob Dylan album. These LPs were listed here because the mono versions of Dylan songs were unavailable on CD until the release of the first eight Dylan albums in mono as The Original Mono Recordings in 2010. Mono LPs with rare tracks (e.g. mono versions with significant differences from the album tracks, such as different mixes, edits or fades) are listed in the main chronological pages. Mono singles up to 1976 have their own pages, see the links above.

Thanks to David Burgess for the UK catalogue numbers - all my mono LPs were stolen when my Manchester flat was burgled in May 1968!

For stereo releases of this album, see International Album Releases (Regular).

Nashville Skyline 1969
Nashville Skyline
(1969)
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If you have any entries to add to the list or additions/corrections to existing entries, please let me know! Please note I cannot value your Dylan rarities - see the Mission page for reasons why. Contact the dealers on my Trading page for assistance!

Revised: 02 March, 2017.


Vinyl Releases


"John Wesley Harding" - mono vinyl LP, Columbia CL 2804 (USA), 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. 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 . The promo album below left was released in Dec 1967.

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Columbia CL 2804 (USA) promo album - front scan with timing strip by Hans Seegers
This was the last US mono album, and is now very rare! The mono version was for a long time thought just to be a reduction of the stereo mix, but Bob Irwin of Sundazed confirmed in 2003 there is a separate mono mix-down tape. Sundazed released a mono version on vinyl in Nov 2003 (see below).


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) promo album - detail of radio station timing strip, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) - front with sticker, photo by Tormod Aas


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) - front sticker photo by Tormod Aas

Columbia CL 2804 (USA) promo album - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) promo album - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) promo album - front with sticker, photo by Peter Lindberg


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) promo album - detail of front promo sticker, photo by Peter Lindberg


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) promo album - front with stickers, scan by Renaud Depierreux


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) promo album - front price sticker scan by Renaud Depierreux
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Columbia CL 2804 (USA) regular album - front scan by Hans Seegers

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

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Columbia CL 2804 (USA) promo album - rear scan by Hans Seegers (same as the regular album on left except for this stamp)

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Columbia CL 2804 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (first variant)


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers (first variant)


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (first variant)


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (first variant)


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (second variant)


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) - detail of Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (second variant, "B. Dylan" credit higher)


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (second variant)


Columbia CL 2804 (USA) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (second variant, "B. Dylan" credit missing!)

The labels have the final mono design used by Columbia with "MONO" at bottom centre in white without the "360º SOUND"/arrows logos on either side (see the mono versions of earlier Dylan albums for examples). Gerd Rundel's first copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - XLP-135309-1A, Side 2 - XLP-135310-1A. Gerd Rundel's second copy with variant labels has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - XLP-135309-1C, Side 2 - XLP-135310-U.

Renaud Depierreux has two promo copies without timing strips: the first has a price sticker ("Special Value $1.59"), a promo sticker and a promo punched hole, the second is still in the original shrink wrap with a price sticker on top of the shrink wrap, a gold promo sticker under the shrink wrap but no punched hole.

Sergio Mariano Romay has a copy of this album where the record has the first variant labels. The inner sleeve shows details of contemporary albums by other Columbia artists. The record of this copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - XLP -135309-1C, Side 2 - XLP-135310-1C.

Tormod Aas has a commercial copy with a yellow sticker with black text "THIS HI-FI RECORD CAN BE PLAYED ON A STEREO PHONOGRAPH". The record has first variant labels with "B. Dylan" credits on both sides. The matrix numbers of this copy are: Side 1 - XLP-135309-1A, Side 2 - XLP-135310-1A.

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Peter Lindberg, Gerd Rundel, Renaud Depierreux, Sergio Mariano Romay and Tormmod Aas for information and pictures.


"John Wesley Harding" - 180gm mono vinyl LP reissue, Sundazed/Columbia LP 5123 (USA), 25 Nov 2003:


Sundazed/Columbia LP 5123 (USA) - picture from Sundazed web-site

This is a unique mono mix rediscovered by Sundazed's founder and engineer on many Dylan records, Bob Irwin. The label reproduces the original US mono design as above. For more information see Sundazed's web-site .

Thanks to Robert Kornovich and Patrick Helfrich for scans.

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Sundazed/Columbia LP 5123 (USA) - front sticker scan by Patrick Helfrich

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Sundazed/Columbia LP 5123 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Robert Kornovich


Mono tape label information - picture from Sundazed web-site

"John Wesley Harding" - mono vinyl LP reissues, Columbia 88697761051-8/CL 2804 (USA); Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 246 (NL/USA), 7 Dec 2010:


Columbia 88697761051-8/CL 2804 (USA) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

This heavyweight vinyl mono release is part of the LP version of the 2010 9LP set The Original Mono Recordings, see International Album Releases (Multi-Packs) 2010s, sold separately.


Columbia 88697761051-8/CL 2804 (USA) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-8/CL 2804 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-8/CL 2804 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-8/CL 2804 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 246 (NL for Europe) - front with sticker, scan by Ronald Born

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 246 (NL) - front sticker photo by William Henry Prince

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 246 (NL for Europe) - rear scan by Ronald Born

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 246 (NL) - detail of rear with sticker, scan by Ronald Born

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 246 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Ronald Born

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 246 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Ronald Born

The record labels reproduce the style of the original 1965 mono labels. As well as "CL 2804" the record sides are also numbered "88697761051-8A/B".

This album was also sold in Europe by the Dutch company Music On Vinyl as MOVLP 246. The copy shown has a gold Music On Vinyl sticker on the front sleeve and a white sticker with a barcode on the rear sleeve at bottom right. The record in the Dutch release is the same as that in the US release.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara, Ronald Born and William Henry Prince for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - mono vinyl LP, Columbia CL 2804 (Canada), Jan 1968:

The Canadian album has the same sleeve as the US release except for the words "LITHO IN CANADA" on the spine. The rear sleeve is the same as the US release except that "PRINTED IN U.S.A." is missing. The record labels have "PRINTED IN CAN." on the bottom line. This was the only Canadian mono release.

"John Wesley Harding" - mono vinyl LP, CBS BPG 63252/CL 2804 (UK), 23 Feb 1968:
For the equivalent stereo album, see International Album Releases (Regular).

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CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - front scan by Hans Seegers


CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel

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CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - rear scan by Hans Seegers


CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel ("Upton Printing Group"

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - inner sleeve front with Nashville Skyline, scan by Gerd Rundel (second variant)

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - alternate front scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - alternate rear scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - detail of alternate rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (no printer's name)

Mono acetate LP Side 1 - picture found on eBay by Jean-Pol Hiernaux


Mono acetate LP Side 2 - picture found on eBay by Jean-Pol Hiernaux


CBS BPG 63252 (UK) - inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel (second variant)


CBS bpg 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (first variant)


CBS bpg 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (both variants)


CBS bpg 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (first variant)


CBS bpg 63252 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (second variant)

CBS bpg 63252 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (second variant)

CBS bpg 63252 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (second variant)

This mono release is a reduction from the US stereo mix, not the US mono mix above. The acetate found by Jean-Pol Hiernaux on eBay is numbered M72591A and states explicitly it is from the US stereo tape. The sleeve of Hans Seegers' copy was printed by the Upton Printing Group and is laminated on the front only. The sleeve of the mono commercial release was also used for the stereo release by putting a stereo sticker on the back. The record has orange CBS labels which come in two variants: the second has "MONO" and the arrows symbol to the left of the centre hole underneath the Side number, the first does not. Gerd Rundel's first variant copy has stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - 63252 A2, Side 2 - 63252 B2. Gerd Rundel's second variant copy has stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - 63252 A3, Side 2 - 63252 B2. Thanks to Ian Woodward for finding a mono copy on eil.com with first variant labels with matrix numbers: Side 1 - 63252 A2, Side 2 - 63252 B1.

Gerd has a third copy where the record has second variant labels with “Mono” arrows but in a different sleeve with a green tinge. The printer's name (Upton Printing Group) is missing below “© 1968 by Bob Dylan” at bottom right of the rear sleeve. If the inner sleeve is original, the second variant with “Mono” arrows on the labels must have been released after May 1969 because Nashville Skyline is listed on the front. The stamped matrix numbers are the same as the second variant copy listed above (Side 1 - 63252 A3, Side 2 - 63252 B2).

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Jean-Pol Hiernaux and Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - mono vinyl LP releases, CBS 63252 (Spain), 1968, re-released 1969:
Contrary to previous reports this album was not banned by the Franco regime. Before CBS was established in Spain, CBS records were released in Spain by Discophon under license from CBS France. For this reason, all Discophon records have the "BIEM" logo instead of "SGAE". "SGAE" was the only Spanish copyright organisation and all records released there had to have its logo unless the recording company was not established in Spain. Although Discophon was a small company, it had its own pressing plant: the Dylan Spanish EPs released in 1966 (see Mono 7" Singles & EPs 1966) were made by Discophon itself. For some reason, John Wesley Harding was first made in the pressing plant of another company (Fonogram, the manufacturer of three Dylan records in 1970, when CBS was just established in Spain: Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait).

The rear sleeve has a biography of Bob in Spanish instead of the liner notes. The song titles are given in English and Spanish. There is an inner sleeve with song lyrics in English with the demo copy below only, not with any commercial releases of the album, which have plain white inner sleeves. The outer sleeves are identical for all variants.

The record was in mono only, and apparently the first variant is in poor quality, the sound quality of the other variants is good. All variants have orange CBS labels. The song titles on the record labels are listed in English and Spanish. There are six different variants of record labels for this Spanish album! Four of them were made by Fonogram of Madrid for Discophon and two were made by Discophon itself. The first release of this album in 1968 in Spain is very rare, as according to Juan B. Heinink only 250 were produced, 125 of which were apparently sold by one record shop in Bilbao (although Manuel García Jara's father bought his copy in Madrid).

Most of the tracks have different Spanish translations on the rear sleeve and on the record labels!

  1. John Wesley Harding: untranslated

  2. As I Went Out One Morning: "Me marché una mañana" (rear sleeve) "Cuando salí una mañana" (record label)

  3. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine: "Soñé que vi San Agustín" on both but grammatically incorrect: it should be "Soñé que vi a San Agustín"

  4. All Along The Watchtower: "A lo largo de la atalaya" (rear sleeve) "En la torre de vigilancia" (record label)

  5. The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest: "La balada de Frankie Lee y Judas Priest" (both)

  6. Drifter's Escape: "Escapada a la deriva" (rear sleeve) "La huida del errante" (record label)

  7. Dear Landlord: "Querido Landlord"! (rear sleeve) "Querido patrón" (record label)

  8. I Am A Lonesome Hobo: "Soy in vagabundo solitario" (both)

  9. I Pity The Poor Immigrant: "Compadezco al pobre inmigrante" (both)

  10. The Wicked Messenger: "El malvado mensajero" (rear sleeve) "El mensajero malvado" (record label)

  11. Down Along The Cove: " Por la ensenada" (rear sleeve) "Allí en la cala" (record label)

  12. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight: " Seré tu chico esta noche" (rear sleeve) "Seré tu baby esta noche"! (record label)

The record matrix numbers are: Side 1 - "850 63252" plus "s" (an inverted triangle) plus "A=1"; Side 2 - "850 63252" plus "s" plus "B=1". These matrix numbers are the same for all variants of this album.

Made by Fonogram for Discophon:
The Fonogram record labels have
catalogue numbers 63252 E.1 and 63252 E.2 on Sides 1 and 2.

1 Demo copy with sticker of Cadena SER.


CBS 63252 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (demo copy)

This is a very rare demonstration copy, sent by Discophon to the Cadena SER radio station in Madrid. The front has the CBS logo in the top left-hand corner and a sticker with the text "DISCO CORTESÍA DE DISCOPHON" (record by courtesy of Discophon). The rear sleeve has a sticker from the radio station (SER: Servicio Español de Radiodifusión). The record labels are identical to variant #2 below except for the detail of a sticker. However, this is the only copy that includes an inner sleeve with lyrics in English. This inner sleeve must have been included for promotional purposes. The inner sleeves of the rest of the variants are plain white.


CBS 63252 (Spain) - detail of front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (demo copy)


CBS 63252 (Spain) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (demo copy)


CBS 63252 (Spain) - detail of rear with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (demo copy)


CBS 63252 (Spain) - inner sleeve front scan by Manuel García Jara (demo copy only)


CBS 63252 (Spain) - inner sleeve rear scan by Manuel García Jara (demo copy only)


CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - Side 1 with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 1, demo copy)


CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1 with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 1, demo copy)


CBS 63252 E.2 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 1, demo copy)


CBS 63252 E.2 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (all variants)

2 Commercial copy of variant 1.

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CBS 63252 (Spain) - front scan by Hans Seegers (commercial copy)
This is identical to the previous variant except for the stickers and the inner sleeve. As well as "FABRICADO POR FONOGRAM S.A." on the circumference text, "Fab. por Fonogram SA..." is present to the left of the centre hole on Side 1 below "33 rpm". There are two mistakes on Side 2: I Pity The Poor Immigrant" is printed as "I Pity The Poor Inmigrant" ("Inmigrante" is the Spanish translation) and an extra bracket after the timing of I'll Be Your Baby Tonight 2'41").


CBS 63252 (Spain) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (commercial copy)


CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (variants 1 and 2, "Manufactured by Fonogram S.A. - Madrid")


CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (variants 1 and 2)


CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (variant 2 - commercial copy of variant 1)


CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (variants 1 and 2, "Released by Discophon Barcelona")


CBS 63252 E.2 (Spain) - detail of Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (variants 1 and 2)


CBS 63252 E.2 (Spain) - detail of Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (variants 1 and 2 - mistakes)


CBS 63252 E.2 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (variant 2 - commercial copy of variant 1)

3 Third variant also made by Fonogram, S.A.


CBS 63252 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 3)
This copy was bought in Seville in Sep 1968. The rear sleeve has the stamped text "Cortydix Sevilla". ("Cortydix" was the former name of the records section of the department store El Corte Inglés.) The quality of sound now is very good and the record labels have noticeable differences from those of the previous variants. This copy also has the text "Fab. por Fonogram S.A." on Side 1 but, unlike the first edition, this text is above "33 rpm", instead of below. The needless bracket at the end of track #6 of Side 2 has now been removed, but I Pity The Poor Immigrant is still incorrect and I'll Be Your Baby Tonight is now translated as "Seré tu babby esta noche"! ("Babby" for baby is common to several Northern England dialects.)


CBS 63252 (Spain) - rear with "Cortydix" stamp, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 3)


CBS 63252 (Spain) - "Cortydix" stamp scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 3)

CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 3)

CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 3)

CBS 63252 E.2 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 3)


CBS 63252 E.2 (Spain) - detail of Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 3 - new mistake "Seré tu babby esta noche"!)

4 Fourth variant also made by Fonogram, S.A.

The next Fonogram variant has the text "Fab. por Fonogram SA..." to the left of the centre hole on Side 2 instead of Side 1, again above "33 rpm". The Side 2 label has the same mistakes on the song titles as variant 3. Dr. Hanns Peter Bushoff has a copy of this variant in the same sleeve which has the text elements to the left and right of the centre hole positioned much lower than those of the first Side 1 label. As far as I can see the Side 2 labels are the same.


CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 4A)


CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 4A)


CBS 63252 E.2 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke (variant 4A)


CBS 63252 E.2 (Spain) - detail of Side 2, scan by Lars M. Banke (variant 4A)


CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Hanns Peter Bushoff (variant 4B)

CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hanns Peter Bushoff (variant 4B)

CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Hanns Peter Bushoff (variant 4B)

CBS 63252 E.1 (Spain) - detail of Side 2, scan by Hanns Peter Bushoff (variant 4B)

Made by Discophon:

The following two variants were released in 1969, the typeface of labels is identical to the Discophon mono edition of Nashville Skyline.

5 First variant made by Discophon itself:


CBS 63252 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 5)

This is the first variant made by Discophon instead of Fonogram and the fifth of all Spanish mono variants of this album. Although it has the same sleeve, the record labels have a totally different layout from the previous four copies listed:

  • Each side has two songs listed above the centre hole

  • “Manufactured in Spain by Discophon Barcelona” is on the circumference ("Fonogram S.A., Madrid" is no longer present)

  • “BIEM” is framed and left of the centre hole

  • The catalogue number to the right of the centre hole is just “63252” (not "63252 E.1."/"63252 E.2.")


CBS 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 5)


CBS 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 5 - Dear Landlord correct)


CBS 63252 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 5)


CBS 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 5)


CBS 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 5)

CBS 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 5 - "Inmigrant" and "babby" still present)

6 Second variant made by Discophon itself.


CBS 63252 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 6)

CBS 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 6)

CBS 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 6)

CBS 63252 (Spain) - inner sleeve scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 6)

CBS 63252 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 6)

CBS 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 6)

CBS 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 6 - "DEARD LANDLORD"!)

CBS 63252 (Spain) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 6 - "Immigrant" and "baby" correct!)

CBS 63252 (Spain) - detail of inner sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 6)

Gerd Rundel's copy is the sixth variant and the last made by Discophon. There are still two song titles above the centre hole, but the song titles are now in upper case. "BIEM" is missing from the Side 2 record label. The two previous errors on the Side 2 record label are corrected, but a new error has been introduced - the Side 2 label has “DEARD LANDLORD” instead of DEAR LANDLORD. One side of the plain inner sleeve of Gerd's copy has small numbers at bottom right – Manuel thinks this may just be a previous owner's reference.

One year later this album was released again in Spain, this time in stereo and it was made by COFASA for CBS itself.

Thanks to Juan B. Heinink for information and to Hans Seegers, Manuel García Jara, Lars M. Banke, Gerd Rundel and Hanns Peter Bushoff for further information and scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - mono vinyl LP, CBS BP 233498 (Australia), 1968:
For the equivalent stereo album, see International Album Releases (Regular). Scans required of the New Zealand mono release CBS BP 473489!

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CBS BP 233498 (Australia) - front scan by Stuart Moore

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CBS BP 233498 (Australia) - rear scan by Stuart Moore

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CBS BP 233498 (Australia) - side 1 scan by Peter Lindberg


CBS BP 233498 (Australia) - detail of side 1, scan by Peter Lindberg

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CBS BP 233498 (Australia) - side 2 scan by Peter Lindberg

The record of this release has orange CBS labels with the Albert's logo.

Early Australian release 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.

Thanks to Chris Denyer for information and to Stuart Moore and Peter Lindberg for the scans.


"John Wesley Harding" - mono vinyl LP, CBS ALD 8124 (South Africa), 1968:
For the equivalent stereo album, see International Album Releases (Regular).


CBS ALD 8124 (South Africa) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
All Dylan albums except Another Side of Bob Dylan were released in mono in South Africa between 1965-1967. These albums were made in South Africa by The Gramophone Record Company (Pty) Ltd, (part of EMI) for CBS Records. John Wesley Harding is a unique album in South Africa: it was the only album to be released simultaneously in mono (CBS ALD 8124) and in stereo (CBS ASF 1228), the last album in mono and the first in stereo. Both releases are also the first Dylan albums to be printed by Interpak, instead of Record Pac. While stereo copies of this album are (more or less) common, mono albums are very rare. The front sleeve is laminated, the rear has two folded-over flaps. The record labels are plain orange and both copies, mono and stereo, have the same typeface. The record of the copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - XSM135311-1G, Side 2 - XSM135312-1J.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


CBS ALD 8124 (South Africa) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS ALD 8124 (South Africa) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS ALD 8124 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS ALD 8124 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS ALD 8124 (South Africa) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS ALD 8124 (South Africa) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

"John Wesley Harding" - mono vinyl LP, CBS CL 4128 (Colombia), 1968:


CBS CL 4128 (Colombia) - front scan by Hans Seegers


CBS CL 4128 (Colombia) - rear scan by Hans Seegers


CBS CL 4128 (Colombia) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (promo release)

CBS CL 4128 (Colombia) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (promo release)

CBS CL 4128 (Colombia) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)

CBS CL 4128 (Colombia) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)

This rare album has a standard front sleeve with Spanish sleeve notes on the rear. These are a short biography of Bob, not a translation of the English sleeve notes. They end: "Se le ha preguntado un million de veces a Bob la causa de su popularidad. El contesta: 'No tengo idea; es la verdad y yo siempre digo la verdad.'" A rough translation is: "Bob's been asked a million times why he's so popular. He says: 'I have no idea. It's the truth and I always tell the truth.'" Sergio Mariano Romay says the text has wrong data and does not follow a chronological line with the facts related. Hans Seegers says "The sleeve quality is poor and fragile, they used a cheap kind of card, folded it and glued a front insert on it. The rear is rough and fragile."

The front sleeve has the mono number only, but the rear sleeve also has the stereo catalogue number "CLS 4128". The promo release has white CBS labels, and the commercial release has orange labels. I don't know if this is a unique mono mix or a reduction from stereo. The spine text reads: “CLS 4128 BOB DYLAN – JOHN WESLEY HARDING CBS, S.A. Logo CBS CL 4128”. The sleeve was printed in Colombia by Intergráficas Ltda. The record of Sergio Mariano Romay's copy has matrix numbers: Side 1 - XLP-135309-1C BM (faintly) - all text handwritten, Side 2 - XLP135310-1D (stamped)  P1 (faintly handwritten).

Thanks to Bob Paxon for initial information and to Hans Seegers and Sergio Mariano Romay for further information and scans.


CD Releases


"Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings" - 9CD set in 5" box, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (USA/Europe), 19 Oct 2010; Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan), 10 Nov 2010; 9LP set in 12" box, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761051 (USA/Europe), 21 Dec 2010:


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - front of outer box with sticker (my copy)

This set of Bob's first eight albums in the original mono mixes comes in a cutaway card box inside an outer box. The CD albums are in thick card sleeves reproducing the original mono album artwork, in this case Columbia CL 2804. The CD comes in a plain inner sleeve and its design is based on the original Columbia design (see above).


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - paper wrapper over rear of outer box


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-8/CL 2804 (Europe) - front of card sleeve


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-8/CL 2804 (Europe) - rear of card sleeve


Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - front of box with obi and sticker, scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - rear of box with obi, scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Anthony Perry


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-8/CL 2804 (Europe) - CD

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-8/CL 2804 (Europe) - detail of CD

Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - obi scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - front of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - booklet front scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - CD scan by Anthony Perry

Columbia/Legacy/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 246 (NL) - vinyl LP photo by T J Price

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information that this album can be downloaded in MP3 format from Play.com in the UK for £6.99 or £0.89 per track. For full details of the set, see here.

Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for information about the Japanese release, Sony Music SICP 2151-59. It has a wrap-around obi with price ¥18,900 (¥18,000 plus sales tax). This has been reduced from the originally announced price of ¥25,000! As the original mono albums were never released in Japan, each has a light blue top obi based on those of the original stereo releases. The Japanese CD also comes in a plain inner sleeve with a Japanese language booklet and three inserts: the original 1965 US sticker promoting "Like A Rolling Stone" (see above); a second sticker promoting the limited edition print (also see above), and the reproduction of the limited edition print.

The 12" mono LP is available separately from the vinyl boxed set as a Dutch release, Music On Vinyl MOVLP 246 (NL) - scans required.

Thanks to Anthony Perry and T J Price for information and pictures.


"John Wesley Harding" - mono hybrid SA-CD release, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs CMFSA2183M (USA), Oct 2016:


Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs CMFSA2183M (USA) - front picture from www.musicdirect.com
Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information about this pending mono hybrid SA-CD release from the US audiophile company Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs. There will be a simultaneous release on hybrid SA-CD and vinyl of seven Dylan mono albums excluding Blonde On Blonde. Because this release is CMFSA2183M and Highway 16 Revisited is CMFSA2182M, it would appear there was never any intention to release a mono hybrid SA-CD release of Blonde On Blonde.

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