"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 1974

All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
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This yearly page now contains only the main Rarities List! Mono 7" Singles & EPs (up to 1976) are now here, and Promotional Items (Albums and Singles) are now here. All Honourable Mentions are now here. For details of all 1973-74 single releases of A Fool Such As I, now see here.

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: 27 April, 2017


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

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


"Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS/Sony SOPM 70 (Japan), 1974; CBS/Sony 25AP 284 (Japan), 1976, re-released 1977:

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CBS/Sony SOPM 70 (Japan) - front of obi, scan by Hans Seegers

R-0234 Reversed stereo on all tracks (not listed separately)

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CBS/Sony SOPM 70 (Japan) - rear of obi, scan by Hans Seegers

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CBS/Sony SOPM 70 (Japan) - insert scan by Hans Seegers

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CBS/Sony SOPM 70 (Japan) - reverse of insert, scan by Hans Seegers

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CBS/Sony 25AP 284 (Japan) - late 1977 release with side obi, scan by Hans Seegers

The 1973 Japanese packaging was unusual in that the obi took the form of a LP-sized card slip case (illustrated with stills from the film) rather than the usual side strip. The album also had a black and white insert. This release is extremely collectable because of this special packaging alone. The album was reissued in 1976 as CBS/Sony 25AP 284 with a white/red/black "regular" obi.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans. Thanks to Lars M. Banke and Keith Venturoni for the information that the Canadian release of this LP (Columbia KC 32460) has the order of Billy 4 and Billy 7 reversed on the record itself but not on the sleeve or the label. However, the Canadian release does not have reverse stereo as previously reported, so it's not a rarity.


Alison Steele - "Alison's Tea House" - promo interview LP, Chelsea Productions DM 68489 (USA), 1974:


Chelsea Productions DM 68489 (USA) - front scan by Arie de Reus
R-0936 The Times They Are A-Changin’/Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right - excerpts from solo performances from Before The Flood tour, Madison Square Garden, New York, 30 or 31 Jan 1974, during Bill Graham interview
Chelsea Productions DM 68489 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Arie de Reus


Alison Steele - "The Nightbird"


Alison Steele - signed WNEW-FM promo photo

This is a promotional only release where Alison Steele interviews various music personalities. During an interview with Bill Graham at a Dylan/The Band Concert (Madison Square Garden, 31 Jan 1974), Bob Dylan can be heard in an unreleased performance of parts of The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right. From Wikipedia: "Alison Steele (born Ceil Loman in Brooklyn, New York, on 26 Jan 1937; died 27 Sep 1995) was a pioneering American disc jockey in Manhattan at what would become the archetypal progressive rock radio station in the United States, WNEW-FM. She was commonly known as "The Nightbird". She also became a writer, television producer, correspondent, and an entrepreneur."

Thanks to Arie de Reus for information and scans.


"A Fool Such As I"/"Lily Of The West" - international promo and commercial stereo 7" singles, Columbia/CBS, Jan 1974 onwards:

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CBS Serie Gemini CBS 2006 (France) - front (my copy)
For details of all single and EP releases of A Fool Such As I, now see here.

For the now out-of-print Columbia Dylan album from which these tracks were taken, see 1973.

See here for a note about writer credits for the A-side, often wrongly credited by Columbia to Buford Abner, but actually written by Bill Trader.


Barry Goldberg - "Barry Goldberg" - stereo vinyl LP, Atco SD 7040 (USA/UK), 25 Feb 1974; CD releases: Micro Werks MW 032/OPCD-8390 (USA), 7 Jul 2009; Warner Music Japan WPCR-14839 (Japan), 10 April 2013:

LP releases: Atco SD 7040 (USA/UK), 25 Feb 1974:
Atco was a subsidiary "specialty" label of Atlantic Records. Bob, who co-produced the album with Jerry Wexler, contributes back-up vocals on five tracks and plays percussion on "It's Not The Spotlight".

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Atco SD 7040 (USA) - front scan by Kenneth Robson

The copy of Atco SD 7040 owned by Hans Seegers is the original pressing and has Atlantic Records' address as "1841 Broadway, New York, NY". Kenneth Robson's copy is the second pressing with their later address of "75 Rockefeller Plaza, NY, NY". Hans has information that the Broadway address was used until late 1973, but as this label is dated 1974 the move must have been later.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for scans of a copy of the second US release of SD 7040 which has a radio station promo stamp of "ABC HO" (Australian Broadcasting Corporation Hobart) on the front of the sleeve and on Side 1. The sleeve also has a nick at top right showing it's not for resale.

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Atco SD 7040 (USA) - rear scan by Kenneth Robson

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Atco SD 7040 (USA) - inner sleeve front, scan by Kenneth Robson

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Atco SD 7040 (USA) - inner sleeve rear, scan by Kenneth Robson

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Atco SD 7040 (USA) - original Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (with R-0106 - R-0109)

Atco SD 7040 (USA) - detail of original Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers
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Atco SD 7040 (USA) - original Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (with R-0110)


Atco SD 7040 (UK) - scan by Wim van der Mark

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Atco SD 7040 (USA) - later Side 1 scan by Kenneth Robson (with R-0106 - R-0109)


Atco SD 7040 (USA) - detail of later Side 1, scan by Kenneth Robson

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Atco SD 7040 (USA) - later Side 2 scan by Kenneth Robson (with R-0110)

Atco SD 7040 (USA) - detail of front, scan by Stuart Moore (with ABC HO promo stamp and nick)

Atco SD 7040 (USA) - later Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (with ABC HO promo stamp)

R-0106 Stormy Weather Cowboy (Barry Goldberg)

R-0107 It's Not The Spotlight (Gerry Goffin/Barry Goldberg)

R-0108 Silver Moon (Barry Goldberg

R-0109 Minstrel Show (Barry Goldberg)

R-0110 Big City Woman (Barry Goldberg)

CD releases: Micro Werks MW 032/OPCD-8390 (USA), 7 Jul 2009; Warner Music Japan WPCR-14839 (Japan), 10 April 2013:


Micro Werks MW 032/OPCD-8390 (USA) - CD front picture from Tim Dunn

This album was not reissued on CD until 2009. The 2009 US CD release has an orange sticker with white text (not shown) citing Bob as producer.

The 2013 Japanese release comes in a jewel case with a clear tray (showing the reverse of the rear insert which is grey with just "BARRY GOLDBERG  ATCO"). It has a 22-page front booklet with liner notes in Japanese (pages 2-6, dated 2013/2) and song lyrics in English and in Japanese (pages 7-21). The CD is described as "2013 Digitally Remastered by Isao Kikuchi (Warner Music Mastering)".


Micro Werks MW 032/OPCD-8390 (USA) - inside page of CD front insert, scan by Dag Braathen

Micro Werks MW 032/OPCD-8390 (USA) - inside page of CD front insert, scan by Dag Braathen


Micro Werks MW 032/OPCD-8390 (USA) - CD rear insert scan by Dag Braathen


Warner Music Japan WPCR-14839 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Warner Music Japan WPCR-14839 (Japan) - outside of front booklet, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Warner Music Japan WPCR-14839 (Japan) - rear insert scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Warner Music Japan WPCR-14839 (Japan) - CD scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux


Micro Werks MW 032/OPCD-8390 (USA) - CD scan by Dag Braathen


Warner Music Japan WPCR-14839 (Japan) - detail of inside of front booklet, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Atco 7" stereo singles (USA/West Germany/Lebanon), 1974:


Atco 45-6946 (USA) - mono side scan by Dag Braathen (promo variant 1)


Atco 45-6946 (USA) - stereo side scan by Dag Braathen (promo variant 1)


Atco 45-6946 (USA) - mono side scan by Manuel García Jara (promo variant 2)


Atco 45-6946 (USA) - stereo side scan by Manuel García Jara (promo variant 2)


Atlantic ATL 10398 (West Germany) - front scan by Hans Seegers (promo release in commercial sleeve)


Atlantic ATL 10398 (West Germany) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (promo release in commercial sleeve)


Atlantic ATL 10398 (West Germany) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (promo release)


Atlantic ATL 10398 (West Germany) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (promo release)


Atlantic ATL 10398 (West Germany) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial release)

Atlantic ATL 10398 (West Germany) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial release)

Atlantic ATL 10398 (West Germany) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial release)

Atlantic ATL 10398 (West Germany) - B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial release)

Also illustrated here are Atco 45-6946, a mono/stereo US 7" promo single, and Atlantic ATL 10398, a very rare 7" promo single from this album released in West Germany. Both were released in 1973 (12 Oct 1973 in the USA) before the album was released in 1974.

Both sides of the US single have (I've Got To Use My) Imagination without Bob performing, but listed as co-producer. There are two variants pf this promo single, Manuel García Jara's copy has different layouts of text left and right of the centre hole, and also below the centre hole, with the words "PLUG SIDE" added on the right of both sides. Both variants have the later Atlantic Records address of "75 Rockefeller Plaza, NY, NY".

The West German single, with (I've Got To Use My) Imagination on the A-side and Dusty Country (both from Side 2 of the album) on the B-side, also does not have Bob performing, but he is again listed as co-producer. The West German promo single is unique in that it was the only worldwide Atlantic promo release to use the commercial picture sleeve, all other promo releases used generic sleeves.


Atlantic/SLD 6946 (Lebanon) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)
Amazingly, this single was also released in the Lebanon, made for Atlantic Records by Societé Libanaise du Disque (SLD), Beirut. It had the US catalogue number "6946". There was also a white label promo release, shown here in an SLD generic sleeve. The commercial single had regular Atlantic labels.
Atlantic/SLD 6946 (Lebanon) - A-side in SLD generic sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)

Atlantic/SLD 6946 (Lebanon) - B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)

Atlantic/SLD 6946 (Lebanon) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial release)

Atlantic/SLD 6946 (Lebanon) - B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial release)

Thanks to Eddie Korvin for news about a previously unreleased studio performance by Bob on piano, published online on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ueq7JYLFD0c&t=22s.

R-1654 Hi-Heel Sneakers (Tommy Tucker) - Bob plays piano for Barry Goldberg, recorded at Blue Rock Studio, New York, summer 1971, first published on YouTube, Dec 2016

Eddie owned Blue Rock Studio at that time, and both engineered and mixed Watching The River Flow and When I Paint My Masterpiece, released on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II. This performance has been added to Online Performances (Other).

Thanks to Wim van der Mark, Kenneth Robson, Hans Seegers, Dag Braathen, Tim Dunn, Manuel García Jara and Jean-Pol Hiernaux for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "On A Night Like This" - mono/stereo 7" promo single, Asylum AS 11033 (USA), 7 Mar 1974:

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Asylum AS 11033 7" promo single (USA) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (first variant)
R-0454 On A Night Like This - mono version on B-side of Asylum radio station promo 7" single
This is a reduction to mono from stereo, as no mono version of this album was released.

This promo single with two label variations had the regular stereo album version on the other side. For the stereo side of this single, see US & International 7" Singles & EPs 1974.

With the first variant (left), the placing of "MONO" as the last line on the right implies it was pressed at Specialty Record Corp, Olyphant, PA. With the second variant (right), the placing of "MONO" as the top line implies it was pressed at Santa Maria, CA. For details of Asylum pressing plants in the USA, see below.

For details of other Asylum/Island 7" single releases with On A Night Like This in stereo, see US & International 7" Singles & EPs 1974.

For the generic 1974 US Asylum sleeves used to house these singles, see 7" Single Sleeves.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.

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Asylum AS 11033 7" promo single (USA) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (second variant)

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Something There Is About You" - mono/stereo 7" promo singles, Asylum AS 11035 (USA), 10 May 1974:


Asylum AS 11035 7" promo single (USA) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (first variant with date stamp)

R-0684 Something There Is About You - radio edit (3:05) of track from Planet Waves on A-side of promo single (the album version is 4:46).


Asylum AS 11035 7" promo single (USA) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (first variant without date stamp)

Asylum AS 11035 7" promo single (USA) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (first variant)

Asylum AS 11035 7" promo single (USA) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (second variant)

Asylum AS 11035 7" promo single (USA) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (second variant)

R-0684M Something There Is About You - mono version of radio edit (3:05) on B-side of promo single
This is a reduction to mono from stereo, as no mono version of this album was released.

With the first variant (left), the placing of "STEREO" or "MONO" as the last line on the right implies it was pressed at Specialty Record Corp, Olyphant, PA. With the second variant (right), the placing of "STEREO" or "MONO" as the top line implies it was pressed at Santa Maria, CA. For details of Asylum pressing plants in the USA, see below.

For details of other Asylum/Island 7" single releases with the full 4:46 album version of Something There Is About You on the A-side and Tough Mama on the B-side, see International 7" Singles & EPs 1974.

For the generic 1974 US Asylum sleeves used to house these singles, see 7" Single Sleeves.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - two 8-track stereo cartridge release, Asylum AT-8201 (USA), Jun 1974:


Asylum AT-8201 (USA) - front of slipcase 1, scan by Manuel García Jara
This two cartridge release has three songs each split over two programs, Endless Highway by The Band, It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) and Highway 61 Revisited.

R-1234 It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) - recorded live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA, 14 Feb 1974 (evening show), split over two programs


Asylum AT-8201 (USA) - rear of slipcase 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum AT-8201 (USA) - front of slipcase 2, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum AT-8201 (USA) - rear of slipcase 2, scan by Manuel García Jara

R-1235 Highway 61 Revisited - recorded live with The Band at The Forum, Inglewood, CA, 14 Feb 1974 (evening show), split over two programs

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine" - mono/stereo 7" promo single, Asylum AS 11043 (USA), 1974:
These Asylum singles were made at three different pressing plants in the USA, each is identified by a code on the single label: "CSM" - Santa Maria, CA; "CTH" - Terre Haute, IN; "SP" -
Specialty Record Corp, Olyphant, PA. Labels from only two plants are shown. Asylum Before The Flood albums have other codes as well:

"CP" - Columbia pressing plant at Pitman, NJ
“MON - Monarch pressing plant, Los Angeles, CA
“RCAH” - RCA pressing plant, Hollywood, CA
“RCAI” - RCA pressing plant, Indianapolis, IN

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Asylum AS 11043 7" promo single (USA) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (mono - "SP"=
Specialty Record Corp, Olyphant, PA)
R-0543 Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine - mono version of Before The Flood album track live with The Band on B-side of Asylum radio station promo 7" single
This is a reduction to mono from stereo, as no mono version of this album was released.

For the stereo side of this single, see International 7" Singles & EPs 1974.

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Asylum AS 11043 7" promo single (USA) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (stereo - "SP"=
Specialty Record Corp, Olyphant, PA)
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Asylum AS 11043 7" promo single (USA) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (stereo - "CSM"=Santa Maria, CA)

For the regular US and internationally released stereo singles, see International 7" Singles & EPs 1974.

For the generic 1974 US Asylum sleeves used to house these singles, see 7" Single Sleeves.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "It Ain't Me, Babe"/"All Along The Watchtower" - 7" mono/stereo promo and commercial singles, Asylum E-45212 (USA), Summer 1974:
The US Asylum singles were made at three different pressing plants in the USA, each is identified by a code on the single label: "CSM" - Santa Maria, CA; "CTH" - Terre Haute, IN; "SP" -
Specialty Record Corp, Olyphant, PA. Labels from only two plants are shown. Some Asylum albums have code "CP" which means the Columbia pressing plant at Pitman, NJ. The tracks are live with The Band from Before The Flood. The A-side is a reduction to mono from stereo, as no mono version of this album was released.

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Asylum E-45212 (USA) promo A-side (mono edit, 3:15, R-0113M) - scan by Hans Seegers ("CSM"=Santa Maria, CA)
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Asylum E-45212 (USA) promo B-side (stereo edit 2:58, R-0112) - scan by Hans Seegers ("CSM"=Santa Maria, CA)
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Asylum E-45212 (USA) promo A-side (mono edit, 3:15, R-0113M) - variant scan by Hans Seegers ("SP"=
Specialty Record Corp, Olyphant, PA)
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Asylum E-45212 (USA) promo B-side (stereo edit 2:58, R-0112) - variant scan by Hans Seegers ("SP"=
Specialty Record Corp, Olyphant, PA)
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Asylum E-45212 (USA) regular single A-side (mono edit, 3:15, R-0113M) - scan by Hans Seegers ("CSM"=Santa Maria, CA)
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Asylum E-45212 (USA) regular single B-side (stereo edit 2:58, R-0112) - scan by Hans Seegers ("CSM"=Santa Maria, CA)

US promo and commercial single A-sides:

R-0113M It Ain't Me, Babe (3:15) - mono edit of Before The Flood version (3:40), recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, evening show/afternoon show, 14 Feb 1974

I previously reported this as a different performance from that on Before The Flood, but the story is more complicated! Les Kokay reports in "Isis" issue 102 that, while the performances are essentially the same, there is a noticeable difference on the last line of the third verse: on the album track and the regular singles (Canada, West Germany, Spain) Bob sings "It still ain't me, babe"; here he sings just the expected "It ain't me, babe." Les' theory, confirmed by Bob Meyer, is that on this promo version the song ending has been spliced in from the afternoon performance of the same date.

US promo and commercial single B-sides:

R-0112 All Along The Watchtower (2:58) - stereo edit of Before The Flood version (3:19), also recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, evening show, 14 Feb 1974

There is probably a commercial single with the "CP" code - scans required!

No versions of this single come with a picture sleeve. For the generic US Asylum sleeves used in 1974, see 7" Single Sleeves.

Thanks to Hans Seegers< Bob Meyer and Les Kokay for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "It Ain't Me, Babe"/"All Along The Watchtower" - 7" mono/stereo commercial single, Asylum E-45212 (Canada), Summer 1974:
This Canadian single has a different A-side from the US singles, R-0555. The B-side is the same as the US singles, R-0112.


Asylum E-45212 (Canada) regular single A-side (mono 3:40, R-0555!) - scan by Dag Braathen
R-0555 It Ain't Me, Babe (3:40) - Before The Flood version with The Band, recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, evening show, 14 Feb 1974, in false mono
This would appear just to be the "mono" version of the album track, which is indeed 3:40.

R-0112-2 All Along The Watchtower (2:58) - stereo edit of Before The Flood version (3:19), also recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, evening show, 14 Feb 1974


Asylum E-45212 (Canada) regular single B-side (stereo edit 2:58, R-0112) - scan by Dag Braathen

Thanks to Dag Braathen for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "It Ain't Me, Babe"/"All Along The Watchtower" - 7" stereo promo and commercial singles, Asylum AS 13 013 (NL/France/West Germany), 1974; Hispavox/Asylum 45-1189 (Spain); Asylum AS 13013 (Australia), 1975 :

R-0113 It Ain't Me, Babe (3:15) - stereo edit of Before The Flood version (3:40), recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, evening show/afternoon show, 14 Feb 1974
This is the same edit as the US promo and commercial singles, but this time in stereo.

R-0112-3 All Along The Watchtower (2:58) - stereo edit of Before The Flood version (3:19), also recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, evening show, 14 Feb 1974
This is the same edit as the US and Canadian promo and commercial singles, also in stereo.

Asylum AS 13 013 (NL/France/West Germany) - promo and commercial releases:

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Asylum AS 13 013 (West Germany) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial releases)

The West German single is also available as a white label promo in the same sleeve. The promo record has white Elektra "caterpillar" labels and handwritten matrix numbers: A-side - WEA  E-45212-A, B-side -WEA  E-45212-B. The promo text is in German, French and English. The commercial copy has Asylum "door in blue sky with clouds" labels.

I'm told this single was released with the same catalogue number in Holland, France and Australia - scans required.

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Asylum AS 13 013 (West Germany) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial releases)


Asylum AS 13 013 (West Germany) - A-side scan by Gerd Rundel (promo release, R-0113)


Asylum AS 13 013 (West Germany) - detail of A-side, scan by Gerd Rundel (promo release)


Asylum AS 13 013 (West Germany) - detail of A-side, scan by Gerd Rundel (promo release)


Asylum AS 13 013 (West Germany) - B-side scan by Gerd Rundel (promo release, R-0112)


Asylum AS 13 013 (West Germany) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial release, R-0113)


Asylum AS 13 013 (West Germany) - detail of A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial release)


Asylum AS 13 013 (West Germany) - B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial release, R-0112)


Asylum AS 13 013 (West Germany) - detail of rear; scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial releases)

Hispavox/Asylum 45-1189 (Spain) - promo and commercial releases:


Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - front without languette, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)

The Spanish promo sleeve has printed promo information in Spanish and the A-side title is translated as "No soy yo, nena" on the rear sleeve and A-side record label. On the commercial sleeve and A-side this was changed to "No soy yo, baby"! The record has white Asylum/Hispavox promo labels.

The commercial Spanish single sleeve has a French-style "languette" index tab, missing from the promo sleeve. For more information about languettes, see 1965. the A-side title is translated as "No soy yo, baby" on the rear sleeve and A-side record label. The record has Asylum/Hispavox "door in blue sky with clouds" labels.


Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - front with languette (blank side), scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)


Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - rear without languette, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)

Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - detail of rear with promo text, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)

Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - detail of rear with "No soy yo, nena", scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)


Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release, R-0113)


Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - detail of A-side with "No soy yo, nena", scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)


Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release, R-0112)

Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - rear with languette (text side), scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)


Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - detail of rear with languette (text side), scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)


Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - detail of rear with "No soy yo, baby", scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)

Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)

Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - detail of A-side with "No soy yo, baby", scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)


Asylum/Hispavox 45-1189 (Spain) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)

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


"Mr. D's Collection # 1" - promo LP, CBS/Sony YBPC 2 (Japan), mid 1974:
This is the album that first collected Bob Dylan rarities together, and it was only been released in Japan on vinyl as a strictly limited edition. This album was released two years before the extracted EP, Mr. D's Collection #2, which definitely dates from 1976. Hans Seegers and Wil Gielen have now confirmed the above date for this album. I have no information about this release having an obi.

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CBS/Sony YBPC 2 (Japan) - front scan by Lars M. Banke

The Mr. D's Collection records were given away to Japanese fans in exchange for tokens collected from CBS/Sony albums (the obi or part of the obi). See 1976 for the EP Mr. D's Collection #2, and 1993 for the CD Mr. D's Collection # 3, a CD release. All these items were produced in limited quantities only, and are very collectable. The date "1974 12 31" (31 Dec 1974) which appears on the obi and the insert is the closure date for the offer, not the release date as I originally thought. It's time the material on this album and much more was made available on a commercially available Bob Dylan CD worldwide!


CBS/Sony SOPL 220 (Japan) - top obi scan by Wil Gielen (includes voucher, price ¥2,000)

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CBS/Sony YBPC 2 (Japan) - rear scan by Hans Seegers

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CBS/Sony YBPC 2 (Japan) - detail of insert showing offer closure date of "1974 12 31", scan by Hans Seegers


CBS/Sony SOPL 220 (Japan) - detail of obi scan by Wil Gielen (voucher with tokens to cut out for Mr. D's Collection #1 or book)

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CBS/Sony YBPC 2 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers
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CBS/Sony YBPC 2 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers

There are two tokens on the voucher - the first ("5:1") is for Mr. D's Collection #1, and means the fan has to send in five tokens from Dylan albums with these obis plus a shipping charge of ¥600 to obtain this album. The second token ("11:1") is for an imported Dylan photo book, although there's no shipping charge required in this case. More information about this photo book required! The qualifying albums with the tokens on their obis are listed below.

Side 1:

R-0095-2 I'm So Restless (Roger McGuinn) - with Roger McGuinn, from his 1973 self-titled Columbia album (see 1973)
Bob gets a name check in the lyrics as "Mr. D", which inspired this collection's title!

R-0002-4 I'll Fly Away (Albert E. Brumley) - with Carolyn Hester, from her 1962 self-titled Columbia album, see 1962 (stereo version)
For a complete list of all the compilations this track has appeared on, also see 1962.

R-0145 Mixed Up Confusion - out-take from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 1 Nov 1962 (take 10).
This is not the original US mono single (R-0007, see 1962)
This is a mono mix of an overdubbed alternate take (2:30) that doesn't have the harmonica solo immediately after Bob's introduction "I've got mixed up confusion, man, it's a-killin' me!".  The original take (which first appeared on an acetate which surfaced in Nov
1983, R-0576/R-0577/R-0578), was recorded on 1 Nov 1962 (take 10) but then overdubbed later with different backing musicians, probably on 8 December 1964, without Dylan’s involvement.

According to Rob van Estrik the overdubbed  version, which also appears on the 1976 Japanese EP Mr. D's Collection # 2 (see 1976), the 1978 Japanese and Australian set Masterpieces (see 1978), and in a slightly shorter stereo mix on the original 1985 issue of Biograph (R-0748, see 1985), runs slightly slow. Steve Espinola adds to this: "The Masterpieces and Biograph alternate take runs about a semitone slower than the single take, making Bob sound overly mature and serious.  If the alternate take is sped up to the pitch of the single, it comes across as much more light-hearted.  It also becomes a song in G, a much more likely correct pitch than F#."

For details of the four released alternate takes of this song, see 1962. Many thanks to Les Kokay for all his information about these alternate takes, and for permission to reproduce his findings and to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for further information. The original 1962 recording, at the correct speed and with the original backing, has now been released, along with six other takes of Mixed Up Confusion, on the Sony Music Europe 4CD-R set The 50th Anniversary Collection in Dec 2012.

From a Buick 6 - I was originally informed this was the alternate take with the harmonica intro (R-0046, see 1965), but this track is now revealed to be the regular version from Highway 61 Revisited. As the Japanese 12" vinyl version of the album had the alternate take, this was then the "alternate" version to them! It had previously appeared in Japan only on a 1966 stereo EP - see US & International 7" Singles & EPs 1965-69.

R-0085-2 George Jackson - acoustic version from 1971 single, see 1971, lyrics on bobdylan.com here
This acoustic version also appears on the Japanese limited edition compilation CD Mr. D's Collection #3 (see 1993).  It has since been released on a "Limited Tour Edition Bonus Disc" with the 3CD compilation The Essential Bob Dylan in Holland (see 2003), and is now also included on the Light In The Attic US release
Listen, Whitey! The Sounds Of Black Power 1967-74 (see 2012), and on Side Tracks, the bonus 2CD set of previously released non-album tracks with The Complete Album Collection Vol. One (see 2013).

Side 2:

Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
I am now positively informed that the version of Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? in this set is in mono, and not the stereo version R-0513 unavailable on commercial CD until 2015. The version available as on Masterpieces (1978) and Biograph (1985, remastered CD reissue 1997) and the 2000/2001 Essential Bob Dylan/Ultimate Bob Dylan compilations is also from the original single and still in mono! The version on a CBS Spanish 7" EP and single was in mispressed mono and not in stereo as previously reported, see 1972. The single version released in Nov 2015 on the 18CD Collector's Edition of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 (CD10, track 12) is in stereo and has been remixed from the original tapes. R-0513 will still remain a rarity, because of the limited availability of this massive set.

R-0054-4 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - live at Liverpool with The Hawks, May 1966 (5:36), B-side of mono I Want You singles (see 1966)
This live version, never released on a regular Columbia album, is also on the Japanese promo EP Mr. D's Collection #2 (see 1976), the 1978 Australian set Masterpieces (see 1978), the Japanese Mr. D's Collection #3 promo CD (see 1993), the Japanese Dylan Ga Rock promo 2CD set (see 1993 and 2010), and the Capitol/EMI boxed set The Band: A Musical History (see 2005). Sadly, it does not appear on the B-side of a withdrawn CBS Spanish EP (see 1972), because the record was mispressed with It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry from Highway 61 Revisited instead! This track is now one of the 42 rarities included for download with the Aug 2006 Apple iTunes Bob Dylan Collection, see Online Performances (Other), and is also on
the Columbia/Legacy USA/Europe 36CD set The 1966 Live Recordings, Nov 2016. All versions are still in mono as originally recorded.
Fred Muller says the version on the Columbia/Legacy USA/Europe 36CD set The 1966 Live Recordings is not only longer at 6:51, but slightly clipped at the beginning when compared with the versions on Masterpieces and The Band: A Musical History. This is confirmed by Peter Coulthard and Roger Ford, who say that the first two bars of the performance on the 1966 mono single and subsequent releases of R-0054 up to 2016 including this one were spliced in from the performance of Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues from the ABC Theatre, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 6 May 1966! This means that track 8 on CD14 of The 1966 Live Recordings is not the same as R-0054, and now has a new R-number, R-1906.

R-0072M-2 Spanish Is The Loving Tongue - solo 1971 single B-side version (see 1971), also on Masterpieces, see 1978
This is not the version with band and backing singers from the 1973 Dylan album (R-0096, see 1973). This take is also different from the take released in 2013 on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)!

R-0074-2 Nashville Skyline Rag - version with Earl Scruggs on banjo and Bob on guitar, recorded at Tom Allen's home, Carmel, NY, Dec 1970.
For the original 1971 Columbia release of Earl Scruggs Performing With His Family and Friends, see 1971

R-0084-7 George Jackson - "Big Band" version from 1971 single (see 1971), lyrics on bobdylan.com here
R-0084 is on the Nov 1972 Japanese compilation Bob Dylan: Gift Pack '73 (see 1972), the 1978 Japanese/Australian compilation Masterpieces (see 1978), on the Japanese limited release items Mr. D's Collection #1 (LP, this release), #2 (EP) and #3 (CD) - see 1976 for #2, and 1993 for #3. It is also on the 2CD Japanese compilation Dylan Ga Rock (1993 release only, not the 2010 release). The version of R-0084 on the CD release of the 1978 Japanese/Australian set Masterpieces (see 1978) is reportedly distorted, so the CD Mr. D's Collection #3 (see 1993) is where they both are to be found in the best quality. The R-0084 "Big Band" version appeared on the Sony Music Bob Dylan Custom Mix CD web-site, Apr 2003, see Online Performances (Other). The web-site misidentified the track as R-0085.

The 12 qualifying Japanese Dylan releases were:

Blonde On Blonde (2LP set) CBS/Sony SOPJ 47-48 ¥3,600

Self Portrait (2LP set) CBS/Sony SOPJ 49-50 ¥3,600

Bob Dylan CBS/Sony SOPL 220 ¥2,000

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan CBS/Sony SOPL 221

The Times They Are A-Changin’ CBS/Sony SOPL 222 ¥2,000

Another Side Of Bob Dylan CBS/Sony SOPL 223 ¥2,000

Bringing It All Back Home CBS/Sony SOPL 224 ¥2,000

Highway 61 Revisited CBS/Sony SOPL 225 ¥2,000

John Wesley Harding CBS/Sony SOPL 226 ¥2,000

Nashville Skyline CBS/Sony SOPL 227 ¥2,000

New Morning CBS/Sony SOPL 228 ¥2,000

Dylan (1973) CBS/Sony SOPL 236 ¥2,200

You had buy 11 of the 12 qualifying albums to get the photo book, so if you wanted both the album and the book you would have to have bought more than one copy of an album! (There was no option on the voucher to send for both items together.) In late 1974 or early 1975 SOPL 220-228 were re-released with new obis omitting the voucher and the single album price raised to ¥2,200. SOPL 236 was only released with price ¥2,200 and SOPJ 47-48 & SOPJ 49-50 were not reissued.

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Wil Gielen for information and scans.


Various Artists - "Disconnected - The Dial-A-Poem Poets Double" - vinyl 2LP set, Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 003 (USA), 1974
This release is a 2LP set in a gatefold sleeve. Bob's contribution was recorded at the Record Plant, New York, Nov 1971, during the same sessions that produced September On Jessore Road (see 1972), Going To San Diego, Vomit Express (for both, see 1983), A Dream (see 1994), plus
Nurse's Song and Spring (Merrily Welcome), for both, see 2016.


Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 003 (USA) - front scan by Kenneth Robson
R-0158 Jimmy Berman Rag (Allen Ginsberg/Bob Dylan) - Bob contributes vocals and plays guitar, piano and organ for Allen Ginsberg
The newsvendor shown on the album sleeve of 1975's The Basement Tapes and the front of a 1975 Spanish 7" single of Million Dollar Bash is said to be the legendary New York City character Jimmy Berman!

This track also appeared on the 1983 album Allen Ginsberg's First Blues, John Hammond Records, see 1983.


Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 003 (USA) - rear scan by Kenneth Robson


Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 003 (USA) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Kenneth Robson


Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 003 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Kenneth Robson (no Dylan)


Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 003 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Kenneth Robson (no Dylan)


Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 003 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Kenneth Robson (includes R-0158)


Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 003 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Kenneth Robson (no Dylan)

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CBS 3665 (Spain) - front scan by Hans Seegers (Jimmy Berman on left)


Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg from www.elsewhere.co.nz

Thanks to Kenneth Robson for information and scans.


"Bringing It All Back Home" - 8-track release, Columbia 18 10 0024/Columbia House PCA 24 (USA), 1974?:

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Columbia 18 10 0024 (USA) - front used for both releases, scan by Augie Krater

R-0522 It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) - shortened by two verses

This 8-track edition was released twice, both times with the same front sleeve in red cartridges. There was also a Columbia House record club edition with different packaging (the example shown is still sealed in a slipcase and has a black cartridge). Note the first variant of 18 10 0024 has three separate glued labels while the second has two - the rear label folds over the end.

Thanks to Thomas Wilmeth for the information and to Hans Seegers and Augie Krater for further information and scans.

For more pictures, see International Albums (Regular).

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Columbia House PCA 24 (USA) - slipcase front scan by Hans Seegers


"Blonde On Blonde" - 8-track releases, Columbia 18 20 0012 (USA), 1974?:
For stereo LP and 8-track releases of Blonde On Blonde, see the page for that album in
International Album Releases (Regular). Also see 1966 - Blonde On Blonde Rarities.

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Columbia 18 20 0012 (USA) - slipcase front scan by Hans Seegers

R-0523 Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands - with shortened instrumental break (missing first eight bars)

This release is in a slipcase with a black cartridge with two labels (the rear label folds over the end as on two of the three Bringing It All Back Home examples above).

Note that Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again is on the fourth track with Sad Eyed Lady of The Lowlands, and mistitled "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The" (repeating a mistake from the first US release). For a British release with the error "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With Thee", see The Blonde On Blonde Missing Pictures.

For more pictures of two different 8-track tape cartridges in the same slipcase, see International Albums (Regular).

Thanks to Thomas Wilmeth for the information and to Hans Seegers for further information and scan.


"Nashville Skyline" - Quadraphonic LP releases, Columbia CQ 32872 (USA), 1974; Columbia CQ 32872 (Canada), 1974, reissued 1976; CBS Q 63601 (Spain), 1974, reissued 1976; Quadraphonic 8-track releases: Columbia CAQ 32872 (USA/Canada), 1974:
At the time there were at least three incompatible audio systems for quadraphonic sound (which probably led to the format's ultimate failure) - Columbia releases were for the Sony SQ system. Thanks to Dr. Walter Roedl for information there was a US Quadraphonic 8-track cartridge release, Columbia CAQ 32872. This was also released in Canada and surprisingly, Spain. Stickered US copies were also exported. The Canadian and Spanish quadraphonic albums were reissued in 1976 when Desire was released in quadraphonic.

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Columbia CQ 32872 (USA) - front scan by Olav Langum

R-1647 Lay, Lady, Lay - mixed differently from stereo version
This original quadraphonic version has been remastered by Steve Hoffman and appears on a Mobile Fidelity compilation called The Collection: An Adventure In Sound in 2016.
This is reported to precede a 4.0 quadraphonic release of the album.

R-0114 Country Pie - 16 seconds longer than standard album version and mixed differently

R-0599 Other tracks mixed differently - not separately listed


Columbia CQ 32872 (USA for export) - front with "CBS SQ" sticker, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia CQ 32872 (Canada) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (both releases)

CBS Q-63601 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1974 release)

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CBS Q-63601 (Spain) - front sleeve scan by Hans Seegers (1976 release)


Columbia CAQ 32872 (USA) - front of 8-track tape cartridge, scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia CAQ 32872 (Canada) - front of sealed 8-track slipcase, scan by Hans Seegers

Full details of these albums are given on the Nashville Skyline page of International Albums (Regular).

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


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Planet Waves" - Quadraphonic LP, Asylum EQ-1003 (USA); Quadraphonic 8-track tape cartridge, Asylum 8Q-1003 (USA), 1974:
For stereo LP and 8-track releases of Planet Waves, see the page for that album in
International Album Releases (Regular). Before The Flood was also released by Asylum as a two 8-track set, but as far as I know in stereo only.


Asylum EQ-1003 (USA)
- front scan by Hans Seegers

R-0115  Forever Young (second version) - this mix has a longer intro (2:52 - regular version is 2:48)

Many other tracks are also mixed differently.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans. See International Album Releases (Regular) for more pictures.


Asylum 8Q-1003 (USA) - tape cartridge top scan by Hans Seegers

"Blood On The Tracks" - 12" stereo acetates and test pressings, Columbia S-19322 (USA), Sep, Oct & Dec 1974:

Acetates


Blood On The Tracks acetate 1 - Side 1 scan from Michael Krogsgaard's book "Master of the Tracks" (this version is dated "9/25/74" on the left above the "33
RPM" and does not have "S-19322" on the right - it also does not have track timings)
Note the track order is the same as the released album


Blood On The Tracks acetate 1 - Side 2 scan from Michael Krogsgaard's book "Master of the Tracks"
Note the differing track order from the released album

Blood On The Tracks acetate 2 - Side 1 scan from Clinton Heylin's book "Bob Dylan Day By Day" (this version is dated "10/8/74" on the left below the "33
RPM" and does have "S-19322" on the right plus track timings)
Note the differing track order from the released album

Blood On The Tracks acetate 2 - Side 2 scan from Clinton Heylin's book "Bob Dylan Day By Day"
Track order this time is now the same as the released album
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Blood On The Tracks Columbia Reference Recording - Side 1 scan from eBay found by Harold Lepidus/Ian Woodward/Gerd Rundel
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Blood On The Tracks Columbia Reference Recording - Side 2 scan from eBay found by Harold Lepidus/Ian Woodward/Gerd Rundel

The famous so-called "New York Sessions" version of the album from A&R Recording Studios, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York City (the former Columbia Studios used by Bob in the 1960s). Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for information that Sony may be releasing a 2CD Legacy Edition of  Blood On The Tracks. with CD1 being the album as released in 1975 and CD2 including the complete withdrawn "New York" version of the album with the five replaced tracks listed here. More information will be added when available. The acetates and reference recording contain five still unreleased tracks:

R-0120 Tangled Up In Blue - unreleased take with different lyrics

R-0117 You're A Big Girl Now - alternate take (a remixed version of this take appears on Biograph)

R-0118 Idiot Wind - unreleased take with different lyrics

R-0119 If You See Her, Say Hello - unreleased take with different lyrics

R-0116 Lily, Rosemary & The Jack Of Hearts - unreleased take with extra verse

Bob re-recorded these five tracks at the last minute in Minnesota in Dec 1974 with local musicians, some say because he felt there was a little too much "blood on the tracks", others say it was because his brother David Zimmerman convinced him that all the tracks on the album sounded too similar. Ellen Bernstein may also have had a role in convincing Bob to change the album.

The New York Sessions versions of Idiot Wind; If You See Her, Say Hello and Tangled Up In Blue released in 1991 on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 are previously unreleased alternate takes to R-0118, R-0119 and R-0120. None of the five tracks from the acetate replaced on the released album has yet been released in its original form. This is reportedly because they had already been widely bootlegged, and it was decided to include versions that were new to fans on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3. (An unreleased alternate take of Shelter From The Storm with an extra verse was released in 1996 on the soundtrack of the film Jerry Maguire, see 1996. An unreleased alternate take of Meet Me In The Morning was released as the B-side of the 2012 Duquesne Whistle Record Store Day Columbia US 7" stereo single, see 2012.)

The main tracks for the album were recorded on 16-19 Sep 1974. According to Clinton Heylin's 1996 book "A Life In Stolen Moments - Bob Dylan Day By Day: 1941-1995" there was an overdub session on 23-25 Sep 1974, and Phil Ramone made an acetate for Bob on 25 Sep. Heylin says this contained an approved sequence for the album that remained unchanged, but the label illustrations for the "9/25/74" acetate from Michael Krogsgaard's 1991 book "Master of the Tracks" (first and second above) show that tracks 2 and 4 were swapped on Side 2. The song titles also underwent revision from pressing to pressing, as can be seen from the labels.

The first acetate labels are missing the catalogue number "S-19322", the side number, and also the track timings that appear on the second pressing labels.

Michael Krogsgaard's 1996 article "Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, Part 3" doesn't list any recording sessions for 23-25 Sep 1975 but gives the date of the Griffin overdub session as 8 Oct 1974 (the date of the acetate label in Heylin's "Day by Day" book). The Heylin labels dated "10/8/74" are third and fourth above. These show a different track sequence on Side 1 (which was apparently not retained for the final acetate). Side 2 now has the final sequence.

In his 1996 book "Dylan: Behind Closed Doors - The Recording Sessions 1960-1994" Clinton Heylin says that a final test pressing was made on either 6 Dec 1974 or 16 Dec 1974 (the date on the label is unclear because of a typo - I assume it's something like "12//6/74"). This had the final track sequence and was the version Bob played to David Zimmerman. I don't have pictures of these labels.

Because Michael Krogsgaard dates the Griffin overdub session as 10 Oct 1974, there has been speculation that the first pressing has a currently uncirculating version of Idiot Wind without the Paul Griffin overdub. However, Tony Brown, the bassist for the Blood On The Tracks sessions, says the organ is indeed present on Idiot Wind on the "9/25/74" acetate. Tony Brown says that he and Paul Griffin played with Bob on all takes of Idiot Wind, and he does not remember Paul Griffin recording overdubs. Tony does, however, remember steel guitarist Buddy Cage recording overdubs - these are noted in the Krogsgaard article. The issue of the 8 Oct 1974 overdub session remains unresolved, but it appears that all the acetates and test pressings of Blood On The Tracks, despite different track sequences, have the same musical material.

For the various sleeve designs of the released album, and a Jan 1975 acetate that contains the released album, see the Blood On The Tracks page in International Album Releases (Regular).

Thanks to Jonathan P. Foulkes for the information about the two different circulating versions of this acetate. Also thanks to Derek Barker, Bob Stacey, Peter Stone Brown for material included in this entry. Thanks to Michael Krogsgaard and Clinton Heylin for their respective books and articles. Thanks to Robin Platts of "Goldmine" magazine for information about the Columbia Reference Recording sold for auction on eBay in early 2008 for $5,000 which has typed labels omitting the album title but with track timings. The track order is the same as the released album, but the timings match the times of the tracks on the replaced version of the album. Thanks to Harold Lepidus, Ian Woodward and Gerd Rundel for finding scans of this disc on eBay, replacing the original poor quality digital photographs.

The UK "Uncut" magazine's Jan 2005 issue had as its feature article the story of the recording of Blood On The Tracks in Sep and Dec 1974 "One of the most truthful dissections of love gone wrong in rock history.' Exactly 30 years after its release in January 1975, we present the full story of Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks." You can listen to the five replaced tracks from Blood On The Tracks at "Uncut"'s web-site here. Thanks to Fred Muller for spotting this.

Vinyl Test Pressings


Blood On The Tracks Columbia Record Productions vinyl test pressing - Side 1 scan by Arie de Reus (Side 2 is the same)
Arie de Reus has a vinyl test pressing of the withdrawn album (the other albums shown here are all acetates). This has blank generic Columbia Record Productions, Santa Maria, labels and matrix numbers: Side 1 - PAL-33235-1A, Side 2 - PBL-33235-1A. Only two copies of this test pressing were known to exist, but Pete Bernard now tells me he obtained a third copy from the Automatt recording studio in San Francisco, CA, formerly the Columbia studio in the city, which is now in the possession of Hans Seegers, and Arie de Reus also knows of a fourth copy. Thanks to Harold Lepidus for information that a fifth copy turned up at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles, CA, in July 2015, supposedly obtained from "an iconic music family in New Jersey". They wanted $12,000 for it! Keith Venturoni says he now also has a copy of this test pressing, which is actually the seventh, so there is also a sixth copy out there somewhere!
Blood On The Tracks Columbia Record Productions vinyl test pressing - photo from Amoeba Music

Officially Released Albums

I originally had two reports of copies of the first pressing of the commercially released album, Columbia PC 33235, see International Album Releases (Regular), that has the released Side 1 with matrix number PAL-33235-2E but with the test pressing matrix number PBL-33235-1A on Side 2 and the alternate versions of If You See Her, Say Hello (R-0119) and Lily, Rosemary & The Jack Of Hearts (R-0116). Thanks to Harold Lepidus for the link to "Goldmine" magazine's web-site for an article by Tim Neely dated 28 May 2009 recording the discovery of a third copy with the original Side 2. Thanks to Justin Kau and Paulo Peña for news of two more copies with these rarities on Side 2 - the matrix numbers of this copy are also P AL 33235 2E on Side 1 and P BL 33235 1A on Side 2.

Chris Hood says: "I just wanted to let you know what I just found out so you could include it to keep others from getting their hopes up. I just purchased my 4th copy of Blood On The Tracks because BOTH sides had 1-A matrix numbers and I thought all 1-A matrixes contained the outtakes. NOT SO!!! This one is the same on both sides as every other copy I own. It came in the 3rd release sleeve ( which I should have noticed), and has a PC Cat. number with no bar code. The matrix numbers are Side 1 - AL-33235-1-A -2-G2 (handwritten), Side 2 - BL-33235-1-A -2-G2    2 inside a circle  (handwritten). I was broken hearted of coarse since I'd never heard of a 1-A without alt. takes. I guess it must have been a flub by whoever engraved the matrix numbers....who knows...??? I just wanted to fill everyone in on this find and save them the disappointment I just experienced." Whatever the matrix numbers, there are no officially released albums with all the withdrawn tracks. The five copies mentioned above with R-0119 and R-0116 on Side 2 do not have R-120, R-0117, R-0118 and R-0119 on Side 1.


Various Artists - "The Bitter End Years" - 3LP set, Roxbury RLX 300 (USA), Oct 1974:


Roxbury RLX 300 (USA) - picture from Wim van der Mark
R-0057-2 Who Do You Love? (Elias McDaniels - "Bo Diddley") - Bob was once thought to be the "Roosevelt Gook" who plays piano for Tom Rush on this track taken from Tom's 1966 Elektra album Take A Little Walk With Me, see 1966.

Thanks to Wim van der Mark for information and picture.

Details of this album are now included in Red Herrings.


"Bob Dylan - New Gift Pack" - deluxe 2LP boxed set, CBS/Sony SOPZ 53-54 (Japan), late 1974:
This set, Vol. 8 in the New Gift Pack series, has a four page lyrics booklet and a second four page information booklet with eight monochrome photographs of Bob.

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CBS/Sony SOPZ 53-54 (Japan) - obi scan by Hans Seegers

R-0099-11 A Fool Such As I (Bill Trader)
See here for a note about writer credits for this song from the
1973 Dylan album, often wrongly credited by Columbia to Buford Abner, but actually written by Bill Trader.

Side 1: Like A Rolling Stone; Mr. Tambourine Man; Highway 61 Revisited; Rainy Day Women #12 & 35; Just Like A Woman; Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)

Side 2: Knockin' On Heaven's Door; If Not For You; New Morning; Watching The River Flow; Billy 4; I Shall Be Released

Side 3: Blowin' In The Wind; Song To Woody; Don't Think Twice, It's All Right; North Country Blues; My Back Pages; The Times They Are A-Changin'

Side 4: Lay, Lady, Lay; I'll be Your Baby Tonight; John Wesley Harding; I Threw It All Away; The Boxer; A Fool Such As I

As well as A Fool Such As I, this set contains other rarely-compiled tracks such as North Country Blues, John Wesley Harding and Billy 4.


CBS/Sony SOPZ 53-54 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Hans Seegers

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CBS/Sony SOPZ 53-54 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers


CBS/Sony SOPZ 53-54 (Japan) - detail of booklet with Dylan discography, scan by Wil Gielen

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CBS/Sony SOPZ 53-54 (Japan) - rear scan by Hans Seegers

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CBS/Sony SOPZ 53-54 (Japan) - front of booklet scan by Hans Seegers


CBS/Sony SOPZ 53 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Wil Gielen (Record 1 Side 1)


CBS/Sony SOPZ 53 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Wil Gielen (Record 1 Side 2)


CBS/Sony SOPZ 54 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Wil Gielen (Record 2 Side 1)


CBS/Sony SOPZ 54 (Japan) - Side 1 with R-0099, scan by Wil Gielen (Record 2 Side 1)

Shawn Chambers says: "This is Vol. 8 in the New Gift Pack Series issued Nov 1974. It is a limited edition 2-record box set issued with a lyric insert." Shawn's Nov 1974 date may be wrong, since the "SOPZ" catalogue number implies it was released after SOPW 57/58 above. It is certainly no later than 1975, because in 1976 CBS/Sony changed over to using the "xx AP xxx" numbering system as with Grand Prix 20 (29 AP 35) below. Wil Gielen points out that the Dylan discography on one page of the Japanese booklet above ends with Dylan (CBS/Sony SOPL-236), a late 1974 release in Japan, so this may support the late 1974 date.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Mono Singles & EPs for 1974

These are now here: Mono 7" Singles & EPs 1970-76. There were no mono Dylan LPs released in 1974.


Promotional/Regular Items for 1974


Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo items for 1974 which don't contain rare material but which are still very collectable are now included with promo releases of regular albums and commercially released singles on the appropriate page in International Stereo Releases. Planet Waves 1974
Planet Waves
(1974)
Before The Flood 1974
Before The Flood
(1974)

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