"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 1975

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 (this year excluding Hurricane items - 1975 items with the split versions of Hurricane are now here). 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.

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: 17 January, 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)


"Blood On The Tracks" - vinyl album (first commercial pressing), Columbia PC 33235 (USA), 20 Jan 1975:

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Columbia PC 33235 (USA) - front scan by Hans Seegers
I now have two reports of copies of the first pressing of the commercially released album, Columbia PC 33235, with matrix number PBL-33235-1A on Side 2 that appears to have the released Side 1 but the test pressing on Side 2 with the alternate versions of If You See Her, Say Hello (R-0119) and Lily, Rosemary & The Jack Of Hearts (R-0116). For more details of US pressings of Blood On The Tracks see International Albums (Regular) and here.

R-0119-2 If You See Her, Say Hello - unreleased take with different lyrics

R-0116-2 Lily, Rosemary & The Jack Of Hearts - unreleased take with extra verse

Thanks to Dale Hargraves and Sascha Kossjak for information and to Hans Seegers for scans - original Side 2 label scan required.

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Columbia PC 33235 (USA) - original rear sleeve (black text), scan by Hans Seegers
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Columbia PC 33235 (USA) - original Side 1 label, scan by Hans Seegers

"Tangled Up In Blue" - 7" promo single with mono/stereo regular versions, Columbia 3-10106 (USA), 25 Feb 1975:

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Columbia 3-10106 7" promo single (USA) - mono side scan by Hans Seegers
R-0313 Tangled Up In Blue - mono version of Blood On The Tapes album track (5:31)

This promo single had the regular stereo album version on the other side. For a different version of this promo single with the same catalogue number, but with an edited version of Tangled Up In Blue, see below.

For the promo and commercial versions of the regular stereo single with the same catalogue number and with the full length version of Tangled Up In Blue as the A-side and If You See Her, Say Hello as the B-side, see US & International 7" Stereo Singles & EPs 1975.

Thanks to Ole Lien for referring this item to me, and Hans Seegers for further information and scans.


Columbia 3-10106 7" promo single (USA) - stereo side scan by Hans Seegers

"Tangled Up In Blue" - 7" promo stereo single with edited/regular versions, Columbia 3-10106 (USA), 25 Feb 1975:


Columbia 3-10106 (USA) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0383)
R-0383    Tangled Up In Blue - edited version for radio broadcasts and DJs (3:27)

This promo single had the regular stereo album version on the other side. For a different version of this single with the same catalogue number and with the full version of Tangled Up In Blue in stereo/mono, see above.

This record has white promo labels with "DJ RE-SERVICE" printed on the right-hand side above "45rpm" and "DEMONSTRATION NOT FOR SALE" below. "Columbia" is printed in very dark red.

For the promo and commercial versions of the regular stereo single with the same catalogue number and with the full length version of Tangled Up In Blue as the A-side and If You See Her, Say Hello as the B-side, see US & International 7" Stereo Singles & EPs 1975.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Columbia 3-10106 (USA) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (full version)

"Tangled Up In Blue"/"If You See Her, Say Hello" - promo stereo 7" single, CBS S 3160 (West Germany), Jun 1975:

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CBS S 3160 (West Germany) - promo single front sleeve scan by Hans Seegers (short version)

The West German promo single comes in a "CBS-Blitzinformation" sleeve and the record has white labels. The rear sleeve is generic.

R-0383-2 Tangled Up In Blue - edited version for radio broadcasts and DJs (3:27)

The B-side is the regular album version of If You See Her, Say Hello.

Also shown for completion is a variant of this promo single with the same catalogue number with the full length performance of Tangled Up In Blue on the A-side, see US & International 7" Stereo Singles & EPs 1975.

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CBS S 3160 (West Germany) - front sleeve scan by Hans Seegers (promo release - long version)

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Generic rear sleeve - scan by Hans Seegers (promo releases - both long and short versions)

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CBS S 3160 (West Germany) - promo single A-side scan by Hans Seegers (short version - R-0382)


CBS S 3160 (West Germany) - B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)

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CBS S 3160 (West Germany) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (promo release - long version, not rarity)


CBS S 3160 (West Germany) - alternate B-side scan by Stefan Haras (promo release)

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


"Bob Dylan" - stereo 8-track release, Columbia KCS 8579 (USA/Canada), 1975:


Columbia KCS 8579 (Canada) - front of slipcase with cut-out showing tape label, scan by Manuel García Jara
This release has a red tape cartridge in a black slipcase which has a front cut-out to show the cartridge label. There is no text on the reverse of the tape cartridge. The tape cartridge looks identical to the US release - only the slipcase is Canada-specific. The tracks have been reordered to make the four programmes of roughly equal length. House Of The Risin' Sun is split over two programmes, which makes it a rarity:

R-0927 House Of The Rising Sun (Part 1) (traditional) - first part of split track on programme 2

R-0928 House Of The Rising Sun (Conc.) (traditional) - second part of split track on programme 3

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Columbia KCS 8579 (Canada) - rear of slipcase scan by Manuel García Jara


Columbia KCS 8579 (Canada) - front of tape cartridge scan by Manuel García Jara


Columbia KCS 8579 (USA) - front of tape cartridge scan from www.discogs.com

Various Artists - "The Greatest Of Folk-Rock" - vinyl 2LP set, HRB Music Co. C-205 (USA), 1975:

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HRB Music Co. C-205 (USA) - front scan by Mahmoud Sadrai

R-0020-3 Ye Playboys And Playgirls - with Pete Seeger, recorded live at the "Topical Songs" workshop on 28 Jul 1963 (stereo version), from the 1964 album Newport Broadsides (Topical Songs) (see 1964), now also on the Vanguard Sessions: Folk Duets CD (see 1998)
This song has always been thought to have been recorded at the afternoon workshop on 27 Jul 1963, but sources such as Glen Dundas and Derek Barker (in Appendix 1 to his 2008 Chrome Dreams book "The Songs He Didn't Write: Bob Dylan Under The Influence") now think it took place on the following day. L
yrics on bobdylan.com here.

R-0311-3 With God On Our Side -  with Joan Baez (stereo version), from the Vanguard album Newport Broadside (Topical Songs), see 1964
This performance is now known to have been recorded during the morning workshop on 27 Jul 1963 and is not the performance from Joan's set at the evening concert on 28 Jul 1963 (R-0021), and also not the performance from the afternoon workshop on 26 Jul 1963 as originally stated here. The real R-0021 was not actually released until 2005 - for video footage of this performance see both the 2005 US Columbia/Legacy DVD No Direction Home - Bob Dylan (see VHS & DVD 2000s Part 3) and the 2007 US Columbia/Legacy DVD The Other Side Of The Mirror: Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 (see VHS & DVD 2000s Part 4). The performance released in 1997 on the Joan Baez Live At Newport CD is from 1964 (R-0253, see 1997). The performance from the Newport Broadsides (Topical Songs) album (see 1964) has been renumbered R-0311.

R-0022-7 Blowin' In The Wind - recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival, Newport,  RI, 26 Jul 1963, from the Vanguard album Evening Concerts At Newport Vol. 1, see 1964 (stereo version)

R-0607-2 This Land is Your Land [as This Land is My Land] (Woody Guthrie) - with Pete Seeger and ensemble, recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI, 28 Jul 1963, from The Newport Folk Festival - 1963: The Evening Concerts Vol. 2, see 1964 (stereo version)

Thanks to Larry Crum and Bob Stacy for information. Thanks to Tracy Zank for information on this specific item, which is virtually identical to a 2LP set called The Natural Sound from Double R Records, see 1976.

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HRB Music Co. C-205 (USA) - rear scan by Mahmoud Sadrai

David Blue - "Com'n Back For More" - stereo vinyl LP: Asylum 7E-1043 (USA)/Asylum SYL 9025 (UK), 16 Sep 1975; Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan), 1975; CD: Wounded Bird WOU 1043 (USA), 21 May 2007:


Asylum 7E-1043 (USA) - front scan by Hans Seegers (commercial copy)
R-0121 Who Love (If Not You Love) (David Blue) - Bob plays harmonica

I've seen a Dylan article saying that this song also appeared on an album called A Story By David Blue, but Donald J. Senno reminds me that this is the sub-title of this album (see rear sleeve).

Also shown is the front of the insert, a collage by Sarah Morris.

The records of Asylum US releases were pressed at three plants: Pitman, NJ (CP), Terre Haute, IN (CTH) and Santa Maria, CA (CSM). Shown are promo copies from Terre Haute and Santa Maria and a commercial copy from Pitman. Presumably it's possible to find promo copies from Pitman and commercial copies from the other two plants.


Asylum 7E-1043 (USA) - front scan by Hans Seegers (promo copy with sticker)


Asylum 7E-1043 (USA) - front sticker scan by Hans Seegers (promo copy)


Asylum 7E-1043 (USA) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (promo and commercial copies)


Asylum 7E-1043 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers (promo and commercial copies)


Asylum 7E-1043 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers (promo and commercial copies - Bob Dylan credit)


Asylum 7E-1043 (USA) - insert front scan by Hans Seegers (promo and commercial copies)


Asylum 7E-1043 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (promo copy, Terre Haute, IN)


Asylum 7E-1043 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers (promo copy, Terre Haute, IN)


Asylum 7E-1043 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (promo copy, Santa Maria, CA)


Asylum 7E-1043 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers (promo copy, Santa Maria, CA)


Asylum 7E-1043 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (commercial copy)


Asylum 7E-1043 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers (commercial copy, Pitman, NJ)

Asylum SYL 9025 (UK), 16 Sep 1975:


Asylum SYL 9025 (UK) - front scan by Kenneth Robson


Asylum SYL 9025 (UK) - rear scan by Kenneth Robson


Asylum SYL 9025 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Kenneth Robson


Asylum SYL 9025 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Kenneth Robson (R-0121 is track 4)

Asylum SYL 9025 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Kenneth Robson


Asylum SYL 9025 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Kenneth Robson (non-Dylan)

Unlike the 1974 Dylan Asylum UK albums, which were released by Island Records, this album was released in the UK by EMI Records Ltd.

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan), 1975:


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - front with obi and promo sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara
Promotional records in Japan come in commercial sleeves with or without promo stickers and usually without an obi. This Japanese promo copy of this album has a sample sticker on the front sleeve and also what looks like the commercial turquoise/white obi showing a price for ¥2,500. The rear of the obi has pictures of six contemporary Asylum albums including this one. It includes a folded four-page 12" insert with the US collage and English lyrics on the outside, Japanese sleeve notes and lyrics on the inside. The record has white Asylum/Warner-Pioneer promo labels, again with Japanese characters indicating a sample.
Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - front with promo sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - front promo sticker scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - unfolded outside of insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - detail of obi, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - front of obi, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - rear of obi, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - unfolded inside of insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - detail of promo Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - of promo Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0121)

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - detail of promo Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-10244Y (Japan) - of promo Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

CD release: Wounded Bird WOU 1043 (USA), 21 May 2007:
Thanks to Peter Gilmer and Jean-Pol Hiernaux for news this album was re-released on CD by Wounded Bird Records in the USA on 21 May 2007.


Wounded Bird WOU 1043 (USA) - rear scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Wounded Bird WOU 1043 (USA) - outside of front insert unfolded, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux


Wounded Bird WOU 1043 (USA) - inside of front insert unfolded, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux


Wounded Bird WOU 1043 (USA) - CD scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Thanks to Tim Dunn, Hans Seegers, Kenneth Robson, Jean-Pol Hiernaux and Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"Million Dollar Bash" - stereo/mono 7" promo single, Columbia 3-10217 (USA), 16 Sep 1975:

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Columbia 3-10217 7" promo single (USA) - mono side scan by Hans Seegers
R-0449 Million Dollar Bash - mono version with The Band

This promo single had the regular stereo album version on the other side.

Hans Seegers also has a Spanish promo release of this single, with a one page promo info sheet - catalogue number/scans required.


Columbia 3-10217 (USA) - stereo side, scan by Hans Seegers

"Hurricane (Part I)"/"Hurricane (Part II)" - stereo/mono 7" promo and commercial Columbia and CBS singles, Nov 1975:

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Columbia 3-10245 (USA) - promo 7" single front scan by Hans Seegers
Because these singles have the song from Desire split over the A- and B-sides, full details are here.

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Manuel García Jara and Ronald Born for the scans.


Columbia 3-10245 (Canada) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
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CBS 3841 (NL) - front scan by Hans Seegers

CBS/Sony SOPB 349 (Japan) - front scan by Ronald Born

CBS BA 222184 (Australia) - front scan by Hans Seegers

Mono Singles & EPs for 1975

These are now here: Mono 7" Singles & EPs 1970-76. There were no mono Dylan LPs released in 1975.


Promotional/Regular Items for 1975


Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo items for 1975 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.

Blood On The Tracks 1975
Blood On The Tracks
(1975)

The Basement Tapes 1975
The Basement Tapes
(1975)

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