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Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 1976 - "Songs For The New Depression" [Bette Midler]

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Because of the length of the 1976 page, this sub-page contains all the entries for this release, both the original 1976 LP and tape releases, and the 1990 CD releases.

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Revised: 06 March, 2017


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Vinyl and Tape Releases


Bette Midler - "Songs For The New Depression" - vinyl LP release: Atlantic SD 18155 (USA), 8 Jan 1976 (three variants):


Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - front scan by Ronald Born
R-0123 Buckets Of Rain - Bob shares vocals on this track recorded at Secret Sound Studios, New York, Oct 1975
For some reason Bette sings "Nuggets Of Rain" instead of "Buckets"...

Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - sticker from front of promo copy, scan by Ronald Born


Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Ronald Born


Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - rear scan by Ronald Born


Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Ronald Born

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Picture of Bette and Bob at the recording sessions - scan by David Burgess

Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Ronald Born (variant 1 - includes R-0123)

Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Ronald Born (variant 1 - no Dylan)

Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 2 - includes R-0123)

Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 2 - no Dylan)

Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 3 - includes R-0123)


Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Ronald Born (variant 1 - "ST-A-753513 PR")


Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 2 - "ST-A-753513 GR")

Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 3 - no Dylan)

Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 4 - includes R-0123)

Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 3 - "ST-A-753513 MO")

Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 4 - "ST-A-753513 SP")

Atlantic SD 18155 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 4 - no Dylan)

R-0123 also appeared on a 1976 WEA Germany Various Artists compilation Schrittmacher 1976/II (see below), the 1978 Atlantic US/UK LP The Best of Bette (see 1978), an associated UK single (also see 1978), on the Débutante DeLuxe UK Various Artists compilation And The Times They Were A-Changin’ (see 1998) and on the Columbia Australia Various artists compilation Doin' Dylan (see 2002).

Ronald Born has a promo copy of the US release of Atlantic SD 18155 with the sticker shown on the front sleeve. It does not have any other indication that it's a promo. The US LP has the same picture inner sleeve with details of the tracks as other worldwide releases - scans required!

The record has different Atlantic label variants depending upon the pressing plant used, each pressing plant added a code to the matrix numbers printed at the bottom of the labels. The variants shown here are:

"PR" - Presswell Company, Ancora, NJ.
"GR" - MCA Pressing Plant, Gloversville, NY (on separate line)
"MO" - Monarch Records, Los Angeles, CA
"SP" - Specialty Record Corp., Olyphant, NJ

There may also be an "RI" variant from PRC Recording Industry Products, Richmond, IN - scans required.

Bob Dylan and The Band performing On A Night Like This from Planet Waves (then on Asylum, part of the same group as Atlantic) appeared on a 1974 Japanese promo 7" with In The Mood from Bette Midler on the other side (see US & International 7" Stereo Singles & EPs 1974). Bette Midler also appears as part of the ensemble USA For Africa on the charity single We Are The World, see 1985.

Thanks to Tim Dunn for the US album release date. Thanks to Ronald Born and Manuel García Jara for scans of the US LP releases.


Bette Midler - "Songs For The New Depression" - vinyl LP release: Atlantic K 50212 (UK), Jan 1976:

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Atlantic K 50212 (UK) - front scan by Kenneth Robson

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Atlantic K 50212 (UK) - rear scan by Kenneth Robson

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Atlantic K 50212 (UK) - inner sleeve front scan by Kenneth Robson

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Atlantic K 50212 (UK) - inner sleeve rear scan by Kenneth Robson

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Atlantic K 50212 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Kenneth Robson (includes R-0123)


Atlantic K 50212 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Kenneth Robson ("Made in UK")

Thanks to Kenneth Robson for scans of the UK LP release. The record comes in a picture inner sleeve.


Bette Midler - "Songs For The New Depression" - vinyl LP release: Atlantic ATL 50 212 (West Germany), Jan 1976:


Atlantic ATL 50 212 (West Germany) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
Thanks to Manuel García Jara for scans of the West German LP release. It has the same inner sleeve as the UK release above. Buckets Of Rain is misspelled "Duckets Of Rain" on the Side 1 record label. There is another Side 1 error - track 6, Love Says It's Waiting, is missing from the label but is present on the record itself.


Atlantic ATL 50 212 (West Germany) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara


Atlantic ATL 50 212 (West Germany) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic ATL 50 212 (West Germany) - inner sleeve front scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic ATL 50 212 (West Germany) - inner sleeve rear scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic ATL 50 212 (West Germany) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0123)

Atlantic ATL 50 212 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara ("MADE IN GERMANY")

Atlantic ATL 50 212 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara ("Duckets Of Rain" error and track 6 missing)

Atlantic ATL 50 212 (West Germany) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)


Atlantic ATL 50 212 (West Germany) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara


Bette Midler - "Songs For The New Depression" - vinyl LP release: Atlantic W 50212 (Italy), Jan 1976:


Atlantic W 50212 (Italy) - front scan by Ronald Born
Thanks to Ronald Born for scans of the Italian LP release. It again has the same inner sleeve as the UK release above.
Atlantic W 50212 (Italy) - rear scan by Ronald Born

Atlantic W 50212 (Italy) - detail of rear, scan by Ronald Born


Atlantic W 50212 (Italy) - detail of rear, scan by Ronald Born


Atlantic W 50212 (Italy) - Side 1 scan by Ronald Born (includes R-0123)

Atlantic W 50212 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Ronald Born


Atlantic W 50212 (Italy) - Side 2 scan by Ronald Born (no Dylan)


Bette Midler - "Songs For The New Depression" - vinyl LP release: Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan), Jan 1976:


Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Manuel García Jara
This Japanese release was made in Japan by Warner-Pioneer Corporation on behalf of Atlantic Records. It has a red and white obi with price ¥2,500. This price is also on the rear sleeve. There is a 12" folded insert with the artwork from the US/UK inner sleeve on the outside and song lyrics on the inside. The record has green/white/red Atlantic labels.

Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Manuel García Jara


Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - outside of insert, scan by Manuel García Jara


Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara


Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - obi front scan by Manuel García Jara


Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - obi rear scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - detail of inside of insert, scan by Manuel García Jara


Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - inside of insert, scan by Manuel García Jara


Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - detail of inside of insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0123)

Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0123)


Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara


Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10098A (Japan) - detail of outside of insert, scan by Manuel García Jara


Bette Midler - "Songs For The New Depression" - vinyl LP release: Atlantic SD 18155 (Australia), Jan 1976:


Atlantic SD 18155 (Australia) - detail of rear, scan by Stuart Moore

Thanks to Stuart Moore for scans of the Australian LP. More scans of this release required!


Atlantic SD 18155 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (includes R-0123)


Bette Midler - "Songs For The New Depression" - vinyl LP release: Atlantic 3-17-404-044 (Brazil), Jan 1976:


Atlantic 3-17-404-044 (Brazil) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

This album was made in Brazil for Atlantic Records by Gravaçôes Eléctricas S.A. (São Paulo). It was the manufacturer of the second edition of Desire in 1977 and also the second edition of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. 1. The record has the usual inner sleeve and Atlantic Records green-white-orange record labels.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Atlantic 3-17-404-044 (Brazil) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic 3-17-404-044 (Brazil) - inner sleeve front scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic 3-17-404-044 (Brazil) - detail of inner sleeve front, scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic 3-17-404-044 (Brazil) - inner sleeve rear scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic 3-17-404-044 (Brazil) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0123)

Atlantic 3-17-404-044 (Brazil) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)


Atlantic 3-17-404-044 (Brazil) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara


Bette Midler - "Songs For The New Depression" - vinyl LP release: Atlantic/Hispavox S 90.191 (Spain), 1979:


Atlantic/Hispavox S 90.191 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
This Spanish release was made and distributed by Hispavox for Atlantic Records. It was not released until 1979 because Bette Midler was an almost unknown artist in Spain and her records were released only after the massive success of the movie and the soundtrack album of "The Rose" (1979). It has the usual sleeve, laminated on both sides, and a double sided insert with credits.
Atlantic/Hispavox S 90.191 (Spain) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic/Hispavox S 90.191 (Spain) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic/Hispavox S 90.191 (Spain) - insert front scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic/Hispavox S 90.191 (Spain) - insert rear scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic/Hispavox S 90.191 (Spain) - detail of rear of insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic/Hispavox S 90.191 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0123)

Atlantic/Hispavox S 90.191 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Atlantic/Hispavox S 90.191 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)


Atlantic/Hispavox S 90.191 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara


Atlantic/Hispavox S 90.191 (Spain) - detail of rear of insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

The record has the usual Spanish design of Atlantic labels: orange/white/pink instead of the green/white/orange design used in the rest of the world (see also Doug Sahm And Band, 1973). "Buckets Of Rain" is incorrectly translated as "Cubos De Agua [Buckets Of Water]".

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Various Artists - "Schrittmacher 1976/II [Pacemaker 1976/II]" - promo compilation album, WEA 1003 (West Germany), 1976:


WEA 1003 (West Germany) - front scan by Ronald Born

WEA 1003 (West Germany) - detail of front, scan by Ronald Born

WEA 1003 (West Germany) - rear scan by Ronald Born

WEA 1003 (West Germany) - detail of rear, scan by Ronald Born

WEA 1003 (West Germany) - Side 1 scan by Ronald Born (no Dylan)

WEA 1003 (West Germany) - Side 2 scan by Ronald Born (includes R-0123)


WEA 1003 (West Germany) - detail of rear, scan by Ronald Born

R-0123-2 Buckets Of Rain - Bob shares vocals on this track from her 1976 Atlantic album Songs For The New Depression, recorded at Secret Sound Studios, New York, Oct 1975, see above.

This West German promo LP includes Buckets Of Rain by Bette Midler from the German release ATL 50 212-Z (not yet shown here) on Side 2. Midler is misspelled "Middler" on the Side 2 record label, but is correct on the rear sleeve.

Thanks to Ronald Born for information and scans.


CD Releases


Bette Midler - "Songs For The New Depression" - CD releases: Atlantic 82784-2 (USA), 1997; BMG Music Club D-111653 (USA), 1997:


Atlantic 82784-2 (USA) - CD front (my copy)

Atlantic 82784-2 (USA) - 1997 CD front insert unfolded (my copy)


Atlantic 82784-2 (USA) - 1997 CD rear insert


Atlantic 82784-2 (USA) - CD


Atlantic 82784-2 (USA) - detail of reverse of CD front insert


BMG Music Club D-111653 (USA) - rear scan by Jack Guerreiro


BMG Music Club D-111653 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Jack Guerreiro


BMG Music Club D-111653 (USA) - CD scan by Jack Guerreiro


BMG Music Club D-111653 (USA) - detail of CD, scan by Jack Guerreiro

The front insert of the 1997 US CD is a single sheet folded into four parts along the centre. The reverse is plain white with the details of the tracks - an excerpt is shown above. The US CD design is a reproduction of the old Atlantic LP labels, see above.

Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for scans of his BMG Music Club copy - it has a sticker over the barcode on the rear insert and extra text on the CD itself.


Friday Music/Atlantic FRM-18155 (USA) - picture from amazon.com
Thanks to Andrew Wellman and Lars-Arne Klintworth for news that Friday Records have reissued an "Original Recording Master Limited Edition" of Bette Midler's 1976 Warner album Songs For The New Depression including her duet with Bob on Buckets Of Rain on 29 Jul 2014, catalogue number Friday Music/Atlantic FRM-18155. More scans required!

Bette Midler - "Songs For The New Depression" - CD release: Atlantic 7567-82784-2 (Germany for Europe), 1997:


Atlantic 7567-82784-2 (Germany) - CD front scan by Stanislav Tomik


Atlantic 7567-82784-2 (Germany) - CD front insert unfolded, scan by Stanislav Tomik


Atlantic 7567-82784-2 (Germany) - CD rear insert, scan by Stanislav Tomik


Atlantic 7567-82784-2 (Germany) - CD scan by Stanislav Tomik


Atlantic 7567-82784-2 (Germany) - detail of CD, scan by Stanislav Tomik

Thanks to Stanislav Tomik for scans of the German CD release - this was sold throughout Europe.


Bette Midler - "Songs For The New Depression" - CD releases: Atlantic AMCY-114 (Japan), 25 Jul 1990; Atlantic AMCY-4069 (Japan), 15 Oct 1998; Friday Music/Atlantic FRM-18155 (USA), 29 Jul 2014:


Atlantic AMCY-114 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Hans Seegers (1990 release)


Atlantic AMCY-114 (Japan) - front insert scan by Hans Seegers (1990 release)


Atlantic AMCY-4069 (Japan) - rear insert scan by Wil Gielen (1998 release)


Atlantic AMCY-114 (Japan) - obi scan by Hans Seegers (1990 release)


Atlantic AMCY-4069 (Japan) - obi scan by Wil Gielen (1998 release)

Atlantic AMCY-4069 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1998 release)


Atlantic AMCY-114 (Japan) - rear insert scan by Hans Seegers (1990 release)


Atlantic AMCY-114 (Japan) - CD scan by Hans Seegers (1990 release)


Atlantic AMCY-4069 (Japan) - CD scan by Wil Gielen (1998 release)

The 1990 Japanese CD release had a black and white obi with red, yellow and white text and price ¥2,348 (¥2,280 before tax). The release date is "90-7-25" (25 Jul 1990). There is an 8-page front insert in English with a second 8-page folded insert with the same information in Japanese. The 1998 Japanese CD release had a dark red and white obi in the "Bette Midler Remaster Collection" series with black, yellow and white text and price ¥1,785 (¥1,700 before tax). The release date is "98-10-15" (15 Oct 1998). The original release date is just shown as "76-1" (Jan 1976) and the withdrawal date is "00-10-14" (14 Oct 2000). There is an 8-page front insert in English and a double-sided folded insert in English and Japanese.

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


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