"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 1979

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! 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: 20 March, 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)


Judy Collins - "An Audio Discography Vol. II" - stereo vinyl LP, Elektra Promo 6-1-79 (USA), 1 Jun 1979:

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Elektra Promo 6-1-79 (USA) - front scan by Lars M. Banke

R-0379 Talkin' New York - excerpt from the album version

Thanks to Lars M. Banke for the scans and the information that excerpts of Mr Tambourine Man by both Judy and The Byrds are also included (not an excerpt of Bob's version as previously reported). The excerpt from “Talkin' New York” and the two excerpts of  “Mr. Tambourine Man” are all on Side 1.


Elektra Promo 6-1-79 (USA) - rear scan by Lars M. Banke


Elektra Promo 6-1-79 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (includes Dylan)


Elektra Promo 6-1-79 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (no Dylan)


Elektra Promo 6-1-79 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke


"Forever Young" - 7" promo single, S CBS 7473 (UK), 22 Jun 1979:

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S CBS 7473 (UK) - A-side scan with R-0384 by Hans Seegers

R-0384 Forever Young - 4.25 edit of the live version from Bob Dylan At Budokan on A-side.

The B-side has the full album version (5:27), which was the A-side of the regular single, see US & International 7" & 12" Singles & EPs 1979.

The single had no picture sleeve, but came in the generic 1975-1979 black/white/grey UK CBS sleeve - see 7" Single Sleeves (the reverse sleeve is the fourth example).

Thanks to Fraser Robertson for information and Hans Seegers for scans.

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S CBS 7473 (UK) - B-side scan with full-length album version by Hans Seegers

"Slow Train Coming" - vinyl album, CBS DNW 2402 (South Africa/Rhodesia/Zimbabwe), 1979:
There was also a South African cassette release, but I have no information about whether it had the edit or not.


CBS DNW 2402 (South Africa/Rhodesia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

R-0610 Slow Train - faded version on South African release of Slow Train Coming, 1979

Tom Willems informs me the track is faded out during the last verse after Bob sings the line about "I don't care about astronomy" so that the rest of the last verse and the instrumental fade-out are missing. This is a longer edit than the 4:15 US Columbia 7" radio edit R-0456, see below. However, the track is still listed as 5:57 on the Side 1 label.

There is no picture inner sleeve, the song credits and musicians are on the rear sleeve. The record has orange/yellow CBS labels.


CBS DNW 2402 (South Africa) - rear scan by Wayne Carr


CBS DNW 2402 (South Africa) - Side 1 with R-0610, scan by Wayne Carr


CBS DNW 2402 (Rhodesia) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (first release)


CBS DNW 2402 (Rhodesia) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (first release)


CBS DNW 2402 (Rhodesia) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (first release)

CBS DNW 2402 (Zimbabwe) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (second release)


CBS DNW 2402 (Zimbabwe) - Side 1 with R-0610, scan by Manuel García Jara (second release)


CBS DNW 2402 (Zimbabwe) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)


CBS DNW 2402 (Zimbabwe) - Side 1 with R-0610, scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)


CBS DNW 2402 (Zimbabwe) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (fourth release)

CBS DNW 2402 (Zimbabwe) - rear scan by Lars M. Banke (fourth release)


CBS DNW 2402 (Zimbabwe) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (fourth release)

The same catalogue number was also used in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) but with different orange/yellow CBS labels. In South Africa the sleeve was made by Interpak and in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe by Belmont Printers of Bulawayo. Both the South African and Rhodesian releases were manufactured for CBS by The Gramophone Company, part of EMI (bought by Universal in 2012). The Rhodesian/Zimbabwean album was released four times with different sleeve details/record labels. Full details of these releases are on the Slow Train Coming page of International Album Releases (Regular Albums).

Thanks to Tom Willems for information and to Wayne Carr and Manuel García Jara for further information and scans.


"Slow Train Coming" - 8-track stereo cartridge releases, Columbia FCA 36120 (USA/Canada), Aug 1979:


Columbia FCA 36120 (USA) - top of tape cartridge, scan by Stuart Moore
These 8-track releases have a revised tracklisting to make the four programs of equal length. This means one track has been split.
Columbia FCA 36120 (USA) - underside of tape cartridge, scan by Stuart Moore

Columbia FCA 36120 (Canada) - front of slipcase, scan by Manuel García Jara

Columbia FCA 36120 (Canada) - rear of slipcase, scan by Manuel García Jara (generic)

Columbia FCA 36120 (Canada) - top of tape cartridge, scan by Manuel García Jara

R-1236 Do Right To Me, Baby (Do Unto Others) - split over two programs on US and Canadian Columbia 8-track releases of Slow Train Coming, 1979

This song occurs twice, first split between Programs 1 and 2, and then repeated in full on Program 4! Because the split track is a rarity, these cartridges are listed here as well as on the Slow Train Coming album page.

Thanks to Stuart Moore and Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"Gotta Serve Somebody"/"Trouble In Mind" - 7" promo and commercial singles, Columbia 1-11072 (USA/Canada), 15 Aug 1979/CBS BA 222568 (Australia/New Zealand), Sep 1979:
These singles did not have picture sleeves.


Columbia 1-11072 (USA) - white label promo A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0148)

Columbia 1-11072 (USA) - white label promo B-side with date, scan by Tom Willems (album version)


Columbia 1-11072 (USA) - white label promo B-side scan by Hans Seegers (album version)


Columbia 1-11072 (USA) - promo A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0148), variant 1


Columbia 1-11072 (USA) - promo B-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0149), variant 1


Columbia 1-11072 (USA) - promo A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0148), variant 2
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Columbia 1-11072 (USA) - A-side scan by David Plentus (R-0148), variant 1
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Columbia 1-11072 (USA) - B-side scan by David Plentus (R-0149), variant 1


Columbia 1-11072 (USA) - jukebox strip scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia 1-11072 (USA) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0148), variant 2

Columbia 1-11072 (USA) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0149), variant 2

Columbia 1-11072 promo 7" single (USA)

R-0148 Gotta Serve Somebody - radio edit (3:57)

The white label promo single has the long (album - 5:22) version on the other side.

Columbia 1-11072 promo and commercial 7" singles (USA)

These singles have R-0148 on the A-side plus:

R-0149 Trouble In Mind - Slow Train Coming out-take (4:17), B-side of single with one verse omitted, lyrics on bobdylan.com here

This US single occurs in two variants - the first variant omits publisher information below the catalogue number on the right of the centre hole, the second includes it. Promo singles have "DEMONSTRATION - NOT FOR SALE" rubber-stamped on the labels with either a one line or two line stamp.

This single was also released to jukeboxes, and the jukebox strip is shown above.


Columbia 1-11072 (Canada) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0148), variant 1

Columbia 1-11072 (Canada) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0149), variant 1


Columbia 1-11072 (Canada) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0148), variant 2

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CBS BA 222568 (Australia) promo single - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0148)


CBS BA 222568 (Australia) promo single - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0149)

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CBS BA 222568 (Australia) first commercial single - A-side scan by Hans Seegers, also shows the 3:57 timing (R-0148) - same label design as the promo single


CBS BA 222568 (Australia) first commercial single - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0149)

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CBS BA 222568 (Australia) second commercial single - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (variant 2, has the CBS logo and extra text round the edge at the bottom of the label), also shows the 3:57 timing (R-0148)


CBS BA 222568 (Australia) second commercial single - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0149)


CBS BA 222568 (New Zealand) promo single - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0148)


CBS BA 222568 (New Zealand) commercial single - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0148)


CBS BA 222568 (New Zealand) commercial single - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0149)

Columbia 1-11072 commercial 7" singles (Canada)

The Canadian single exists in two label variants - the first has "Copyright ©" between the timing and the publisher credits on the right hand side of the centre hole, the second does not. For a 1997 Columbia Canada "Hall of Fame"/"Disque d'Or" 7" stereo single with Man Gave Names To All The Animals as the B-side, see International Singles All Formats 1990s.

CBS BA 222568 promo and commercial 7" singles (Australia/New Zealand)

Information from Hans Seegers - in Australia the promo single and two releases of the commercial single all have R-0148 as the A-side and R-0149 as the B-side.

The promo single has the words "DEMONSTRATION - NOT FOR SALE" printed below the CBS logo. 

Thanks to Bill Hester for information about the New Zealand release, also CBS BA 222568. The promo single shown has a white "DEMONSTRATION NOT FOR SALE" sticker on the A-side, the B-side is the same as the commercial single.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


"Gotta Serve Somebody"/"Trouble In Mind"- 7" promo and commercial singles, CBS/Sony 06SP 410 (Japan), 31 Aug 1979:


CBS/Sony 06SP 410 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers

R-0148-2 Gotta Serve Somebody - radio edit (3:57), A-side of single

R-0149-2 Trouble In Mind - Slow Train Coming out-take (4:17), B-side of single with one verse omitted, lyrics on bobdylan.com here

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans. Thanks to Francisco Lima for finding a picture of the promo single on eBay with what looks like a promo leaflet for the album, CBS/Sony 25AP 1610.

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CBS/Sony 06SP 410 (Japan) - rear scan by Hans Seegers


CBS/Sony 06SP 410 (Japan) - promo A-side (R-0148), scan by Hans Seegers


CBS/Sony 06SP 410 (Japan) - promo B-side (R-0149), scan by Hans Seegers


CBS/Sony 06SP 410 (Japan) - commercial A-side (R-0148), scan by Hans Seegers


CBS/Sony 06SP 410 (Japan) - commercial B-side (R-0149), scan by Hans Seegers


CBS/Sony 06SP 410 (Japan) - picture from eBay

"Hay Que Servir A Alguien [Gotta Serve Somebody]"/"Tratame Bien [Do Right To Me, Baby (Do Unto Others)]"- 7" single, CBS 8213 (Mexico), 1979:
In Spain the A-side title was translated as "Tendras Que Servir A Alguien" (se below).


CBS 8213 (Mexico) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0624)
R-0624 Gotta Serve Somebody - second edit (4:50), A-side of single

The album track is 5:23, R-0148 above is a shorter edit at 3:57. As far as I know this is the only place this 4:50 edit occurs. The B-side of this single is the standard album track.

This rare single has red/orange CBS labels.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


CBS 8213 (Mexico) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers

"Precious Angel (edit)"/"Trouble In Mind" - 8" CBS acetate, 7" promo and commercial singles (UK/NL/West Germany), 31 Aug 1979:

S CBS 7828 (UK):


S CBS 7828 (UK) - commercial 7" single, A-side in generic sleeve, scan by Kenneth Robson (R-0363 - length shown as 4:12)


S CBS 7828 (UK) - 8" acetate A-side, photo from eBay (R-0363 - length shown as 4:20)

S CBS 7828 (UK) - 8" acetate Pyral sleeve, photo by Bruce Mulle

S CBS 7828 (UK) - detail of 8" acetate Pyral sleeve, photo by Bruce Mulle (release date "31/6/79")


S CBS 7828 (UK) - 8" acetate with Pyral sleeve, photo from eBay

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S CBS 7828 (UK) - promo 7" single, A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0363 - length shown as 4:12)


S CBS 7828 (UK) - promo 7" single, detail of A-side scan by Hans Seegers

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S CBS 7828 (UK) - promo 7" single, B-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0149 - length shown as 4:09)


S CBS 7828 (UK) - commercial 7" single, A-side scan by Kenneth Robson (R-0363 - length shown as 4:12)


S CBS 7828 (UK) - commercial 7" single, detail of A-side scan by Kenneth Robson


S CBS 7828 (UK) - commercial 7" single, B-side scan by Kenneth Robson (R-0149 - length shown as 4:09

These three singles have two rarities, an edit of the A-side (4.12-4:21 instead of 6:30) and a non-album B-side (also edited to 4:09-4:17 instead of the longer version of 5:13).

R-0363 Precious Angel - edit (4:12-4:21) of album track from Slow Train Coming (6:30)

R-0149-3 Trouble In Mind - Slow Train Coming out-take (4:09-4:17), B-side of single with one verse omitted, lyrics on bobdylan.com here

Even though these tracks have different timings on different singles, I assume they are all the same two edits. Thanks to Ian Woodward for finding a UK acetate on eBay. It has orange labels from CBS Recording Studios, 31-37 Whitfield Street, London W1P 5RE, with handwritten text in black ink on an orange label from CBS Studios, Whitfield Street, London. The length of R-0363 is shown as 4:20. The record comes in a Pyral sleeve. Bruce Mulle now has this acetate, and the Pyral sleeve has a handwritten release date of "31/8/79" (31 Aug 1979) at top right, not shown in the eBay photo.

Both the UK and West German singles were available as white label promos as well as commercial singles. The UK singles came in CBS generic sleeves.

CBS 7828 (NL):

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CBS 7828 (NL) - front scan by Sam C. Visser


CBS 7828 (NL) - detail of front, scan by Simon Blokker

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CBS 7828 (NL) - rear scan by Sam C. Visser


CBS 7828 (NL) - A-side scan by Simon Blokker
(R-0363 - length shown as 4:12)


CBS 7828 (NL) - detail of A-side, scan by Simon Blokker


CBS 7828 (NL) - B-side scan by Simon Blokker
(R-0149 - length shown as 4:17)


CBS 7828 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Simon Blokker

The German single came in picture sleeves with the same front sleeve, with the promo single having a "CBS - Blitzinformation" rear sleeve.

CBS S 7828 (West Germany):


CBS S 7828 (West Germany) - promo 7" single, front scan by Manuel García Jara

The German promo and commercial singles came in picture sleeves with the same front sleeve as the Dutch single, with the promo single having a "CBS - Blitzinformation" rear sleeve.


CBS S 7828 (West Germany) - promo 7" single, rear scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS S 7828 (West Germany) - promo 7" single, detail of rear scan by Manuel García Jara
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CBS S 7828 (West Germany) - commercial 7" single, front (my copy)

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CBS S 7828 (West Germany) -
commercial 7" single, rear


CBS S 7828 (West Germany) - promo 7" single, A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0363 - length shown as 4:21)


CBS S 7828 (West Germany) - promo 7" single, detail of A-side scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS S 7828 (West Germany) - promo 7" single, B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0149 - length shown as 4:17)

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CBS S 7828 (West Germany) - commercial 7" single, A-side (R-0363 - length shown as 4:21)


CBS S 7828 (West Germany) - commercial 7" single, detail of A-side

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CBS S 7828 (West Germany) - commercial 7" single, B-side (R-0149 - length shown as 4:17)


CBS S 7828 (West Germany) - commercial 7" single, detail of rear


"Precious Angel"/"Trouble In Mind" - 7" commercial single, CBS 7828 (Italy), 1979:

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CBS 7828 (Italy) - front (my copy)

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CBS 7828 (Italy) - rear

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CBS 7828 (Italy) - A-side (full 6:30 version - not rarity)


CBS 7828 (Italy) - detail of A-side (full 6:30 version - not rarity)


CBS 7828 (Italy) - detail of A-side

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CBS 7828 (Italy) - B-side (R-0149 - length shown as 4:17)


CBS 7828 (Italy) - detail of rear

R-0149-4 Trouble In Mind - Slow Train Coming out-take (4:17), B-side of single with one verse omitted, lyrics on bobdylan.com here

The Italian single had the full 6:30 album version of Precious Angel as the A-side, not the 4:12-4:21 edit as on the UK/NL/West German releases above! It has a variant front sleeve design with different text font and position, and a wider crop of the album cover picture, with a stronger background colour.

The minor changes in the rear sleeve graphics are odd - in West Germany the vinyl album is labelled "LP", in Holland it's called "THE ALBUM" and in Italy the text is missing. In contrast, the CBS logo is on the right in Holland and Italy, and on the left in West Germany.

Thanks to Karen West for information and to Hans Seegers, Kenneth Robson, Manuel García Jara, Simon Blokker and Bruce Mulle for further information and pictures.


"Precious Angel"/"Trouble In Mind" - 7" single, Discos CBS ???? (Brazil), 1979:

R-0150 Trouble In Mind - B-side of Brazilian CBS single - it is rumoured that this release had the full song (5:13) as opposed to the 4:17 edit (R-0149 above), although some dispute this

Manuel García Jara has a white label copy of the Brazilian 7" single in a generic sleeve with the text "AMOSTRA INVENDAVEL [DEMONSTRATION NOT FOR SALE]" on the labels. This single appears to have the 4:17 edit of the B-side (R-0149), not R-0150. Scans required!

This 5:13 version was finally released officially in Oct 2011 on the Sony Music Germany compilation Pure Dylan: An Intimate Look At Bob Dylan, see 2011.


Sony Music 88697988082 (Germany) - front of digipak with sticker, scan by Gerd Rundel


"Animals [Man Gave Name To All The Animals]"/"Trouble In Mind" - 7" single, CBS 7954 (France), Oct 1979:
These singles have the same picture sleeve design as for the Precious Angel singles, and this is a third A-side for this B-side!


CBS 7954 (France) - front scan by Hans Seegers (variant 1,
start of title above "ANIMALS")
R-0149-5 Trouble In Mind - Slow Train Coming out-take (4:17), B-side of single with one verse omitted, lyrics on bobdylan.com here

For a rare 1979 French jukebox-only 12" single version of "Animals" see US & International 7" & 12" Singles & EPs 1979.

This record (both commercial and jukebox) had two front sleeve variants with different title formats: the first has "Man Gave Names To All The" above "ANIMALS", the second has "Man Gave Names To All The Animals" below "ANIMALS". The first variant was printed by "Montreuil Offset" (see detail of rear sleeve), the second was printed firstly by "areacem", and then again by "Montreuil Offset", so you can get the second front sleeve with both rear sleeves. To make the situation even more complex, some copies have the sleeve opening on the top, and others on the right! Both jukebox releases shown are regular releases with a sticker on the front sleeve.


CBS 7954 (France) - detail of front, scan by Hans Seegers (variant 1, start of title above "ANIMALS")


CBS 7954 (France) - front scan by Hans Seegers (variant 2,
full title below "ANIMALS")


CBS 7954 (France) - jukebox single front, variant 2, scan by Hans Seegers


CBS 7954 (France) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (variant 1)

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CBS 7954 (France) - bottom right corner of rear sleeve of variant 1 ("Montreuil Offset"), scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (with front variants 1 and 2)


CBS 7954 (France) - bottom right corner of rear sleeve of variant 2 ("areacem"), scan by Hans Seegers (with front variant 2 only)


CBS 7954 (France) - detail of front, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (variant 2, full title below "ANIMALS")


CBS 7954 (France) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (variant 2)


CBS 7954 (France) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (paper label, variant 1A)


CBS 7954 (France) - detail of A-side, scan by Hans Seegers (paper label, variant 1A - "MADE IN FRANCE" missing)


CBS 7954 (France) - B-side (R-0149) scan by Hans Seegers (paper label, variant 1A)


CBS 7954 (France) - A-side scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (paper label, variant 1B)


CBS 7954 (France) - detail of A-side, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (paper label, variant 1B - "MADE IN FRANCE" at top right)

CBS 7954 (France) - B-side (R-0149) scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (paper label, variant 1B)

CBS 7954 (France) - detail of A-side, scan by Hans Seegers (paper label, variants 1A and 1B - "ANIMALS" on second line of song title)

CBS 7954 (France) - detail of A-side, scan by Hans Seegers (paper label, variant 2 - "THE ANIMALS" on second line of song title)

CBS 7954 (France) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (paper label, variant 2)

CBS 7954 (France) - detail of A-side, scan by Hans Seegers (paper label, variant 2 - "MADE IN FRANCE" at top left)


CBS 7954 (France) - B-side (R-0149) scan by Hans Seegers (paper label, variant 2)


CBS 7954 (France) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (injection label, variant 1)


CBS 7954 (France) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (injection label, variant 1)


CBS 7954 (France) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (injection label, variant 2)


CBS 7954 (France) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (injection label, variant 2)

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CBS 7954 (France) - jukebox single front, variant 2 (my copy)

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CBS 7954 (France) - jukebox single rear, variant 2 (my copy)


CBS 7954 (France) - jukebox single A-side (my copy)

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CBS 7954 (France) - jukebox single B-side (my copy)


CBS 7954 (France) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (injection label, variant 3)


CBS 7954 (France) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (injection label, variant 3)

The record itself was released with both paper and "injection" labels. The paper labels have two variants - in the first the A-side title is on two lines, split at "THE", in the second the A-side title is also on two lines, split at "ALL". The circumference text is also different as shown.

Sergio Mariano Romay's copy comes in a sleeve with a variant 2 front and a variant 1 rear, printed by "Montreuil Offset", opening on the right. The record has orange/yellow CBS labels of the first variant style, but with extra text "MADE IN FRANCE" in the circumference text at top right. I have called this variant 1B. The second variant paper labels have "MADE IN FRANCE" in the circumference text at top left. The record of this copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - MPO CBS 7954 A2, Side 2 - MPO  CBS 7954 B1. "MPO" is MPO International, Averton, France - "Moularges et Plastiques de l'Ouest [Western Mouldings & Plastics]".

For the injection labels a thin coloured plastic ring-shaped layer is injected into the record itself, and the text/graphics are cut out using a stamp so that the black vinyl underneath shows through, there is no paper label. There are three label variations: the first has a gold coloured label with the A-side title on one line;, the second has a silver coloured label, again with the A-side title on one line; and the second has a dark ochre coloured label with a much larger "BOB DYLAN" and the A-side title on two lines. My copy of the jukebox single has the first injection label design but appears to have the colour of the third variant, but this may just be a scanning deficiency.

A later version of this single had When You Gonna Wake Up? (album version) as the B-side, so is not a rarity. The UK version with the catalogue number CBS 7970 had When He Returns as the B-side. For both see US & International 7" & 12" Singles & EPs 1979.

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Sergio Magnacca for information, and Hans Seegers for scans.


Various Artists - "All American Top 100 Vol. 18 1979 November" - promo 12" LP, CBS/Sony XAAP 4 (Japan), Nov 1979:


CBS/Sony XAAP 4 (Japan) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Sony XAAP 4 (Japan) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Sony XAAP 4 (Japan) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Sony XAAP 4 (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Sony XAAP 4 (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Sony 06SP 410 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (with R-0148)

CBS/Sony XAAP 4 (Japan) - Side 1 in clear plastic inner sleeve, photo from eBay

CBS/Sony XAAP 4 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0148)

CBS/Sony XAAP 4 (Japan) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo text)

CBS/Sony XAAP 4 (Japan) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo text)

CBS/Sony XAAP 4 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)
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CBS/Sony 25AP 1610 (Japan) - front with obi, picture from eil.com (includes full album track)

These promotional albums for DJs are compilations of A-sides of singles released by Columbia US with entries on the US Billboard charts. They were released in Japan to promote the equivalent Japanese releases. For this reason, Gotta Serve Somebody (track 5 on Side 1) is the 3:57 radio edit released in Japan as the A-side of the CBS/Sony 06SP 410 single above, not the full album version from Slow Train Coming (5:23). The other promo albums in this CBS/Sony DJ series had no Dylan involvement.

R-0148-3 Gotta Serve Somebody - edit (3:57)

In the November 1979 album, the Dylan track is classified on the rear sleeve as "new entry" (#39; 21 of September); in the December 1979 album below the position was #24. The record has black/white CBS/Sony promo labels.

Thanks to Jim Siddy for finding this on eBay and to Manuel García Jara for further information and scans.


Various Artists - "All American Top 100 Vol. 19 1979 December" - promo 12" LP, CBS/Sony XAAP 7 (Japan), Dec 1979:


CBS/Sony XAAP 7 (Japan) - front scan by
Manuel García Jara
This Dec 1979 promotional album contains the same Gotta Serve Somebody 3:57 radio edit as the Nov 1979 release CBS/Sony XAAP 4. The front and rear sleeves use the same designs as XAAP 4.

R-0148-4 Gotta Serve Somebody - edit (3:57)

It is very interesting to see that two albums released in two consecutive months have a completely different design of promo labels: the record released in November still has the black and white promo labels used throughout the 1970s, but the record released in December has the brand new design of promo labels, identical to commercial labels with additional printed promo text as shown.


CBS/Sony XAAP 7 (Japan) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS/Sony XAAP 7 (Japan) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Sony XAAP 7 (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Sony XAAP 7 (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Sony XAAP 7 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0148)

CBS/Sony XAAP 7 (Japan) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo text)

CBS/Sony XAAP 7 (Japan) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo text)

CBS/Sony XAAP 7 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"Tendras Que Servir A Alguien [Gotta Serve Somebody]"/"Trouble In Mind" - 7" promo and commercial singles, CBS 8134 (Spain), Dec 1979:
Only the A-side title is translated into Spanish. In Mexico it was translated as "Hay Que Servir A Alguien" (see above.)


CBS 8134 (Spain) - front s
can by Hans Seegers

R-0148-5 Gotta Serve Somebody - edit (3:57)

R-0149-6 Trouble In Mind - Slow Train Coming out-take (4:17), B-side of single with one verse omitted, lyrics on bobdylan.com here

This Spanish single had a unique cover with the title in Spanish (left). The 1980 French, Dutch and UK releases of CBS 8134 list the timing of Gotta Serve Somebody as 3:57 but actually have the full album version (5:23) - a record company error! These are now listed for 1980 in US & International 7" & 12" Singles & EPs 1980-89 because they're not actually rarities and have the album track Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking as the B-side.

For a 1979 French test pressing of CBS 8134 that correctly shows the timing of Gotta Serve Somebody as 5:23 see US & International 7" & 12" Singles & EPs 1979.


CBS 8134 (Spain) - rear scan by Hans Seegers

CBS 8134 (Spain) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (commercial single)


CBS 8134 (Spain) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (commercial single)


CBS 8134 (Spain) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (promo single)


CBS 8134 (Spain) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (promo single)


CBS 8134 (Spain) - promo single insert front scan by Hans Seegers


CBS 8134 (Spain) - promo single insert back scan by Hans Seegers (translated lyrics of A-side)

There was also a white label promo single with an insert with the lyrics of Gotta Serve Somebody translated in Spanish on the reverse.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Various Artists - "Danke '79 [Thank You '79]" - promo 12" LP, CBS (no catalogue number) (West Germany), Dec 1979:
This promo album includes an exclusive edit of Precious Angel, the album version from Slow Train Coming.

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Danke '79 (West Germany) - front scan by Manfred Endtner
R-0663 Precious Angel - exclusive 3:38 edit on CBS West German promo album Danke 79, 1979

Ronald Born says this edit "plays 3:38, fades out during the second chorus and ends before Bob starts singing 'Ya know I just couldn't make it...'."

For the equivalent 1974, 1976 and 1978 albums with Dylan album tracks, see International Albums (Various Artists Compilations) 1970-79. For the equivalent 1981 album with an exclusive edit of Heart Of Mine from Shot Of Love, see 1981. Thanks to Eelco Janzen for information that the equivalent 1980 album Danke '80 has no Dylan content.

Thanks to Manfred Endtner for information and scans and to Ronald Born for further information.

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Danke '79 (West Germany) - rear scan by Manfred Endtner
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Danke '79 (West Germany) - label scan by Manfred Endtner

"CBS 10º Aniversario. 10 Años de Éxitos [CBS 10th Anniversary. 10 Years of Hits]" - 3LP set, CBS S 14307 (Spain), 1979; 3 cassette set, CBS 40-14307 (Spain), Dec 1979:

CBS S 14307 (Spain), 1979:


CBS S 14307 (Spain) - box front scan by Manuel García Jara

Since CBS was established in Spain in 1970, a promo compilation album with its greatest hits of the year was released every year at Christmas time. These album were called Nuestros éxitos del año [Our Greatest Hits of The Year]. Only Volume 6, released in 1976, includes a Dylan track, Huracán [Hurricane, Part One] (see 1976). In late 1974, to commemorate its fifth anniversary, CBS released a triple album, this time with "Lay Lady Lay" (see International Albums (Various Artists Compilations) 1970s). In late 1979, to commemorate its 10th anniversary, CBS Spain released this 3LP boxed set, again with the edited version of "Huracán" as on the 1976 release. The front of the box has text "Anunciado en TVE [Announced on TV]". Each LP is in a plain dark blue card sleeve with "DISCO 1" to "DISCO 3" on the front. The reverse of each card sleeve is plain dark blue. The records have orange/yellow CBS labels. R-0126 is track 1 on Side 1.

R-0126-8 Huracán [Hurricane (Part I)] (Bob Dylan/Jacques Levy): A-side of single (3:45) with swear-word not bleeped
For original 1975-76 Columbia/CBS singles with this song split over the A- and B-sides, see here. As mentioned above, this rarity was also included on a 1976 CBS Spain promo LP
CBS6: Nuestros Exitos Del Año [CBS6: Our Greatest Hits Of The Year], see 1976.


CBS S 14307 (Spain) - box rear scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS S 14307 (Spain) - Record 1 front scan by Manuel García Jara (reverse is plain dark blue)

CBS S 14307 (Spain) - Record 2 front scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS S 14307 (Spain) - Record 3 front scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS S 14307 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS S 14307 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0126)

CBS S 14307 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

CBS S 14307 (Spain) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

CBS S 14307 (Spain) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

CBS S 14307 (Spain) - Side 5 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

CBS S 14307 (Spain) - Side 6 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)


CBS S 14307 (Spain) - box spine scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-14307 (Spain), 1979:


CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - front of box scan by Manuel García Jara
This three cassette promo boxed set is the direct equivalent of the 3LP set above. R-0126 is on Side 1 of cassette 1. The box is 12" x 6" with the three cassettes in individual cases with folded inserts. The insides of all three cassette inserts are the same. The front of the box again has text "Anunciado en TVE [Announced on TV]".


CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - open box with cassettes, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - rear of box scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - outside of cassette 1 insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - inside of cassette inserts, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - outside of cassette 2 insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - cassette 1 Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0126)

CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - cassette 1 Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - cassette 2 Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - outside of cassette 3 insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - cassette 2 Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - cassette 3 Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - cassette 3 Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)


CBS 40-14307 (Spain) - box spine scan by Manuel García Jara (wider than LP box)

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Promotional/Regular Items for 1979


Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo items for 1979 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. Slow Train Coming 1979
Slow Train Coming
(1979)

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