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Bob Dylan and The Band - Before The Flood

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Planet Waves 1974
Planet Waves
(1974)

This page is part of a list of original releases by release date of international commercially-released regular stereo Dylan albums. They do not contain rarities or obscurities and are not eligible for the Searching For A Gem list. Nevertheless, their interest value or scarcity means they're worth listing here - as far as I know some are not included on any other Internet site. Promo releases of regular albums are now listed here and no longer in the former yearly Promo sections.

For releases of this album in CBS/Columbia multi-packs, see International Album Releases (Regular) - Multi-Packs.

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

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Revised 17 October, 2017.


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Original US stereo 2LP set, Asylum AB 201, 20 Jun 1974, reissued as Columbia CG 37661, 1982 (later as KG 37661).

The album was recorded live with The Band at various locations in the USA in Jan and Feb 1974. The photo on the front and all the inner sleeve photos are by Barry Feinstein.


All Areas Access Pass, scan by Steven Fant


Warner Bros US Songbook - front scan by Stuart Moore


Warner Bros US Songbook - rear scan by Stuart Moore

For Electric Lunch, a 1982 US Columbia promo 12" mini-album with selections from Planet Waves and Before The Flood, see International Albums (Dylan-only Compilations) 1980-89.

Thanks to Steven Fant for the scan of the round leather All Areas Access Pass, around 3⅞" in diameter. Thanks to Stuart Moore for scans of the Warner Bros US Songbook.

Even though a wide range of songs were performed during the tour, including non-album songs Hero Blues (twice) and Nobody ‘Cept You (eight times), the tracklist of the double album sticks to 1960s favourites.

The order of the album reflected the order of the shows: a set by Bob and The Band followed by a set by The Band on their own, an intermission, a set by Bob solo, a second set by The Band on their won, and then a finale by Bob and The Band.

Side 1: Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine) (D); Lay, Lady, Lay (B); Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (B); Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (A); It Ain’t Me, Babe (D); Ballad Of A Thin Man (C)
All by Bob and The Band

Side 2: Up On Cripple Creek; I Shall Be Released; Endless Highway; The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down; Stage Fright
The Band

Side 3: Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right; Just Like A Woman; It’s All Right, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Bob solo - all recorded (D)
The Shape I’m In; When You Awake; The Weight
The Band

Side 4: All Along The Watchtower (C); Highway 61 Revisited (D); Like A Rolling Stone (B); Blowin’ In The Wind (E!)
All by Bob and The Band

Recording locations and dates of songs with Bob:

  1. Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, 30 Jan 1974

  2. The Forum, Inglewood, CA, 13 Feb 1974

  3. The Forum, Inglewood, CA, 14 Feb 1974 (Afternoon show)

  4. The Forum, Inglewood, CA, 14 Feb 1974 (Evening show)

  5. The Forum, Inglewood, CA, 13-14 Feb 1974 (Splice of performances from the 13th and 14th Afternoon shows)

The performances by The Band alone were all recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, 14 Feb 1974 (afternoon and evening shows).

A different performance of Highway 61 Revisited, recorded live with The Band at Madison Square Garden, New York, 31 Jan 1974 (evening show), appears on the Capitol/EMI boxed set The Band: A Musical History, see 2005.


Vinyl and Tape Releases (1974)

Vinyl and tape releases were originally on Asylum in the USA, with worldwide releases sometimes on other labels such as Island or Elektra. In 1982 rights to release the set were purchased by Columbia, so vinyl and tape releases after that date are on Columbia, CBS or CBS/Sony (see the separate section below). There is a mystery concerning track 1 on Side 1, Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine). On the 1974 Asylum LP release labels where track times are given it's listed as 3:16, and many 1974 Asylum 7" singles worldwide have this 3:16 timing on the A-side. However, the two CD copies I own have the track at 4:15 and 4:18, and the 1974 US 7" singles show the track at 3:38, while the Canadian and Japanese 7" singles time it at 3:40. Are there actually two different vinyl versions of this track, with the 3:16 version being an edit? Stuart Moore has listed to all his UK and Australian vinyl and tape LP versions and all play at between 4:08 and 4:18 with the intro and audience clapping at the end seeming the same.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - test pressings for 2LP set, Asylum AB-201 (USA), May 1974:


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - test pressing 1 label scan by Arie de Reus (the others are the same)
The first test pressings were made by Sonic Recording Products, Inc, of Holbrook, Long Island, New York State. The track listings and all other text are handwritten, and there's no album title. Sides 2 and 4 have the name "Gilles Seinturier (London 74)". Side 3 has the name "Robin Denzelow". Robin Denselow (with an "s") is a well-known UK journalist and music writer, so it's possible this set was intended for him for review.

The second test pressings were made for Asylum by the Columbia Records pressing plant at Terre Haute, IN. The records are in plain white paper sleeves, each with a US letter sized sheet taped to it. The typed text says the disc is a label copy for Asylum Records, and includes the artist name, album title, track listings and track timings. The record labels are generic with no identifying text.


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - test pressing 3 label scan by Gerd Rundel (the others are the same)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - test pressing 1 typed information sheet taped to record sleeve 1 - scan by Arie de Reus


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - test pressing 1 typed information sheet taped to record sleeve 2 - scan by Arie de Reus


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - test pressing 2 Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - test pressing 2 Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - test pressing 2 Side 3 scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - test pressing 2 Side 4 scan by Hans Seegers

Gerd Rundel has a third test pressing made at the Columbia plant in Pitman, NJ, which comes in plain white sleeves. All the record labels are the same without text, but the labels are blue/green instead of white. Arie de Reus has a test pressing of Planet Waves with the same labels. The records have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB 201 A7 CP, Side 2 - AB 201 D7 CP, Side 3 - AB 201 B7 CP, Side 4 - AB 201 C7 CP. Each side also has “KENDUN” stamped.

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Arie de Reus for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - promo 2LP sets, Asylum AB-201 (USA), 20 Jun 1974:


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - front with sticker, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1 - "CP")

These white label promo sets have a regular commercial gatefold sleeve with a black/white round promo sticker with the words "PROMOTIONAL COPY - NOT FOR SALE" and an orange/white round promo sticker with the words:

TOUR '74
RECORDED LIVE IN CONCERT
2 RECORD SET
AB-201

The stickers are differently positioned on each copy shown.

Steven Fant has a sealed promo copy with this sticker and a second sticker which says "PROMOTIONAL RECORD FOR BROADCAST & REVIEW NOT FOR SALE". This copy also has a hole punched through the gatefold sleeve at top right.


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - sticker 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2, differently positioned on other variants)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - sticker 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2, differently positioned on other variants)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - front stickers scan by Steven Fant (sealed copy with hole punched through sleeve)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - inside of gatefold, scan by Gerd Rundel (all variants)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (variants 2 & 3)

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - rear with sticker, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1 - "CP")


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1 - "CP")


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1 - "CP")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1 - "CP")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1 - "CP")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1 - "CP")
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Asylum AB-201 (USA) - front with stickers, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2 - "CTH")


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2 - "CTH")


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2 - "CTH")
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Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2 - "CTH")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2 - "CTH")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2 - "CTH")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - front with stickers, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 3 - "CSM")


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 3 - "CSM")


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 3 - "CSM")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 3 - "CSM")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 3 - "CSM")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 3 - "CSM")

The records have Side 1 paired with Side 4 and Side 2 paired with Side 3 as The Basement Tapes for playing on a multi-changer record player. They have "KENDUN" stamped on each side and these copies have handwritten matrix numbers as follows:

Variant 1: Side 1 - AB-201-A-6 CP, Side 2 - AB-201-B6 CP, Side 3 - AB-201-C6-CP, Side 4 - AB-201-D6-CP  (the "CP" code shows the record was pressed at the Columbia pressing plant in Pitman, NJ).

Variant 2: Side 1 - T2 AB-201-A-4  CTH, Side 2 - T1 AB-201-B4  CTH, Side 3 - T2 AB-201-C-4  CTH, Side 4 - T2 AB-201-D4  CTH (the "CTH" code shows the record was pressed at the Columbia pressing plant in Terre Haute, IN).

Variant 3: Side 1 - AB-201-A2  CSM, Side 2 - AB-201-B3-CSM, Side 3 - AB-201-C2  CSM, Side 4 - AB-201-D3-CSM (the "CSM" code shows the record was pressed at the Columbia pressing plant in Santa Maria, CA).

(Like Planet Waves, this album was mastered at Kendun Recorders, Burbank, CA, founded by recording engineer Kent Duncan.)

Thanks to Ulf Gyllenspetz for information and to Gerd Rundel and Steven Fant for further information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - commercial 2LP sets, Asylum AB-201 (USA), 20 Jun 1974:


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - front with two stickers, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for scans of his copy of Asylum AB-201. The front has two stickers, of which the one in the top right is the same as the promo copies above. The records of this copy have Asylum "door in blue sky with clouds" labels. The records of all the copies illustrated are arranged as my UK copy below: Record 1: Sides 1 & 4, Record 2: Side 2 & 3. The records are in Asylum generic sleeves, both the same both sides. So far I have notified of seven different record label designs, from various pressing plants round the USA that pressed vinyl records for Asylum Records, the three above that pressed the promo copies, and four more.


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - inner sleeve scan by Gerd Rundel (same both sides)

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of front with two stickers, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (all copies)

1    Specialty Record Corp, Olyphant, PA:


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel ("SP")


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel ("SP", left of centre hole)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel ("SP", right of centre hole)

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel ("SP")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel ("SP")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel ("SP")

Jean-Pol's Side 1 label (coded "SP", not now shown) is from Specialty Record Corp, Olyphant, PA. Gerd Rundel has a copy with the same "SP" code on the record labels. This copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1: AB-201-A-SP, Side 2: AB-201-B-SP, Side 3: AB-201-C-SP, Side 4: AB-201-D-SP, plus “KENDUN” stamped on each side of both records.

2    Monarch Pressing Plant, Los Angeles, CA:


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Jeremy Mayle ("MON")

Jeremy Mayle's copy has a second label design with a "MON" code, and was pressed at the Monarch pressing plant, Los Angeles, CA. Side 1 has handwritten matrix number: AB-201-A8 MON KENDUN. Manuel García Jara has a copy with "MON" labels where the text to the right of the centre hole is aligned slightly differently: "(P) 1974 by Asylum Record" under "STEREO" is positioned slightly further to the left. This copy has matrix numbers: Side 1 - "AB-201-A8 MON KENDUN" plus "Δ19073(2)", Side 2 - "AB-201-B8 MON KENDUN" plus "Δ19073-X(2)", Side 3 - "AB-201-C8 MON KENDUN" plus "Δ19074(2)", Side 4 - "AB-201-D8 MON KENDUN" plus "Δ19074-X(1)".


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Jeremy Mayle ("MON", left of centre hole)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Jeremy Mayle ("MON", right of centre hole)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (second "MON" copy)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (second "MON" copy)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (second "MON" copy)

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (second "MON" copy)

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (second "MON" copy)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Jeremy Mayle ("MON")

3    Columbia Pressing Plant, Terre Haute, IN:


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel ("CTH")


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel ("CTH", left of centre hole)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel ("CTH", right of centre hole)

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel ("CTH")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel ("CTH")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel ("CTH")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (second "CTH" copy - same as first)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (second "CTH" copy)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel ("CTH")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (second "CTH" copy)

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (second "CTH" copy)

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (second "CTH" copy)

Gerd Rundel has a second copy with the same sleeve without the stickers but with a third record label design, this time with code "CTH" (Terre Haute, IN). The records of this copy have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB-201-A-4  CTH, Side 2 - AB-201-B4  CTH, Side 3 - AB-201-C-4  CTH, Side 4 - AB-201-D4  CTH, plus “KENDUN” stamped on each side of each record. Manuel García Jara has a copy with "CTH" labels where the text to the right of the centre hole is aligned differently on Sides 2-4: "(AB-201-B/C/D-CTH" above "STEREO" is positioned further to the left. This copy has matrix numbers: Side 1 - T2 AB-201-A-4 CTH KENDUN, Side 2 - T1 AB-201-AB4 CTH KENDUN, Side 3 - T1 AB-201-C-4 CTH KENDUN, Side 4 - T2 AB-201-D4 CP (crossed out) CTH KENDUN.

4    Columbia Pressing Plant, Pitman, NJ:


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel ("CP" - correct, see below)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel ("CP", left of centre hole)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel ("CP", right of centre hole)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel ("CP")


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel ("CP")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel ("CP")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (incorrect label from Asylum 7E-1006, "CP")

Gerd Rundel has two more copies with the same sleeve without the stickers but a fourth record label design, this time with code "CP" (Pitman, NJ). Side 1 of one of the copies has an incorrect label from The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band, Asylum 7E-1006 (1974, released on CD in 2002 as Wounded Bird Records 1006), but plays the correct Dylan tracks. The records of this copy have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB-201-A-6  CP, Side 2 - AB-201-B6  CP, Side 3 - AB-201-C-7-CP, Side 4 - AB-201-D7-CP, plus “KENDUN” stamped on each side of each record.


Asylum 7E-1006 (USA) - picture from amazon.com

5    Columbia Pressing Plant, Santa Maria, CA:


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel ("CSM")


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel ("CSM", left of centre hole)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel ("CSM", right of centre hole)

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel ("CSM")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel ("CSM")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel ("CSM")

Gerd Rundel has a further copy with the same sleeve without the stickers but a fifth record label design, this time with code "CSM" (Santa Maria, CA). The labels also have the total playing time per side printed to the left of the centre hole. The records of this copy have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB-201-A-2  CSM, Side 2 - AB-201-B-3-CSM, Side 3 - AB-201-C-2  CSM, Side 4 - AB-201-D-2  CSM, plus “KENDUN” stamped on each side of each record.

6    RCA Pressing Plant, Hollywood, CA:


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel ("RCAH")


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel ("RCAH", left of centre hole)

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel ("RCAH", right of centre hole)


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel ("RCAH")


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel ("RCAH")


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel ("RCAH")

Mick Robinson and Gerd Rundel have copies with a sixth record label design with pressing plant code "RCAH". the RCA pressing plant at Hollywood, CA. Gerd's copy does not have front stickers and the records have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB-201-A-10 RCAH, Side 2 - AB-201-B-10-RCAH, Side 3 - AB-201-C-10-RCAH, Side 4 - AB-201-D-10-RCAH. “KENDUN” is also stamped on each side of the records.

7    RCA Pressing Plant, Indianapolis, IN:


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel ("RCAI")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel ("RCAI", left of centre hole)

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel ("RCAI", right of centre hole)

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel ("RCAI")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel ("RCAI")

Asylum AB-201 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel ("RCAI")

Gerd Rundel has another copy with a seventh record label design with pressing plant code "RCAI", the RCA pressing plant at Indianapolis, IN. The gatefold sleeve is the same as for all other copies. The records have also Side 1 paired with Side 4 and Side 2 paired with Side 3. The copies shown have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB-201-A-12 RCAI, Side 2 - AB-201-B-12-RCAI, Side 3 - AB-201-C-12-RCAI, Side 4 - AB-201-D-12-RCAI. “KENDUN” is also stamped on each side. "KENDUN" means the album was mastered at Kendun Recorders, Burbank, CA.

Thanks to Mick Robinson, Jean-Pol Hiernaux, Jeremy Mayle, Gerd Rundel, Manuel García Jara and Ronald Born 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 release is on two separate tape cartridges, each in a light blue/dark blue slipcase with front and back cut-outs to display the cartridge. The tape cartridges are also dark blue with the same front picture and a single rear/end white label with black text. Unlike many 8-track releases, the original album running order is not changed, but instead Endless Highway, It’s All Right, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) and Highway 61 Revisited are split across programs. As the two Dylan tracks are rarities, they are listed in 1974.
Asylum AT-8201 (USA) - front of slipcase 2, scan by Manuel García Jara

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

Asylum AT-8201 (USA) - front of tape cartridge 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

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

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

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

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


Asylum AT-8201 (USA) - end of tape cartridge 1, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum AT-8201 (USA) - end of tape cartridge 2, scan by Manuel García Jara

The tracklisting of the two cartridges is:

Program 1-1: Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine); Lay, Lady, Lay; Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

Program 1-2: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; It Ain’t Me, Babe; Ballad Of A Thin Man

Program 1-3: Up On Cripple Creek; I Shall Be Released; Endless Highway (Part 1)

Program 1-4: Endless Highway (Part 2);The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down; Stage Fright

Program 2-1: Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right; Just Like A Woman; It’s All Right, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (Part 1)

Program 2-2: It’s All Right, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (Part 2); The Shape I’m In; When You Awake

Program 2-3: The Weight; All Along The Watchtower; Highway 61 Revisited (Part 1)

Program 2-4: Highway 61 Revisited (Part 2); Like A Rolling Stone; Blowin’ In The Wind

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - single stereo cassette release, Asylum AC-5201 (USA), 1974:


Asylum AC-5201 (USA) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel


Asylum AC-5201 (USA) - cassette Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


Asylum AC-5201 (USA) - cassette Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel


Asylum AC-5201 (USA) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel


Asylum AC-5201 (USA) - end of cassette case with sticker, scan by Gerd Rundel


Asylum AC-5201 (USA) - top of cassette with catalogue number, scan by Gerd Rundel

This is the first US cassette release of Before The Flood in 1974, unlike the 8-track release on one cassette only. The musicians and engineers are listed on the inside of the insert. The cassette is light grey with black text, there are no paper labels. It has Dolby noise reduction. The catalogue number “05201” is stamped in the top of the cassette. There is also a white Asylum sticker with purple text on the end of the black cassette case.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - commercial 2LP set, Asylum AB-201 (Barbados), 1974:


Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - front scan by Gerd Rundel

This very rare release looks like a US copy at first sight, with a standard gatefold sleeve, but it has a sticker with “This record made in Barbados by West Indies Records Ltd” on the rear sleeve and “Made in Barbados” on the Sides 2 and 4 labels. The record labels are white although it’s not a promo, and have the Pitman, NJ, pressing code ("CP", see above). The records have Sides 1 and 2 on Record 1 and Sides 3 and 4 on Record 2, not Sides 1/4 and Sides 2/3 as on other copies.

The records of the copy shown have handwritten matrix numbers also with the "CP" pressing code (Columbia Records, Pitman, NJ, as above): Side 1 - AB-201-A-7  CP, Side 2 - AB-201-B6  CP, Side 3 - AB-201-C6-CP, Side 4 - AB-201-D7-CP. “KENDUN” is also stamped on each side of the records.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel


Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel

Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel

Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel


Asylum AB-201 (USA) - promo Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1 - "CP")


Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel ("Printed in U.S.A.")


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - commercial 2LP sets, Asylum AB-201 (Canada), 1974, re-released mid-1970s (three times):


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)
These 2LP sets have the usual gatefold sleeve and were manufactured and distributed by WEA Music of Canada Ltd. The gatefold sleeves look identical apart from the fact that the second release sleeve has an Asylum Records copyright at bottom left of the rear, missing from the first copy (see the detail scans). The first release records have white labels with the second Asylum design. "STEREO" is printed to the left of the centre hole. Bizarrely, the second and third release records have the earlier Asylum "door in blue sky with clouds" design. "STEREO" is printed to the right of the centre hole above the side number. The text of the second release labels is in significantly bolder type than that of the third release, which dates from the mid to late 1970s. The records of all three copies shown have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB 201-A-1C, Side 2 - AB-201-Side 2-1A, Side 3 - AB-201-Side 3-1A, Side 4 - AB-201-Side 4-1A.
Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - detail of spine, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release - "STEREO" on left)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release - Asylum Records copyright missing)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Simon Blokker (first release variant - Asylum/Nonesuch Records copyright added on right)

Simon Blokker has a copy where the record labels are the first release as above, but on the rear sleeve there is not only a credit to Asylum Records but also to Nonesuch Records, missing from the second/third release sleeve below. A peculiarity of this copy is that it looks like the inner sleeve has never been glued to the outer sleeve. There is no sign whatever the two have ever been together. The records have matrix numbers as for the first release records above,, except that on Side 1 it has "2-AG:" and on the other three sides it has "2-G:" directly opposite the "normal" stamped text.


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (second release)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (second release)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (second release)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (second release)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (second release)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (second release - "STEREO on right)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (second release)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (second release)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (second release)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (second and third releases - Asylum Records copyright added on left)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (third release - "STEREO on right, different type face, fourth release is the same)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (fourth release)

There was a fourth Canadian release of Before The Flood, also probably dating from the mid 1970s. The bottom of the rear of the gatefold sleeve has different copyright text now including the WEA Music of Canada address in Scarborough, Ontario. The record labels are the same as those of the third release apart from longer circumference text now also including the WEA Music of Canada address. The records of the copy shown have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB-201-Side 1-1E-2G, Side 2 - AB-201-Side 2-1A, Side 3 - AB-201-Side 3-1A, Side 4 - AB-201-Side 4-1A.


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (fourth release)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (fourth release)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (third release - short circumference text)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (fourth release including WEA Music Canada address)

Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (fourth release)


Asylum AB-201 (Canada) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (fourth release - WEA Music of Canada address added)

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


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP set, Island IDBD 1 (UK), 20 Jun 1974, re-released mid-1970s, 1978:


Island IDBD 1 (UK) - front of gatefold sleeve (my copy, 1974 release)

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Island IDBD 1 (UK) - outside of gatefold sleeve (my copy)

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Island IDBD 1 (UK) - inside of gatefold sleeve (all releases)


Island IDBD 1 (UK) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve (1974 release, printed in USA)

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Island IDBD 1 (UK) - Side 1 (1974 release)

Island IDBD 1 (UK) - detail of Side 1 (1974 release)

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Island IDBD 1 (UK) - Side 2 (1974 release)

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Island IDBD 1 (UK) - Side 3 (1974 release)


Island IDBD 1 (UK) - detail of Side 3 (1974 release)

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Island IDBD 1 (UK) - Side 4 (1974 release)


Island IDBD 1 (UK) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve (1974 release, printed in USA)

Like the original release of Planet Waves, this album was released in the UK by Island Records, licensed from Asylum Records Inc. The sleeve of my 1974 copy has the words "Printed in USA" on the back, so was imported from America. Thanks to Lars M. Banke for pointing this out.

The records of my copy have plain white paper inner sleeves and white Island "Caribbean island" labels with matrix numbers: Side 1 - #-DBD-1-A-SON (handwritten), KENDUN (stamped), K-6779 (handwritten), Side 2 - DBD-1-B-1 SON (handwritten), KENDUN (stamped), K-6784 (handwritten), Side 3 - DBD-1-C-1 SON (handwritten), KENDUN (stamped), K-6785 (handwritten), Side 4 - DBD-1-D SON (handwritten), KENDUN (stamped), K-6782 (handwritten).

I previously thought that the records themselves were pressed in the UK, so thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin and Ronald Born for information that "KENDUN" in the matrix numbers means they were mastered by Kendun Recorders of Burbank, CA, and the handwritten "SON" means that the records were pressed at Sonic Recording Products in Long Island, NY, for the UK market because of a shortage of vinyl in the UK at the time, although the labels must have been printed in the UK.


Island IDBD 1 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (mid-1970s release)
Tom Willems and Lars M. Banke have copies of IDBD 1 with similar sleeves but completely different Island labels as shown. These were subsequent reissues of the album in the mid-1970s and 1978, before the album was transferred to Columbia in 1982. Manuel García Jara has a mid-1970s copy with the yellow/orange labels with matrix numbers: Side 1 - I-7 IDBD 1A  EG, Side 2 - I-9 IDBD 1A  EG, Side 3 - 5 IDBD 1C  EG, Side 4 - I-9 IDBD 1D  EG. It has the same gatefold sleeve as mine, printed in the USA, but the records must have been pressed in the UK.
Island IDBD 1 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (mid-1970s release)

Island IDBD 1 (UK) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (mid-1970s release)


Island IDBD 1 (UK) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (mid-1970s release)

Ronald Born dates this release as 1975-76, because this label style was short-lived, and agrees the records were pressed in the UK. EG Records was a company founded in 1969 by David Enthoven and John Gaydon that was eventually bought by Virgin Records. At this time EG Records were distributed by Island Records.


Island IDBD 1 (UK) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)


Island IDBD 1 (UK) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)


Island IDBD 1 (UK) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release, printed in UK)

Island IDBD 1 (UK) - front of inner sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)


Island IDBD 1 (UK) - rear of inner sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

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Island BDD 1 (UK) - Side 1 (Side 1 of set), scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)


Island BDD 1 (UK) - detail of Side 1 (Side 1 of set), scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)


Island BDD 1 (UK) - Side 2 (Side 2 of set), scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)


Island BDD 2 (UK) - Side 1 (Side 3 of set), scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)


Island BDD 2 (UK) - detail of Side 1 (Side 3), scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)


Island BDD 2 (UK) - Side 2 (Side 4 of set), scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)


Island IDBD 1 (UK) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release, printed in UK)

Manuel García Jara's 1978 copy has a sleeve that was printed in the UK by EMI Records Ltd. The records are numbered BDD 1 and BDD 2 and have a third style of record label. The labels also have "EMI Records Ltd.". The Side 2/Side 4 labels are noticeably darker than the Side 1/Side 3 labels. The records are in generic Island inner sleeves with illustrations of contemporary Island UK albums. The records of Manuel's 1978 copy have matrix numbers: Side 1 - DBD 1-A-2 (handwritten) KENDUN (stamped) BDD 1-A-2U (stamped), Side 2 - DBD 2-BB (handwritten, but crossed out!) KENDUN (stamped) BDD 1-B-3U (stamped), Side 3 - DBD 4-C-RE (handwritten) KENDUN (stamped) BDD 2-A-2U (stamped), Side 1 - DBD 4-D-2 (handwritten) KENDUN (stamped) BDD 2-B-2U (stamped). These too were mastered by Kendun Recorders of Burbank, CA. The matrix numbers this time indicate the records were pressed in the UK by EMI - the "U" in each matrix number means that this was a pressing not included in the EMI Records catalogue (information from Ronald Born).

Thanks to Lars M. Banke, Tom Willems, Manuel García Jara and Ronald Born for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - "Doubleplay" 8-track cartridge release, Island Y8 BD 1 (USA for UK), 1974:


Island Y8 BD 1 (USA for UK) - front of slipcase scan by Manuel García Jara ("Made in U.S.A.")
This release on a single "Doubleplay" 8-track cartridge has a black cartridge with monochrome artwork on the front label, which folds over the end. It comes in a black slipcase which also has monochrome artwork.

The text on the rear of the slipcase says the tape cartridge was made in the USA by Warner Bros Records Inc. Stuart Moore's copy was actually bought in Australia, but must have been imported from the UK since the regular 1974 Australian releases were, like the US releases, on Asylum Records (see below).


Island Y8 BD 1 (USA for UK) - rear of slipcase scan by Manuel García Jara ("Made in U.S.A.")

Island Y8 BD 1 (USA for UK) - front of cartridge, scan by Stuart Moore


Island Y8 BD 1 (USA for UK) - detail of rear of slipcase, scan by Manuel García Jara ("Made in U.S.A.")


Island Y8 BD 1 (USA for UK) - reverse of cartridge, scan by Stuart Moore


Island Y8 BD 1 (USA for UK) - end of cartridge, scan by Stuart Moore

The tracks are divided into four "programs", as listed on the rear cartridge label. The running order is completely different from the US 8-track release above, mixing up the Dylan and Band tracks, but no tracks are now split across programs.

Program 1: Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine); Lay, Lady, Lay; Rainy Day Women #12 & 35; The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down; It Ain’t Me, Babe; Ballad Of A Thin Man

Program 2: Up On Cripple Creek; I Shall Be Released; Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; Endless Highway; Stage Fright

Program 3: Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right; Just Like A Woman; The Shape I’m In; It’s All Right, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding); When You Awake

Program 4: The Weight; All Along The Watchtower; Like A Rolling Stone; Highway 61 Revisited; Blowin’ In The Wind

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


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - "Double Play" stereo cassette release, Island ZCBD 1 (UK), 1974:


Island ZCBD 1 (UK) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel (first release, reverse is blank - front text centred)
Thanks to Stuart Moore for finding this single cassette release on discogs.com. This is in fact a later release as the insert of the first release has several differences as shown below. Both Gerd Rundel and Manuel García Jara sent in scans; their first release cassette inserts are identical, but Manuel's cassette has "MADE IN ENGLAND" on both sides of the case, present on Side 2 only of Gerd's cassette. The cassette is black, with pink Island labels and black text. Scans of the second release cassette required!

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


Island ZCBD 1 (UK) - detail of outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel (first release)

Island ZCBD 1 (UK) - detail of outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel (first release)

Island ZCBD 1 (UK) - cassette Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (first release)

Island ZCBD 1 (UK) - cassette Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (first release)

Island ZCBD 1 (UK) - detail picture from discogs.com (later release - different Island logo)

Island ZCBD 1 (UK) - detail picture from discogs.com (later release)

Island ZCBD 1 (UK) - picture from discogs.com (later release - front text left aligned)

Island ZCBD 1 (UK) - detail of alternate cassette Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release - "MADE IN ENGLAND", only present on Gerd's Side 2)

Island ZCBD 1 (UK) - alternate cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP promo and commercial releases, Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany/NL/France), 20 Jun 1974:


Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany/West Germany for NL) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial releases)


Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany for NL) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial release)


Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and first commercial releases - no "LC|2648" capsule)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - inner sleeve front scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)


Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany) - detail of rear (bottom right), scan by Patrick Helfrich (second and third commercial releases - this is missing on the promo and first commercial releases)


Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany for NL) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and all commercial releases)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - inner sleeve rear scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)

Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany) - detail of rear (top right), scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release - "A" plus French catalogue number)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 1 scan by Ronald Born (first commercial release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan by Ronald Born (first commercial release - no "LC|2648" capsule)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (second and third commercial releases - with "LC|2648" capsule)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 2 scan by Ronald Born (first commercial release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 3 scan by Ronald Born (first commercial release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 4 scan by Ronald Born (first commercial release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (second commercial release)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (first and second commercial releases - shorter circumference text in English only)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan by Patrick Helfrich (third commercial release - longer circumference text in English and German)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (second commercial release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (second commercial release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (second commercial release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (alternate second commercial release)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (second commercial release - circumference text reaches to the centre hole)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (alternate second commercial release - circumference text reaches to "BEFORE THE FLOOD" only)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke (alternate second commercial release)


Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany) - detail of rear (top right), scan by Patrick Helfrich (second commercial release - "A")


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan by Patrick Helfrich (third commercial release - circumference text reaches above "SIDE ONE")


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan from www.discogs.com (alternate third commercial release - circumference text reaches to "BOB DYLAN/THE BAND" only)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 3 scan by Lars M. Banke (alternate second commercial release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 4 scan by Lars M. Banke (alternate second commercial release)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 1 scan by Patrick Helfrich (third commercial release)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - detail of Side 1, scan by Patrick Helfrich ("GEMA" - all commercial releases are similar)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 2 scan by Patrick Helfrich (third commercial release)


Asylum AS 63 000-2 (West Germany) - Side 3 scan by Patrick Helfrich (third commercial release)


Asylum AS 63 000-2 (West Germany) - Side 4 scan by Patrick Helfrich (third commercial release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - inner sleeve front scan from www.discogs.com (alternate third commercial release)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - inner sleeve rear scan from www.discogs.com (alternate third commercial release)


Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 1 scan from www.discogs.com (alternate third commercial release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 2 scan from www.discogs.com (alternate third commercial release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 3 scan from www.discogs.com (alternate third commercial release)

Asylum AS 63 000-1 (West Germany) - Side 4 scan from www.discogs.com (alternate third commercial release)


Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany) - detail of rear (bottom centre), scan by Patrick Helfrich (promo and all commercial releases)


Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany for NL) - detail of rear (bottom centre), scan by Manuel García Jara

The West German gatefold sleeve looks like the UK release except for the details shown. The record sides are numbered AS 63 000-1 and AS 63 000-2 respectively with "Side One" and "Side Two" on both records. They have the logo of the German copyright organisation "GEMA". The rare German promo copy shown has additional text "France: WE 332" on the rear of the gatefold sleeve. (Lars M. Banke tells me that this French text also appears on commercial copies of the third release above.) This copy has white Asylum labels with promo text in German, French and English. The copyright text round the circumference is on two lines in English only. The records of this German promo copy have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - WEA AB-201-A PF, Side 2 - WEA AB-201-B PF, Side 3 - WEA AB-201-C PF, Side 4 - WEA AB-201-D 63000 D PF plus "Manufactured in Germany" stamped on all four sides. Each record is in the generic Asylum/Elektra inner sleeve shown with details of contemporary releases.

Ronald Born's copy is the first commercial release of this album in Germany. It still came without the "LC|2648" number in a capsule on the labels and the rear sleeve! "LC" numbers were introduced in Germany in 1974 and used for all later releases. The copyright text in the circumference of the record labels is the same as for the promo edition with white labels, on two lines and in English only. The records of this copy have the same matrix numbers as Manuel's promo copy.

The second German commercial release shown comes in a similar gatefold sleeve and inner sleeves as the promo release, and the records have the same matrix numbers. It now has the "LC|2648" number in a capsule at the right bottom corner of the rear sleeve, where the UK sleeve shows the Asylum logo (see above). The copyright text in the circumference of the record labels is again the same as for the promo edition with white labels and the first commercial release, on two lines and in English only. The labels of Lars M. Banke's copy have smaller circumference text that leaves gaps on both sides of the centre hole, reaching to "BEFORE THE FLOOD" only.

The records of the third German commercial copy shown have similar Asylum labels, but different longer copyright text round the circumference, now in German as well as English, ending high on both sides, level with the Side number. The records of the copy shown have stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - WEA AB-201-A, Side 2 - WEA AB-201-B, Side 3 - WEA AB-201-C, Side 4 - WEA AB-201-D 63000 D. The labels of the copy found on www.discogs.com by Lars M. Banke have circumference text which ends at the centre of the label, level with "BOB DYLAN/THE BAND".


Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany for NL) - detail of rear (top right), scan by Manuel García Jara ("Y")

The West German album was also sold in Holland, but there was also a Dutch release with the West German sleeve and Dutch records. The gatefold sleeve has a "Y" at rear top right, missing from German copies.


Asylum AS 63 000 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum AS 63 000 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara ("STEMRA" at bottom of labels)


Asylum AS 63 000 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum AS 63 000 (NL) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum AS 63 000 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (single line of circumference text - English only)

Asylum AS 63 000 (NL) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany for NL) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke

Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany for NL) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke

Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany for NL) - Side 3 scan by Lars M. Banke

Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany for NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke ("STEMRA" left of centre hole, two lines of circumference text - English and German)

Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany for NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke ("MADE IN GERMANY")

Asylum AS 63 000 (West Germany for NL) - Side 4 scan by Lars M. Banke

The records are numbered Side 1 to Side 4 and have the logo of the Dutch copyright organisation "STEMRA". The records of Manuel's Dutch copy shown have "STEMRA" at the bottom of the labels and a single line of circumference text in English only. These records have matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB 201 A IIHM 22739-1-4, Side 2 - AB 201 B IIHM 22740-1-4, Side 3 - AB 201 C IIHM 22741-1-4, Side 4 - AB 201 D IIHM 22742-1-4. The records of Lars M. Banke's copy have different labels, similar to the German third release labels above, but with "STEMRA" instead of "GEMA" to the left of the centre hole. These labels have two lines of circumference text, in English and German, including "MADE IN GERMANY".

Thanks to Patrick Helfrich, Manuel García Jara, Ronald Born and Lars M. Banke for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - "Double Play" single cassette releases, Asylum AS 463 000 0 (West Germany), 1975:


Asylum AS 463 000 0 (West Germany) - cassette front scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

These "Double Play" cassettes were made in West Germany and have absolutely minimal artwork as the inside of the insert is blank. The first release insert has a sticker with "I" on the spine, missing from the second release insert. The cassette case is salmon pink plastic. The first release cassette is salmon pink with light blue paper labels.

The second release cassette is light grey with light blue paper labels with different black text.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Asylum AS 463 000 0 (West Germany) - cassette rear scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum AS 463 000 0 (West Germany) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release - inside is blank)


Asylum AS 463 000 0 (West Germany) - detail of outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release - "I" sticker)


Asylum AS 463 000 0 (West Germany) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum AS 463 000 0 (West Germany) - detail of cassette Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum AS 463 000 0 (West Germany) - cassette Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum AS 463 000 0 (West Germany) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (second release - inside is blank)


Asylum AS 463 000 0 (West Germany) - detail of outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (second release - no sticker)


Asylum AS 463 000 0 (West Germany) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (second release)

Asylum AS 463 000 0 (West Germany) - detail of cassette Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (second release)

Asylum AS 463 000 0 (West Germany) - cassette Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (second release)

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP set, Asylum 63 000 (France), 1974, re-released 1978:

Asylum 63 000 (France), 1974:


Asylum 63 000 (France) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1974 release)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1974 release)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1974 and 1978 releases)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - detail of rear (top right), scan by Manuel García Jara (1974 and 1978 releases)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - detail of rear (centre bottom), scan by Manuel García Jara (1974 release, "AB-201" partially obscured)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1974 release)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1974 release)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1974 release)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (1974 release)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (1974 release)


Asylum 63 000 (France) - detail of rear (centre bottom), scan by Manuel García Jara (1974 release)

Although the German promo copy above may have been intended for distribution in France, there was also a separate French release. This 2LP set was made by Asylum Records, distributed in France by WEA/Filipacchi Music and printed by Offset France. It has the standard gatefold sleeve. Although this release has the usual European catalogue number (63 000), the rear of the outer sleeve has the US catalogue number (AB-201) at top right corner and above the Asylum logo (almost unreadable). The records have Asylum labels with the "door in blue sky with clouds" design with the logo of the "SACEM" French copyright organisation. It's All Right, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) on Side 3 is misspelled as "It's Allright, Ma" and All Along The Watchtower on Side 4 is misspelled "All Along The Watchtover". The records of the copy shown have matrix numbers: Side 1 - MPO WEA 63000-A, Side 2 - MPO WEA 63000-B2, Side 3 - MPO  63000-C, Side 4 - MPO  63000-D. They were presumably pressed at MPO International, Averton, France. "MPO" is "Moularges et Plastiques de l'Ouest [Western Mouldings & Plastics]".

Asylum 63 000 (France), 1978:


Asylum 63 000 (France) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)
This French reissue is essentially identical to the original release of 1974. It has the same gatefold sleeve, the same record matrix numbers and almost identical record labels. Even the two record label mistakes of the first edition "It's Allright, Ma" on Side 3 and "All Along The Watchtover" on Side 4 are repeated in this reissue. There is now a front sticker with the text "PRIX SPECIAL 2 disques pour le prix d'1 [SPECIAL PRICE 2 records for the price of 1" plus "K" in a circle (a price code). The most noticeable differences are on the record labels: there is less space between the word "Stereo" and the "SACEM" logo to the right of the centre hole; also the circumference text is now in French and in capital letters, while the text of the original release was in English and in upper/lower case letters.


Asylum 63 000 (France) - unfolded outside of gatefold sleeve with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)


Asylum 63 000 (France) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

Asylum 63 000 (France) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)


Asylum 63 000 (France) - detail of rear (centre bottom), scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release, "AB-201" still partially obscured)

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP set, Asylum W 63000 (Italy), Jun 1974:


Asylum W 63000 (Italy) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum W 63000 (Italy) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum W 63000 (Italy) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum W 63000 (Italy) - detail of rear (top right), scan by Manuel García Jara (no text as on other releases above and below)

Asylum W 63000 (Italy) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum W 63000 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum W 63000 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum W 63000 (Italy) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum W 63000 (Italy) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum W 63000 (Italy) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum W 63000 (Italy) - detail of rear (centre bottom), scan by Manuel García Jara

This double album has the standard gatefold sleeve. The copyright text at bottom of the rear sleeve is slightly damaged due to removal of a sticker, but it is still readable: "(P) & (C) 1974 Asylum Records. Made in Italy by "WEA Italiana. Distribuzione Messaggeria Musicali Milano A Division Of Warner Communications Inc". The record labels have the "door in blue sky and clouds" Asylum design, with "Rainy Day Woman..." instead of "...Women..." on the Side 1 record label. The Side 1 and Side 3 record labels have red "SIAE" stamps of the Italian copyright organisation. The records of the copy shown have matrix numbers: Side 1 - 59 W 201-1L, Side 2 - 59 W 201-2L, Side 3 - 59 W 201-3L, Side 4 - 59 W 201-4L.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood Part 1" - 8-track stereo cartridge release, Asylum K 63000 (Italy), Jun 1974:


Asylum K 63000 (Italy) - front of tape cartridge 1, scan by Manuel García Jara
The two cartridges of this Italian set were sold separately and no copy of Part 2 has yet surfaced! The copy shown is still sealed and has a yellow label over the end. The cartridge itself is brown. The tracks are divided into four "programs", as listed on the rear cartridge label. The running order is completely different from the US 8-track two cartridge release, mixing up the Dylan and Band tracks, but no tracks are now split across programs:

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Asylum K 63000 (Italy) - rear of tape cartridge 1, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum K 63000 (Italy) - end of tape cartridge 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP set, Asylum/Hispavox 500-95/96 (Spain), 1974:


Asylum/Hispavox 500-95/96 (Spain) - front with stickers, scan by Manuel García Jara
This gatefold sleeve uses the worldwide design, although with an added reference tab or languette ("lengüeta" in Spanish) on the outside of the gatefold sleeve, similar to that found on many French releases. The catalogue number is also printed on the front of the sleeve.
Asylum/Hispavox 500-95/96 (Spain) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Hispavox 500-95/96 (Spain) - outside of gatefold sleeve with stickers and lengüeta at left, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Hispavox 500-95/96 (Spain) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Hispavox 500-95/96 (Spain) - detail of front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Hispavox 500-95/96 (Spain) - detail of lengüeta, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Hispavox 500-95/96 (Spain) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Hispavox 500-95 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Hispavox 500-95 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara ("RAINT")


Asylum/Hispavox 500-95 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Hispavox 500-95 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Patrick Helfrich


Asylum/Hispavox 500-96 (Spain) - Side 3 scan by Patrick Helfrich


Asylum/Hispavox 500-96 (Spain) - Side 4 scan by Patrick Helfrich


Asylum/Hispavox 500-95/96 (Spain) - detail of rear (bottom centre), scan by Patrick Helfrich

The album was manufactured in Spain by Hispavox S.A., Madrid, for Asylum Records. The copy shown of the first release has two front stickers, one with a special price of 550 pesetas (about €3.30) and the other with the text "Lo Mejor de Bob Dylan en Directo [The Best of Bob Dylan Live]". The records have Asylum labels with the blue sky/white clouds design and are individually numbered 500-95 and 500-96. The song titles are in English and Spanish (although Lay, Lady, Lay is not translated). Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 on Side 1 has a strange character at the end of "RAINY" - as can be seen from the detail scan, it's somewhere between a "T" and a "Y"!

This album has one unique feature: all other worldwide releases of this album have the sides distributed as either Record 1 - Sides 1 and 4, Record 2 - Sides 2 and 3 (for a multidisc autochanger record player), or Record 1 - Sides 1 and 2, Record 2 - Sides 3 and 4 (for a single disc record player). This Spanish release has the rarest combination of all: Record 1 - Sides 1 and 3, Record 2 - Sides 2 and 4!

Thanks to Manuel García Jara and Patrick Helfrich for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2 cassette set, Asylum/Hispavox 600 47/48 (Spain), 1974:


Asylum/Hispavox 600 47 (Spain) - outside of cassette insert 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Hispavox 600 47/48 (Spain) - inside of both cassette inserts, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Hispavox 600 47 (Spain) - cassette 1 Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Hispavox 600 47 (Spain) - cassette 1 Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Hispavox 600 48 (Spain) - outside of cassette insert 2, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Hispavox 600 47/48 (Spain) - detail of inside of both cassette inserts, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Hispavox 600 48 (Spain) - cassette 2 Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Hispavox 600 48 (Spain) - cassette 2 Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

This very rare set was made, distributed and printed by Hispavox S.A. of Madrid on behalf of Asylum Records. The two cassettes are packaged separately and separately numbered "600 47" and "600 48" but were only sold as a set. The inside of each insert is the same and lists other Asylum Spain cassette releases. As usual with Hispavox tape releases, these cassettes have dark blue paper labels with silver text. The cassette labels have song titles in English whereas on the inserts the titles have also been translated into Spanish. There are some misprints: "I Shall Be Release" (not "Released"), "Blowin In The Wind" (not "Blowin'") and, like the vinyl edition, "Raint Day Women" (only the cassette label, the insert is correct with "Rainy", but both the insert and the cassette label omit the "#12 & 35").

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP set reissue, Asylum/Hispavox 500-95/96 (Spain), 1978:


Asylum/Hispavox 500-95/96 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

Asylum/Hispavox 500-95/96 (Spain) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

Asylum/Hispavox 500-95 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

Asylum/Hispavox 500-95 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

Asylum/Hispavox 500-96 (Spain) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)

Asylum/Hispavox 500-96 (Spain) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 release)


Asylum/Hispavox 500-95/96 (Spain) - gold spine scan by Manuel García Jara (1978 single sleeve release)

This is the rarest Spanish release of this album. Although the sleeve and record labels still have 1974 as the date of release, this set was actually released in 1978, after the success in Spain of The Last Waltz (also released in Spain by Hispavox, for the 3LP set and movie, see 1978 and VHS & DVD 1970s). The most noticeable difference from the 1974 release is the sleeve: this album has a wide single sleeve with a unique golden spine, not a gatefold sleeve, the only Asylum release known like this. The inside photos are therefore missing. Although the 1982 and 1986 CBS Spanish releases reverted to a gatefold sleeve, the 1989 CBS and 1990s CBS/Sony Spanish releases below have similar packaging. The front sleeve still has the catalogue number at top right. The record labels are almost identical to those of the 1974 release, with the same rare distribution of sides and with the mistake "Raint Day Women". There are slight differences in the position of text to left and right of the centre hole and the matrix numbers, which are for this copy: Side 1 - 500-95-S-A-2, Side 2 - 500-95-S-B-2, Side 3 - 500-96-S-A-1, Side 4 - 500-96-S-B-2.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP set, Asylum 0443/4 (Greece), 1974:


Asylum 0443/4 (Greece) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum 0443/4 (Greece) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum 0443/4 (Greece) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum 0443/4 (Greece) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum 0443/4 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum 0443/4 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum 0443/4 (Greece) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve top left, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum 0443/4 (Greece) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve bottom right, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum 0443 (Greece) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara ("Ltd." obscured - Side 3 is the same)

Asylum 0443 (Greece) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum 0443 (Greece) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum 0444 (Greece) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum 0444 (Greece) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum 0443 (Greece) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara ("Ltd." visible - Side 4 is the same)

This is the most unusual release of this album worldwide, with the rear of the gatefold sleeve in light orange instead of brown. The inside of the gatefold sleeve is just as unusual in having a purple border instead of brown with the words "BOB DYLAN/THE BAND" at the top. The album was made in Greece by C.G.C.G. Ltd., and the records have the "door in blue sky and clouds" Asylum labels. The sides are numbered: "443 Side One A", 443 Side Two B", "444 Side One C" and "444 Side Two D". The "Ltd." in "C.G.C.G. Ltd." is obscured on Side 1 and 3. The records of the copy shown have matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB-201-A7-CP, Side 2 - AB-201-B6-CP, Side 3 - AB-201-C6-CP, Side 4 - AB-201-D6-CP. "KENDUN" is also stamped on all four sides.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP set, Asylum/Suzy Records AS 63000 (Yugoslavia), 1974:


Asylum/Suzy Records AS 63000 (Yugoslavia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

This album was released in very limited quantities and is very rare. Like Planet Waves and the later CBS Yugoslav releases this album was made in Yugoslavia by Suzy Records of Zagreb (now Croatia) for Asylum Records using the German release as source. The outer sleeve printing is of very poor quality, especially the Yugoslav-specific text - the text which should read "Po licenci WEA-Suzy produkcija gramofonskih ploca Zagreb" is hardly visible. The records were pressed in Yugoslavia by Jugoton, also of Zagreb, and the record labels are the blue/white clouds Asylum design. The labels have the logo of the "SAKOJ" Yugoslav copyright organisation. The artists' organisation "SAKOJ" (Union of Composers of Yugoslavia) became "SOKOJ" (Federation of Organisations of Composers of Yugoslavia) in 1976, which appears on the labels of Dylan releases after that date. The matrix numbers of the copy shown are: Side 1 - WEA AB-201-A PF, Side 2 - WEA AB-201-B PF, Side 3 - WEA AB-201-C PF, Side 4 - WEA AB-201-D PF.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Asylum/Suzy Records AS 63000 (Yugoslavia) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Suzy Records AS 63000 (Yugoslavia) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Suzy Records AS 63000 (Yugoslavia) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Suzy Records AS 63000 (Yugoslavia) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Suzy Records AS 63000 (Yugoslavia) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Suzy Records AS 63000 (Yugoslavia) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Suzy Records AS 63000 (Yugoslavia) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Suzy Records AS 63000 (Yugoslavia) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Suzy Records AS 63000 (Yugoslavia) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood Part 2" - stereo cassette release, record company? RC 2825 (Poland), 1974?:


Picture from eBay
Thanks to Wiebke Dittmer for notifying me of this cassette for sale on eBay, the second part of a two cassette set. Thanks also to Hans Seegers for information it's a pirate release from Poland, so it's listed in Questionable Releases.

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP set, Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey), Jun 1974:


Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
This very rare release was made in Turkey by Melodi Plâk [Melodi Records] for Warner Brothers. Like the Turkish release of Planet Waves it has the same catalogue number as the German album and it also has the “GEMA” logo on the record labels, to the left of the centre hole. The gatefold sleeve is the usual with Turkish copyright text in small white letters at bottom rear. The record labels are dull green with black Warner Bros. logos. The labels of Record 1 have the text "(P) 1974 Asylum Records" as the bottom text line and "Türk Mali" (Made in Turkey) below the catalogue number to the right of the centre hole. The labels of Record 2 have "Türk Mali" above the catalogue number to the right of the centre hole and "(P) 1974 Asylum Records" (in smaller text) below. The records of this copy have matrix numbers: Side 1 - WEA AB-201-A2, Side 2 - WEA AB-201-B2, Side 3 - WEA AB-201-C1, Side 4 - WEA AB-201-D2.

For a Turkish Melodi Plâk 7" single of Bob Dylan/The Band - Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)/The Band - Stage Fright from Before The Flood, see International 7" Singles & EPs 1974.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara

Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey) - detail of Side 3, scan by Manuel García Jara

Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara


Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP set, Asylum AB-201 (Israel), Jun 1974:

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Asylum AB-201 (Israel) - front photo by Paul Prince

Ironically given Bob's change of record company, like the Israeli release of Planet Waves, this album was produced by CBS Records Israel on behalf of Asylum/Elektra Records. It does not have a gatefold sleeve, and the rear has a white border. There is a round printed coloured information sticker on the front with text "2 RECORDS/REGISTERED GOLD". The records have yellow Elektra labels with text "This is an Asylum Record" on each. They have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB–201-A2 CSM, Side 2 - AB–201-B6 CP, Side 3 - AB–201-C7 CP, Side 4 - AB–201-D6 CP plus "KENDUN" stamped on all sides. The "CSM" code on Side 1 denotes the Columbia US pressing plant at Santa Maria, CA, while the "CP" code on Sides 2-4 denotes the Columbia US pressing plant at Pitman, NJ, which must be from where the masters were sourced.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and to Paul Prince for photos and scans.

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Asylum AB-201 (Israel) - rear photo by Paul Prince

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Asylum AB-201 (Israel) - detail of rear, scan by Paul Prince (Asylum logo)

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Asylum AB-201 (Israel) - Side 1 scan by Paul Prince (Elektra labels)
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Asylum AB-201 (Israel) - Side 2 scan by Paul Prince
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Asylum AB-201 (Israel) - Side 3 scan by Paul Prince
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Asylum AB-201 (Israel) - Side 4 scan by Paul Prince

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP set, Asylum AB-201 (Lebanon), 1975:


Asylum AB-201 (Lebanon) - front scan by Hans Seegers
This album is incredibly rare - it and Planet Waves were the only Lebanese Dylan releases because Columbia/CBS had no pressing plant there. The album was manufactured in Lebanon by SLD (Société Libanaise du Disque S.A.L.) of Beirut on behalf of Asylum Records and the records have unique solid blue labels. It has a gatefold sleeve. The record matrix numbers are Side 1 - AB-201-A, Side 2 - AB-201-B, Side 3 - AB-201-C, Side 4 - AB-201-D.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Asylum AB-201 (Lebanon) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum AB-201 (Lebanon) - rear scan by Hans Seegers

Asylum AB-201 (Lebanon) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers

Asylum AB-201 (Lebanon) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers

Asylum AB-201 (Lebanon) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers

Asylum AB-201 (Lebanon) - Side 3 scan by Hans Seegers

Asylum AB-201 (Lebanon) - Side 4 scan by Hans Seegers

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP sets, Asylum AB-201 (South Africa/Rhodesia), Jun 1974:

Asylum AB-201 (South Africa):


Asylum AB-201 (South Africa/Rhodesia) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara
Planet Waves was released in South Africa by Elektra/Teal Records, but Before The Flood was released by Asylum itself. This very rare 2LP set with reddish-brown gatefold sleeve was made in South Africa by Asylum Records. It has the US catalogue number, AB-201.

The sleeve of the first copy shown was printed by Artone Press. The outer gatefold is very similar to the US release, but there are some important differences: "Printed in USA" has been blacked out from the copyright text on the rear sleeve, and the small logo of Artone Press is printed at bottom right. The spine of the gatefold sleeve is the widest of all the copies shown on this page! The inner gatefold sleeve is the usual design, but it has two folded-over flaps. The South African record labels have the blue sky and clouds with door Asylum design. The second copy shown owned by Lars M. Banke has a sleeve printed by Interpak where the Interpak logo is printed in the blacked-out rectangle at the bottom of the rear sleeve. The record labels are identical to the ones shown.


Asylum AB-201 (South Africa/Rhodesia) - rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Lars M. Banke ("Interpak" version)


Asylum AB-201 (South Africa/Rhodesia) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara ("Artone Press" version)


Asylum AB-201 (South Africa) - inside of gatefold sleeve with two folded-over flaps, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum AB-201 (South Africa/Rhodesia) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (printer details - "Artone Press" version)


Asylum AB-201 (South Africa) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum AB-201 (South Africa) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (compare with Rhodesian labels below - "SIDE 1" on left, speed "33,3")

Asylum AB-201 (South Africa) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum AB-201 (South Africa) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum AB-201 (South Africa) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum AB-201 (South Africa/Rhodesia) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara ("Printed in USA" blacked out)


Asylum AB-201 (South Africa/Rhodesia) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Lars M. Banke ("Printed in USA" now covered with "Interpak" logo)

Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia):


Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (first design - song titles centred)

Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (first design - speed "33
", text to right and left of "ASYLUM RECORDS" higher, "SIDE 1" on right)

Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (first design - song titles centred)


Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (first design - song titles left aligned)


Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (first design - song titles left aligned)

Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (second design - song titles centred)

Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (second design - text to right and left of "ASYLUM RECORDS" lower, "SIDE 1" on left, similar to South African design above except speed "33
", not "33,3")

Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (second design - song titles centred)


Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (second design - song titles left aligned)


Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (second design -  - song titles left aligned, text to right and left of "ASYLUM RECORDS" lowest of all four sides)

The album was sold in Rhodesia with the same sleeve but with different record labels. Unusually for Rhodesia there are two record label designs, and Manuel García Jara knows of a copy where Record 1 has labels of the first design and Record 2 has labels of the second! Both sets of Rhodesian record labels have the alternative Asylum design as on the New Zealand records below: the door logo is in a circle and the rest is plain white, not the blue sky and clouds design as on the South African labels above. On the second Rhodesian label design the text to the left and right of "ASYLUM RECORD" is lower than on the first (and much lower on Side 4), and also the side number is on the right on the first design, and on the left on the second design (like the South African labels). Arie de Reus has never seen a copy with the second design labels and suspects they may not be genuine. The name of The Band is omitted on all the South African and Rhodesian record labels even on Side 2 where only they play. The records of the South African and both Rhodesian copies shown all have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB 201 A/1 BS, Side 2 - AB 201 B/1 BS, Side 3 - AB 201 C/1 BS, Side 4 - AB 201 D/1 BS.


Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - Side 1 scan by Arie de Reus (alternate first design - song titles centred)
Both Gerd Rundel and Arie de Reus have submitted labels with the first design where the text elements are positioned slightly differently from the labels shown.
Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - Side 2 scan by Arie de Reus (alternate first design - song titles centred)

Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - Side 3 scan by Arie de Reus (alternate first design - song titles centred, not left aligned)

Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - Side 4 scan by Arie de Reus (alternate first design - song titles centred, not left aligned)

Asylum AB-201 (Rhodesia) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (second alternate first design - song titles centred, not left aligned, variable text lower than on Arie's Side 3 label)

On Sides 3 and 4 the song titles of both variants are centred, not left aligned as on the labels of both the first and second designs above.

 Thanks to Manuel García Jara, Lars M. Banke, Arie de Reus and Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP promo and commercial sets, Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan), 15 Jun 1974:


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan) - promo front with obi, scan by Hans Seegers

This 2LP set has an orange/white obi with price ¥3,400 and a unique Japanese 12" four-page booklet. The rear sleeve also has a price of ¥3,400 at bottom right. The promo release has records with white Asylum labels and a "sample" sticker on the front sleeve (for a large picture of this, see below). The inside of the gatefold sleeve is the same as for the US release. The regular Japanese release has "blue sky and clouds" design Asylum labels. The records of both the promo and commercial releases are separately numbered "P-5138Y" and "P-5139Y".

Thanks to Ulf Gyllenspetz, Hans Seegers and Sergio Mariano Romay for information and scans.


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan) - detail of obi front, scan by Hans Seegers ("P-5138Y~9Y")


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan) - detail of obi front, scan by Hans Seegers ("¥3,400")

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan) - obi scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan) - promo front scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan) - front "sample" sticker, scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan) - rear scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan) - detail of rear of booklet, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (P-6325Y~6Y is the same)


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan) - booklet front scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y (Japan) - promo Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y (Japan) - promo Side 2, scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5139Y (Japan) - promo Side 3, scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5139Y (Japan) - promo Side 4, scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y~9Y (Japan) - detail of front of booklet, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (P-6325Y~6Y is the same)


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y (Japan) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5138Y (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5139Y (Japan) - Side 3 scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5139Y (Japan) - detail of Side 3, scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-5139Y (Japan) - Side 4 scan by Hans Seegers


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP commercial set, Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y~6Y (Japan), late 1970s:


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y~6Y (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay
This 2LP set is a later release of the album in Japan with a new catalogue number. It again has an orange/white obi with price ¥4,000 and the same unique Japanese 12" four-page booklet as before.
Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y~6Y (Japan) - detail of obi front, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay ("P-6325Y~6Y")

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y~6Y (Japan) - detail of obi front, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay ("¥4,000")


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y~6Y (Japan) - obi front scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y~6Y (Japan) - obi rear scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y~6Y (Japan) - rear of gatefold sleeve scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y~6Y (Japan) - detail of front of booklet, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y~6Y (Japan) - detail of inside of booklet, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y~6Y (Japan) - detail of rear of booklet, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y (Japan) - detail of Side 1, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6326Y (Japan) - Side 3 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6326Y (Japan) - detail of Side 3, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6326Y (Japan) - Side 4 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-6325Y~6Y (Japan) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

The inside of the gatefold sleeve is again the same as for the US release. Both the sleeve and the booklet have the new catalogue number. The spine text is: “P-6325-6Y   BOB DYLAN / THE BAND – BEFORE THE FLOOD   (P) 1974 ASYLUM RECORDS   PRINTED IN JAPAN”. The records come in transparent plastic bags and again have "blue sky and clouds" design Asylum labels, with the new catalogue numbers. They are separately numbered "P-6325Y" and "P-6326Y". The copies shown have stamped matrix numbers: Side ONE - "P-6325Y1" "1  2-A-2"  "7S45", Side 2 - "P-6325Y2" "1-A-1", Side 2 - "P-6326Y1" "1-A-1" "7S45", Side 4 - "P-6326Y2" "1-A-2".

Thanks to Sergio Mariano Romay for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP set, Asylum AB 201 (Australia), Jun 1974:

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Asylum AB 201 (Australia) - front scan by Stuart Moore (1974 release)

The records of the 1974 2LP set also have blue Asylum cloud labels as above.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information and scans.


Asylum AB 201 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (1974 release)


Asylum AB 201 (Australia) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (1974 release)


Asylum AB 201 (Australia) - Side 3 scan by Stuart Moore (1974 release)


Asylum AB 201 (Australia) - Side 4 scan by Stuart Moore (1974 release)


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - stereo cassette release, Asylum J5E 201 (Australia), 1982:


Asylum J5E 201 (Australia) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Stuart Moore (inside is blank)

Asylum J5E 201 (Australia) - cassette Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore

Asylum J5E 201 (Australia) - cassette Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore

Asylum J5E 201 (Australia) - detail of cassette Side 2, scan by Stuart Moore

This double-play single cassette release has a folded insert, blank on the inside. The cassette is black with white paper labels. There is no date on either the insert or the cassette labels, but the new Asylum Records logo on both was not used before 1982. Also, there is no country of origin on either the insert or the cassette labels, but there is a boomerang emblem embossed into the cassette case on Side 2.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP set, Asylum AB 201 (New Zealand), Jun 1974:


Asylum AB 201 (New Zealand) - front scan by Bill Hester
This double album was made in New Zealand for Asylum by EMI (New Zealand) Ltd. The copy shown was bought at the Sound Seller store, Centrepoint Mall, Masterton (a town in the Wellington region of the North Island of New Zealand).
Asylum AB 201 (New Zealand) - detail of front, scan by Bill Hester

Asylum AB 201 (New Zealand) - rear scan by Bill Hester

Asylum AB 201 (New Zealand) - detail of rear, scan by Bill Hester

Asylum AB 201 (New Zealand) - detail of rear, scan by Bill Hester

Asylum AB 201/1 (New Zealand) - Side 1 scan by Bill Hester (Record 1, Side 1)

Asylum AB 201/1 (New Zealand) - detail of Side 1, scan by Bill Hester

Asylum AB 201/1 (New Zealand) - Side 2 scan by Bill Hester (Record 1, Side 2)

Asylum AB 201/2 (New Zealand) - Side 3 scan by Bill Hester (Record 2, Side 1)

Asylum AB 201/2 (New Zealand) - Side 4 scan by Bill Hester (Record 2, Side 2)

The rear sleeve has the catalogue number "2AE 201" although the records are numbered "AB 201/1" and "AB 202/2". The records have white Asylum labels.

Thanks to Bill Hester for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Antes del Diluvio [Before The Flood]" - 2LP sets, Asylum/Gamma GX -01-711/712 (Mexico), 1974; Asylum/Gamma GWEA 5001/2 (Mexico), 1975:

These rare Mexican releases of Before The Flood, like Planet Waves, were made in Mexico by Gamma S.A. for Asylum Records. Both gatefold sleeves have the Spanish text "Gira '74 - Grabado en concierto - Album de 2 discos [Tour of '74 - Recorded Live - 2LP Set]", printed on the front in a circle, not a sticker. As far as I can see there is no text on the spine. The rear of the gatefold sleeve is unique in that all text has been translated into Spanish: album title (Antes del Diluvio), tracklist and credits. Note that "Kendun Recorders - Mastering" is missing from the credits. The inner gatefold is as standard. The album title is missing from the labels and, like the South African and Rhodesian albums, only Bob Dylan is credited even on the side where Bob didn't play. This album was released in three Spanish-speaking countries: in Spain the album title was not translated; in Argentina the translation is "Antes de la Inundación" and in Mexico "Antes del Diluvio"; both translations are correct. (Curiously, Jackson Browne released also in 1974 on the Asylum label a great album, Late For The Sky that includes a track titled Before The Deluge.) The songs have been translated more or less correctly, except for Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, translated as "Días Lluviosos #12 & 35 [Rainy Days #12 & 35]".


Asylum/Gamma GX 01-711/712 (Mexico) - front scan by Lars M. Banke


Asylum/Gamma GX -01-711/712 (Mexico)/ Asylum/Gamma GWEA 5001/2 (Mexico) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara (printed - not a sticker)


Asylum/Gamma GWEA 5001/2 (Mexico) - front scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Gamma GX 01-711/712 (Mexico) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke

Asylum/Gamma GX 01-711/712 (Mexico) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke

Asylum/Gamma GX -01-711 (Mexico) - Record 1 Side 1 scan by Lars M.Banke (side 1)

Asylum/Gamma GX -01-711 (Mexico) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M.Banke

Asylum/Gamma GX -01-712 (Mexico) - Record 2 Side 1 scan by Lars M.Banke (side 2)

Asylum/Gamma GX -01-712 (Mexico) - Record 2 Side 2 scan by Lars M.Banke (side 3)

Asylum/Gamma GX -01-711 (Mexico) - Record 1 Side 2 scan by Lars M.Banke (side 4)

Lars M. Banke's copy was made by Gamma Records with catalogue number GX 01-711/712, and the record labels have the classic Asylum "door in blue sky and clouds" design, but in monochrome. Manuel García Jara says this was the first release. The gatefold sleeve is unique in that the records have to be put in from the top, not the outside edges as expected. The records are arranged: Record 1 - Sides 1/4, Record 2 - Sides 2/3 to play on an autochanger turntable (see comments for The Basement Tapes). The matrix numbers are: Record 1, Side 1 - CX 01 711 1 U (Side 1), Record 1, Side 2 - CX 01 711 4 U (Side 4), Record 2, Side 1 - CX 01 712 2 U (Side 2), Record 2, Side 2 - CX 01 712 3 U (Side 3).


Asylum/Gamma GWEA 5001/2 (Mexico) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Gamma GWEA 5001/2 (Mexico) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Gamma GWEA 5001/2 (Mexico) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Gamma GWEA 5001 (Mexico) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Gamma GWEA 5001 (Mexico) - Record 1 Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (side 1)

Asylum/Gamma GWEA 5002 (Mexico) - Record 2 Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (side 2)

Asylum/Gamma GWEA 5002 (Mexico) - Record 2 Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (side 3)


Asylum/Gamma GWEA 5001 (Mexico) - Record 1 Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (side 4)

Gamma Records changed their catalogue numbers and record labels in early 1975. The second release has catalogue number GWEA 5001/2 and the record labels are now in colour. The text layout of both sets of labels looks identical. The records of the copy shown are again arranged: Record 1 - Sides 1/4, Record 2 - Sides 2/3, as the copy above, and now have completely different matrix numbers: Record 1, Side 1 - GWEA 5001 1U (Side 1), Record 1, Side 2 - GWEA 5001 4U (Side 4), Record 2, Side 1 - GWEA 5002 2U (Side 2), Record 2, Side 2 - GWEA 5002 3U (Side 3).

Thanks to Manuel García Jara and Lars M. Banke for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2LP set, Asylum ASYLP 3-06-404-007/008 - 50.007/50.008 (Brazil), Jun 1974, re-released 1970s (twice):

1974 release:


Asylum ASYLP 50.007/50.008 (Brazil) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum ASYLP 50.007/50.008 (Brazil) - outside of gatefold sleeve with rear sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum ASYLP 50.007/50.008 (Brazil) - rear sticker scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum ASYLP 50.007/50.008 (Brazil) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum ASYLP 50.007 (Brazil) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum ASYLP 50.008 (Brazil) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum ASYLP 50.008 (Brazil) - detail of Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release - Record 2, Side 1)

Asylum ASYLP 50.008 (Brazil) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum ASYLP 50.008 (Brazil) - detail of Side 3, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release - Record 2, Side 2)

Asylum ASYLP 50.007 (Brazil) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

Asylum ASYLP 50.007 (Brazil) - detail of Side 4, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release - Record 1, Side 2)

The first Brazilian release was made and distributed by Gravaçoes Electricas (Discos Continental). The rear sleeve and inside gatefold are dark grey. Like many releases of this period, this album has Sides 1/4 on Record 1 (ASYLP 50.007), and Sides 2/3 on Record 2 (ASYLP 50.008) to play on an autochanger turntable. The gatefold sleeve was printed in Brazil by Alvorada Ltda. The copy shown has a "GOLDEN HITS" record store sticker on the rear. On the Side 1 label track 3 is mistitled as "Rainy Day Womem N. 12&35" and on Side 3 When You Awake is credited twice to Robertson and Manuel. These mistakes are present on the labels of all the subsequent reissues. The records of the copy shown have matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB201A, Side 2 - AB201D,  Side 3 - AB201B, Side 4 - AB201C.

Second 1970s release:


Asylum ASYLP 50.007/50.008 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (second and third releases)

The second release is unusual in that the front sleeve has the word "STEREO" in the bottom left hand corner, missing from the first release, and the rear sleeve and inside gatefold are now black and white. The sleeve was now printed by Grafico Continental.

The records again have "door in blue sky and clouds" design Asylum labels and have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB 201 A, Side 2 - AB 201 B, Side 3 - AB 201 C, Side 4 - AB 201 D. The records are now arranged: Record 1 (50.007) - Sides 1/2, Record 2 (50.008) - Side 3/4.


Asylum ASYLP 50.007/50.008 (Brazil) - detail of front, scan by Hans Seegers (second and third releases)


Asylum ASYLP 50.007/50.008 (Brazil) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (second and third releases)


Asylum ASYLP 50.007/50.008 (Brazil) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers (all releases)


Asylum ASYLP 50.007/50.008 (Brazil) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers (second and third releases)


Asylum ASYLP 50.007/50.008 (Brazil) - inside scan by Hans Seegers (second and third releases)


Asylum ASYLP 50.007 (Brazil) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (second release - same as first release)

Asylum ASYLP 50.007 (Brazil) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (second release)


Asylum ASYLP 50.007 (Brazil) - detail of Side 2, scan by Hans Seegers (second release - Record 1, Side 2)


Asylum ASYLP 50.008 (Brazil) - Side 3 scan by Hans Seegers (second release)

Asylum ASYLP 50.008 (Brazil) - detail of Side 3, scan by Hans Seegers (second release - Record 2, Side 1)

Asylum ASYLP 50.008 (Brazil) - Side 4 scan by Hans Seegers (second release)

Asylum ASYLP 50.008 (Brazil) - detail of Side 4, scan by Hans Seegers (second release - Record 2, Side 2)

Third 1970s release:


Asylum ASYLP 50.007 (Brazil) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)

This was the third Brazilian release of this album released in Brazil. The gatefold sleeve is identical to that of the second release. Like the second release, the set has Sides 1/2 on Record 1, and Sides 3/4 on Record 2. The labels have the same text and the same mistakes as that of the second release except that the copyright text round the circumference is now on two lines instead of one. This text says that this album was still made by Gravaçoes Electricas but now it was distributed by WEA Discos Ltda.


Asylum ASYLP 50.007 (Brazil) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)


Asylum ASYLP 50.008 (Brazil) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)


Asylum ASYLP 50.008 (Brazil) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)

The records of the copy shown have matrix numbers: Side 1 - AB201A, Side 2 - AB201B, Side 3 - AB201C, Side 4 - AB201D.

Thanks to Ulf Gyllenspetz, Hans Seegers and Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - promo 2LP set, Asylum/Polydor LP-130.002 (Venezuela), 1974:


Asylum/Polydor LP-130.002 (Venezuela) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara
Like Planet Waves, this extremely rare release was distributed in Venezuela by Polydor S.A. in Caracas. These two Dylan albums have consecutive catalogue numbers, so, they must have been released simultaneously. Although the year of release "1974" is printed on the sleeve and the record labels, they may have been released later than that. This set has the usual gatefold sleeve - the front and inside are identical to those of other worldwide releases but the rear sleeve is very different with the tracklist (in Spanish and in English) printed in different positions. The credits are in Spanish only and the recorders' credits (Village Recorder and Kendun) are missing.


Asylum/Polydor LP-130.002 (Venezuela) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Polydor LP-130.002 (Venezuela) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Polydor LP-130.002 (Venezuela) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Polydor LP-130.002 (Venezuela) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Polydor LP-130.002 (Venezuela) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Polydor LP-130.002 (Venezuela) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum/Polydor LP-130.002 (Venezuela) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara


Asylum/Polydor LP-130.002 (Venezuela) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

At the bottom of the rear sleeve there is the usual Latin American slogan "El disco es cultura [A record is culture]" (a protest against VAT on records but not books) and Polydor Venezuela information, while the manufacturer credit is printed vertically near the spine: "Impreso en Venezuela por Grabaciones Antor S.A. [Printed in Venezuela by Antor Recordings S.A.]" There is no text on the spine. There are spelling mistakes in the song titles: "Lay Lady La" (on rear sleeve only), an incomplete title "Rainy Day Women" (on both the rear sleeve and record label). The Spanish translations are correct except for "It Ain't Me Babe" which is wrongly translated as "No es mi nena [She's not my baby]". The correct translation is "No soy yo, nena". The records of this copy have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - ASYLUM. LPS. 130002 - 1-A, Side 2 - ASYLUM. LPS. 130002 - B-1, Side 3 - ASYLUM. LPS. 130002 - Disco. 2. A, Side 4 - ASYLUM. LPS. 130002 - B - Disco - 2-. The matrix numbers of Sides 1, 2 and 3 have at the end a word that Manuel is not able to identify ("Cetones [Ketones?]" or something like it). On Side 4 this word is between "- B -" and "Disco - 2-".

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Antes De La Inundacion [Before The Flood]" - promo and commercial 2LP sets, Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/14.270 (Argentina), 1977:

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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - front photo by Paul Prince (promo release)
Like Planet Waves, this album was released by the Argentinean label Discos Music-Hall under licence from Elektra. Also like Planet Waves, the promo records have white MH labels. The commercial record labels have the Elektra "E" logo and butterfly. The front has a white sticker which says "Contiene dos Longplays" ["Contains two LPs"].

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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - rear photo by Paul Prince (promo release)

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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - detail of rear, photo by Paul Prince (promo release)

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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - detail of rear with black promo stamp, photo by Paul Prince (promo release)
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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - detail of rear, photo by Paul Prince (promo release)

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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - detail of rear, photo by Paul Prince (promo release)

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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - Side 1 scan by Paul Prince (promo release)

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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - Side 2 scan by Paul Prince (promo release)
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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - Side 3 scan by Paul Prince (promo release)
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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - Side 4 scan by Paul Prince (promo release)
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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - front photo by Sergio Magnacca (commercial release)

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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - rear photo by Sergio Magnacca (commercial release)

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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - Side 1 photo by Sergio Magnacca (commercial release)

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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - Side 2 photo by Sergio Magnacca (commercial release)

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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - Side 3 photo by Sergio Magnacca (commercial release)

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Music-Hall/Elektra MH-14.269/60-14.269 (Argentina) - Side 4 photo by Sergio Magnacca (commercial release)

The gatefold sleeve of the album is standard but with the Spanish title on the spine. The song titles are translated into Spanish on the record labels. Sergio Magnacca tells me these translations are quite different from the translations made by Columbia, often better but in one case incorrect - It's All Right Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) is translated as "Esta Bien Ma (Solo Estoy Bromenado)" [It's All Right, Ma (I'm Only Joking)]!

The matrix numbers on the commercial records are: Side 1 - "MH 14269 1 1s", Side 2 - "MH 14269 2 1s", Side 3 - "MH 14270 1 1s"', Side 4 - "MH 14270 2 1s". There were also cassette and 8-track versions of this release.

Information and photos from Sergio Magnacca and Paul Prince.


Vinyl and Tape Releases (1982 onwards)

In 1982 rights to release the album were purchased by Columbia, so releases after that date are on Columbia, CBS or CBS/Sony. The original vinyl and tape releases on Asylum, Elektra or Island are in the section above.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue 2LP set, Columbia KG 37661 (USA), Apr 1982; Columbia CG 37661 (USA), 1983, re-released 1985:


Columbia KG 37661 (USA)/Columbia CG 37661 (USA) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (all releases)


Columbia CG 37661 (USA)/Columbia KG 37661 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (all releases)


Columbia CG 37661 (USA)/Columbia KG 37661 (USA) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (all releases)


Columbia KG 37661 (USA) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release)


Columbia KG 37661 (USA) - detail of rear with barcode, scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release)

Columbia KG 37661 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release)

Columbia KG 37661 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release - no inverted triangle)

Columbia KG 37661 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release)

Columbia KG 37661 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release)

Columbia KG 37661 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release)

Columbia CG 37661 (USA) - detail of rear with barcode, scan by Gerd Rundel (1983 and 1985 releases)


Columbia CG 37661 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1983 release)


Columbia CG 37661 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1983 release - no inverted triangle)


Columbia CG 37661 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1983 release)

Columbia CG 37661 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (1983 release)

Columbia CG 37661 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (1983 release)

Columbia CG 37661 (USA) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (1983 and 1985 releases)

Columbia CG 37661 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1985 release)

Columbia CG 37661 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1985 release - inverted triangle)

Columbia CG 37661 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (1985 release)

Columbia CG 37661 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (1985 release)

Columbia CG 37661 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (1985 release)


Columbia CG 37661 (USA)/Columbia KG 37661 (USA) - detail of rear with what looks like a wide brown inverted "T"-shaped sticker over the previous Asylum information, scan by Gerd Rundel (all releases)

These are the Columbia re-releases of the original Asylum double album (the transfer of rights took place in 1982). For Electric Lunch, a 12" Columbia US promotional album with three tracks each from Planet Waves and Before The Flood released in 1982, see International Albums (Dylan-only Compilations) 1980-89.

According to discogs.com the first Columbia release in 1982 was KG 37661, followed by CG 37661 in 1983. The sleeve of Columbia CG 37661 is the same as for the KG 37661 release shown except for a different barcode on the rear sleeve and the catalogue number CG 37661 on the spine. The records of Chris Hood's copy of KG 37661 have matrix numbers: Side 1- PAL 37662-1A (stamped), Side 2- PBL 37662-1B (stamped), Side 3- AL 37663-1H (stamped), Side 4 - PBL 37663-1-A written (Side 3 doesn't have the "P" in "PAL"). Each side is stamped "COLUMBIA NY". The records of Gerd Rundel's copy of KG 37661 have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AL 37662-1L, Side 2 - BL 37662-1K, Side 3 - AL 37663  G/B, Side 4 - BL-37663  G/A. Michael Palinkas has a copy of KG 37661 which was bought in the late 1980s, but must be from earlier.

Manuel García Jara has a copy of the first release of CG 37661 which must date from 1983. The records of this copy have matrix numbers: Side 1 - PAL 37662-1D plus T1 plus "COLUMBIA NY", Side 2 - PBL 37662-1C plus T1 plus "COLUMBIA NY", Side 3 - PAL 37663-1D plus T1 plus "COLUMBIA NY", Side 4 - PBL 37663-1AA plus T1 plus "COLUMBIA NY". Gerd Rundel's later copy of CG 37661 has the same sleeve but the record labels now have an inverted triangle to the left of the centre hole on Sides 1 and 3, a style first introduced with Biograph in 1985. The records of this copy have matrix numbers: Side 1 - AL 37662-1H (stamped), Side 2 - PBL 37662-1B (stamped), Side 3 - < B-TR> AL 37663  G1B (handwritten), Side 4 - (H-AP) BL-37663  G1A (handwritten). Side 1 and Side 2 are also stamped “COLUMBIA NY”.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel, Manuel García Jara, Hans Seegers, Michael Palinkas and Chris Hood for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - heavyweight 180gm stereo vinyl test pressings and 2LP set, Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-426 (USA), 29 Jul 2014:


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-426 (USA) - picture from Mobile Fidelity web-site
In Jul 2014 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Inc. of Chicago, IL, released an analogue remastered version of the album on heavyweight 180gm vinyl, pressed at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), Camarillo, CA.

Gerd Rundel's test pressing was made by RTI (Record Technology Inc.) for Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs. Each record comes in a plain white cut-out sleeve. Sides 1 and 3 have generic RTI labels while Sides 2 and 4 have plain white labels. Side 1 is dated “15 August 2013” and Side 3 is dated “19 August 2013”. The records of this copy have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - MFSL 2-426 A1 plus 22280.1 (3), KW @ MoFi opposite, Side 2 - MFSL 2-426 B1 plus 22280.2 (3), KW @ MoFi opposite, Side 3 - MFSL 2-426 C1 plus 22280.3 (3), KW @ MoFi opposite, Side 4 - MFSL 2-426 D1 plus 22280.4 (3), KW @ MoFi opposite. In the matrix numbers, “KW @ MoFi” means that the records were mastered by Krieg Wunderlich of Mobile Fidelity.


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-426 (USA) - Side 1 photo by Bob Meyer

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-426 (USA) - test pressing Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-426 (USA) - test pressing Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1 - Side 4 is the same, plus Sides 2 and 4 of variant 2)


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-426 (USA) - test pressing Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)


Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-426 (USA) - test pressing Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2)

Mobile Fidelity MFSL 2-426 (USA) - test pressing Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 2)

The second test pressing variant is undated and the records come in plain black cut-out sleeves. Again Sides 1 and 3 have RTI labels and Sides 2 and 4 have plain white labels. The records have the same handwritten matrix numbers as those of the first variant.

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin, Bob Meyer and Gerd Rundel for information and pictures.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue "2 On 1" single cassette releases, Columbia CGT 37661 (USA), 1982, re-released late 1980s:


Columbia CGT 37661 (USA) - front of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)

The inserts of these "2 on 1" single cassette releases are identical and blank on the reverse. The 1982 cassette is light grey with black text, there are no paper labels. The late 1980s cassette is transparent smoked grey with white text, there are again no paper labels. On both releases, both cassette sides show the catalogue number as just "GT 37661".

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Columbia CGT 37661 (USA) - cassette Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release)


Columbia CGT 37661 (USA) - cassette Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release)


Columbia CGT 37661 (USA) - cassette Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

Columbia CGT 37661 (USA) - cassette Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue 2LP set, CBS 22137 (UK), 1982 (three variants):
This UK 2LP set was released after Columbia/CBS bought the rights to Planet Waves and Before The Flood in 1982.
It was sold as one of the first albums in the then brand new series called "Nice Price".


CBS 22137 (UK) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (first and second 1982 releases)

CBS 22137 (UK) - rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (first and second 1982 releases)

CBS 22137 (UK) - front of gatefold sleeve with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (third 1982 release)

CBS 22137 (UK) - outside of gatefold sleeve with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (third 1982 release)

CBS 22137 (UK) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara (third 1982 release)

CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (all 1982 releases)

CBS 22137 (UK) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (all 1982 releases)


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (all 1982 releases - same layout as late 1980s release, see below)


CBS 22137 (UK) - front of "Nice Price" inner sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (all 1982 releases)


CBS 22137 (UK) - rear of "Nice Price" inner sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (all 1982 releases)

CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1982 release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1982 release - "MADE IN ENGLAND" at bottom)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1982 release)

CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1982 release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1982 release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1982 release)

CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1982 release - no text at bottom)

CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1982 release - "MADE IN ENGLAND" in circumference text)

CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1982 release)

CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1982 release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1982 release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (third 1982 release)

CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (third 1982 release - CBS copyright info at bottom)

CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (third 1982 release - "MADE IN ENGLAND" in circumference text)

CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (third 1982 release)

CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (third 1982 release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (third 1982 release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (all 1982 releases)

Three copies are shown which come in the same gatefold sleeve. There is a blue/black/white "Nice Price Doubles" sticker on the front of the third copy. Each set of records comes in CBS generic inner sleeves advertising the "Nice Price" series with the slogan "The nice surprise is the nicer price". The same gatefold sleeve was used for subsequent releases, see below. At the bottom centre of the rear of the gatefold sleeve there is what looks like a wide brown inverted "T"-shaped sticker that seems like the Island or Asylum logo on the original worldwide releases has been covered over (the Columbia US releases are the same - see above). The rear has the "HOME TAPING IS KILLING MUSIC" logo introduced in the UK around 1982 (the first Dylan album to have the logo on first release was Infidels in 1983).

All the records were made in England and have orange/yellow CBS labels. The labels of the first copy still have the “MADE IN ENGLAND” text at the bottom of the labels. Gerd has a second copy where all the record labels have "MADE IN ENGLAND" in the circumference and no bottom text. The labels of Manuel's third 1982 release now have CBS copyright information at the bottom and “MADE IN ENGLAND” is again in the circumference text. The records of all the copies shown have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - CBS-22137-A1, Side 2 - CBS-22137-B1, Side 3 - CBS-22137-C1, Side 4 - CBS-22137-D1.

Gerd also has a copy with mixed record labels: three labels (Sides 1, 2 and 4) have the “MADE IN ENGLAND” text at the bottom of the labels (first 1982 release), while the Side 3 label has no bottom text and “MADE IN ENGLAND” is in the circumference text on the right (second 1982 release).

Thanks to Gerd Rundel, Manuel García Jara and Simon Blokker for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - promo and commercial reissue 2LP sets, CBS 22137 (UK), mid-1980s (two releases), late 1980s:

CBS 22137 (UK), first mid-1980s release:


CBS 22137 (UK) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (both mid-1980s and late 1980s releases)

The first mid-1980s CBS reissue of the 1974 Island 2LP set comes in the same gatefold sleeve as the 1982 releases, made in England by Shorewood Packaging Co. Ltd. The records were made in England and now have red CBS labels. The labels have several differences from those of both the 1982 and the late 1980s releases:

  • “BOB DYLAN” is listed above the album title

  • The catalogue number is just “22137” right to the centre hole

  • “Record x of a Two Record Set” is now left to the centre hole below “STEREO” and the arrows are missing (they are restored on the second mid 1980s and late 1980s record labels)


CBS 22137 (UK) - rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (both mid-1980s releases)


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (both mid-1980s and late 1980s releases)


CBS 22137 (UK) - inner sleeve front scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (both mid-1980s and late 1980s releases)


CBS 22137 (UK) - inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid 1980s release - CBS copyright info at bottom)


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid 1980s release - "MADE IN ENGLAND" in circumference text)


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid 1980s release - different layout from 1982, second mid-1980s and late 1980s releases, "BOB DYLAN" as top line, no arrows below "STEREO", etc.)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (first mid 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve with "T"-shaped sticker at centre, scan by Gerd Rundel (both mid-1980s and late 1980s releases)

These differences lead me to suppose these labels may come from a different printer than the labels immediately before and after. The first mid-1980s records come in a different CBS “NICE PRICE” inner sleeve from those of the 1982 releases. The records of the first mid-1980s copy shown have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - CBS-22137-A1, Side 2 - CBS-22137-B1, Side 3 - CBS-22137-C2, Side 4 - CBS-22137-D1.

CBS 22137 (UK), second mid-1980s release:


CBS 22137 (UK) - inner sleeve front scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid 1980s release)

The records of this alternative mid-1980s release come in a different CBS “NICE PRICE” inner sleeve dated "1984". The gatefold sleeve is the same as listed for the other mid/late 1980s releases (without the promo stamp on the rear as below). The record labels looks the same as the late 1980s copy but still have the CBS copyright text on the bottom.


CBS 22137 (UK) - inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of inner sleeve rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid 1980s release)

CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid 1980s release - CBS copyright info again at bottom)


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid 1980s release - back to same design as 1982 release with "BOB DYLAN" under album title, arrows below "STEREO" on left, etc.)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (second mid 1980s release)

Surprisingly, the layout of text to the left and right of the centre hole has reverted to the same as that of the 1982 releases, e.g. with "BOB DYLAN" below the album title, and arrows below "STEREO" to the left of the centre hole, etc. The records of this copy have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1: CBS-22137-A1, Side 2: CBS-22137-B1, Side 3: CBS-22137-C2, Side 4: CBS-22137-D1.

CBS 22137 (UK), late 1980s release:


CBS 22137 (UK) - rear of gatefold sleeve with promo stamp, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

The late 1980s CBS reissue of the 1974 Island 2LP set again comes in the same gatefold sleeve as the 1982 release, made in England by Shorewood Packaging Co. Ltd. The copy shown is a promo, with a CBS gold stamp on the rear upper left corner. The records were made in England and have red CBS labels, and have the same design as the 1982 and the second mid-1980s release. These labels can be dated later than those of both mid-1980s releases because the CBS copyright info, formerly at the bottom of each label, has been moved to the circumference text.


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve with promo stamp, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release - no text at bottom)


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release - "MADE IN ENGLAND" and CBS copyright info in circumference text)


CBS 22137 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release - same layout as 1982 and second mid-1980s releases, see above)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (UK) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

The records of the late 1980s copy shown have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - 22137-A2, Side 2 - CBS-22137-B1, Side 3 - CBS-22137-C2, Side 4 - CBS-22137-D1.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue "2 On 1" single cassette release, CBS 40-22137 (UK), 1980s:


CBS 40-22137 (UK) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-22137 (UK) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-22137 (UK) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-22137 (UK) - cassette Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

This UK "Double Play" cassette was released after Columbia/CBS bought the rights to Planet Waves and Before The Flood in 1982. The tracklist is repeated on the inside of the cassette insert with composer credits. The cassette is light grey with black text, there are no paper labels.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue 2LP set, CBS 22137 (Ireland), 1982:


CBS 22137 (UK for Ireland) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Lars M. Banke

This Irish pressing of Before The Flood comes in the 1982 UK gatefold sleeve as shown above. The record has orange/yellow CBS labels with both "MADE IN ENGLAND" and "Record mfd. in Ireland" at the bottom. There may also be a variant with labels without "MADE IN ENGLAND". The records of this copy have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - CBS 3137 A1, Side 2 - CBS 3137 B1, Side 3 - CBS 3137 C1, Side 4 - CBS 3137 D1.

Thanks to Lars M. Banke for information and scans.


CBS 22137 (UK for Ireland) - rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Lars M. Banke

CBS 22137 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke

CBS 22137 (Ireland) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke ("Record mfd. in Ireland" and "MADE IN ENGLAND")

CBS 22137 (Ireland) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke

CBS 22137 (Ireland) - Side 3 scan by Lars M. Banke

CBS 22137 (Ireland) - Side 4 scan by Lars M. Banke

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue 2LP set, CBS 22137 (NL), 1982, re-released late 1980s:


CBS 22137 (NL) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)
This set was released in Holland after the rights were sold to CBS and the 1982 rear sleeve has a shaped sticker with CBS release details pasted over the Asylum logo and release details. The 1982 records were made in Holland and have orange/yellow CBS labels. The 1982 records have very difficult to read handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - 01-22137-1A-1, Side 2 - 01-22137-3B-1, Side 3 - 01-22137-2C-1, Side 4 - 01-22137-1D-1. Each side has two more stamped matrix numbers, for example: Side 1 has "AL 37662-1J" and " 01-88565-1A-1". Additionally, each side is also stamped “COLUMBIA NY” in the vinyl.

Lars M. Banke has a copy of the first release where the record still has orange/yellow CBS labels, with a promo stamp "FOR PROMOTION ONLY/NOT FOR SALE/CBS RECORDS SWEDEN" on the rear sleeve. On this copy there is only a partial stamp.


CBS 22137 (NL) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)


CBS 22137 (NL) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)

CBS 22137 (NL) - rear with Swedish promo stamp, scan by Lars M. Banke


CBS 22137 (NL) - detail of rear with Swedish promo stamp, scan by Lars M. Banke


CBS 22137 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases - CBS sticker over Asylum logo and release details)


CBS 22137 (NL) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)

CBS 22137 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)


CBS 22137 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release)


CBS 22137 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release)

CBS 22137 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release)

CBS 22137 (NL) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release)

CBS 22137 (NL) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (1982 release)

CBS 22137 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)


CBS 22137 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)


CBS 22137 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

CBS 22137 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

CBS 22137 (NL) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

CBS 22137 (NL) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

The late 1980s release comes in the same gatefold sleeve as the 1982 release, even including the shaped sticker with CBS release details pasted over the Asylum logo and release details. The records were again made in Holland but now have red CBS labels. The records of the copy shown have matrix numbers: Side 1 - 01-22137-3A-1 (handwritten), AL 37662-1H (stamped), Side 2 - 01-22137-3B-1 (handwritten), BL 37662-1H (stamped), Side 3 - 01-22137-3C-1 (handwritten), AL 37663-1J (stamped), Side 4 - 01-22137-3D-1 (handwritten), BL 37663-1J (stamped).

Thanks to Gerd Rundel and Lars M. Banke for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue 2LP sets, Columbia 22137 (NL), reissued early 1990s (two variants):
These 1990s Dutch releases are now on the Columbia label.

Columbia 22137 (NL), first 1990s release:


Columbia 22137 (NL) - inner sleeve front scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1990s release)
This first 1990s variant has records with red Columbia labels that come in the same gatefold sleeve as both listed 1980s releases above. The records come in generic 1991 “Dylan Originals” “Nice Price” inner sleeves with details of other albums in the series. The black text on the record labels has the same text layout as the late 1980s red label CBS release but the white circumference text is different. The publishing text at the bottom of the labels is still "(P) 1974 CBS Inc.".


Columbia 22137 (NL) - inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1990s release)


Columbia 22137 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1990s release)


Columbia 22137 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1990s release - "(P) 1974 CBS Inc.")

Columbia 22137 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1990s release)

Columbia 22137 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1990s release - compare with second 1990s release below)

Columbia 22137 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1990s release)

Columbia 22137 (NL) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1990s release)

Columbia 22137 (NL) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (first 1990s release)

The records of this copy have matrix numbers: Side 1 - 01-88565-3A-1 (scratched out), 01-22137-3A-1 (handwritten), AL 37662-1H (stamped), Side 2 - 01-88565-3B-1 (scratched out), 01-22137-3B-1 (handwritten), BL 37662-1H (stamped), Side 3 - 01-88565-1C-1 (scratched out), 01-22137-1C-1 (handwritten), AL 37663-1K (stamped), Side 4 - 01-88565-3D-1 (scratched out), 01-22137-3D-1 (handwritten), BL 37663-1J (stamped), plus “COLUMBIA NY” stamped in the vinyl on each side.

Columbia 22137 (NL), second 1990s release:


Columbia 22137 (NL) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1990s release)

This second release has the same inner and front gatefold sleeve as already shown for the CBS releases, but the rear sleeve is different: there is a barcode at top right and different copyright text on the bottom. The records again have red Columbia labels, and each record comes in the same "NICE PRICE" inner sleeve.  The publishing text at the bottom of the labels is now "(P) 1974 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.". On the Side 1 label of this copy the black text has been printed twice, the incorrect print is very pale and in a slightly higher position. The records of the copy shown have matrix numbers: Side 1 - 01-88565-3A-1 (scratched out), 01-22137-3A-1 (handwritten), AL 37662-1H (stamped), Side 2 - 01-88565-3B-1 (scratched out), 01-22137-3B-1 (handwritten), BL 37662-1H (stamped), Side 3 - 01-88565-3C-1 (scratched out), 01-22137-3C-1 (handwritten), AL 37663-1J (stamped), Side 4 - 01-22137-20 3D-1 (handwritten), BL 37663-1J (stamped). Each side also has “COLUMBIA NY”  stamped in the vinyl.


Columbia 22137 (NL) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1990s release)


Columbia 22137 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1990s release)

Columbia 22137 (NL) - inner sleeve front scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1990s release)

Columbia 22137 (NL) - inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1990s release)

Columbia 22137 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1990s release)


Columbia 22137 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1990s release - "(P) 1974 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.")


Columbia 22137 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1990s release)

Columbia 22137 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1990s release - compare with first 1990s release above)

Columbia 22137 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1990s release)

Columbia 22137 (NL) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1990s release)

Columbia 22137 (NL) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1990s release)


Columbia 22137 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (second 1990s release)

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue single cassette releases, CBS 40-22137 (NL), 1982, re-released late 1980s:


CBS 40-22137 (NL) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)

CBS 40-22137 (NL) - detail of cassette Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)

CBS 40-22137 (NL) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)

CBS 40-22137 (NL) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)

CBS 40-22137 (NL) - cassette Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)

CBS 40-22137 (NL) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

CBS 40-22137 (NL) - detail of outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

CBS 40-22137 (NL) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

CBS 40-22137 (NL) - cassette Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

CBS 40-22137 (NL) - cassette Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (late 1980s release)

These Dutch cassettes were released after Columbia/CBS bought the rights to Planet Waves and Before The Flood in 1982. The first cassette has a date of "1986" written on the inside by the previous owner. The second cassette release must date from later in the 1980s because of the later insert style with a multi-coloured design under the tracklist (to discourage piracy). This insert has "© 1978 ENSCHEDE" at top left, but this date cannot relate to the release date. Both cassettes are light grey with black text, there are no paper labels. The text on the second cassette is completely different from that of the first cassette, and does not include the song titles.

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


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - stereo 180gm 2LP set, Music On Vinyl MOVLP 340 (NL), 25 Jul 2011:


Music On Vinyl MOVLP 340 (NL) - picture from Music On Vinyl web-site
Thanks to "Isis 160" for information that this release was created from the version remastered by Steve Berkowitz for the 2009 CD release (see below).

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue 2LP sets, CBS S 88565 (Spain), 1982, re-released 1990; CBS 22137 (Spain), 1986, re-released 1989; CBS/Sony 22137 (Spain), 1991:

CBS S 88565 (Spain), 1982:


CBS S 88565 (Spain) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)
This was the first Spanish release of this album made by CBS. It was published in 1982 and, unlike in the rest of Europe (CBS 22137), it has an exclusive catalogue number (CBS S 88565). The sleeve was printed in Spain by Offset ALG of Madrid, and the Discos CBS S.A. address shown is Paseo de la Castellana 93, Madrid-16. This album again has a gatefold sleeve (missing from the Asylum/Hispavox reissue of 1978) with the CBS logo on the rear of the outer gatefold sleeve and the catalogue number is also printed on the inner gatefold sleeve at top right. The rear sleeve looks as if it has an upside down wide "T"-shaped sticker covering the old Asylum information! The records are now ordered: Record 1 - Sides 1 & 2, Record 2 - Sides 3 & 4. They have orange/yellow CBS labels with song titles in English only. On Side 1 track 2 is mistitled "Lay, Lay, Lay" (a new mistake) and track 3 is now "Rainy Day Women = = 12 & 35". At least "Women" is now correct! The records of the copy shown have matrix numbers: Side 1 - 88565-A0, Side 2 - 88565-B0, Side 3 - 88565-C0, Side 4 - 88565-D0.
CBS S 88565 (Spain) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)

CBS S 88565 (Spain) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)

CBS S 88565 (Spain) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)

CBS S 88565 (Spain) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)

CBS S 88565 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)

CBS S 88565 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)

CBS S 88565 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release - "DISCOS CBS S.A.")

CBS S 88565 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)

CBS S 88565 (Spain) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)

CBS S 88565 (Spain) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release)


CBS S 88565 (Spain) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve with "T"-shaped sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (1982 release - 1986 release is the same)

CBS S 88565 (Spain), 1990(!):


CBS S 88565 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1990 release)

CBS S 88565 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1990 release - "TECNODISCO, S.A.")

CBS S 88565 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1990 release)

CBS S 88565 (Spain) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (1990 release)

CBS S 88565 (Spain) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (1990 release)

This anomalous Spanish Before The Flood set was released by CBS in 1990. This release has the old catalogue number (S 88565) from when the set was first released by CBS in 1982 with orange/yellow labels, instead of the new catalogue number (22137) used first in 1986, and again in 1989 and in 1991 (all listed below). It has the same gatefold sleeve as for the 1982 release with the CBS logo and the old catalogue number on rear. The records have red CBS labels and were manufactured by Tecnodisco, Madrid (like the 1989 and 1991 22137 releases below that didn't come in a gatefold sleeve). The record matrix numbers are the same as for all Spanish releases since 1986. Apart from the Side 4 label, the other labels have differences in the tracklist text: different quantity of lines (Side 1) and different distribution in lines of song titles and composers.

CBS 22137 (Spain), 1986:


CBS 22137 (Spain) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1986 release)

CBS 22137 (Spain) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1986 release)

CBS 22137 (Spain) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1986 release)

CBS 22137 (Spain) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1986 release)

CBS 22137 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1986 release)

CBS 22137 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1986 release - "DISCOS CBS S.A.")

CBS 22137 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1986 release)

CBS 22137 (Spain) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (1986 release)

CBS 22137 (Spain) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (1986 release)

This album was reissued by CBS in 1986 and again the sleeve was printed by Offset ALG. The Discos CBS S.A. address shown is still Paseo de la Castellana 93, Madrid-16. It now has the standard European catalogue number (CBS 22137). This was the last Spanish edition with a gatefold sleeve. The rear sleeve still looks as if it has an upside down wide "T"-shaped sticker covering the old Asylum information! The records have red CBS labels and the same typeface was used in subsequent editions. There are no longer any mistakes and all song titles (in English only) are correct. The record shown has stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - 22137-A0, Side 2 - 22137-B0, Side 3 - 22137-C0, Side 4 - 22137-D0.

CBS 22137 (Spain), 1989 (re-release); CBS/Sony 22137 (Spain), 1991:


CBS 22137 (Spain)/ CBS/Sony 22137 (Spain) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1989 and 1991 releases)
These 2LP sets are unusual because they come in a wide regular sleeve, laminated both sides, that holds both records, instead of a gatefold sleeve. The inside photos are therefore missing. The 1978 Asylum/Hispavox Spanish release above had similar packaging!
CBS 22137 (Spain)/ CBS/Sony 22137 (Spain) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (1989 and 1991 releases)

CBS 22137 (Spain)/ CBS/Sony 22137 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1989 and 1991 releases)

CBS 22137 (Spain)/ CBS/Sony 22137 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1989 and 1991 releases)

CBS/Sony 22137 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release - 1989 release has the same "1982" date)

CBS 22137 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 release)

CBS 22137 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 release - "TECNODISCO, S.A.")

CBS 22137 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 release)

CBS 22137 (Spain) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 release)


CBS 22137 (Spain) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 release)


CBS/Sony 22137 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)

CBS/Sony 22137 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release - "TECNODISCO, S.A." plus phone number)

CBS/Sony 22137 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)

CBS/Sony 22137 (Spain) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)

CBS/Sony 22137 (Spain) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)

The sleeve of the 1989 and 1991 releases was printed in Spain by Offset ALG of Madrid, and the Discos CBS S.A. address shown is Paseo de la Castellana 93, 28046 Madrid ( a new postcode). The records again have red labels dated 1982 (the year of the Sony copyright change) and were now made in Spain by Tecnodisco S.A., Madrid (the 1991 CBS/Sony record labels also include the telephone number in the circumference text). The 1989 record labels are identical to the 1986 labels apart from a slight difference: an asterisk before the number of each side, still present on the 1991 CBS/Sony labels. Both the 1989 and 1991 records shown have stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - 22137-A0, Side 2 - 22137-B0, Side 3 - 22137-C0, Side 4 - 22137-D0 (the same as the 1986 release).

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


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue 2LP set, CBS 22137 (Italy), 1982:


CBS 22137 (Italy) - front scan by Lars M. Banke

This is again a CBS reissue of the 1974 2LP set released in Italy by Asylum in 1974. The previous catalogue number is printed at top centre of the rear sleeve. The records now have orange/yellow CBS labels. The text "MADE IN ITALY BY CBS" at the bottom of the labels in the same position as "MADE IN ITALY BY CBS SUGAR" used to be on previous Italian CBS Sugar releases, and still aligned as if "SUGAR" were present (CBS Sugar became Dischi CBS in 1977). There are "SIAE" Italian copyright stamps on Sides 1 and 3 of the record labels. There must also be a CBS Italy reissue of Planet Waves - scans required!


CBS 22137 (Italy) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke


CBS 22137 (Italy) - rear scan by Lars M. Banke

CBS 22137 (Italy) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke

CBS 22137 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke ("SUGAR" missing but text not realigned)

CBS 22137 (Italy) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke

CBS 22137 (Italy) - Side 3 scan by Lars M. Banke

CBS 22137 (Italy) - Side 4 scan by Lars M. Banke


CBS 22137 (Italy) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke (dated 1982)

Thanks to Lars M. Banke for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue 2LP set, CBS/Sony 36AP 2349 (Japan), 1982:


CBS/Sony 36AP 2349 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Hans Seegers

This is the CBS/Sony reissue after the rights to Planet Waves and Before The Flood were acquired by Columbia/CBS in 1982. The front sleeve is the same as the previous Japanese release (see above), but with the CBS/Sony logo replacing the Asylum logo. The price was ¥3,600, as indicated by the "36" in the catalogue number. There is a dark blue/black/white obi and a unique Japanese 12" booklet with a different design from the previous Asylum booklet.

The records have red labels with yellow "CBS SONY" logos in a ring round the circumference. The records of the copy shown have stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - 36AP-2348 A1, Side 2 - 36AP-2348 B1, Side 3 - 36AP-2349 A1, Side 4 - 36AP-2349 B1.


CBS/Sony 36AP 2349 (Japan) - obi scan by Hans Seegers


CBS/Sony 36AP 2349 (Japan) - booklet front scan by Hans Seegers


CBS/Sony 36AP 2349 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers


CBS/Sony 36AP 2349 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers


CBS/Sony 36AP 2349 (Japan) - Side 3 scan by Hans Seegers


CBS/Sony 36AP 2349 (Japan) - Side 4 scan by Hans Seegers

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue 2LP set, CBS S2BP 220245/CBS SBP 237726-CBS237727 (Australia), 1982:


CBS S2BP 220245/CBS SBP 237726-CBS237727 (Australia) - front with "Nice Price" sticker, scan by Stuart Moore (1982 commercial release)
The album was re-released by CBS in 1982 with the orange/yellow labels shown with a "Nice Price" front sticker and insert. Also shown are two labels of a promo copy with promo text on the labels below the CBS logo.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information and scans.


CBS S2BP 220245/CBS SBP 237726-CBS237727 (Australia) - rear scan by Stuart Moore (1982 commercial release)


CBS S2BP 220245/CBS SBP 237726-CBS237727 (Australia) - "Nice Price" insert scan by Stuart Moore (1982 commercial release)


CBS S2BP 220245/CBS SBP 237726 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (1982 promo release)


CBS S2BP 220245/CBS SBP 237726 (Australia) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (1982 promo release)


CBS S2BP 220245/CBS SBP 237726 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (1982 commercial release)

CBS S2BP 220245/CBS SBP 237726 (Australia) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (1982 commercial release)

CBS S2BP 220245/CBS SBP 237727 (Australia) - Side 3 scan by Stuart Moore (1982 commercial release)

CBS S2BP 220245/CBS SBP 237727 (Australia) - Side 4 scan by Stuart Moore (1982 commercial release)

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue cassette release, CBS 2PC 245 (Australia), 1980s:


CBS 2PC 245 (Australia) - insert scan by Stuart Moore


CBS 2PC 245 (Australia) - inside of insert, scan by Stuart Moore


CBS 2PC 245 (Australia) - cassette Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore


CBS 2PC 245 (Australia) - cassette Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore


CBS 2PC 245 (Australia) - rear scan by Stuart Moore

This "Double Nice Price" CBS cassette release has both LPs on a single cassette. There is a single card insert with just the tracklisting. The cassette is white with blue text printed directly on to the case, there are no paper labels.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - reissue 2LP set, CBS AGP 121/122 (South Africa), 1982:


CBS AGP 121/122 (South Africa) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
This rare 2LP release was marketed and distributed in South Africa by the Gramophone Record Co. (Pty). Ltd. (part of EMI) on behalf of CBS Records. Like the original Asylum release, the gatefold sleeve was printed by Artone Press but now it has the CBS logo at top right of the rear sleeve and an unique white spine. Also uniquely, the inside gatefold still has two folded-over flaps. The records had orange/yellow CBS labels with copyright 1974, 1982, both with catalogue number AGP 121/122. On the Side 1 label Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 is mistitled "Rainy Day Women £1235"! The records of the copy shown have matrix numbers: Side 1 - AGP 121/122 AL37661-A, Side 2 - AGP 121/122  BL37661-B, Side 3 - AGP 121/122  AL37662-C, Side 4 - AGP 121/122  D-1.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


CBS AGP 121/122 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS AGP 121/122 (South Africa) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS AGP 121/122 (South Africa) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS AGP 121/122 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS AGP 121/122 (South Africa) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS AGP 121/122 (South Africa) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS AGP 121/122 (South Africa) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS AGP 121/122 (South Africa) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS AGP 121/122 (South Africa) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS AGP 121/122 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS AGP 121/122 (South Africa) - spine scan by Manuel García Jara


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - remastered stereo vinyl 2LP release, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 889854517410 (Europe), 1 Dec 2017:

More information will be added when available.

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information.


CD Releases

All CD releases are after 1982 and therefore on Columbia, CBS, CBS/Sony or Sony Music.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2CD set releases, CBS/Sony 48DP 1026-7 (Japan), 26 Aug 1987, re-released 1989; Sony Records SRCS 6165-6 (Japan), 1 Dec 1991:


CBS/Sony 48DP 1026-7 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1987 release)

CBS/Sony 48DP 1026-7 (1987): This set comes in a double-width jewel case with a dark green and black obi with white text in the "CBS CD Rock Classics 100" series with price ¥4,800 (before sale tax was introduced). The "48" in the catalogue number indicates the price. There was a 48-page stapled booklet in English and Japanese. The rear insert has date code "O-8-26" (26 Aug 1987). It was released again in 1989 with an obi price of ¥4,511 (¥4,380 plus sales tax). The copy of the 1987 release shown is a promo, with a sticker on the rear insert (covering the barcode) and Japanese characters indicating a promo in the clear centres of the CDs themselves.

Sony Records SRCS 6165-6 (1991): This set comes in an experimental 2CD jewel case that was quickly discontinued in favour of the slimline 2CD jewel case (it was thinner than a double-width jewel case but thicker than a single CD jewel case or a slimline 2CD jewel case). The set has a black, red, white, blue, yellow "Nice Price" obi with price ¥3,000 and date "91-12-1" (1 Dec 1991). The promo copy shown has a panel on the rear insert and Japanese characters in the clear centres of the CDs.


CBS/Sony 48DP 1026-7 (Japan) - detail of obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1987 release)


CBS/Sony 48DP 1026-7 (Japan) - rear insert scan by Wil Gielen (1987 release, promo copy)


CBS/Sony 48DP 1026-7 (Japan) - obi scan by Wil Gielen (1987 release)

CBS/Sony 48DP 1026-7 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by "Dr. Bryant" (1989 release)


CBS/Sony 48DP 1026-7 (Japan) - detail of obi, scan by "Dr. Bryant" (1989 release)


CBS/Sony 48DP 1026-7 (Japan) - detail of rear insert, scan by Wil Gielen (1987 release, promo copy)


CBS/Sony 48DP 1026 (Japan) - CD1 scan by Wil Gielen (1987 release, promo copy)


CBS/Sony 48DP 1026 (Japan) - detail of CD1, scan by Wil Gielen (1987 release, promo copy)


CBS/Sony 48DP 1027 (Japan) - CD2 scan by Wil Gielen (1987 release, promo copy)


CBS/Sony 48DP 1027 (Japan) - detail of CD2, scan by Wil Gielen (1987 release, promo copy)


CBS/Sony 48DP 1026-7 (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by "Dr. Bryant" (1989 release)


CBS/Sony 48DP 1026-7 (Japan) - detail of rear with date code, scan by "Dr. Bryant" (1989 release)


Sony Records SRCS 6165-6 (Japan) - obi scan by Wil Gielen (1991 release)

Sony Records SRCS 6165-6 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1991 release)


Sony Records SRCS 6165-6 (Japan) - front scan by Wil Gielen (1991 release)


Sony Records SRCS 6165-6 (Japan) - rear insert with promo panel, scan by Wil Gielen (1991 release)


SRCS 6165-6 (Japan) - detail of promo panel on rear insert, scan by Wil Gielen (1991 release)


CBS/Sony 48DP 1026-7 (Japan) - CD1 scan by "Dr. Bryant" (1989 release)


Sony Records SRCS 6165-6 (Japan) - detail of front, scan by Wil Gielen (1991 release)


Sony Records SRCS 6165-6 (Japan) - promo CD1, scan by Wil Gielen (1991 release)


Sony Records SRCS 6165-6 (Japan) - detail of promo CD1, scan by Wil Gielen (1991 release)


Sony Records SRCS 6165-6 (Japan) - promo CD2, scan by Wil Gielen (1991 release)


Sony Records SRCS 6165-6 (Japan) - detail of promo CD2, scan by Wil Gielen (1991 release)

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Sheiji Murata, Wil Gielen and "Dr. Bryant" for information and scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2CD set release, Columbia C2K 37661 (USA/Canada), 1989:


Columbia C2K 37661 (USA/Canada) - front scan by Jack Guerreiro
This release comes in a double-width jewel case. The rear insert has a barcode. The CDs are silver with black text and were made in the USA.

Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for information and scans.


Columbia C2K 37661 (USA/Canada) - rear scan by Jack Guerreiro

Columbia C2K 37661 (USA/Canada) - CD1 scan by Jack Guerreiro

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2CD set release, CBS CDCBS 22137 (Europe), 1980s; Columbia CD 22137 (Europe), 1991, re-released late 1990s:


Columbia CD 22137 (Europe) - front with stickers (late 1990s release, my copy)

These reissue sets were manufactured in Austria for distribution Europe-wide. The 1980s releases and the 1991 release come in a double-width 2CD jewel case with a stapled 8-page booklet, the late 1990s release comes in a single-width slimline 2CD jewel case with a clear 2CD tray and the stapled 8-page booklet as the front insert. The first 1980s release discs were made in Japan, the second in Austria. For some reason CD2 of Keith Schweiger's second set is the same as CD2 for the first set, made in Japan. The 1990s discs are identical for both releases. My copy has a red/white "Double Nice Price" Sony Music front sticker.

Thanks to Peter Coulthard and Keith Schweiger for information and scans.


Columbia CD 22137 (Europe) - front insert scan by Peter Coulthard (1991 release)


CBS CDCBS 22137 (Europe) - rear insert scan by Keith Schweiger (first 1980s release)


CBS CDCBS 22137 (Europe) - CD1 scan by Keith Schweiger (first 1980s release, disc made in Japan)


CBS CDCBS 22137 (Europe) - CD2 scan by Keith Schweiger (first 1980s release, disc made in Japan)


CBS CDCBS 22137 (Europe) - rear insert scan by Keith Schweiger (second 1980s release)


CBS CDCBS 22137 (Europe) - CD1 scan by Keith Schweiger (second 1980s release, disc made in Austria)


Columbia CD 22137 (Europe) - outside of front insert booklet (late 1990s release, my copy)


Columbia CD 22137 (Europe) - outside of booklet, scan by Peter Coulthard (1991 release)


Columbia CD 22137 (Europe) - rear insert scan by Peter Coulthard (1991 release)


Columbia CD 22137 (Europe) - inside page of booklet, scan by Peter Coulthard (1991 release)

Columbia CD 22137 (Europe) - inside of front insert booklet (late 1990s release)


Columbia CD 22137 (Europe) - rear insert (late 1990s release)


Columbia CD 22137 (Europe) - reverse of rear insert (under CD tray) (late 1990s release)


Columbia CD 22137 (Europe) - CD1 (both 1990s releases)


Columbia CD 22137 (Europe) - CD2 (both 1990s releases)

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2CD set release, Columbia CDCBS 22137 (Australia), 1990s:

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Columbia CDCBS 22137 (Australia) - front insert scan by Stuart Moore
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Columbia CDCBS 22137 (Australia) - rear insert scan by Stuart Moore
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Columbia CDCBS 22137 (Australia) - CD1 scan by Stuart Moore
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Columbia CDCBS 22137 (Australia) - CD2 scan by Stuart Moore
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Columbia CDCBS 22137 (Australia) - outside of insert, scan by Stuart Moore
This CD release comes in a double-width 2CD jewel case. The booklet is a single folded card. The CDs were made in Australia and are silver with red and black text.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information and scans.

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Columbia CDCBS 22137 (Australia) - inside of insert, scan by Stuart Moore

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - remastered 2CD set releases, Digipak releases: Sony Music 88697082242 (USA), 31 Mar 2009/Sony Music 88697082242 (Austria for Europe), 30 Mar 2009; Jewel case release: Sony Music 88697347022 (Austria for Europe), 30 Mar 2009:


Sony Music 88697082242 (USA)- front of digipak with sticker, picture from amazon.com

The limited edition of this release remastered by Steve Berkowitz comes in a double digipak which will be replaced by a standard 2CD jewel case when reprinted. The front of the digipak has a release-specific limited edition yellow sticker with black text. There is an 8-page stapled booklet and both this and the digipak contain new photographs. The CDs reproduce the 1970s style Columbia US record labels.


Sony Music 88697082242 (Austria for Europe) - front of digipak with sticker (my copy)


Sony Music 88697347022 (Austria for Europe) - front scan by Tom Willems (jewel case release)


Sony Music 88697082242 (USA)- rear of digipak, picture from amazon.com


Sony Music 88697347022 (Austria for Europe) - rear scan by Tom Willems (jewel case release)


Sony Music 88697347022 (Austria for Europe) - CD1 scan by Tom Willems (jewel case release)


Sony Music 88697347022 (Austria for Europe) - CD2 scan by Tom Willems (jewel case release)


Sony Music 88697082242 (Austria for Europe) - outside of digipak unfolded

Sony Music 88697082242 (Austria for Europe) - front sticker

Sony Music 88697082242 (Austria for Europe) - outside of booklet unfolded


Sony Music 88697082242 (Austria for Europe) - inside of digipak unfolded with CDs


Sony Music 88697082242 (Austria for Europe) - rear of digipak


Sony Music 88697082242 (Austria for Europe) - inside of booklet unfolded


Sony Music 88697082242 (Austria for Europe) - inside of digipak unfolded without CDs showing pictures under trays

The booklet from the digipak forms the front insert for the jewel case release. The only difference between the CDs in the digipak and jewel case releases is the catalogue number.

Thanks to Tom Willems for scans of the European jewel case release.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - remastered 2CD set release, Sony Music SICP 2008-9 (Japan), 27 May 2009:


Sony Music SICP 2008-9 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen

Sony Music SICP 2008-9 (Japan) - front scan by Wil Gielen

Sony Music SICP 2008-9 (Japan) - rear scan by Wil Gielen

Sony Music SICP 2008 (Japan) - CD1 scan by Wil Gielen

Sony Music SICP 2009 (Japan) - CD2 scan by Wil Gielen

Sony Music SICP 2008-9 (Japan) - obi scan by Wil Gielen

The four 2009 remasters were not released in Japan in digipaks but in mini-LP cardboard sleeves reproducing the US initial release with the original Japanese obi. In this case the obi is a reproduction of the original 1974 Warner/Pioneer/Asylum P-5138Y~9Y obi (see above). There is an 8-page booklet in English and a 32-page booklet in English and Japanese.

Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for information and to Wil Gielen for the scans.


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - Blu-spec 2CD set release, Sony Music SICP 20225-6 (Japan), 30 Sep 2009:


Sony Music SICP 20225-6 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Hans Seegers
This release is on Blu-spec CDs, an audio-only disc which is presumably intended to be Sony's new high quality audio format, currently on sale in Japan only. The copy shown is still sealed, with a blue and white obi with price ¥3,500 (¥3,333 before tax). The release date is shown as "09-9-30" (30 Sep 2009), the original release date as "74-6-20" (20 Jun 1974) and the withdrawal date as "10-3-29" (29 Mar 2010). These are not actually Blu-ray discs as it says on the sticker, but they are made using Blu-ray technology.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Sony Music SICP 20225-6 (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Hans Seegers

Bob Dylan/The Band - "Before The Flood" - 2CD release, Columbia/Sony Music 88697 70339 2/6-7 (NL), 22 Apr 2010:


Columbia/Sony Music 88697 70339 2 (NL) - front of box, scan by Tom Willems

This remastered 2CD release in two separate card sleeves is part of the 10CD boxed set The Bob Dylan 70s Collection made by Sony Music in Austria for the Dutch newspaper "De Volkskrant", see International Album Releases (Multi-Packs) 2010s.

Thanks to Tom Willems for information and scans.


Columbia/Sony Music 88697 70339 2 (NL) - rear of box, scan by Tom Willems


Columbia/Sony Music 88697 70339 2/6 (NL) - front of card sleeve, scan by Tom Willems


Columbia/Sony Music 88697 70339 2/6 (NL) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Tom Willems

Columbia/Sony Music 88697 70339 2/6 (NL) - CD scan by Tom Willems

Columbia/Sony Music 88697 70339 2/7 (NL) - front of card sleeve, scan by Tom Willems

Columbia/Sony Music 88697 70339 2/7 (NL) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Tom Willems


Columbia/Sony Music 88697 70339 2/7 (NL) - CD scan by Tom Willems


"The Complete Album Collection Vol. One" - 47CD boxed set, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691-92431-2 (USA), 5 Nov 2013/(Europe), 4 Nov 2013; USB stick, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88883-77314-5 (USA), 5 Nov 2013/(Europe), 4 Nov 2013; Sony Music SICP 30471-30520 (Japan), 26 Mar 2014 onwards:


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691-92431-2 (USA/Europe) - front of CD box (my copy)

This massive set is the latest in a series of "Complete Columbia Album Collections" featuring artists such as Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and even Blue Oyster Cult.
Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88883-77314-5 (USA/Europe) - top of USB box (my copy)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312JK15 (USA)/Europe) - outside of card sleeve (my copy)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312D16 (USA) - CD16 (my copy)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312D16 (USA) - detail of CD16

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312D17 (USA) - CD17

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312JK15 (USA)/Europe) - inside of card sleeve (my copy)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312-16 (Europe) - CD16 scan by Manuel García Jara

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312-16 (Europe) - detail of CD16, scan by Manuel García Jara

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312-17 (Europe) - CD17 scan by Manuel García Jara


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312JK15 (USA)/Europe) - detail of outside of card sleeve

This massive set is the latest in a series of "Complete Columbia Album Collections" featuring artists such as Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and even Blue Oyster Cult. The CD version of the set includes 41 Dylan albums in card sleeves, 14 of which have been remastered for this project, plus a 2CD set of previously released non-album tracks entitled Side Tracks. The albums exclude all compilations and The Bootleg Series sets, but do include the deleted 1973 Dylan album, also see 1973, and the extra 2CD set Side Tracks includes one side of the 1971 single George Jackson (Acoustic version), R-0085, see 1971. The set is therefore listed in 2013. The set also includes a hard cover book with extensive new liner notes and previously unseen photos.

All the CDs come in card sleeves. Before The Flood comes in a folded card sleeve with the pockets for the CDs on the inside centre. The European sleeves are made of thicker card than the US sleeves, but they are otherwise identical, so are not shown. The catalogue number on the sleeve is "88691924312JK15" plus "DISCS 16&17". The CDs are different in detail, the US Before The Flood CDs have catalogue numbers "88691924312D16" and "88691924312D17", whereas the European CDs have catalogue numbers "88691924312-16" and "88691924312-17". The European CDs were made in the EU (probably Austria). The US and European copyright details are printed at the bottom of the Bob Dylan CDs, and round the circumference for The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan onwards, so I haven't shown them for the later CDs.

For more details of the set, see International Album Releases (Multi-Packs) 2010s.


Sony Music
SICP 30490/30491 (Japan) - picture from www.cdjapan.co.jp
Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson and Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that The Complete Album Collection will be released in Japan in four decade-related parts, with the intention to release them all in 2014. The Blu-Spec CD2 specification CDs come in card sleeves with printed inner sleeves and "SONY MUSIC" instead of "COLUMBIA" on the discs. Bob's 1970s albums from Self Portrait to Slow Train Coming were released in Japan on 23 Apr 2014 in card sleeves as Blu-Spec CD2 discs numbered Sony Music SICP 30482 to SICP 30500. The 2013 remastered Before The Flood is SICP 30490-91, more details will be added when available.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


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Planet Waves 1974
Planet Waves
(1974)
BTF_Front.JPG (32350 bytes)
Before The Flood
(1974)
Blood On The Tracks 1975
Blood On The Tracks
(1975)
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