"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 1986

All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
A-E F-J K-O P-S T-Z

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This yearly page now contains only the main Rarities List! Promotional Items (Albums and Singles) are now here. All Honourable Mentions are now here.

If you have any entries to add to the list or additions/corrections to existing entries, please let me know! Please note I cannot value your Dylan rarities - see the Mission page for reasons why. Contact the dealers on my Trading page for assistance!

Revised: 25 January, 2017


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

Key to symbols used:
Links to other World Wide Web pages -
Links to email addresses -
Performances currently available on commercial CD are marked by (these are the ones that count as obscurities rather than as rarities)


Voices Of America (Various Artists) - "Hands Across America"/USA For Africa (Various Artists) - "We Are The World" - promo and commercial 7" singles, EMI America 006 20 1213 7 (NL), May 1986; EMI America 06 2012137 (Italy), EMI America AMI 1760 (Australia), May 1986; EMI America EYS-17634 (Japan), 4 Jun 1986:
This single was released to publicise a charity event in the USA on 25 May 1986.


EMI America 006 20 1213 7 (NL) - front scan by Hans Seegers

R-0164-4 We Are the World (Michael Jackson-Lionel Ritchie) - Bob contributes vocals to charity song (6:22)
We Are The World was re-released as the B-side of this charity single - Bob does not contribute to the A-side. For original worldwide releases of We Are The World see 1985.

Tom Willems has two copies of the Dutch single, the only difference in the labels is that on the second label the capsule with "LC 5717" at upper right of the label is printed in a smaller size. Hans Seegers' single, which has a torn label on the B-side, is the first variant.


EMI America 006 20 1213 7 (NL) - rear scan by Hans Seegers


EMI America 006 20 1213 7 (NL) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (no Dylan, first variant)


EMI America 006 20 1213 7 (NL) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0164, first variant)


EMI America 06 2012137 (Italy) - front scan by Dag Braathen

EMI America 06 2012137 (Italy) - rear scan by Dag Braathen

EMI America 06 2012137 (Italy) - A-side scan by Dag Braathen (no Dylan)

EMI America 06 2012137 (Italy) - B-side scan by Dag Braathen (R-0164)

EMI America 006 20 1213 7 (NL) - B-side scan by Tom Willems (R-0164, first variant)


EMI America 006 20 1213 7 (NL) - detail of B-side, scan by Tom Willems (R-0164, first variant)

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EMI America EYS-17634 (Japan) - front scan by Wil Gielen

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EMI America EYS-17634 (Japan) - rear scan by Wil Gielen
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EMI America EYS-17634 (Japan) - promo Side A, scan by Wil Gielen (no Dylan)

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EMI America EYS-17634 (Japan) - promo Side B, scan by Wil Gielen (R-0164)


EMI America 006 20 1213 7 (NL) - B-side scan by Tom Willems (R-0164, second variant)


EMI America 006 20 1213 7 (NL) - detail of B-side, scan by Tom Willems (R-0164, second variant)

The Japanese single shown is a white label promo - scans of the commercial single labels required.
 

EMI America AMI 1760 (Australia) - A-side of promo single in generic sleeve, scan by Stuart Moore (no Dylan)
These Australian singles come in generic EMI sleeves, which may not be original, even though they do date from the correct time period. The promo single has "SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE" on both labels, and comes in a buff sleeve, the commercial single comes in a green sleeve. The A-side text is printed slightly higher on the commercial single than it is on the promo single, but the commercial and promo B-sides look the same.

Shireen Ginger has a unique copy of AMI 1760 with "SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE" on the A-side, but not on the B-side. It comes in the same generic sleeve.


EMI America AMI 1760 (Australia) - B-side of promo single in generic sleeve, scan by Stuart Moore (includes R-0164)

EMI America AMI 1760 (Australia) - A-side of promo single, scan by Stuart Moore (no Dylan)

EMI America AMI 1760 (Australia) - B-side of promo single, scan by Stuart Moore (includes R-0164)

EMI America AMI 1760 (Australia) - A-side of commercial single in generic sleeve, scan by Stuart Moore (no Dylan)

EMI America AMI 1760 (Australia) - B-side of commercial single in generic sleeve, scan by Stuart Moore (includes R-0164)

EMI America AMI 1760 (Australia) - A-side of commercial single, scan by Stuart Moore (no Dylan)

EMI America AMI 1760 (Australia) - B-side of commercial single, scan by Stuart Moore (includes R-0164)

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Tom Willems, Wil Gielen, Dag Braathen and Stuart Moore for information and scans.


Various Artists - "Band Of The Hand: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" - stereo vinyl LP releases: MCA-6167 (USA/Canada), MCA 253 074-1 (West Germany), MCA 25 3704-1 (Italy), MCA 6167-1 (Australia), Warner-Pioneer/MCA P-13347 (Japan), 1986; stereo compact cassette: MCAC-6167 (USA), 1986:
This film, set in Florida, was produced by "Miami Vice" producer Michael Mann and directed by "Starsky & Hutch" actor Paul Michael Glaser. MCA was Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' record label. For the Band Of The Hand VHS release, see the
VHS & DVD 1980s page. For Band Of The Hand singles, see below.


MCA-6167 (USA) - front scan by Olav Langum

R-0182 Band Of The Hand - with The Heartbreakers, produced by Tom Petty
This is now confirmed to be the same version as the single (4:38), see below, not the extended version used in the film itself (R-0360, see
VHS & DVD 1980s)
Lyrics on bobdylan.com here

My copy purchased from www.eil.com has a gold sticker with black text on the front promoting the title track. There is a promo stamp on the rear sleeve. The record has MCA commercial labels with a blue background, clouds and rainbow. It has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - MCA 5370-PL 4, Side 2 - MCA 5371-PL 4.


MCA-6167 (USA) - front with sticker (my copy)

MCA-6167 (USA) - front sticker

MCA-6167 (USA) - rear (promo copy)

MCA-6167 (USA) - detail of rear

MCA-6167 (USA) - detail of rear (promo copy)


MCA-6167 (USA) acetate - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers


MCA-6167 (USA) acetate - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers


MCA 6167-1 (Australia) - front scan by Bill Hester


MCA 6167-1 (Australia) - rear scan by Bill Hester


MCA 6167-1 (Australia) - detail of rear, scan by Bill Hester

MCA-6167 (USA) - Side 1 (includes R-0182)


MCA-6167 (USA) - Side 2 (no Dylan)


MCA-6167 (Canada) - Side 1 scan by Jack Guerreiro


Warner-Pioneer/MCA P-13347 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen

MCA 6167-1 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Bill Hester

MCA 6167-1 (Australia) - detail of Side 1, scan by Bill Hester


MCA 25 3704-1 (Italy) - rear scan by Kenneth Robson


MCA 25 3704-1 (Italy) - Side 1 scan by Kenneth Robson

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MCAC-6167 (USA), cassette front - picture found on eBay by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Warner-Pioneer/MCA P-13347 (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)

Warner-Pioneer/MCA P-13347 (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)

Warner-Pioneer/MCA P-13347 (Japan) - front of insert, scan by Wil Gielen

Warner-Pioneer/MCA P-13347 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)


Warner-Pioneer/MCA P-13347 (Japan) - detail of Side 1, scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)


Warner-Pioneer/MCA P-13347 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)

Scans of the West German LP release MCA 253 074-1/MCA 6167 required, and any UK release.

Bill Hester has an Australian copy of MCA 6167-1 with "WEA Records Pty Ltd" on the sleeve and record labels, showing it was manufactured in Australia. The label is the same as the US and Canadian labels shown above with a blue background, clouds and rainbow, the front of the sleeve is same design as the USA front.

Wil Gielen's Japanese copy has a promo stamp on the rear sleeve and also Japanese characters meaning promo printed on the record labels. The album has a light blue and white obi and a double-sided insert, the rear has the lyrics in English and Japanese.

I'm informed by Rob van Estrik that, even though a CD catalogue number is listed on the rear sleeve of the soundtrack LP, it wasn't actually released on CD. For a 2004 Swedish CD release, created by a Swedish "fanclub", see below and Questionable Releases.

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Olav Langum, Jack Guerreiro, Jean-Pol Hiernaux, Kenneth Robson and Bill Hester for information and scans.


Various Artists - "Band Of The Hand OST" - Special Edition CD, (label/catalogue number?), (Sweden), 2004:


Front picture from eBay
R-0182 Band Of The Hand - with The Heartbreakers, produced by Tom Petty, recorded at Festival Studios, Sydney, Australia, 9 Feb 1986
Lyrics on bobdylan.com here

This edition was produced by a "Soundtrack fanclub" in Scandinavia. For the original MCA release of the soundtrack album and singles, see above. For more information, see Questionable Releases.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information.


Bob Dylan with The Heartbreakers - "Band Of The Hand"/Michel Rubini - "Theme From Joe's Death" - 7"promo and commercial singles: MCA-52811 (USA); 12" promo single: MCA L33-17118 (USA); 12" commercial single: MCA-23633 (USA), 1986:
The Dylan picture used for these singles comes from Auckland, New Zealand, 1986.

MCA-52811 US promo and commercial 7" singles:

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MCA-52811 (USA) - promo/ commercial 7" single front scan by Christian Faerber

R-0182-2 Band Of The Hand - with The Heartbreakers, produced by Tom Petty, recorded at Festival Studios, Sydney, Australia, 9 Feb 1986
Lyrics on bobdylan.com here

The B-side is an instrumental by Michel Rubini from the film soundtrack. The 12" singles have the same A-side as the 7" single (4:38), not an extended mix. This is the same as the version on the film soundtrack album, see above.

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MCA-52811 (USA) - promo/ commercial 7" single rear scan by Christian Faerber
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MCA-52811 (USA) - promo 7" single with "Side 1" on both sides, scan by Christian Faerber (R-0182)
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MCA-52811 (USA) - commercial 7" single A-side scan by David Plentus (R-0182 - variant 1)

MCA-52811 (USA) - commercial 7" single A-side scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (R-0182 - variant 2)

MCA-52811 (USA) - detail of commercial 7" single A-side, scan by David Plentus (variant 1)

MCA-52811 (USA) - detail of commercial 7" single A-side, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (variant 2)

MCA-52811 (USA) - commercial 7" single B-side scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (no Dylan - variant 2)

MCA-52811 US promo 7" single - this also has "MCA-52811" in white lettering below the red lettering in the bottom right-hand corner of the front sleeve. The rear of the US promo is the same as the West German single in black, white, yellow and red.

Sergio Mariano Romay's US commercial copy comes in the same sleeve as Christian Faerber's copy, although he says his front sleeve is slightly longer on the side that opens for the record. However, there are several noticeable differences on the rainbow style A-side label from that of Dave Plentus' copy (Dave did not provide a B-side label):

On the record of Sergio's copy the handwritten matrix numbers are: A-Side - MC 20342-  PL 4  Precision, B- Side - MC 20327 – PL 3  Precision.

MCA-23633 US 12" single:
 

MCA-23633 (USA) - front of 12" single (my copy)

MCA-23633 (USA) - rear of 12" single
 
MCA L33-17118 (USA) - promo 12" single (this promo also has "Side 1" on both sides) (R-0182) (my copy)


MCA-23633 (USA) - A-side of commercial 12" single (R-0182)


MCA-23633 (USA) - A-side of commercial 12" single (R-0182), alternate label scan by Kenneth Robson

MCA-23633 (USA) - B-side of commercial 12" single (non Dylan)

MCA-23633 US 12" single - has "MCA-23633" in red lettering below the red lettering in the bottom right-hand corner of the front sleeve. The rear on the US 12" single is the same as the West German single in black, white, yellow and red, and lists the members of the Heartbreakers instead of details of the B-side. The record has a small hole and "rainbow" style labels. The sleeve is glossy card. The white label promo 12" single comes in a plain white card sleeve and the record has the A-side on both sides.

Thanks to Christian Faerber, David Plentus, Kenneth Robson and Sergio Mariano Romay for information and scans.


Bob Dylan with The Heartbreakers - "Band Of The Hand"/Michel Rubini - "Theme From Joe's Death" - 7"promo and commercial singles: MCA-52811 (Canada), 1986:


MCA-52811 (Canada) - commercial 7" single front scan by Christian Faerber (rear is the same as the US 7" single)

The Canadian promo 7" single has "PROMOTIONAL COPY - NOT FOR SALE" printed in the centre of both labels. It did not have a picture sleeve.


MCA-52811 (Canada) - A-side of promo 7" single, scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0182)

MCA-52811 (Canada) - B-side of promo 7" single, scan by Manuel García Jara (non Dylan)

MCA-52811 (Canada) - A-side of commercial 7" single, scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0182)

MCA-52811 (Canada) - B-side of commercial 7" single, scan by Manuel García Jara (non Dylan)

The Canadian commercial 7" single has the same sleeve as the US promo and commercial 7" singles except that it doesn't have a catalogue number on the front.

Thanks to Christian Faerber and Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Bob Dylan with The Heartbreakers - "Band Of The Hand"/Michel Rubini - Theme From Joe's Death - 7" and 12" singles, MCA (UK), 1986:

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MCA 1076 (UK) - 7" single front (my copy)

MCA 1076 UK 7" single - the single has no writing in the bottom right-hand corner of the front sleeve, and the rear sleeve in black, white and buff gives details of the B-side by Michel Rubini. The single has a small hole and "injection" labels - in this case a thin silver plastic ring-shaped layer is injected into the record itself, and the text/graphics are cut out using a stamp so that the black vinyl underneath shows through, there is no paper label. The sleeve is glossy card. Michel Pomarede has a 7" promo single with an injection labels in blue, which I assume did not have a picture sleeve.

The sleeve of the Australia 7" single MCA 7 52811 is similar to this, but the record itself has the blue MCA rainbow/clouds design.


MCA 1076 (UK) - 7" promo single A-side, scan by Michel Pomarede (R-0182)


MCAT 1076 (UK) - 12" single front, scan by Hans Seegers

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MCA 1076 (UK) - 7" single rear (my copy)


MCA 1076 (UK) - 7" single A-side (R-0182)

MCA 1076 (UK) - 7" single B-side (non-Dylan)

MCAT 1076 (UK) - 12" single back, scan by Hans Seegers

MCAT 1076 (UK) - 12" single, A-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0182)


MCAT 1076 (UK) - 12" single, B-side scan by Hans Seegers (non Dylan)

Thanks to Alan Hoaksey and Olav Langum for information and to Hans Seegers and Michel Pomarede for further information and scans.


Bob Dylan with The Heartbreakers - "Band Of The Hand"/Michel Rubini - Theme From Joe's Death - 7" singles: MCA 171/258 673-7 (West Germany), MCA 258673-7); 12" single: MCA 258 673-0 (West Germany), 1986:


MCA 171/258 673-7 (West Germany) - 7" single front scan by Yan Friis


MCA 171/258 673-7 (West Germany) - 7" single front with dealer's sticker (my copy)


MCA 171/258 673-7 (West Germany) - 7" single rear scan by Yan Friis


MCA 171/258 673-7 (West Germany) - 7" single rear scan by Gerard Germano (top opening)


MCA 171/258 673-7 (West Germany) - 7" single rear scan by Gerard Germano (side opening)
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MCA 258 673-0 (West Germany) - 12" single front scan by Olav Langum
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MCA 258 673-0 (West Germany) - 12" single rear scan by
Stefan Haras

MCA 258 673-0 (West Germany) - 12" single A-side scan by Stefan Haras (R-0182)


MCA 258 673-0 (West Germany) - 12" single B-side scan by Stefan Haras (no Dylan)


MCA 171/258 673-7 (West Germany) - 7" single A-side (R-0182)


MCA 171/258 673-7 (West Germany) - 7" single B-side (no Dylan)

MCA 171 (258 673-7) West German 7" single - this has "The Michael Mann Motion Co. Inc. In association with Tri-Star Pictures" in red lettering in the bottom right-hand corner of the front sleeve, and the rear sleeve in black, white, yellow and red lists the members of the Heartbreakers instead of details of the B-side. The single has a jukebox large hole, paper "rainbow" style labels and the sleeve is paper. Gerard Germano has two copies with different sleeves, one of which opens at the side like my copy, the other of which opens at the top. Both examples are shown. My copy bought at a record fair in Basle, Switzerland, has a dealer's sticker on the front of the sleeve.

MCA 258 673-0 West German 12" single - the sleeve is essentially the same as that of the 7" single.

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Yan Friis, Gerard Germano, Olav Langum and Stefan Haras for information and scans.


Bob Dylan with The Heartbreakers - "Band Of The Hand"/Michel Rubini - Theme From Joe's Death - 7" single: MCA 258673-7 (Spain), 1986:


MCA 258673-7 (Spain) - front of promo 7" single, same as the US release including the US catalogue number MCA-52811 (my copy)

MCA 258 673-7 Spanish promo 7" single - this is the same as the West German single but with "MCA-52811" in white lettering below the red lettering in the bottom right-hand corner of the front sleeve and with the rear sleeve in monochrome. The single has a jukebox large hole, and paper "rainbow" style labels with added text "PROMOCIONAL PROHIBIDA SU VENDA" on both record labels. The sleeve is heavyweight paper. The artist's name on the B-side is mis-spelled as "MICHAEL RUBINI" (instead of "Michel"). Hans Seegers has a copy of the Spanish promo single with a black promo stamp and two pages of promo information. Manuel García Jara's demo copy has a sticker from the department store El Corte Ingles on the rear sleeve and a barely readable stamp of "PRUEBA" [DEMONSTRATION] on the A-side label. Ronald Born's promo copy has a date stamp of "21 Ago. 1986" (21 Aug 1986) on the rear sleeve and the B-side.

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

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MCA 258673-7 (Spain) - rear of promo 7" single, similar to US rear but in monochrome (my copy)


MCA 258673-7 (Spain) - rear of promo 7" single with date stamp, scan by Ronald Born


MCA 258673-7 (Spain) - A-side of promo 7" single (R-0182)


MCA 258673-7 (Spain) - detail of A-side of promo 7" single (B-side has the same stamp)


MCA 258673-7 (Spain) - B-side of promo 7" single (artist named wrongly as "MICHAEL RUBINI")


MCA 258673-7 (Spain) - B-side of promo 7" single with date stamp, scan by Ronald Born

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MCA 258 673-7 (Spain) - promo sheet scan by Hans Seegers


MCA 258673-7 (Spain) - rear of demo 7" single with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara


MCA 258673-7 (Spain) - sticker on rear of demo 7" single, scan by Manuel García Jara

MCA 258673-7 (Spain) - A-side of demo 7" single with stamp, scan by Manuel García Jara


MCA 258673-7 (Spain) - "PRUEBA" stamp on A-side of demo 7" single, scan by Manuel García Jara (darkened to show stamp)

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MCA 258 673-7 (Spain) -reverse of promo sheet, scan by Hans Seegers

Bob Dylan with The Heartbreakers - "Band Of The Hand"/Michel Rubini - Theme From Joe's Death - 7" promo and commercial singles: MCA P-1232 (Japan), 1986:


MCA P-2132 (Japan) - 7" single insert front (my copy)


MCA P-2132 (Japan) - 7" single insert rear including lyrics in English and Japanese


MCA P-2132 (Japan) - 7" commercial single A-side (R-0182) (my copy)

MCA P-2132 (Japan) - 7" commercial single B-side (non Dylan)

MCA P-2132 (Japan) - 7" promo single A-side with Japanese text (R-0182), scan by Hans Seegers

MCA P-2132 (Japan) - 7" promo single B-side with Japanese text (non Dylan), scan by Hans Seegers

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for finding the Japanese promo single on eBay (which I bought). The Japanese commercial single came in a blue/white Warner-Pioneer sleeve, with the insert shown below. For the sleeve itself, see 7" Single Sleeves.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for scans of the promo single labels.


Bob Dylan with The Heartbreakers - "Band Of The Hand"/Michel Rubini - Theme From Joe's Death - 7" singles: MCA 7-52811 (Australia/New Zealand), 1986:


MCA 7 52811 (Australia) - front of 7" single, scan by Stuart Moore
Thanks to Bill Hester for information and to Stuart Moore for scans. Thanks to Hans Seegers for confirming that the LP and single on sale in New Zealand were imported from Australia.
MCA 7 52811 (Australia) - rear of 7" single, scan by Stuart Moore

MCA 7 52811 (Australia) - A-side of 7" single, scan by Stuart Moore (R-0182)

MCA 7 52811 (Australia) - B-side of 7" single, scan by Stuart Moore (non-Dylan)

Bill Hester says in regard to the New Zealand single: "The cardboard sleeve on the 7" looks like your scan of the German sleeve with much the same information on front "The Michael Mann Company Inc". etc., and the same information on the back listing members of the Heartbreakers (i.e. same as the German scan). The record itself is MCA 7-52811, a small hole but label like the US one - blue background, clouds and rainbow. There is no country of origin on the record, but it mentions "WEA Records Pty Ltd." which is peculiar to the company structure in Australia."


"Torchlight Album" - promo stereo cassette, Stratosphere Sound Studios (no catalogue number) (USA), 23 Jun 1986:
This cassette created by Stratosphere Sound Studios for Columbia seems to have been a test compilation of Bob's love songs, all standard album tracks. The sound quality is very good, and the tracks have more detail in the high tones than the versions then available, although they do not seem to be remixes. Stratosphere Sound Studios was based at 6-10 Lexington Street, New York City - there is no record in the chronologies of Bob ever having recorded there. The tape is dated "23/June/'86" on the insert and "23/6/86" on the cassette labels, which implies the engineer who wrote out the labels was European.


Cassette insert scan by Arie de Reus
This promo cassette contains probably:

R-0605-4 Jokerman - second single edit (4:05), for the occurrence of this on UK and Spanish 7" promo singles, see 1984.

The full track listing is:

Side 1: Lay, Lady, Lay; She Belongs To Me; Just Like A Woman; I Want You; If Not For You; Love Minus Zero/No Limit; Forever Young (slow version); Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You.

Side 2: Sweetheart Like You; One More Night; I Threw It All Away; If You See Her, Say Hello; Don't Think Twice, It's All Right; Girl From The North Country (with Johnny Cash); Sara; Jokerman (edit).

Thanks to Keith Venturoni for finding this item on eBay, and to Arie de Reus for detailed information and scans.


Cassette Side 1 scan by Arie de Reus

Cassette Side 2 scan by Arie de Reus

Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Superstar Concert Series: The Ultimate Radio Concerts" - 3LP radio broadcast set, Westwood One radio station discs, SS86-21, broadcast 31 Aug 1986:
This set comes in a generic black box with a pasted front sleeve picture. I normally now show all record labels with Dylan material, but these have no track listings, just the show number, and the only difference is the side number on the left. The records themselves are in clear sleeves and manufactured to be played on an auto-changer turntable, so the sides are arranged as follows: Record 1 - Sides 1 and 4, Record 2 - Sides 2 and 5, Record 3 - Sides 3 and 6. The set was re-released in 1987 with the catalogue number SS87-F.

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Westwood One SS86-21 (USA) - front of box (my copy)

Recorded live in Sydney, Australia, 24 & 25 Feb 1986 and Tacoma, WA, 31 Jul 1986.

Side 1:

R-0183    Positively 4th Street - 24 Feb 1986
R-0184    All Along The Watchtower - 31 Jul 1986

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Westwood One SS86-21 (USA) - cue sheet

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Westwood One SS86-21 (USA) - Side 1 (sides 2-6 are virtually identical)


Picture from www.amazon.co.uk (2016 release)

Side 2:

R-0185    Masters Of War - 24 Feb 1986
R-0180-2 I'll Remember You - 24 Feb 1986 (also on the 1986 video Hard To Handle, see
VHS & DVD 1980s)
R-0186    I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know (Cecil A. Null) - 24 Feb 1986

Side 3: Bye, Bye, Johnny; Breakdown (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)

Side 4:

R-0173-2 Just Like A Woman - 24 Feb 1986 (also on the 1986 video Hard To Handle, see VHS & DVD 1980s)
R-0187    Blowin' In The Wind - 25 Feb 1986

Side 5:

R-0188    That Lucky Old Sun (Haven Gillespie-Beasley Smith) - 24 Feb 1986
Now recorded by Bob on Shadows In The Night, Feb 2015!

So You Wanna Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star; Spike (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)

Side 6:

R-0174-2 Like A Rolling Stone - 25 Feb 1986 (also on the 1986 video Hard To Handle, see VHS & DVD 1980s)
R-0181-2 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - 25 Feb 1986 (also on the 1986 video Hard To Handle, see
VHS & DVD 1980s)

Girl Of The North Country (R-0176), When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky (R-0178) and It Ain't Me, Babe from 31 Jul 1986 (R-0428, see 1999) were included in broadcasts outside the USA, but are not on the US radio station discs. The first two are also on the 1986 video Hard To Handle, see VHS & DVD 1980s.

An excerpt from Mr. Tambourine Man, probably from Tacoma, WA, 31 Jul 1986, is included in the 2007 Tom Petty documentary Runnin' Down A Dream, see VHS & DVD 2000s Part 4.

Thanks to Ole Lien for information. Thanks also to John Willy Bakke for information that this set will be released unofficially by Rox Vox as Dylan & Petty Live On The Radio '86 in the UK in Jane 2016 - this is possible only because the material is from a radio broadcast.


Kurtis Blow - "Kingdom Blow", LP: Mercury 830-215-1 (USA/West Germany/NL)/Club Records JABH 22 (UK)/CD: Mercury 830 215-2 (USA/West Germany), Sep 1986:
This album is now out of print.


Mercury 830-215-1 (USA) - front scan by
Hans Seegers (promo album)
R-0189 Street Rock (Kurtis Blow/Bill Black/Tashim) - Bob contributes "rap" vocals

The US album shown is a promo release with an information sticker on the front sleeve and "DJ" plus "PROMOTIONAL NOT FOR SALE" on the record labels.

The US CD was actually manufactured in West Germany.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Mercury 830-215-1 (USA) - information sticker from front sleeve, scan by Hans Seegers (promo album)


Mercury 830-215-1 (USA) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (promo album)


Mercury 830-215-1 (NL) - rear scan by Hans Seegers


Club Records JABH 22 (UK) - information sticker from front sleeve, scan by Hans Seegers


Mercury 830-215-1 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (promo album)


Mercury 830-215-1 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (promo album)


Club Records JABH 22 (UK) - rear scan by Hans Seegers

Mercury 830-215-2 (USA) - CD release in original packaging, scan by Hans Seegers


Mercury 830-215-2 (USA) - CD front insert, scan by Hans Seegers


Club Records JABH 22 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers


Club Records JABH 22 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers


Mercury 830-215-1 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers


Mercury 830-215-2 (USA) - CD rear insert, scan by Hans Seegers


Mercury 830-215-2 (USA) - CD scan by Hans Seegers


Mercury 830-215-2 (West Germany) - CD rear insert, scan by Hans Seegers


Mercury 830-215-2 (West Germany) - CD scan by Hans Seegers


Mercury 830-215-1 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers


"The Gelston Acetates" - 11 Columbia US acetates brought on to the market by W. L. Gelston & Associates, Oakland, CA, USA, 1986:
All the acetates are single-sided 12" LPs, Reference Recordings from Columbia Studios, Nashville, TN:

Acetate 1: Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England, 17 May 1966 - Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, She Belongs To Me, 4th Time Around, Visions of Johanna.
Acetate 2: Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England, 17 May 1966 - It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue, Desolation Row.
Acetate 3: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, 26 May 1966 - She Belongs To Me, Fourth Time Around, Visions of Johanna.
Acetate 4: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, 26 May 1966 - Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat, One Too Many Mornings, Ballad of a Thin Man.
Acetate 5: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, 27 May 1966 - She Belongs To Me, Fourth Time Around.
Acetate 6: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, 27 May 1966 - Visions of Johanna, It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.
Acetate 7: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, 27 May 1966 - Visions of Johanna, It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (both repeated).
Acetate 8: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, 27 May 1966 - It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (third occurrence), Desolation Row.
Acetate 9: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, 27 May 1966 - Just Like a Woman, Mr. Tambourine Man.
Acetate 10: "Bob Dylan Jams", Columbia Studios, New York, 1 May 1970 - Song To Woody, Mama You Been On My Mind, Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (instrumental), Yesterday, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues.
Acetate 11: "Bob Dylan Jams", Columbia Studios, New York, 1 May 1970 - Da Doo Ron Ron, One Too Many Mornings (instrumental), One Too Many Mornings.


Gelston acetate 1, scan by Arie de Reus (17 May 1966, Reel 2, Side 1)


W. L. Gelston's business card - scan by Arie de Reus


Gelston acetate 2, scan by Arie de Reus (17 May 1966, Reel 2, Side 2)

Gelston acetate 3, scan by Arie de Reus (26 May 1966, Reel 1, Side 1)

R-0406 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - soundcheck, Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England, 17 May 1966

Acetates 1 and 2 also contain She Belongs To Me, 4th Time Around, Visions Of Johanna, It's All Over Now, Baby Blue and Desolation Row from 17 May 1966, released in 1998 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert

R-0407 She Belongs To Me - live, Royal Albert Hall, London, England, 26 May 1966

R-0408 Fourth Time Around - live as R-0407

R-0409 Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat - live as R-0407

R-0410 One Too Many Mornings - live as R-0407

R-0411 Ballad Of A Thin Man - live as R-0407

Acetate 3 also contains the live version of Visions Of Johanna from 26 May 1966 released on Biograph. All the performances from 26 May 1966 have now been released on The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert!, Dec 2016, and are no longer rarities!

R-0412 She Belongs To Me - live, Royal Albert Hall, London, England, 27 May 1966

R-0413 Fourth Time Around - live as R-0412

R-0414 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - live as R-0412

R-0415 Visions of Johanna - live as R-0412 (the version on Biograph is 26 May 1966). This is the version with the "This is not a drug song" introduction.

R-0416 Desolation Row - live as R-0412

R-0417 Just Like A Woman - live as R-0412

R-0418 Mr. Tambourine Man (incomplete) - live as R-0412

The performances from 27 May 1966 are on the 36CD set The 1966 Live Recordings only, and therefore remain rarities.

R-0419 Song To Woody - recorded with George Harrison during the New Morning sessions at Columbia Studios, New York, 1 May 1970

R-0420 Mama, You Been On My Mind - recorded as R-0419

R-0503 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (instrumental) - recorded as R-0419

R-0422 Yesterday (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) - recorded as R-0419

R-0423 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - recorded as R-0419

R-0424 Da Doo Ron Ron (Jeff Barrie/Ellie Greenwich/Phil Spector) - recorded as R-0419

R-0538 One Too Many Mornings (instrumental) - recorded as R-0419

R-0425 One Too Many Mornings - recorded as R-0419

R-0419 to R-0425 plus R-0503 and R-0538 (two songs added subsequently) come from the same session with George Harrison as the version of If Not For You on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3. An alternate take of I Threw It All Away from this session appeared in Apr 2003 on the Sony Custom Mix CD web-site, see Online Performances (Other).

Thanks to Arie de Reus for information and scans. Working On A Guru (formerly R-0421, now released in 2013 on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)) is not actually on one of the acetates, as previously reported, although it was in general circulation amongst Dylan fans.


Gelston acetate 4, scan by Arie de Reus (26 May 1966, Reel 1, Side 2)

Columbia/Legacy/ Sony Music 88985361441 (Europe) - front of gatefold sleeve (2LP release, my copy)

Gelston acetate 5, scan by Arie de Reus (27 May 1966, Reel 1, Side 1)

Gelston acetate 6, scan by Arie de Reus (27 May 1966, Reel 1, Side 2)

Gelston acetate 7, scan by Arie de Reus (27 May 1966, Reel 1, Side 2 repeated)

Gelston acetate 8, scan by Arie de Reus (27 May 1966, Reel 2, Side 1)

Gelston acetate 9, scan by Arie de Reus (27 May 1966, Reel 2, Side 2)

Gelston acetate 10, scan by Arie de Reus (1 May 1970, Reel 1, Side 1)

Gelston acetate 11, scan by Arie de Reus (1 May 1970, Reel 1, Side 2)

Promotional/Regular Items for 1986


Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo items for 1986 which don't contain rare material but which are still very collectable are now included with promo releases of regular albums and commercially released singles on the appropriate page in International Stereo Releases.

Knocked Out Loaded 1986
Knocked Out Loaded
(1986)


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