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This page is part of a list of original releases by release date of international commercially-released multi-packs of regular stereo Dylan albums. These are listed here to save multiple entries on each album page. 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.

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

Revised 17 January, 2017.


"Mitos* Musicales: Bob Dylan [Musical Legends: Bob Dylan]" - 2 LP set in box, CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 56903 (Spain), 1986, re-issued 1987:

*The distinction between “myth” and “legend” made in English isn’t made in other European languages – they’re both types of traditional stories, but basically a “myth” is a story that was never actually true, whereas a “legend” is a story that is based on true events or people. This means an “urban legend” should actually be called an “urban myth”, while Bob’s certainly a legend and definitely not a myth!

This is a very rare 1986 2LP boxed set from Spanish mail order company El Círculo de Lectores with Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (CBS S 62847, UK tracklist) and Empire Burlesque (CBS S 86313) plus a book in Spanish by Jordi Sierra i Fabra called "La Historia Interminable [The Neverending Story]". The "Mitos Musicales" series included mostly Spanish and Latin American artists apart from Bob and Elvis Presley. The rear of the box is plain black. The records are in plain white sleeves without the original outer sleeves. All copies of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits have the edited version of Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 at 2:06 (R-0656, see 1967).


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 56903 (Spain) - box front photo by Manuel García Jara (all boxes)


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 56903 (Spain) - detail of box front with catalogue number, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 56903 (Spain) - book front scan by Manuel García Jara (all boxes)


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 56903 (Spain) - book title page scan by Manuel García Jara (all boxes)


Elvis box front photo by Manuel García Jara


Elvis book front scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 56903 (Spain) - box spine scan by Manuel García Jara (all boxes)

Manuel García Jara has four copies of this box as follows, all with the same box and book:

  1. Both records have orange/yellow labels
  2. Greatest Hits same as box #1, Empire Burlesque has red "CBS Productos Especiales" labels
  3. Greatest Hits has red CBS labels without the text "CBS Productos Especiales", Empire Burlesque is the same as box #2
  4. Greatest Hits has red "CBS Productos Especiales" labels, Empire Burlesque has red "CBS Productos Especiales" labels with slight differences from the ones in boxes #2 & #3.

Box 1:


CBS S 62847 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (boxes 1 & 2)

Both records have orange/yellow CBS labels. The Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits labels are slightly different from the mid-1980s Spanish release of this album. The Empire Burlesque labels are the same as the second Spanish release of this album.


CBS S 62847 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (boxes 1 & 2)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (box 1 only)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (box 1 only)

Box 2:
 


CBS S 62847 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (boxes 1 & 2)

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits same as box #1 with orange/yellow CBS labels, Empire Burlesque has red "CBS Productos Especiales" labels.


CBS S 62847 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (boxes 1 & 2)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (boxes 2 & 3)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (boxes 2 & 3)

Box 3:
 

CBS S 62847 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (box 3 only)
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits has red CBS labels without the text "CBS Productos Especiales", Empire Burlesque has the same "CBS Productos Especiales" labels the same as box #2.

Pachi Becerril also has a copy of box #3.


CBS S 62847 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (box 3 only


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1987 release - boxes 2 & 3)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (boxes 2 & 3)


Box 4:
 


CBS S 62847 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (box 4 only)

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits has red "CBS Productos Especiales" labels, Empire Burlesque also has red "CBS Productos Especiales" labels with slight differences from the ones in boxes #2 & #3.


CBS S 62847 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (box 4 only)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (box 4 only)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (box 4 only)

For the Spanish Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits label differences, see here. For full details of the Spanish Empire Burlesque releases, see International Album Releases (Regular Albums).

Thanks to Manuel García Jara and Pachi Becerril for information and pictures.


"Mitos* Musicales: Bob Dylan [Musical Legends: Bob Dylan]" - 2 cassette set, CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 44461/1-2 (Spain), 1986, re-issued 1987:


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 44461/1-2 (Spain) - front of cassette box, scan by Manuel García Jara
The "Mitos Musicales" set was also released as two cassettes, again sold in a box with the same book as the LP version - the box holds both cassettes and the book. Each tape has a different image on the insert with logo of "Los Mitos Musicales" on the spine and individual catalogue numbers: 44461/1 for Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits with the UK tracklist and the 2:06 edit of Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (R-0656 as on this page) and 44461/2 for Empire Burlesque.

However, the tapes themselves are identical to the standard commercial releases, each one with its own catalogue number: Greatest Hits (40-62847) and Empire Burlesque (40-86313).


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 44461/1-2 (Spain) - rear of cassette box, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 44461/1 (Spain) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (no CBS logos on left)


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 44461/1 (Spain) - outside of cassette insert, alternate scan by Manuel García Jara (CBS logos on left)


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 44461/1 (Spain) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-62847 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-62847 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 44461/2 (Spain) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (no CBS logos on left)


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 56903 (Spain) - book front scan by Manuel García Jara (same as the LP book)


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 44461/2 (Spain) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 40-86313 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 40-86313 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 44461/1-2 (Spain) - spine of cassette box, scan by Manuel García Jara

There are two different insert designs: two copies are shown, one where the the card of Greatest Hits has multiple background CBS logos on the left, not present on the Empire Burlesque insert; and one where both inserts are the same, with no background CBS logos on the left. There must be copies available where the cassette of Empire Burlesque also has the multiple background CBS logos on the left of the insert!

*See the comment about "myths" and "legends" above.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"The Times They Are A-Changin'"/"Bob Dylan" - 2 albums on one "Double Play" cassette, CBS 40-22147 (UK), 1987:

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CBS 40-22147 (UK) - outside of cassette insert (my copy)

This cassette was sold at what was then mid-price (£6.29) and had The Times They Are A-Changin' on Side 1 and Bob Dylan on Side 2. The cassette insert lists the album tracks, but there's no other information or artwork.

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CBS 40-22147 (UK) - inside of cassette insert

CBS 40-22147 (UK) - cassette Side 1 (The Times They Are A-Changin')

CBS 40-22147 (UK) - cassette Side 1 (Bob Dylan)

You're No Good from Bob Dylan is mistitled as "She's No Good" on both sides of the insert. The cassette is in a white plastic case with black text, there are no paper labels.

There must be more of these "2 on 1" cassettes to list - information required.


"The Times They Are A-Changin'"/"Bob Dylan" - 2 albums on one "Double Play" cassette, CBS 241056C (Australia), 1980s:


CBS 241056C (Australia) - cassette insert scan by Stuart Moore
This cassette had Bob Dylan on Side 1 and The Times They Are A-Changin' on Side 2. The cassette insert is blank on the reverse. You're No Good from Bob Dylan is correctly titled on the insert and the cassette. The cassette is in a clear plastic case with white text, there are no paper labels.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information and scans.


CBS 241056C (Australia) - cassette Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (Bob Dylan)

CBS 241056C (Australia) - cassette Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (The Times They Are A-Changin')

"Blood On The Tracks"/"Another Side Of Bob Dylan" - 2LP set in gatefold sleeve, CBS 461013 1 (NL), 1988:


CBS 461013 1 (NL) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel

This 2LP set comes in a gatefold sleeve with the front sleeves of the single albums on the outside and the rear sleeves on the inside of the gatefold. The records have red CBS labels. Record 1 (Blood on the Tracks) is housed in a red inner sleeve, record 2 (Another Side of Bob Dylan) has a plain white inner sleeve. Matrix numbers for record 1 are: Side 1 - CXAL-33235-2C (stamped), 12-69097-1A-1 (stamped), plus "COLUMBIA NY" and "NL", Side 2 - S 69097-B1 (handwritten). Matrix numbers for record 2 are: Side 3 - 01-32034-1A-1 (stamped), Side 4 - 01-32034-1B-1 (stamped).

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


CBS 461013 1 (NL) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 461013 1 (NL) - rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 461013 1 (NL) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 461013 1 (NL) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 461013 1 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (record 1, Blood On The Tracks, side 1)

CBS 461013 1 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 461013 1 (NL) - front of inner sleeve for record 1, Blood On The Tracks, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 461013 1 (NL) - rear of inner sleeve for record 1, Blood On The Tracks, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 461013 1 (NL) - detail of rear of inner sleeve for record 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 461013 1 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (record 1, Blood On The Tracks, side 2)

CBS 461013 1 (NL) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (record 2, Another Side Of Bob Dylan, side 1)

CBS 461013 1 (NL) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (record 2, Another Side Of Bob Dylan, side 2)

"Two Originals": "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"/"Nashville Skyline" - 2LP set in gatefold sleeve, CBS 465214 1 (NL), 1989:


CBS 465214 1 (NL) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel
This 2LP set comes in a gatefold sleeve with the design later used for the "Two Originals" 2CD packs on the outside (see International Albums (Regular) - 1990s Multi-Packs) and the front sleeves on the inside of the gatefold. The records have red CBS labels. Record 1 (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan) is housed in a CBS "Nice Price" inner sleeve, record 2 (Nashville Skyline) has a picture inner sleeve showing the rear sleeves of the albums. The record sides are numbered 1 to 4.
CBS 465214 1 (NL) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465214 1 (NL) - rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465214 1 (NL) - front of inner sleeve for record 1, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465214 1 (NL) - rear of inner sleeve for record 1, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465214 1 (NL) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465214 1 (NL) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465214 1 (NL) - front of inner sleeve for record 2, Nashville Skyline, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465214 1 (NL) - rear of inner sleeve for record 2, Nashville Skyline, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465214 1 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (record 1, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, side 1)


CBS 465214 1 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465214 1 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (record 1, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, side 2)

CBS 465214 1 (NL) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (record 2, Nashville Skyline, side 1)

CBS 465214 1 (NL) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (record 2, Nashville Skyline, side 2)

The matrix numbers of the records shown are: Side 1 - 01 32390 20 3A1 (stamped) plus 01-62193-20-3A-1 (handwritten), Side 2 - 01 32390 4B1 (stamped), Side 3 - 01 32675 2A1 (stamped), Side 4 - 01-32675-B (handwritten) plus S 63601-III (handwritten).

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"Two Originals": "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"/"Nashville Skyline" - 2LP set in gatefold sleeve, CBS 465214 1 (Spain), 1990:


CBS 465214 1 (Spain) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara
This Spanish release of the Dutch 1989 2LP set again comes in a blue gatefold sleeve, this time printed by Offset ALG of Madrid. The front has a "Doble Precio Redondo [Double Nice Price]" sticker.


CBS 465214 1 (Spain) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 465214 1 (Spain) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 465214 1 (Spain) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 465214 1 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 465214 1 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 465214 1 (Spain) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 465214 1 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 465214 1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 465214 1 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 465214 1 (Spain) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 465214 1 (Spain) - detail of Side 3 with misprint, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 465214 1 (Spain) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara

The records again have red CBS labels and were made in Spain by Tecnodisco S.A. The records are actually dated 1990. Girl Of The North Country is misspelled "Gilr" on Side 3 (the record sides are again numbered 1 to 4 as the Dutch release above). The matrix numbers of the records shown are: Side 1 - 32390-A0 (stamped) 465214-1-A (handwritten), Side 2 - 32390-B0 (stamped) 465214-1-B (handwritten), Side 3 - P Q AL 32872-2A(stamped) 465214-1-C (handwritten), Side 4 - 63601-B0 (stamped) 465214-1-D (handwritten).

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"Bob Dylan Collection" - 6CD box, CBS 465984 2 (Australia), 1989; 6 cassette box, CBS 465984 4 (Australia), 1989:


CBS 465984 2 (Australia) - front of CD box with sticker, photo by Keith Schweiger
This set in a 12" x 12" box contains six Australian Dylan releases. The outside of the box is card and the internal CD or cassette box is hard plastic. The box contains a foam insert with four cut-outs to hold CDs or six cut-outs to hold cassettes.

There was also a very limited vinyl release (not shown). Thanks to Stuart Moore for the scans of an article from "The Australian Record Collector", Apr 1994, describing the circumstances of this release and the versions.


CBS 465984 2 (Australia) - front sticker photo by Keith Schweiger


CBS 465984 2 (Australia) - rear of box photo by Keith Schweiger


CBS 465984 2 (Australia) - inside of box with CDs, photo by Keith Schweiger

CBS 465984 4 (Australia) - front of flattened cassette box, scan by Stuart Moore

CBS 465984 4 (Australia) - detail of spine of cassette box, scan by Stuart Moore

CBS 465984 4 (Australia) - detail of spine of cassette box, scan by Stuart Moore

CBS 465984 4 (Australia) - inside of box with cassettes, scan by Stuart Moore

CBS 465984 4 (Australia) - cassette tapes scan by Stuart Moore

"Australian Record Collector", Apr 1004, detail of page scan by Stuart Moore


CBS 465984 2 (Australia) - spine of CD box, photo by Keith Schweiger

The Dylan albums included are:

Highway 61 Revisited: CBS CDCBS 62572 (CD), CBS PC 279 (cassette)
Blood On The Tracks: CBS CDCBS 69097 (CD), CBS PC 4564 (cassette)
Desire: CBS CDCBS 86003 (CD), CBS PC 4778 (cassette)
Street-Legal: CBS CDCBS 86067 (CD), CBS PC 7187 (cassette)
Slow Train: CBS CDCBS 86095 (CD), CBS PC 7339 (cassette)
Infidels: CBS CDCBS 25539 (CD), CBS PC 7955 (cassette)

The cassette cases are transparent smoked grey with a unique "striped" appearance and white text printed directly on to the cases, there are no paper labels.

Thanks to Stuart Sonshine for information and to Keith Schweiger and Stuart Moore for picture.


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