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Empire Burlesque

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Real Live 1984
Real Live
(1984)

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.

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Biograph
(1985)

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Revised 07 February, 2017.


Original US stereo LP, Columbia FC 40110, 30 May 1985

Out-takes from this album have been officially released as follows:

7" Singles: Go Away, Little Boy (Cover by Lone Justice, R-0163, on which Bob plays guitar and harmonica, see 1985)

Knocked Out Loaded (1986): Driftin' Too Far From Shore; Maybe Someday

The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 (1991): When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky (alternate take)

Another out-take of interest is New Danville Girl, an early version of Brownsville Girl.

Image from Ry Cooder web site Thanks to Harold Lepidus for the information that Clean Cut Kid was covered by Carla Olson and The Textones before its release by Bob on their 1984 US Gold Mountain album Midnight Mission. Manuel García Jara adds that Bob gave her the song after she appeared in the Sweetheart Like You video (she plays lead guitar in the band accompanying Bob).

Vinyl and Tape Releases


"Empire Burlesque Excerpts" - promo cassette release, Columbia DAL/DBL 40110 (USA), May 1985:

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Columbia DAL/DBL 40110 (USA) - cassette scan by Keith Venturoni
This cassette is single-sided and contains the full album version of Tight Connection To My Heart (5:20), plus Clean-Cut Kid, Emotionally Yours, When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky and Dark Eyes, all of which are faded out at 2:30. Because of this, this cassette has been added to 1985.

Thanks to Keith Venturoni for information and scan.


"Empire Burlesque" - stereo vinyl LP, Columbia FC 40110 (USA), 30 May 1985:


Columbia FC 40110 (USA) - front scan by David Plentus

The record comes in a picture inner sleeve and has red Columbia labels with yellow Columbia logos in a ring round the circumference. The Side 1 record label does not have the inverted triangle to the left of the centre hole introduced with Biograph later in 1985.


Columbia FC 40110 (USA) - rear scan by David Plentus


Columbia FC 40110 (USA) - inner sleeve front, scan by David Plentus


Columbia FC 40110 (USA) - inner sleeve rear, scan by David Plentus


Columbia FC 40110 (USA) - Side 1 scan by David Plentus


Columbia FC 40110 (USA) - rear with promo stamp (#4031), scan by Jurgen Vreugdenhil


Columbia FC 40110 (USA) - rear with promo stamp (#4154), scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


Columbia FC 40110 (USA) - Side 2 scan by David Plentus

Sergio Mariano Romay has a promo copy with a gold stamp with text “4154 – FOR PROMOTION ONLY – Ownership Reserved By CBS – Sale Is Unlawful” embossed over the barcode. The record of this copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AL 40110 – 1H, Side 2 - BL 40110 – 1K. Jurgen Vreugdenhil has a promo copy where the number on the gold stamp is "4031", which implies all the promo copies were individually numbered. The record of this copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AL 40110–1H, Side 2 - BL-40110– 1B.

Thanks to David Plentus, Sergio Mariano Romay and Jurgen Vreugdenhil for information and scans.


"Empire Burlesque" - stereo cassette release, Columbia FCT 40110 (USA), 30 May 1985:


Columbia FCT 40110 (USA) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel
This cassette release has a single insert that is blank on the reverse. The cassette is light grey with black text, there are no paper labels.

Again, the Side 1 cassette does not have the inverted triangle introduced with Biograph later in 1985.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Columbia FCT 40110 (USA) - cassette Side1 scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia FCT 40110 (USA) - cassette Side2 scan by Gerd Rundel

"Empire Burlesque" - stereo vinyl LP, Columbia FC 40110 (Canada), 30 May 1985:


Columbia FC 40110 (Canada) - front scan by Gerd Rundel

This release has “Manufactured and Distributed by CBS Records Canada Ltd.” printed on the rear of sleeve, and "LITHO IN CANADA” on the spine. The inner sleeve has a raised lip on the rear to assist removal of the record.

The record has red Columbia labels with the yellow Columbia logo in a ring round the outside and handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AL-40110-1A-2Z:, Side 2 - BL-40110-1A-2Z:.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Columbia FC 40110 (Canada) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia FC 40110 (Canada) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia FC 40110 (Canada) - inner sleeve front scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia FC 40110 (Canada) - inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia FC 40110 (Canada) - detail of inner sleeve rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia FC 40110 (Canada) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia FC 40110 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia FC 40110 (Canada) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia FC 40110 (Canada) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


"Empire Burlesque" - stereo cassette release, Columbia FCT 40110 (Canada), 30 May 1985:


Columbia FCT 40110 (Canada) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia FCT 40110 (Canada) - detail of outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia FCT 40110 (Canada) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia FCT 40110 (Canada) - cassette Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia FCT 40110 (Canada) - cassette Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

This cassette release has a single insert with song titles and credits on the reverse. The chrome cassette is black with gold text, there are no paper labels.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"Empire Burlesque" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS 86313 (UK), Jun 1985:


CBS 86313 (UK) - front scan by Gerd Rundel
These records again come in picture inner sleeves and have orange/yellow CBS labels. Both the sleeve and the record of the UK release were made in England. The record labels of Gerd Rundel's first copy have the same text layout as those of 1984's Real Live. Gerd Rundel's second copy comes in the same outer and inner sleeves but has significantly different labels:
  • "33⅓ RPM" is now to the right of the centre hole

  • The "LC|0149" capsule is in a lower position to the right of the centre hole

  •  “Original sound recording made by CBS Inc.” is now listed on one line instead of two.


CBS 86313 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 86313 (UK) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 86313 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 86313 (UK) - inner sleeve front scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 86313 (UK) - detail of inner sleeve front, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 86313 (UK) - inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 86313 (UK) - detail of inner sleeve rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 86313 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1985 release)


CBS 86313 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1985 release)

CBS 86313 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1985 release)


CBS 86313 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1985 release)


CBS 86313 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (1985 release)


CBS 86313 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (later 1985 release)

CBS 86313 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (later 1985 release)

CBS 86313 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (later 1985 release)


CBS 86313 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (later 1985 release)


CBS 86313 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (later 1985 release)

These labels are still orange/yellow, although the record labels for Biograph from Nov 1985, sourced from Holland, were the new red design, as were the record labels of 1986's Knocked Out Loaded UK release. The record of this second copy has matrix numbers: Side 1 - CBS 86313 A2, Side 2 - CBS 86313 B1.

I assume there must be a UK release where the record has red labels like the late 1980s Dutch release below - scans required!

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"Empire Burlesque" - stereo cassette release, CBS 40-86313 (UK), Jun 1985:


CBS 40-86313 (UK) - front insert (my copy)
This release has a three-fold front insert and a black cassette with orange/yellow CBS labels. The inner sleeve text is present on the inside of the insert but the pictures are missing. The cassette labels have become badly discoloured with age by the glue beneath.

CBS 40-86313 (UK) - inside of front insert


CBS 40-86313 (UK) - cassette Side 1


CBS 40-86313 (UK) - cassette Side 2

"Empire Burlesque" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS 86313 (Ireland), Jun 1985:


CBS 86313 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

The very rare Irish release found by Gerd Rundel has the UK inner and outer sleeves but the record was made in Ireland. The copy shown has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - CBS-86313-A1, Side 2 - CBS-86313-B1.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


CBS 86313 (Ireland) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 86313 (Ireland) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

"Empire Burlesque" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS 86313 (NL), Jun 1985, reissued late 1980s; Columbia 467840 1 (NL), 1991:


CBS 86313 (NL) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)

The sleeves and records of all the Dutch releases were made in Holland.

These records again come in picture inner sleeves and the 1985 release has orange/yellow CBS labels. The record of the late 1980s release has red CBS labels.


CBS 86313 (NL) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)


CBS 86313 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)


CBS 86313 (NL) - inner sleeve front, scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)


CBS 86313 (NL) - detail of inner sleeve front, scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)


CBS 86313 (NL) - inner sleeve rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)


CBS 86313 (NL) - detail of inner sleeve rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)


CBS 86313 (NL) - Side 1 scan by David Knowles (1985 release)


CBS 86313 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by David Knowles (1985 release)


CBS 86313 (NL) - Side 2 scan by David Knowles (1985 release)


Columbia 467840 1 (NL) - front with "Nice Price" sticker, scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)


Columbia 467840 1 (NL) - detail of front with "Nice Price" sticker, scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)


Columbia 467840 1 (NL) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)


CBS 86313 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (late 1980s release)


CBS 86313 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (late 1980s release)


CBS 86313 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (late 1980s release)

Columbia 467840 1 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)

Columbia 467840 1 (NL) - front of insert scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)

Columbia 467840 1 (NL) - rear of insert scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)

Columbia 467840 1 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)

Columbia 467840 1 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)

Columbia 467840 1 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)


CBS 86313 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (both releases)


Columbia 467840 1 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (1991 release)

The 1991 Columbia release has a new catalogue number, Columbia 467840 1. The sleeve of the copy shown has a "NICE PRICE DYLAN ORIGINALS: 30 YEARS ON COLUMBIA" sticker on the front. The record comes in the same printed inner sleeve as both 1980s releases. The barcode and the copyright line on the rear of the sleeve are different than on both 1980s releases. The 1991 album comes with a double-sided "NICE PRICE DYLAN ORIGINALS: 30 YEARS ON COLUMBIA" 12" insert with illustrations of all the "NICE PRICE" and other Columbia Dylan albums. The record has red Columbia labels and the copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - "01-86313-3A-1" (handwritten) "AL 40110-1F" (handwritten), Side 2 -"BL 40110-1D" (handwritten) "01-86313-1B-1" (stamped) plus "STERLING" stamped on each side of the vinyl.

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Manuel García Jara for information and to Gerd Rundel and David Knowles for scans.


"Empire Burlesque" - stereo 180gm heavyweight vinyl LP release, Music On Vinyl MOVLP1570 (NL), 7 Dec 2015:


Music On Vinyl MOVLP1570 (NL) - picture from Music On Vinyl web-site
Thanks to Wil Gielen for information that this "audiophile" album will be released on heavyweight 180gm vinyl by the Dutch company Music On Vinyl under licence from Sony Music/Columbia. More information will be added when available.

"Empire Burlesque" - stereo cassette releases, CBS 40-86313 (NL), Jun 1985; Columbia 467840 4 (NL), early 1990s:

CBS 40-86313 (NL), Jun 1985:


CBS 40-86313 (NL) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (1985 release)
The first cassette release has a folded card insert with the tracklisting on the inside. There is also a folded double-sided lyrics insert. The cassette is light grey with black text printed directly on to it, there are no paper labels.
CBS 40-86313 (NL) - front of unfolded lyrics insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (1985 release)

CBS 40-86313 (NL) - cassette Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1985 release)


CBS 40-86313 (NL) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (1985 release)


CBS 40-86313 (NL) - rear of unfolded lyrics insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (1985 release)

CBS 40-86313 (NL) - cassette Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (1985 release)

Columbia 467840 4 (NL), early 1990s:


CBS 467840 4 (NL) - outside of cassette insert, photocopy by Paul Shenton (early 1990s release)

CBS 467840 4 (NL) - inside of cassette insert, photocopy by Paul Shenton (early 1990s release)

CBS 467840 4 (NL) - cassette Side 1 photocopy by Paul Shenton (early 1990s release)

CBS 467840 4 (NL) - cassette Side 2 photocopy by Paul Shenton (early 1990s release)

The early 1990s cassette release is now on the Columbia label and has a new catalogue number. It has the same sized insert, this time with a barcode on the outside. The layout of the text on the inside of the insert is quite different. There is no lyrics insert, although this may just be missing from the copy shown. The cassette is black with red Columbia labels. There might be a late 1980s CBS version of this release.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara and Paul Shenton for information and pictures.


"Empire Burlesque" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS S 86313 (Spain), Jun 1985:


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (both releases)
The outer and inner sleeves of this release were printed in Spain by Indugraf, Madrid. The record was also made in Spain.


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (both releases)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (both releases)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - inner sleeve front scan by Manuel García Jara (both releases)

CBS S 86313 (Spain) - inner sleeve rear scan by Manuel García Jara (both releases)

CBS S 86313 (Spain) - detail of inner sleeve rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (both releases)

CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)

CBS S 86313 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (first release)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (second release)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (second release)


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (second release)

There are two orange/yellow record label variants. The first release has the text in the centre of the label ("ESTEREO", "33" and "SGAE") in a lighter colour and has much longer text round the circumference. Both records shown with yellow labels have matrix numbers: Side 1 - 86313 AO, Side 2 - 86313 BO.


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

The album was released again as part of a very rare 1986 "Mitos* Musicales [Musical Legends]" 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 back of the box is plain black. The records are in plain white sleeves without the original outer sleeves. See also International Album Releases (Multi-Packs) 1980s.


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 56903 (Spain) - detail of 1986 box front with catalogue number, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release variant 1)

CBS S 86313 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (third release both variants)

CBS S 86313 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (third release variant 1, space below "© 1985 CBS Inc.")

CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release variant 1)

CBS S 86313 (Spain) - detail of Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (third release variant 1, space below "© 1985 CBS Inc.")


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


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


CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release variant 2)

CBS S 86313 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (third release variant 2, no space below "© 1985 CBS Inc.")

CBS S 86313 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release variant 2)

CBS S 86313 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (third release variant 2, no space below "© 1985 CBS Inc.")

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
    The Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits labels are slightly different from the mid-1980s Spanish release of this album. For the Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits label differences, see here. The Empire Burlesque labels are the same as the second Spanish release above.
  2. Greatest Hits same as box #1, Empire Burlesque has red "CBS Productos Especiales" labels (first example above)
  3. Greatest Hits has red CBS labels without the text "CBS Productos Especiales", Empire Burlesque is the same as box #2 (first example above)
  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 (second example above).

As can be seen, the layout of the text elements on the red record labels is slightly different. The first third release variant comes from boxes #2 and #3, the second third release variant comes from box #4. The record of the second third release variant has matrix numbers: Side 1 - 86313-A-0, Side 2 - 86313-B0. Pachi Becerril has a copy of box #3.


CBS/El Círculo de Lectores 44461/2 (Spain) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (no CBS logos on left)
The "Mitos Musicales" set was also released on two cassettes. Unlike the LP version above, this tape release was sold separately and for this reason there is no box or 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

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 UK tracklist and 2:06 edit of Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (R-0656, see 1967) and 44461/2 for Empire Burlesque.

*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!

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


"Empire Burlesque" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS 86313 (Portugal), late 1985:


CBS 86313 (Portugal) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 86313 (Portugal) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 86313 (Portugal) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 86313 (Portugal) - Side 1 scan by Dag Braathen

CBS 86313 (Portugal) - detail of Side 1, scan by Dag Braathen

CBS 86313 (Portugal) - Side 2 scan by Dag Braathen


CBS 86313 (Portugal) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

The sleeve of this release was printed in Portugal. The record was also made in Portugal and has red CBS labels (introduced in Europe by CBS in late 1985).

Thanks to Manuel García Jara and Dag Braathen for information and scans.


"Empire Burlesque" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS 86313 (Greece), 1985 (two variants):


CBS 86313 (Greece) - front with sticker, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)

This album was made in Greece for Diski CBS AEBE as shown on the rear sleeve. The front sleeve of Gerd Rundel's copy has a front CBS sticker with "Hit Wave 85". There is a double-sided 12" lyrics insert instead of an inner sleeve. the copyright information at the bottom of the rear sleeve looks like the UK information with part of it obscured. The orange/yellow CBS record labels have "MADE IN GREECE" in English on the circumference as well as in Greek. The record of Gerd's copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - 01-86313 A, Side 2 - 01-86313 B.


CBS 86313 (Greece) - front sticker scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (both variants)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (variant 2, no front sticker)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - rear scan by Lars M. Banke (variant 2, same as variant 1)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (both variants)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - insert front scan by Gerd Rundel (both variants)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - insert rear scan by Gerd Rundel (both variants)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (both variants)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (variant 2)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (variant 2)

CBS 86313 (Greece) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke (variant 2)


CBS 86313 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke (both variants)

Lars M. Banke has a copy in the same sleeve, but without the sticker on the front. The record labels are the same except for the playing speed to the left of the centre hole. On Gerd's copy the speed is "33 1/3 RPM" (in two different typefaces) and on Lars' copy the speed is just "33 /  RPM" in a third typeface (same as that of "STEREO").

Thanks to Gerd Rundel and Lars M. Banke for information and scans.


"Empire Burlesque" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS 86313 (Israel), 1985:


CBS 86313 (Israel) - front scan by
Manuel García Jara

The sleeve of this album is not laminated, and the front has the catalogue number above the first "B" of "BOB". The rear sleeve has copyright text at bottom in English and in Hebrew. There is a double sided insert with credits, lyrics and pictures, not the usual inner sleeve. The record has orange/yellow CBS labels with "Made in Israel" in English and Hebrew, and the logo of the Israeli copyright organisation "ACUM". The record of the copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - "AL 40110-1D" plus "HP ISRAEL" plus "01-86313 A", Side 2 - "BL 40110-1D" plus "HP ISRAEL" plus "01-86313 B".


CBS 86313 (Israel) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 86313 (Israel) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 86313 (Israel) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 86313 (Israel) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

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

CBS 86313 (Israel) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 86313 (Israel) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

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


CBS 86313 (Israel) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"Empire Burlesque" - test pressing stereo vinyl LP, CBS/Sony 28AP 3050 (Japan), 21 Jul 1985:

EBJpnPromoFront.jpg (23037 bytes)
CBS/Sony 28 AP 3050 (Japan) - test pressing front sticker scan by Hans Seegers
This LP comes in a plain white sleeve with a front sticker and with plain white stamped labels. The front sticker also gives the information that the first single from the album will be Tight Connection To My Heart. Wil Gielen's copy comes with three stapled single-sided information pages in Japanese (the text and images on the pages are not straight).

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


CBS/Sony 28 AP 3050 (Japan) - promo insert page 1 scan by Wil Gielen

EBJpnPromoLabelA.jpg (12428 bytes)
CBS/Sony 28 AP 3050 (Japan) - test pressing Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers

CBS/Sony 28 AP 3050 (Japan) - test pressing Side 2 scan by Wil Gielen

CBS/Sony 28 AP 3050 (Japan) - promo insert page 2 scan by Wil Gielen

CBS/Sony 28 AP 3050 (Japan) - promo insert page 3 scan by Wil Gielen

"Empire Burlesque" - promo and commercial stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS/Sony 28AP 3050 (Japan), 21 Jul 1985:

EBJpnFront.jpg (29554 bytes)
CBS/Sony 28AP 3050 (Japan) - front photo with obi from Ulf Gyllenspetz
This album has a blue, black and white obi. It has a release date of "I-7-21" (21 Jul 1985) on the rear sleeve and price ¥2,800 (the "28" in the catalogue number indicates the price). There is a 4-page insert in English and Japanese. The record comes in a clear plastic sleeve and has red CBS/Sony labels with logos in a circle round the circumference. The promo copy also shown has Japanese characters indicating a sample on the labels to the right of the centre hole. The record of Sergio Mariano Romay's copy has promo labels and stamped matrix numbers: Side 1- 28 AP – 3050 A1, Side 2 - 28 AP – 3050 B1.

EBJpnBack.jpg (31265 bytes)
CBS/Sony 28AP 3050 (Japan) - rear photo with obi from Ulf Gyllenspetz


CBS/Sony 28AP 3050 (Japan) - rear with obi and "Sample" sticker, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo release)


CBS/Sony 28AP 3050 (Japan) - rear "Sample" sticker scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo release)

CBS/Sony 28AP 3050 (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Wil Gielen


CBS/Sony 28AP 3050 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Wil Gielen (promo release)


CBS/Sony 28AP 3050 (Japan) - detail of Side 1, scan by Wil Gielen (promo release)


CBS/Sony 28AP 3050 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Wil Gielen (promo release)


CBS/Sony 28AP 3050 (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Wil Gielen (commercial release)


CBS/Sony 28AP 3050 (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Wil Gielen (commercial release)

Thanks to Ulf Gyllenspetz for photos and to Wil Gielen and Sergio Mariano Romay for information and scans.


"Empire Burlesque" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS/Sony CYA 1087 (Hong Kong), 1985:


CBS/Sony CYA 1087 (Hong Kong) - front scan by Arie de Reus
This album was made in Hong Kong and the record has red/yellow CBS/Sony labels. There is a CBS Hong Kong promo sticker on the rear sleeve of the copy shown.

Thanks to Arie de Reus for information and scans.


CBS/Sony CYA 1087 (Hong Kong) - rear with promo sticker, scan by Arie de Reus


CBS/Sony CYA 1087 (Hong Kong) - detail of rear, scan by Arie de Reus

CBS/Sony CYA 1087 (Hong Kong) - rear promo sticker scan by Arie de Reus

CBS/Sony CYA 1087 (Hong Kong) - detail of rear, scan by Arie de Reus

CBS/Sony CYA 1087 (Hong Kong) - Side 1 scan by Arie de Reus

CBS/Sony CYA 1087 (Hong Kong) - detail of Side 1, scan by Arie de Reus

CBS/Sony CYA 1087 (Hong Kong) - Side 2 scan by Arie de Reus

"Empire Burlesque" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS QCL-22189/FC 40110 (Philippines), 1985:
This rare album was
made by OctoArts International Inc. for CBS, one of a series from Infidels in 1983 to Dylan & The Dead in 1989. Before that album in the Philippines from 1970 to 1981 were made by the Blackgold Record Corporation and released on the CBS/Sony label. As usual with the OctoArts Philippines Dylan albums, the front sleeve has the names of three featured songs, here in red at top left.


CBS QCL-22189/FC 40110 (Philippines) - front scan by
Manuel García Jara

The rear sleeve has a barcode at top right. There is also a Columbia logo at bottom left next to the OctoArts information. The record has orange/yellow CBS labels. The Side 2 label has an unknown stamp with the text "MPBC Property". The copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - AL40110-1H QCL-22189-A, Side 2 - P-AP BL40110-1B QCL-22189-B.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


CBS QCL-22189/FC 40110 (Philippines) - detail of front, scan by
Manuel García Jara

CBS QCL-22189/FC 40110 (Philippines) - detail of rear, scan by
Manuel García Jara

CBS QCL-22189/FC 40110 (Philippines) - rear scan by
Manuel García Jara

CBS QCL-22189/FC 40110 (Philippines) - detail of rear, scan by
Manuel García Jara


CBS QCL-22189/FC 40110 (Philippines) - detail of rear, scan by
Manuel García Jara


CBS QCL-22189/FC 40110 (Philippines) - Side 1 scan by
Manuel García Jara

CBS QCL-22189/FC 40110 (Philippines) - detail of Side 1, scan by
Manuel García Jara

CBS QCL-22189/FC 40110 (Philippines) - Side 2 scan by
Manuel García Jara

"Empire Burlesque" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea), 1985, re-released 1991:


CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
This album was made by Jigu Records Corporation of Korea for CBS. The copy shown is from 1991. It has the standard front sleeve, while the rear sleeve has some text in Korean. the record is housed in a generic plastic CBS-Jigu inner sleeve and there is a four-page monochrome insert with lyrics in English and Korean text. Pages 2 and 3 are the usual inner sleeve. The pictures of pages 1 and 4 are anachronous as they belong to the Street-Legal sessions. The picture on page 4 is similar to the cover of the 1978 Dutch single of Baby Stop Crying (see International 7" & 12" Singles & EPs 1978): Bob wears the same clothes in both pictures.

The record has dark red CBS labels with logos in a ring and a government approval date of "85.8.19" (19 Aug 1985). There are two spelling mistakes -  Never Gonna Be The Same Again is given as "Never Ognna Be The Same Again" and Trust Yourself is given as "Trust Yoursele"! The record of the copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - KJPL-0442-A, Side 2 - KJPL-0442-B.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - booklet page 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - booklet page 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - detail of booklet page 2, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - booklet page 3 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - booklet page 4 scan by Manuel García Jara

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CBS 6697 (Holland for Europe, 1978) - front of 7" single (my copy)


CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - detail of booklet page 4, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - inner sleeve scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - detail of inner sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (spelling mistake "OGNNA")

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (spelling mistake "YOURSELE")

"Empire Burlesque" - promo and commercial stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS SBP 8070 (Australia/New Zealand), Jun 1985:

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CBS SBP 8070 (Australia) - front with red/black sticker, scan by Stuart Moore

The Australian and New Zealand releases have a picture inner sleeve like the US album above and orange/yellow CBS labels. The Australian front sleeve originally had a red/black sticker promoting the album. This was replaced by a red/white sticker, presumably to make the information clearer. Dag Braathen has a promo copy with a red/silver sticker on the front sleeve and white promo record labels.

The New Zealand release looks as if it uses the same outer and inner sleeves as the Australian release, but the record itself was made in New Zealand.

Thanks to Stuart Moore and Bill Hester for information and scans.


CBS SBP 8070 (New Zealand) - front scan by Bill Hester


CBS SBP 8070 (Australia) - detail of front with red/silver sticker, scan by Dag Braathen (reflective silver scans badly)


CBS SBP 8070 (Australia) - detail of front with red/white sticker, scan by Stuart Moore

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CBS SBP 8070 (Australia) - rear scan by Stuart Moore


CBS SBP 8070 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Dag Braathen (promo release)


CBS SBP 8070 (Australia) - Side 2 scan by Dag Braathen (promo release)


CBS SBP 8070 (New Zealand) - rear scan by Bill Hester


CBS SBP 8070 (New Zealand) - detail of rear, scan by Bill Hester


CBS SBP 8070 (New Zealand) - detail of rear, scan by Bill Hester


CBS SBP 8070 (New Zealand) - inner sleeve front, scan by Bill Hester

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CBS SBP 8070 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (commercial release)

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CBS SBP 8070 (Australia) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (commercial release)


CBS SBP 8070 (New Zealand) - detail of inner sleeve front, scan by Bill Hester


CBS SBP 8070 (New Zealand) - inner sleeve rear, scan by Bill Hester


CBS SBP 8070 (New Zealand) -detail of inner sleeve rear, scan by Bill Hester (Australian info)

CBS SBP 8070 (New Zealand) - Side 1 scan by Bill Hester

CBS SBP 8070 (New Zealand) - detail of Side 1, scan by Bill Hester

CBS SBP 8070 (New Zealand) - Side 2 scan by Bill Hester

"Empire Burlesque" - stereo cassette release, CBS PC 8070 (Australia), Jun 1985:


CBS PC 8070 (Australia) - front scan by Stuart Moore
This release has a single card insert which is plain white on the reverse. 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.


CBS PC 8070 (Australia) - cassette insert unfolded, scan by Stuart Moore


CBS PC 8070 (Australia) - cassette Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore


CBS PC 8070 (Australia) - cassette Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore

"Empire Burlesque" - stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS DNW 3076 (South Africa/Zimbabwe), Jun 1985:


CBS DNW 3076 (South Africa) - front scan by Hans Seegers
These albums were marketed and distributed by the Gramophone Record Co. (Pty) Ltd. (part of EMI) in South Africa and Zimbabwe on behalf of CBS Records. Both rear sleeves have a logo with "Music - For The Love Of It".
CBS DNW 3076 (South Africa) - rear scan by Hans Seegers

CBS DNW 3076 (Zimbabwe) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS DNW 3076 (South Africa) - detail of Side, 1 scan by Hans Seegers (Zimbabwean release has the same text)

CBS DNW 3076 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers

CBS DNW 3076 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers

CBS DNW 3076 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers

CBS DNW 3076 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers ("Artone Press")

CBS DNW 3076 (South Africa) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers

CBS DNW 3076 (South Africa) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers

CBS DNW 3076 (Zimbabwe) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS DNW 3076 (Zimbabwe) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS DNW 3076 (Zimbabwe) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS DNW 3076 (Zimbabwe) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara ("Belmont Printers")

CBS DNW 3076 (Zimbabwe) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS DNW 3076 (Zimbabwe) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

The South African sleeve was printed in South Africa by Artone Press. The South African record has orange/yellow CBS labels. The Zimbabwean sleeve was printed in Zimbabwe by Belmont Printers of Bulawayo, with code "4A". Belmont Printers used codes starting with "4" for sleeves they printed for CBS Records, they used other codes for other record companies. The Zimbabwean record also has orange/yellow CBS labels, but with a different text layout. Side 1 is significantly darker than Side 2. There is a mistake on Side 1 - Never Gonna Be The Same Again is misprinted as "Never Gonna Be The Some Again"! The Zimbabwean record shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - DNW-3076A, Side 2 - DNW-3076B.

Thanks to Paul Prince for information and to Hans Seegers, Manuel García Jara and Gerd Rundel for further information and scans.


"Empire Burlesque" -  stereo vinyl LP, CBS CLS-5834 (Mexico), 1985:


CBS CLS-5834 (Mexico) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

The front sleeve has the words "HECHO EN MEXICO [MADE IN MEXICO]" printed in the bottom left hand corner and the CBS logo plus "ESTEREO [STEREO]" at bottom right. The rear sleeve has the CBS logo at top right but no "ESTEREO". The song titles are in Spanish and English on the rear sleeve and record label. Note the different translations between this Mexican album and the Argentinean release. The record has orange/yellow CBS labels and the copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - 02-11-16488-1A, Side 2 - 02-11-16489-1B.


CBS CLS-5834 (Mexico) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS CLS-5834 (Mexico) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS CLS-5834 (Mexico) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS CLS-5834 (Mexico) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS CLS-5834 (Mexico) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS CLS-5834 (Mexico) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS CLS-5834 (Mexico) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS CLS-5834 (Mexico) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS CLS-5834 (Mexico) - front photo from eBay (fake promo release)

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and to Manuel García Jara for further information and scans. Thanks also to Manuel for finding a fake Mexican promo on eBay. The record looks genuine enough, although it has a fake promo stamp, but the sleeve is obviously fake. You are urged to avoid buying such items!


"Empire Burlesque" -  promo and commercial stereo vinyl LP releases, Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil), 1985:


Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - front with stickers, scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial copy)

This release has song titles in English and Portuguese on the rear sleeve and the regular inner sleeve and a Portuguese language lyrics insert. The commercial copy shown has two front stickers, one advertising the USA For Africa 7" single (see 1985) and the other from Prodisc Discos e Fitas [Prodisc Records and Tapes], a record store in São Paolo. Also shown is a promo with a CBS gold embossed promo stamp on the rear sleeve with text "AMOSTRA INVENDAVEL [SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE]". The record has orange/yellow Discos CBS labels also with song titles in English and Portuguese. The copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - 138636-A  AL-40110, Side 2 - 138636-B  BL-40110. Simon Blokker's copy has a completely different A4 insert, blank on the reverse.


Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial copy)


Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial copy)

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Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (promo copy)


Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - rear with promo stamp, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo copy)

Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - rear promo stamp scan by Manuel García Jara (promo copy)


Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial copy)


Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)


Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - inner sleeve front scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)


Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)


Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - detail of inner sleeve front, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)


Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - inner sleeve rear scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)


Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - front of insert scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)


Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - detail of front of insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)


Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - rear of insert scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)

Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - front of alternate insert, scan by Simon Blokker (rear is blank)

Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)

Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)

Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)

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


"Empire Burlesque" - promo and commercial stereo vinyl LP releases, Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina), 1985:

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Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - front photo by Paul Prince (first promo release)
The front sleeve of the first promo release has a large slanted overprint with the words "DISCO PARA DEMOSTRACIÓN/VENTA PROHIBIDA" [DEMONSTRATION RECORD/NOT FOR SALE]" at top left. The same text in Spanish is also on the orange Discos CBS record labels. The rear sleeve is in monochrome with all text in Spanish with the song titles in Spanish and English with different translations from the Mexican release above. On the rear sleeve the copyright and publishing date is wrongly shown as "1085" instead of "1985". The record labels have the song titles in Spanish and English also. Tight Connection To My Heart is translated as CONECCIÓN DIRECTA A MI CORAZÓN”; on the rear sleeve, but "CONEXIÓN DIRECTA..." on the Side 1 record label. Both Sergio Mariano Romay and Manuel García Jara say the Side 1 label is correct.


Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - detail of front, photo by Paul Prince (first promo release)


Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - rear photo by Paul Prince (first promo release)


Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - detail of rear, photo by Paul Prince (promo and commercial releases)


Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - detail of rear, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo and commercial releases - "CONECCION")

Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - rear with sticker, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (second promo release)

Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - front scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (commercial and second promo releases)

Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - detail of rear with sticker, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (second promo release)

Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - detail of Side 1, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo and commercial releases - "CONEXION")

Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - Side 1 scan by Paul Prince (both promo releases)


Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - detail of Side 1, scan by Paul Prince (both promo releases)


Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - Side 2 scan by Paul Prince (both promo releases)


Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - rear scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (commercial release)

Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - detail of rear, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo and commercial releases)

Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - Side 1 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (commercial release)

Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - detail of Side 1, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo and commercial releases)

Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - Side 2 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (commercial release)

Sergio Mariano Romay has a second promo copy in the commercial sleeve but with a promo sticker on the rear. The record labels have the same text "DISCO PARA DEMOSTRACIÓN/VENTA PROHIBIDA" [DEMONSTRATION RECORD/NOT FOR SALE]" as on Paul Prince's copy.


Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - Side 1 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (misprinted commercial release)
Sergio Mariano Romay has another copy, believed to be one of a batch, where the wrong side numbers were printed on the labels. The label numbered "Side 2" actually had the Side 1 "AL 40110" reference, the Side 1 song titles and played the Side 1 songs, and vice-versa. These have been corrected by overprinting a silver rectangle with the correct side number!
Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - detail of Side 1, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (misprinted commercial release)


Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - detail of Side 1, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (commercial release as above)


Discos CBS 20.650 (Argentina) - Side 2 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (misprinted commercial release)

Thanks to Paul Prince and Sergio Mariano Romay for information and pictures.


"Empire Burlesque" - stereo cassette release, CBS 60.650 (Argentina), 1985:


CBS 60.650 (Argentina) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 60.650 (Argentina) - rear of cassette case with "Sony Music", scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 60.650 (Argentina) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 60.650 (Argentina) - cassette Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

This CBS Argentina cassette release has a folded insert, blank on the inside. The black cassette case has "Sony Music" on the back. The cassette is white with orange text, there are no paper labels. The song titles are in Spanish and English on the cassette insert and in Spanish only on the cassette. Unlike on the Argentinean vinyl releases above, Tight Connection To My Heart is translated correctly as CONEXIÓN DIRECTA A MI CORAZÓN”; on both the insert and the Side 1 cassette.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"Empire Burlesque" - promo and commercial stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS 141824 (Colombia), 12 Sep 1985:


CBS 141824 (Colombia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)
The front sleeve of this rare Colombian release has a panel with the CBS logo and "20 AÑOS [20 YEARS]". The rear sleeve has a white panel at top right with the CBS logo, the Stereo/arrows logo, unusual for a record of 1985 plus another white panel at bottom left with copyright text in Spanish and "Made In Colombia". The promo copy shown has a promotional sticker with the text "Para uso exclusivo de emisoras y periodistas. Prohibida su venta. Discos CBS, S.A., se reserva el derecho de propiedad de este disco. [For exclusive use of radio stations and journalists. Sale forbidden. This record remains property of CBS Records]".
CBS 141824 (Colombia) - detail of front, scan by Dag Braathen (promo and commercial copies)

CBS 141824 (Colombia) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (commercial copy)

CBS 141824 (Colombia) - detail of rear, scan by Dag Braathen (promo and commercial copies)

CBS 141824 (Colombia) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (promo copy)

CBS 141824 (Colombia) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo copy)

CBS 141824 (Colombia) - detail of rear, scan by Dag Braathen (promo and commercial copies)

CBS 141824 (Colombia) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (promo copy)

CBS 141824 (Colombia) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)

CBS 141824 (Colombia) - detail of Side 2, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo copy)

CBS 141824 (Colombia) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (promo copy)

CBS 141824 (Colombia) - Side 1 scan by Dag Braathen (commercial copy - same as promo copy)

CBS 141824 (Colombia) - Side 2 scan by Dag Braathen (commercial copy)

The record has orange/yellow CBS labels with song titles in English only. Side 2 of the promo copy has a promo stamp with "DISCO PROMOCIONAL PROHIBIDA SU VENTA [PROMOTIONAL RECORD SALE FORBIDDEN]". The matrix numbers of Manuel's promo copy are : Side 1 - COL 14-1824 A IX-12-85 (Most likely the pressing date, Sep 12,1985), Side 2 - COL 14-1824 B IX-21-85 (Sep 21, 1985, perhaps a mistake, "21" instead of "12").

Thanks to Manuel García Jara and Dag Braathen for information and scans.


"Empire Burlesque" - stereo 180gm heavyweight vinyl LP, Columbia (catalogue number?) (Europe), 11 Dec 2015:

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information about this release. More information will be added when available.

CD Releases


"Empire Burlesque" - CD release, Columbia CK 40110 (USA), (dates?):


Columbia CK 40110 (USA) - front scan by Jack Guerreiro
As far as I know this release is still on sale.

Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for information and scans.


Columbia CK 40110 (USA) - rear scan by Jack Guerreiro

Columbia CK 40110 (USA) - CD scan by Jack Guerreiro

"Empire Burlesque" - CD releases, CBS/Sony 32DP 244 (Japan), 21 Nov 1985. reissued 1989; Sony Records SRCS 6340 (Japan), 22 Sep 1993:


CBS/Sony 32DP 244 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1985 release)


CBS/Sony 32DP 244 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1989 release)


CBS/Sony 32DP 244 (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1989 release)


CBS/Sony 32DP 244 (Japan) - rear insert scan by Wil Gielen (1985/89 releases)


CBS/Sony 32DP 244 (Japan) - detail of rear insert, scan by Wil Gielen (1985/89 releases)


CBS/Sony 32DP 244 (Japan) - CD scan by Wil Gielen (1985/89 releases)


Sony Records SRCS 6340 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen

CBS/Sony 32DP 244 (Japan) - CD with TDK text, scan by Wil Gielen (1989 release)

CBS/Sony 32DP 244 (Japan) - detail of CD with TDK text, scan by Wil Gielen (1989 release)


CBS/Sony 32DP 244 (Japan) - front of card box-type obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1985 release)


CBS/Sony 32DP 244 (Japan) - rear of card box-type obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1985 release)

Sony Records SRCS 6340 (Japan) - obi scan by Wil Gielen


Sony Records SRCS 6340 (Japan) - rear insert with promo sticker, scan by Wil Gielen


Sony Records SRCS 6340 (Japan) - detail of rear insert with promo sticker, scan by Wil Gielen


Sony Records SRCS 6340 (Japan) - promo CD scan by Wil Gielen


Sony Records SRCS 6340 (Japan) - outside of unfolded front insert, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson


Sony Records SRCS 6340 (Japan) - detail of promo CD, scan by Wil Gielen


Sony Records SRCS 6340 (Japan) - outside of unfolded lyrics insert, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson

Sony Records SRCS 6340 (Japan) - inside of unfolded front insert, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson


Sony Records SRCS 6340 (Japan) - commercial CD scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson


Sony Records SRCS 6340 (Japan) - inside of unfolded lyrics insert, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson

First/second releases: CBS/Sony 32DP 244, 21 Nov 1985, reissued 1989:
The copy shown has a purple/white
card box-type obi with black and white text and price ¥3,200 (before sales tax was introduced). It had a 28-page stapled booklet in English and Japanese. 32DP 244 was reissued in 1989 with the same purple/white card box-type obi with price ¥3,008 (¥2,920 plus sales tax). The rear insert has two dates: "I-11-21" (21 Nov 1985) and the withdrawal date "86-3-31" (31 Mar 1986). Wil Gielen has a 1989 copy that was given as a prize in a competition run by TDK, the text in the centre of the CD says "TDK CD double chance present - not for sale". The CD was won by sending in vouchers collected from TDK products (mainly compact cassettes and VHS tapes).

Third release (mid-price): Sony Records SRCS 6340, 22 Sep 1993:
This release has a black, red, white, blue and yellow
obi in the "Nice Price Line 31" series with price ¥1,800 (¥1,748 plus sales tax) and withdrawal date "95-9-21" (21 Sep 1995). Wil Gielen's copy is a promo, with a sticker on the rear insert and Japanese promo characters in the centre of the CD itself.

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Wil Gielen and Keith Schweiger for information and to Wil Gielen and Sonny Boy McFitzson for scans.


"Empire Burlesque" - CD releases, CBS CDCBS 86313 (Japan for Europe), mid-1980s; Columbia COL 467840 2 (Austria for Europe), 1990s:


CBS CDCBS 86313 (Japan for Europe) - front scan by Keith Schweiger
These CD releases have a stapled multi-page booklet as the front insert.

CBS CDCBS 86313 was manufactured in Japan for distribution in Europe. The reverse of the rear insert is blank apart from the catalogue number shown.


CBS CDCBS 86313 (Japan for Europe) - rear insert scan by Keith Schweiger


CBS CDCBS 86313 (Japan for Europe) - outside of front insert booklet, scan by Keith Schweiger


CBS CDCBS 86313 (Japan for Europe) - detail of reverse of rear insert, scan by Keith Schweiger

Columbia COL 467840 2 (Austria for Europe) - front scan by Keith Schweiger (1991 release)


CBS CDCBS 86313 (Japan for Europe) - detail of rear insert, scan by Keith Schweiger


Columbia COL 467840 2 (Austria for Europe) - rear insert scan by Keith Schweiger (1991 release)


Columbia COL 467840 2 (Austria for Europe) - inside page of booklet with "Nice Price" catalogue, scan by Keith Schweiger (1991 release)


CBS CDCBS 86313 (Japan for Europe) - CD scan by Keith Schweiger


Columbia COL 467840 2 (Austria for Europe) - rear insert (current release)


Columbia COL 467840 2 (Austria for Europe) - outside of front insert booklet (my copy, both releases)


Columbia COL 467840 2 (Austria for Europe) - inside of front insert booklet (current releases)


Columbia COL 467840 2 (Austria for Europe) - CD (both releases)

The 1991 release of Columbia COL 467840 2 has a red CD tray. There is a "Nice Price" catalogue stapled inside the front insert booklet. The only difference I can see between the 1991 rear insert and my copy's rear insert is that the text in the black bar including the catalogue was white in 1991 and is now yellow. My copy has a no "Nice Price" catalogue and also has a black CD tray. The CBS CD is silver with black text, the Columbia CDs are silver with red panels and black text.

Thanks to Keith Schweiger for information and scans.


"Empire Burlesque" - CD release, Columbia CDCBS 86313 (Australia), 1990s:

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Columbia CDCBS 86313 (Australia) - front scan by Stuart Moore
This release is still on sale in Australia. The rear insert says "Made in Japan" although the CD itself says "Made in Australia".

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information and scans

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Columbia CDCBS 86313 (Australia) - centre of booklet, scan by Stuart Moore

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Columbia CDCBS 86313 (Australia) - CD scan by Stuart Moore

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Columbia CDCBS 86313 (Australia) - outside of booklet, scan by Stuart Moore

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Columbia CDCBS 86313 (Australia) - rear insert scan by Stuart Moore

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Columbia CDCBS 86313 (Australia) - inside page of booklet, scan by Stuart Moore


"Empire Burlesque" - CD release in card sleeve, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697742502CD1 (Austria for Europe), 26 Jul 2010:


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697742502CD1 (Austria for Europe) - front of card sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697742502CD1 (Austria for Europe) - rear of card sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697742502CD1 (Austria for Europe) - detail of rear of card sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697742502CD1 (Austria for Europe) - disc


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697742502 (Austria for Europe) - front of slipcase


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697742502 (Austria for Europe) - rear of slipcase

This release comes as part of a 3CD set Original Album Classics: Bob Dylan containing three not as yet remastered albums: Empire Burlesque (1985), Down In The Groove (1988) and Under The Red Sky (1990). As the price per set is only £8.99 it's very unlikely these have been remastered now. Other artists in this series include Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Patti Smith and Jeff Buckley. The three albums are in card sleeves inside a CD-width slipcase. The individual albums are numbered 88697742502CD1, 88697742502CD2 and 88697742502CD3.

The picture on the front of the slipcase comes from 1986's Hard To Handle video of Bob live with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, see VHS & DVDs 1980s.

Thanks to Steven Jump of Badlands for the information.


"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)


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312JK27 (USA)/Europe) - front of card sleeve (my copy)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312D31 (USA) - CD31 (my copy)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312D31 (USA) - detail of CD31

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88883-77314-5 (USA/Europe) - top of USB box (my copy)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312JK27 (USA)/Europe) - rear of card sleeve (my copy)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312-31 (Europe) - CD31 scan by Manuel García Jara

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312-31 (Europe) - detail of CD31, scan by Manuel García Jara

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. 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 "88691924312JK27" plus "DISC 31". This album has been remastered, so is the ninth Dylan album remastered for this project. The CDs are different in detail, the US Empire Burlesque CD has catalogue number "88691924312D31", whereas the European CD has catalogue number "88691924312-31". The European CD was 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 30575 (Japan) - front with obi, picture from CD Japan web-site
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 1980s albums from Saved to Oh Mercy will be released in Japan on 27 Aug 2014 in card sleeves as Blu-Spec CD2 discs numbered Sony Music SICP 30571 to SICP 30579. The 2013 remastered Empire Burlesque is SICP 30575, more details will be added when available.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


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