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Oh Mercy

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Dylan & The Dead
(1989)

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.


Under The Red Sky
(1990)

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Revised 18 September, 2017.


Original US stereo album, Columbia OC 45281 (LP), OCT 45281 (MC), CK 45281 (CD), 12 Sep 1989.

Thanks to Dag Braathen for scans of a Columbia US promo leaflet sent to record stores with details of promotional activities and album ordering information.

The front sleeve design is a photograph of a graffiti wall by "Trotsky" found on a New York street . The rear photo of Bob in the panama hat is credited to "Suzie Q", presumably his dresser/wardrobe mistress Suzie Pullen. This album was remastered by Columbia in 1997 but that remastered edition was never released. Remastered versions of Shooting Star and Most Of The Time from it appeared in 2000 on the Wonder Boys and High Fidelity soundtrack albums respectively (for both see Released Rarities).

However, this title is now one of the fifteen Dylan albums released in Sep 2003 as a hybrid CD/SA-CD. This is playable both in stereo on an ordinary CD player and in enhanced stereo on an SA-CD player or a DVD player that also plays SA-CDs (Sony's higher range models all do this). Some titles are available in 5.1 surround sound, but not this one. Thanks to Howard Tom for the information that Most Of The Time has a fade-in start on the CD layer but a full-volume start on the SA-CD layer.

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

Under The Red Sky (1990): Born In Time and God Knows were out-takes from Oh Mercy re-recorded for the 1990 album

The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 (1991): Series Of Dreams. For alternate and edited versions of this song, see 1991.

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. 3 (1994): Dignity - remixed by Brendan O'Brien

Touched By An Angel: The Album (1998): Dignity - original Oh Mercy out-take produced by Daniel Lanois (R-0273, see 1998).
R-0273 was included on the 2000 European/Japanese Columbia compilations The Best Of Bob Dylan Vol. 2, see 2000 and in 2007 on the 3CD compilation Dylan, so is no longer a rarity.

Apple iTunes Online Music Store (2003): Everything Is Broken (alternate take with different lyrics R-0613, see Online Performances (Other))
R-0613
was released in Oct 2008 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 - Tell Tale Signs: Rare And Unreleased 1989-2006, see here. This means it is no longer a rarity.

Chronicles Volume One 6 Song Sampler (2004): Dignity (previously unreleased piano demo, R-0680, see 2004)
R-06
80 was released in Oct 2008 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 - Tell Tale Signs: Rare And Unreleased 1989-2006, see here. This means it is no longer a rarity.

The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 - Tell Tale Signs: Rare And Unreleased 1989-2006 (2008): Dignity (previously unreleased piano demo R-0679 as above); Most Of The Time (two alternate takes); Born In Time (original version - two alternate takes); God Knows (original version); Everything Is Broken (alternate take); Series Of Dreams (new alternate take); Dignity (alternate take to version released on Touched By An Angel: The Album, R-0273, see 1998); Ring Them Bells (alternate take)


Vinyl and Tape Releases


"Oh Mercy" - test pressing, Columbia (no catalogue number) (USA), Aug 1989:


Side 1 scan by Tom Willems (generic test pressing label)
This test pressing has generic labels from CBS Records Inc, Carrollton, GA. The only text is was looks like "2 Better" on Side 2 in blue marker pen.

For a test pressing of Down In The Groove from CBS Records Inc, Carrollton, GA; with a different track listing and eventually withdrawn rarities, see 1987.

Thanks to Tom Willems for information and scans.


Side 2 scan by Tom Willems (generic test pressing label)

"Oh Mercy" - promo compact cassettes, Columbia 45281 (USA), Aug 1989:


Columbia 45281 (USA) - promo insert scan by Manuel García Jara

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Columbia 45281 (USA) - variant promo insert scan by Keith Venturoni

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Columbia 45281 (USA) - promo Side 1 scan by Keith Venturoni


Columbia 45281 (USA) - detail of promo Side 1, scan by Keith Venturoni

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Columbia 45281 (USA) - promo Side 2 scan by Keith Venturoni

All tracks on these promo cassettes are the regular versions from the album (Columbia OCT 45281). The first two inserts shown have the same cassette and were made at CBS Recording Studios, New York. They have white labels with black text, with catalogue number "45281". The variant from Manuel García Jara has "CONFIDENTIAL PRE-RELEASE CASSETTE" on the insert.

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Columbia 45281 (USA) - variant promo insert scan by Øyvind Svele


Columbia 45281 (USA) -reverse of variant promo insert, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia ACC 45281 (USA) - alternate promo Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia ACC 45281 (USA) - detail of alternate promo Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia ACC 45281 (USA) - alternate promo Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

Gerd Rundel has another variant with the same black/white outside insert as that of Øyvind Svele. This has the tracklist and an illustration of the album cover on the reverse of the insert, and the cassette is nearly the same as the commercial cassette below, with a smoked grey transparent case with white text, there are no paper labels. The catalogue number on the cassette is "ACC 45281".

Thanks to Manuel García Jara, Keith Venturoni, Øyvind Svele and Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"Oh Mercy" - stereo vinyl LP, Columbia OC 45281 (USA), 12 Sep 1989:


Columbia OC 45281 (USA) - front scan by Hans Seegers
Renaud Deperrieux points out that the paper for the US inner sleeve is much thinner than the paper used for European inner sleeves. Like the Australian sleeve below it doesn't have the small cut-out at the top of the rear of the Dutch inner sleeve.

The record shown has red Columbia labels and handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AL 45281-IA DMM, Side 2 - BL 45281-IIA DMM.

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Gerd Rundel plus Uli and Dirk Weitz for information and scans. Thanks especially to Gerd for opening his sealed copy!


Columbia OC 45281 (USA) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia OC 45281 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia OC 45281 (USA) - inner sleeve front, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia OC 45281 (USA) - inner sleeve rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia OC 45281 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia OC 45281 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia OC 45281 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia OC 45281 (USA) - detail of inner sleeve rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


"Oh Mercy" - stereo cassette release, Columbia OCT 45281 (USA), 12 Sep 1989:


Columbia OCT 45281 (USA) - outside of unfolded cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel
This cassette release has a folded insert with the tracklist and musician credits on the reverse. The cassette is transparent smoked grey with white text, there are no paper labels. The catalogue number on the cassette is just "CT 45281".

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Columbia OCT 45281 (USA) - inside of unfolded cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia CT 45281 (USA) - cassette Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CT 45281 (USA) - cassette Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CT 45281 (USA) - detail of cassette Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

"Oh Mercy" - stereo 180gm vinyl LP reissue, 4 Men With Beards 4M815/Sony Music Entertainment 88697862421 (USA), 16 Aug 2011:


4 Men With Beards 4M815/Sony Music Entertainment 88697862421 (USA) - front with sticker (my copy)
Thanks to Harold Lepidus for information that this album was re-released on heavyweight 180gm vinyl on 16 Aug 2011 by San Francisco-based vinyl reissues label record label 4 Men With Beards. The sleeve has a light grey front sticker and the catalogue number "4m815" (lower-case "m") on the spine, while the record labels have "4M815" (upper-case "M"). The record comes in an inner sleeve with the original design and has white 4 Men With Beards labels. The copy shown has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - 4M-815-A1, Side 2 - 4M-815-B1. The inner sleeve has the Sony Music catalogue number 88697862421.


4 Men With Beards 4M815/Sony Music Entertainment 88697862421 (USA) - front sticker


4 Men With Beards 4M815/Sony Music Entertainment 88697862421 (USA) - rear


4 Men With Beards 4M815/Sony Music Entertainment 88697862421 (USA) - detail of rear


4 Men With Beards 4M815/Sony Music Entertainment 88697862421 (USA) - inner sleeve front


4 Men With Beards 4M815/Sony Music Entertainment 88697862421 (USA) - detail of inner sleeve front

4 Men With Beards 4M815/Sony Music Entertainment 88697862421 (USA) - inner sleeve rear

4 Men With Beards 4M815/Sony Music Entertainment 88697862421 (USA) - detail of inner sleeve rear

4 Men With Beards 4M815/Sony Music Entertainment 88697862421 (USA) - Side 1

4 Men With Beards 4M815/Sony Music Entertainment 88697862421 (USA) - Side 2


4 Men With Beards 4M815/Sony Music Entertainment 88697862421 (USA) - detail of rear


"Oh Mercy" - promo stereo vinyl LP, Columbia OC 45281 (USA for Canada), 12 Sep 1989:


Columbia OC 45281 (USA for Canada) - front scan by Gerd Rundel

This Canadian promo release has a golden French/English promo stamp in the top left of the rear sleeve, typical for Canadian promo releases. Otherwise it's exactly the same as the US release – probably there was no Canadian pressing. The sleeve and inner sleeve were made in the USA, and the record is also identical to that of the US release without a country of origin on the labels. The record has red Columbia labels and handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - AL 45281-IA DMM, Side 2 - BL 45281-IIA DMM (the same as the US release above). For detail scans see above.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Columbia OC 45281 (USA for Canada) - rear with promo stamp, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia OC 45281 (USA for Canada) - rear promo stamp scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia OC 45281 (USA for Canada) - inner sleeve front scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia OC 45281 (USA for Canada) - inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia OC 45281 (USA for Canada) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia OC 45281 (USA for Canada) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

"Oh Mercy" - stereo cassette release, Columbia OCT 45281 (Canada), 12 Sep 1989:


Columbia OCT 45281 (Canada) - outside of unfolded cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel
Like the US release above, this cassette release has a folded insert with the tracklist and musician credits on the reverse. The cassette is black with silver text, there are no paper labels.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Columbia OCT 45281 (Canada) - cassette Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia OCT 45281 (Canada) - inside of unfolded cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia OCT 45281 (Canada) - detail of rear of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia OCT 45281 (Canada) - cassette Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

"Oh Mercy" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS 465800 1 (UK/Ireland), Sep 1989:


CBS 465800 1 (UK) - front scan by Gerd Rundel
This record again comes in a printed inner sleeve. It has "MADE IN ENGLAND" on both the rear sleeve and the record labels, which are totally different in design from the Dutch labels below. The copy of the record shown has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - 4658001 A1, Side 2 - 4658001 B1.

Also shown is a copy of a very rare Irish pressing. It comes in the UK outer and inner sleeves but has "Record mfd. in Ireland" on the record labels. The labels have a different pale red matt colour from the glossy darker red of the UK release and the record has the same handwritten matrix numbers as the UK record.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


CBS 465800 1 (UK) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465800 1 (UK) - inner sleeve front, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (UK) - inner sleeve rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (UK) - detail of inner sleeve rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465800 1 (UK) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465800 1 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465800 1 (Ireland) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465800 1 (Ireland) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (UK) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


"Oh Mercy" - promo and commercial stereo cassettes, CBS 465800 4 (UK), Sep 1989:


CBS 465800 4 (UK) - front scan by Tom Willems (commercial release)
The promo cassette has a white insert with the logo and address of CBS Studios, London, and the track listing. The spine has "BOB DYLAN" typed and the album title handwritten in black marker pen. The cassette itself is a Maxell Chrome XLII-S 60 with white CBS Studio labels, again with "BOB DYLAN" typed and the album title handwritten. The commercial release has a three-fold insert. The cassette is black with red CBS labels.

Thanks to Ian Woodward and Tom Willems for information and scans.


CBS 465800 4 (UK) - promo cassette Side 1, scan by Ian Woodward


CBS 465800 4 (UK) - cassette Side 1 scan by Tom Willems (commercial release)


CBS 465800 4 (UK) - promo cassette insert, scan by Ian Woodward


CBS 465800 4 (UK) - outside of unfolded insert, scan by Tom Willems (commercial release)


CBS 465800 4 (UK) - inside of unfolded insert, scan by Tom Willems (commercial release)


CBS 465800 4 (UK) - cassette Side 2 scan by Tom Willems (commercial release)


"Oh Mercy" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS 465800 1 (NL), Sep 1989:


CBS 465800 1 (NL) - front scan by Gerd Rundel

The Dutch record comes in a picture inner sleeve with the song titles and musician credits on the front and a pattern on the reverse. There's a small cut-out at the top of the rear of the Dutch inner sleeve which doesn't appear to be present on the US and Australian inner sleeves. The record has red CBS labels and stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - 465800 20 1A1, Side 2 - 465800 20 1B1. Gerd Rundel's copy has "CB 291" in a lozenge below the bar code at top right of the rear sleeve - on Tom Willems's copy this has been covered with a sticker with "CB 321". Gerd Rundel has found a misprint copy on eBay where the black text is missing from the Side 2 record label - the sleeve and Side 1 label are normal.

Manuel García Jara also has a Dutch copy exported to West Germany with an accompanying black "Plattenpass [Record Passport]" booklet describing the release.

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


CBS 465800 1 (NL) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (NL) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (NL) - detail of rear, alternate scan by Tom Willems


CBS 465800 1 (NL)
- front of accompanying German booklet, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 465800 1 (NL)
- inside of accompanying German booklet, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 465800 1 (NL)
- rear of accompanying German booklet, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 465800 1 (NL) - inner sleeve front with cut-out, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (NL) - inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (NL) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465800 1 (NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465800 1 (NL) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465800 1 (NL) - Side 2 with missing text, photo from eBay

"Oh Mercy" - 180gm stereo vinyl LP re-release, Music On Vinyl MOVLP 659 (NL), 13 Dec 2012:


Music On Vinyl MOVLP 659 (NL) - picture from Music On Vinyl web-site
This heavyweight vinyl album was released by Dutch specialist company Music On Vinyl under license from Columbia. More scans required!

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information.


"Oh Mercy" - stereo cassette release, CBS 465800 4 (NL), Sep 1989:


CBS 465800 4 (NL) - front scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux
This release came with a two fold insert. The cassette is black with red CBS labels.

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for information and scans.


CBS 465800 4 (NL) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

CBS 465800 4 (NL) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

CBS 465800 4 (NL) - cassette Side 1 scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

CBS 465800 4 (NL) - cassette Side 2 scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

"Oh Mercy" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS 465800 1 (Spain), Sep 1989: CBS/Sony 465800 1 (Spain), 1992:


CBS 465800 1 (Spain) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1989 release)
Both of these albums were made in Spain by Tecnodisco S.A. of Madrid on behalf of CBS Records. The CBS Spain address is Paseo de la Castellana 93, 28046 Madrid. The 1989 record has red CBS labels and the 1992 record has red CBS/Sony labels dated 1992 with  matrix numbers: Side 1 - 465800-1A, Side 2 - 465800-1B.
CBS 465800 1 (Spain) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (1989 release)

CBS/Sony 465800 1 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1992 release)

CBS/Sony 465800 1 (Spain) - rear with promo stamp, scan by Manuel García Jara (1992 release)

CBS/Sony 465800 1 (Spain) - detail of rear with promo stamp, scan by Manuel García Jara (1992 release)


CBS 465800 1 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers (1989 release)


CBS 465800 1 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (1989 release)


CBS 465800 1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers (1989 release)


CBS 465800 1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers (1989 release)

CBS 465800 1 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (1989 release)

CBS/Sony 465800 1 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1992 release)


CBS/Sony 465800 1 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1992 release)


CBS/Sony 465800 1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1992 release, now with telephone number)

CBS/Sony 465800 1 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1992 release)

CBS/Sony 465800 1 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1992 release)


CBS 465800 1 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers (1989 release)


CBS/Sony 465800 1 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1992 release with overprinted black panel and new Sony Music text)

Manuel's 1992 copy has a gold promo stamp (now faded) on the rear sleeve with the words "DISCO PROMOCIONAL PROHIBIDA SU VENTA [Promotional record, sale prohibited]". These copies were distributed to CBS commercial agents, and are very rare.

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


"Oh Mercy" - stereo cassette release, CBS 465800 4 (Spain), Sep 1989:


CBS 465800 4 (Spain) - outside of unfolded insert, scan by Tom Willems
This cassette release had a single folded card as the insert. The cassette is light grey with text printed directly on to it, there are no paper labels.

Thanks to Tom Willems for information and scans.


CBS 465800 4 (Spain) - inside of unfolded insert, scan by Tom Willems

CBS 465800 4 (Spain) - cassette Side 1 scan by Tom Willems

CBS 465800 4 (Spain) - cassette Side 2 scan by Tom Willems

"Oh Mercy" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS 465800 1 (Greece), Oct 1989:


CBS 465800 1 (Greece) - front scan by Gerd Rundel

Both the sleeve and record of this release were made in Greece. The record has red CBS labels with stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - 01 465800 20 1A1, Side 2 - 01 465800 20 1B1. There is a double-sided insert instead of a printed inner sleeve.

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


CBS 465800 1 (Greece) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 465800 1 (Greece) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (Greece) - insert front scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (Greece) - insert rear scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (Greece) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (Greece) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 465800 1 (Greece) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

"Oh Mercy" - stereo cassette release, KS (no catalogue number) (Greece), 1989:


Unfolded cassette insert
This cassette is unauthorised so more details are in Questionable Releases! The cassette is a generic C60.Thanks to Lars M. Banke for the loan of the cassette to scan. He actually bought the cassette in Cyprus.

"Oh Mercy" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS/RTVL LL 1820 (Yugoslavia), Oct 1989:


CBS/RTVL LL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
This album was manufactured in Yugoslavia for CBS Records by RTVL of Ljubljana (now in Slovenia). All previous releases had been manufactured by Suzy Records of Zagreb (now in Croatia). It has the standard inner sleeve. As before, the record was pressed in Yugoslavia by Jugoton, also of Zagreb, and has red CBS labels.
CBS/RTVL LL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/RTVL LL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/RTVL LL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - inner sleeve front scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/RTVL LL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - inner sleeve rear scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/RTVL LL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - detail of inner sleeve rear, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS/RTVL LL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS/RTVL LL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/RTVL LL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/RTVL LL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS/RTVL LL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

The record of the copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - ULP 2593 A  23 10 89 (pressing date 23 Oct 1989), Side 2 - ULP 2593 B  23 10 89.

For the 1990 RTVL Yugoslav release of Under The Red Sky, see the appropriate International Releases album page.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"Oh Mercy" - stereo cassette release, CBS/RTVL KL 1820 (Yugoslavia), Oct 1989:


CBS/RTVL KL 1820 (Yugoslavia)
- outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/RTVL KL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/RTVL KL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/RTVL KL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - detail of cassette Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/RTVL KL 1820 (Yugoslavia) - cassette Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

This Yugoslav cassette was again manufactured under licence for CBS Records by RTVL of Ljubljana (now in Slovenia). All previous cassette releases had been manufactured by Suzy Records of Zagreb (now in Croatia). The inside of the cassette insert has the tracklist and composer credits. The cassette is black with pink CBS/RTVL labels and black text.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"Oh Mercy" - promo and commercial stereo vinyl LPs, CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary), Sep 1989:


CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - front scan by Simon Blokker (first promo copy)

This is the only official Bob Dylan album release in Hungary! The album was manufactured and distributed in Hungary by Gong Records under licence from CBS. It has unique white Gong labels which include the CBS logo. The record is in a plain white inner sleeve. Manuel García Jara and Simon Blokker have promo copies with promo stamps on the front sleeve and Side 1 record labels. Simon's copy has black stamps on the front sleeve and Side 1 record label, Manuel's copy has a sticker on the rear sleeve and a smaller red stamp on the Side 1 record label.


CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - detail of front, scan by Simon Blokker (first promo copy)

CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - front scan by Hans Seegers (commercial copy)

CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - rear scan by Simon Blokker (first promo copy)

CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - detail of rear, scan by Simon Blokker (first promo copy)


CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - Side 1 scan by Simon Blokker (first promo copy - Side 2 is same as commercial copy)


CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (second promo copy - Side 2 is same as commercial copy)


CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (second promo copy)


CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (commercial copy)


CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers (all copies)

CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers (all copies)

CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (commercial copy)

CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - detail of Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (commercial copy)

CBS/Gong SLPXL 37357 (Hungary) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (commercial copy)

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


"Oh Mercy" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS 465800 1 (Israel), Sep 1989:


CBS 465800 1 (Israel) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 465800 1 (Israel) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 465800 1 (Israel) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 465800 1 (Israel) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 465800 1 (Israel) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 465800 1 (Israel) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 465800 1 (Israel) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

This album is essentially the same as the Dutch album above, with identical matrix numbers. It was made and distributed in Israel by NMC Music Limited for CBS Records. The printed barcode on the rear sleeve is missing but it has a new barcode in a sticker with Hebrew text. Copyright text at bottom. The record has red CBS labels with "MADE IN ISRAEL" at the bottom in English and Hebrew. The record has matrix numbers: Side 1 - 465800 20 1A1, Side 2 - 465800 20 1B1.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"Oh Mercy" - stereo cassette release, CBS 465800 4 (Israel), Sep 1989:


CBS 465800 4 (Israel)
- outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara
The Israeli insert is identical to that of the Dutch cassette release, and was probably imported from Holland, although there is Hebrew text stamped on the inside. The cassette itself was made in Israel, and is white with blue text printed directly on to it, there are no paper labels.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


CBS 465800 4 (Israel) - detail of inside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 465800 4 (Israel) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 465800 4 (Israel) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 465800 4 (Israel) - detail of cassette Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS 465800 4 (Israel) - cassette Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

"Oh Mercy" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS 465800 1 (Australia), Sep 1989:


CBS 465800 1 (Australia) - front with sticker, scan by Stuart Moore
This album has a picture inner sleeve with track/musician details on the front. There is a white sticker with blue text on the front sleeve promoting four tracks. The record has orange/yellow CBS labels. This album was also imported into New Zealand.

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


CBS 465800 1 (Australia) - front sticker scan by Stuart Moore


CBS 465800 1 (Australia) - rear scan by Stuart Moore


CBS 465800 1 (Australia) - front of inner sleeve, scan by Stuart Moore

CBS 465800 1 (Australia) - rear of inner sleeve, scan by Stuart Moore

CBS 465800 1 (Australia) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore

CBS 465800 1 (Australia) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore

"Oh Mercy" - stereo cassette releases, CBS 465 800-4 (Australia), Sep 1989 (two releases):


CBS 465 800-4 (Australia) - outside of unfolded insert, scan by Stuart Moore (first release, inside is plain white)


CBS 465800 4 (Australia) - inside of unfolded insert, scan by Stuart Moore (second release)


CBS 465 800-4 (Australia) - cassette Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (first release)

CBS 465 800-4 (Australia) - cassette Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (first release)

CBS 465800 4 (Australia) - outside of unfolded insert, scan by Stuart Moore (second release)

CBS 465800 4 (Australia) - cassette Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (second release)

CBS 465800 4 (Australia) - cassette Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (second release)

These CBS releases sold in Australia do not have a country of origin on the inserts or the cassettes. The first cassette is light grey with black printed text, there are no paper labels. The second release is still CBS, but now has a completely different insert with a barcode on the rear and the photo of Bob from the rear of the LP sleeve. The inside of the insert now has the song credits, etc. The cassette is now transparent smoked grey with a distinctive striped appearance common to Australian cassette releases of this period and white printed text, there are again no paper labels.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information and scans.


"Oh Mercy" - stereo cassette release, CBS/King's C 2480989 (Indonesia), 1989:


CBS/King's C 2480989 (Indonesia) - front scan by Tom Willems


CBS/King's C 2480989 (Indonesia) - outside of unfolded insert, scan by Tom Willems


CBS/King's C 2480989 (Indonesia) - detail of front, scan by Tom Willems
This cassette release was manufactured by King's of Indonesia and uses the CBS logo on both the insert and the cassette itself, which looks like a recordable cassette rather than pre-recorded. It may therefore be unofficial.

Thanks to Tom Willems for information and scans.


CBS/King's C 2480989 (Indonesia) - cassette Side 1 scan by Tom Willems

"Oh Mercy" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS ASF 3297 (South Africa), Oct 1989:


CBS ASF 3297 (South Africa) - front scan by Tom Willems


CBS ASF 3297 (South Africa) - rear scan by Tom Willems


CBS ASF 3297 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Tom Willems

CBS ASF 3297 (South Africa) - detail of rear, scan by Tom Willems

CBS ASF 3297 (South Africa) - Side 1 scan by Tom Willems

CBS ASF 3297 (South Africa) - Side 2 scan by Tom Willems

This release was marketed and distributed by Gallo GRC Record Co. (Pty) Ltd on behalf of CBS Records. The copy shown has a price ticket for 15 Rand. The record has orange/yellow CBS labels.

Thanks to Tom Willems for information and scans.


"Oh Mercy" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS ASF 3297 (Zimbabwe), Oct 1989:


CBS ASF 3297 (Zimbabwe) - front scan by Gerd Rundel
This extremely rare album was manufactured and marketed by Zimbabwe Music Corporation (Z.M.C.) on behalf of CBS Records. The sleeve was printed by Belmont Printers of Bulawayo. The "4A" code was used by Belmont for CBS Records, they used other codes for other record companies for whom they printed sleeves. The rear sleeve is similar to the South African sleeve above. There are two white panels on the rear sleeve covering the barcode at top left and details of a CD release at top right. The record comes in a transparent thin plastic inner sleeve and has unique marbled light blue CBS labels with blue text. The copy shown has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - ASF3297-A, Side 2 - ASF3297-B.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


CBS ASF 3297 (Zimbabwe) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS ASF 3297 (Zimbabwe) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS ASF 3297 (Zimbabwe) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS ASF 3297 (Zimbabwe) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS ASF 3297 (Zimbabwe) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS ASF 3297 (Zimbabwe) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS ASF 3297 (Zimbabwe) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

"Oh Mercy" - promo and commercial stereo vinyl LP releases, Discos CBS 177.207 (Brazil), Oct 1989:


Discos CBS 177.207 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers

This release has a lyrics insert and the record has orange/yellow Discos CBS labels. The song titles are in English only. The catalogue numbers of the Brazilian vinyl release and the corresponding catalogue numbers of the cassette release (K 7) are printed on the rear sleeve at top right.

Sergio Mariano Romay's promo copy, like the commercial release, was made by Discos CBS, Río de Janeiro, and has 1980’s style orange/yellow Discos CBS labels. It has the same sleeve as a commercial copy with a gold embossed CBS promo stamp on the rear with text “AMOSTRA INVENDAVEL [SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE]”. The record has the same orange/yellow Discos CBS labels as the commercial copy without any promotional text. The matrix numbers (handwritten both sides) are: Side 1 - 177.207   1-465800   (P) 1989  AL-45281   1-2-16, Side 2 - 177.207   1-465800   (P) 1989   BL-45281   1-1-10. Also, the promo release has the same lyrics insert.


Discos CBS 177.207 (Brazil) - rear with promo stamp, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo release)

Discos CBS 177.207 (Brazil) - detail of rear promo stamp, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo release)


Discos CBS 177.207 (Brazil) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)


Discos CBS 177.207 (Brazil) - detail of rear, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (both releases)


Discos CBS 177.207 (Brazil) - rear of insert, scan by Hans Seegers (both releases)


Discos CBS 177.207 (Brazil) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (both releases)


Discos CBS 177.207 (Brazil) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (both releases)

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


"Oh Mercy" - promo and commercial stereo vinyl LP releases, Columbia 70.110 (Argentina), Oct 1989:


Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (all releases)
The photo of Bob on the rear sleeve is monochrome. The song titles are translated into Spanish on the rear sleeve and the record labels. The record labels are orange with Columbia logos in a ring.
Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara (all releases)

Columbia Argentina promo inner sleeve, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Columbia Argentina promo inner sleeve, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Columbia Argentina promo inner sleeve, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - rear scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo release)

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - detail of rear, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo release)

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - Side 1 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo release)

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - detail of Side 1, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo release)

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - Side 2 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo release, same as first commercial release)

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (both commercial releases)

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (both commercial releases)

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (first commercial release)

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (first commercial release)

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (first commercial release)

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (both commercial releases)

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - Side 1 scan by Dag Braathen (second commercial release)

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - detail of Side 1, scan by Dag Braathen (second commercial release)

Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - Side 2 scan by Dag Braathen (second commercial release)


Columbia 70.110 (Argentina) - detail of rear, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (promo release)

Sergio Mariano Romay's promo copy comes in one of the coloured inner sleeves shown above. These inner sleeves are the same both sides, with cut-outs to show the record labels, and CBS logos but no text. The front sleeve is as shown, with no promo indication. The rear sleeve has two gold promo stamps: a circular stamp at top left with “PROMOCION – CBS – VENTA PROHIBIDA [PROMOTION – CBS – SALE FORBIDDEN]”. At bottom left, is stamped in gold: “LOS SERVICIOS DE RADIODIFUSION DEBEN MENCIONAR TITULO DE LAS OBRAS DIFUNDIDAS, AUTORES E INTERPRETES ANTES O DESPUES DE SU EMISION (Art. 1º / Resolución 063 / COMFER 83) [BROADCASTING SERVICES MUST MENTION THE TITLE, KNOWN WORKS, AUTHORS AND PERFORMERS BEFORE OR AFTER ANY BROADCAST (Art. 1º/Resolution 063/COMFER 83)]". "COMFER" means “Comité Federal de Radiodifusión [Federal Broadcasting Committee]”. "83" refers to 1983, the year that Resolution 063 was enacted. The Side 1 record label has text "DISCO PARA DEMOSTRACIÓN/VENTA PROHIBIDA" [DEMONSTRATION RECORD/NOT FOR SALE]" printed at the top above the album title. This is missing on the Side 2 label. the record of this copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - 70110 A, Side 2 - 70110 B.

The record of Manuel's commercial copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - 70110 A, Side 2 - 70110 A (same as Side 1!). Dag Braathen has a copy with the same sleeve but slightly different record labels - the yellow text inside the Columbia logos ring is different.

Thanks to Eduardo Gomez Kodela for information plus Manuel García Jara, Dag Braathen and Sergio Mariano Romay for further information and scans.


"Oh Mercy" - stereo cassette release, Columbia 170.110/4-465800 (Argentina), Oct 1989:


Columbia 170.110/4-465800 (Argentina) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara
This cassette release has a short insert with the song titles in Spanish on the outside and in Spanish and English on the inside. The cassette is light grey with red text, there are no paper labels. The song titles on the cassette are also in Spanish only.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Columbia 170.110/4-465800 (Argentina) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

Columbia 170.110/4-465800 (Argentina) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

Columbia 170.110/4-465800 (Argentina) - cassette Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

"Oh Mercy" - stereo cassette release, CBS 8387-4 (Uruguay), Oct 1989:


CBS 8387-4 (Uruguay) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

This release has a folded cassette insert on textured paper that is blank on the reverse. The text is in English only (except for the copyright text, which includes “Made In Uruguay” in English). The insert has the Dolby System logo on the front and on the spine.


CBS 8387-4 (Uruguay) - cassette Side 1 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay


CBS 8387-4 (Uruguay) - detail of outside of cassette insert, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

CBS 8387-4 (Uruguay) - detail of cassette Side 1, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

CBS 8387-4 (Uruguay) - cassette Side 2 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay

The cassette is white with orange paper labels with black text. Again, the text is only in English (except the copyright text). “AGADU” (the name of the Uruguayan copyright organisation) is now present. The folded card insert was printed in Uruguay by FIMASA and the cassette was made by WEL S.A. (like the Uruguayan releases of Down In The Groove, Under The Red Sky, Good As I Been To You and Traveling Wilburys Volume One). The cassette can be opened, as there are five screws on Side 2.

Thanks to Sergio Mariano Romay for information and scans.


"Oh Mercy" - stereo vinyl LP, CBS 465800 1 (Israel), Oct 1989:

This record also has red CBS labels with stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - 01 465800 20 1A1, Side 2 - 01 465800 20 1B1.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for the information.


"Oh Mercy" - stereo cassette release, CBS 01-465800-10 (Turkey), Oct 1989:


CBS 01-465800-10 (Turkey) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 01-465800-10 (Turkey) - detail of outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 01-465800-10 (Turkey) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 01-465800-10 (Turkey) - cassette Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 01-465800-10 (Turkey) - cassette Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

This official release was manufactured and distributed in Turkey by Uzelli for CBS Records. It has an unusual front design combining both front and rear sleeve of the LP release. The cassette is clear with pale yellow labels and black text.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"Oh Mercy" - promo and commercial stereo vinyl LP releases, CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea), 14 Mar 1990:


CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - front scan by Hans Seegers (promo and commercial copies)

This album has a double-sided insert with text in Korean. The record has red/yellow CBS labels and a generic CBS inner sleeve. The promo copy shown has English text "NOT FOR SALE Promotional Use Only" stamped on the front of the insert and on a white sticker on the Side 1 label of the record (plus some Korean text). There is a date of "1990.2.15" [15 Feb 1990] on the insert and a Government approval date of "1990.3.14" [14 Mar 1990] on the record labels.

The record of the promo copy shown has matrix numbers: Side 1 - CPL-1022-A, Side 2 - CPL-1022-B.

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


CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (promo and commercial copies)


CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)


CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)

CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - front of insert scan by Manuel García Jara (promo copy)


CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - detail of front of insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo copy)


CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - front of insert scan by Hans Seegers (commercial copy)


CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - detail of front of insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)


CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - rear of insert scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)

CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - inner sleeve scan by Hans Seegers (promo and commercial copies)


CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (promo copy)


CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo copy)


CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (commercial copy)


CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (promo and commercial copies)


CBS CPL-1022 (South Korea) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (promo and commercial copies)

"Oh Mercy" - stereo vinyl LP, Simply Vinyl 180gm remastered release, Simply Vinyl/Columbia SVLP 319 (UK), 2000s:


Simply Vinyl/Columbia SVLP 319 (UK) - front sticker scan by Patrick Helfrich
Thanks to Patrick Helfrich for scans of this still sealed copy, released by Simply Vinyl under licence from Columbia.
Simply Vinyl/Columbia SVLP 319 (UK) - rear scan by Patrick Helfrich

"Oh Mercy" - remastered stereo vinyl LP release, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 8898454384210 (Europe), 1 Dec 2017:

More information will be added when available, but rumour has it that this will be the first vinyl release outside the USA to include The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar!

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information.


CD Releases


"Oh Mercy" - CD release, Columbia CK 45281 (USA), 12 Sep 1989:


Columbia CK 45281 (USA) - front of long box, scan by Gerd Rundel

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information that the US release came in a "long box" and to Gerd Rundel for pictures. Gerd was assisted by Thomas Haegele, Uli Arlt and Uwe Paul.

Larry Doubleu has a copy of this CD which actually plays George Michael's 1987 album Faith! It is visually the same as the one shown.


Columbia CK 45281 (USA) - rear photo by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CK 45281 (USA) - detail of rear of long box, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CK 45281 (USA) - rear of long box, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CK 45281 (USA) - detail of rear of long box, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia CK 45281 (USA) - detail of rear, photo by Gerd Rundel


"Oh Mercy" - CD release, Columbia CK 45281 (Canada), 12 Sep 1989:


Columbia CK 45281 (Canada) - front scan by Jack Guerreiro (both releases)


Columbia CK 45281 (Canada) - rear scan by Jack Guerreiro (first release)


Columbia CK 45281 (Canada) - detail of rear, scan by Jack Guerreiro (first release)


Columbia CK 45281 (Canada) - CD scan by Jack Guerreiro (first release)


Columbia CK 45281 (Canada) - detail of CD, scan by Jack Guerreiro ("MADE IN CANADA" missing on US CD, first release)

This first Canadian release shown is the same as the US CD release of CK 45281 apart from the "Made in Canada" information on the rear insert and CD. The front insert is a single folded card as the European release below.

Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for information and scans.


"Oh Mercy" - CD releases, CBS 465800 2 (Europe), 12 Sep 1989, Columbia 465800 2 (Europe), 1991:


Columbia
465800 2 (Europe) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1991 release)

These releases were manufactured in Austria for distribution throughout Europe and are exactly the same as the US Columbia release apart from the catalogue number. The original CBS release was replaced by a Columbia release in 1991. Each front insert is a single folded card. The CDs are silver with red panels and black text.

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


CBS 465800 2 (Europe) - outside of front insert (1989 release, my copy)


CBS 465800 2 (Europe) - rear insert (1989 release)


CBS 465800 2 (Europe) - CD scan by Hans Seegers (1989 release)


Columbia 465800 2 (Europe) - rear insert scan by Manuel García Jara (1991 release)


Columbia 465800 2 (Europe) - CD scan by Manuel García Jara (1991 release)


CBS 465800 2 (Europe) - inside of front insert (1989 release)


"Oh Mercy" - CD release, CBS/Sony CSCS 5058 (Japan), 19 Oct 1989; remastered CD releases, Sony Music MHCP-382 (Japan), 23 Sep 2004; Sony Music MHCP 816 (Japan), 21 Sep 2005:
As far as I know, this album was not released on vinyl in Japan. For the 2003 Japanese SA-CD release, see below.

CBS/Sony CSCS 5058 (Japan), 19 Oct 1989:


CBS/Sony CSCS 5058 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen (1989 release)

The 1989 CD has a red-brown, white and blue obi with black and white text with price ¥2,300 (¥2,233 plus sales tax) and date "E-10-19" (19 Oct 1989). "E" is the year letter indicating 1989, see Index of International Releases by Country for full details of Japanese CD date codes from 1984 to 1991. There is a four page folded insert in English plus a second insert in English and Japanese that folds out. The copy shown is a promo with a promo sticker on the rear insert and Japanese characters indicating a promo in the clear centre of the CD itself.


CBS/Sony CSCS 5058 (Japan) - front scan by Wil Gielen (all releases)


CBS/Sony CSCS 5058 (Japan) - obi scan by Wil Gielen (1989 release)


CBS/Sony CSCS 5058 (Japan) - rear insert with promo
sticker, scan by Wil Gielen (1989 release)


CBS/Sony CSCS 5058 (Japan) - detail of rear insert with promo
sticker, scan by Wil Gielen (1989 release)


CBS/Sony CSCS 5058 (Japan) - promo CD scan by Wil Gielen (1989 release)


CBS/Sony CSCS 5058 (Japan) - detail of promo CD, scan by Wil Gielen (1989 release)

Sony Music MHCP-382 (Japan), 23 Sep 2004:


Sony Music MHCP-382 (Japan) - front of sealed copy with obi and "DYLAN ALIVE" sticker (2004 release, my copy)
The 2004 remastered CD (CD layer of the 2003 hybrid SA-CD below) comes in a card sleeve reproducing the LP sleeve with an orange top obi with black and white text.


Sony Music MHCP-382 (Japan) - reproduction of top obi unfolded (2004 release)


Sony Music MHCP-382 (Japan) - front of card sleeve (2004 release)


Sony Music MHCP-382 (Japan) - rear of card sleeve (2004 release)

Sony Music MHCP-382 (Japan) - rear of sealed copy with obi (2004 release,my copy)


Sony Music MHCP-382 (Japan) - "DYLAN ALIVE '04" sticker (2004 release)


Sony Music MHCP-382 (Japan) - front of inner sleeve (2004 release)


Sony Music MHCP-382 (Japan) - rear of inner sleeve (2004 release)

Sony Music MHCP-382 (Japan) - front of lyrics booklet unfolded (2004 release)


Sony Music MHCP-382 (Japan) - CD (2004 release)

The obi has price ¥1,890 (¥1,800 plus sales tax) and date "04-9-23" (23 Sep 2004). The withdrawal date is "05-3-22" (22 May 2005). There is a folded booklet containing Japanese language sleeve notes plus lyrics in English and Japanese. The CD itself is in a paper inner sleeve reproducing the US LP inner sleeve.

Sony Music MHCP 816 (Japan), 21 Sep 2005:


Sony Music MHCP 816 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen (2005 release)

The 2005 remastered CD (CD layer of the 2003 hybrid SA-CD below) comes in a standard jewel case. It has a white obi with black text with price ¥1,785 (¥1,700 plus sales tax) and date "05-9-21" (21 Sep 2005). The withdrawal date is "06-3-20" (20 Mar 2006). There is a four page folded insert in English plus a second 20-page stapled booklet in English and Japanese. The copy shown is a promo with a promo sticker on the rear insert and "SAMPLE LOANED" in the clear centre of the CD itself.


Sony Music MHCP 816 (Japan) - obi scan by Wil Gielen (2005 release)


Sony Music MHCP 816 (Japan) - rear with promo sticker, scan by Wil Gielen (2005 release)


Sony Music MHCP 816 (Japan) - detail of rear with promo sticker, scan by Wil Gielen (2005 release)

Sony Music MHCP 816 (Japan) - promo CD scan by Wil Gielen (2005 release)


Sony Music MHCP 816 (Japan) - detail of promo CD, scan by Wil Gielen (2005 release)

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


"Oh Mercy" - CD, CBS CPK-1022 (South Korea), 1990:

Thanks to Hans Seegers for the information.


"Oh Mercy" - CD, Columbia 465800 2 (Australia), 1990s:


Columbia 465800 2 (Australia) - front insert unfolded, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia 465800 2 (Australia) - inside of front insert, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia 465800 2 (Australia) - rear insert scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia 465800 2 (Australia) - CD scan by Stuart Moore

This reissue release has a silver CD with black/red text. The CD has "Columbia" but the inserts still say "CBS". The front insert is a single folded card. This release was replaced by the hybrid SA-CD release in 2003.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for the information and to Stuart Moore for scans.


"Oh Mercy" - advance promo CD-R, Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment CH 90316 (USA), 29 Jun 2003:


Columbia CH 90316 (USA) - promo insert picture from Sam Plessers
This CD-R for radio play only comes in a clear plastic wallet with a single-sided paper insert. Thanks to Sam Plessers for the picture of the insert, which is dated "6/29/2003". I assume because it was sent to radio stations the CD-R has only the CD layer of the hybrid SA-CD release below.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for further information and scan.


Columbia CH 90316 (USA) - promo CD-R scan by Hans Seegers

"Oh Mercy" - hybrid SA-CD release, Columbia CH 90316 (USA/Canada)/Columbia 512343 6 (Europe/Australia), 16 Sep 2003:


Columbia CH 90316 (USA/Canada) - outside of digipak (my copy)

This release is housed in a two-fold digipak and the hybrid disc contains both a CD version and an SA-CD stereo version. There is no booklet. The SA-CD design reproduces the type of orange Columbia US stereo vinyl label used in 1989, with the Columbia logo in a ring round the circumference. This Canadian release also has the sticker shown for The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan on the outside of the shrink-wrap.


Columbia CH 90316 (USA/Canada) - inside of digipak showing CD tray


Columbia CH 90316 (USA/Canada) -
hybrid SA-CD


Columbia 512343 6 (Australia) - outside of digipak with yellow "Reissues Series" sticker, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia 512343 6 (Australia) - inside of digipak, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia 512343 6 (Australia) - hybrid SA-CD scan by Stuart Moore

"Oh Mercy" - hybrid SA-CD release, Sony Music MHCP 10015 (Japan), 17 Dec 2003:


Sony Music MHCP 10015 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Keith Schweiger


Sony Music MHCP 10015 (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Keith Schweiger (promo release)


Sony Music MHCP 10015 (Japan) - rear scan by Keith Schweiger (promo release)

Sony Music MHCP 10015 (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Keith Schweiger (promo release)

Sony Music MHCP 10015 (Japan) - hybrid SA-CD scan by Keith Schweiger (promo release)

Sony Music MHCP 10015 (Japan) - detail of hybrid SA-CD, scan by Keith Schweiger (promo release)

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information about the Japanese SA-CD release. It has a red obi with black text and price ¥2,520. The release date is given as "03-12-17" (17 Dec 2003) and the original US release date as "89-9-12" (12 Sep 1989). The promo release shown has a numbered promo sticker on the rear insert and "SAMPLE LOANED" in the clear centre of the disc itself. Thanks to Stuart Moore and Keith Schweiger for further information and scans.


"Oh Mercy" - remastered CD release, Columbia CK 92391 (USA/Canada), 1 Jun 2004; Columbia 512343 2 (Europe), 29 Mar 2004:


Columbia CK 92391 (USA/Canada)/Columbia 512343 2 (Europe) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

This release at mid-price is in a standard jewel case and consists of the remastered CD layer only of the 2003 hybrid SA-CD release above. The front CD insert booklet includes pictures from the SA-CD booklet. The European release is made in Austria.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and to Manuel García Jara, Stuart Moore and Moise Potié for scans.


Columbia CK 92391 (USA) - reverse of rear insert (under clear CD tray), scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia CK 92391 (USA) - rear insert scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia CK 92391 (USA) - outside of front insert, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia CK 92391 (USA) - inside of front insert, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia CK 92391 (USA) - detail of reverse of rear insert, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia CK 92391
(Canada) - reverse of front insert, scan by Moise Potié

Columbia CK 92391
(Canada) - detail of reverse of front insert, scan by Moise Potié

Columbia CK 92391
(Canada) - rear insert scan by Moise Potié

Columbia CK 92391
(Canada) - CD scan by Moise Potié

Columbia CK 92391
(Canada) - detail of CD, scan by Moise Potié

Columbia CK 92391 (USA) - CD scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia 512343 2 (Europe) - reverse of front insert, scan by Manuel García Jara


Columbia 512343 2 (Europe) - inside of front insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

Columbia 512343 2 (Europe) - inside of front insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

Columbia 512343 2 (Europe) - rear insert scan by Manuel García Jara


Columbia 512343 2 (Europe) - reverse of rear insert (under clear CD tray), scan by Manuel García Jara


Columbia 512343 2 (Europe) - CD scan by Manuel García Jara

"Oh Mercy/Chronicles Volume One" - remastered CD release in digipak with audio CD, Columbia 512343 2 (Germany), Oct 2005:


Columbia 512343 2 (Germany) - front of digipak, scan by Ronald Born


Columbia 512343 2 (Germany ) - CD scan by Ronald Born


Columbia 512343 2 (Germany) - front of digipak unfolded, scan by Ronald Born


Columbia 512343 2 (Germany) - outside of booklet unfolded, scan by Ronald Born

This Limited Edition 2CD set release of Oh Mercy has the remastered European 2004 CD Columbia 512343 2 with a second CD featuring the chapter about that album from the German translated audiobook read by Wolfgang Niedecken. Wolfgang Niedecken is a member of a group called BAP and well-known in Germany as an interpreter of Dylan songs. Apparently it was only available at performances by Wolfgang Niedecken in Germany in Oct/Nov 2005 when he read excerpts from the audiobook (published in Germany by Hoffman und Campe) and played Dylan songs.

Thanks to Ronald Born for information and scans.


"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 88691924312JK31 (USA)/Europe) - front of card sleeve (my copy)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312D35 (USA) - CD35 (my copy)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312D35 (USA) - detail of CD35

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

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312JK31 (USA)/Europe) - rear of card sleeve (my copy)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312-35 (Europe) - CD35 scan by Manuel García Jara

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88691924312-35 (Europe) - detail of CD35, 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 "88691924312JK31" plus "DISC 35". The CDs are different in detail, the US Oh Mercy CD has catalogue number "88691924312D35", whereas the European CD has catalogue number "88691924312-35". 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 30579 (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 Oh Mercy is SICP 30579, more details will be added when available.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"Original Album Classics - The 80s" - 5CD set in slipcase, Columbia/Legacy 88843024172 (USA), 18 Feb 2014; Sony Music/Columbia/Legacy 88843045252 (Europe/Australia), 14 Apr 2014:


Columbia/Legacy 88843024172 (USA) - front of slipcase, picture from amazon.com
Includes: Shot Of Love, Infidels, Real Live, Dylan & The Dead and Oh Mercy.

The five CDs are housed in a cardboard slipcase and each album is in a card sleeve similar to those in The Complete Album Collection Vol. One above, but without title or catalogue numbers on the spines. The European version, also sold in Australia and New Zealand, has a different catalogue number and artwork. The slipcase and discs of Stuart Moore's copy were made in Australia.

Thanks to Tim Dunn, Fred Muller and Stuart Moore for information and scans.


Sony Music/ Columbia/Legacy 88843045252 (Europe/Australia) - front of slipcase, picture from amazon.co.uk

Sony Music/ Columbia/Legacy 88843045252 (Europe) - rear of slipcase, picture from amazon.co.uk

Sony Music/ Columbia/Legacy 88843045252 (Australia) - rear of slipcase, scan by Stuart Moore

Sony Music/ Columbia/Legacy 88843045252 (Australia) - front of card sleeve for CD5, scan by Stuart Moore

Sony Music/ Columbia/Legacy 88843045252 (Australia) - rear of card sleeve for CD5, scan by Stuart Moore

Sony Music/ Columbia/Legacy 88843045252 (Australia) - CD5 scan by Stuart Moore

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Dylan & The Dead
(1989)

Oh Mercy
(1989)


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(1990)

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