"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 1996

All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
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This yearly page now contains only the main Rarities List! Promotional Items (Albums and Singles) are now here. All Honourable Mentions are now here.

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

Revised: 17 January, 2017


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

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Harry Belafonte - "36 All-Time Greatest Hits" - 3CD compilation, RCA DRC3-1322 (USA), 1996:
This budget CD set is still available.


RCA DRC3-1322 (USA) -
front insert scan by Hans Seegers

This 3CD set came in a old-style double-width jewel case. Bob's contribution is on CD3.

R-0001-14 Midnight Special (Huddie Ledbetter "Lead Belly") - Bob plays harmonica on the title track of Harry Belafonte's 1962 Midnight Special album (stereo version)

For details of the original album, see 1962.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


RCA DRC3-1322 (USA) - rear insert scan by Hans Seegers

RCA DRC3-1322 (USA) - CD3 scan by Hans Seegers

Carlene Carter - "Hindsight 20/20"- compilation CD, Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA)/Giant Records CD 24655 (Canada)/Giant Records 74321 36012 2 (Europe), 1996:
Carlene Carter is the daughter of June Carter by her first marriage, and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash.

Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA):


Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - front with sticker, scan by Hans Seegers


Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - front sticker scan by Hans Seegers


Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - front with promo stamp, scan by Andrew Wellman


Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - promo stamp scan by Andrew Wellman

Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - rear insert scan by Andrew Wellman

Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - detail of outside of front insert, scan by Andrew Wellman

Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - outside of front insert with promo stamp, scan by Andrew Wellman

Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - inside page of front insert, scan by Andrew Wellman


Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - centre of front insert, scan by Andrew Wellman


Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - detail of centre of front insert with Bob, scan by Andrew Wellman

Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - inside page of front insert, scan by Andrew Wellman


Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - CD scan by Andrew Wellman


Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - detail of CD. scan by Andrew Wellman


Giant Records 9 24655-2 (USA) - detail of rear insert, scan by Andrew Wellman

R-0218-2 Trust Yourself - Bob contributes backing vocals on her version of the song from Empire Burlesque, recorded at Huh Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Jan 1993
This song first appeared on a CD single Sweet Meant To Be distributed with the 1993 album Little Love Letters in 1993 (see 1993) and later on the 1997 BMG Various Artists compilations What's New Vol. 16.and May Your Song Always Be Sung (for both see 1997)

Hans Seegers' copy has a blue sticker on the front of the jewel case. Andrew Wellman's copy has the same blue sticker, and also has a gold embossed promo stamp on the front insert. The song Hurricane (track 14) is not the Dylan song from Desire.

Giant Records CD 24655 (Canada); Giant Records/Columbia House W2 24655 (Canada):


Giant Records/Columbia House W2 24655 (Canada) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

I don't have insert scans of the regular Canadian release, but the Columbia House edition has Columbia House details on the rear insert and on the CD itself, including the code "CRC" (Columbia Record Club) on the CD.

Insert scans of the regular Canadian release required!


Giant Records/Columbia House W2 24655 (Canada) - unfolded front insert scan by Manuel García Jara


Giant Records/Columbia House W2 24655 (Canada) - detail of unfolded front insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

Giant Records/Columbia House W2 24655 (Canada) - rear insert scan by Manuel García Jara


Giant Records CD 24655 (Canada) - CD scan by Jack Guerreiro


Giant Records CD 24655 (Canada) - detail of CD, scan by Jack Guerreiro


Giant Records/Columbia House W2 24655 (Canada) - CD scan by Manuel García Jara

Giant Records/Columbia House W2 24655 (Canada) - detail of CD, scan by Manuel García Jara


Giant Records/Columbia House W2 24655 (Canada) - detail of rear insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

Giant Records 74321 36012 2 (Europe):


Giant Records 74321 36012 2 (Europe) - front (my copy)

The European release has a bonus track, Do It In A Heartbeat, not present on the US or Canadian releases. Otherwise the packaging is almost identical to that of the US and Canadian releases.


Giant Records 74321 36012 2 (Europe) - detail of outside of front insert (my copy)


Giant Records 74321 36012 2 (Europe) - outside of front insert (my copy)


Giant Records 74321 36012 2 (Europe) - rear insert scan by Olav Langum


Giant Records 74321 36012 2 (Europe) - CD (my copy)


Giant Records 74321 36012 2 (Europe) - detail of CD (my copy)


Giant Records 74321 36012 2 (Europe) - detail of rear insert (my copy)

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Olav Langum, Jack Guerreiro, Andrew Wellman and Manuel García Jara for scans. Thanks to Peter Gilmer for the copy of the European release.


Carlene Carter - "Hindsight 20/20"- compilation cassette release, Giant Records 74321 36012 4 (Europe), 1996:


Giant Records 74321 36012 4 (Europe) - outside of unfolded cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara
This 1996 cassette release has a very long multiple folded insert. The cassette is clear with white text, there are no paper labels. It has logos of both the Dutch "BIEM" and the German "GEMA" copyright organisations.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Giant Records 74321 36012 4 (Europe) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

Giant Records 74321 36012 4 (Europe)
- outside of unfolded cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

Giant Records 74321 36012 4 (Europe) - cassette Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0218)

Gerry Goffin - "Back Room Blood" - Genes GCD 4132 (USA), Apr 1996:
Bob provides vocals and guitar to two co-compositions recorded in Los Angeles, CA, in late 1994.


Genes GCD 4132 (USA) - scan by Hans Seegers


Genes GCD 4132 (USA) - front insert scan by Hans Seegers


Genes GCD 4132 (USA) - rear insert scan by Hans Seegers


Genes GCD 4132 (USA) - CD scan by Hans Seegers


Thieving In The Alley: Songs Of Bob Dylan (Big Note Records, Sweden, 2012), Dylan covers album by Born 53 including their version of Tragedy Of The Trade (my copy)

R-0248 Tragedy Of The Trade (Bob Dylan/Gerry Goffin/Barry Goldberg)

R-0249 Time To End This Masquerade (Bob Dylan/Gerry Goffin)

(Bob also contributed to It's Not The Spotlight (R-0107), the composition by Gerry Goffin and Barry Goldberg that appeared on Barry's 1974 self-titled album, see 1974)

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans. Thanks to Anders Lindh for a copy of Thieving In The Alley: Songs Of Bob Dylan, an album of Dylan songs from his band Born 53, to be released by Big Note Records In Sweden on 15 May 2012. It includes a cover of Tragedy Of The Trade.


Various Artists - "Rolling Stone Presents New Voices Vol. 5" - CD+ with "Rolling Stone" magazine (Germany), Apr 1996:

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New Voices Vol. 5 (Germany) - front of card sleeve, scan by Manfred Endtner
R-0560-3 Dylan content in multi-media section of enhanced CD (not separately listed)

Thanks to Manfred Endtner for information about this magazine CD, the Windows-format multi-media section of which contains 29 sec of Series Of Dreams (video), 24 sec of Dignity (audio), 31 sec of Knockin' On Heaven's Door (audio), 9 sec of Political World (audio) and 9 sec of You Wanna Ramble (audio), as well as a Dylan discography and biography.

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New Voices Vol. 5 (Germany) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Manfred Endtner

RSVoicesCD.jpg (22055 bytes)
New Voices Vol. 5 (Germany) - CD scan by Manfred Endtner

This material also appeared on a Columbia US sampler enhanced CD, see 1995, where there are more screenshots.

RSVoices1start.jpg (27473 bytes)

Selected screenshots from the CD-ROM by Manfred Endtner, showing the Dylan biography, discography, lyrics and photo gallery:

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RSVoices3begin.jpg (39037 bytes)

RSVoicesbiogra.jpg (29381 bytes)

RSVoicescatalog.jpg (39143 bytes)

RSVoiceslyrics.jpg (36853 bytes) RSVoiceslyrics2.jpg (28398 bytes)

RSVoicesphotos.jpg (30287 bytes)

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Various Artists - "BBC Classic Tracks - Politics" - radio station CD, Westwood One Program # 96-20 (USA), to be broadcast in the week of 13 May 1996:


Westwood One Program # 96-20 (USA) - cue sheet scan by Hans Seegers

This radio station CD in a paper sleeve has five daily programs to be broadcast in a week, and comes with cue sheets. Artists/songs are: Jackson Browne - I Am a Patriot, Alice Cooper - Elected, Crosby Stills & Nash - For What It's Worth, Bob Dylan with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Masters of War, and Midnight Oil - The Dead Heart. All songs are live versions.

R-0185-3 Masters Of War - live with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Sydney, Australia, 24 Feb 1986, from the Westwood One Radio Broadcast Superstars In Concert, 1986

Thanks to Anthony Pignataro for finding this on eBay and to Hans Seegers for further information and scans.


Westwood One Program # 96-20 (USA) - CD scan by Hans Seegers

Various Artists - "Music From The Motion Picture 'Feeling Minnesota'" - film soundtrack album, Atlantic 82865-2 (USA), 20 Aug 1996/Atlantic 7567-82865-2 (Austria for Europe)/Atlantic 7567828652 (Australia), Sep 1996; Atlantic/East West Japan AMCY-2124 (Japan), 25 Mar 1997:
For the 1999 DVD release of this film starring Keanu Reeves and Cameron Diaz see VHS & DVD 1990s Part 2.


Atlantic 82865-2 (USA) - front insert (my copy)
R-0247 Ring Of Fire (June Carter/Merle Kilgore) - this version was recorded specially for the film soundtrack in Los Angeles, CA, Jan 1996

Bob recorded this song twice before in Nashville, TN, in 1969 - firstly with Johnny Cash during the Nashville Skyline sessions, and secondly on his own during the Self Portrait sessions. Both versions are still unreleased.


Atlantic 82865-2 (USA) - front insert unfolded


Atlantic 82865-2 (USA) - rear insert


Atlantic 82865-2 (USA) - reverse of front insert unfolded

FeelingMinnesotaAusFront.jpg (36249 bytes)
Atlantic 7567828652 (Australia) - front scan by Stuart Moore
FeelingMinnesotaAusReverse.jpg (20842 bytes)
Atlantic 7567828652 (Australia) - reverse of folded front insert, scan by Stuart Moore
FeelingMinnesotaAusBack.jpg (54411 bytes)
Atlantic 7567828652 (Australia) - rear scan by Stuart Moore

FeelingMinnesotaAusCD.jpg (18283 bytes)
Atlantic 7567828652 (Australia) - CD scan by Stuart Moore


Atlantic 82865-2 (USA) - CD

Atlantic/East West Japan AMCY-2124 (Japan) - obi scan by Wil Gielen

Atlantic/East West Japan AMCY-2124 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen

Atlantic/East West Japan AMCY-2124 (Japan) - rear insert with promo stamp, scan by Wil Gielen

Atlantic/East West Japan AMCY-2124 (Japan) - detail of rear insert, scan by Wil Gielen

Atlantic/East West Japan AMCY-2124 (Japan) - CD scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)

Atlantic/East West Japan AMCY-2124 (Japan) - detail of CD, scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)

The front insert is a single sheet folded into four parts. Thanks to Hans Seegers for information about the Austrian release - it is almost identical to the US release shown.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for scans of the Australian release. The CD has no text, this must be because of a printing fault. Thanks to Wil Gielen for scans of the 1997 Japanese release which has a blue and white obi with price ¥2,400. The obi is dated "97-3-25" (25 Mar 1997). The withdrawal date is "99-3-24" (24 Mar 1999). The copy shown is a promo, with a numbered promo sticker on the rear insert and the text "SAMPLE" in the clear centre of the CD itself.


Various Artists - "The Concert For The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame" - 2CD set, Columbia C2K 67477 (USA/Canada), 17 Sep 1996


Columbia C2K 67477 (USA) - front with sticker, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux
This 2CD set came in a old-style double-width jewel case. There was a 24-page booklet.

R-0244 All Along The Watchtower - recorded live at the opening of the Rock ’N’ Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Cleveland, OH, 2 Sep 1995


Columbia C2K 67477 (USA) - unfolded booklet, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux


Columbia C2K 67477 (USA) - rear insert scan by Jack Guerreiro

Columbia C2K 67477 (USA) - CD2 scan by Jack Guerreiro

Columbia C2K 67477 (USA) - front sticker scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux


Columbia C2K 67477 (Canada) - front scan by Jack


Columbia C2K 67477 (Canada) - detail of rear insert, scan by Jack


Columbia C2K 67477 (Canada) - rear insert scan by Jack

Columbia C2K 67477 (Canada) - CD2 scan by Jack

This track is on CD2. Bob also performed Highway 61 Revisited and duetted with Bruce Springsteen on Forever Young, but these performances have not been officially released. A video of this concert is included in the 2009 Time-Life US 9DVD set The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live, but Bob's performances are not included. For this, which does contain two 1988 performances in which Bob participates, see VHS & DVD 2000s Part 4.

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux and Jack Guerreiro for information and scans.


Various Artists - "The Concert For The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame" - 2CD set, Columbia 483793 2 (France/NL); Columbia 481673 2 (Australia), Sep 1996:
The European release was made in Austria for the French and Dutch markets.


Columbia 483793 2 (France/NL) - booklet front scan by Hans Seegers

These releases were again in double-width 2CD jewel cases with a 24-page booklet.

Thanks to Harold Lepidus for finding the 9DVD Time-Life 2009 set The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live. This includes this 1995 concert although not Bob's performances, see VHS & DVD 2000s Part 4 as two Dylan performances from 1988 are included.

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


Columbia 483793 2 (France/NL) - front insert scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia 481673 2 (Australia) - booklet front scan by Stuart Moore

Columbia 481673 2 (Australia) - rear insert scan by Stuart Moore

Columbia 481673 2 (Australia) - CD2 scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia 481673 2 (Australia) - inside page of booklet, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia 483793 2 (France/NL) - rear insert scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia 483793 2 (France/NL) - CD2 scan by Hans Seegers

Various Artists - "The Concert For The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame" - 2CD set, Sony Records SRCS 7893-4 (Japan), 21 Oct 1996:


Sony Records SRCS 7893-4 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen
The Japanese release came in a double-width jewel case with a black and white obi with black, white and yellow text with price ¥3,500 (¥3,398 before tax). The release date is "96-10-21" (21 Oct 1996), the original US release date is shown as "96-9-17" (17 Sep 1996) and the withdrawal date is "98-10-20" (20 Oct 1998). There is a 24-page stapled booklet in English and there is also a 40-page stapled booklet in English and Japanese. The copy shown is a promo with a numbered promo sticker on the rear insert and the text "SAMPLE" in the clear centre of the CDs themselves.

Thanks to Wil Gielen for information and scans.


Sony Records SRCS 7893-4 (Japan) - obi scan by Wil Gielen


Sony Records SRCS 7893-4 (Japan) - front insert scan by Wil Gielen


Sony Records SRCS 7893-4 (Japan) - rear insert scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)


Sony Records SRCS 7893-4 (Japan) - detail of rear insert, scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)


Sony Records SRCS 7894 (Japan) - CD2 scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)


Sony Records SRCS 7894 (Japan) - detail of CD2, scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)


Various Artists - "Jerry Maguire: Music From The Motion Picture"- film soundtrack CD, Epic Soundtrax EK 67910 (7644-67910-2) (USA), 10 Dec 1996/Epic Soundtrax EPC 486981 2 (Europe), Dec 1996:
For releases of the Jerry Maguire film on VHS and DVD, see VHS & DVD 1990s Part 2.


Epic Soundtrax EK 67910 (USA) - front insert (my copy)


Epic Soundtrax EK 67910 (USA) - front insert unfolded


Epic Soundtrax EK 67910 (USA) - front sticker, scan by Gil Lamont

Epic Soundtrax EK 67910 (USA) - rear insert scan by Gil Lamont


Epic Soundtrax EK 67910 (USA) - reverse of front insert unfolded


Epic Soundtrax EPC 486981 2 (Europe) - CD scan by Hans Seegers

Epic Soundtrax EK 67910 (USA) - CD

Epic Soundtrax EK 67910/BMG Music Club D-121832 (USA) - front scan by Jack Guerreiro

Epic Soundtrax EK 67910/BMG Music Club D-121832 (USA) - rear scan by Jack Guerreiro

Epic Soundtrax EK 67910/BMG Music Club D-121832 (USA) - detail of rear with BMG Music Club info, scan by Jack Guerreiro


Epic Soundtrax EK 67910/BMG Music Club D-121832 (USA) - CD scan by Jack Guerreiro


Epic Soundtrax EK 67910 (Canada) - CD scan by Jack Guerreiro

R-0250 Shelter From The Storm - alternate version with extra verse , out-take from the Blood On The Tracks sessions, 1974
This version of the song also appears on the non-USA Columbia The Best Of Bob Dylan compilations, see 1997.

The front insert is a single sheet folded into four parts.


Epic Soundtrax EK 217773 (South Korea) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

Epic Soundtrax EK 217773 (South Korea) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

Epic Soundtrax EK 217773 (South Korea) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

Thanks to Gil Lamont for the sticker and rear insert scans. Thanks to Hans Seegers for information about the European release, manufactured in Austria, plus scans. The artwork is identical to the US release apart from the catalogue number, but the CD has a silver instead of coloured background. Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for scans of the US BMG Music Club release and the Canadian CD. Thanks to Manuel García Jara for scans of the still-sealed 1997 South Korean release, which was manufactured in Korea by Seoul Records.


Various Artists - "Jerry Maguire: Music From The Motion Picture"- film soundtrack CD, Epic Soundtrax ESCA 6700 (Japan), 21 Apr 1997:


Epic Soundtrax ESCA 6700 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen
Thanks to Wil Gielen for information and scans of the Japanese 1997 release. It has a red-brown obi with black and white text with price ¥2,345 (¥2,223 before tax) and release date "97-4-21" (21 Apr 1997). The original US release date is shown as "96-12-10" (10 Dec 1996) and the withdrawal date as "99-4-20" (20 Apr 1999). The album has the same 8-page folded front insert in English and there is also a 16-page stapled booklet in English and Japanese.
Epic Soundtrax ESCA 6700 (Japan) - rear insert scan by Wil Gielen


Epic Soundtrax ESCA 6700 (Japan) - CD scan by Wil Gielen


Epic Soundtrax ESCA 6700 (Japan) - obi scan by Wil Gielen

Promotional/Regular Items for 1996


Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo items for 1996 which don't contain rare material but which are still very collectable are now included with promo releases of regular albums and commercially released singles on the appropriate page in International Stereo Releases.


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