"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 1997

All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
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"A-Changin'" - 1997 Columbia UK poster advertising The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute with rarity My Blue-Eyed Jane, see below, picture from eil.com

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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: 10 February, 2017


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

Key to symbols used:
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Performances currently available on commercial CD are marked by (these are the ones that count as obscurities rather than as rarities)


Various Artists - "Cities 97 Sampler Vol. 8" - cancer charity CD, Frontier/Cities 97 KTCZ 91.1 FM (USA), 1997:


Frontier/Cities 97 KTCZ 91.1 FM (USA) - scan by Hans Seegers
R-0239-2 A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall - live at the Great Music Experience, Naira City, Japan, 1994, previously released on the Columbia European MTV Unplugged Dignity singles, 1995

This cancer charity CD is one of a series released in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) of Bob's home state of Minnesota. Also featured is Bob's son Jakob with The Wallflowers.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Frontier/Cities 97 KTCZ 91.1 FM (USA) - CD scan by Hans Seegers


Frontier/Cities 97 KTCZ 91.1 FM (USA) - front insert scan by Hans Seegers


Frontier/Cities 97 KTCZ 91.1 FM (USA) - detail of insert, scan by Hans Seegers


Frontier/Cities 97 KTCZ 91.1 FM (USA) - rear insert scan by Hans Seegers


Various Artists - "What's New Vol. 16" - promo compilation CD + CD single set, BMG 74321 44823 2 (Germany), 28 Apr 1997:


BMG 74321 44823 2 (Germany) - scan by Hans Seegers

This promo set from BMG features three songs from the 1997 BMG various artists compilation of Dylan covers May Your Song Always Be Sung (see below).
BMG 74321 44823 2 (Germany) - CD1 scan by Hans Seegers (CD2 is a CD single, non-Dylan)


BMG 74321 44823 2 (Germany) - front insert scan by Hans Seegers


BMG 74321 44823 2 (Germany) - rear insert scan by Hans Seegers

R-0218-3 Trust Yourself (performed by Carlene Carter) - 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 Carlene's 1993 Giant album Little Love Letters (see 1993) and on her 1996 compilation album Hindsight 20/20 (see 1996).

The other two Dylan songs from the compilation are Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again by Thomas Helmig, and Series Of Dreams by The Zimmermen.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Various Artists - "May Your Song Always Be Sung: The Songs Of Bob Dylan" - 2x10" LP limited edition BMG 74321 47088 1, (Germany), May 1997; CD: BMG 74321 47088-2 (Germany), May 1997:


BMG 74321 47088-2 (Germany) - CD front with sticker on jewel case (my copy)

R-0218-4 Trust Yourself (performed by Carlene Carter) - 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 Carlene's 1993 Giant album Little Love Letters (see 1993) and on her 1996 compilation album Hindsight 20/20 (see 1996). It is also on the1997 BMG various artists compilation What's New Vol. 16.(see above)

For the second May Your Song Always Be Sung collection, see 2001. For the third May Your Song Always Be Sung collection, see 2003. For a Japanese single disc compilation with tracks from the first and second collections, see 2006.

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BMG 74321 47088-1 (Germany) - vinyl set of two 10" LPs, front scan by David Plentus

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BMG 74321 47088-2 (Germany) - CD front insert, scan by David Plentus


BMG 74321 47088-2 (Germany) - CD rear insert


BMG 74321 47088-2 (Germany) - outside of CD front insert booklet


BMG 74321 47088-2 (Germany) - reverse of CD rear insert (under CD tray)

BMG 74321 47088-2 (Germany) - CD

This compilation has a 12-page booklet with details of the artists. It was also released on vinyl in a numbered limited edition of two 10" LPs with two exclusive snippets of a Dylan interview from Stockholm, Sweden, 28 Apr 1966, starting with the following lines:

Q: What do you call yourself, a poet or a singer?"
A: "You wouldn't ask these questions of a carpenter..."

Q: "When you write a song, do you write the melody or the words first?"
A: "I write it all..."

For a BMG sampler featuring three songs from this compilation see above. Thanks to Keith Venturoni for finding the vinyl release on eBay and to David Plentus for more information and scans.
 


"The Best Of Bob Dylan" - compilation CD releases, Columbia SONYTV28CD/31-487924-10 (UK); Columbia 487924 2 (mainland Europe); Columbia 487924 2 (Australia); Sony Music Direct TVK 24037 (Canada), 2 Jun 1997:
All re-released tracks on this album have been digitally remastered using SBM. This is not the same album as the US and Japanese The Best Of Bob Dylan released in Nov 2005 (also in Canada with the same name as this release), see 2005. For a pirate copy of this album manufactured in Russia, but found by Jean-Pol Hiernaux in Belgium, see Questionable Releases.


Columbia SONYTV28CD (UK) - front (my copy)

The artwork shows part of the typescript of Subterranean Homesick Blues, which is surprisingly not on the album (it is on The Best Of Bob Dylan Vol. 2, see 2000). The Australian album was also included in the Australian 2CD set The Best Of Bob Dylan Vols. 1 & 2, see 2001. Paul Shenton's copy is exactly the same as mine except that his rear insert has "CB|841" in a lozenge to the right of the barcode at top right.


Columbia SONYTV28CD (UK) - front with English sticker, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux


Columbia SONYTV28CD (UK) - English front sticker, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux


Columbia SONYTV28CD (UK) - CD

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Columbia SONYTV28CD (UK) - rear insert


Columbia SONYTV28CD (UK) - detail of rear insert (no "CB|841")


Columbia SONYTV28CD (UK) - detail of alternate rear insert, colour photocopy by Paul Shenton (with "CB|841")


Columbia SONYTV28CD (UK) - alternate rear insert colour photocopy by Paul Shenton

Sony Music Direct TVK 24037 (Canada) - CD scan by Jack Guerreiro

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Columbia SONYTV28CD (UK) - front insert booklet with Subterranean Homesick Blues typescript on back page

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Columbia SONYTV28CD (UK) - reverse of rear insert showing more of the Subterranean Homesick Blues typescript


Columbia 487924 2 (Australia) - CD scan by Jack Guerreiro


Columbia 487924 6 (Mainland Europe) - front of slipcase

Columbia SONYTV28CD (UK) - front with German sticker, scan by Wolfram Winkler

Columbia SONYTV28CD (UK) - German language front sticker, scan by Wolfram Winkler


Sony Music Direct TVK 24037 (Canada) - front scan by Jack Guerreiro


Sony Music Direct TVK 24037 (Canada) - detail of rear insert, scan by Jack Guerreiro


Sony Music Direct TVK 24037 (Canada) - rear insert scan by Jack Guerreiro

R-0250-2 Shelter From The Storm - alternate version from Jerry Maguire: Music From The Motion Picture film soundtrack (see 1996)

Wolfram Winkler says the album was TV-advertised in Germany and his copy has a sticker with some words in German. In 2003 a Columbia series called "Platin" [Platinum] was released in mainland Europe with the albums manufactured in Austria for Europe-wide distribution and the "Platin" slipcases manufactured in Germany. The Best Of Bob Dylan is "Columbia 487924 6" on the spine and "Sony Music 4879246000" on the rear.

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Éamonn Ó Catháin for information and to Jean-Pol Hiernaux, Jack Guerreiro and Wolfram Winkler for scans.


"The Best Of Bob Dylan" - compilation cassette release, Columbia SONYTV28MC (UK), 2 Jun 1997:


Columbia SONYTV28MC (UK) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia SONYTV28MC (UK) - outside of unfolded cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia SONYTV28MC (UK) - cassette Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia SONYTV28MC (UK) - detail of cassette Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia SONYTV28MC (UK) - inside of unfolded cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia SONYTV28MC (UK) - cassette Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

The UK release has a multi-folded insert and a clear cassette with white text. The UK cassette was made in Holland

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"The Best Of Bob Dylan" - compilation cassette release, Columbia 487924 4 (Australia), 1997:


Columbia 487924 4 (Australia) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia 487924 4 (Australia) - outside of unfolded cassette insert, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia 487924 4 (Australia) - cassette Side 1, scan by Stuart Moore
The Australian release also has a multi-folded insert and a clear cassette with white text. The Australian cassette was made in Indonesia!

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information and scans.


Columbia 487924 4 (Australia) - inside of unfolded cassette insert, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia 487924 4 (Australia) - cassette Side 2, scan by Stuart Moore

"The Best Of Bob Dylan" - promo and commercial compilation releases, Promo cassette: Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan), 6 Aug 1997; CD: Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan), 6 Aug 1997; MiniDisc: Sony Records SRYS 1199 (Japan), 21 Aug 1997:


Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - promo cassette insert scan by Wil Gielen


Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - promo cassette Side 1 scan by Wil Gielen


Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - promo cassette Side 2 scan by Wil Gielen

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Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Hans Seegers (first release)

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Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - obi scan by Hans Seegers (first release)


Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - detail of obi with dates, scan by Hans Seegers (first release)

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Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - outside of front insert, scan by Hans Seegers


Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen (second release)
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Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - sticker sheet with pictures of 43 albums, scan by Hans Seegers (first release only)


Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - obi scan by Wil Gielen (second release)

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Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - rear insert scan by Hans Seegers (promo release)

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Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - numbered promo panel on rear insert, scan by Hans Seegers

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Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - rear insert scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)

Sony Records SRYS 1199 (Japan) - front of MiniDisc with obi, scan by Wil Gielen


Sony Records SRYS 1199 (Japan) - rear of MiniDisc with obi and promo sticker, scan by Wil Gielen


Sony Records SRYS 1199 (Japan) - promo sticker on rear of MiniDisc, scan by Wil Gielen

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Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - CD scan by Hans Seegers (promo release)

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Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - detail of promo CD centre, scan by Hans Seegers

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Sony Records SRCS 8412 (Japan) - CD scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)

The Japanese promo cassette of SRCS 8412 with blue cassette labels and a blue card insert is dated "97.8.6" (6 Aug 1997). It seems unusual for the album to be promoted on cassette since Japan was the earliest adopter of the CD about 15 years before.

The obi for the CD release uses the same artwork by Jun Miura as on the 2004 Japan-only Dylan film sound track Iden & Tity, see International Album Releases (Dylan-only Compilations) 2000s. The obi has a release of "97-8-6" (6 Aug 1997), with a withdrawal date of "99-8-5" (5 Aug 1999). The original European release date is shown as "97-6-2" (2 Jun 1997). Thanks to Wil Gielen for scans of a second release of SRCS 8412 with a different obi, also by Jun Miura. Both obis have price ¥2,345. The disc and inserts are identical, but only the first release had the sheet with 43 stickers of Dylan album sleeves.

The first release CD shown is a promo, with a pink promo panel on the rear insert and the English word "SAMPLE" in the clear centre of the CD itself. The Japanese MiniDisc shown is also a promo, with a pink promo sticker on the back. It has a version of the first Jun Miura obi with price ¥2,345.

Thanks to Hervé from France for information and to Hans Seegers and Wil Gielen for scans.


"Les Indispensables De Bob Dylan" - compilation CD, Sony Music Media SMM 516344-2 (France), 13 Apr 2004; Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876860922 (France), 2006:


Sony Music Media SMM 516344-2 (France) - 2004 release front (my copy)

Sony Music Media SMM 516344-2 (France) - 2004 release, outside of digipak


Sony Music Media SMM 516344-2 (France) - 2004 release, inside of digipak with CD


Sony Music Media SMM 516344-2 (France) - 2004 release, detail of CD

Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876860922 (France) - 2006 release, scan by Hans Seegers

Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876860922 (France) - 2006 release, outside of digipak, scan by Hans Seegers

Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876860922 (France) - 2006 release, inside of digipak with CD, scan by Hans Seegers

Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876860922 (France) - 2006 release, detail of CD, scan by Hans Seegers

The Best Of Bob Dylan album above was released in France in 2004 and 2006 with the new title Les Indispensables De Bob Dylan. The 2004 release is by Sony Music Media and the 2006 release is by Sony BMG Strategic Marketing. Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin and Jean-Pol Hiernaux for finding these releases and to Hans Seegers for further information and scans of the 2006 release.


"The Best Of Bob Dylan" - reissue CD release, Sony Music (no catalogue number) (Greece), 15 Jul 2012:


Sony Music 2012 Greek release in folded card sleeve, front scan by Dag Braathen
This CD was given away on 15 Jul 2012 with The Best Of Bob Dylan Vol. 2, in folded card sleeves with an issue of the Greek newspaper "Ethos" (Nation). The CD has no catalogue number but it does have a matrix number of "DPH ETH BOB DYLAN CD 1". The CD was manufactured in Greece by Digital Press Hellas.

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


Sony Music 2012 Greek release, CD scan by Dag Braathen

Sony Music 2012 Greek release, detail of CD scan by Dag Braathen


Sony Music 2012 Greek release in folded card sleeve, outside scan by Ian Woodward


Sony Music 2012 Greek release in folded card sleeve, inside with CD, scan by Ian Woodward


Sony Music 2012 Greek release, detail of CD scan by Dag Braathen

"The Best Of Bob Dylan" - compilation cassette release, Sony/ZMC McCOL 5300 (Zimbabwe), 1997:


Sony/ZMC McCOL 5300 (Zimbabwe) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara
This cassette release was made and distributed in Zimbabwe by ZMC (Zimbabwe Music Corporation). The insert is blank on the inside. The reference "McCOL" on the cassette means "Music Cassette Columbia". The cassette is transparent smoked grey with white text, there are no paper labels.
Sony/ZMC McCOL 5300 (Zimbabwe) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

Sony/ZMC McCOL 5300 (Zimbabwe) - detail of outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

Sony/ZMC McCOL 5300 (Zimbabwe) - detail of outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

Sony/ZMC McCOL 5300 (Zimbabwe) - detail of cassette Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Sony/ZMC McCOL 5300 (Zimbabwe) - cassette Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Various Artists - " Sony Music Walker" - promo compilation 3CD set, Sony XDCS 93272-4 (Japan), 1997:

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Sony XDCS 93272-4 (Japan) - front insert scan by Wil Gielen
This 95-track 3CD compilation for radio stations from Sony Japan includes a 1:33 excerpt from Like A Rolling Stone from Highway 61 Revisited (the 1996 Japanese release Sony Records SRCS 9074).

R-0527 Like A Rolling Stone - 1.33 excerpt from Highway 61 Revisited version

This edit also turned up on a Columbia/Legacy US promo compilation featuring Al Kooper, What Do All These Recording Artists Have In Common, see 2001.

Thanks to Wil Gielen for information and scans.

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Sony XDCS 93272-4 (Japan) - rear insert scan by Wil Gielen
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Sony XDCS 93272-4 (Japan) - CD1 scan by Wil Gielen

Joan Baez - "Live At Newport" - compilation CD, Vanguard 77015-2 (USA), 1997:


Vanguard 77015-2 (USA) - front insert (my copy)

R-0252 It Ain't Me, Babe (4:45) - recorded live with Joan Baez at The Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI, 24 Jul 1964, previously unreleased
In his book "A Life In Stolen Moments: Bob Dylan Day By Day 1941-1995" Clinton Heylin says "In the evening he [Bob] joins Joan Baez during her set, and they duet on It Ain't Me, Babe."

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Vanguard 77015-2 (USA) - rear insert with picture of Joan and Bob

Vanguard 77015-2 (USA) - CD

Edited versions of R-0252 (4:45) were included on the 1998 compilation albums Vanguard Sessions: Folk Hits (R-0597, 3:35) and Vanguard Sessions: Folk Duets (R-0265, 3:56). For both, see 1998. An almost complete version, with only crowd noise cut off at the end is on the 2002 Vanguard compilation CD This Land Is Your Land: Songs Of Freedom. An even shorter edit of R-0252 appears on the 2002 3CD set Vanguard Roots Of Folk (R-0598, 3:31) For both, see 2002.

R-0253 With God On Our Side - recorded live with Joan Baez
This duet is identified on the CD as being previously released, but it is not the expected version from Newport Broadside: Topical Songs, (R-0311, see 1964), now known to have been recorded on 27 Jul 1963 (morning workshop) and not on 26 Jul 1963 (afternoon workshop) or 28 Jul 1963 (evening concert) as previously thought. This "new" version is from the evening of 26 Jul 1964, when Bob and Joan performed the song after she was invited on stage during Bob's set.

Video of both these performances now appears on the 2007 US Columbia/Legacy DVD The Other Side Of The Mirror: Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965, see VHS & DVD 2000s Part 4.

 Thanks to Tim Dunn, Larry Crum and Bob Stacy for information.


Various Artists - "Ad Bouman's Goud Van Oud [Ad Bouman's Gold From Old]" - 3CD set, Sony Music Media 486720-2 (NL), 1997:
The compiler of this set, Ad Bouman, is a veteran Dutch disc jockey who started with the station Radio Veronica when it was on a "pirate" ship in the North Sea in the 1960s. Bob's contribution to this 3CD set in a double-width jewel case is the first half of Hurricane from Desire, released in 1975 and 1976 on 7" singles. The set was produced in Austria for the Dutch market only.

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Sony Music Media 486720-2 (NL) - front scan by Hans Seegers
R-0126-10 Hurricane (Part 1) - first half of song (3:45) without bleeped swearword

For original 1975-76 singles with this song split over the A- and B-sides, see here.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.

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Sony Music Media 486720-2 (NL) - rear scan by Hans Seegers

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Sony Music Media 486720-2 (NL) - CD1 scan by Hans Seegers (no Dylan)

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Sony Music Media 486720-2 (NL) - CD2 scan by Hans Seegers (includes R-0126)

"Biograph" - recalled 3CD jewel case edition, Columbia C3K 65298 (USA), Aug 1997:
This edition, which had to be recalled because of the mistakes listed below, was released in the USA only, reportedly in a run of 5,000 copies. The first run of the Oct 1997 corrected edition has the same catalogue number, C3K 65298. The recalled Biograph can be identified from the corrected reissue without breaking the seal, because the grey on the slipcase front is a true grey, whereas the slipcase front of the corrected release has a reddish tinge to the grey (thanks to Paul S. Levine for confirming this). This is not true of the UK release, Columbia 488099 2 (see International Albums (Regular)), which was the corrected version from the outset, and where the grey on the slipcase front is definitely a true grey. For full details of these releases, see the Biograph page in International Albums (Regular).

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Columbia C3K 65298 (USA) - front of slipcase (my copy)

The number at the bottom of the round front sticker titled "The Ultimate Bob Dylan Album!" is "65298-S1" (see below). On the corrected edition it's reported to be "65298-S1A", but I have no confirmation of this (the UK release has a completely different sticker). Tim Dunn's copy (see below) has "65298-S1".

There are typos on the back of the slipcase, but they are on both editions:
- Missing spaces in the descriptions of the tracks "Like a Rolling Stone," "Baby I'm In The Mood For You," "Gotta Serve Somebody," and "Knockin on Heaven's Door" - for these tracks the description is "(release information -0/0/00)" rather than "(release information - 0/0/00)".
- "Ureleased" for "Unreleased" in the sentence "Unreleased material mixed by Thom Panunzio..."

R-0255 Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (Rev Gary Davies, arr. Eric von Schmidt) - truncated introduction to Bob Dylan version, an error which required correction. The track length on the recalled version is 2:13, whereas it is 2:35 on the corrected version.

R-0256 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (unfaded John Wesley Harding version) - sadly the faded edit was restored in Oct 1997. The track length on the recalled version is 2:46, whereas it is 2:38 on the corrected version.

R-0257 I Don't Believe You (live with the Hawks, Manchester Free Trade Hall, 17 May 1966) - this performance replaced the otherwise unreleased version from Belfast, 6 May 1966 on the original Biograph. The Belfast version was restored in Oct 1997.
This remains a rarity, as it is the only officially released track from the unreleased 1994 Columbia master bootlegged as Guitars Kissing & The Contemporary Fix. The concert was completely remixed for The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966 - The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert (thanks to Rob van Estrik for information).

Mixed Up Confusion on this edition of Biograph is a newly discovered stereo version of the original single. This replaced the alternate take on the 1985 release of Biograph (R-0748, see 1985). The original single (mono and stereo) has a harmonica solo immediately after Bob's spoken introduction "I've got mixed up confusion, and it's a-killin' me!", the alternate take used in 1985 doesn't. The stereo version of the original single was then retained in the "corrected" reissue. This means the stereo version of the original single take ceased to be a rarity, but the alternate take on the 1985 version of Biograph became a rarity. However, thanks to Tom Willems for news that the 2011 European 3CD "ecolbook" release of Biograph again contains the alternate take of Mixed Up Confusion from the 1985 release of the set (R-0748, see 1962 and 1985). If this is a deliberate change, and not just a "Columbia Cock-up" that will be corrected as in 1997, then the stereo version of the original single will become a rarity! It has been allocated the R-number of R-0888.

R-0888 Mixed Up Confusion - stereo version of A-side of US Columbia single, 1962, released on the remastered release of Biograph, 1997

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Columbia C3K 65298 (USA) - serial number "65298-S1" - is there a release with serial number "65298-S1A"?

Thanks to Blake Eikenberry for information that 2013's Side Tracks, released as a 2CD set as part of The Complete Album Collection Vol. One and also as a limited numbered edition 3LP set, also contains the alternate take of Mixed Up Confusion from the 1985 release of Biograph (R-0748). This means a "Columbia Cock-up" has been set in stone! See International Album Releases (Regular) - 2010s Multi-Packs and International Album Releases (Dylan-Only Compilations) 2010s.

Tim Dunn has carried out a detailed examination of both the withdrawn and replacement 1997 versions of Biograph:

THE WITHDRAWN VERSION:

1. The withdrawn version was released in August 1997 as C3K 65298. The sticker on the shrink wrap has the number 65298-S1. The slipcase front colour is said to be a "true" grey, compared with the colour of the replacement slipcase. This was released only in the USA and may be limited to 5,000 copies.

2. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down clocks at 2:13 on my CD player. The intro is truncated (it starts with Dylan saying "Ric's a blues guitar player." The time given on the rear insert of the double CD jewel case reads "2:13."

3. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight is unfaded and clocks at 2:45 on my CD player. The rear insert time matches the running time.

4. I Don't Believe You is from Manchester 17 May 1966 (later to be on The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 - Live 1966). On my CD player it clocks in at 5:30, the same time as on the rear insert.

5. "Mixed Up Confusion" is a stereo version of the 1962 single. (The original Biograph version was an edit of the Masterpieces version.)

The matrix numbers for the discs: Disc 1 - DIDP-093118 F3 1A 02 IFPI L423, Disc 2 - DIDP-093119 F2 1A O2 IFPI L422, Disc 3 - DIDP-093120 F2 1A O1 IFPI L422.

THE CORRECTED VERSION:

1. This was released in October 1997 as C3K 65298 (same as the August version). The sticker on my copy has the number 65298-S1 (same as the earlier version)--according to Searching For A Gem there is some belief that the sticker number is 65298-S1A. Apparently, the grey colour on the slipcase front has a "reddish tinge"--I suppose this is true, but it seems to require decent light.

2. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down is restored/corrected and has the complete intro. It clocks in at 2:33 on my CD player. The rear insert time is still 2:13.

3. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight is restored/corrected to 2:36, on my CD player, with the fade. The rear insert time is still 2:45.

4. I Don't Believe You is restored/corrected to the Dublin 6 May 1966 version and clocks on my CD player at 5:18. The time on the rear insert is still 5:30.

5. Mixed Up Confusion has been retained from the August issue.

The matrix numbers for the discs: Disc 1 - DIDP-093118 F2 4A O4 IFPI L422, Disc 2 - DIDP-093119 F2 1A O2 IFPI L422, Disc 3 - DIDP-093120 F4 1A O4 IFPI L424.

Thanks to Paul S. Levine, Sean Murdock and Tim Dunn for information.


Various Artists - "The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute" - tribute album, promo release: Egyptian Records/Columbia ACK 67676 (USA), Aug 1997; commercial release: Egyptian Records/Columbia CK 67676 (USA), 19 Aug 1997; Egyptian Records/Columbia 485189 2 (Europe/Australia), Sep 1997:
The front insert is a 16-page stapled booklet including an essay by Bob. Jimmie Rodgers was born in 1897, so this set marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. So far it's been the only release on Bob's own Egyptian Records label.


Egyptian Records/Columbia CK 67676 (USA) - front insert (commercial release, my copy)
R-0258 My Blue-Eyed Jane (Jimmie Rodgers/Lulu Belle White)

This song was originally recorded at Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN, on 9-11 May 1994, at the same session as Boogie Woogie Country Girl from the Doc Pomus tribute album (see 1995) with Emmylou Harris on backing vocals. An excerpt from that version also appears on the Columbia/Graphix Zone Highway 61 Interactive CD-ROM (also see 1995). This version has a new vocal overdubbed Jan 1997 (without Emmylou) at Criterion Sound Studio, Miami, FL, during the Time Out Of Mind sessions produced by Daniel Lanois.

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Egyptian Records/Columbia CK 67676 (USA) - rear insert

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Egyptian Records/Columbia 485189 2 (Europe) - rear insert scan by Olav Langum


Egyptian Records/Columbia CK 67676 (USA) - front of jewel case with sticker, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Egyptian Records/Columbia CK 67676 (USA) - sticker from front of jewel case, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Egyptian Records/Columbia CK 67676 (USA) - page of front insert booklet with essay by Bob, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux
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Egyptian Records/Columbia CK 67676 (USA) - original CD

Egyptian Records/Columbia CK 67676 (USA) - replacement CD scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Egyptian Records/Columbia 485189 2 (Australia) - front sticker scan by Bill Hester

Egyptian Records/Columbia CK 67676 (Canada) - sticker from front of jewel case, scan by Jack Guerreiro

Egyptian Records/Columbia ACK 67676 (USA) - promo release front of card sleeve, scan by Jack Guerreiro

Egyptian Records/Columbia ACK 67676 (USA) - promo release rear of card sleeve, scan by Jack Guerreiro

Egyptian Records/Columbia ACK 67676 (USA) - promo release CD scan by Jack Guerreiro

Egyptian Records/Columbia 485189 2 (Australia) - rear insert scan by Bill Hester

Egyptian Records/Columbia 485189 2 (Australia) - detail of rear insert, scan by Bill Hester

Egyptian Records/Columbia 485189 2 (Australia) - CD scan by Bill Hester

The attractive CD design is a reproduction of an old Jimmie Rodgers 78 record label- it has however now been changed, see above.

Thanks to Bill Hester for the information that there is an Australian release with the same catalogue number as the European release, Columbia 485189 2. Thanks to Tobias Levander for information that R-0258 now appears on the Bear Family German 6CD boxed set The Influence Of Jimmie Rodgers: Let Me Be Your Side Track see 2008.

Jean-Pol Hiernaux has a copy of this album bought in 2004 with a sticker on the front of the jewel case and a completely different CD design - see right. My copy bought in 1997 had no sticker. Thanks also to Jack Guerreiro for the scan of the Canadian sticker with the identical text in English and French. Jack also has a promo CD, ACK 67676 with the same CD design. It comes in a plain white card sleeve with front and rear stickers. Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for the information that the US Apple iTunes Music Store was offering this track for download in 2005. Thanks to Bill Hester for scans of the Australian release.

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


Various Artists - "The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute" - tribute album, promo cassette release: Sony Music Studios/Columbia ACK 067676 (USA), Aug 1997:


Sony Music Studios/Columbia ACK 067676 (USA) - promo cassette insert scan by Dag Braathen
This promo cassette has a pink card insert with track titles and times, blank on the reverse. The cassette is smoked transparent grey with pink paper labels.

Thanks to Dag Braathen for information and scans.


Sony Music Studios/Columbia ACK 067676 (USA) - promo cassette Side 1 scan by Dag Braathen

Sony Music Studios/Columbia ACK 067676 (USA) - promo cassette Side 2 scan by Dag Braathen

Various Artists - "The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute" - promo tribute compilation CD: Sony Records SRCS 8240 (Japan), 21 Feb 1998:


Sony Records SRCS 8240 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen

Sony Records SRCS 8240 (Japan) - rear insert scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)

Sony Records SRCS 8240 (Japan) - detail of rear insert, scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)

Sony Records SRCS 8240 (Japan) - CD scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)

Sony Records SRCS 8240 (Japan) - detail of CD, scan by Wil Gielen (promo copy)

Sony Records SRCS 8240 (Japan) - obi scan by Wil Gielen
This release has a black, white and buff obi with black, white and mauve text, The obi has price ¥2,345 (¥2,233 before tax). The release date is "98-2-21" (21 Feb 1998), the original release date is "97-8-19" (19 Aug 1998) and the withdrawal date is "00-2-20" (20 Feb 2000). The front insert is a 32-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 CD itself.

Thanks to Wil Gielen for information and scans.


"Time Out Of Mind" - promo CD, Columbia COL PRCD 486 (Germany), Sep 1997:


Columbia COL PRCD 486 (Germany) - scan by Hans Seegers

This promo album is in a thin CD single jewel case and has a running time of 26:51 (the regular album is 72:54). As far as I know all these edits are unique and not used anywhere else, unlike R-0254 and R-0634 immediately below.

R-0440 all tracks edited (not listed separately)

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Columbia COL PRCD 486 (Germany) - CD scan by Hans Seegers

Columbia COL PRCD 486 (Germany) - insert scan by Hans Seegers

"Love Sick" - promo CD single, Columbia CSK 3467 (USA), Sep 1997:


Columbia CSK 3467 (USA) - front insert scan by Hans Seegers

R-0254 Love Sick - radio edit

This single also contains the regular album version.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Columbia CSK 3467 (USA) - reverse of front insert, scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia CSK 3467 (USA) - rear insert scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia CSK 3467 (USA) - CD scan by Hans Seegers

"Standing In The Doorway" - promo CD-R test pressing, Columbia (no catalogue number) (Norway), Sep 1997:


CD-R scan by Oyvind Svele
R-0634 Standing In The Doorway - radio edit (4:19) on CD-R test pressing

As far as I know this very rare test pressing is the only occurrence of this radio edit. (CD-Rs are the modern equivalent of the vinyl acetate.) It has a square grey/black label with white text and the centre cut out stuck onto a gold-coloured CD-R.

Thanks to Oyvind Svele for information and scan.


Various Artists - "BBC Classic Tracks - Bob Dylan & Friends" - radio station CD, Westwood One Program # 97-38 (USA), for broadcast 15-22 Sep 1997:
This radio station CD in a paper sleeve has five daily programs to be broadcast in a week, and comes with cue sheets. Two of these three songs are from the 1986 video Hard To Handle, see
VHS & DVD 1980s, and all three were on the Westwood One Aug 1986 radio broadcast LPs, see 1986. As far as I know they have never been broadcast by the BBC in the UK.


Westwood One Program # 97-38 (USA) - cue sheet scan by Hans Seegers

R-0174-6 Like A Rolling Stone - live with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Sydney, Australia, 25 Feb 1986, from the HBO special Hard To Handle, see VHS & DVD 1980s, also on the Westwood One Radio Broadcast Superstars In Concert, 1986

R-0181-5 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - live with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Sydney, Australia, 25 Feb 1986, from the HBO special Hard To Handle, see VHS & DVD 1980s, also on the Westwood One Radio Broadcast Superstars In Concert, 1986

R-0187-3 Blowin' In The Wind - live with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Sydney, Australia, 25 Feb 1986, from the Westwood One Radio Broadcast Superstars In Concert, 1986

The show also includes Dylan album tracks plus All Along The Watchtower by Jeff Healey and Maggie's Farm by Tin Machine.

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Tim Dunn for information and to Hans Seegers for scans.


Westwood One Program # 97-38 (USA) - CD scan by Hans Seegers

"Live '96" - promo CD single, Columbia CSK 3818 (USA), Dec 1997:
Recorded live at the House of Blues, Atlanta, GA, Aug 1996 - Bob's complete performances at the House of Blues were recorded for an as yet unreleased TV show/video in the "House of Blues" series - these tracks are reported to have been taken from the audio of the recording.


Columbia CSK 3818 (USA) - CD in black cut-out sleeve (my copy)

R-0259 My Back Pages - from 3 Aug 1996

R-0260 Tombstone Blues - from 4 Aug 1996

R-0261 Ballad Of A Thin Man - from 4 Aug 1996

R-0262 Boots Of Spanish Leather - from 3 Aug 1996

The last three tracks turned up again on CD singles in 1998, My Back Pages (R-0259) is unique to this item. R-0262 turned up on an online "EP" High Water from iTunes Canada in 2008, see Online Performances (Other).


Various Artists - untitled promo CD sampler, Columbia SMPD 069 (Canada), Dec 1997:

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Columbia SMPD 069 (Canada) - photo from eBay
R-0254-2 Love Sick - radio edit

This album features the song My Heart Will Go On (from the movie "Titanic") by Celine Dion, and others from Will Smith, Fiona Apple, Harry Connick Jr., Wycliff Jean, Jamiroquai, Destiny's Child, etc.

Thanks to Anthony Pignataro for finding this on eBay.


Promotional/Regular Items for 1997


Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo Albums (including Radio Station Albums) and Singles for 1997 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.

Time Out Of Mind 1997
Time Out Of Mind
(1997)


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