"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 1998

All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
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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: 14 February, 2017


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

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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)


Articolo 31 - "Nessuno [None]", CD release: Best Sound/Ricordi 74321584442 (Italy); cassette release: Best Sound/Ricordi 74321584444 (Italy), 1998:

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Best Sound/Ricordi 74321584442 (Italy) - CD front scan by Jack Guerreiro
R-0442 Come Una Pietra Scalciata [Like A Rolling Stone] (Dylan/Aleotti/Perrini) cover version in Italian with parts of Bob's original version included

This track was also included on the May 2001 BMG Germany compilation May Your Song Always Be Sung Again: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Vol. 2, see 2001.

Thanks to Jack Guerreiro and Ronald Born for scans


Best Sound/Ricordi 74321584444 (Italy) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Ronald Born

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Best Sound/Ricordi 74321584442 (Italy) - CD rear insert scan by Jack Guerreiro
Articolo31ItalyCD.jpg (21653 bytes)
Best Sound/Ricordi 74321584442 (Italy) - CD scan by Jack Guerreiro

Best Sound/Ricordi 74321584444 (Italy) - cassette Side 2 scan by Ronald Born (includes R-0442)

Best Sound/Ricordi 74321584444 (Italy) - inside of cassette insert, scan by Ronald Born

David Bromberg - "The Player: A Retrospective" - CD release, Columbia Legacy CK 65263 (USA), 1998:


Columbia Legacy CK 65263 (USA) - front with sticker, scan by Hans Seegers

R-0073-2 Sammy's Song (David Bromberg) - Bob plays harmonica
Recorded 1971, from David Bromberg's first self-titled album, 1972. Bob is credited with playing harmonica on this album, although he was only thanked on the original. This version is remastered/remixed and, according to Rob van Estrik, a considerable improvement over the original release.

For details of the original album, see 1972. This track also appears in a remastered version on the UK 2008 Beat Goes On Records/Sony BMG "2 on 1" CD David Bromberg/Demon In Disguise, see 2008.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Columbia Legacy CK 65263 (USA) - CD scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia Legacy CK 65263 (USA) - front insert scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia Legacy CK 65263 (USA) - rear insert scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia Legacy CK 65263 (USA) - text about Bob from booklet, scan by Hans Seegers


Various Artists - "And The Times They Were A-Changin’" - Dylan covers compilation, Débutante DeLuxe 555 431-2 (UK), 1998, re-released 2005:


Débutante DeLuxe 555 431-2 (UK) - picture from nobodysingsdylanlikedylan.com (1998 release)
R-0123-5 Nuggets Of Rain [Buckets Of Rain] - Bob shares vocals with Bette Midler, from her Atlantic album Songs For The New Depression, recorded at Secret Sound Studios, New York, Oct 1975

For details of the original album, see 1976.

This compilation was re-released in 2005 with the same catalogue number but new artwork.


Débutante DeLuxe 555 431-2 (UK) - picture from nobodysingsdylanlikedylan.com (2005 release)

Harry Belafonte - "The Folk Standards" BMG 7551 7446-2 (USA), 1998:


BMG 7551 7446-2 (USA) - picture from www.amazon.com

R-0001-15 Midnight Special (Huddie Ledbetter "Lead Belly") - Bob plays harmonica on the title track of Harry Belafonte's 1962 The Midnight Special album (stereo version)

For details of the original album, see 1962.


"Not Dark Yet" - 4-track CD single, Columbia COL 665443-2 (Scandinavia), Feb 1998; 2-track CD single, Columbia COL 665443-1 (Austria for Europe), Feb 1998:


Columbia COL 665443-2 (Scandinavia) - front of CD with sticker (my copy)

The title track of this CD single is the album version from Time Out Of Mind. The CD is silver/red with black text and comes in a slimline CD single jewel case.

R-0260-2 Tombstone Blues - live, House of Blues, Atlanta, Aug 1996, from the Columbia US promo CD single Live '96, see 1997

R-0261-2 Ballad Of A Thin Man - live as R-0260

R-0262-2 Boots Of Spanish Leather - live as R-0260. Note the Japanese version of this single from Apr 1999 has a different performance of Boots - R-0276, see 1999
R-0262 turned up on an online "EP" High Water from iTunes Canada in 2008, see Online Performances (Other).


Columbia COL 665443-1 (Austria for Europe) - front of card sleeve, scan by Szymon Struzyna

Columbia COL 665443-2 (Scandinavia) - front sticker


Columbia COL 665443-2 (Scandinavia) - front insert unfolded


Columbia COL 665443-2 (Scandinavia) - CD

Columbia COL 665443-1 (Austria for Europe) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Szymon Struzyna

Columbia COL 665443-1 (Austria for Europe) - CD scan by Szymon Struzyna

Thanks to Brian Clarke for information about the European 2-track CD single Columbia COL 665443-1 in a card sleeve with the same front design. It has just the title track and R-0260. Thanks to Szymon Struzyna for scans.


Ronnie Wood - "Wood On Canvas: Every Picture Tells A Story" - book with bonus 4-track CD, Genesis Publications GENWOODCD1 (UK), Mar 1998:


Slipcase front scan by Hans Seegers

R-0264 Interfere (Ronnie Wood) - with Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagen and Willie Weeks (3:40), instrumental recorded at Ron Wood's home studio, Sandymount, County Kildare, Ireland, early 1996


Book front scan by Hans Seegers


Genesis GENWOODCD1 (UK) - front of card sleeve, scan by Hans Seegers


Genesis GENWOODCD1 (UK) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Hans Seegers


Genesis GENWOODCD1 (UK) - CD scan by Hans Seegers

For more information on this (very expensive) book, see the web-site of Genesis Publications. It is housed in a slipcase, and the CD is in a card sleeve. The back of the slipcase is plain black and the back of the book is plain blue. The song was re-released in a longer, overdubbed version on Ronnie Wood's compilation CD Not For Beginners, see 2001.

Thanks to Mike Koshitani for information and to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Various Artists - compilation CD release, "Vanguard Sessions: Folk Hits", Vanguard 79510 2 (USA), Apr 1998:


Vanguard 79510 2 (USA) - scan from Ole Lien

R-0019-4 Will The Circle Be Unbroken (traditional) - Bob plays harmonica for Ramblin' Jack Elliott, from the 1964 Vanguard album Jack Elliott (stereo version), recorded New York, late 1963/early 1964, see 1964

R-0019 is also available on CD on the Vanguard Jack Elliott compilation albums The Essential Ramblin' Jack Elliot (2LP set 1976, released on CD 1998), Jack Elliott Plus Live (Vanguard/King Record Co KICP-2027, Japan, see 1990), Best Of The Vanguard Years (2000) and Vanguard Visionaries: Ramblin' Jack Elliott (2007).

R-0597 It Ain't Me, Babe (3:35) recorded live with Joan Baez at The Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI, 24 Jul 1964
This is an edit of the full version from Joan Baez Live At Newport (R-0252, 4:45, see 1997) - includes same intro as Folk Duets below and 11 seconds of outro. Information from Tim Dunn.

Thanks to Ole Lien for information and scan.


Various Artists - compilation CD release, "Vanguard Sessions: Folk Duets", Vanguard 79511 2 (USA), Apr 1998:

 
Vanguard 79511 2 (USA) - front insert folded (my copy)

R-0020-6 Ye Playboys And Playgirls - recorded live with Pete Seeger from the Newport Folk Festival, 28 Jul 1963 ("Topical Songs" workshop), originally released on the 1964 album Newport Broadsides (Topical Songs), see 1964 (stereo version)
This song has always been thought to have been recorded at the afternoon workshop on 27 Jul 1963, but sources such as Glen Dundas and Derek Barker (in Appendix 1 to his 2008 Chrome Dreams book "The Songs He Didn't Write: Bob Dylan Under The Influence") now think it took place on the following day. L
yrics on bobdylan.com here.

R-0265 It Ain't Me, Babe (3:56) - recorded live with Joan Baez from the Newport Folk Festival, 24 Jul 1964
This is a second edit of the full version from Joan Baez Live At Newport (R-0252, 4:45, see 1997) - includes 5-6 seconds of intro (where Baez introduces Dylan "This is George Washington") and 28 seconds of outro. Information from Tim Dunn.

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 this performance was included on the 2002 3CD set Vanguard Roots Of Folk. For both, see 2002.

The CD front insert is a single sheet folded twice - there's no Bob-related material on the reverse.


Vanguard 79511 2 (USA) - front of CD with sticker


Vanguard 79511 2 (USA) - front insert unfolded

 
Vanguard 79511 2 (USA) - rear insert with Bob and Pete


Vanguard 79511 2 (USA) - CD

"Love Sick" - CD single test pressing, Columbia (no catalogue number) (USA), Apr/May 1998:


Grammys CD-R - scan by Stuart Sonshine
R-0263 Love Sick - live, Grammy Awards, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 25 Feb 1998 (5:20), same as BDC18, see Online Performances (bobdylan.com)

This test pressing was mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for finding this on eBay and to Stuart Sonshine for the scan.


Ralph Stanley - "Clinch Mountain Country" - 2CD set, Rebel Records REB-511 (USA), May 1998:


Rebel Records REB-511 (USA) - front insert (my copy)
R-0266 The Lonesome River (Ralph & Carter Stanley) - duet with Ralph Stanley, same as BDC25 (see Online Performances (bobdylan.com) )

This 2CD set contains new performances by Ralph Stanley of his best known songs with many guest artists including Bob.


Rebel Records REB-511 (USA) - rear insert


Rebel Records REB-511 (USA) - centre page of booklet with Bob


Rebel Records REB-511 (USA) - CD1 with R-0266

The Lonesome River was released in Oct 2008 on CD2 of The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 - Tell Tale Signs: Rare And Unreleased 1989-2006, see here. This means R-0266 has ceased to be a rarity and this set is now listed in International Album Releases - Other Artists' Compilations with Dylan Album Tracks .


"Love Sick" - promo CD single, Columbia XPCD 1015 (UK), May 1998:

LoveSickUKPromoFront.jpg (18414 bytes)
Columbia XPCD 1015 (UK) - front of card sleeve (my copy)

R-0263-2 Love Sick - live, Grammy Awards, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 25 Feb 1998 (5:20), same as BDC18, see Online Performances (bobdylan.com)

This single also contains the regular album version.

LoveSickUKPromoBack.jpg (22374 bytes)
Columbia XPCD 1015 (UK) - rear of card sleeve including June 1998 UK tour dates


Columbia XPCD 1015 (UK) - CD


"Love Sick" - 2-track CD single, Columbia COL 665997 1 (Europe), Jun 1998:
This 2-track CD single comes in a card sleeve. As it is shown as "CD1" there must be a CD2!


Columbia COL 665997 1 (Europe) - front of card sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel

R-0263-3 Love Sick - live, Grammy Awards, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 25 Feb 1998 (5:20) - same as BDC18 (see Online Performances (bobdylan.com) )

R-0267 Cold Irons Bound - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 16 Dec 1997 - same as BDC7 (see Online Performances (bobdylan.com) ), and now also available on the 2001 Japanese live compilation Bob Dylan Live 1961-2000: Thirty Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances, see 2001
Note this date is correct, even though other appearances of this rarity date it as 20 Dec 1997. Although Bob did perform Cold Irons Bound at the El Rey Theater on 20 Dec 1997 (he performed it on all five nights of the residency), this isn't that performance!
This track was also one of the 42 rarities included for download with the Aug 2006 Apple iTunes Bob Dylan Collection, see Online Performances (Other).


Columbia COL 665997 1 (Europe) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia COL 665997 1 (Europe) - CD scan by Gerd Rundel

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"Love Sick" - two 4-track CD singles, Columbia COL 665997 2/5 (Europe), Jun 1998:
The CDs of these releases in thin CD single jewel cases have designs from Columbia Record vinyl singles from the 1930s. The reverses of the folded CD single inserts are blank.


CD1: Columbia COL 665997 2 (Austria for Europe) - front of insert with 1998 German tour dates sticker, scan by Andrew Wellman

CD1 (Columbia COL 665997 2) has four live rarities:

R-0263-4 Love Sick - live, Grammy Awards, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 25 Feb 1998 (5:20) - same as BDC18 (see Online Performances (bobdylan.com) )

R-0267-2 Cold Irons Bound - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 16 Dec 1997 - same as BDC7 (see Online Performances (bobdylan.com) ), and now also available on the 2001 Japanese live compilation Bob Dylan Live 1961-2000: Thirty Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances, see 2001
See note about dating above
This track was also one of the 42 rarities included for download with the Aug 2006 Apple iTunes Bob Dylan Collection, see Online Performances (Other).


Columbia COL 665997 2 (Austria for Europe) - 1998 German tour dates sticker, scan by Andrew Wellman


CD2: Columbia COL 665997 5 (Austria for Europe) - front of insert


CD1: Columbia COL 665997 2 (Austria for Europe)

LoveSick2.JPG (64435 bytes)
CD1: Columbia COL 665997 2 (Austria for Europe) - CD single insert unfolded, this has the live version of the title track R-0263, plus R-0267, 0268 & 0269 (my copy)


CD2: Columbia COL 665997 5 (Austria for Europe)


CD2: Columbia COL 665997 5 (Austria for Europe) - CD single insert unfolded, this has the album version of the title track, plus R-0270, 0271 & 0272 (my copy)

R-0268 Cocaine Blues (traditional) - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 16 Dec 1997

R-0269 Born In Time - live, New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts, Newark, NJ, 1 Feb 1998 - same as BDC21 (see Online Performances (bobdylan.com) ) - now also available on the 2001 Japanese live compilation Bob Dylan Live 1961-2000: Thirty Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances, see 2001
This performance is misdated "Aug 1997" and was therefore wrongly identified by some as from Scranton, PA, 12 Aug 1997 - the above date is correct! (Listening to audience tapes from Scranton and Newark confirms this:
the Scranton Aug 1997 performance is immediately different – it starts with several guitar chords before launching into the song proper, whereas the Newark Feb 1998 version goes straight in after an audible count.)

CD2 (Columbia 665997 5) has the album version of the title track plus three live rarities:

R-0270 Can't Wait - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 20 Dec 1997

R-0271 Roving Gambler (traditional) - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 17 Dec 1997

R-0272 Blind Willie McTell - live, Jones Beach, NY, 17 Aug 1997 - same as BDC2 (see Online Performances (bobdylan.com) ) - this performance is misdated "Feb 1998", the dates for R-0269 on CD1 and R-0272 on CD2 were therefore mixed up. This is a very easily identifiable audience recording, Bob performed Blind Willie McTell three times in Feb 1998 - at Springfield, MA, 2 Feb; at St. Louis, MO, 17 Feb; and at Fairfax, VA, 22 Feb, but this isn't any of those performances.

These singles were also released in Japan with different artwork at the end of 1998 (see below).

R-0267 and R-0268 appeared on the Sony Music Bob Dylan Custom Mix CD web-site, Apr 2003, see Online Performances (bobdylan.com) . They are both misdated 20 Dec 1997!

Thanks to Andrew Wellman for the scan.


"Time Out Of Mind - Australian Tour Special Limited Edition" - 2CD set, Columbia 491660 2 (Australia), Aug 1998:
The same seven songs as on the Love Sick singles are included on a 2nd "bonus" CD, Bob Dylan Live '97 & '98, catalogue number Columbia SAMP 2004. For more scans of the Limited Edition set and the regular CD, see International Albums (Regular).

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Columbia 491660 2 (Australia) - front insert with sticker on jewel case (my copy)

The front CD insert and the album CD itself are numbered 486936 2 - the regular album catalogue number. The rear insert is numbered 491660 2. Thanks to Christopher Dunn for pointing this out. Thanks also to "Les Memory" for pointing out that this was a re-release of Time Out of Mind in Australia - it had already been released in 1997 as a single album.


Columbia 491660 2 (Australia) - reverse of rear insert of the 2CD set listing live rarities

AussieTOOMBonusDisc.JPG (11582 bytes)
Columbia SAMP 2004 (Australia) - bonus disc


Columbia SAMP 2004 (Australia) - alternate bonus disc, scan by Gerd Rundel

The contents of the bonus disc SAMP 2004 are:

R-0263-5 Love Sick - live, Grammy Awards, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 25 Feb 1998 (5:20)

R-0267-3 Cold Irons Bound - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 16 Dec 1997 - now also available on the 2001 Japanese live compilation Bob Dylan Live 1961-2000: Thirty Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances, see 2001

R-0268-2 Cocaine Blues (traditional) - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 16 Dec 1997

R-0269-2 Born In Time - live, New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts, Newark, NJ, 1 Feb 1998, and now also available on the 2001 Japanese live compilation Bob Dylan Live 1961-2000: Thirty Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances, see 2001
This performance is again misdated "Aug 1997", see Love Sick singles above.

R-0270-2 Can't Wait - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 20 Dec 1997

R-0271-2 Roving Gambler (traditional) - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 17 Dec 1997

R-0272-2 Blind Willie McTell - live, Jones Beach, NY, 17 Aug 1997 (correctly dated - see Love Sick singles above)

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for the scan of a different disc for SAMP 2004 with a different text layout. My disc is correctly titled "BOB DYLAN LIVE '97 & '98" on one line, Gerd's disc is titled just "LIVE '97" (incorrect since R-0263 and R-0269 are from 1998) with "Bob Dylan" on a second line. This could be an incorrect early release that was quickly corrected.


"Love Sick/Dylan Alive" - 2CD single set, SME (Sony Music Entertainment) Records SRCS 8760-8761 (Japan), end 1998:
Yet again the same seven songs as the European Love Sick singles (see above), three on the first CD with the Love Sick album track, four on the second CD. Keith Schweiger's copy is a promo, with a numbered promo sticker on the rear insert, and the text "SAMPLE" in the clear centres of the CDs. Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for information that the right and left stereo channels have been reversed on all audience recordings released in Japan since this single. This may be to present the recording from Bob's band's point of view rather than the audience's. I am not allocating separate R-numbers for each live performance.


SME Records SRCS 8760-8761 (Japan) - front scan by Jack Guerreiro


SME Records SRCS 8760-8761 (Japan) - rear scan by Keith Schweiger (promo release)


SME Records SRCS 8760/8761 (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Keith Schweiger (promo release)


SME Records SRCS 8760-8761 (Japan) - inside right scan by Jack Guerreiro (commercial release)


SME Records SRCS 8760-8761 (Japan) - obi scan by Jack Guerreiro


SME Records SRCS 8760-8761 (Japan) - rear scan by Jack Guerreiro (commercial release)


SME Records SRCS 8760 (Japan) - CD1 scan by Keith Schweiger (promo release)

SME Records SRCS 8761 (Japan) - CD2 scan by Keith Schweiger (promo release)

SME Records SRCS 8760 (Japan) - CD1 scan by Jack Guerreiro (commercial release)

SME Records SRCS 8761 (Japan) - CD2 scan by Jack Guerreiro (commercial release)

R-0263-6 Love Sick - live, Grammy Awards, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 25 Feb 1998 (5:20) - Fred Muller times this as 5:30

R-0267-4 Cold Irons Bound - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 16 Dec 1997 - now also available on the 2001 Japanese live compilation Bob Dylan Live 1961-2000: Thirty Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances, see 2001

R-0268-3 Cocaine Blues (traditional) - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 16 Dec 1997

R-0269-3 Born In Time - live, New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts, Newark, NJ, 1 Feb 1998, and now also available on the 2001 Japanese live compilation Bob Dylan Live 1961-2000: Thirty Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances, see 2001

R-0270-3 Can't Wait - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 20 Dec 1997

R-0271-3 Roving Gambler (traditional) - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 17 Dec 1997

R-0272-3 Blind Willie McTell - live, Jones Beach, NY, 17 Aug 1997

Thanks to Jack Guerreiro and Keith Schweiger for scans.


Various Artists - "Touched By An Angel: The Album" - TV Series soundtrack compilation, 550 Music/Sony Music Soundtrax BK 68971 (USA), 3 Nov 1998; Epic/550 Music/Sony Music Soundtrax 491828 2 (France/NL), Nov 1998; Epic Records ESCA 7446 (Japan), 20 Feb 1999:


550 Music/Sony Music Soundtrax BK 68971 (USA) - front of jewel case with sticker (my copy)
R-0273 Dignity - original Oh Mercy out-take produced by Daniel Lanois - not the 1994 Brendan O'Brien remixed version for Greatest Hits Vol. 3, which retained only Bob's vocal and piano and added new backing.
This version is included on the 2000 European/Japanese Columbia compilations The Best Of Bob Dylan Vol. 2 (see 2000), and the UK/French release of The Essential Bob Dylan (see 2001) and now on the 2007 3CD compilation Dylan, see International Albums (Regular). As it's no longer a rarity, full details of this album have been moved to Released Rarities.

Epic/550 Music/Sony Music Soundtrax 491828 2 (France/NL) - front scan by Hans Seegers

Epic Records ESCA 7446 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Wil Gielen

This song appeared in the 100th episode of this US drama series broadcast in 1998 - for the 1999 VHS tape of the episode, see VHS & DVD 1990s Part 2.


Promotional/Regular Items for 1998



Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo items for 1998 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.

The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 1998
The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 - Live 1966
(1998)


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