"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 1999

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: 06 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)


Harry Belafonte - "The Collection" - compilation CD, BMG/RCA 74321 66057 2 (Germany), 1999:
This compilation was made by BMG in Germany for the European market.


BMG/RCA 74321 66057 2 (Germany) - scan by Hans Seegers

R-0001-16 Midnight Special (Huddie Ledbetter "Lead Belly") - Bob plays harmonica on the title track of Harry Belafonte's 1962 The Midnight Special album (stereo version)


BMG/RCA 74321 66057 2 (Germany) - front insert scan by Hans Seegers


BMG/RCA 74321 66057 2 (Germany) - rear insert scan by Hans Seegers

BMG/RCA 74321 66057 2 (Germany) - CD scan by Hans Seegers

For details of the original album, see 1962.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Lone Justice - "The World Is Not My Home: The Best Of Lone Justice" - compilation CD, Geffen GEFD 25304 (USA), Jan 1999:


Geffen GEFD 25304 (USA) - front insert (my copy)

R-0274 Go Away Little Boy - Bob appears on Lone Justice's version of one of his unreleased compositions (an out-take from Empire Burlesque, this is a remix by Bob Clearmountain of R-0163, the bonus track that appeared on the B-side of the 12" single of Sweet Sweet Baby (I'm Falling) (Remix) in 1985. The lyrics have disappeared from bobdylan.com!
Geffen GEFD 25304 (USA) - front insert unfolded

Geffen GEFD 25304 (USA) - rear insert


Geffen GEFD 25304 (USA) - CD


Geffen GEFD 25304 (USA) - reverse of front insert unfolded

Bob plays rhythm guitar. I previously said that Bob may also have played harmonica on this track - however, it's clearly stated on the 1999 and 2003 releases of the song that the harmonica was played by Maria McKee. Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for this information. R-0274 also appears on The Best Of Lone Justice: The Millennium Collection, see 2003.

It is rumoured that Lone Justice also recorded Clean-Cut Kid at this 1984 session, again accompanied by Bob, and that this track was also considered for The World Is Not My Home compilation, but could not be included for contractual reasons.

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


Various Artists - "The '60s: Original NBC Motion Picture Soundtrack" - TV mini-series soundtrack album, Mercury 314 538 743-2 (USA), Jan 1999:


Mercury 314 538 743-2 (USA) - front (my copy)


Mercury 314 538 743-2 (USA) - rear insert


Mercury 314 538 743-2 (USA) - front insert unfolded


Mercury 314 538 743-2 (USA) - CD

Mercury 314 538 743-2 (USA) - ad for video release


Mercury 314 538 743-2 (USA) - inside of front insert unfolded

R-0275 Chimes Of Freedom - new version with Joan Osborne, recorded Oct 1998

Olof Bjoerner reports that duet versions of A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall and Forever Young were also recorded at this session, but these have not been released.

For the VHS and DVD releases of this mini-series, see VHS & DVD 1990s Part 2.

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


Various Artists - " The '60s" - promo CD for TV mini-series soundtrack, Mercury MEAD 178 (USA), Jan 1999:


Mercury MEAD 178 (USA) - front s
can by Hans Seegers

This CD has no front insert, just a sticker on the jewel case.

R-0275-2 Chimes Of Freedom - new version with Joan Osborne, recorded Oct 1998

For the commercial release, see above. For the VHS and DVD releases of this mini-series, see VHS & DVD 1990s Part 2.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Mercury MEAD 178 (USA) - rear scan by Hans Seegers

Mercury MEAD 178 (USA) - CD scan by Hans Seegers

Bob Dylan/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Superstars In Concert" - 2 radio station discs, Westwood One Radio Broadcast, Westwood One 99-06 (USA), broadcast 6-7 Feb 1999:
Recorded in Sydney, Australia, 24 & 25 Feb 1986 plus Tacoma, WA, 31 Jul 1986, this is a repeat of the show from 31 Aug 1986 including the three songs omitted from the US broadcast at that time but shown elsewhere. The CDs are in standard jewel cases without inserts. For details of the original Westwood One radio broadcast, see 1986.


Westwood One Show 99-06 (USA) - Cue Sheet 1, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux
R-0183-3 Positively 4th Street - 24 Feb 1986

R-0184-2 All Along The Watchtower - 31 Jul 1986

R-0185-4 Masters Of War - 24 Feb 1986

R-0180-3 I'll Remember You - 24 Feb 1986 (also on the 1986 video Hard To Handle, see VHS & DVD 1980s)


Westwood One Show 99-06 (USA) - Cue Sheet 2, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Westwood One Show 99-06 (USA) - CD1 scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Westwood One Show 99-06 (USA) - CD2 scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

R-0186-2 I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know (Cecil A. Null) - 24 Feb 1986

R-0173-3 Just Like A Woman - 24 Feb 1986 (also on the 1986 video Hard To Handle, see VHS & DVD 1980s)

R-0187-4 Blowin' In The Wind - 25 Feb 1986

R-0188-2 That Lucky Old Sun (Haven Gillespie-Beasley Smith) - 24 Feb 1986 (mistitled as "Lucky Old Man")
Now recorded by Bob on Shadows In The Night, Feb 2015!

R-0174-7 Like A Rolling Stone - 25 Feb 1986 (also on the 1986 video Hard To Handle, see VHS & DVD 1980s)

R-0181-6 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - 25 Feb 1986 (also on the 1986 video Hard To Handle, see VHS & DVD 1980s)

R-0176-2 Girl Of The North Country - 24 Feb 1986 (also on the 1986 video Hard To Handle, see VHS & DVD 1980s)

R-0428    It Ain't Me, Babe - 31 Jul 1986 (not previously broadcast in the USA)

R-0178-2 When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky - 24 Feb 1986 (also on the 1986 video Hard To Handle, see VHS & DVD 1980s)

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for further information and scans.


"Not Dark Yet/Dylan Alive Vol. 2" - CD single, SME Records (Sony Music Entertainment) SRCS 8914 (Japan), 21 Apr 1999:
Thanks to Glynne Whalley for pointing out the correct date that this CD single was released - this is "99.04.21" (on the rear of the obi in a box). The rear of the obi also has the date "99.10.20", but this was in fact the date after which unsold copies would be withdrawn. The price was ¥1,575.


SME Records (Sony Music Entertainment) SRCS 8914 (Japan) - front with obi (my copy, still sealed)

R-0276 Boots Of Spanish Leather - live, SECC, Glasgow, Scotland, 21 Jun 1998, same as BDC29 (see Online Performances (bobdylan.com) ) - note the European Not Dark Yet CD singles from Feb 1998 had the other live version of Boots - R-0262!

R-0277 Tears Of Rage (Bob Dylan-Richard Manuel) - live, Madison Square Garden, New York, 17 Jan 1998, same as BDC22 (see Online Performances (bobdylan.com) )

R-0278 Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power) - live, Piazza Napoleone, Lucca, Italy, 6 Jul 1998, same as BDC31 (see Online Performances (bobdylan.com) )

Thanks to Antoine Glemain for scans of the CD and front insert, which is an 8-page booklet (my copy is still sealed). Thanks to Peter Coulthard for the scan of the obi.


SME Records (Sony Music Entertainment) SRCS 8914 (Japan) - obi scan by Peter Coulthard

SME Records (Sony Music Entertainment) SRCS 8914 (Japan) - rear with obi (my copy)


SME Records (Sony Music Entertainment) SRCS 8914 (Japan) - CD scan by Antoine Glemain


SME Records (Sony Music Entertainment) SRCS 8914 (Japan) - outside of front insert, scan by Antoine Glemain


SME Records (Sony Music Entertainment) SRCS 8914 (Japan) - first inside page of front insert, scan by Antoine Glemain


"Million Miles: Live Recordings 1997-1999" - promo CD single, Columbia CSK-42171-S1 (USA/Canada)/Columbia CSK 42171 (Canada)/Columbia SAMPCM 7194 (Europe), Jun 1999:
This promo CD in a plain black cut-out sleeve was given away free with purchases of Dylan albums.

Million2.jpg (27317 bytes)
Columbia CSK-42171-S1 (USA) - sticker on rear of card sleeve (my copy)

R-0263-7 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) ), and the European and Japanese Love Sick Love Sick CD singles, see 1998

Million1.jpg (23163 bytes)
Columbia CSK-42171-S1 (USA) - CD


Columbia SAMPCM 7194 (Europe) - front scan by Colin Hindson


Columbia SAMPCM 7194 (Europe) - CD scan by Jack Guerreiro


Columbia CSK 42171 (Canada) - photo by Hervé from France

R-0270-4 Can't Wait - live, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, 20 Dec 1997, also from the European and Japanese Love Sick Love Sick CD singles, see 1998

R-0279 Million Miles - live, Broome County Arena, Binghamton, NY, 19 Feb 1999 - this track was made available for download from the Tower Records web-site in May 2001 - see

R-0267-5 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
This track is misdated on the CD as 20 Dec 1997, but it's actually the same as the bobdylan.com track which appeared on the 1998 European and Japanese Love Sick singles and the Australian tour limited edition set of Time Out Of Mind. 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 promo CD single was also issued in Europe, Columbia SAMPCM 7194 (see also 2000).

R-0267 (again misdated as 20 Dec 1997) and R-0279 appeared on the Sony Music Bob Dylan Custom Mix CD web-site, Apr 2003, see Online Performances (Other)

Hervé from France has a sealed Canadian promo release of this single in a jewel case. The jewel case has no inserts. On the CD itself is the text in English and French:

"Property of Sony Music Canada. Distributed for restricted use only. Subject to recall, not for sale. If you paid for this product, call CRIA ANTI PIRACY HOTLINE at 1-800-668-8820.

Proprieté de Sony Music Canada. Cet article est distribué sous reserves de certaines restrictions et il peut faire l'objet d'un rappel. Il est interdit de le vendre. Si vous avez payé pour ce produit, appelez CRIA Ligne Anti-Piraterie 1-800-668-8820."

Thanks to Colin Hindson, Hervé from France and Jack Guerreiro for information and scans. Thanks to Donald Mitchell for news that this CD single, renumbered Columbia 978663, was given away in 2006 with some copies of Bob's album Modern Times.


Steve Goodman - " Steve Goodman", - promo CD, Buddha Records/BMG BUADV 99625 2 (USA), commercial CD, Buddha Records/BMG 7446599625 2 (USA), 27 Jul 1999:
This is a second CD release of Steve's first Buddah (the spelling of the record label's name was corrected after it was acquired by BMG in the 1990s) Records album from 1972 with two bonus tracks, one of which features Bob, recorded Sep 1972. The promo CD comes in a blue/yellow card sleeve.


Buddha Records/ BMG 7446599625 2 (USA) - front scan by Hans Seegers
R-0111-3 Election Year Rag (Steve Goodman) - recorded at the Somebody Else's Troubles sessions, Sep 1972, Bob plays piano and provides harmony vocals
This track originally appeared as a 7" single, see 1972, and in mono on Steve's 1976 compilation The Essential... Steve Goodman (see 1976) and as a bonus track (still in mono) on a CD reissue of Somebody Else's Troubles, see 1990. Bob appeared originally as "Robert Milkwood Thomas", but is here credited openly. Thanks to Larry Crum for the information that this is the only source of the stereo version of this track on CD.

Buddha Records/ BMG 7446599625 2 (USA) - sticker from front of jewel case, scan by Hans Seegers


Buddha Records/BMG 7446599625 2 (USA) - rear insert scan by Hans Seegers


Buddha Records/BMG 7446599625 2 (USA) - front insert scan by Hans Seegers


Buddha Records/ BMG 7446599625 2 (USA) - CD scan by Hans Seegers


Buddha Records/BMG BUADV 99625 2 (USA) - promo CD scan by Ian Woodward

There was also a US promo CD release of the second Steve Goodman album Somebody Else's Troubles in a blue/yellow card sleeve, Buddha Records BUADV 99626-2, listed in 1972.

Watch out you get the right CD! Alan Hoaksey adds: "I have two CDs with this front design.  Both CDs are simply called Steve Goodman. One is Canadian (Buddah Records Cat. No. BDK-5096 - no date) and does not feature Dylan."

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


Eric Clapton & Friends - "Eric Clapton & Friends: A Benefit Concert For The Crossroads Centre In Antigua" - 2 radio station discs, SFX Radio Network, no catalogue # (USA), for broadcast 22-25 Jul 1999:
Recorded in concert at Madison Square Garden, New York, 30 Jun 1999, in aid of the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. For the VHS & DVD release of this concert see VHS & DVD 1990s Part 2.

R-0325 Don't Think Twice It's Alright - with Eric Clapton and his band

R-0326 Crossroads (Robert Johnson/Eric Clapton) - with Eric Clapton and his band

Thanks to Tim Dunn for information.


Various Artists: "Rare Rock Tracks" - promo CD compilation, Columbia/Epic/Legacy JSK 42604 (USA), Sep 1999:
This compilation album of 11 "previously unreleased performances" was given away with purchases of two Columbia "Best Value" or "Nice Price" albums. Other artists featured include Santana, Janis Joplin, Taj Mahal and Stevie Ray Vaughan.


Columbia/Epic/Legacy JSK 42604 (USA) (my copy)
R-0267-6 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

This track is again misdated as 20 Dec 1997 - see the note for R-0267-5 above.

Rinji Kamihata informs me that this compilation turned up again at Bestbuy in the USA in May 2001 being given away free with purchases of Columbia albums.


Columbia/Epic/Legacy JSK 42604 (USA) - front of jewel case with sticker

Columbia/Epic/Legacy JSK 42604 (USA) - CD


Columbia/Epic/Legacy JSK 42604 (USA) - front insert


Columbia/Epic/Legacy JSK 42604 (USA) - sticker from front of jewel case


Columbia/Epic/Legacy JSK 42604 (USA) - rear insert

Various Artists: "Wex On Wax: A Tribute To Jerry Wexler" - promo CD compilation, Warner Bros/Rhino A 2064 3 PRO (USA), Dec 1999:
This tribute album in a thin card sleeve, issued to commemorate a tribute concert on 5 Dec 1999 at the House Of Blues, Atlanta, GA, also contains Gotta Serve Somebody from Slow Train Coming. Both this and R-0090 were produced by Jerry Wexler.

WexUSPromoFront.jpg (28595 bytes)
Warner Bros/Rhino A 2064 3 PRO (USA) - front of card sleeve, scan by Hans Seegers
R-0090-5 (Is Anybody Going To) San Antone (Dave Kirby-Glen Martin) - Bob plays guitar, organ and provides backup vocals for Doug Sahm
For details of the original release on the Atlantic album Doug Sahm & Band, see 1973
WexUSPromoBack.jpg (31863 bytes)
Warner Bros/Rhino A 2064 3 PRO (USA) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Hans Seegers
WexUSPromoCD.jpg (17464 bytes)
Warner Bros/Rhino A 2064 3 PRO (USA) - CD scan by Hans Seegers

This performance has been re-released on CD as follows:
The Best Of Doug Sahm & The Sir Douglas Quintet 1968-1975, see 1990
Doug Sahm & Friends: The Best Of Doug Sahm (Atlantic Sessions)
- see 1992
Jesus' Son - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, see 2000
Rhino Handmade 2CD compilation The Genuine Texas Groover, see 2003
Nascente Records UK 2CD compilation
Bar Nashville: Classic & New Country Flavours, see 2008
Rhino US promo 2CD compilation Rhino Presents Atlantic And Atco Remasters Series, also see 2008

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Promotional/Regular Items for 1999


Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo items for 1999 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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