"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 2012

All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
A-E F-J K-O P-S T-Z

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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. Full details of the "50th Anniversary Collection" 4CD-R set released in Europe only 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: 25 February, 2017.


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

Key to symbols used:
Links to other World Wide Web pages -
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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)

Audience recordings are indicated by (A).


Various Artists - "Chimes Of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International" - compilation 4CD set, Fontana 7401001 (USA), 24 Jan 2012:


Fontana 7401001 (USA) - front with stickers, scan by Manuel García Jara
This charity set of Dylan covers to be distributed by Universal/Fontana on behalf of Amnesty International was delayed until 24 Jan 2012, but has now been expanded to a 4CD set of 73 songs. The album was released internationally on 30 Jan 2012, and comes in a multi-fold digipak. The set was not originally intended to include Bob, but now contains his original recording of Chimes Of Freedom from Another Side Of Bob Dylan as track 18 on CD4. 70 of the songs are reported newly-recorded for this set, with all the artists and engineers working on a pro bono basis. Bob also recorded a duet of Chimes Of Freedom with Joan Osborne for the soundtrack of the US TV Series The '60s, see 1999.

On the US release the front panel with the album title is a sticker on the shrink-wrap of the sealed copy, so that the unsealed digipak has no front text. On the Australian and European releases below this panel is printed on the front of the digipak. Note the different spellings: "HONORING" (US) and "HONOURING" (Europe/Australia)! Also the European front sticker at bottom left includes the Fontana catalogue number, the US and Australian stickers do not, while the US sticker has top text "SPECIALLY PRICED" missing from the European and Australian stickers. All three sets of CDs have "HONORING".


Fontana 7401001 (USA) - rear of digipak, scan by Manuel García Jara

Fontana 7401001 (USA) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara

Fontana 7401001 (USA) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara ("HONORING")

Fontana 7401001 (USA) - front without stickers, scan by Manuel García Jara

Fontana 7401001 (USA/Europe/Australia) - inside of digipak, scan by Manuel García Jara (discs 1 & 2 on left, discs 3 & 4 on right)

Fontana 7401001 (USA) - CD1 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0899)

Fontana 7401001 (USA/Europe/Australia) - inside of digipak (left side unfolded - discs 1 & 2), scan by Manuel García Jara

Fontana 7401001 (USA/Europe/Australia) - inside of digipak (right side unfolded - discs 3 & 4), scan by Manuel García Jara

Fontana 7401001 (USA) - CD2 scan by Manuel García Jara (Dylan covers only)

Fontana 7401001 (USA) - CD3 scan by Manuel García Jara (Dylan covers only)

Fontana 7401001 (USA) - outside of digipak, scan by Manuel García Jara

Fontana 7401001 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

Fontana 7401001 (USA) - CD4 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes Dylan)

The anthology includes a posthumous mix of One Too Many Mornings by Johnny Cash and the Avett Brothers, based on the version from Feb 1969 with Bob included on the Johnny Cash documentary The Man - His World - His Music (R-0069, see VHS & DVD 1960s). Bob's solo verses have been replaced by the Avett Brothers but he can still clearly be heard on the choruses.

R-0899 One Too Many Mornings - posthumous duet with Johnny Cash with the Avett Brothers based on the out-take from the Nashville Skyline sessions with Bob and Johnny, Columbia Studios, Nashville, TN, 18 Feb 1969, previously released in the 1969 film and video Johnny Cash: The Man - His World - His Music (R-0069, see VHS & DVD 1960s)

Thanks to Harold Lepidus for news that the Amnesty International benefit album tribute Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International is also to be released as a 2CD set from Starbucks. This set will include One Too Many Mornings by Johnny Cash and the Avett Brothers with Bob on background vocals, but not Bob's own version of Chimes Of Freedom.

Thanks to Harold Lepidus and Dr. Hanns Peter Bushoff for information and to Manuel García Jara for scans.


Various Artists - "Chimes Of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honouring 50 Years of Amnesty International" - compilation 4CD set, Fontana 7401001 (Europe/America), 30 Jan 2012:


Universal European 2CD-R promo - front (my copy)

The inside of the digipaks of the European and Australian releases are identical to those of the US release above. Thanks to Wiebke Dittmer for finding a Universal European 2CD promo on eBay (which I bought). I assume this is the same as the Starbucks 2CD set above. The European set was made in the EU. The Australian set was made in Australia and is marked by Universal Music Australia.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara and Stuart Moore for further information and scans.


Universal European 2CD-R promo - insert for CD-R1

Fontana 7401001 (Europe) - detail of front (printed, not sticker), scan by Manuel García Jara ("HONOURING")

Fontana 7401001 (Europe) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara

Universal European 2CD-R promo - CD-R1 with R-0899 (my copy)

Universal European 2CD-R promo - CD-R2 (Dylan covers only)

Universal European 2CD-R promo - insert for CD-R2

Fontana 7401001 (Australia) - front sticker scan by Stuart Moore

Fontana 7401001 (Europe) - detail of rear of digipak, scan by Manuel García Jara

Fontana 7401001 (Australia) - detail of rear of digipak, scan by Stuart Moore

Fontana 7401001 (Europe) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara

Fontana 7401001 (Europe) - rear of digipak, scan by Manuel García Jara

Fontana 7401001 (Europe) - CD1 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0899)

Fontana 7401001 (Europe) - CD2 scan by Manuel García Jara (Dylan covers only)

Fontana 7401001 (Europe) - CD3 scan by Manuel García Jara (Dylan covers only)

Fontana 7401001 (Europe) - CD4 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes Dylan)

Fontana 7401001 (Australia) - front with sticker, scan by Stuart Moore

Fontana 7401001 (Australia) - rear of digipak, scan by Stuart Moore

Fontana 7401001 (Australia) - CD1 scan by Stuart Moore (includes R-0899)

Fontana 7401001 (Australia) - CD2 scan by Stuart Moore (Dylan covers only)

Fontana 7401001 (Australia) - CD3 scan by Stuart Moore (Dylan covers only)

Fontana 7401001 (Australia) - CD4 scan by Stuart Moore (includes Dylan)

Various Artists - "Listen, Whitey! The Sounds Of Black Power 1967-74" - compilation CD, Light In The Attic LITA 081 (USA), 28 Feb 2012; compilation 2LP set, Light In The Attic LITA 081 (USA), 28 Feb 2012:
This CD has been compiled to accompany the book "Listen, Whitey! The Sights And Sounds Of Black Power 1965-75" by Pat Thomas (Fantagraphics, USA, 5 Mar 2012).


Light In The Attic LITA 081 (USA) - front of digipak with sticker, scan by Moise Potié

R-0085-5 George Jackson (Acoustic version) - B-side of 1971 Columbia/CBS singles (see 1971), lyrics on bobdylan.com here
Also the Japanese limited release LP Mr D's Collection #1 (see 1974), on the Japanese limited edition compilation CD Mr. D's Collection #3, (see 1993), and on a bonus disc with the Dutch Limited Tour Edition release of The Essential Bob Dylan (see 2003). Thanks to Peter Ingham for reminding me that this is the first time this performance has appeared on CD in the USA, although it's now included on Side Tracks, the bonus 2CD set of previously released non-album tracks with The Complete Album Collection Vol. One (see 2013).

On the 2LP set (not yet shown) R-0085 is on Side 2, track 2.


Light In The Attic LITA 081 (USA) - outside of digipak, scan by Moise Potié

Light In The Attic LITA 081 (USA) - digipak front sticker scan by Moise Potié

Light In The Attic LITA 081 (USA) - picture from examiner.com

Light In The Attic LITA 081 (USA) - inside page of booklet, photo by David McBride

Light In The Attic LITA 081 (USA) - CD in tray, scan by Moise Potié

Light In The Attic LITA 081 (USA) - CD photo by David McBride

Pat Thomas book - picture from amazon,com

Other artists include John Lennon and Gil Scott-Heron. Note the picture of Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, holding a copy of Highway 61 Revisited on the cover!

Thanks to Harold Lepidus, Ian Woodward and Tim Dunn for information and to David McBride and Moise Potié for pictures.


Various Artists - "Mr. Tambourine Man: 21 Versions" - compilation CD, Classic Hits RADI-1181 (Germany), 24 Feb 2012:


Classic Hits RADI-1181 (Germany) - picture from zweitausendeins.de
Thanks to Dirk Krah for news about a German Classic Hits CD release in their "One Song Edition" series with multiple versions of Mr. Tambourine Man - like the 2010 German Classic Hits releases with 20 versions of Blowin' In The Wind and House Of The Rising Sun, this release has 21 versions of Mr. Tambourine Man including Bob live with The Byrds (wrongly listed as from Montreal, but actually from Los Angeles, 1990) and Bob's solo piano demo of the song (again, wrongly listed as 1961 but actually 1963), from 2010's The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964.

R-0217-3 Mr. Tambourine Man - with the Byrds, recorded at the Roy Orbison Tribute Concert, Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA, 24 Feb 1990, from the Columbia/Legacy 4CD boxed set The Byrds, see 1990

Thanks to Dirk for verifying the contents of this CD.


Classic Hits RADI-1181 (Germany) - inside of unfolded front insert

Classic Hits RADI-1181 (Germany) - CD (my copy)

Classic Hits RADI-1181 (Germany) - outside of unfolded front insert

Classic Hits RADI-1181 (Germany) - rear insert

Classic Hits RADI-1181 (Germany) - reverse of rear insert (under clear CD tray)

Various Artists - "I Feel Good: 70s Hits" - compilation download-only, Classic Hits RADI-1181 (Germany), 13 Mar 2012:


Picture from amazon.com
R-0758-4 California - early version of Outlaw Blues from Bringing It All Back Home with different lyrics (which appear in "Writings and Drawings" under this title, lyrics on bobdylan.com here), recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 13 Jan 1965
California is no longer a rarity since it was released in Nov 2015 on The Best of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12.

CBS CBSR029 (USA, 2009) - front of sealed copy with sticker (my copy)

This out-take from the 1960s, not the 1970s, was originally released on Grandes De La Música: Mitos* Del Rock [Great Figures Of Music: Legends of Rock], a compilation CD given away in 1995 with an issue of "Diário de Noticias [News Diary]", a Spanish newspaper. For more details see Questionable Releases. It was legally released on the CBS TV soundtrack album NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack Vol. 2 in Nov 2009. For the DVD release, see VHS & DVD 2000s Part 4.

*The distinction between “myth” and “legend” made in English isn’t made in other European languages – they’re both types of traditional stories, but basically a “myth” is a story that was never actually true, whereas a “legend” is a story that is based on true events or people. This means an “urban legend” should actually be called an “urban myth”, while Bob’s certainly a legend and definitely not a myth!

Thanks to Tim Dunn for information.


Various Artists - "Make It Your Sound, Make It Your Scene: Vanguard Records & The 1960s Musical Revolution" - compilation 4CD boxed set, Vanguard VANBOX 14 (UK), 4 Jun 2012:


Vanguard VANBOX 14 (UK) - picture from amazon.co.uk

Vanguard VANBOX 14 (UK) - box front unfolded, scan by Arie de Reus

Vanguard VANBOX 14 (UK) - box rear unfolded, scan by Arie de Reus

Vanguard VANBOX 14 (UK) - front of booklet, scan by Arie de Reus

Vanguard VANBOX 14 (UK) - rear of booklet, scan by Arie de Reus

Vanguard VANBOX 14 (UK) - detail of inside page of booklet featuring Bob, scan by Arie de Reus (text is incorrect)

Vanguard VANBOX 14 (UK) - outside of unfolded digipak, scan by Arie de Reus

Vanguard VANBOX 14 (UK) - detail of box rear, scan by Arie de Reus

Vanguard VANBOX 14 (UK) - inside pages of booklet featuring Bob, scan by Arie de Reus

Vanguard VANBOX 14 (UK) - inside of unfolded digipak, scan by Arie de Reus

Vanguard VANBOX 14 (UK) - inside of unfolded digipak showing discs 1 & 2, scan by Arie de Reus

Vanguard VANBOX 14 (UK) - inside of unfolded digipak showing discs 3 & 4, scan by Arie de Reus

Bob's contribution to this 83 track 4CD boxed set marketed and distributed in the UK by Ace Records is:

R-0817-2 North Country Blues - live, Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI, 27 Jul 1963 (morning workshop), previously released on the 2007 Columbia DVD The Other Side Of The Mirror: Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965, see VHS & DVD 20007-09.
This has not previously appeared on a Vanguard release. Repeating the mistake in the notes by John Crosby,
Robin Denselow's review of this compilation in "The Guardian" UK newspaper says this is a "previously unreleased performance of North Country Blues, recorded at Newport in 1963". Bob only performed this song once at Newport, and this is that 1963 performance. Denselow should've asked me first! :-)

The set is housed in a four panel digipak inside a card box also containing a booklet.

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information and Arie de Reus for scans.


Various Artists - "Savages: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" - film soundtrack CD, Varèse Sarabande Records 302 067 154 2 (USA), 3 Jul 2012:
Thanks to Harold Lepidus for information about this Oliver Stone film from the novel by Don Winslow starring John Travolta, Taylor Kitsch and Blake Lively.


Varèse Sarabande Records 302 067 154 2 (USA) - picture from examiner.com
R-0519-2 Romance In Durango (Bob Dylan/Jacques Levy) - slightly shorter version, fades out before the point at which the segue into Black Diamond Bay occurs on the Desire album (album version is 5:50)
Thanks to Tim Dunn for confirming that this version is timed at 5:45 in the insert notes and at 5:43 on his CD player. This is therefore the edited version (R-0519), truncating the fade-out, which appeared on a 1976 Japanese 7" single as the B-side of One More Cup of Coffee, there timed at 5:44, see 1976.

US
film poster from imdb.com

DurangoJpnFront.jpg (25130 bytes)
CBS/Sony 06SP 1 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1976 7" stereo single)

DurangoJpnLabel2.jpg (18926 bytes)
CBS/Sony 06SP 1 (Japan) - commercial release B-side scan by Hans Seegers (R-0519)

Romance In Durango has also appeared as a 5:50 stand-alone version on a CBS Spain stereo 7" single, see International 7" Singles & EPs 1977. For the Savages film itself, see VHS & DVD 2010s.


"Duquesne Whistle"/"Meet Me In The Morning (Alternate Take)" - limited edition "Record Store Day" 7" stereo single, Columbia 38-540533 (8765-40533-7) (USA), 23 Nov 2012:
The A-side of this limited edition single is the album track from Tempest.


Columbia 38-540533 (8765-40533-7) (USA) - front scan by Paul S. Levine
R-0935 Meet Me In The Morning (5:00) - alternate take, out-take from the Blood On The Tracks sessions, New York, NY, Sep 1974
This track is not only previously unreleased but was also uncirculating amongst Dylan collectors!

Columbia 38-540533 (8765-40533-7) (USA) - rear scan by Paul S. Levine


Columbia 38-540533 (8765-40533-7) (USA) - A-side scan by Paul S. Levine


Columbia 38-540533 (8765-40533-7) (USA) - B-side scan by Paul S. Levine (R-0935)

Thanks to Harold Lepidus and Paul S. Levine for information and picture. Thanks to Keith Venturoni for news that this alternate take was used in an AT&T US TV commercial in Feb 2014 during the Winter Olympic coverage. This track is reported to be taken from a yet to be released volume of The Bootleg Series covering the Blood On The Tracks sessions.
 


"The 50th Anniversary Collection" - limited edition 4CD-R set, Sony Music 8876546022 (Europe), 28 Dec 2012:


Sony Music 8876546022 (Europe) - front insert scan from badlands.com
This amazing 4CD-R set limited to 100 copies has been released in order to keep the European copyrights for the included material out of the public domain (artwork on the Internet has the alternative title The Copyright Extension Collection Vol. 1). It contains 86 tracks from 1962 including studio sessions tracks and live recordings, almost all officially unreleased, including 24 tracks previously uncirculating. The set comes in a sealed cellophane wrapper in four separate CD sleeves. There is a single-sided front insert in the CD-R1 sleeve and a folded single-sided insert in the CD-R4 sleeve. There are also three stapled A4 photocopied pages with more details of the tracks. Full details of the set are now here.
Sony Music 8876546022 (Europe) - unfolded insert (my copy)

Sony Music 8876546022 (Europe) - alternate front found by Freddy Ordóñez Araque

Sony Music 8876546022 (Europe) - CD-R1

Sony Music 8876546022 (Europe) - CD-R2

Sony Music 8876546022 (Europe) - CD-R3

Sony Music 8876546022 (Europe) - CD-R4

Promotional/Regular Items for 2012



Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo albums and singles for 2012 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.


Tempest (2012)


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