"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 2017

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


On 20 Oct 2016 "Rolling Stone" magazine reported that Bob is planning a Bootleg Series release covering his gospel period. Several unreleased songs like Ain't Gonna Go To Hell For Anybody and Ain't No Man Righteous (No Not One) were performed live in that period or have been recorded by other artists, as listed in the Starlight In The East: Bob Dylanís Unreleased Songs section of this web-site. Also, many of the live shows in that period were professionally recorded. Although many fans were uncomfortable with Bob's change of direction, his singing on the albums and in live performances was amongst his most passionate, and I look forward to this release, possibly in 2017.

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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 1966" set will be added 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: 05 May, 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).


No rarities for 2017 have yet been reported. Bob did not perform live in 1967, but John Wesley Harding, released in Jan 1968, was recorded in Columbia Studios, Nashville, TN, in Oct-Nov 1967. It is therefore possible that there will be a 50th Anniversary Collection 1967 with the album sessions. All the surviving 1967 Basement Tapes recordings in Woodstock with The Band were released in 2014 as The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - Bob Dylan And The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete.


Promotional/Regular Items for 2017



Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo albums and singles for 2017 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.


Triplicate (2017)


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