"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

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This page is at the moment still a work in progress! Its purpose is to include country-specific information that would otherwise have to be repeated on many album and singles pages, and also highlight unusual country releases such as for Algeria and Angola, where only one Dylan release has so far been identified. Countries like the USA, Canada, the UK and many European countries have released every Dylan album, so for those countries I shall just list exclusive releases. The number of countries where Sony Music manufacture albums is now greatly reduced, for example all European CDs are sourced from Austria, not pressed locally anymore.


NORTH AMERICA


USA


Original US Columbia with "Magic Notes" logo
Manuel García Jara says: "In the beginning there was only one Columbia: the US Columbia Records. Its logo was the "Magic Notes" logo - labels like this, with "Viva-Tonal", were used again for recent records by Bob. In 1931, the British Columbia Graphophone Company (itself originally a subsidiary of American Columbia Records, then to become independent, actually went on to purchase its former parent, American Columbia, in late 1929) merged with the Gramophone Company to form Electric & Musical Industries Ltd. (EMI). EMI was forced to sell its American Columbia operations, because of anti-trust concerns. After this date there were two Columbias: one the UK Columbia with the original "Magic Notes" logo, property of EMI; and the US Columbia with a new logo, the "walking eye" (see below); the US Columbia then created CBS for records published outside the USA and Canada." As Manuel says below, this became even more complicated in the late 1950s when RCA bought Discos Columbia S.A. of San Sebastian in Spain from EMI. This third Columbia remained separate after 1991 when Sony Music bought the Columbia name from EMI, so Sony had to release records in Spain using the CBS/Sony name in the 1990s. Sony Music bought the rights to the Spanish Columbia name from BMG (successors to RCA) in 1996-97.
1960s UK Columbia with "Magic Notes" logo

Discos Columbia S.A., Spain

1990s Worldwide Columbia with "Magic Notes" logo

Matrix Numbers:

Gerd Rundel found the following information re Columbia US first pressings at the Analog Planet web-site from former Columbia engineer Phil Brown: "Columbia Records would often cut six (or more) lacquers at the same time for high demand records. Multiple lacquers would be cut and sent to various pressing plants so that they could have more than one plant pressing the records at the same time. Columbia used XSM, MAL, XLP, and consecutive numbers for each side, or PAL and PBL prefixes for sides 1 and 2 of their albums. The coding of the lacquers with letters allowed the lacquers to be assigned to different pressing plants. A and B suffixes for the Santa Maria, CA, pressing plant, C and D for Terra Haute, IN, and E and F for Pitman, NJ. Six (or more) sets of lacquers were usually cut for any big-name artist, so the very first mastering would be 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, and 1F. This changed over the years (pressing plants opened or closed), so A and E lacquers were known to be sent to the Terra Haute, IN, pressing plant, B and D lacquers to the Pitman, NJ, pressing plant, C lacquers were sent to the Santa Maria, CA, pressing plant, and G and H were sent to the Carrollton, GA, plant. Thus a record with a 1A in the matrix could easily have been pressed at the same time as a record with a 1H in the matrix. They were just pressed at different pressing plants. Letters M and N were brought into use in the 1980s."

Sleeve Construction:

US and Canadian album sleeves (called "Jackets" in the USA) were usually much heavier than European sleeves because they were made of thick buff card with the album artwork printed on a white sheet of paper called a slick and pasted on to the sleeve. Re US and Canadian mono and stereo vinyl releases, Robert Kornovich says "I was recently looking through my collection of Dylan records from the 1960s, specifically US and Canadian pressings, and noticed that the front sleeve slicks are exactly the same for the stereo and mono pressings. It appears that when pasting on a stereo cover slick, they made sure that the stereo markings at the very top are visible on the front by wrapping the excess at the bottom of the slick around to the back of the cover. For the mono album they pasted the slick so that the very top with the stereo markings wraps around to the other side of the cover and is eventually covered up when the back slick is pasted on.

I had a few mono copies of Freewheelin' and Highway 61 Revisited that are in rather poor shape, so I peeled the slicks off of the back to confirm that the stereo markings are there, wrapped around to the other side. Some of my better mono copies have the stereo markings slightly visible through the back slick. This appears to be the case for all albums prior to Blonde On Blonde, and was no longer the case for any pressings done after the early 1970s."

Columbia US Catalogue number prefixes:

AS - 12" promotional issue (1975-1984)
ASQ - quadraphonic promotional issue
C [with barcode on cover] - $5.98 list price (1983 onwards)
CS - 1962 to early 1970s
FC - $8.98 list price (1978-1989)

HC - Columbia Records Master Sound issue (1981-1982)
JC - $7.98 list price (1973-1982), $8.98 list price (1983-?)
KCS - early to mid 1970s
OC - $10.98 list price (1986-1989)

PC [with no barcode on cover] - $6.98 list price (1973-1980)
PC [with barcode on cover] - $5.98 list price (1980-1989)
PCQ - quadraphonic issue
QC - $8.98 list price (1983-1986)
TC - $8.98 (1981-1983) later used for cassettes

Printer and label identification:


Imperial Paper, Brooklyn, NY ("2")

Thanks to Tim Norford for information about the numbers printed at bottom right of the rear sleeves of 1960s Columbia US albums. Tim says: "If you have Bruce Spizer's book on Beatles' Capitol albums, you will notice that they used different printers and sleeve fabricators to produce original-issue LP covers (later eliminated by the 1970s). (LP sleeves were usually called "jackets" in the USA.)


Imperial Packing, Indianapolis, IN ("4")


Imperial Paper, Brooklyn, NY ("6")


Modern Album, Terre Haute, IN ("8")

Modern Album, Terre Haute, IN ("1")


Modern Album, Terre Haute, IN ("3")


Modern Album, Terre Haute, IN ("5")


Modern Album, Terre Haute, IN ("7")


Columbia, Pitman, NJ (heart)


Columbia, Santa Maria, CA (thin "S")

Columbia, Santa Maria, CA (blocky "S")


Columbia, Terre Haute, IN ("A")

Based on the Spizer book, then:

"2" indicated that the jacket was fabricated by Imperial Paper Box Corp. of Brooklyn, NY;
"4" indicated that Imperial Packing Co., Inc. of Indianapolis, IN, fabricated that particular sleeve, and
"8" was by Modern Album Finishing Co., probably at Terre Haute, IN. (Modern Album also had record jacket fabricating plants in New York, Los Angeles, CA, Newark, NJ, and Nashville, TN.)

In cases of reissues, Columbia would substitute their own pressing plant symbols for the various numbers from the different sleeve fabricators they used in the past. Imperial Paper sleeves were even-numbered (2, 4, 6, 8) whilst Modern Album-fabricated sleeves were odd numbered (1, 3, 5, 7, 9).

By the late 1960s Columbia began fabricating their own sleeves, with a heart symbol for Pitman, NJ; "A" for Terre Haute; "S" (whether straight or big blocky bold) for Santa Maria, CA." (Some 1970s sleeves also have what looks like a "B", I do not yet know where these were made. If it's actually an "8", they're renumbered sleeves originally printed by Imperial Paper.)

Label styles:


Terre Haute, IN
These are the four Columbia US "6 eye" record label variants for Bob Dylan with sources identified by the Spizer book.


Bridgeport, CT


Bridgeport, CT (pressed in Pitman, NJ)


Hollywood, CA (with Bert-Co typesetting)

CD information:

The "DIDP" number (Digital Identification Popular) is a code used by Sony DADC (Digital Audio Disc Corporation) on CDs pressed in Terre Haute, IN, or one of their other CD plants in the USA, from 1983 onwards (Classical CDs had "DIDC"). If it's not present on a US Columbia CD, that probably means that it was either manufactured by Sony in Japan, or at another US CD pressing plant under contract from Columbia.

Columbia Record Club (USA):


Columbia Record Club 1960s ad, scan by Manuel García Jara


Columbia Record Club 1964 sample, outside scan by Manuel García Jara


Columbia Record Club 1964 sample, inside scan by Manuel García Jara


Columbia Record Club DS 78 (USA) - box front scan by Manuel García Jara (mono and stereo)
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Columbia Record Club D 81 (USA) - front photo by Ulf Gyllenspetz (mono)

Columbia Record Club DS 81 (USA) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (stereo)

Columbia Record Club D 155 (USA) - front scan by Hans Seegers (mono)

Columbia Record Club DS 155 (USA) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (stereo)

Columbia Record Club DS 233 (Canada) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (stereo)

Columbia AS 31 (USA) - front of booklet, scan by Hans Seegers

Manuel García Jara says: "Columbia Record Club was formed in Aug 1955 by Columbia Records as an experiment to market music directly by mail, spurring sales to rural consumers. This club offered to subscribers standard and exclusive releases in LP and in 7" formats. LPs often had picture sleeves but sometimes they came in generic sleeves. Labels had different designs through the years. Some of them include Dylan tracks (e.g. 80 Biggest Hits By The Stars Who Made Them Famous, Disco Teen '65 or Disco Teen '66). From 1968, LPs of  Columbia Record Club had a new design with the text "A Columbia Musical Treasury", but there were no albums with Dylan tracks.

Until 1965, singles and EPs released by this club were exclusive records, very collectable and beautifully packed: see scans of a 2-EP set released in 1964 with the text "Columbia Record Club - Terre Haute, Indiana". In the period 1965-1966, were released also commercial standard items, but they had exclusive sleeves with the text "Another great single from the Columbia Record Club". Apart from "Like A Rolling Stone", I've got also editions of "Positively 4th Street" and "Rainy Day Women" with these sleeves. From 1967 until 1974, Columbia Record Club released again only exclusive singles & EPs; from 1967 until 1971, in the "The Super Set" series with no Dylan contents, and from 1972 until 1974, in the "Playback" series including inserts with a feedback system. There were two variants of sleeves and design of record labels: in 1972, the sleeve has seven occurrences of "Playback" on front and seven or six on rear, and labels are yellow: there is only one EP with Dylan content; in the period 1973-74 there was a new design of sleeve and of labels."

The growth of the record club lead to the formation of CBS Direct Marketing Services in 1966, under which Columbia Record Club operated until 1971 when CBS Direct Marketing Services was renamed Columbia House. Columbia Record Club continued to operate as a branch of Columbia House until gradually being phased out, and by the late 1970s was completely absorbed into Columbia House and ceased to exist.

US Pressing Plant Codes:

Pressing plant codes used for Warner, Elektra, Atlantic and Asylum records:

AR: Allied Record Company. Los Angeles, California
BW: Bestway Plastics. Mountainside, New Jersey
CP: Columbia Records. Pitman. New Jersey
CSM: Columbia Records. Santa María, California
CT or CTH: Columbia Records. Terre Haute, Indiana
LY: Shelly Products. Huntington Station, New York
MO or MON: Monarch Records. Los Angeles, California
PL: Plastic Products. Memphis, Tennessee
PR: Presswell Records Company. Ancora, New Jersey
RCAH
: RCA Records. Hollywood, California
RCAI: RCA Records. Indianapolis, Indiana
RI: Philips Recording Co. Richmond, Indiana
SP: Specialty Records Corp. Olyphant, Pennsylvania.

 


CANADA before 1965                     CANADA after 1965

Columbia Records of Canada opened a pressing plant at Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario, in 1971, which operated until 1988. This means all Dylan records sold in Canada before 1971 were pressed in the USA, and have "PRINTED IN CAN." at the bottom of the record labels, which can only refer to the labels themselves. The blank records must have been imported into Canada and then have had the Canadian labels affixed. Most Canadian sleeves usually are identical to US sleeves apart from having "LITHO IN CANADA" on the front or spine, and "PRINTED IN U.S.A." is missing on the rear sleeve. Other Canadian sleeves have the printer name of Shorepak Canada.

Columbia Records of Canada Ltd. was renamed CBS Records Canada Ltd. in late 1976. This is reflected in the different text on Columbia album sleeves and record labels. Hard Rain was released by Columbia Records of Canada in Sep 1976, so Street-Legal must be the first Canadian Dylan album to be released by CBS Records Canada Ltd.


Columbia CS 8579 (Canada) - 1962 release, detail of Side 1 scan by Arie de Reus ("PRINTED IN CAN.")


Columbia KG 31120 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Robert Kornovich (1971 release - "COLUMBIA RECORDS OF CANADA LTD.")


Columbia PG 31120 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (mid-1970s release - "CBS RECORDS CANADA LTD.")

 


Columbia KCS 9604 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (1980s release - "DISTRIBUTED BY CBS MUSIC INC.")

 


Columbia PG 31120 (Canada) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (early 1970s release - "COLUMBIA RECORDS OF CANADA LTD.", Don Mills address)


Columbia PG 31120 (Canada) - detail of rear, scan by Lars M. Banke (mid-1970s release - "CBS RECORDS CANADA LTD.", Don Mills address)


EUROPE

"LC|0149" was a Label Code issued by the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) from the mid-1970s and represented CBS Records. "LC|0162", used after 1991, represents Columbia Records.


UK

UK sleeves were usually made of designs printed on white card (thinner than the buff card used for North American sleeves). They came in four different designs:

Three rear folded-over flaps: the rear sleeve was a separate piece of card (usually not laminated while the front would be laminated); the front sleeve had three flaps which were folded over the rear and glued down. This is the earliest design.

Two rear folded-over flaps: the front and rear sleeve were the same piece of folded card with two flaps on the front that folded over the rear at top and bottom and were glued down. If the front was laminated and the back not, the line on the back where the lamination ended could look like a third flap.

Three rear folded-under flaps: the rear sleeve was a separate piece of card (again usually not laminated while the front would be laminated); the front sleeve had three flaps which were this time folded over and the rear sleeve was glued to it. I have only one example of this.

Two rear folded-under flaps:  the front and rear sleeve were again the same piece of folded card with two folded-under flaps on the rear at top and bottom. This is the latest design used until vinyl was mostly phased out in the 1990s, and again today in the vinyl revival.

Manuel García Jara says: "Before 1962 Columbia records from the USA were released in the UK by Philips (who later became PolyGram, and are now part of Universal) on either the Philips or Fontana labels. CBS records were pressed by Philips from their launch as a separate label in 1962 and CBS didn't own pressing facilities until they bought Oriole Records in 1964. Oriole had its own pressing plants at Aston Clinton and Colnbrook*, kept busy by the weekly Embassy titles for Woolworths, well over half their output. Oriole had also released American Columbia hits in the UK in the early 1960s. The pressing plants made the company an attractive proposition, and US giant CBS was seeking its own pressing facility instead of relying on its partnership with Philips. Oriole came to an end in September 1964 when the company was bought up by CBS on 21 Sep 1964 and most of the catalogue ceased, but Oriole singles continued to be issued until November 1965. Oriole LPs were thicker than average, and all the early Motown LPs in Britain were on Oriole-American and collectability is enhanced by the heavy vinyl. CBS continued with both the Oriole Embassy and Realm labels for some years. CBS records were released in the UK up to 1991, when they became Columbia. Up until this time the UK Columbia record label was part of EMI, with no link to the US Columbia label, as it was everywhere in the world except North America." Ronald Born adds: "There's an easy way to identify Philips-made CBS LPs. The inner pressing ring is deeper and about 22mm while CBS pressings have a ring of about 32mm. Probably all Philips pressings have this upside down triangle as a part of the matrix numbers. Another Side of Bob Dylan was the last UK CBS LP (of any artist, not just Dylan) made by Philips first." Philips pressings exist for both Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited, but these were made to meet extra demand, not pressed by Philips first.

*Although Wikipedia and several other sources say that Oriole had a pressing plant at Colnbrook, other sources say that the Oriole premises there were just a distribution warehouse, with possibly some recording and editing facilities, but not a pressing plant.

Because of the huge variations in record labels from 1962 to the 1990s, the UK may be the most prolific country for Dylan releases, even including the USA with its much larger number of processing plants. For a detailed discussion of Dylan UK record label designs, see CBS UK Record Labels.

The CBS Records London address was 28/30 Theobalds Road, London WC1, between 1967 and 1973. Sleeves before 1967 didn't have a postal address. Between 1973 and 1975 the address was CBS Records, 17/18 Soho Square, London W1B 5PD. Between 1975 and 1983 the address was CBS Records, 17/19 Soho Square, London W1V 6HE.

CBS catalogue number prefixes:

40- stereo cassette releases
42- stereo 8-track tape cartridge releases
CQ  SQ Quadraphonic releases
CAQ Q8 Quadraphonic 8-track tape cartridge releases

CBS UK LP Inner Sleeves


CBS UK inner sleeve front, early 1970s - scan by Ronald Born
Original CBS UK LP inner sleeves are very interesting to collectors and can help date a release. Examples of the various designs will be shown here.
CBS UK inner sleeve rear, early 1970s - scan by Ronald Born


IRELAND

7" & 12" Singles

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CBS 4219 (Ireland) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1969)

The CBS singles were released in Ireland from 1969-71 and then in 1978 and 1985. The 1973 Parlophone B-side from George Harrison may have Bob playing harmonica. The Island single is the only Irish 7" single so far listed from that record label.

The 2001 Columbia promo CD single was also exclusive to Ireland.


CBS 4434 (Ireland) - A-side scan by Éamonn Ó Catháin (1969)


CBS 4611 (Ireland) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1969)

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CBS S 5122 (Ireland) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1970)


CBS S 7092 (Ireland) - A-side scan by Éamonn Ó Catháin (1970)


CBS 7329 (Ireland) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1971)


CBS S 7688 (Ireland) - A-side scan by Ronald Born (1971)


Parlophone R 5988 (Ireland) - B-side scan by Éamonn Ó Catháin (1973)


Island WIP 6188 (Ireland) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (1974)

S CBS 6499 (Ireland) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1978)


S CBS 12 6718 (Ireland) - 12" single A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (1978)


CBS CBS USAID 1 (Ireland) - 7" single A-side, scan by Manuel García Jara (1985)

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Columbia BD001 (Ireland) - promo CD single scan by John Caruth (2001)

Regular Dylan Albums:


CBS S BPG 62193 (Ireland) - Side 1 photo from eBay

Planet Waves from 1974 is the only Irish Island album. From the late 1970s to the late 1980s CBS Dylan albums were released in Ireland in UK sleeves (not shown) with the records manufactured in Ireland.


S CBS 32021 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers


S CBS 32034 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS S BPG 62515 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (1970s)


CBS 32344 (Ireland) - Side 1 photo from eBay (1980s)


CBS S 62572 (Ireland) - Side 1 photo by Éamonn Ó Catháin


CBS SDDP 66012 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1975 release)


CBS 22130 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (early 1980s)


CBS SBPG 62847 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers


CBS SBPG 63252 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS S 63601 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Arie de Reus (with "Country" missing from track 1 title)


CBS S 67239 (Ireland) Side 1 scan by Éamonn Ó Catháin


CBS 32098 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS S 69049 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


Island ILPS 9261 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1974)


CBS 32154 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1982)


CBS 22137 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke


CBS 69097 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by
Éamonn Ó Catháin (first release)


CBS S 69097 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (second release)


CBS 88147 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Éamonn Ó Catháin


CBS 86003 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 86016 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke


CBS S 86067 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (variant 1A)


CBS S 86067 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (variant 1B)


CBS S 86067 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (variant 2A)

CBS S 86067 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (variant 2B)

CBS 96004 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 86113 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers


CBS 85178 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Éamonn Ó Catháin

CBS 25539 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1983)

CBS 460727 1 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (late 1980s)


CBS 86313 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 86326 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS 460267 1 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (1988)

CBS 465800 1 (Ireland) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1989)

All the 1960s and early 1970s albums shown here are therefore re-releases. Albums with catalogue numbers CBS 32xxx date from after 1982. All the record labels have "Record mfd. in Ireland" below the song titles, but some have earlier variants that still have "MADE IN ENGLAND" at the bottom of the labels.

The Irish release of Nashville Skyline, CBS S 63601, probably from the late 1970s, just has "Girl Of The North" on the Side 1 label, omitting "Country"!

Other Albums


Columbia 5147732 (Ireland) - front of set with sticker (2003) (my copy)
These two compilations and the promo CD were also exclusive to Ireland.
EMI Music Ireland CDWOS 01 (Ireland) - front scan by Hans Seegers (2006)

Promo CD front scan by Éamonn Ó Catháin (2008)


GERMAN FEDERAL REPUBLIC - WEST GERMANY (1949-1990)/GERMANY (1990 onwards)


CBS SBPG 62022 (UK) - detail of front of 1965 release with German sticker, photo by Stefan Hollstein
CBS Germany began to press Dylan albums in 1965, Bringing It All Back Home was the first one. To make sure that all Dylan albums were available in Germany, CBS imported copies of the first four albums from the UK with the sticker "STEREO auch mono abspielbar [STEREO also playable in mono]". Because German record companies stopped releasing mono LPs around mid-1964, CBS released only the Dylan stereo albums, with the same sticker. To keep up with that, the imported UK albums had to carry such a sticker as well. Similar stickers can be found on many LPs released by German companies throughout 1965-1966.

The last West German CBS vinyl release was New Morning in 1970, although Asylum Records issued German releases of Planet Waves and Before The Flood in 1974. After 1970 all CBS releases sold in Germany, even those intended exclusively for the German market, were imported from Holland.


GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC - EAST GERMANY (1949-90)

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Amiga Phonoclub 8 40 040 (East Germany) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1967)
These albums came from the Amiga pressing plant in Potsdam-Babelsberg (East Berlin) in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany). DDRGH1Front.jpg (18894 bytes)
Amiga 8 55 680 (East Germany) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1980)


Amiga 055 680 (East Germany) - cassette insert scan by Manuel García Jara (1980)


CBS 96004 (East Germany) - front scan by Patrick Helfrich


Amiga 0 55 928 (East Germany) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Ronald Born (mid 1980s)

The East German Intershop "hard currency" shops also sold Amiga-pressed releases of Bob Dylan At Budokan in Dutch sleeves but with record labels stating "MADE IN GERMANY". Infidels, Down In The Groove and Dylan And The Dead were also released in Dutch sleeves with East German pressed records, but the labels misleadingly say "MADE IN HOLLAND".


THE NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND)

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CBS S 62515 (NL) - front scan by Hans Seegers (stereo)
The first Dylan album to be released in Holland, Bringing It All Back Home was released in both stereo and mono with the alternative title of what must have been considered at the time to be its most marketable track, Subterranean Homesick Blues. The album was also released under this title in West Germany and Portugal.

The first release of the album came in a open sleeve (plain white on the inside), which was folded into a clear hard plastic cover, approx 1cm (0.4") smaller than a standard 12" LP sleeve. The front is folded-over the back on three sides. (These covers were standard in Holland until 1966 for all CBS artists.)

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CBS 62515 (NL) - front scan by Hans Seegers (mono)

Blonde On Blonde was released in Holland as two separate LPs in stereo, and then no Dylan LPs were released there until 1967, when all the Dylan LPs from Bob Dylan onwards were released together in stereo. After John Wesley Harding in 1968, the twelve track UK version of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits was released in Holland in 1969. After that Dutch vinyl releases were virtually the same as the UK until the early 1990s. Today all European Columbia/Sony Music vinyl releases are sourced from Holland.


FRANCE

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CBS 62 193 (France) - front scan by Hans Seegers
In 1965 and 1966 CBS France released five mono Dylan LPs, Bob Dylan and Another Side Of Bob Dylan were omitted. After that CBS albums sold in France were sourced from Holland, although these French mono albums continued to be released into the 1970s in a surprising number of variants, with sleeves from several different French printers. Three of the albums had gatefold sleeves, with the English lyrics and French commentaries.

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CBS 62 193 (France) - rear scan by Hans Seegers

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CBS 62 251 (France) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Hans Seegers (all releases)

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CBS 62 251 (France) - rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Hans Seegers - note the anachronistic 1965 photo with electric guitar!


CBS 62515 (France) - front scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 62515 (France) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 62515 (France) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS 62.572 (France) - front scan by Hans Seegers
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CBS 66012 (France) - outside of gatefold sleeve - scan by Chris Hirte

CBS 62.572 (France) - rear scan by Hans Seegers

CBS 62.572 (France) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Lars M. Banke
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CBS 66012 (France) - inside gatefold sleeve scan by Chris Hirte

Although it has the regular outside gatefold sleeve, the French Blonde On Blonde has a new inside without any of the usual photos. All the other rear sleeves are different from the usual worldwide rear sleeves.


ITALY


CBS 62251 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Andrea Brillo (first 1966 release)

Italy continued releasing mono albums until as late as 1978, long after other countries had stopped releasing them. For this reason, Italian mono albums can be found with the new style orange/yellow record labels. All four scans are from Italian mono releases of The Times They Are A-Changin'.


CBS 62251 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 release)


CBS 62251 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1975 release - "CBS SUGAR")


CBS 62251 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Marco S from Italy (1978 release - "SUGAR" missing but text not realigned)

The 1960s albums were made in Italy by CBS Italiana S.p.A. and distributed by Messaggerie Musicali, Milan. The sleeves were printed in Italy by Stampa Reparto Grafico C.G.D. CBS Italiana S.p.A was actually a subsidiary of Compagnia Generale Del Disco (C.G.D.), an Italian record company active between 1948 and 1988 founded by Teddy Reno, and acquired in 1959 by Sugar Music. In 1966 Sugar had a deal with CBS to distribute its catalogue in the Italian market, becoming CBS Sugar in 1970, which lasted until 1977. Dylan Italian albums in the early 1970s were released by CBS Sugar, but by the late 1970s CBS had stopped using the Sugar name, even though "MADE IN ITALY BY CBS" on the record labels was still aligned as if "SUGAR" were present. Manuel García Jara says: CBS stopped releasing vinyl albums in Italy in the early 1980s, Real Live was probably the last Dylan vinyl album to be released in Italy. For this reason, Italian albums of the late 1980s with red CBS labels are very scarce and they were published only as parts of series, for example Blood On The Tracks from the series "Il Rock" (1988).


SPAIN

Although there are many variants of the Spanish language in every Spanish speaking country, the conventional spelling system of the language is identical for all these countries, ruled by the Academies of the Spanish Language present in all those countries, from Mexico to the Philippines. Some translations of Dylan song titles into Spanish, especially in Latin American countries, are very eccentric!

Manuel García Jara says: "Apart from Columbia Records in the USA and Canada, and EMI-owned Columbia Records in most of the rest of the world, there was a third Columbia Records in Spain. The Spanish subsidiary of Columbia was Fábrica de Discos Columbia or just Discos Columbia. It was established here in 1935 in San Sebastián (Spanish Basque Country). Until the late 1950s it was the property of EMI, but then it was bought by RCA. In the early 1960s, RCA was the most important record company in Spain: apart from records released by RCA itself, it was the manufacturer and distributor of several companies like Warner, Decca, Deram, Roulette... This group had its own pressing plant, Fonogram, in Alcorcón (Madrid). Some Dylan records of Discophon-CBS and all Dylan albums of 1970 released by CBS itself were made in this pressing plant. In late 1970, Fonogram changed its name to COFASA (Columbia Fonogram Asociadas Sociedad Anónima). Many Dylan albums of the period 1971-72 were made there, but it's important to know that Fonogram and COFASA were different names of the same pressing plant. Although Discos Columbia was a different company from the UK Columbia, property of EMI, this Spanish label continued using not only the name "Columbia", but also the "magic note" logo! It was a source of legal disputes between EMI and RCA Spain, the owner of Discos Columbia. Discos Columbia S.A. of San Sebastian was an important record company in Spain: its biggest hit was the single "Black Is Black" of the Spanish band Los Bravos (The Braves), sung in English and recorded in UK (Jimmy Page, before Led Zeppelin, played guitar). In 1966 this single was #1 in many European countries and #2 in UK  and in USA (released in both countries by Decca). Discos Columbia was active in Spain until 1993 and, to avoid problems, it was the reason why in Spain Dylan albums were released in the 90s by CBS/Sony, not by Columbia as in the rest of the world."

Manuel adds: "Next Christmas will be published in Spain a very interesting book titled "Historia de la música grabada en España" (History of Recorded Music In Spain). I received today an advance copy, because of a lot of records shown in this book were taken from my father's collection. I tried to translate some comments which could be interesting for your site:

About CBS-Spain:
"In the period 1970-76, the way of thinking of this company was "Spain is a limited market because of the economy, so the editions must be also limited". This way of thinking became into a peculiar way of working: each album was released again and again in a small quantity of copies (500 to 3000) instead of important editions (more than 10.000) as other companies did (EMI, Warner...) So, each CBS album of this period (with the address Calle Princesa) is a treasure for collectors".

Manuel adds: "You can find three different CBS addresses on Spanish records: "Calle Princesa 1, Madrid-13" (from the establishment of CBS here in January of 1970 until March of 1976), "Avenida del Generalísimo 25, Madrid-16" (from March of 1976 until November of 1980) and "Paseo de la Castellana 93, Madrid-16" (from November of 1980 until the end of CBS in Spain, mid 1990s). The last address later changed from "Madrid-16" to "28046-Madrid after a postcode change). However, CBS only changed its address once, not twice! After the Spanish Civil War, many places lost their original names "in honour of" Franco and his generals: there were everywhere (from big cities to small villages) streets, squares, avenues, colleges, hospitals... with his name and all its variants (Caudillo or Generalísimo). The Paseo de la Castellana (north of Madrid) was one of the most important and longest avenues of Madrid: part of this avenue retained its original name, but another part lost it in 1930 and the name was changed to Avenida del Generalísimo. When CBS moved to brand new offices in 1976, they were in Avenida del Generalísimo. However, after Franco died, many places returned to their original names: so, the third CBS address of "Paseo de la Castellana!" does not mean a change of location, only a change of name of the same street!"

About Dylan records:
"CBS-Spain did an important effort publishing in this period all his 19 albums (from Bob Dylan to Hard Rain), and most of them were reissued an half-dozen of times. The rarest albums of this period are the first copies (with orange labels) of Blood On The Tracks and The Basement Tapes of which only 100 copies were issued".

These Spanish records (with "Made in Spain" instead of "Fabricado en España", with Dutch sleeve and without SGAE logo) are a mystery to me. I always though that records like this were made in Holland for the Spanish market, but I have got now some doubts. I am not absolutely sure but I suspect these records never were sold in Spain. Last July I was on the International Record Fair of Madrid and I met some other Dylan Spanish collectors. Obviously, we have talk about Dylan records and nobody has seen records "Made In Spain" anywhere in Spain. They always found their copies on EBay and, curiously, sellers always were from Holland or Germany. My father bought this copy of Blonde On Blonde as new record, not used (an important detail), in Rotterdam (Holland) in September of 1972. He bought all his records "Made in Spain" in different locations of Holland, except a copy of The Basement Tapes, in an UK sleeve, bought in Leeds in 1976. I know a CBS commercial agent and to create more confusion he says these records were pressed in Spain (a proof: look the mistake "Bob Dylan con Johnny Cash" on Nashville Skyline labels) and jacketed in Holland to be sold out of Spain. He added that selling records in Spain without SGAE logo was forbidden by Spanish laws for Protection of Artistic Ownership. (Dylan records released by Discophon on the 60s have not SGAE logo because CBS was still not established in Spain.) CBS released five Dylan albums in Spain in 1970, in this order: 1- Greatest Hits, 2- Nashville Skyline, 3- Self Portrait, 4- John Wesley Harding & 5- New Morning. Albums #1, 2 & 3 were made by Fonogram; #4 & 5 by COFASA.

Manuel adds: "The first Spanish editions of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait were made by Fonogram, but the original editions of the rest of the albums, from Bob Dylan to Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits. Vol. II,  were made by COFASA. According to J.B. Heinink, who worked at CBS at this time, the COFASA editions are the rarest and the best copies ever made in Spain: good pressing and excellent quality of sound: in the manufacturing process were used original matrices sent directly by Columbia from the USA.

 

The last Dylan album published by CBS itself in Spain was Under The Red Sky (1990). In 1991 CBS Spain became CBS/Sony and after early 1994 this company no longer manufactured vinyl.  Records with red CBS/Sony labels are rare: they were made in limited quantities because most of people preferred to buy CDs. In this period (1991-1994) only four Dylan new albums were published by this company: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3 (1991), Good As I Been To You (1992), The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (1993) and World Gone Wrong (1993). However, CBS/Sony also reissued all the previous Dylan albums from Bob Dylan to Under The Red Sky, except Biograph but including Planet Waves and Before The Flood. So, there are 40 Dylan Spanish albums with red CBS/Sony labels... plus two or even three different variants of several albums (black/white logo, sleeve variants)."

 


Book cover scan by Manuel García Jara

Manuel further adds: "As I told you, many Dylan albums were not released in the 60s in Spain for several reasons, but not for reasons of censorship. When CBS was established in Spain in 1970 and tried to release all those records, then there were problems with some tracks, but finally all albums were published while "The Generalísimo" was still alive. I have read an interesting and just published book titled  "Veneno en dosis camufladas. La censura en los discos de pop-rock durante el franquismo" ("Poison in camouflaged doses. Censorship in pop-rock albums under Franco's regime") by Xavier Valiño, ed. Milenio). At last, came to light interesting documents, very important to know the history of Dylan discography in Spain. A record could be censored for four reasons: politic, religion, sex or drugs. Many albums never were published in Spain for these reasons. Others had to be modified, e.g. Sticky Fingers by the Rolling Stones: the cover was censored as obscene and the song "Sister Morphine" for reasons of drugs; the Spanish edition has a different cover and includes two unreleased tracks instead of "Sister Morphine"; obviously, this issue is wanted by collectors around the world."

These are the Dylan albums that had problems with the censorship:

John Wesley Harding (Discophon edition, 1968) . All tracks were authorized, but "The Three Kings" text was censored as "obscene" (!). The Spanish rear of this rare mono edition has a biographical text written by Juan B. Heinink instead of the original text. Surprisingly, two years later the censorship authorised the original text and this album was reissued in 1970 with the "Three Kings".
 


Letter from Discos CBS Spain, 13 Dec 1971, re The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, scan by Manuel García Jara

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1971): All tracks were authorised except "Masters Of War". Censors said this song was "subversive and violent". CBS argued in its defence (13 Dec 1971) that "Masters Of War" was "a song against war but not against morals or religion". The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan was authorised and this album was released in the last days of 1971.


Letter from Spanish Ministry of Information to Discos CBS Spain, 8 Nov 1971, re Blonde On Blonde, scan by Manuel García Jara

Blonde On Blonde (1971): The story behind this album is well documented by Juan B. Heinink, but we can see now the original documents. The censorship denied the publication of six tracks (8 Nov 1971): Just Like A Woman (see scan with the text "Denegado [Denied]" stamped over the lyrics); Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat ("obscene"), I Want You, Obviously Five Believers, Temporary Like Achilles ("possible homosexuality") and 4th Time Around ("immoral"). Surprisingly, Just Like A Woman and I Want You had already been released for almost two years, included on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits. CBS Spain replied on 17 Nov 1971, giving two reasons why the album should be released: the first is because of economy "we have 1000 double albums ready to sale and to destroy those albums would be an important loss to our company"; but the second reason is amazing: Bob Dylan "is an obscure lyricist, who writes in American slang, very difficult to understand even for Spanish people who speak English correctly. His songs are composed without any structure and they are just meaningless ideas"(!!!). Blonde On Blonde was eventually authorised and released in 1972.


Lyrics of Just Like A Woman with "DENEGADO [DENIED]" Spanish censor stamp, scan by Manuel García Jara

Letter from Discos CBS Spain, 17 Nov 1971, re Blonde On Blonde, scan by Manuel García Jara

Letter from Discos CBS Spain, 30 Nov 1973, re Another Side Of Bob Dylan, scan by Manuel García Jara

Another Side Of Bob Dylan (1973): All tracks were authorised except "Chimes Of Freedom" because of the words "the mistitled prostitute". CBS replied again in the same terms of Blonde On Blonde and this album was released with some delay.

Dylan (1973): This time the reason was political. The colours of the sleeve (red-yellow-violet) were identical to the Spanish Republican flag. This flag was forbidden after the Spanish Civil War. CBS replied that this sleeve was the same in the worldwide.


Dylan (1973) and the 1930s Spanish Republican flag, scan by Manuel García Jara

Albums made by CBS Spain for the Dutch market:

Manuel explains the mystery of records dating from 1973 with "MADE IN SPAIN" and "STEMRA" on the record labels, but with a sleeve printed in Holland.

This is the Spanish version of the compilation The Music People, released in several countries in 1972. Other compilations of the same name included The Grand Coulee Dam by Bob Dylan and The Band from 1968, but it's missing from this promo single LP. It has a gatefold sleeve without text that looks like it has a cut-out centre, but it's printed, part of the artwork.

The most noticeable feature is the text printed on the inner gatefold; it says in big letters that this album was published to celebrate two facts: the third anniversary of CBS in Spain and the opening of the pressing plant of CBS in Alcorcón, near to Madrid; this pressing plant was at the time the most advanced pressing plant of CBS in Europe with a capacity of 6 million records per year. This pressing plant was opened by Peter de Rougemont (CBS International vice president in charge of European operations) and Max Wyngaard (director for Spain, Switzerland and Austria). Peter de Rougemont says in this text that the Spanish pressing plant has capacity for Spain and for export records to Europe "quickly and made of high quality". After this date several records came to Holland with "MADE IN SPAIN" on the labels, with the same typeface as the Spanish record labels but with the "STEMRA" (Dutch copyright organisation) logo.

Examples of these Spanish albums with album titles and song titles in English only, plus "MADE IN SPAIN" instead of "FABRICADO EN ESPAÑA" on the record labels. They all come in Dutch printed sleeves.


CBS S 62022 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1973 release)

Not yet listed: Highway 61 Revisited, New Morning, Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II, Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, Dylan (1973), Blood On The Tracks, Hard Rain and Slow Train Coming. In this time period Planet Waves and Before The Flood were sold in Holland and Spain by Asylum Records, not CBS.


CBS S 62022 (Spain for NL) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1973 release)


CBS S 62193 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (1973 release)


CBS S 62251 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1973 release)


CBS S 62429 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1975 release)

CBS S 62515 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1973-74 release)

CBS S 66012 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1972 release)


CBS S 62847 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1973 release - Greatest Hits title missing)


CBS S 63252 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1973 release)

CBS S 63601 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1972 release variant 1 - Nashville Skyline title missing)

CBS S 63601 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1972 release variant 2 - Nashville Skyline title missing)


CBS S 66250 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke


CBS 86003 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (both releases - title Desire, Spanish title is Deseo)


CBS 86067 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers

CBS 96004 (Spain for NL) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara


PORTUGAL

Apart from regular Portuguese releases, Manuel García Jara has copies of Street-Legal, Slow Train, Saved, Shot Of Love and Infidels made in Spain to be exported to Portugal. Both the sleeves and record labels look the same as the Spanish releases but they have "SPA" (Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores) instead of "SGAE" on the record labels to the right of the centre hole. There is also a version of Bob Dylan At Budokan made in Spain with "SPA" on the record labels that Manuel knows about but has not yet tracked down. Although CBS was active in Portugal until the 1990s, the production of albums was decreasing there in the second half of the 1980s: in fact the last Dylan album released in Portugal was Empire Burlesque (1985). Some Dylan records (e.g. More Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits) were reissued after this time, but no new Dylan albums were pressed in Portugal. Dylan albums sold in Portugal in this period were imported from Holland and also from Spain.


GREECE

Manuel García Jara says: "Music Box, the manufacturer and distributor of CBS in Greece, used to release records (especially singles) with some delay because it always waited to see how well records released in other countries, especially in Holland, sold. Then Music Box released singles with two tracks that were both A-sides in Holland, surely to make them more attractive to buyers.

Except for the first Dylan single ever published in Greece in the 1960s (CBS BA 301079 - Subterranean Homesick Blues with the usual B-side, She Belongs To Me), and the last single of the 1960s (CBS BA 301264 - Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You with the usual B-side, Country Pie), Greek Dylan singles of this period always included two tracks originally released in Holland as A-sides. So, you can find:

Like A Rolling Stone/Positively 4th Street (CBS BA 301089)
I Want You /Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (CBS BA 301111)
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat/Just Like A Woman (CBS BA 301119)
I Threw It All Away/Lay Lady Lay (CBS BA 301258)

If a Greek single exists with Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (not yet found), the B-side would be One Of Us Must Know."

SCANDINAVIA

Scandinavian 7” singles were all made at the PolyGram pressing plant in Oslo, Norway, while the sleeves were printed in the individual countries. Danish sleeves are plain white on the reverse and is of the pocket type open at the top. Norwegian sleeves are also of the pocket type, but this time the opening is on the left. The reverses are plain white. In contrast, Swedish sleeves consist of a single sheet folded at the bottom with the same design on both sides once it's folded. As far as I know, no LPs were ever released in Scandinavia, albums were imported from the UK or Holland. However, there are many examples on this site of US and Canadian releases sold there with stickers covering the "Columbia" logos (in Europe as detailed above the Columbia name was owned by EMI in most countries but by RCA in Spain).


DENMARK


NORWAY


SWEDEN


FINLAND


USSR (up to 1991)                      RUSSIAN FEDERATION (after 1991)


CZECHOSLOVAKIA (up to 1992)/CZECH REPUBLIC (after 1992)


SLOVAKIA (after 1992)

I know of no Slovak releases from 1993 onwards.


POLAND


YUGOSLAVIA (up to 1992)


CBS/Suzy Records S 66308 (Yugoslavia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1972)


CBS/Suzy Records S 66308 (Yugoslavia) - front scan by Hanns Peter Bushoff (single LP, 1972)


CBS/Suzy
Records 86003 (Yugoslavia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1972)


CBS/Suzy S 62 694 (Yugoslavia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1982)


CBS/Suzy 62911 (Yugoslavia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1982)


CBS/Suzy 40-62911 (Yugoslavia) - outside of cassette insert scan by Manuel García Jara (1982)

The Concert For Bangla Desh in 1972 was the first album with Dylan content to be released in the former Yugoslavia (although it was the US release, not made in Yugoslavia), and Welcome The Rock People, also 1972, was the first CBS release with Dylan content. Dylan in 1974 was the first Dylan album to be released in Yugoslavia. CBS Yugoslavian releases were made in Yugoslavia by Suzy Records of Zagreb (now Croatia) for CBS Records up to Down In The Groove in 1988. Suzy Records also released Planet Waves and Before The Flood in conjunction with Asylum Records and The Last Waltz by The Band for Warner Bros.

The release sequence of Yugoslav albums is determined by the "ULS" number, the authorisation given by the Government (similar to "Depósito Legal" on Spanish record labels). Dylan from 1974 has "ULS-84", Planet Waves has "ULS-98", Before The Flood has "ULS-141", The Basement Tapes has "ULS-198" and Desire has "ULS-222". For some reason Blood On The Tracks was not released in Yugoslavia.

The records were initially pressed by Jugoton of Zagreb (now Croatia), which was a chain of record stores as well as a record company. Record labels from before 1976 have the logo of the "SAKOJ" Yugoslavian copyright organisation. The artists' organisation "SAKOJ" (Union of Composers of Yugoslavia) became "SOKOJ" (Federation of Organisations of Composers of Yugoslavia) in 1976, which appears on the labels of Dylan releases after that date. Records from the late 1970s were pressed by Helidon of Ljubljana (now Slovenia). Oh Mercy in 1989 and Under The Red Sky in 1990 were made by RTVL of Ljuljana, but these records were again pressed by Jugoton, No Dylan records have been released since 1990 in Yugoslavia or any of the countries which make up the former Yugoslavia.


RTB LP 5642 (Yugoslavia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (first release - no star)
The front sleeves of Yugoslavian LP releases were reprinted with silver or gold stars after the albums achieved "silver" or "gold" sales status. The stars have text "SREBRNA [SILVER]" or "ZLATNA [GOLD]" and are printed, not stickers.
RSO 2394 172/RTB LP 5642 (Yugoslavia) - front scan by Dick Teunis (first late 1970s release - silver star)


RSO 2394 172/RTB LP 5642 (Yugoslavia) - front scan by Ronald Born (second late 1970s release - gold star)


CBS 86067 (Yugoslavia) - front with gold star, scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)


CBS/Suzy Records 86003 (Yugoslavia) - front with silver star, scan by Manuel García Jara (second release)

According to one web-site "silver" meant 25,000 copies sold in Yugoslavia and "gold" meant 50,000 copies, although other sources say "gold" meant only 25.000 copies. The only two Yugoslav Dylan sleeves I have with stars so far are Street-Legal and Desire.


MIDDLE EAST


TURKEY


Warner Bros/Melodi
Plâk 7E-1003 (Turkey) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1974)
From the late 1980s to 2001 Dylan albums were officially released in Turkey in cassette tape format (four are shown, but there must be more).
Melodi Plâk/Warner Bros AS 13005 (Turkey) - A-side in generic sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1974)
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Melodi Plâk/Warner Bros 74603 (Turkey) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1974)

Warner Bros/Melodi Plâk AS 63000 (Turkey) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1974)

CBS/Plaksan 86003 (Turkey) - front scan by Arie de Reus (1976)

CBS 01-465800-10 (Turkey) - cassette front scan by Gerd Rundel (1989)


CBS 467188 4 (Turkey) - cassette front photocopy by Paul Shenton (1990)


Columbia/Legacy 491485-4 (Turkey) - cassette front scan by Dag Braathen (1998)

Columbia 504364 4 (Turkey) - cassette front scan by Dag Braathen (2001)

Sprint Records 67239 (Turkey) - front scan by Michel Pomarede (unofficial)

Max LP. 8013 (Turkey) - front scan by Hans Seegers (unofficial)

However, only three Dylan vinyl LP records were genuine: Planet WavesBefore The Flood (both made by Melodi Plak for Warner Bros under licence from Warner Bros Germany) and Desire, made by Plaksan for CBS, plus two Warner Bros singles. Some other records were released in Turkey in the late 1970s but they are not official releases: Slow Train Coming made by Max, and More Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits as a single album, made by Sprint (an Italian company with branches in Turkey and Spain, specialising in Italian artists, and in legal but not official records of international artists).


IRAN up to 1979                       IRAN after 1979


CBS 40-62847 (Iran) - outside of cassette insert scan by Manuel García Jara
This mid-1970s release, from before the Iranian Revolution in 1979, is the only official Iranian CBS release I have so far. The insert is the same as the 1974 Dutch release with the same catalogue number, while the cassette has Iranian (Farsi) text, and was probably made in Iran. There are several unofficial Iranian releases listed in Questionable Releases, all dating from before 1979.

There have been no Dylan releases in Iran since 1979.


CBS 40-62847 (Iran) - cassette Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara


ISRAEL

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CBS 1.833 (Israel) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1965)
Although most Dylan albums were released in Israel, there were surprisingly only two Dylan 7" singles - Like A Rolling Stone/Gates Of Eden in 1965, and Lay, Lady, Lay/Peggy Day in 1969. The 1965 single did not have a picture sleeve.

Also of interest from Israel is a fake monochrome "promo" sleeve of Desire, with text in Hebrew, see Questionable Recordings. In fact the record was genuine but the sleeve was a fake, produced in Germany in the 1990s. Promo copies issued by CBS in Israel were just the regular albums with promo stickers as shown.


CBS 4434 (Israel) - front with promo stamp, scan by Hans Seegers (1969)


CBS 86003 (Israel) - fake promo sleeve front, scan by Patrick Helfrich


CBS 86003 (Israel) - genuine promo sleeve front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara


 LEBANON


Asylum/SLD 53.1003 (Lebanon) - front scan by Arie de Reus

These albums are incredibly rare - Planet Waves and Before The Flood were the only Lebanese Dylan releases because Columbia/CBS had no pressing plant there. The albums were manufactured in Lebanon by SLD (Société Libanaise du Disque S.A.L.) of Beirut on behalf of Asylum Records.


Asylum AB-201 (Lebanon) - front scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum AB-201 (Lebanon) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers


SAUDI ARABIA


Megastar/Columbia 102701 (Saudi Arabia, 1990s) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

The only Saudi releases I have received so far are compact cassettes. The Footprint and IMD cassettes shown here are unauthorised but were legal in Saudi Arabia, so are listed in Questionable Releases.

The other three stereo cassettes are official releases from Saudi Arabia on the Megastar label and were made by Modern Electronics Establishment, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, licensed by Columbia/Sony Music. They were for sale in GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) countries only - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman. Note the "Megastar" and Arabic text on the leader tape!


Megastar/Sony Music 123601 (Saudi Arabia, 1993) - front of cassette 1, scan by Lars M. Banke


Megastar/Sony Music 185311 (Saudi Arabia, 1995) - front of insert, scan by Tom Willems

Footprint S-3102A (Saudi Arabia, 1978) - cassette insert scan by Dag Braathen (unofficial)

Footprint S 900-A (Saudi Arabia, 1979) - front scan by Tom Willems (unofficial)

IMD-6395 (Saudi Arabia, 1978) - outside of cassette insert, photocopy by Paul Shenton (unofficial)


IMD-7470 (Saudi Arabia, late 1970s) - outside of cassette insert (my copy - unofficial)


Detail of inside of official Megastar cassette inserts, scan by Manuel García Jara


Megastar cassette leader tape scan by Manuel García Jara


INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT


INDIA

Singles:

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"It Ain't Me, Babe" - CBS test pressing (India), 1966 - scan by Hans Seegers (mono)

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"Just Like A Woman" - CBS test pressing (India), 1966 - scan by Hans Seegers (mono)


CBS 4-44826 (India) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (mono)

CBS 4-44926 (India) - A-side scan by Peter Denzler (mono)


CBS 4-44926 (India) - A-side in generic sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 4-44926 (India) - A-side in alternate generic sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara


Columbia 4-45004 (India) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (mono)


CBS 4-45199 (India) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (stereo)


Sleeve used for the 1970 Wigwam single, scan by Hans Seegers


CBS 4-45516 (India) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (stereo)


Sleeve used for the 1971 George Jackson single, scan by Hans Seegers


Asylum AS 11033 (India) - A-side photo from eBay (1974)

The two CBS mono test pressings date from 1966. As far as I know, no single was released commercially in India in 1966.

The 7" singles with unique black CBS labels with silver text were manufactured and distributed in India for CBS Records by The Gramophone Company of India Limited, Dum Dum, India, part of the EMI group (bought by Universal in 2012). All five commercial singles shown have the equivalent US catalogue number. Both the red/white and turquoise/black Gramophone Company sleeves were used for the 1969 Lay, Lady, Lay single. The purple/white sleeve from "Symphony Salon" of Bombay was used for the 1970 Wigwam single, the buff CBS sleeve was used for the George Jackson single. The 1974 Asylum single was also made in India by The Gramophone Company of India, Ltd.

Albums:


CBS KC-9463 (India) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1967 release - US tracklist)
The 1967-71 albums shown here were manufactured and distributed in India for CBS Records by the Gramophone Company of India Limited, Dum Dum, India, part of the EMI group, as was Planet Waves for the Asylum label. The 1980s albums were made by CBS India in Bombay. The 1992 cassette was manufactured and marketed by Pan Music of Bombay on behalf of Columbia/Sony. The 1998 cassette release and the subsequent CD releases were made by Sony Music India. The 2007 3CD set Definitive Collection contains Blonde On Blonde (CGK 00841), The Times They Are A-Changin' (CK 08905) and Desire (CK 33893).


CBS KCS 9825 (India) - front scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS C2X 30050 (India) - front photo by Paul Prince

CBS KC 30290 (India) - front scan by Hans Seegers

CBS KG 31120 (India) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum 7E-1003 (India) - front with sticker, scan by Arie de Reus
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CBS 10080/UK AL 62847 (India) - front (1983 release - UK tracklist)

CBS 10138 (India) - front scan by Arie de Reus

CBS MDX 20032 (India) - front scan by Lars M. Banke

Columbia/Sony/Pan Music 4CX 00119 (India) - cassette insert scan by Manuel García Jara

Sony Music 491485 4 (India) - front scan by Paul van Oost

Sony Music/Columbia 88697 65156 2 (India) - front scan by Keith Schweiger

Front of box, scan by Fred Muller (2007 Sony Music India 3CD release)

Columbia/Sony Music 88725457602 (India) - front scan by Jens Winter

Sony Music 88697 43893 2 (India) - front with sticker, scan by Jens Winter


PAKISTAN


CBS 4-44926 (Pakistan) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (1969)

This unique single with the US catalogue number and black labels with silver text was manufactured by the Gramophone Company of Pakistan Ltd., another part of the EMI group, and comes in a green/white generic sleeve.
CBS 4-44926 (Pakistan) - A-side in generic sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1969)

CBS 4-44926 (Pakistan) - detail of generic sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1969)

FAR EAST


JAPAN

Thanks to Hans Seegers for all the exclusive CBS Japanese releases, etc.! Hans reminds collectors that the obi is an essential part of a Japanese rarity, especially since they are easy to lose. It is therefore best not to buy a Japanese item that is without its obi, unless you are desperate for the material, or the price is very low.

Japanese year numbers are confusing to Westerners as Wil Gielen explained in 2008 about a 1965 Japanese promo LP: The white labels have a very small date (40 - 12) hand-stamped on each side - the “40” is the Japanese year "Showa 40" (40th year of the reign of the Emperor Showa - Hirohito) which corresponds to 1965 in the 'western' calendar.  The "12" on the label is for December.  It's interesting that even now Japan uses its own system for calendar years, and each ends when the Emperor dies, and starts again when the new Emperor is announced. The current Emperor was crowned in 1988 and so that was "Year Zero" for his era (the Heisei era), and now we are in year "Heisei 20" (2008). This is used on newspapers, official documents, application forms, birthdays etc (but not on CD release dates) more often than our Western 2008 year. It's very confusing for non-Japanese, because you need also to know the era and the year to identify the correct year."

A 1977 Japanese release dated "52-12-31" meant 31 Dec 1977 as 1977 was Showa Era Year 52 and a 1979 Japanese release was dated "54-1-12", Showa Era 54, so the date is 12 Jan 1979.

Thanks to Sheiji Murata for details of the year date codes used on Japanese LP and CD releases from 1984 up to Aug 1991. The code is in the form "Y-MM-DD", where "Y" is a letter from the name "NIHON RECORD KYOUKAI" (Japan Records Association). The sequence is N-I-H-O-(N)-R-E-C-(O)-(R)-D: "N"=1984, "I"=1985, "H"=1986, "O"=1987, "R"=1988, "E"=1989, "C"=1990, "D"=1991 (up to Aug). Therefore on Before The Flood the code "H-11-1" means "1 Nov 1986", on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, "O-8-26" means 28 Aug 1987, on Highway 61 Revisited "C-6-1" means 1 Jun 1990, etc.

Japan introduced sales tax in 1989. Before that an obi showed one price only and CBS/Sony catalogue numbers indicated the price, e.g. "25DP" meant ¥2,500. After the introduction of sales tax the obi showed both the price before and including tax and new systems of catalogue numbers were used.


SINGAPORE                                MALAYSIA

Hup Hup Records in Malaysia and its associated company Life Records in Singapore and Hong Kong were the first regional licensees for foreign labels such as CBS, MCA and KAPP in South East Asia in the 1960s and 1970s. Records manufactured in Singapore were distributed in Malaysia through Hup Hup Records' own Music City store chain. (In the 1960s/1970s each record company had its own record store chain in Malaysia, Hup Hup had Music City, EMI had Music Scene, Decca had Decca Orient, and Phonogram (Philips, Vertigo, Fontana, etc.) had Musicorner.) Hup Hup Records continued issuing CBS and later CBS/Sony records in Malaysia until the mid 1970s, when they lost the CBS licence to EMI Malaysia/Singapore, who produced CBS/Sony titles with the orange/cream record labels such as The Basement Tapes, but in turn lost their license when CBS Malaysia was set up. CBS Malaysia manufactured cassettes locally but imported LPs, so Bob Dylan records were no longer made in Malaysia or Singapore.

Hans: "Yes, there was already in 1967 a CBS pressing plant in Singapore. The LPs were made in Singapore and they bought the hard covers in the USA. They used the USA labels as an example, but with the CBS logos."

Manuel: "I have a good contact in Singapore: he is owner of a record shop, also on eBay (Poor Cow Vinyls). He says all vinyls published in Malaysia/Singapore till 1975 were made in USA (albums and singles), but record labels and sleeves were made in these countries under license of Columbia. Records made in USA or Canada for export to European countries (Switzerland or Scandinavia) for legal reasons have the Columbia logos hidden by CBS stickers on sleeve and or labels. But records made in USA for export to Malaysia/Singapore have printed from factory three CBS logos on labels and CBS logo printed on the sleeve (see the copy of John Wesley Harding sent by Gerd Rundel: it is actually made for exportation to Malaysia/Singapore). My contact says it is because labels and sleeves were made in these countries imitating the US model. Since 1975, Malaysia and Singapore have their own editions, made by EMI for CBS/Sony: Blood On The Tracks is noticeable in that this album was the last record made in USA for export to Singapore , while Malaysia had its own edition and a few months after EMI did a same edition (blue sleeve) for both countries. The Basement Tapes was the first Dylan album published in Malaysia/Singapore entirely made in those countries, without a version "made in USA".


CBS/Sony KG 31120 (Singapore/Malaysia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (late 1970s release)

RSO 2394 172 (Hong Kong/Singapore/Malaysia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

RSO 3216 172 (Malaysia) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS/Sony 25AP 290 (Singapore/Malaysia) - front scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS/Sony 25AP 1099 (Singapore/Malaysia) - front scan by Gerd Rundel

CBS/Sony 25 AP 1610 (Singapore/Malaysia) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1979 release)

The CBS albums were manufactured for CBS/Sony jointly in Singapore by EMI (Singapore) PTE. and in Malaysia by EMI (Malaysia) SDN. BHD. The RSO album was jointly manufactured by PolyGram Records Ltd. (Hong Kong), PolyGram Records Private Ltd. (Singapore) and PolyGram Records Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia). The RSO tape has a  price for West Malaysia (the Malayan Peninsula on the mainland of South East Asia) of $8.50.


INDONESIA


CBS/King's C 2480989 (Indonesia) - front scan by Tom Willems
I have excluded obviously unofficial releases from Indonesia!
Warner Bros/Wilbury Records 9 26234-4 (Indonesia) - front scan by Tjeerd Timmerman


Columbia CK 85975 (Indonesia) - front with sticker, scan by Juergen Flicker


Columbia 2876-87606-4 (Indonesia) - cassette insert scan by Manuel García Jara

The cassette release of Oh Mercy was manufactured by King's of Indonesia and uses the CBS logo on both the insert and the cassette itself, which looks like a recordable cassette rather than pre-recorded. It may therefore be unofficial. The cassette release of The Traveling Wilburys Vol. Three was manufactured and sold in Indonesia by PT. Aquarius Musikindo on behalf of Wilbury Records/Warner Bros. I haven't yet been notified of an Indonesian release of The Traveling Wilburys Vol. One. The official release of "Love And Theft" with the American catalogue number was manufactured by PT Sony Music Entertainment Indonesia. As far as I know this is the only worldwide commercial release of Modern Times on cassette. It is an official Sony BMG release and was made in Indonesia.


PHILIPPINES

Mareco Inc. (1965-70):


CBS CL 2328 (Philippines) - front photo from eBay found by Gerd Rundel (mono)

Up to 1970 Dylan records were manufactured in the Philippines by Mareco Inc. on behalf of CBS Records. Mareco were the only Philippines company to release mono Dylan records. The releases are on the CBS label but all have the US Columbia catalogue numbers (both singles and albums). The commercial singles have unique green labels. CBS 4-43477 is unusual in that the promo single has Highway 61 Revisited as the A-side, but the commercial single has Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? as the A-side as expected.

The LP sleeves are based on the US sleeves with Columbia logos (although some have CBS on the rear). The records again all have CBS labels. The Best Of '66 Volume One compilation shown has an imported US Columbia sleeve although the record has orange CBS labels. New Morning is probably the last Philippines Dylan album made by Mareco.


CBS CS 9128 (Philippines) - front scan by Hans Seegers (stereo)


CBS 4-43242 (Philippines) - promo A-side scan by Hans Seegers (mono)


CBS 4-43242 (Philippines) - commercial A-side with radio station sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (mono)


CBS 4-43346 (Philippines) - promo A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (mono)


CBS 4-43346 (Philippines) - commercial A-side scan by Hans Seegers (mono)


CBS 4-43389 (Philippines) - promo A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (mono)


CBS 4-43389 (Philippines) - commercial A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (mono)


CBS CS 9189 (Philippines) - front scan by Arie de Reus (stereo)


CBS 4-43477 (Philippines) - promo B-side scan by Hans Seegers (mono)

CBS 4-43477 (Philippines) - commercial A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (mono)


CBS TBS 1 (Philippines) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (stereo)


CBS KCL 2663 (Philippines) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (mono)


CBS CS 9604 (Philippines) - front scan by Arie de Reus (stereo)


CBS 4-44826 (Philippines) - promo A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (mono)


Columbia/CBS KCS  9825 (Philippines) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (stereo)

CBS 4-44926 (Philippines) - promo A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (mono)

CBS C2X 30050/C 30139-30140 (Philippines) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (stereo)


CBS 4-45199 (Philippines) - promo A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (stereo)


Columbia/CBS KC 
30290 (Philippines) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
(stereo)

Blackgold Records Inc. (1970-81):


CBS/Sony APP-1060/25AP 290 (Philippines) - front scan by Gerd Rundel
From 1970 to 1981 Dylan records were released in the Philippines by Blackgold Records Inc., under licence from CBS/Sony, Japan. The copies of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan and Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits shown were reissues, as can be seen from the catalogue numbers.
CBS/Sony LP-1323 (Philippines) - front scan by Hans Seegers

CBS/Sony LP-1398 (Philippines) - front scan by Hans Seegers

CBS/Sony LP-1428 (Philippines) - front scan by Tom Willems

CBS/Sony LP-1544 (Philippines) - front scan by Hans Seegers

CBS/Sony LP-1565/66 (Philippines) - front scan by Hans Seegers

CBS/Sony LP-1567/JC 35453 (Philippines) - front photo by Ulf Gyllenspetz

CBS/Sony LP-1602/62193 (Philippines) - front scan by Marco S from Italy

OctoArts International Inc. (1983-89):


CBS QCL-22077 (Philippines) - front scan by Arie de Reus (1983)

From 1983 until 1989 Dylan records were released in the Philippines by OctoArts International Inc., now back on the CBS label. Unique to this country is the addition of the names of four featured tracks to the front sleeve of each new album (with Dylan & The Dead they're listed along the top edge). The 1967 album Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits was reissued in 1983 as CBS QCL-22085.


CBS QCL-22085 (Philippines) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (1983)


CBS QCL-22158 (Philippines) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1984)


CBS CS-10070 (Philippines) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (1985)


CBS QCL-22189 (Philippines) - front photo from eBay (1985)


CBS CS-10082 (Philippines) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1985)


CBS (Philippines) - 7" sleeve front scan by Hans Seegers (1985, used for CS-10082)


CBS QCL-22251 (Philippines) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1986)


CBS QCCLLP-22451 (Philippines) - front scan by Arie de Reus (1989)


CBS/OctoArts QCLHG-22472 (Philippines)
- outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (1989 - includes Rainy Day Women #12 & 35)


PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (CHINA)


Starwin/Sony BMG 97897799628370 (China) - photo by John Kappes
These are the only official Bob Dylan releases in China.

The Best Of Bob Dylan was released in 2007, distributed by Guangdong [Canton] Starwin Culture Communication Company Ltd. on behalf of Sony BMG.

The "SUPER 2+1" release of The Essential Bob Dylan, released to coincide with Bob's first live performance in China in Beijing (Peking) on 6 Apr 2011It was manufactured and distributed by Starsing Records licensed from Sony Music and bears the Sony Music logo.


Sony Music/Starsing Records 49021 (China) - front of slipcase (my copy)


REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN)


Haishan Records/Columbia HS 505 (Taiwan) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
Although there are very many pirated Dylan albums from Taiwan, there were very few official Dylan releases. The two official albums from 1967 were made by Haishan Records of Taiwan on behalf of Columbia Records and are Records 1 and 2 of the 1966 Japanese CBS 2LP compilation The Bob Dylan Story. For several unofficial Taiwanese releases of official Dylan albums, see Questionable Releases.
Haishan Records/Columbia HS 506 (Taiwan) - front picture from www.collectorsfrenzy.com
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Sony Music COL 498361 2 (Taiwan) - front with obi, scan by John Gaylor (2000)


HONG KONG (up to 1997)             HONG KONG (1997 onwards)


CBS 2-468 (Hong Kong) - A-side scan by Peter Denzler (1965)

See above for an RSO album sold in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Although Malaysian and Singaporean records were also sold there, CBS manufactured some singles in Hong Kong in the 1960s. These records have a very different typeface from the ones made in Malaysia or Singapore. The earliest singles released in the early 1960s have the catalogue number "CBS x-xxx" but this catalogue number changed in the mid 1960s to "BA 320xxx" for singles and "BG 325xxx" for EPs. The singles also have the US reference numbers "4-xxxxxx" and "ZSP/JZSP xxxxxx". The LPs shown date from mid-1970s to late 1980s, and the CDs from early 1990s to the present day.


CBS BA 320,083 (Hong Kong) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (1965)


CBS/Sony 25AP 276 (Hong Kong) - LP front scan by Manuel García Jara (mid 1970s)

CBS/Sony 40AP 282~3 (Hong Kong) - front of LP gatefold sleeve, scan by Simon Blokker (1976)


CBS/Sony 25AP 289 (Hong Kong) - LP front scan by Arie de Reus (1977)


CBS/Sony 25AP 1099 (Hong Kong) - front scan by Arie de Reus (1978)
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CBS/Sony 25 AP 1610 (Hong Kong) - front (1979)

CBS/Sony 25AP 1890 (Hong Kong) - front scan by Arie de Reus (1980)


CBS/Sony 25AP 2105 (Hong Kong) - LP front scan by Manuel García Jara (1981)


CBS/Sony 25AP 2690 (Hong Kong) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1983)

CBS/Sony CYA 1047 (Hong Kong) - LP front scan by Arie de Reus (1984)

CBS/Sony CYA 1087 (Hong Kong) - LP front scan by Arie de Reus (1985)

CBS/Sony CYA 1055 (Hong Kong) - LP front scan by Bill Hester (1985)

CBS/Sony CYK 1256 (Hong Kong) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (1988)

Sony Music SMP 3117.2 (Hong Kong) - CD front (1992)

Sony Music CD 115 (Hong Kong) - CD obi scan by Hans Seegers (2000)

Sony Music CD 116 (Hong Kong) - CD obi scan by Hans Seegers (2000)

Sony Music DH0018A/B (Hong Kong) - CD front photo by Hervé from France (2001)

Sony Music 9 787889 296069 (Hong Kong) - CD front scan by Keith Schweiger (2009?)

Sony Music 88697 57323 2 (Hong Kong) - CD front with sticker, scan by Jens Winter (2009)

Sony Music
9 787883 704812 (Hong Kong) - front of CD slipcase, picture from eBay (2013)


REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA)

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CBS/Sony/Jigu Records KJPL-0143 (South Korea) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1978)

There was a 1973 unofficial 7" single (Yegrin D-5) with Can't Help Falling In Love from the 1973 Columbia album Dylan (R-0100, see 1973).

Between 1978 and 1991 Jigu Records released records in South Korea on behalf of CBS/Sony Japan.

The South Korean CD release of The Traveling Wilburys Volume One was manufactured by SKC Limited on behalf of Warner Bros/Wilbury Records. The rare The Traveling Wilburys Volume Three South Korean vinyl LP was distributed by Oasis Records on behalf of Warner Bros/Wilbury Records.

The 1991 CD release of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan was manufactured in South Korea by SKC Limited.


CBS/Sony/Jigu Records KJPL-0233 (South Korea) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1980)

CBS/Sony/Jigu Records KJPL-0257 (South Korea) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1981)

CBS/Sony/Jigu Records KJPL-0442 (South Korea) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1985)

CBS/Sony/Jigu Records KJPL-0560 (South Korea) - LP front scan by Hans Seegers (1987)

Wilbury Records/Warner Brothers 9 25796-2 (South Korea) - CD front scan by John Gaylor (1988)

CBS/Sony/Jigu CPL-1022 (South Korea) - LP front scan by Hans Seegers (1989)
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CBS/Sony/Jigu Records CPL-1109 (South Korea) - outer sleeve scan by Hans Seegers (1990)

Warner Bros/Oasis Records 7599-26324-1 (South Korea) - LP front scan by Patrick Helfrich (1990)

CBS/Sony/Jigu Records KJPL-0596 (South Korea) - LP front scan by Patrick Helfrich (1991)

Columbia CPK-1142 (South Korea) - CD front scan by Hans Seegers (1991)
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Han Su Li Records MHLR-1058 (South Korea) - photograph by Ulf Gyllenspetz (1991)

Epic/Legacy/Sony Music Soundtrax E2K 215090 (South Korea) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1994)

Epic Soundtrax EK 217773 (South Korea) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1996)

Columbia COL OPE-2289 498361 2 (South Korea) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2000)

Hollywood Records 806581-226478 (South Korea) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2001)

Reprise 93624 81092 (South Korea) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2001)

Sony Music CP2K 2745/510828 2 (South Korea) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2002)

Sony Music PROM 123 (South Korea) - front scan by Hans Seegers (2002)

Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax EK 227840 (South Korea) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2002)

Universal South DW 8832/986 231-5 (South Korea) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2004)

Sony Music Soundtrax S810353C (South Korea) - CD front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2007)

Columbia 51055BC/88697438932 (South Korea) - front with sticker, scan by Jens Winter (2009)

Columbia S10623C/88697573232 (South Korea) - front with sticker, scan by Jens Winter (2009)

Camden Deluxe/Sony Music/Legacy S30762C/88697983862 (South Korea) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010)

As far as I know there have been no Dylan releases from North Korea.


AUSTRALASIA


AUSTRALIA

Early Australian release record labels had the text "MADE IN AUSTRALIA BY A REGISTERED USER OF THE TRADE MARKS" without a CBS copyright. This is because up to 1977 all Australian records were manufactured by the Australian Record Company (Pty) Ltd. (A.R.C.) on behalf of CBS. A.R.C. changed its name to CBS Records Australia Limited on 17 Oct 1977, and on record labels from after that date the longer bottom edge text includes the CBS copyright information. (Stuart Moore says that the label change may not have occurred till late 1978 or early 1979, Bob Dylan At Budokan from 1978 still does not have a CBS copyright nor does Masterpieces, Slow Train Coming from 1979 does have the CBS copyright.)

Most of the earliest Australian and New Zealand record labels also have the Allan's logo, Allan's were music publishers in Australia and New Zealand for Bob Dylan records between 1965 and 1969.


1960s Australian release


Australian release after A.R.C. ownership change


1960s New Zealand release


NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand releases have the text "MADE IN NZ BY A REGISTERED USER OF THE TRADEMARKS". The CBS and Epic record labels were manufactured and distributed in New Zealand by Phonogram (part of the Philips group, now Universal), who were the registered user. Records were pressed at the Phonogram/Polydor plant in Miramar, a suburb of Wellington.

The sleeve of the New Zealand release of Bringing It All Back Home was the only one printed by Coulls Somerville Wilkie (CSW), used for mono and stereo; there was also a later stereo release of this album (1974) but the sleeve was printed by Phonogram. Some other NZ sleeves were printed by Whitcombe & Tombs; in the 1970s both companies merged and became Whitcoulls. Also, some other New Zealand sleeves were printed by Cello-Kraft.


CARIBBEAN


BARBADOS up to 1966                   BARBADOS after 1966

Asylum releases:


A-side scan by Manuel García Jara
The only official Dylan releases I have so far from Barbados are both from 1974, made in Barbados by W.I.R.L. (West Indies Records (Barbados) Limited) under licence from Asylum. There are no Columbia/CBS releases.

On A Night Like This/You Angel You is the standard single from Planet Waves. It looks like a promo because it has no catalogue number and white labels, but may have been sold commercially. It comes in a generic W.I.R.L. sleeve (same both sides).


Detail of A-side, scan by Manuel García Jara

A-side in generic W.I.R.L. sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - front scan by Gerd Rundel


Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - rear scan by Gerd Rundel


Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

Asylum AB-201 (Barbados) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel

Detail of W.I.R.L. sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Before The Flood comes in a standard Asylum US gatefold sleeve with a sticker saying that the records were made in Barbados. The records have white Asylum labels with "Made in Barbados" stamped on Sides 2 and 4.

A&M release:


A&M SP-4413 (Barbados) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

A&M SP-4413 (Barbados) - rear with "WIRL" sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara

A&M SP-4413 (Barbados) - detail of rear with "WIRL" sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara

A&M SP-4413 (Barbados) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

A&M SP-4413 (Barbados) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

The only other album I have from Barbados so far is the 1973 A&M release of Chronicles by Booker T and Priscilla Jones, with Bob playing harmonica on The Crippled Crow. (R-0094, see 1973. This album has what look like the US outer and inner sleeves, with only a small sticker on the rear sleeve with the text "WIRL" (West Indies Records Limited as above) and the company logo (same as on the Asylum release sleeve). The record was pressed in Barbados and the A&M record labels have "Made in Barbados" printed in a white panel on both sides.


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC


Columbia/CBS OC 40439 (Dominican Republic) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (1986)
These are the only official releases I have so far from the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic release of Self Portrait consisted of Record 2 only, housed in a CBS Mexico sleeve (Mexico also had a single LP release). The record itself was manufactured in the Dominican Republic by La Guarachita under license from CBS. Although the Mexican sleeve (not shown) has the CBS logo, the record surprisingly has US-style red Columbia labels, not the expected orange CBS labels. Only a few copies were made and the album was not released commercially.

The Knocked Out Loaded record has cream CBS labels with blue and black text and was manufactured and distributed by Mu&icor C.X.A.


CBS DTL-27502 (Dominican Republic) - front photo from eBay (1984)

Columbia CLS 5309 (Dominican Republic) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1970)


Columbia CLS 5309 (Dominican Republic) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1970)


Columbia/CBS OC 40439 (Dominican Republic) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (1986)


Columbia/CBS OC 40439 (Dominican Republic) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (1986)


JAMAICA


Columbia 4-44926 (Jamaica) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1969)
The Jamaican singles shown are three of the very few Dylan singles released directly in Jamaica (rather than being imported from the USA). All have the US catalogue number.
Columbia 4-45199 (Jamaica) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 test pressing)


Columbia 4-45199 (Jamaica) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (promo release)

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Columbia 4-45199 (Jamaica) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1970 commercial orange label)

Columbia 4-45199 (Jamaica) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 commercial red label)

Columbia 4-45199 (Jamaica) - A-side scan by Dag Braathen (1970 commercial yellow label)


Columbia 4-44926 (Jamaica) - detail of A-side, scan by Hans Seegers (1969)


Columbia US7-04839 (Jamaica) - detail of 7" single A-side, scan by Manuel García Jara (1985)


Columbia US7-04839 (Jamaica) - 7" single A-side, scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0164)

The 1969/1970 singles were manufactured and distributed by Record Specialists Ltd., Kingston, Jamaica, whose name appears at the top underneath the Columbia logo. The 1970 Wigwam single exists as a test pressing from Record Specialists Ltd. as well as a promo release with white labels and commercial releases with orange, red and yellow labels!

Michael Goodall has a copy of the stereo Highway 61 Revisited Columbia CS 9189 with a "MADE IN JAMAICA, W.I." sticker on the rear sleeve. This album was almost certainly actually made in the USA and exported to Jamaica, where the sticker was affixed.

The 1985 single by USA for Africa has poorly printed black text, most of which looks typewritten. The bottom text says "MFG. UNDER LICENCE BY DYNAMO SOUNDS 15 BELL ROAD KGN JA". "KGN JA" is Kingston, Jamaica.


CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

Manuel García Jara's information on Dylan albums in Latin American countries.

Bob Dylan was released only in Brazil but in a later edition in the 1980s by Harmony (a CBS budget label).

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin' and Another Side Of Bob Dylan were never released there!

Bringing It All Back Home was released only in Brazil and there only as a mono album, never reissued in stereo.

Highway 61 Revisited was released only in Mexico (mono and stereo), Brazil (originally in mono and later published in stereo in the late 1970s) and Uruguay (mono).

Blonde On Blonde is still unreleased there!

Amazingly Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits was only released in Mexico (mono and stereo) but not in Brazil and it was only released for the first time in Argentina and Uruguay until 1977!

John Wesley Harding was only released in Colombia!

Nashville Skyline had a "massive" release only after the success of the single "Lay Lady Lay" (Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, and it was the first Dylan album published in Argentina and Chile).

Self Portrait was released as a single album (record #2) in Mexico and Peru (the only Dylan album released there) and in its original format only in Brazil.

New Morning was only released in Brazil (mono) and in Uruguay (stereo).

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II was never released there: some Latin American countries had exclusive compilations (Poeta O Profeta in Argentina and Uruguay, Greatest Hits, two different versions, 1970 and 1975, in Brazil, or Los Más Grandes Éxitos in Venezuela).

Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid was unreleased at the time and belatedly released in the early 1980s only in Brazil and in Argentina.

Dylan (1973) was released only in Brazil.

Asylum Records had a different way of working and Planet Waves was released in most Latin American countries (Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile) but Before The Flood only in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina.

Back to CBS and back to scarce editions: Blood On The Tracks was released only in Brazil and Argentina and The Basement Tapes was never released in any Latin American country.
 
After the success of Desire in the USA, things got better and from 1976 to the mid 1980s each new Dylan album was released in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina but not in Uruguay (with the exception of Street Legal) and there were even some great surprises (records released in Costa Rica or the Dominican Republic).

From the mid 1980s, CBS was closing its offices one by one in those countries (like in the rest of the world) although some Dylan albums were still released in Argentina (the last was Under The Red Sky) and Brazil World Gone Wrong was the last album).

"Disco es cultura [Record is Culture]" is usually printed on records made in Latin American countries: this seems obvious because a record is definitely a cultural item, but in Spain and in these Latin American countries book publishers pay less Government taxes than record companies, so the price of records are more expensive there than in other countries; for this reason "Disco es cultura" is a protest slogan!

Some translations of Dylan song titles into Spanish, especially in Latin American countries, are very eccentric!


MEXICO

 
ARGENTINA

Dylan records were released in Argentina by CBS until Street Legal; but in the period 1978-1982 (from Bob Dylan At Budokan to Shot Of Love) were released by Columbia; from 1983 to 1988 again by CBS; and from 1989 onwards again by Columbia.

Argentinean record labels have the logos of two copyright organisations:

“COMAR” [Corporación Musical Argentina] is the “Argentinean Musical Corporation” (Corporación Musical Argentina). It was established in 1936.

"SADAIC" [Sociedad Argentina De Autores y (I) Compositores] is the "Argentinean Society of Authors and Composers", also established in 1936, the result of the merger between the "Asociación Argentina de Autores y Compositores de Música" [Argentinean Association of Authors and Composers of Music] and the "Círculo de Autores y Compositores de Música" [Circle of Authors and Composers of Music].

Argentinean translations of Dylan song titles into Spanish are possibly the most eccentric of all!


BOLIVIA


Promo EP front scan by Manuel García Jara (1971)


CBS 20287 (Bolivia) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1971)


CBS 30037 (Bolivia) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1975)

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Discos CBS 30307 (Bolivia) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1979)
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Scan by Hans Seegers (1979)

Discos CBS 10423 (Bolivia) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1984)

These very rare Bolivian single/EP releases are all I have so far from this country. The 1979 Bolivian single came in the generic sleeve shown. Bolivian releases were made by Industrias Fonoeléctricas Lyra of La Paz for CBS Records up to the mid 1970s, after which CBS records from Bolivia were made by another company, Heriba.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


BRAZIL

LP releases:

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CBS 37457 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1966, mono)

From the 1960s until late 1971, CBS only released mono albums in Brazil. All those albums have a 5-number catalogue number that always starts with "37_ _ _" and, obviously, a lower catalogue number implies that this album was released before another with a higher catalogue number. Only five Dylan albums were released by CBS in Brazil in the period 1965-1971 and all of them were mono releases; they are in chronological order: Highway 61 Revisited (37.457; 1965), Nashville Skyline (37.616; 1969), a compilation exclusive to Brazil Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (37.653; 1970), Self Portrait (37.680-1; 1970) and New Morning (37.706; 1971). In late 1971 CBS started to publish stereo albums and then used a 6-number catalogue number. One of the last albums still published in mono was Janis Joplin's Big Brother & The Holding Company (37.762; 1971) and one of the first albums to be published in stereo was Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits (137.778; 1972). Stereo catalogue numbers continued where mono catalogue numbers ended, just adding a "1". So CBS Brazil never released a stereo album with a 5-number catalogue number.

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CBS 37490 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1967, mono)

CBS 37616 (Brazil) - front scan by Stuart Moore (1969, mono)


CBS 37680/1 (Brazil) - front photograph by Martin Frandsen (1970, mono)

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CBS 37706 (Brazil), front scan by Hans Seegers (1971, mono)


CBS 37706 (Brazil) - front with "Stereo" sticker, scan by Lars M. Banke (1971, still mono)


Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid - Discos CBS 159.009 (Brazil, 1982)


CBS 137.837 (Brazil)
- front scan by Hans Seegers (1973)


Asylum ASYLP-50.002 (Brazil) - front scan by Arie de Reus (1974 - reissued as CBS/Harmony 148.075, 1982)

Asylum ASYLP 50.007/50.008 (Brazil) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1974)

CBS 137873 (Brazil) - front photo by Paul Prince (1975)

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Discos CBS 137.457 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1976 re-release)


CBS 230.005 (Brazil) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (1976)

Columbia 184.025 (Brazil) - front with sticker, scan by Lars M. Banke (1990s re-release)

CBS 230.007 (Brazil) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (1976 release - there was also a 1982 release on the CBS/Harmony label)

Discos CBS 138.084 (Brazil) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1978)
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Discos CBS 138.140/141 (Brazil) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (1979)

Discos CBS 138.152 (Brazil) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1979)

Discos CBS 137490 (Brazil) - front scan from an Internet record dealer (fake, 1980s)

Saved - Discos CBS 138.192 (Brazil)
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CBS/Harmony 148.006 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1981 - first Brazilian release of this album)
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CBS 138.507 (Brazil), front sleeve - scan by Hans Seegers (1981)
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Discos CBS 138.570 (Brazil) - front scan by David Plentus (1983)
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Discos CBS 138.617 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1984)

Discos CBS 138.636 (Brazil) - front with stickers, scan by Manuel García Jara (1985)


Discos CBS 138658/662 (Brazil) - front of 5LP boxed set (1985)


Discos CBS 138.685 (Brazil) - front scan by Arie de Reus (1986)
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Discos CBS 231.081 (Brazil) - front scan by Patrick Helfrich (1988)

Warner Bros. Records 670.9003 (Brazil) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1988)

CBS 177.130/1-463381 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1989)

Discos CBS 177.207 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1989)

Discos CBS 188.110/1-467188 (Brazil) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1990)

Columbia/Legacy 752.003/2-465085 (Brazil) - front photo by Ulf Gyllenspetz (1991)
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Columbia 188.267/1-472710 (Brazil) - front scan by Anthony Perry (1992)

Columbia 1880.330-1-2/1-474000 (Brazil) - front  scan by Arie de Reus (1993)

Columbia 237.032/1-474857 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1993)

Columbia 238.020-021 (Brazil) - front scan by Are de Reus (1995)

Some albums, originally released in mono, were also published in the 1970s in stereo: they always have the original mono catalogue number starting with "1", e.g: Highway 61 Revisited: 37.457 (mono) and 137.457 (stereo); Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Simon & Garfunkel): 37.665 (mono) and 137.665 (stereo); Mr. Tambourine Man (The Byrds): "37.418" (mono) and "137.418" (stereo). However, the album Bridge Over Troubled Waters with a higher stereo catalogue number (because it was originally released in mono in 1970), was published in stereo (1972) before Highway 61 Revisited (1979); and Mr. Tambourine Man, originally issued in mono in 1965, has the lowest stereo catalogue number but it was not published in stereo until 1985. Highway 61 Revisited was not released in stereo until 1979 but its catalogue number is "137.457", lower than Blood On The Tracks (137.873).


Discos CBS 138.570 (Brazil) - detail of Side 1, scan by Sergio Romano Romay
The orange/yellow Discos CBS record labels of each album have the C.G.C. (tax) number of Discos CBS in a rectangle to the right of the centre hole. "C.G.C." means in Portuguese "Cadastro Geral de Contribuinte [General Taxpayer Registration]".

CBS Brazil has been a regular releaser of Dylan records since the mid 1960s. Note the unique 1970 mono releases of Self Portrait and New Morning! Surprisingly CBS Brazil never had its own pressing plant there until the late 1970s. All Dylan records until Blood On The Tracks were manufactured for CBS by RCA Electronica Ltda. CBS never had its own pressing plant in Brazil until late 1979 or early 1980s. From the 1960s until 1975, CBS records were manufactured by RCA Electronica Ltda. The last Dylan album made by this company was Blood On The Tracks. After RCA, there were several local companies:

Saved  (1980) was the first Dylan album made by CBS in its own pressing plant in Rio de Janeiro!

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CBS 138.507 (Brazil), rear scan by Hans Seegers (1981)

Most Dylan regular albums up to 1995 are shown here, but Brazilian releases of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin', Another Side Of Bob Dylan, Blonde On Blonde and John Wesley Harding are yet to be added, as are Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, The Basement Tapes and Saved. Two Brazilian releases are of special merit:

Trouble In Mind - single B-side 1979/80 with various A-sides, the Brazilian release with Precious Angel as the A-side is supposed to have had the full version of the song, all other releases had an edit with one verse missing. However, I have yet to track down a copy of this single.

Shot Of Love - the car is the original design for the rear album sleeve with lettering reported to be by Clydie King. It was withdrawn at the last minute to be replaced by the design with Bob contemplating a rose, but for some reason the first pressings of Shot Of Love by CBS Brazil went out with the rejected design.

Compilation Albums (Dylan-only):


CBS 37653 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1970, mono)
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CBS 137.904 (Brazil) - front photo by Sergio Magnacca (1975)

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Columbia Opus 412.050 (Brazil) - front (my copy, 1983)

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Discos CBS 138.750/1 (Brazil) - front (my copy, 1987)
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Discos CBS 279.001/1-463088 (Brazil) - front with sticker (1988)

Columbia 5099708606923 (Brazil) - slipcase front (2003)

All these Brazilian releases are exclusive to the country - the album with the cover of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II is a single album with a unique tracklist. The list shown here may not be complete.

Compilation Albums (Various Artists):


Apple/CBS 137759/61 (Brazil) - front of box, scan by Manuel García Jara (1972)
Some of these releases are also exclusive to Brazil. Again, the list shown here may not be complete, as only albums from the 1970s and 1980s are shown.

The 1978 Warner Bros release of the Band's The Last Waltz was made by Gravaçôes Eléctricas S.A. (São Paulo), the manufacturer of the second edition of Desire and also the second edition of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. 1.

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Discos CBS 137.872 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1975)

CBS PE-009/010 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1975)

Warner Bros 36.066/7/8 (Brazil) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1978)

Backstreet/MCA 202.450 (NL) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1980)
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Discos CBS 400001 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers 1981)
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WEA 6WP.1006 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1989)
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WEA 6WP.1046 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1989)

Elektra Musician 670.9067 (Brazil) - LP front scan by Izidio Agostinho Filho (1989)

Single Releases:

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CBS 33431 (Brazil) - A-side of 7" single, scan by Hans Seegers (1966)
Again, the list shown here may not be complete. Wigwam7BrazSideA.jpg (20807 bytes)
CBS 33675 (Brazil) - 7" single A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1970)


CBS 33727 (Brazil) -
7" single A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1971)

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CBS 33818 (Brazil) - A-side of promo and commercial 7" singles, scan by Hans Seegers (1973)

Asylum ASYCS-70.003 (Brazil) -7" single A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (1974)

Asylum 3-06-101-07 (Brazil) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (1974)

CBS 56487 (Brazil) - 7" EP front scan by Hans Seegers (1976)
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CBS 43560 (Brazil), 7" single front scan by Hans Seegers (1983)

CBS Especial 620.074 (Brazil) - 12" single front picture from Ulf Gyllenspetz (1983)

CBS 51.030 (Brazil) - 12" single front scan from Hans Seegers (1983)
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CBS 51.092 (Brazil) - promo 12" single A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1985)

CBS 52.074 (Brazil) - front photograph by Ulf Gyllenspetz (1986)
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WEA 6WP.1003 (Brazil) - 12" promo single front scan by Hans Seegers (1988)
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WEA 6WP.1033 (Brazil) - 12" promo single front scan by Hans Seegers (1989)

CD Releases:


Columbia 2-032470 (Brazil) - front scan by Keith Schweiger (1990s)
Brazil is one of the few countries outside North America and Europe that issues its own Dylan Columbia/Sony Music CD releases. This list is nowhere near complete.
Columbia 746.006/2-032308 (Brazil) - front scan by Keith Schweiger (1990s)
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Columbia 2-478374 (Brazil) - CD front (my copy, 1995)

Columbia 758.381/2-486936 (Brazil) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1997)

Columbia 746.221/2-460953 (Brazil) - front scan by Keith Schweiger (2000s)
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Discos CBS 2-460907 (Brazil) - slipcase front (my copy, 2001)

XXI Vinteum/Columbia 110053/2-498361 (Brazil) - front (my copy, 2000)
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Columbia 2-036067 (Brazil) - front of outer slipcase (my copy, 2002)
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Columbia 2-491485 (Brazil) - front of outer slipcase (2002)

Columbia 2-504364 (Brazil) - front (my copy, 2002)

Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax 2 512556 (Brazil) - front with sticker, scan by Alexandre Froemming (2003)

Camden 88697538692 (Brazil) - front (my copy, 2009)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697 84742 2 (Brazil) - front scan by Izidio Filho (2011)

Columbia/Sony Music 88725457602 (Brazil) - front with sticker, scan by Alexandre Froemming (2012)


CHILE

There were only three Dylan vinyl albums and two singles released in Chile, and all are very rare.

Philips for CBS Records (1969):


CBS 121.012 (Chile, 1969) - front scan by Hans Seegers (stereo)
The 1969 release of Nashville Skyline was manufactured and distributed in Chile for CBS by Philips (later PolyGram and now part of Universal). There was apparently also a mono release in Chile (stereo to mono reduction), CBS 111.012.

Asfona for Asylum Records (1975):


Asylum/Asfona 7E-1003 (Chile, 1975) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

The 1975 release of Planet Waves was manufactured and distributed by Asfona M.R. of Santiago, Chile, on behalf of Asylum Records. ("Asfona" means "National Phonographic Association".) There was also a Chilean promo single with En Una Noche Como Esta [On A Night Like This] by Bob Dylan and The Band on one side and Lo Mejor De Mi Amor [The Best Of My Love] by The Eagles on the other side released by Asfona in 1975.
Asylum/Asfona promo single (Chile, 1975) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara

EMI Odeón for CBS Records (1971, 1976):


CBS/EMI Odeón 11028 (Chile, 1971) - A-side photo from eBay
The 1976 Chilean release of Hard Rain was made by EMI Odeón for CBS Records, as was the 1971 Lay, Lady, Lay single.


CBS/EMI Odeón 15176
(Chile, 1976) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

CBS Records Chile Ltda:


CBS KJJC-0628 (Chile, 1986) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel
The rare 1986 cassette release of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits was made by CBS Records Chile Ltda.


COLOMBIA


CBS CL 4128 (Colombia) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1968, mono)

Elektra WEA 10523 (Colombia) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1974)

CBS 14568 (Colombia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1976)

CBS 43306 (Colombia) - A-side scan by Mark Bahlen (1976)

CBS 14.1163 (Colombia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1978)

CBS 14-1304 (Colombia) - front (my copy - 1979)

Columbia 14-1380 (Colombia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1980)

CBS 14-1521 (Colombia) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1981)

CBS 141794 (Colombia) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1984)

CBS 114-1731 (Colombia) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1984)

CBS 141824 (Colombia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1985)

WEA 23(1031)00083 (Colombia) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (1988)

Only John Wesley Harding and possibly Nashville Skyline were released by CBS in the 1960s. The Colombian release of Planet Waves was manufactured by Codiscos S.A. of Medellin, Colombia, for Elektra Records. Then the next CBS release was Desire in 1976. From 1976 till 1986 all Dylan albums, with some exceptions, were punctually released in Colombia by CBS. The very rare Colombian edition of The Traveling Wilburys Volume One was made in Medellín, Colombia, by Sonolux S.A. on behalf of WEA Records.


COSTA RICA


CBS 10472 (Costa Rica) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (1970)

These very rare releases from 1970 to 1992 were made in Costa Rica by Indica S.A. (Industria de Discos Centroamericano) and distributed throughout Central America.


CBS 100422 (Costa Rica) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (1978)


CBS 11916 (Costa Rica) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (1978)

CBS 11916 (Costa Rica) - A-side in special Indica sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1978)


CBS 10045 (Costa Rica) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (1979)


CBS 100498 (Costa Rica) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (1979)


CBS 12193 (Costa Rica) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 1100941 (Costa Rica) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (1986)

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CBS 7013146 (Costa Rica) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1986)

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Columbia 71000993-A (Costa Rica) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1992)


ECUADOR


CBS 133-0105 (Ecuador) - 7" single A-side (R-0164 - 6:22), scan by Hans Seegers

This 1985 Ecuadorian single of We Are The World by USA for Africa is one of only two Dylan singles ever released in Ecuador (I also know of no Dylan albums)! The other was Hurricane from Desire in 1977, not yet shown. They came in transparent plastic sleeves. The records were released by IFESA (Industria Fonografica Ecuatoriana S.A.) on behalf of CBS Records.


CBS 133-0105 (Ecuador) - 7" single B-side (non-Dylan), scan by Hans Seegers


CBS 133-0105 (Ecuador) - "IFESA" transparent sleeve


PARAGUAY


Apple S7 BT-68 (Brazil for Paraguay) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1973)
Paraguay is the only country in South America where no Dylan release was ever pressed or released. In fact, there was never a pressing plant in this country. Only some records, exported from Argentina or Brazil, were distributed there. If Dylan really played on Miss O'Dell, the B-side of this George Harrison single, this single could be the only record with Dylan involvement released in Paraguay. Both the sleeve and the record itself were made in Brazil by Odeon (part of EMI) and therefore it is identical to the release sold in Brazil except for the text at the bottom of the rear sleeve.

PERU


CBS CSC-5644 (Peru) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Gerd Rundel (1970s)

These are the only Peruvian releases with Bob I have so far.

The very rare 1970s Peruvian cassette release of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits was distributed for CBS by Discos Independientes S.A,, Lima. Only Record 2 of Self Portrait was released in Peru.

The very rare 1972 Venezuelan George Jackson single was also sold in Peru.


Epic SE 3306 (Peru) - front photo by Paul Prince (1970 commercial release)

Epic SE 3306 (Peru) - front photo from eBay (1970 promo release)

Apple S.E. 8313 (Peru) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1972)


CBS/Columbia CSR 0934 (Peru) - insert scan by Manuel García Jara (1976)


CBS Discos CSR 1351 (Peru) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1985)

CBS SE 8659 (Peru) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1986) with Neighbourhood Bully

Mayo '86 (Various Artists) - front scan by Manuel García Jara, with Sun City (1986)

Island AN-ISL 0303400.2 (Peru) - front scan found by Wil Gielen with Bob (1988)

Virrey CPR-008 (Peru) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1988) contains Traveling Wilburys)


URUGUAY

Uruguay albums and singles were released by Sondor S.A., Montevideo, on behalf of Columbia.


VENEZUELA

7" singles:

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CBS 15005 (Venezuela) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1970)
The rare Wigwam single has orange CBS labels and comes in a sleeve exclusive to Venezuela. The A-side is mistitled "WIGWAN" instead of "Wigwam". CBSVen1970Sleeve.jpg (32959 bytes)
CBS 15005 (Venezuela) - sleeve scan by Hans Seegers (1970)


CBS 155.028 (Venezuela) - promo front photocopy by Hans-Juergen Zollerg (1971)

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CBS 15.054 (Venezuela) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1972)


Apple AP.1829 (Venezuela) - B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (1973)

The other two rare Venezuelan singles have picture sleeves. The George Jackson single was also sold in Peru. Bob is rumoured to have played harmonica on Miss O'Dell, the B-side of the 1973 Apple George Harrison single. It didn't have a picture sleeve.

Regular Dylan Albums and Compilations:

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CBS CS-10.18 (Venezuela) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1972), exclusive to Venezuela

Asylum/Polydor LP-130.001 (Venezuela) - front photo from eBay (1974)

Asylum/Polydor LP-130.002 (Venezuela) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1974)

CBS/Columbia CS 10.245 (Venezuela) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1976)


CBS CS-10.311 (Venezuela) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1978)


CBS CS-10-547 (Venezuela) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1986)

Many Dylan albums were not released in Venezuela, these are the only albums I have so far. The two Asylum releases were made by Polydor S.A., Caracas, and have consecutive catalogue numbers, so were released at the same time.

Albums with Dylan:


CBS CL-2370 (Venezuela) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1966) with Like A Rolling Stone
These are all the other artists or various artist albums including Bob listed so far from Venezuela.

Also released in Venezuela was Traveling Wilburys Volumen 1 (Wilbury/Sonografica 35 006L), 1988, scans to be added.

 
CBS CL-2543 (Venezuela) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1970) with I Want You

Apple STCX 3385 (Venezuela) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1972 3LP set)

CBS CS-10.343 (Venezuela) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1979 3 single LPs release - CS-10.343-345)

CBS CS-10.149 (Venezuela) - front picture from barraezo.blogspot.co.uk/ (1973) with Lay, Lady, Lay

CBS CS-10.210 (Venezuela)- front scan by Hans Seegers (1976) with George Jackson

RSO MC-8013 (Venezuela)- outside of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (1976) with Bob on Sign Language

Warner Bros/Grabaciones Mundiales GM 200.2379-3 (Venezuela) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1978)

CBS CS-10-475 (Venezuela) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1984) with Neighbourhood Bully

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Manuel García Jara, Gerd Rundel and Hans-Juergen Zollerg for information and scans.


AFRICA


EGYPT


IBM Records 8579 (Egypt) - cassette insert scan by Jason Draper
This cassette release was legal in Egypt, but not in the West. It contains Maggie's Farm and One Too Many Mornings, the first two tracks from Hard Rain, at the end of Side 1 and Side 2 respectively. Jason Draper's contact in Egypt says:

"None of Dylan's records were pressed on vinyl here because CBS/Columbia were blacklisted in all of the Middle East! This tape would be considered as an illegal or pirate release in the West, but here it's a normal thing, because there was NO control on copyrights. When cassettes surfaced a lot in the early 1970s, 100s of unknown local labels stormed the market with cheap prices and medium quality tapes. This Bob Dylan tape is an early 1980s release and a medium quality Asian product on the "IBM" label. The Hard Rain tracks were added on at the end of the sides to make up the space."

Thanks to Jason Draper for information and scan.


Outside of El Dawlia cassette insert, scan by Lars M. Banke
This cassette version of Knocked Out Loaded was released by El Dawlia in Egypt and shown as under license from CBS Records International. It has no catalogue number and the inside of the cassette insert is plain white. It has a "CBS" logo on the insert and the "Epic" logo on both sides of the cassette. On Side 1 They Killed Him is misspelled as "They Kinlled Him" and Precious Memories is misspelled as "Predious Memories" on both the insert and the cassette label!

Thanks to Lars M. Banke for information and scan.


ALGERIA


Editions CADIC CA 1913 (Algeria) - front of cassette insert, scan by Lars M. Banke
This very rare release is the only one I know of from Algeria. It was released by Editions CADIC of Algiers.

Thanks to Lars M. Banke for information and scans.


SOUTH AFRICA (1961-93)         SOUTH AFRICA (1994 onwards)


CBS SSC.667 (South Africa) - A-side scan by Victoria Stafford (1966)

South African releases were made by The Gramophone Record Company (part of EMI) and printed by Interpak while Rhodesian albums were made also by The Gramophone Record Company but printed in Rhodesia by Belmont Printers of Bulawayo. In 1983, Infidels was made in South Africa by the same company but this was printed by Artone Press, while in Rhodesia was printed by Belmont Printers. In 1986 Knocked Out Loaded was made in South Africa by Gallo/GRC (GRC=Gramophone Record Company) and printed by Artone Press, always with orange/yellow labels. From 1986, Zimbabwean records were made by Zimbabwe Music Corporation and they were printed by Belmont Printers, now with white labels.

This is the chronological list of Dylan mono albums released in South Africa:

1965 - Bringing It All Back Home (CBS ALD 6801), The Times They Are A-Changin' (CBS ALD 6814), The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (CBS ALD 6816), Bob Dylan (CBS ALD 6818)
1966 -
Highway 61 Revisited (CBS ALD 6913), Blonde On Blonde (CBS ALD 6953-4)
1967 -
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (CBS ALD 8035)
1968 -
John Wesley Harding (CBS ALD 8124)


SOUTHERN RHODESIA (up to 1964)        RHODESIA (1965-79)

As far as I know, there were no Dylan releases in Southern Rhodesia before 1964.

Singles:

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CBS SSC.556 (South Africa/Southern Rhodesia) - front of picture sleeve, scan by Hans Seegers (1965)

CBS Rhodesian singles can be distinguished from South African singles by their unique triangular push-out centres.


CBS SSC.556 (Southern Rhodesia) - detail of record, scan by Hans Seegers (1965)


CBS SSC.556 (Southern Rhodesia) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (1965)


CBS SSC.619 (Southern Rhodesia) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (no picture sleeve - 1965)


CBS SSC.654 (Rhodesia) - A-side scan by Jim Siddy


CBS SSC.667 (Rhodesia) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (no picture sleeve - 1966)


CBS SSC.668 (Southern Rhodesia) - A-side scan by Gerard Germano (no picture sleeve - 1966)


CBS SSC 1010 (Rhodesia) - A-side scan by Lawson Wakefield (no picture sleeve - 1969)


CBS SSC 1074 (Rhodesia) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (no picture sleeve - 1970)


Warner Bros/Teal Records EKS 634 (Rhodesia/Mozambique) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara
(1974)

The 1965-66 mono releases so far known to the site have "MADE IN S. RHODESIA" or "MADE IN SOUTHERN RHODESIA" on a sticker on the rear sleeve or stamped in the vinyl.

The 1974 Warner Bros single of On A Night Like This and You Angel You from Planet Waves was manufactured for Asylum Records by Teal Records, who had branches in Rhodesia, Mozambique and Angola. It could have been released in Rhodesia or Mozambique.

Albums:


CBS ALD 6801 (South Africa/Southern Rhodesia) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1965)

CBS had a pressing plant in Southern Rhodesia at that time, although the four 1960s album sleeves shown were printed in South Africa by Record Pac. Later Rhodesian releases had sleeves printed in Rhodesia by Belmont Printers, distinguished by a "4-A" code on the rear ("4-A" or other codes starting with "4" were the codes used by Belmont for CBS Records, they used different codes for other record companies, such as "1" for PolyGram or "6" for Virgin).


CBS ALD 6801 (Southern Rhodesia) - rear sleeve sticker scan by Hans Seegers (1965)


CBS ALD 8035 (Rhodesia) - detail of rear with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (1967)

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CBS ALD 6814 (South Africa/Southern Rhodesia) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1965)


CBS ALD 6816 Southern Rhodesia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1965)


CBS ALD 8035 (Rhodesia)
- front scan by Manuel García Jara (1967)


CBS ASF 1228 (Rhodesia) - front photo from eBay (late 1970s release)


CBS ASF 1392 (Rhodesia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1969)


CBS ASFT.1644/5 (Rhodesia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1972)


CBS ASF 1775 (Rhodesia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1973)


Elektra/Teal EKC 6036 (Rhodesia) - front scan by Arie de Reus (1974 promo release)


Elektra/Warner EKC 6036 (Rhodesia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1974 commercial release)


Asylum AB-201 (South Africa/Rhodesia) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1974)


CBS ASF 1674 (Rhodesia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (mid 1970s release)


CBS ASF 1837 (Rhodesia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1975 release)

CBS ASF 1837 (Rhodesia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (late 1970s release)


CBS ASF 1870 (Rhodesia) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (1976 release)


CBS ASF 1870 (Rhodesia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (late 1970s release)


CBS DNW 2140 (
Rhodesia) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (1978)


CBS SCBS 2335 (Rhodesia) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1979)


CBS DNW 2402 (Rhodesia/Zimbabwe) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (four releases, 1979 onwards)

Rhodesian sleeves from the 1960s are virtually identical to the South African sleeves except for the text "Made in S. Rhodesia" on a sticker; the Rhodesian sleeves of this period were also printed also by Record Pac or Interpak. From the late 1960s and especially in the early 1970s there is some evidence that Rhodesian sleeves were printed by a different company, Belmont Printers of Bulawayo: on some sleeves the Interpak logo is missing (Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Nashville Skyline), or almost deleted (Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II) but the usual Belmont code "4-A" was not present. Blood On The Tracks is the earliest record so far found where this code is present. Belmont used codes starting with "4" on sleeves they printed for CBS Records, on sleeves they printed for other record companies they used different codes, e.g. "1" for PolyGram and "6" for Virgin.

There was a 1970 Rhodesian release of New Morning but I don't have it listed yet. I have no details of a Rhodesian release of 1973's Dylan. The promo Elektra/Teal Rhodesian release of Planet Waves is the only worldwide occurrence of this "negative" sleeve. The commercial release of the album was made by Warner Bros for Elektra Records and had a conventional sleeve. The South African Asylum release of Before The Flood by Bob Dylan and The Band was also sold in Rhodesia with different record labels, unusually for Rhodesia in two different designs. There were four different releases of Slow Train Coming in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, the first two with orange/yellow CBS labels, the next two with white labels.

CBS Rhodesia used orange record labels almost identical to the South African labels from the 1960s until late 1976. From late 1976 until late 1980, CBS Rhodesia used white labels with blue text and the CBS logo in a box for commercial records. The sleeves have now the codes of Belmont Printers of Bulawayo printed on the rear.


ZIMBABWE (1980 onwards)


CBS COL 40001 (Zimbabwe) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1981)


CBS ASF 1674 (Zimbabwe) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (late 1980s)


CBS ASFT.1644/5 (Zimbabwe) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1980s)


CBS DNW 2140 (Zimbabwe) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (mid-1980s)


CBS DNW 2530 (South Africa/Zimbabwe) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1980)


CBS DNW 3044 (Zimbabwe) - front scan by Lars M. Banke (1984)


CBS SSC 5581 (Zimbabwe) - single A-side scan by Tom Willems (1984)


CBS DNW 3076 (Zimbabwe) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1985)


CBS ASF 3218 (Zimbabwe) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1988)


CBS ASF 3297 (Zimbabwe) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1989)


CBS ASF 3340 (Zimbabwe) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1990)


Sony/ZMC McCOL 5300 (Zimbabwe) - front of cassette insert, scan by Manuel García Jara (1997)

Apart from re-releases of Slow Train Coming above, these are the only Dylan releases I have for Zimbabwe after 1980. After Zimbabwean independence from late 1980 to 1986, CBS record labels were orange/yellow. From 1986 until the end of the vinyl era, Zimbabwean CBS records have white/marble labels with text in different colours (blue, green, red) and the CBS logo is just the word "CBS".


MOZAMBIQUE (Colonial)          MOZAMBIQUE (1974-75)             MOZAMBIQUE (1975 onwards)


CBS ASFT 1522/23 (Mozambique) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1970)
The former Portuguese colony of Mozambique, which became independent in 1975, is one of only two countries to have joined the Commonwealth of ex-British colonies (the other is Rwanda). Bob's jaunty song Mozambique from Desire in 1976 was written at a time when the country was embroiled in a particularly brutal civil war! That album was not released there...
CBS ASF 1674 (Mozambique) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1972)


CBS ASF 1554 (Mozambique) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1970)


"Mozambique" (UK feature film, 1965)


CBS ASF 1715 (Mozambique) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1972)


CBS ASF 1716 (Mozambique) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1972)


CBS ASF 1717 (Mozambique) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1972)


Elektra/Teal EKC 6036 (Mozambique) - front scan by Gerd Rundel (1974 - pre-independence)


Warner Bros/Teal Records EKS 634 (Rhodesia/Mozambique) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara
(1974)


Warner Bros/Teal EKC 6036 (Mozambique) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1976 - post independence)

These are the only eight Dylan releases I have for Mozambique and all but the 1976 re-release of Planet Waves date from 1970-74 before independence. The Times They Are A-Changin', The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited, Self Portrait and New Morning were produced and distributed in Mozambique by Companhia Ultramarina de Comércio, LDA, of Lourenço Marques (now Maputo). The 1974 release of Planet Waves was manufactured for Elektra Records by Teal Discos LDA, Lourenço Marques, and the record had Elektra labels. The 1976 release of Planet Waves was again manufactured by Teal Discos LDA, but now the city was called Maputo, and the record had Warner Bros labels.

The 1974 Warner Bros single of On A Night Like This and You Angel You from Planet Waves was manufactured for Asylum Records by Teal Records, who had branches in Rhodesia, Mozambique and Angola. It could have been released in Rhodesia or Mozambique.


ANGOLA (Colonial)                     ANGOLA (1975 onwards)


CBS SSC 632 (Angola) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (1972 promo copy)

The former Portuguese colony of Angola also became independent in 1975. These are the only Dylan or Dylan-related releases I have for Angola and all date from 1972-74 before independence.
Atlantic/Discos Teal ATS 597 (Angola) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1973, Dylan cover on B-side)


Buddah Records 2011136 (Angola) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1973, Dylan cover on B-side)


Apple 8E 0006-05 354 F (Angola) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1974, possible Dylan involvement on B-side)

The incredibly rare Dylan single, probably the rarest Bob Dylan single of all, was made for CBS Records by Valentin de Carvalho CI-SARL of Luanda, Angola, and has The Sounds Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel as the A-side. It is the only known Angolan Dylan release, see 1972. The Roberta Flack Atlantic single has her cover of Just Like A Woman on the B-side and was manufactured for Atlantic Records by Teal Discos Roda LDA, Luanda. The Melanie Buddah Records single has her cover of Lay, Lady, Lay on the B-side and was manufactured for Buddah Records by Valentin de Carvalho CI-SARL, Luanda, who made the Lay, Lady, Lay Dylan single. The George Harrison single, where Bob possibly plays harmonica on the B-side Miss O'Dell was also made in Angola by Valentin de Carvalho CI-SARL.


KENYA (Colonial)                            KENYA (Dec 1963 onwards)


CBS SBPG 62847 (Kenya) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 release)
These incredibly rare albums from 1968 and 1970 come from the former British colony which became independent in 1963 and are the only Dylan releases from that country.

The 1968 release uses the first version of the UK front sleeve with the white "STEREO"/arrows logo at top centre (not shown). The 1968 record was made in Kenya by EMI for CBS records and has orange CBS labels.

The 1970 sleeve was printed by the Majestic Printing Works Ltd., Nairobi. The rear sleeve has two folded-over flaps. The 1970 record was also made in Kenya (manufacturer not stated, but probably still EMI) and has darker orange CBS labels dated 1970.

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


CBS SBPG 62847 (Kenya) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 release)

CBS S 62847 (Kenya) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 release - printed in Nairobi)

CBS SBPG 62847 (Kenya) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (1968 release)

CBS Sbpg 62847 (Kenya) - detail of Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (1968 release - made in Kenya by EMI)

CBS S 62847 (Kenya) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 release)

CBS S 62847 (Kenya) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (1970 release - made in Kenya)

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