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Announcing "Bob Dylan Worldwide -The First Twenty Years" - the first instalment of what will hopefully be the definite Dylan discography, published by Christoph Maus/Maus of Music, Hamburg, Germany . This was published in advance of Bob's 75th birthday, in mid-April 2016. Heartfelt thanks to the contributors to this site who have helped with preparing this book - they are credited for their contributions. Please buy this book from "Isis" here . Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for news the book can be bought in Japan from Disk Union here . Sample pages from the book are shown here.


7 Mar 2019: Thanks to Hermann Rechberger and Jack Guerreiro for news of a 14CD set called Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings to be released by Sony Music on 3 May 2019. It is reported to be limited to 3000 copies and Amazon in the USA are offering it for sale at $213.99. This will be released in conjunction with Martin Scorsese's documentary Conjuring The Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, which contains a great deal of performance footage plus an exclusive interview with Bob by Jeff Rosen, and will be available on Netflix about the same time. More information will be added when available. Thanks also to Tim Dunn.

3 Mar 2019: Thanks again to Fred Muller for news that another vinyl release on Record Store Day, 13 Apr 2019, will be the Concord Music 12" EP Purse by Elvis Costello & The Imposters including a different version of the "lost" Basement Tapes song Down On The Bottom from the 2014 album Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes with music by Elvis Costello (the 2014 version had music by Jim James of My Morning Jacket).

28 Feb 2019: Thanks to Matthew Cianci and Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that the 2001 TV soundtrack album The Sopranos - Peppers & Eggs: Music From The HBO Original Series will be released on vinyl for the first time as a 2LP set by Wargod Records on Record Store Day, 13 Apr 2019. It includes Bob's unique performance of Return To Me [Ritorna A Me], a cover of the Dean Martin 1958 hit, recorded specially for the TV series. The records will be on "Prozac & Booze" coloured vinyl!

23 Feb 2019: Thanks to Fred Muller for news that the 1974 Blood On The Tracks test pressing will be released on vinyl on Record Store Day, 13 Apr 2019. This will be an exact reproduction of the 1974 disc with the original mixes (not included on the Deluxe Edition of The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks in 2018, almost certainly deliberately) and be limited to 7500 copies worldwide. This will be the first time that the award-winning liner notes by Pete Hamill will actually describe the takes that are on the album!

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This is a fan site with no connection to Bob - that means you can't contact him through me! I used to have a postal address for Bob's New York business office that I thought was correct, but I have since been informed by someone who wrote to that address that their mail was returned. I have never had an email address. I can only suggest you contact Bob's publisher Simon & Schuster or use the feedback page at www.bobdylan.com. I also have no means of helping anyone who wants to meet Bob Dylan or obtain his autograph!

For much wider news coverage of interest to Bob Dylan fans, see Karl Erik's amazing "Expecting Rain" site . It's always up-to-date thanks to his astounding dedication!


News and Updates are now two separate pages - for Updates (including all site structure changes), see here.

Revised: 16 March, 2019


7 Mar 2019: Thanks to Hermann Rechberger and Jack Guerreiro for news of a 14CD set called Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings to be released by Sony Music on 3 May 2019. It is reported to be limited to 3000 copies and Amazon in the USA are offering it for sale at $213.99. This will be released in conjunction with Martin Scorsese's documentary Conjuring The Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, which contains a great deal of performance footage plus an exclusive interview with Bob by Jeff Rosen, and will be available on Netflix about the same time. More information will be added when available. Thanks also to Tim Dunn.


3 Mar 2019: Thanks again to Fred Muller for news that another vinyl release on Record Store Day, 13 Apr 2019, will be the Concord Music 12" EP Purse by Elvis Costello & The Imposters including a different version of the "lost" Basement Tapes song Down On The Bottom from the 2014 album Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes with music by Elvis Costello (the 2014 version had music by Jim James of My Morning Jacket).

28 Feb 2019: Thanks to Matthew Cianci and Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that the 2001 TV soundtrack album The Sopranos - Peppers & Eggs: Music From The HBO Original Series will be released on vinyl for the first time as a 2LP set by Wargod Records on Record Store Day, 13 Apr 2019. It includes Bob's unique performance of Return To Me [Ritorna A Me], a cover of the Dean Martin 1958 hit, recorded specially for the TV series. The records will be on "Prozac & Booze" coloured vinyl!

23 Feb 2019: Thanks to Fred Muller for news that the 1974 Blood On The Tracks test pressing will be released on vinyl on Record Store Day, 13 Apr 2019. This will be an exact reproduction of the 1974 disc with the original mixes (not included on the Deluxe Edition of The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks in 2018, almost certainly deliberately) and be limited to 7500 copies worldwide. This will be the first time that the award-winning liner notes by Pete Hamill will actually describe the takes that are on the album!

Older News

Old news items are kept on here until the rarities referred to actually surface, or until it becomes clear that they're not going to!


17 Dec 2018: Thanks to Derek Barker for news of an exciting new UK CD release: "I’m now very pleased to be able to confirm details about the special Deluxe Edition of “ISIS Anthology Volume 3”. Published by Red Planet to celebrate ISIS reaching our landmark 200th issue, this very special edition will be an Author Signed and Individually Numbered, Limited Edition Hardback with a print run of just 500. Any ISIS customer who orders the Anthology before January 21, 2019 can have their name printed in the book. We are pleased and proud to announce that this edition of the book will contain a unique 70-plus-minute, 18-track compilation CD featuring songs from across Bob Dylan’s illustrious career. This officially sanctioned album, featuring tracks from Boots of Spanish Leather to Long and Wasted Years, is only available with the Deluxe Edition of the ISIS Anthology. Several tracks are not available on regular albums; George Jackson (Big Band Version), Heart of Mine (extended version) and When I Paint My Masterpiece (Leon Russell out-take version). This collection would not be complete without a live performance of Isis (Boston Music Hall, November 21, 1975). Many of the tracks included on this compilation are 2005-2013 re-masters. (Final track list to be confirmed)".

I have ordered my copy and more information will be added when available.


29 Sep 2018: Thanks to Walter Zuk for posting about an article in "Rolling Stone" about possible new releases for the Bootleg Series being planned by Bob's team. These could include a "Coffeehouse Years" set featuring Bob's very early 1960s performances in New York. Not only do they have many unreleased tapes, but the copies of the tapes they have that are already in circulation are first generation! Also under consideration is a set of the Time Out Of Mind sessions in 1997 - again some material was released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 - Tell Tale Signs in 2008, but many more takes from the sessions remain unreleased. Two more possible sets cover the period immediately after the Bootleg Series Vol. 13, from Shot Of Love in 1981 to the Infidels sessions in 1983, and the 1969 Nashville Skyline sessions including the jam with Johnny Cash. A documentary about the 1975-76 Rolling Thunder Revue tours has been in preparation for around ten years, and may come out next year, and further off could be a live Bootleg Series set with recordings from the Never Ending Tour, which started in 1988 and is still going on!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/bob-dylan-coffeehouse-years-bootleg-series-728571/

(Illustrated are bootlegs covering Bob's early recordings and the Nashville set with Johnny Cash.)


9 Aug 2018: Visitors may have noticed that this web-site is now labelled as "Not Secure" by Google Chrome and other browsers. This is because I haven't stumped up the extra £200 per year to upgrade to Secure Hosting (HTTPS). However, there is little risk because this web-site is totally passive, and visitors can only view pages, there is no interaction. It does not use cookies to track your movements, and does not gather any information from you at all. This means of course that the new regulation in European Union (EU) law on data protection and privacy, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), applicable since 25 May 2018, does not apply to this web-site.

24 Nov 2015: Please note, in order to reduce the huge number of submissions, only submit scans of new items. If you have variant copies of items already listed on the site, please submit only a text description of your item that can be pasted into the web page. That will make the additions significantly easier to handle, and avoid web pages becoming too long. This is a new permanent policy for the site. Thank you for your co-operation.


7 Jul 2014: Thanks to Jeff Gold, Bruce Mulle and several others for news of 149 Dylan acetates from the Nashville Skyline/Self Portrait/New Morning era that were found in a New York building in West Houston Street, Greenwich Village, that was once rented by Bob as a studio. These have been named "The West Houston Street Acetates" and contain many unreleased versions of Dylan songs from the period. They will be listed in full on the 2014 page when time permits. For full details, see here.

26 Nov 2013: So long, eBay! This web-site has an ongoing huge backlog of additions, all with high quality artwork, and several important new Dylan releases to add between now and Christmas. In view of the poor quality of description and illustration of items from eBay and other online auction sites, together with the high probability that items are counterfeit, no more items from such sites will be considered for inclusion here. I've also been told that featuring eBay items here has led to higher prices. Thanks to those who have submitted eBay links in the past, but please don't do so in future under any circumstances.

As an example, look at the scan by Manuel García Jara and a photo of the same single from an online auction site. The digital photo is appalling (and shows the wrong side of the sleeve)!


Columbia 4-43346 (USA) - A-side in Columbia Record Club sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Columbia 4-43346 (USA) - A-side in Columbia Record Club sleeve, photo from online auction site

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