Searching For A Gem: News


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.

23 Jun 2017: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information that the French record store chain FNAC has released a second mono Bob Dylan album on coloured vinyl, this time The Times They Are A-Changin' on clear vinyl. This is a limited edition of 1000 copies, and this time the record plays the right album! (The first mono FNAC release was Highway 61 Revisited, which actually played Bringing it All Back Home.) I have ordered a copy and more information will be added when available.

20 Jun 2017: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information that in Episode 6 of Season 2 of the Amazon Prime series "The Man In The High Castle", Talkin' New York from Bob Dylan can be heard under a lot of chatter, as though broadcast on a TV or radio in the background. The action takes place in an alternate 1962 in which the Allies lost World War 2 and is based on a 1962 novel by Philip K. Dick.

15 Jun 2017: Thanks to "Isis" issue 192 for news of the forthcoming Bootleg Series Vol. 13 release on "The Gospel Years". This will come in the now familiar 8.5" box and may contain as many as eight discs, two of which may be DVDs. The audio will feature unreleased material from 1979-81 including studio versions of songs performed live on tour as well as live performances. The video may include the shows from Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 1980, and possibly the show from Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York, 1 May 1980, all of which were filmed professionally but unreleased. Thanks also to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that four Dylan albums will be reissued on vinyl in Europe on 25 Aug 2017: Hard Rain; Oh Mercy; Good As I Been To You and Live At Brandeis University 1963.

6 Jun 2017: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that, after their cock-up with a white vinyl Highway 61 Revisited earlier this year, FNAC in France will now be selling The Times They Are A-Changin' on white vinyl, to be released on 16 Jun 2017. Sadly, I have to announce a long break from updating this web-site because I have several other projects to work on that have been badly neglected because the high volume of site additions and amendments. No updates will be accepted until the beginning of October 2017. After that we should have a new Bootleg Series release, and probably a 50th Anniversary 1967 release with the John Wesley Harding sessions from Oct-Nov 1967. That will give me plenty to work on without revisiting earlier releases.

3 May 2017: The 2CD set Bob Dylan's Great American Songbook: The "Triplicate" Originals from BDA (Bob Dylan Archives) is released on 5 May 2017 and contains 40 1940s-1960s covers of all 30 of the Sinatra songs on Bob Dylan's 2017 3CD set Triplicate plus 10 bonus tracks (alternate covers) including five Frank Sinatra originals. Artists include Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Bing Crosby, Pattie Page and Peggy Lee. Thanks to Derek Barker of "Isis" for the set. Buy it here: .

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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: 23 June, 2017


23 Jun 2017: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information that the French record store chain FNAC has released a second mono Bob Dylan album on coloured vinyl, this time The Times They Are A-Changin' on clear vinyl. This is a limited edition of 1000 copies, and this time the record plays the right album! (The first mono FNAC release was Highway 61 Revisited, which actually played Bringing it All Back Home.) I have ordered a copy and more information will be added when available.

20 Jun 2017: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information that in Episode 6 of Season 2 of the Amazon Prime series "The Man In The High Castle", Talkin' New York from Bob Dylan can be heard under a lot of chatter, as though broadcast on a TV or radio in the background. The action takes place in an alternate 1962 in which the Allies lost World War 2 and is based on a 1962 novel by Philip K. Dick.

15 Jun 2017: Thanks to "Isis" issue 192 for news of the forthcoming Bootleg Series Vol. 13 release on "The Gospel Years". This will come in the now familiar 8.5" box and may contain as many as eight discs, two of which may be DVDs. The audio will feature unreleased material from 1979-81 including studio versions of songs performed live on tour as well as live performances. The video may include the shows from Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 1980, and possibly the show from Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York, 1 May 1980, all of which were filmed professionally but unreleased. Thanks also to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that four Dylan albums will be reissued on vinyl in Europe on 25 Aug 2017: Hard Rain; Oh Mercy; Good As I Been To You and Live At Brandeis University 1963.


6 Jun 2017: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that, after their cock-up with a white vinyl Highway 61 Revisited earlier this year, FNAC in France will now be selling The Times They Are A-Changin' on white vinyl, to be released on 16 Jun 2017. Sadly, I have to announce a long break from updating this web-site because I have several other projects to work on that have been badly neglected because the high volume of site additions and amendments. No updates will be accepted until the beginning of October 2017. After that we should have a new Bootleg Series release, and probably a 50th Anniversary 1967 release with the John Wesley Harding sessions from Oct-Nov 1967. That will give me plenty to work on without revisiting earlier releases.


3 May 2017: The 2CD set Bob Dylan's Great American Songbook: The "Triplicate" Originals from BDA (Bob Dylan Archives) is released on 5 May 2017 and contains 40 1940s-1960s covers of all 30 of the Sinatra songs on Bob Dylan's 2017 3CD set Triplicate plus 10 bonus tracks (alternate covers) including five Frank Sinatra originals. Artists include Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Bing Crosby, Pattie Page and Peggy Lee. Thanks to Derek Barker of "Isis" for the set. Buy it here: .

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!


25 Mar 2017: Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information about a copy of the 1974 Asylum Mexico single of En Una Noche Como Esta [On A Night Like This]/Tú Ángel Tú [You Angel You] from Planet Waves that is being offered for sale on eBay. This rogue seller has been responsible for a string of Mexican singles with fake picture sleeves, which according to feedback are just poor photocopies. You are advised to leave these singles well alone!

20 Mar 2017: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin and Derek Barker for news that FNAC in France are selling a unique version of the mono Highway 61 Revisited on white vinyl. FNAC has recently acquired an exclusive deal on a wide selection of albums which they are releasing in France on coloured vinyl. This is the only Dylan title but there is also a Deep Purple album on multicoloured vinyl, Velvet Underground on white vinyl, Jethro Tull's Aqualung on green vinyl and many more. However, the album actually plays Bringing It All Back Home! All known copies have the same mispressing.

23 Feb 2017: Thanks to Fred Muller for news that The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 - The Gospel Years will be released in Nov 2017. Clinton Heylin is publishing a book to be called "Trouble In Mind: Bob Dylan's Gospel Years - What Really Happened" on 14 Nov 2017 to coincide with the set's release. More information will be given as it arrives.


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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