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.

19 Sep 2018: Thanks to Harold Lepidus and Fred Muller for information about the tracklists for the Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks releases, which will be added to this web-site. The track that isn't listed in the published session discographies (Krogsgaard/Dundas) is a previously unknown version of Spanish Is The Loving Tongue.  I have all the track details for the three releases and these will be added to the site as soon as possible. I have also noticed that Bob Dylan Live 1962-1966: Rare Performances From The Copyright Collection has been added to the bobdylan.com Albums page. The entries for this release will now be added to a new International Album Releases (Regular) page and the tracks it contains will no longer be rarities.

14 Sep 2018: Thanks to "Isis" magazine for news that Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks will be released on 2 Nov 2018. There will be a Deluxe Edition with six CDs, a single CD Standard Edition and a 2LP vinyl release. It includes one track that isn't listed in the published session discographies (Krogsgaard/Dundas).

11 Sep 2018: The Original Mono Recordings (9LP boxed set) - thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that this set of 180gm mono LPs may soon be reissued.

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.

"By popular demand", the latest Bob Dylan Rarity News notified to me. If you have any news not shown that will interest site visitors, please contact me here. Please make sure the subject of your message includes the word  "Dylan"- this will ensure it's not put in the trash by the site's Spam filter. This is absolutely vital - incoming Spam can be as much as 13,300 messages per day, and I'm sure some of your valuable messages have been missed! Please retry if your message was rejected or if you haven't received a reply.

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Contacting Bob Dylan

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: 20 September, 2018


19 Sep 2018: Thanks to Harold Lepidus and Fred Muller for information about the tracklists for the Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks releases, which will be added to this web-site. The track that isn't listed in the published session discographies (Krogsgaard/Dundas) is a previously unknown version of Spanish Is The Loving Tongue.  I have all the track details for the three releases and these will be added to the site as soon as possible. I have also noticed that Bob Dylan Live 1962-1966: Rare Performances From The Copyright Collection has been added to the bobdylan.com Albums page. The entries for this release will now be added to a new International Album Releases (Regular) page and the tracks it contains will no longer be rarities.

14 Sep 2018: Thanks to "Isis" magazine for news that Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks (picture below 25 Jul 2018) will be released on 2 Nov 2018. There will be a Deluxe Edition with six CDs, a single CD Standard Edition and a 2LP vinyl release. It includes one track that isn't listed in the published session discographies (Krogsgaard/Dundas).


11 Sep 2018: The Original Mono Recordings (9LP boxed set) - thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that this set of 180gm mono LPs may soon be reissued.


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.

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 Jul 2018: Thanks to Harold Lepidus for the possible artwork for the upcoming Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks. The artwork appears to be based on a photo by Barry Feinstein from the same roll as one that was used for the cover of "Newsweek" in Jan 1974. Blood On The Tracks 1975

14 Jun 2018: Thanks to Harold Lepidus for information that the next Bootleg Series will be volume 14. It is going to be based around the Blood On The Tracks album and will be called More Blood, More Tracks. It will be released later this year. More information will be provided when available. As well as the original takes on the 1974 "New York Sessions" version of the album (see 1974) and the alternate take of Meet Me In The Morning mentioned on 4 Jun 2018 below, this release should include the alternate takes released on Biograph (1985), The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 (1991) and Jerry Maguire: Music From The Motion Picture (1996).

4 Jun 2018: Thanks to Harold Lepidus' blog for information  that Richard Alderson, Dylan’s former sound engineer, who recorded most of the 1966 tour, also recorded Bob's performances at the Gaslight Café in New York in Oct 1962. Richard Alderson commented about two forthcoming Dylan releases in a recent Facebook post. According to Alderson, “My original recordings of Bob from the Gaslight in October 1962 will be released on Sony in the near future… very, very few have heard them in their pristine sonic glory. Soon (to) come with the correct provenance and my story about recording them.” The Gaslight recordings have been heavily bootlegged, and a 10-song version was officially released by Sony in 2005, initially through an exclusive 18-month deal with Starbucks. Separately, Alderson confirmed "Blood On The Tracks (is) being reissued soon with all the NYC recordings, as a box set". The Blood on the Tracks box set was originally scheduled to be Volume 10 of Dylan’s Bootleg Series in 2013, and an alternative, uncirculated take of Meet Me in the Morning was added as the B-side of a 7” single of Duquesne Whistle in Nov 2012. Surprisingly, The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) was released instead. The most recent Bootleg Series, Volume 13 - Trouble No More 1979-1981, was released last November.


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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