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.

2 Nov 2018: Confirmation that the 6CD Deluxe Edition of The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks, officially released today, is a Strictly Limited Edition means that some previous rarities including tracks from the Blood On The Tracks test pressing and the alternate take of Shelter From The Storm from the Jerry Maguire soundtrack album remain rarities. Because no tracks included on the more readily available single CD release are exactly the same as the previously released versions, tracks I thought I could delist, such as the alternate take of Meet Me In The Morning from the 2012 Duquesne Whistle single, will also still remain on the rarities list.

25 Oct 2018: Thanks to Sergio Mariano Romay and Manuel García Jara for informing me about two more fake Portuguese promo picture sleeves on eBay.

These are for Mozambique/Oh, Sister (1976) and Unbelievable/10,000 Men (1990). The records appear genuine but the sleeves are fake! (The "Portuguese" Unbelievable single is actually from Holland...) There is also a Mexican release of Knocked Out Loaded in a fake promo sleeve with the hilarious title misspelling of "Kwocked Out Loaded"! It's a crock all right! Also shown is a copy of the Mexican Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits in another fake promo sleeve. This record dates from the 1980s, but the same sleeve previously turned up with a 1960s record!

18 Oct 2018: The Dec 2018 issue of the UK music magazine "Uncut" has a 14-page article on the making of Blood On The Tracks and The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks plus a 12-track cover disc Dylan: The Best Of The Bootleg Series. This includes a track from each of the Bootleg Series releases (just Blind Willie McTell from Vols. 1-3) including Take 2 of You're A Big Girl Now from both the single CD and 6CD editions of The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks.

8 Oct 2018: Thanks to Harold Lepidus and David McBride for news about a "30th Anniversary Picture Disc" release of the 1988 album Traveling Wilburys Volume One. More information will be given when available.

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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: 13 November, 2018


2 Nov 2018: Confirmation that the 6CD Deluxe Edition of The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks, officially released today, is a Strictly Limited Edition means that some previous rarities including tracks from the Blood On The Tracks test pressing and the alternate take of Shelter From The Storm from the Jerry Maguire soundtrack album remain rarities. Because no tracks included on the more readily available single CD release are exactly the same as the previously released versions, tracks I thought I could delist, such as the alternate take of Meet Me In The Morning from the 2012 Duquesne Whistle single, will also still remain on the rarities list.

25 Oct 2018: Thanks to Sergio Mariano Romay and Manuel García Jara for informing me about two more fake Portuguese promo picture sleeves on eBay. These are for Mozambique/Oh, Sister (1976) and Unbelievable/10,000 Men (1990). The records appear genuine but the sleeves are fake! (The "Portuguese" Unbelievable single is actually from Holland...)

There is also a Mexican release of Knocked Out Loaded in a fake promo sleeve with the hilarious title misspelling of "Kwocked Out Loaded"! It's a crock all right!  Also shown is a copy of the Mexican Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits in another fake promo sleeve. This record dates from the 1980s, but the same sleeve previously turned up with a 1960s record!


18 Oct 2018: The Dec 2018 issue of the UK music magazine "Uncut" has a 14-page article on the making of Blood On The Tracks and The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks plus a 12-track cover disc Dylan: The Best Of The Bootleg Series. This includes a track from each of the Bootleg Series releases (just Blind Willie McTell from Vols. 1-3) including Take 2 of You're A Big Girl Now from both the single CD and 6CD editions of The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks.

8 Oct 2018: Thanks to Harold Lepidus and David McBride for news about a "30th Anniversary Picture Disc" release of the 1988 album Traveling Wilburys Volume One. More information will be given when available.

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!


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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