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.-

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7 Dec 2019: After an unexpected phone call I now have a copy of The 50th Anniversary Collection 1969 on its way to me. Thanks to all who offered help!

6 Dec 2019: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information about The 50th Anniversary Collection 1969, a very limited 2CD set released today. As people keep asking, I don't have a copy. I ordered it from Badlands at exactly 9:00 a.m., but they were sold out, and I have not been able to get through on the phone. I have a full tracklist and details will be listed on my 2019 Rarities page. Thanks also to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news about a possible new album entitled Days Of Yore, to be released some time in 2020 - more information will be given when available.

15 Nov 2019: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin and Michel Pomarede for news that exclusive white vinyl editions of Blonde On Blonde and Blood On The Tracks will be released by French retailer FNAC on 29 Nov 2019. Other albums released in the series will be Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis and Johnny Cash At San Quentin - The Complete 1969 Concert.

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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: 07 December, 2019


7 Dec 2019: After an unexpected phone call I now have a copy of The 50th Anniversary Collection 1969 on its way to me. Thanks to all who offered help!

6 Dec 2019: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information about The 50th Anniversary Collection 1969, a very limited 2CD set released today. As people keep asking, I don't have a copy. I ordered it from Badlands at exactly 9:00 a.m., but they were sold out, and I have not been able to get through on the phone. I have a full tracklist and details will be listed on my 2019 Rarities page. Thanks also to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news about a possible new album entitled Days Of Yore, to be released some time in 2020 - more information will be given when available.

15 Nov 2019: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin and Michel Pomarede for news that exclusive white vinyl editions of Blonde On Blonde and Blood On The Tracks will be released by French retailer FNAC on 29 Nov 2019. Other albums released in the series will be Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis and Johnny Cash At San Quentin - The Complete 1969 Concert.

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!


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 on this web-site 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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