"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities


"Bob Dylan Worldwide -The First Twenty Years" is 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.

[The Official Rarities Yearly Lists] [Traveling Wilburys] [Online Performances (bobdylan.com)] [Online Performances (Other)] [Interviews with Bob] [VHS & DVD] [International Mono Releases] [International Stereo Releases] [Released Rarities] [Honourable Mentions] [Honourable Mentions Video] [Questionable Releases] [Questionable Video Releases]

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[The Official Rarities Yearly Lists]
The Rarities Header page for each decade now contains links to the other audio pages for that decade.
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"There are those who worship loneliness, I'm not one of them,
In this age of fibreglass I'm searching for a gem."

Bob Dylan, "Dirge", ©
1973/2001 by Ram's Horn Music

A list-in-progress of officially released but elusive recordings of Bob Dylan, compiled by Alan Fraser.

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All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
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Bob Dylan at the Movies: An Overview of all Films with Dylan Performances

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24 May 2020: Happy Birthday, Bob! 79 years old and may you stay forever young!

20 May 2020: Thanks to Stacy Stephens for information that Badlands in the UK are offering the 2LP release of Rough And Rowdy Ways in olive-green vinyl while JPC in Germany are offering the set in yellow-gold vinyl. There are indeed two distinct coloured vinyl editions for independent stores only. Harold Lepidus confirms independent stores in the USA are offering the olive-green edition, while Stuart Moore says that the gold edition will be available in Australia.

11 May 2020: Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for information that I Contain Multitudes and False Prophet are on CD1/Record 1 of Rough And Rowdy Ways, while Murder Most Foul is on CD2 and one side of Record 2 on its own.

8 May 2020: Thanks to Harold Lepidus and Dag Braathen for news that bobdylan.com has unveiled a third previously unreleased song by Bob entitled False Prophet. These tracks are now revealed to be from Bob's new studio album, Rough And Rowdy Ways, to be released on 19 Jun 2020. The skeleton illustration is taken from the cover of "The Shadow" magazine, USA, 15 Jul 1942.

17 Apr 2020: Thanks to …amonn ” CathŠin, Harold Lepidus and Andrea Orlandi for information about a second previously unreleased song posted on bobdylan.com today, I Contain Multitudes. The song title comes from the Walt Whitman poem "Song of Myself" (1855), "Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)" The accompanying photo was taken at Sporthalle Alpenstrasse, Salzburg, Austria, 9 Jul 1996, by Andrea Orlandi. This entry has again been added to Online Performances (bobdylan.com).

9 Apr 2020: Good news is that Murder Most Foul became #1 on the US "Billboard" chart for the week ending 9 Apr 2020. This is Bob's first #1 in the USA, as his previous best, Like A Rolling Stone, only made it to #2. However, Blowin' In The Wind by Peter, Paul and Mary, and Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds both reached #1.

1 Apr 2020: Thanks to Jeff Gold of Record Mecca for this link to his blog about fakes on eBay:

https://recordmecca.com/news/fake-sealed-records-with-hype-stickers-proliferate-on-ebay/

Contributors are reminded that the abundance of fakes is one reason that entries from eBay have been banned from this site since 2013.

 


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Bob Dylan's Official Rarities Pages


Official Rarities and Obscurities

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Traveling Wilburys

Online Performances (bobdylan.com)

Online Performances (Other)

Interviews with Bob

VHS & DVD

International Mono Releases

International Stereo Releases

Released Rarities

Honourable Mentions

Honourable Mentions Blowin' In The Wind covers

Honourable Mentions Video

Questionable Releases

Questionable Releases of Official Dylan Albums

Questionable Releases of Official Dylan Singles

Questionable Releases Video

Index of International Releases by Country (work in progress)
 

"International Stereo Releases" is organised by album and split into "Regular Albums" (again with one page per album),  "Compilations" and "Stereo Singles (All Formats)".  The new "Index of International Releases by Country" will summarise both mono and stereo album and single releases by individual country.


Lists compiled from "Searching For A Gem"

All the pages below contain lists of tracks that aren't on Bob's regular albums. There is no overlap between them, in that each rarity is listed on one page only.

Mr. D's Apochrypha
"Mr. D's Apocrypha"

(Columbia releases with tracks that aren't on Bob's regular albums)

Bob's "Field Recordings" 1961-87
Bob's Early "Field Recordings" 1961-87

The Never-Ending Tour Official "Field Recordings"
Bob Dylan's Never-Ending Tour Official "Field Recordings
" 1988 Onwards

Bob's Appearances on Compilations
Bob's Appearances on Compilations
(including Film Soundtracks)

Duets with Bob
Duets with Bob

Bob Supporting Other Artists
Bob "On The Side"

Revised:25 May, 2020


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!

Access the yearly pages from here by going to the Official Rarities Yearly Lists. Traveling Wilburys now have their own pages. "VHS & DVD" is now split into multiple pages, including pages for films and TV series with Dylan rarities and pages for films and TV series with Dylan album tracks. "International Mono Releases" now has a page per official album plus pages for compilation albums, mono 7" singles and mono 7" EPs. "International Stereo Releases" is split into "Regular Albums" (again with one page per album),  "Compilations" and "Stereo Singles (All Formats)". "Honourable Mentions" are items which don't qualify for these lists, but may be of interest to Dylan collectors. "Questionable Releases" and "Questionable Releases Video" are items sent in by contributors of dubious provenance.

[The Official Rarities Yearly Lists] [Traveling Wilburys] [Online Performances (bobdylan.com)] [Online Performances (Other)] [Interviews with Bob] [VHS & DVD]
[International Mono Releases] [International Stereo Releases] [Released Rarities] [Honourable Mentions]
[Honourable Mentions Video] [Questionable Releases] [Questionable Releases Video]

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All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
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The list of people who've contributed to the site is now long enough to merit its own Thanks page!

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For records that have been wrongly associated with Bob but definitely have no connection with him, see here. Sorry, for legal and other reasons it is not possible for this site to offer valuations of your Dylan rarities, for details of online Dylan traders, see here. For other Bob Dylan related sites that may be of interest to Searching For A Gem visitors, see here.


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Searching For A Gem is compiled by:

Alan Fraser
Macclesfield, Cheshire,
England
For more information on England's Macclesfield, see . There is also a Macclesfield in North Carolina, USA, and two in Australia: one in South Australia (near Adelaide) and one in Victoria (near Melbourne)! All three towns were founded by Cheshire expatriates.

Alan has contributed to the UK magazines "Record Collector", "Q", "Mojo" and "Uncut" as well as to the "Village Voice", Dylan fanzines "Isis" and "The Bridge" and several books on Bob Dylan, and has also appeared on BBC Radio talking about this site. He is the co-author with Christoph Maus of "Bob Dylan Worldwide: The First Twenty Years". Alan is the EDLIS "Gemologist", for the EDLIS Parties and Gatherings Facebook page, go to .

For Alan's science fiction book reviews for the British Science Fiction Association's review magazine "Vector", go here .

 


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Email: bob-rare@searchingforagem.com

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Hans Seegers, Holland - Dylan discographer and collector supreme

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The original version of "Bob Dylan's Official Rarities" was hosted on Guilio Molfese's "Breadcrumb Sins" site and also appeared in "The Bob Dylan Companion", edited by Carl Benson, Schirmer Books, New York, 1998.

This site is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Larry "Lambchop" Eden, who followed Bob all over the world for many years, and sadly died in 2007. I bought part of his Dylan collection when he was raising money to move to India some years before. He's one of the few fans Bob has ever acknowledged from the stage, saying "This is Lambchop. He's been to more of my shows than I have!". Let's hear it for the Chopper!


Larry Eden in his trademark Rolling Thunder hat, photo by "jackobob"

[The Official Rarities Yearly Lists] [Traveling Wilburys] [Online Performances (bobdylan.com)] [Online Performances (Other)] [Interviews with Bob] [VHS & DVD] [International Mono Releases] [International Stereo Releases] [Released Rarities] [Honourable Mentions] [Honourable Mentions Video] [Questionable Releases] [Questionable Video Releases]

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All the songs listed on this web-site are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
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