"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: The 2010s

"Still On The Road: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Vol. 2: 1973-2008" by Clinton Heylin, published by Constable in the UK on 29 Apr 2010

The Official Rarities listings pages for this decade are now here:

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The Yearly Rarity pages are listed above and all audio albums and singles for the 2010s that do not contain rare tracks are listed below. All Honourable Mentions are now here.

If you have any entries to add to the list or additions/corrections to existing entries, please let me know! Please note I cannot value your Dylan rarities - see the Mission page for reasons why. Contact the dealers on my Trading page for assistance!

The 50th Anniversary Collections etc. (2012-19)

50th Anniversary Collection 1962 (2012)

50th Anniversary Collection 1963 (2013)

50th Anniversary Collection 1964 (2014)

50th Anniversary Collection 1965 (2015)

The 1966 Live Recordings (2016)

Bob Dylan Live 1962-1966: Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections (2018)

The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings (2019)

50th Anniversary Collection 1969 (2019)

In 2011 Columbia missed out on having a 50th Anniversary Collection (also known as The Copyright Extension Collection) for 1961, which meant they had to experience the ignominy of seeing Bob's first album (which was recorded in 1961) go out of copyright and dozens of public domain versions of the album appear (see Questionable Releases of Official Dylan Albums and Singles). Since 2012 they've corrected this by releasing all the previously unreleased tracks including live recordings in 50th Anniversary Collections in very limited quantities.

Thanks to Andreas Volkert for the following explanation:

According to Directive 2011/77/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 September 2011 the situation in regard to phonograms/recordings* is as follows:

The European copyright law from 2011 protects recordings made in 1963 or later for 70 years, but only if the recordings are "lawfully published or lawfully communicated" to the public within 50 years after "fixation" (= recording date). If they are released within that period (the cut off date being Dec. 31) they are protected for 70 years from the date of release. This means that "The Complete Basement Tapes" for example are protected until 2084.

Recordings made before 1963 are out of copyright in the EU, no matter what. Therefore the EU market is overflowing with unauthorized (but legal in the EU) releases of Dylan's first album and Dylan bootleg material from 1961 and 1962 (and classic Jazz and Rock & Roll recordings from the 1950s/early 1960s etc.). This means that Dylan's "1962 Anniversary Collection" proved to be superfluous legally (in the EU). But when it was released (in late 2012) the legal situation was unclear, since the new law had not been passed by the legislature of all EU member states (this process was finally completed in 2013). Therefore Sony/Dylan's people released it just in case.

*Note: The copyright for compositions is different: The actual compositions (written musical notes and lyrics) are protected for life of author + 70 years.

Because of the large amount of 1965 material, the 50th Anniversary Collection 1965 was a 208 track download available only to the 5000 purchasers of The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 - Bob Dylan 1965-1966 The Cutting Edge Collector's Edition (which is now sold out). This would have required around 20 LPs (or 12 CDs) to add to the 18CD Collector's Edition set. In 2016 the expected 50th Anniversary Collection 1966 was in fact a massive 36CD set called The 1966 Live Recordings. All the 1966 studio recordings had been included in The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 - Bob Dylan 1965-1966 The Cutting Edge Collector's Edition. As well as the 2014 6CD set The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - Bob Dylan And The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete, recorded throughout 1967, the album John Wesley Harding was recorded at Columbia Studios, Nashville, TN, in Oct/Nov 1967, however the expected 50th Anniversary Collection 1967 with all the recordings from those sessions was not released at the end of 2017, although some of these recordings appeared on The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 - Travelin' Thru 1967-1969. As Bob did not record anything in 1968, there was no 50th Anniversary Collection 1968. A compilation 2CD set, Bob Dylan Live 1962-1966: Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections, was released by Sony Music in Japan in July 2018, later released worldwide. The 14CD set The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings released in June 2019 is listed on the bobdylan.com Albums Page even though it was a Limited Edition. I am choosing to consider this release a rarity until such time I hear that its status as a Limited Edition has changed and it is on permanent general sale. The 50th Anniversary Collection 1969, a very limited 2CD set, was released on 6 Dec 2019. The 50th Anniversary Collection 1970, an equally limited 3CD set, was released on 4 Dec 2020, see 2020.

Other 2010s Pages

Stereo Albums

Tempest (2012)

The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) (2013)

The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - Bob Dylan And The Band: The Basement Tapes Raw/Complete (2014)

Shadows In The Night (Feb 2015)

The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 - Bob Dylan 1965-1966 The Cutting Edge (Nov 2015)

Fallen Angels (May 2016)

The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert! (Dec 2016)

Triplicate (Mar 2017)

The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 - Trouble No More 1979-1981 (2017)

Bob Dylan Live 1962-1966: Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections (2018)

The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - More Blood, More Tracks (2018)

The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 - Travelin' Thru 1967-1969 (2019)

2010s Multi-packs


Mono Albums

The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964 (2010)

The Original Mono Recordings (2010)

The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings (2010)

Bob Dylan In Concert: Brandeis University 1963 (2010)

Live In Sydney 1966 (2016)

Compilations and Promotional Albums

All Promotional and Radio Station Albums are now included in the Dylan-Only and Various Artists Compilations lists.

Dylan-Only Compilations 2010-19

Various Artist Compilations 2010

Various Artist Compilations 2011

Various Artist Compilations 2012

Various Artist Compilations 2013

Various Artist Compilations 2014

Various Artist Compilations 2015

Various Artist Compilations 2016

Various Artist Compilations 2017

Various Artist Compilations 2018

Various Artist Compilations 2019

Singles and EPs

All Promotional Singles are now included in the International Singles list.

International Singles: All Formats 2010

International 7" Single Sleeves

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