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Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 2023

All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
A-E F-J K-O P-S T-Z

    
"The Philosophy of Modern Song" by Bob Dylan, to be published in Japan on 13 Apr 2023. The obi on the right hand copy says "Translated by Yoshiaki Sato, Published by Iwanami Books Pub. Co."

 

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This yearly page now contains only the main Rarities List. Promotional Items (Albums and Singles) are now here. 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!

Revised: 06 January, 2024.


Titles in red are not available on a currently released Bob Dylan CD (for these see bobdylan.com )

Key to symbols used:
Links to other World Wide Web pages -
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Performances currently available on commercial CD are marked by (these are the ones that count as obscurities rather than as rarities)

Audience recordings are indicated by (A).


Thanks to Jack from Canada for pointing out that Shadow Kingdom and The Complete Budokan 1978 have now been added to the bobdylan.com Albums Page. These titles havetherefore been added toInternational Albums (Regular Album Releases) and removed from this page.



"Time Out Of Mind" - Blu-ray Audio Edition: Sony Music/SDE 19658809229 (Europe), 12 May 2023:


Sony Music/SDE 19658809229 (Europe) - front of slipcase (my copy)

Thanks to Sergio Mariano Romay for news that the 2022 Remix of Time Out Of Mind from CD1 of The Bootleg Series Vol. 17: Fragments - 'Time Out Of Mind' Sessions (1996-1997) (see International Album Releases (Regular) )will also be released on 12 May 2023 as #8 in the SDE (SuperDeluxeEdition) Surround Series, in immersive audio. The format is a Blu-ray Audio gold disc with Dolby Atmos surround sound and Hi-Res Stereo versions of the remixed album. The DVD-style case comes in a card slipcase and there is a 12-page stapled booklet. The surround sound tracks are rarities:

R-2372 Time Out Of Mind (2022 Remix) from CD1 of The Bootleg Series Vol. 17: Fragments - 'Time Out Of Mind' Sessions (1996-1997) in Dolby Atmos surround sound versions


Sony Music/SDE 19658809229 (Europe) - outside of unfolded insert


Sony Music/SDE 19658809229 (Europe) - rear of slipcase


Sony Music/SDE 19658809229 (Europe) - rear of sealed Blu-ray case

Sony Music/SDE 19658809229 (Europe) - front of sealed Blu-ray case

Sony Music/SDE 19658809229 (Europe) - Blu-ray Audio

Sony Music/SDE 19658809229 (Europe) - outside of unfolded booklet

Various Artists - "Arthur Baker Presents Dance Masters: The Classic Dance Remixes" - 4CD set: Demon EDSL0143 (UK), 20 July 2023; 6LP set: Demon DEMRECBOX82 (UK), 20 July 2023; 2LP set: Demon DEMREC1107 (UK), 20 July 2023:


Demon EDSL0143 (UK) - front of box, scan by Jack from Canada (4CD set with both Dylan tracks)

Demon EDSL0143 (UK) - rear of box, scan by Jack from Canada (4CD set with both Dylan tracks)

Demon EDSL0143 (UK) - CD1 scan by Jack from Canada (includes Bob)

Demon EDSL0143 (UK) - CD2 scan by Jack from Canada (no Dylan)

Demon EDSL0143 (UK) - CD3 scan by Jack from Canada (includes R-0611)

Demon EDSL0143 (UK) - C4 scan by Jack from Canada (no Dylan)

Demon EDSL0143 (UK) - contents of box, picture from Super Deluxe Editions web-site (4CD set with both Dylan tracks)

Demon DEMRECBOX82 (UK) - front of box, picture from Super Deluxe Editions web-site (6LP set with both Dylan tracks)

Demon DEMRECBOX82 (UK) - rear of box, picture from Super Deluxe Editions web-site (6LP set with both Dylan tracks)

Demon DEMREC1107 (UK) - front of gatefold sleeve, picture from Super Deluxe Editions web-site (2LP set with R-0611 only)

Demon DEMREC1107 (UK) - rear of gatefold sleeve, picture from Super Deluxe Editions web-site (2LP set with R-0611 only)


Manhattan V-56013 (USA, 1985) - 12" single A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (R-0611)

When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky, full length version from Empire Burlesque (album produced by Arthur Baker), is track 11 on CD1 of the 4CD set and track 3 on Side 4 of the 6LP set. It's not on the 2LP set.

R-0611-3 (Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City (The Last Remix) (Miami Steve Van Zandt) - 12" extended remix (9:37) by Artists United Against Apartheid

For the original Manhattan vinyl releases see 1985.

R-0611 is track 1 on CD3 of the 4CD set, track 2 on Side 2 of both the 6LP and 2LP sets.

The original information that these tracks had been remixed by Nick Robbins was incorrect - he remastered the tracks.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara, André Wilbers, T. J. Jenkins, Luis Borrego Polanko and Jack from Canada for information and scans.


Stevie Nicks - "Complete Albums & Rarities" - 16LP/10CD boxed sets: Rhino R2 698595/603497835966 (USA/Germany), 27 July 2023:


Rhino R2 698595/603497835966 (USA/Germany) - 10CD box front with sticker, scan by Jack from Canada

Rhino R2 698595/603497835966 (USA/Germany) - front sticker scan by Jack from Canada 
 
Rhino R2 698595/603497835966 (USA/Germany) - 10CD box rear scan by Jack from Canada

Rhino R2 698595/603497835966 (USA/Germany) - 10CD box insert front scan by Jack from Canada 
 
Rhino/Modern Records R2 698595/603497835966-5 (USA/Germany) - front of gatefold card sleeve, scan by Jack from Canada
 
Rhino/Modern Records R2 698595/603497835966-5 (USA/Germany) - rear of gatefold card sleeve, scan by Jack from Canada
 
Rhino/Modern Records R2 698595/603497835966-5 (USA/Germany) - CD scan by Jack from Canada
 
Rhino/Modern Records R2 698595/603497835966-5 (USA/Germany) - outside of unfolded gatefold card sleeve, scan by Jack from Canada
 
Rhino/Modern Records R2 698595/603497835966-5 (USA/Germany) - inside of gatefold card sleeve, scan by Jack from Canada

Modern Records/Atlantic 92246-2 (USA) - front scan by Jack from Canada (1994 release)
 

Rhino R2 698595/603497835966 (USA/Germany) - 10CD box rear scan by Jack from Canada

Rhino R2 698595/603497835966 (USA/Germany) - 10CD box rear scan by Jack from Canada

This boxed set of Stevie's solo career includes eight studio albums and a 3LP/2CD exclusive set of non-album tracks including contributions to film and TV soundtracks, B-sides of singles plus three tracks that were first released on her 1991 compilation Timespace - The Best Of Stevie Nicks. The 10CD set comes in a stiff card box (7¾" x 7½"). All the CDs are in gatefold card sleeves. Although it's a US release, it was made in Germany. Stevie's 1994 album Street Angel with a contribution by Bob has been remastered, and also is released here for the first time on vinyl.

R-0228-2 Just Like A Woman - Bob plays guitar and harmonica on Stevie's version of his song from Blonde On Blonde, recorded at Oceanway Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 1993, from Stevie's Modern/Atlantic album Street Angel, see 1994

Scans of the vinyl release required!

Thanks to T. J. Jenkins and Jack from Canada for information and scans.


White Stripes - "Third Man Vault Package #58: White Stripes - Live In Las Vegas" -stereo vinyl 3LP set, Third Man Records TMR 953/TMR 954 (USA), 31 Oct 2023:


Third Man Records TMR 953/TMR 954 (USA) - front picture from Third Man Records web-site

R-2375 Ball And Biscuit (Jack White/Meg White) - live with Jack White at State Theater, Detroit, MI, 17 Mar 2004 (soundboard recording), on bonus 7" single
Michael Smith says this recording is not the same as the audience recording that has long been in circulation but a new multi-track mix that sounds very different!

The three LPs (TMR 953) are in red, white and black vinyl, while the 7" single (TMR 954) is in "sparkle red" vinyl.


Third Man Records TMR 953/TMR 954 (USA) - contents picture from Third Man Records web-site

Third Man Records TMR 954 (USA) - front of single sleeve, scan by Aaron Derfel

Third Man Records TMR 954 (USA) - rear of single sleeve, scan by Aaron Derfel
 
Third Man Records TMR 954 (USA) - A-side photo by Michael Smith (R-2375)
 
Third Man Records TMR 954 (USA) - A-side in red vinyl, photo by Michael Smith (R-2375)

Third Man Records TMR 954 (USA) - B-side scan by Aaron Derfel (no Dylan)

Elephant [White Stripes] - Third Man Records (USA, 2003) with studio recording of Ball And Biscuit, picture from www.amazon.com 

The B-side of the single is the White Stripes' first live performance of the song from 2 May 2002. A studio recording was released on their 2003 album Elephant.

For more information, see THIRD MAN RECORDS ANNOUNCES VAULT PACKAGE #58: THE WHITE STRIPES - LIV – Third Man Records – Official Store.

Thanks to Harold Lepidus, Michael Smith and Aaron Derfel for information and pictures.


"Good As I Been To You" - SA-CD release, Mobile Fidelity UDSACD2258 (USA), Nov 2023:


Mobile Fidelity UDSACD2258 (USA) - SA-CD front picture from Mobile Fidelity web-site

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that Good As I Been To You is being released by Mobile Fidelity in the USA in association with Columbia in stereo in hybrid SA-CD and 180gm SuperVinyl formats. Both formats will be numbered limited editions.

R-2373 Good As I Been To You - Mobile Fidelity SA-CD stereo release of 1992 album, Nov 2023


"Bob Dylan" - three mono master tapes, Columbia (USA, 1961), sold for auction in the USA, 14 Dec 2023:


Picture from www.liveauctioneers.com

Thanks to André Wilbers for news that three 1961 Columbia US mono master tapes from Bob Dylan are being auctioned in the USA on 14 Dec 2023. The tapes are unique in that they contain previously unheard dialogue between Bob and producer John Hammond.


Description from Guernsey's web-site:

Bob Dylan and producer John Hammond’s recording session’s conversations

Record producer and civil rights activist John Hammond was responsible for discovering an extraordinary array of the twentieth century’s most popular performing artists. A partial list of those who largely owe their careers to Hammond include Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Aretha Franklin, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen.

On November 20 and 22, 1961, John took a young Bob Dylan into the Columbia Records, NYC recording studio. From those sessions came more than four hours of tape footage and the birth of a legendary career. Titled simply “Bob Dylan,” the album that resulted from those two sessions was far from a commercial success. Nevertheless, it is universally recognized for bringing attention to a man whose words and music powerfully impacted a generation.

As one would imagine, there are multiple “takes” for each of the thirteen songs that ultimately appeared on the three-track album. Fortunately, one of those tracks recorded the control room microphone through which John spoke with Bob. Recorded for posterity - and being heard for the first time though this Guernsey’s offering - is the interesting banter between the producer (Hammond) and the artist (Dylan) as they discuss what the folksinger has chosen to perform. It is certainly interesting to note how young indeed Bob Dylan sounds, and that the selection of the songs for the album was made entirely by Dylan. Unlike today, it seems like little concern was given to such matters as “copyrights.”

R-2335 Man Of Constant Sorrow - 1961 Columbia US mono master tape of track from Bob Dylan with extra dialogue, auctioned in the USA, Dec 2023

Dialogue starts at 50 seconds:

John Hammond: What was the name of that, Bob?
Bob Dylan: “Man of Constant Sorrow.” Did you get that?
Hammond: Sure I did, it’s all right. Who wrote that?
Dylan: I don’t know.
Hammond: Has it been recorded?
Dylan: Not that way.
Hammond: How has it been recorded?
Dylan: A different way, I guess.
Hammond: Who did it?
Dylan: Judy Collins, but not a version like that. That’s a different one. Judy Collins on Electra.
Hammond: On Electra. We’ll find out from Electra who wrote the damn thing.

R-2336 In My Time Of Dyin' - 1961 Columbia US mono master tape of track from Bob Dylan with extra dialogue, auctioned in the USA, Dec 2023

Dialogue starts at 22 seconds:

John Hammond: That is great. I’m going to make an announcement on that because that’s the master right there. All right 68733, just proceeded take one
Bob Dylan: Do you want me to do that again?
Hammond: No, you don’t have to. That’s it. Who wrote “In My Time of Dyin’?
Dylan: I don’t know. Who wrote that?

"50th Anniversary Collection 1973" - limited edition CD release, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 19658868312 (Europe), 15 Dec 2023:


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 19658868312 (Europe) - front of card sleeve (my copy)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 19658868312 (Europe) - rear of card sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 19658868312 (Europe) - inside of card sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 19658868312 (Europe) - CD

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 19658868312 (Europe) - detail of CD ("Made in the EU")

This latest addition to the 50th Anniversary Collection series is a single CD in a folded card sleeve. It comes in a limited edition of only 500. The CD was made in the EU.

Les Kokay has carried out a detailed analysis of these tracks against the existing bootlegs. The official tracks are louder and clearer than the bootlegs, but studio chat has been edited out, and some tracks have also been edited. Detailed notes will be added in due course.

Track listing:

R-2337 Billy (Rehearsal 1) (0:41) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2338 Billy (Rehearsal 2) (0:29) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2339 Billy (Rehearsal 3) (1:13) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2340 Billy (Alternate 1) (5:25 - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2341 Turkey (Rehearsal 1) (0:51) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2342 Turkey (Rehearsal 2) (0:21) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2343 Turkey (Instrumental) (2:03) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2344 Billy Surrenders (Rehearsal 1) (3:10) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2345 Billy Surrenders (Rehearsal 2) (3:25) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2346 And He Killed Me Too (2:42) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2347 And He Killed Me Too (Rehearsal) (0:40) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2376 Billy (Alternate 2) (4:12) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2377 Pecos Blues (Rehearsal) (0:45) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2378 Pecos Blues (3:49) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2379 Goodbye Holly (1:48) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

R-2380 Turkey II (Tom Turkey) (5:25) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Discos CBS Studios, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 Jan 1973

According to Les Kokay all the Mexico City tracks are in mono.

R-2381 Knockin' On Heaven's Door (4:15) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 21 Apr 1973

R-2382 Sweet Amarillo (Rehearsal) (1:13) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 21 Apr 1973

R-2383 Billy (April Rehearsal 1) (0:58) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 21 Apr 1973

R-2384 Billy (April Rehearsal 2) (0:57) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 21 Apr 1973

R-2385 Untitled 1973 Instrumental No. 1 (1:14) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 21 Apr 1973

R-2386 Untitled 1973 Instrumental No. 2 (1:20) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 21 Apr 1973

R-2387 Final Theme (Rehearsal) (0:38) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 21 Apr 1973

R-2388 Final Theme (Ride Billy Ride) (2:33) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 21 Apr 1973

R-2389 Final Theme (Alternate) (0:58) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 21 Apr 1973

R-2390 Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Instrumental) (2:33) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 21 Apr 1973

R-2391 Rock Me Mama (4:39) - from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack sessions, recorded at Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 21 Apr 1973

R-2392 Billy (Fragment) (0:41) - recorded at Sam Peckinpah's house, Durango, Mexico, Dec 1972/Jan 1973
Les Kokay says that according to all sources Dylan and Peckinpah retired to a little alcove where Sam sat in his old rocking chair and listened to Dylan sing and play. However there is a definite second vocal here (it sounds very much like Kris Kristofferson). It’s also stated that Sam had a tape recording made so that he could listen to it again whenever he wanted to. Judging by the accounts, it seems as if more than one song was performed.

No tracks from the Planet Waves sessions recorded with The Band for Asylum Records at the Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA, 5-9 Nov 1973, have been included, although Nobody 'Cept You was released on Vol. 2 of The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 in 1991.

Thanks to André Wilbers and Les Kokay for information and to Mike Ward of Badlands for the CD.


Promotional/Regular Items for 2023



Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo albums and singles for 2023 which don't contain rare material but which are still very collectable are now included with promo releases of regular albums and commercially released singles on the appropriate page in International Stereo Releases.


The Bootleg Series Vol. 17 - Fragments: "Time Out Of Mind" Sessions 1996-1997 (2023)


Shadow Kingdom (2023)

The Complete Budokan 1978 (2023)

Another Budokan 1978 (2023)

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