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This is a page of albums and singles that look like official Dylan singles but are actually from sources other than Columbia or other official record companies. For other Questionable releases, see here. For Questionable video releases, see here. Some of these entries are of items listed on eBay. Because of the very large number of Dylan fakes on eBay, I have now discontinued using eBay as a source.  For the official releases of these albums, see International Album Releases, except where noted.

Revised 29 April, 2020.


Blowin' In The Wind/Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (1963)


"Blowin' In The Wind"/"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" - 7" mono singles, Columbia 4-42856 (USA), Aug 1963:


Columbia 4-42856 (USA) - unauthorised sleeve, front scan by Peter Denzler

Peter Denzler has a sleeve for the 1963 US single, Columbia 4-42856, that was unauthorised by Columbia and post-dates the single. The front photo is from 1965 and shows Bob with an electric guitar! For the single itself, see Mono 7" Singles & EPs 1962-64. It actually came in a generic Columbia sleeve, see 7" Single Sleeves. Ian Woodward has found yet another "sleeve" design online with a photo from later in the 1960s.

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Ian Woodward for further information about these items.


Columbia 4-42856 (USA) - unauthorised sleeve, rear scan by Peter Denzler


Columbia 4-42856 (USA) - unauthorised front sleeve picture found by Ian Woodward

Subterranean Homesick Blues/She Belongs To Me (1965)


"Subterranean Homesick Blues"/"She Belongs To Me" - 7" mono singles, Columbia 4-43242 (USA/Canada), 8 Mar 1965:


Columbia 4-43242 (USA) - fake front picture from www.bobdylan.com

Despite the fact that this humorous single sleeve comes from bobdylan.com it is definitely fake! Thanks to Ed Ricardo for spotting that the source photo comes from a 1965 series called "Mountain Men of Crete" by Irving Penn. For the official US single, see Mono 7" Singles & EPs 1965.
Photo by Irving Penn from Facebook


Columbia 4-43242 (USA) - front scan by Stefan Haras (genuine release)


Like A Rolling Stone EP (1965)


"Como Una Piedra Que Rueda" [Like A Rolling Stone] - 7" mono EP, CBS EPC 496 (Mexico), 1965:


CBS EPC 496 (Mexico) - front photo from eBay (fake promo release)
Thanks to Manuel García Jara for finding a fake Mexican promo on eBay. The record looks genuine enough, although it has a fake promo stamp, but the sleeve is obviously fake.


CBS EPC 496 (Mexico) - front of folded card sleeve (my copy, genuine release)


Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?/Highway 61 Revisited (1966)


"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"/"Highway 61 Revisited" - 7" mono singles, Columbia 4-43477 (USA), Jan 1966:


"Columbia 43477" (USA) - fake front photo by Francisco Lima
Thanks to Francisco Lima and Peter Denzler for finding copies of Columbia 4-43477 in fake sleeves. The genuine single did not have a picture sleeve.
"Columbia 43477" (USA) - fake rear photo by Francisco Lima


Columbia 4-43477 (USA) - fake front scan by Peter Denzler


Columbia 4-43477 (USA) - fake rear scan by Peter Denzler

Just Like A Woman/Obviously 5 Believers (1966)


"Just Like A Woman"/"Obviously 5 Believers" - 7" mono single, Columbia 4-43792 (USA), 18 Aug 1966:


Columbia 4-43792 (USA) - B-side with fake sleeve, picture from eBay
Thanks to Manuel García Jara for pointing out a copy of Columbia 4-43792 (first commercial variant) for auction on eBay with a fake sleeve described as a "special limited edition picture sleeve". For the official US single, which did not have a picture sleeve, see 1966.

Bob Dylan EP (1968)


"Bob Dylan" - 7" mono promo EP release, CBS 6475 (Portugal), 1968:


CBS 6475 (Portugal) - fake promo sleeve front, photo from eBay
Thanks to Manuel for finding a fake promo copy of this EP on eBay with a different (anachronistic) front sleeve, one that was never really used by CBS. The real rear sleeves have two folded-over flaps with the printer's name printed either at the right or the centre of the bottom flap. The fake sleeve has no folded-over flaps and no printer's name. The record has white labels with the CBS Portugal circumference text and "BOB DYLAN/CBS 6475" rubber stamped on both sides. The sides are identical except for the stamped text being slightly differently placed. As far as I know CBS Portugal never made promos with this label style.
CBS 6475 (Portugal) - fake promo sleeve rear, photo from eBay


CBS 6475 (Portugal) - fake promo A-side, photo from eBay


CBS 6475 (Portugal) - fake promo B-side, photo from eBay
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CBS 6475 (Portugal) - front scan by Hans Seegers (genuine release)

Lay, Lady, Lay/Peggy Day (1969)


"Lay, Lady, Lay"/"Peggy Day" - 7" mono juke box single, Columbia(?) JBS 44926 (USA?), 2019:


Columbia JBS 44926 (USA) - front of fake sleeve, photo from eBay
Thanks to Sergio Mariano Romay for finding this fake jukebox single on eBay in what is described as a "fan club" sleeve. The record itself has a previously unknown catalogue number of "JBS 44296" (Juke Box Single) and looks significantly different from the genuine 1969 jukebox single, which came with jukebox strips but without a picture sleeve.
Columbia JBS 44926 (USA) - fake front and A-side, photo from eBay

Columbia JBS 44926 (USA) - fake rear, B-side, mini front sleeves and jukebox strips, photo from eBay

Columbia 4-44926 (USA) - promo A-side scan by Hans Seegers (genuine release)

Columbia 4-44926 (USA) - jukebox strips scan by Manuel García Jara (genuine release)

The rear of the sleeve is plain white, and the single comes with mini front sleeves and jukebox strips, as a genuine jukebox single might.


"Lay, Lady, Lay"/"Peggy Day" - 7" mono promo singles, CBS 4434 (Portugal), Jul 1969:


CBS 4434 (Portugal) - fake promo front, photo from eBay

Thanks to Paul Prince and Manuel García Jara for information about fake promo copies of the Portuguese single CBS 4434 for sale on eBay. The front sleeve is completely fake, and the rear sleeve does not have the correct text at the bottom.


CBS 4434 (Portugal) - fake rear with promo stamp, photo from eBay


CBS 4434 (Portugal) - fake A-side with promo sticker, photo from eBay


CBS 4434 (Portugal) - front scan by Hans Seegers (genuine release)


Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You/Country Pie (1969)


"Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You"/"Country Pie" - 7" mono single, CBS 4611 (Portugal), 19 Dec 1969:


CBS 4611 (Portugal) - fake promo front, photo from eBay

Thanks to Paul Prince and Manuel García Jara for information about fake promo copies of CBS 4611 for sale on eBay. The front sleeve is completely fake, and the rear sleeve does not have the correct text at the bottom.

The legitimate Portuguese single initially had a spelling mistake on the spine of the sleeve - "BOB DYLAM" instead of "BOB DYLAN". This sleeve was withdrawn and the mistake corrected.


CBS 4611 (Portugal) - fake rear with promo stamp, photo from eBay


CBS 4611 (Portugal) - fake A-side with promo stamp, photo from eBay


CBS 4611 (Portugal) - front scan by Hans Seegers (genuine release)

If Not For You/New Morning (1971)


"If Not For You"/"Tomorrow Is A Long Time" - 7" stereo single, Columbia AE7-1039 (USA), Nov 1971?:


Columbia AE7-1039 (USA) - front photo from eBay
Thanks for Gerd Rundel for finding this on eBay, but I'm assured by Arie de Reus and Hans Seegers that it's a fake. There is no single with the sleeve! This has therefore been added here.

Bob Dylan/The Band - On A Night Like This/You Angel You  (1974)


Bob Dylan/The Band - "En Una Noche Como Esta [On A Night Like This]"/"Tú Ángel Tú [You Angel You]" - stereo 7" singles, Asylum/Gamma G-1328 (Mexico), 1974 (two releases):


Asylum/Gamma G-1328 (Mexico) - fake front photo from eBay
Thanks for Sergio Mariano Romay for finding this Mexican record with a fake sleeve on eBay. The record is a genuine copy that should come in a Gamma sleeve
Asylum/Gamma G-1328 (Mexico) - fake rear photo from eBay

Bob Dylan/The Band - Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)/The Band - Stage Fright  (1974)


Bob Dylan/The Band - "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)"/The Band - "Stage Fright" - 7" single, Asylum NS-07-6 (Portugal), 1974:


Asylum NS-07-6 (Portugal) - fake front and genuine single, photo from eBay
Thanks for Sergio Mariano Romay for finding this Portuguese record with a fake sleeve on eBay.
Asylum NS-07-6 (Portugal) - front scan by Kenneth Robson (genuine release)

Tangled Up In Blue/If You See Her, Say Hello (1975)


"Tangled Up In Blue"/"If You See Her, Say Hello" - 7" promo and commercial stereo singles, CBS 3160 (NL/Portugal/Spain), May 1975:


CBS 3160 (Portugal) - fake promo front picture from eBay

Thanks to Kenneth Robson for scans of the Portuguese single, which has a unique cover photo showing Bob live. Thanks also to Sergio Mariano Romay for finding a "promo" Portuguese copy on eBay with a different textured sleeve that is almost certainly fake.

Tangled7PortFront.jpg (22107 bytes)
CBS 3160 (Portugal) - front scan by Kenneth Robson (genuine release)

"Hurricane (Part I)/"Hurricane (Part II) (1975)


"Hurricane (Part I)"/"Hurricane (Part II)" - 7" commercial single, CBS 3841 (Spain), Nov 1975:


CBS 3841 (Spain) - fake front scan by Stefan Haras
The apparently attractive sleeve for the Spanish Hurricane single is really a blatant fake. The "No. 1 in USA" logo (printed, not a sticker) is actually taken from Asylum Spanish singles like the Eagles example shown. The real CBS Spain "NO. UNO EN USA" logo is shown on a Spanish Chicago single. The Hurricane single actually only reached #33 in the USA, although the Desire album did reach #1 (and was sold in Spain with this logo on the front sleeve).


Asylum 45-1469 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 4603 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

Huracan7SpainFront.jpg (23656 bytes)
CBS 3841 (Spain) - front scan by Magnus Sjöberg

Thanks to Magnus Sjöberg, Manuel García Jara and Stefan Haras for information and scans.


Mozambique/Oh, Sister (1976)


"Mozambique"/"Oh, Sister" - 7" promo and commercial stereo singles, CBS 4113 (Portugal), Apr 1976:


CBS 4113 (Portugal) - fake promo front and genuine record, picture from eBay

Thanks to Sergio Mariano Romay for finding a "promo" Portuguese copy on eBay with a different sleeve that is almost certainly fake. The record is genuine but has a fake promo sticker.

Mozambique7PortFront.jpg (22979 bytes)
CBS 4113 (Portugal) - front scan by Hans Seegers (genuine release)

Changing Of The Guards (1978)


"Changing Of The Guards" - 7" promo single, Columbia 3-10851 (USA), 24 Oct 1978:


Columbia 3-10851 (US promo) - short version (R-0147), first label variation with fake sleeve, picture from eBay
Thanks to Wiebke Dittmer for finding a promo copy of Columbia 3-10851 for auction on eBay with a fake sleeve described as a "special limited edition picture sleeve". For the promo single itself, which did not have a picture sleeve, see 1978.
Columbia 3-10851 (US promo) - full version, first label variation with fake sleeve, picture from eBay

USA for Africa - We Are The World (1985)


USA For Africa (Various Artists) - "Somos El Mundo [We Are The World]"/Quincy Jones - "Gracia [Grace]" - 7" commercial single, CBS 8648 (Mexico), Mar 1985:


CBS 8648 (Mexico) - 7" single with fake promo sleeve, photo from eBay
This single can be found on eBay with at least two different fake promo sleeves! The single looks genuine in both photos, but really only came with a generic sleeve. It has orange/yellow CBS labels.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information.


CBS 8648 (Mexico) - 7" single with second fake promo sleeve, photo from eBay

USA for Africa - "We Are The World"/Third World - "Sense Of Purpose" - stereo 7" single, CBS CBSA 4930 (Thailand?), 1985(?):


CBS CBSA 4930 (NL?) - front scan by Simon Blokker (fake)

CBS CBSA 4930 (NL?) - rear scan by Simon Blokker (fake)

CBS CBSA 4930 (NL?) - A-side scan by Simon Blokker (fake)

CBS CBSA 4930 (NL?) - B-side scan by Simon Blokker (fake)

CBS CBSA 4930 (NL) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (genuine release)

Columbia 38-04733 (USA) - promo A-side picture from www.discogs.com (genuine release)

This pirated single has the charity song We Are The World by USA For Africa on the A-side, and another 1985 single on the B-side. The catalogue number, CBS CBSA 4930, is actually that of a 1984 CBS single by Alison Moyet, A-side Invisible, B-side Hitch Hike. The sleeve looks like a bad photocopy of the US single sleeve. The artist name on the A-side of this single is listed wrongly as "USA All Stars". It has the logo of the Dutch copyright organisations "BIEM/STEMRA" but was almost certainly made in Asia, probably Thailand. It also has an EU Label Code of "LC|0151", which according to www.discogs.com was never used - "LC|0149" was CBS Records and "LC|0162" was Columbia.

For all official releases containing We Are The World see 1985.

Thanks to Simon Blokker and Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


The Usual/Got My Mind Made Up (1987)


"The Usual"/"Got My Mind Made Up" - 7" promo single, CBS 651148 7 (Portugal), 5 Oct 1987:


CBS 651148 7 (Portugal) - fake promo front and genuine record, picture from eBay

Thanks to Sergio Mariano Romay for finding a "promo" Portuguese copy on eBay with a different sleeve that is almost certainly fake.

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CBS 651148 7 (Portugal) - 7" front scan (my copy, genuine release)


Unbelievable/10,000 Men (1990)


"Unbelievable"/"10,000 Men" - 7" promo single, CBS 656304 7 ("Portugal"), 17 Sep 1990:


CBS 656304 7 ("Portugal") - fake promo front and genuine record, picture from eBay

Thanks to Sergio Mariano Romay for finding a "promo" Portuguese copy on eBay with a sleeve that is almost certainly fake. The record is genuine but is actually from Holland, not Portugal at all... There was not actually a Portuguese release for this single.

Unbelievable7NLFront.JPG (36386 bytes)
CBS 656304 7 (NL) - front scan (my copy, genuine release)

Murder Most Foul (2020)


"Murder Most Foul" - promo CD single, Columbia BDCRP-2020 ("USA"), 27 Apr 2020:


Columbia BDCRP-2020 ("USA") - front of fake promo card sleeve, picture from Facebook
These pictures were posted on Facebook by someone calling themselves “Einstein disguised as Robin Hood” and appear to show front and back of a promo card sleeve with two different CD designs. Note "Murder MUST Foul" on the second disc - both are almost certainly pirated. The second disc has the web address "www.mpo.fr". This is the genuine web-site of French pressing company "Moularges et Plastiques de l'Ouest [Western Mouldings & Plastics] but their role for Sony/Columbia has exclusively been to press many of the most recent vinyl records.
Columbia BDCRP-2020 ("USA") - rear of fake promo card sleeve, picture from Facebook


Columbia BDCRP-2020 ("USA") - fake promo CD, picture from Facebook


Second fake promo CD, picture from Facebook

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