"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

[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]


[The Official Rarities Yearly Lists]
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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."

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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.

Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Starlight In The East: Bob Dylan’s Unreleased Songs

Bob Dylan at the Movies: An Overview of all Films with Dylan Performances

The Blonde On Blonde Missing Pictures
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27 Aug 2015: Thanks to "Isis" 181 for information that a Harvard Graduate School of Design essay published in 2010 about the Lower Manhattan Expressway (LOMEX) stated that Bob wrote a song called Listen, Robert Moses for activist Jane Jacobs in the early 1960s to support her campaign to get Robert Moses, designer of the project, which would have levelled fourteen city blocks in Little Italy and displaced almost 2,000 families and 800 businesses,to drop it. The lyrics are said to be in the Tuli Kupferberg (of The Fugs) collection of the Fales Library of New York University, and were published by the New York web-site "The Gothamist" on 26 Jun 2015. The song has been added to the "Starlight in the East" L page.

26 Aug 2015: Thanks to "Isis" 181 for information that Hard To Handle, the 1986 live concert recording by Bob Dylan with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, was prepared by Sony Music for a DVD release, but finally cancelled because Sony execs believe that people don't buy music DVDs any more! This is of course, stupid. The Rolling Stones have just released a concert filmed live at the Marquee in London from 1971 on DVD and Blu-ray, and released videos of concerts from 1975 and 1981 in 2014. People who watch everything on their smartphones may not buy music DVDs, but Dylan and Stones fans, of whom there are more than enough to make these releases commercially successful, do buy them! Time to rethink that decision, Sony! You may also have noticed the appearances of adverts from Google AdSense on the home and other pages of this web-site - this is to defray the considerable cost of the web-site.

20 Aug 2015: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information that amazon.co.uk are listing four Dylan 1960s stereo vinyl albums to be released by Sony Music CMG (Custom Marketing Group) on 20 Nov 2015 - Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde On Blonde (2LP set) and Nashville Skyline. These albums will include a "free" MP3 version, although I can't imagine why anyone who buys an album on vinyl would ever want to listen to the MP3 version.

18 Aug 2015: Thanks to Harold Lepidus for news that a new "Director-Approved Edition" of the 1967 D.A. Pennebaker documentary Don't Look Back is being released in the USA on 24 Nov 2015 on Blu-ray or a 2DVD set. The Blu-ray version is a newly restored 4K digital transfer, seen at its best on Ultra HD TVs, with newly restored monaural sound from the original quarter-inch magnetic masters. This 2015 edition contains new material as well as the five 1965 audio tracks that first appeared on the 2000 DVD edition.

14 Aug 2015: Thanks to Michel Pomarede for news that copies of the incredibly rare 1966 Amiga Phonoclub Bob Dylan album from East Germany (actually a version of the mono The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan) in both red and black vinyl are being sold on eBay and other outlets. My information is that these are unofficial reproductions, so are not recommended unless you are keen to own such a copy for its novelty value.

Also thanks to Tanya Leet of Harper Collins for the copy of Elijah Wald's book "Dylan Goes Electric! Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties". I didn't feel obliged to give a good review, but it is a great book, and I put this on Amazon: "I have to agree with the majority of reviewers - I thought I knew everything about that night in Newport, but learned I didn't. I have had Dylan's performances for many years on bootleg, and also officially on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7 (2005). However, I didn't appreciate all the politics of Newport (similar to the politics in folk clubs dominated by the CPGB in Britain in the 1960s), especially the obsession with the "purity" of the performers (again similar to "policy rules" here). I was fascinated by this book, and recommend it thoroughly. It's also worth reading "Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña" by David Hajdu. for a different perspective on the time, not complimentary towards Dylan."

29 Jul 2015: Thanks to "Isis" Magazine for news that the next Bootleg Series release around Oct 2015 may be a 2CD standard set and a 6CD limited edition boxed set covering the 1965-66 Columbia Recording Studios sessions in New York and Nashville. There may even be a very limited 18CD set! This release may mean that there will be no need for 50th Anniversary Copyright Extension Collections for 2015 or 2016. More information will be added when available. The 1965 photo is by Jerry Schatzberg.

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Traveling Wilburys

Online Performances (bobdylan.com)

Online Performances (Other)

Interviews with Bob


International Mono Releases

International Stereo Releases

Released Rarities

Honourable Mentions

Honourable Mentions Blowin' In The Wind covers

Honourable Mentions Video
Questionable Releases

Questionable Releases (Dylan Albums)

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: 27 August, 2015

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 that I thought was correct, but I have since 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 contact address at 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.

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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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Searching For A Gem is compiled by:

Alan Fraser
Macclesfield, Cheshire,
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. Alan is the EDLIS "Gemologist", for the EDLIS Parties and Gatherings Facebook page, go to .

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Hans Seegers, Holland - Dylan discographer and collector supreme
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Ronald Born, Germany

Arie de Reus, Holland

Tim Dunn, Ohio, USA

Franck Faugere, France

Wil Gielen, Holland

Bill Hester (Wellington, New Zealand), with his wife Marilyn in Jones Street, New York, 2007 (location of the Freewheelin' cover)

Manuel García Jara, Spain

Les Kokay, New Zealand

Harold Lepidus, Massachusetts, USA

Stuart Moore, Australia

Fred Muller (Whangarei, New Zealand) in front of the Tempest statue, Vienna, Austria, Jun 2013

Éamonn Ó Catháin, Ireland

Gerd Rundel, Germany

Keith Venturoni, Texas, USA

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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.

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

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!

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