"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

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

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26 Nov 2014:
Thanks to Fred Muller for information that
information that Bob performed a private concert at Philadelphia's Academy of Music on 23 Nov 2014 for the Swedish TV programme "Experiment Ensam [Experiment Alone]", a series in which people experience alone events that usually take place for large crowds. The solo audience member was Fredrik Wikingsson, a Swedish TV presenter. The four song set list was: Heartbeat (written by Bob Montgomery/Norman Petty, made famous by Buddy Holly); Blueberry Hill (written by Vincent Rose/Larry Stock/Al Lewis, made famous by Fats Domino); It's Too Late (She's Gone) (Chuck Willis) and an unknown blues jam. As well as being shown on Swedish TV, these performances will be released on YouTube on 15 Dec 2014.

7 Nov 2014: Thanks to …amonn ” CathŠin and Fred Muller for information that there is a "hidden track" on CD6 of The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - The Basement Tapes Complete! Track 22 (2:26) is not included in the track listings on the rear of the slipcase or in the book containing the CDs, but consists of previously uncirculating alternate takes of 900 Miles From My Home and Confidential, the first takes of both are on CD5. 900 Miles From My Home is traditional (here arranged Bob!) performed by many artists including Cisco Houston, and Confidential, written by Dorinda Morgan, was a US hit for Sonny Knight in 1956.

6 Nov 2014: The video clip of Bob and Johnny singing One Too Many Mornings at Columbia Studios, Nashville, TN, 18 Feb 1969, from the Johnny Cash documentary The Man = His World = His Music will be included in the UK BBC TV documentary "The Heart Of Country: How Nashville became Music City USA", broadcast on BB4 at 21:00 and 01:30 on Friday 7 Nov 2014.

1 Nov 2014: I now have both the 2CD and 6CD European releases of The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - The Basement Tapes (Raw/Complete), so please do not send in scans!

28 Oct 2014: Thanks to Harold Lepidus for information that the long-awaited DVD release of the complete 1978-82 US TV series WKRP In Cincinatti will be released for the first time in the USA by Shout! Factory today. Music rights problems meant that reruns of the show had to have generic music substituted and thwarted earlier attempts to release the series on DVD, but Shout! Factory have secured the rights to 90% of the original music, including two contributions from Bob. Thanks to Dag Braathen for information that the episode "Hold Up" (Series 1, Episode 5, 16 Oct 1978) featured Like A Rolling Stone from Highway 61 Revisited and the episode "Mike Fright" (Series 2, Episode 7, 12 Nov 1979) featured Gotta Serve Somebody from Slow Train Coming.

27 Oct 2014: Bob has amazed fans by performing the Frank Sinatra classic Stay With Me, written by Jerome Moross and Carolyn Leigh, the theme tune from the 1963 Otto Preminger film, "The Cardinal", as the last encore from the Dolby Theater, Hollywood, CA, on 26 Oct 2014. This must be another song from his forthcoming Sinatra covers album, Shadows In The Night, now expected in Feb 2015.

22 Oct 2014: Thanks to Harold Lepidus for information that this soundtrack album of The Big Lebowski including The Man In Me from New Morning will be released for the first time on vinyl in the USA on Record Store Day, 28 Nov 2014. The record will be on cream-coloured vinyl.

8 Oct 2014: Thanks to Paul S. Levine for information that Simon & Schuster will publish Bob Dylan's "THE LYRICS: Since 1962" on 28 Oct 2014. They call it "the first comprehensive, rigorously annotated, and definitive collection of Bob Dylan's lyrics to be published" and say it is the product of a collaboration "over many years between Dylan and a team of editors led by Sir Christopher Ricks, Warren Professor of the Humanities and co-director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University". The full-colour volume of 1,034 pages will be limited to a single printing of 3,000 copies, retailing for $200 each. Separately, Dylan will sell 50 boxed, numbered and signed editions - for $5,000 each - through www.dylansignedbook.com. Although "Isis" have sold out, I have ordered a regular copy from Waterstones, so hopefully I shall get one.

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Official Rarities and Obscurities

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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: 26 November, 2014

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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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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.

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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.

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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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