All the songs listed in the Official
Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these
A-E F-J K-O P-S T-Z
This yearly page now contains only the main Rarities List! Mono Albums plus 7" Singles & EPs (up to 1976) are now here, and Stereo Promotional Items (Albums and Singles) are now here. All Honourable Mentions are now here. Because of the complexity of this page full details of the three principal entries for 1962 (the Harry Belafonte "Midnight Special" album, the Carolyn Hester self-titled Columbia album and Bob's first single of Mixed Up Confusion) 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: 30 August, 2015.
|Entries separated by a blue line contain the same rarities. Titles in red are not available
on a currently released Bob Dylan CD (for these see bobdylan.com
Key to symbols used:
Harry Belafonte - "The Midnight Special"
- mono/stereo vinyl albums, RCA
Victor LPM 2449 (USA/Canada)/RCA Victor LSP 2449 (USA),
recorded Feb 1962, released Mar 1962(?):
Bob's first album Bob Dylan was recorded in Nov 1961, and also released in Mar 1962, see Mono Album Releases and International Albums (Regular). This was for years thought to be Bob's first commercial recording session, and is dated variously between Jun and Dec 1961 by Krogsgaard, Dundas and Heylin. However, documentation found in 2001 in the RCA vaults along with the tapes dates the session definitively as having been recorded at Webster Hall, New York City, on the later date of 2 Feb 1962. Thanks to Dr. Hanns Peter Bushoff for information about the RCA recording session. The songbook of the album has photos from the recording session, but Bob is not pictured.
RCA Victor LPM 2449 (USA mono) - scan by Hans Seegers
R-0001M Midnight Special
(Huddie Ledbetter "Lead Belly")
- Bob plays harmonica for Harry Belafonte on the title track of his 1962 RCA
album (mono version)
R-0001 Midnight Special
(Huddie Ledbetter "Lead Belly") - Bob plays harmonica on the
title track of Harry Belafonte's The Midnight Special
album (stereo version also on The Midnight Special
Full details of all worldwide mono and stereo releases of this album are now here.
Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.
RCA Victor LSP 2449 (USA "Living Stereo") - front scan by Hans Seegers
Various Artists - "Columbia April Demonstration Record" - stereo promo compilation LP, Columbia XSM 55655-6 (USA), Apr 1962:
Columbia XSM 55655 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Pea Hicks (includes Dylan)
|R-0353 Medley: Talkin' New York; Fixin' To Die; Gospel Plow from
Bob Dylan (Columbia CL 1779/CS 8579, released Mar 1962)
This stereo sampler LP is in a plain white sleeve and has white Columbia promo labels. It has no catalogue number, but the record matrix numbers are: Side 1 - XSM 55655-1A, Side 2 - XSM 55656-1A. The Side 1 label identifies Bob's songs as being from Freewheeling, which had at one time been the provisional title for Bob Dylan, despite the fact it had been released a month before this promo with the replaced title. The stereo and mono catalogue numbers are correct. All the other albums, jazz and easy listening on Side 1, classical on Side 2, are from 1962.
Thanks to Pea Hicks, Arie de Reus and Dag Braathen for information and scans.
Columbia XSM 55656 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Pea Hicks (no Dylan)
Early stereo/mono rear sleeve design with postponed title, picture from Dag Braathen
Carolyn Hester - "Carolyn Hester" - mono/stereo vinyl albums, Columbia CL 1796 (USA)/Columbia CS 8596 (USA/Canada), May 1962:
R-0002M I'll Fly Away (Albert E. Brumley)
R-0003M Come Back, Baby (traditional) (mono version)
R-0004M Swing And Turn Jubilee (traditional) (mono version)
R-0002 I'll Fly Away (Albert E. Brumley) (stereo version)
R-0003 Come Back, Baby (traditional) (stereo version)
R-0004 Swing And Turn Jubilee (traditional) (stereo version)
Full details of all worldwide mono and stereo LP releases of this album are now here. It was released on CD with two bonus tracks including Bob, see 1994.
"Let Me Die In My Footsteps" - 10" acetate, Columbia (USA), 18 May
I'm assuming this acetate is mono!
Label scan by Royce Townsend
R-0551M Let Me Die In My Footsteps - unedited original mono version, recorded Columbia Recording Studios, New York, 24 Apr, 1962 (the version released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 in 1991 has a verse missing)
Acetate in buff sleeve, scan by Royce Townsend
Detail of sleeve, scan by Royce Townsend
Accompanying letter scan by Royce Townsend
Accompanying photo scan by Royce Townsend
This performance appeared on a 1962 Columbia acetate which surfaced in Nov 1983, but is not included in the Sony Music Europe 4CD-R limited edition set The 50th Anniversary Collection, see 2012.
This acetate comes in a buff sleeve, with handwritten text on the sleeve and the centre of the disc. Bob's name is given as "Robert Dylan" on both the sleeve and disc. The Columbia recording session number is "CO 70097", as confirmed by Michael Krogsgaard and Clinton Heylin. The acetate was accompanied by a letter dated 18 May 1962 on Columbia Records notepaper apparently signed by Bob giving information about the song, and a photo of Bob.
Thanks to Royce Townsend for information and scans.
"Mixed Up Confusion"/"Corrina, Corrina" - 7" mono singles, Columbia 4-42656 (USA), 14 Dec 1962:
This title was Bob's first single release under his own name.
R-0007 Mixed Up Confusion - A-side, original mono version recorded Columbia Studios, New York, 14 Nov 1962 (take 13 or 14), overdubbed 8 Dec 1962
Corrina, Corrina (traditional) - B-side, alternate mono take to The
Freewheelin' Bob Dylan version, recorded at Columbia Studios,
New York, 26 Oct 1962 (take 4 - version on The
Freewheelin' Bob Dylan is take 6), still otherwise officially unreleased
Full details of the various mono releases of this single are now here.
Mono Singles & EPs for 1962
Mono 7" Singles & EPs 1962-64
|These are now here: Mono 7" Singles & EPs 1962-64. Mono LPs have their own pages, see International Mono Releases.|
Promotional/Regular Items for 1962
|Stereo promo items for 1962 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.|
Because of the length of this page full details of the three principal entries for 1962 (the Harry Belafonte "Midnight Special" album, the Carolyn Hester self-titled Columbia album and Bob's first single of Mixed Up Confusion) are now here:
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