"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 1963

All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
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Bottom of withdrawn Freewheelin' album cover showing the track listing that was quickly to be replaced. This is actually from the Canadian release of the regular album - scan by Jo Slater (Columbia CL 1986, mono) and shows the withdrawn tracks in the correct order - see below (although Don't Think Twice, It's All Right is incorrectly shown as the last track on Side 1, not the first track on Side 2)

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This yearly page now contains only the main Rarities List! Mono 7" Singles & EPs (up to 1976) are now here, and 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: 12 May, 2014.


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 -
Links to email addresses -
Performances currently available on commercial CD are marked by (these are the ones that count as obscurities rather than as rarities)


"Songs By Bob Dylan" - unreleased 12" mono vinyl LP, Sound Makers Inc. (no catalogue number) (USA), 1963:


Suze Rotolo's personal copy, picture from Christie's New York web-site found by Jean-Pol Hiernaux
A copy of this pre-Freewheelin' album of Witmark demos came up for auction in Dec 1992, when it fetched $1,000 (nowadays it would fetch around $15,000). These discs were created by Sound Makers Inc., 6 West 57th Street, New York, on behalf of Columbia Records for distribution to other artists who might record Dylan songs.
Detail of front, Columbia address label

Side 1 scan by Arie de Reus

Side 2 scan by Arie de Reus

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"Bob Dylan Song Book" - 1965 Witmark song book which includes these unreleased songs plus Let Me Die In My Footsteps - scan by David Burgess

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for finding the copy from Suze Rotolo's personal collection for auction at Christie's, New York, in Nov 2006. The album is housed in a buff paper sleeve with a sticker giving Albert Grossman's then postal address in New York. It has generic labels with typed title and tracklists. Thanks to Arie de Reus for further information, especially that it is a mono vinyl LP, not an acetate as previously reported, and for the label scans.

Side 1

R-0286 Baby, I'm In The Mood For You - Witmark demo recorded Dec 1962, different from the Freewheelin' out-take released on Biograph

R-0287 Quit Your Lowdown Ways - Witmark demo recorded Dec 1962, different from the Freewheelin' out-take released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3

R-0288 Hard Rains Are Gonna Fall [A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall] - Witmark demo recorded Dec 1962, different from the regular Freewheelin' version

R-0289 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Witmark demo recorded Mar 1963, different from the the regular Freewheelin' version
Now released in stereo on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home, Sep 2005. Thanks to Rob Carson for pointing out this is in mono, so was therefore still a rarity until its release in 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964.

R-0290 Oxford Town - Witmark demo recorded Mar 1963, different from the regular Freewheelin' version

R-0539 Walkin' Down The Line - Witmark demo recorded Mar 1963 (mono version)
Now released in stereo on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3, 1991. Thanks again to Rob Carson for pointing out this is in mono, so was therefore still a rarity until its release in 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964.

Side 2

R-0030 Long Time Gone - Witmark demo of this still unreleased song, recorded Mar 1963

R-0029 Long Ago, Far Away - Witmark demo of this still unreleased song, recorded Nov 1962

R-0291 Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Witmark demo, recorded Dec 1962, different from the version released on Greatest Hits Vol. 2/More Greatest Hits, 1971, which is a live performance from New York Town Hall, 12 Apr 1963. Bob later recorded a version at Columbia Studios, Nashville, TN, during the New Morning sessions, but that is still unreleased.

R-0292 Masters Of War - Witmark demo, recorded Mar 1963, different from the regular Freewheelin' version

R-0293 Farewell Pamilina [Farewell] - Witmark demo, recorded Mar 1963 - this performance was short-listed for The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3, 1991

The last track is not a mistitled Farewell Angelina, this was actually the earliest title of the unreleased song called Farewell (see my "Starlight In The East" Directory of Bob Dylan's Unreleased Songs, page F - information from Tim Dunn). Bob recorded the song at Columbia Studios, New York, on 6 Aug 1963, during the Times They Are A-Changin' sessions, although the four takes are listed as incomplete.

All these tracks were officially released in mono in Oct 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964, so have ceased to be rarities.


"Long Ago, Far Away" - 8" metal acetate, Music Publishers Holding Corp. for Witmark Publishing Company (USA), 1963:


A-side of acetate (B-side is blank), scan by Gil Walker
R-0029-2 Long Ago, Far Away - Witmark demo of this still unreleased song, recorded Nov 1962
Now officially released in mono in Oct 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964, so no longer a rarity.

This single-sided acetate came in a plain sleeve, with a sheet containing the music and lyrics. Like the LP above and the two acetates below, this acetate was cut for promotion to other artists who might record Dylan songs. Long Ago, Far Away was subsequently recorded by The Brothers Four and Odetta, see my "Starlight In The East" Directory of Bob Dylan's Unreleased Songs, page L.

For a 1963 MPHC acetate of Paths Of Victory which surfaced in 1992, see 1992. For a 1964 MPHC acetate of I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met), see Mono Singles & EPs 1962-64.

Thanks to Gil Walker for informing me of this item.


A-side label of acetate, scan by Gil Walker

Song sheet scan by Gil Walker

"(I'd Hate To Be You) On That Dreadful Day" - 8" metal acetate, Music Publishers Holding Corp. for Witmark Publishing Company (USA), 1963:


A-side of acetate (B-side is blank), picture from eBay
R-0036 (I'd Hate To Be You On That) Dreadful Day - demo recorded Mar 1963
For a Warner Bros 1967 acetate LP with this track, see 1967.
For the Nov 1962 Broadside recording (R-0081), not released until the 1970s, see 1972.
The lyrics of this song have now disappeared from bobdylan.com!
Now officially released in mono in Oct 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964., so no longer a rarity.

This single-sided acetate came in a plain sleeve, with a sheet containing the music and lyrics. Like the LP and acetates above and below, this acetate was cut for promotion to other artists who might record Dylan songs.

For a 1963 MPHC acetate of Paths Of Victory which surfaced in 1992, see 1992. For a 1964 MPHC acetate of I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met), see Mono Singles & EPs 1962-64.

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for finding this item on eBay.


A-side of acetate, picture from eBay

Song sheet picture from eBay

"Quit Your Lowdown Ways" - 8" metal acetate, Music Publishers Holding Corp. for Witmark Publishing Company (USA), 1963:


A-side of acetate (B-side is blank), picture from eBay
R-0287-2 Quit Your Lowdown Ways - Witmark demo recorded Dec 1962, different from the Freewheelin' out-take released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3
Now officially released in mono in Oct 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964., so no longer a rarity.

This single-sided acetate came in a plain sleeve, with a sheet containing the music and lyrics. Like the LP and acetates above, this acetate was cut for promotion to other artists who might record Dylan songs.

For a 1963 MPHC acetate of Paths Of Victory which surfaced in 1992, see 1992. For a 1964 MPHC acetate of I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met), see Mono Singles & EPs 1962-64.

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for finding this item on eBay.


A-side of acetate, picture from eBay

"Farewell" - 8" metal acetate, Music Publishers Holding Corp. for Witmark Publishing Company (USA), 1963:


Picture from Dennis Rooney
R-0293 Farewell - Witmark demo, recorded Mar 1963 - this performance was short-listed for The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3, 1991
Now officially released in mono in Oct 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964., so no longer a rarity.

This single-sided acetate came in an audiodisc generic sleeve.

Thanks to Bruce Mulle for finding this item.


"Hobo [Only A Hobo]" - 8" metal acetate, audiodisc for Witmark Publishing Company (USA), 1963:


Picture from Dennis Rooney
R-0034 Only A Hobo - Witmark demo, recorded Aug 1963
The version released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3
is an out-take from The Times They Are A-Changin', recorded Columbia Studios, New York, 12 Aug 1963 (CO78982, 3:28). For the Jan/Feb 1963 Broadside recording (R-0027) and a May 1963 radio broadcast on The World Of Folk Music (Starring Oscar Brand) (R-0317), see below.

Now officially released in mono in Oct 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964., so no longer a rarity.

This single-sided acetate had an audiodisc label and came in an audiodisc generic sleeve.

Thanks to Bruce Mulle for finding this item.


"John Hammond Acetate" - 12" acetate, Columbia (USA), 1963(?):
Is this acetate mono or stereo?

R-0584    You're No Good (Jesse Fuller) - alternate take recorded Columbia Studios, New York, 20 Nov 1961 (CO68726), with intro frequently listed as the first lines of an otherwise unreleased song Connecticut Cowboy

R-0017 Rocks And Gravel [Solid Road] (Brownie McGhee-Leroy Carr) - lyrics on bobdylan.com here, from the withdrawn version of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, see below, recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 1 Nov 1962 (take 1). This would be R-0017M if mono.
This song includes lyrics that Bob would later reuse in 1965 in It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry from Highway 61 Revisited.

All tracks on this acetate are from the Freewheelin' sessions, the rest are reportedly officially released (details required).


"The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" - test pressings and promotional albums, Columbia CL 1986 (mono)/CS 8786 (stereo) (USA), Apr 1963:


Printer's proof of liner notes for withdrawn album, picture from "Isis" 167
This original withdrawn version of the album had four tracks that were quickly replaced before the album was commercially released. A mint stereo version of this album (CS 8786) is the highest-priced Bob Dylan rarity - mono versions (CL 1986) are more common. For more information about the Canadian release shown at the top of the page, see Mono Album Releases. Unlike the Canadian copy above, no known US copies list the withdrawn tracks on either the front or rear sleeves. Jeff Gold has a paper printer's proof for the rear sleeve with liner notes that include the withdrawn tracks, but there's no evidence that this was ever made up into an actual sleeve. This was reproduced in Ian Woodward's article "Dylan's 1962 Columbia Records Recording Sessions" in "Isis" 167 (with help from Bob Stacy and Roger Ford).

Stereo release - Columbia CS 8786 (USA)

R-0017-2 Solid Road [Rocks And Gravel] Lyrics on bobdylan.com here (where it's copyrighted by Bob Dylan, although other authorities list the song writers as Brownie McGhee and Leroy Carr - Glen Dundas and Michael Gray list it as "Traditional") - still unreleased performance (stereo), recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 1 Nov 1962 (CO 76986 take 1)
For a performance live at the Gaslight Café, New York, Oct 1962, from Bob Dylan Live At The Gaslight 1962, Starbucks/Hear Music/Sony Music Custom Marketing Group (USA), see 2005. R-0017 was not released on the Sony Music Europe 4CD-R set The 50th Anniversary Collection in Dec 2012, although two alternate takes were. A version of Rocks And Gravel appears in episode 1 of the HBO US TV series True Detective, released on Blu-ray and DVD in the USA and UK in Jun 2014 (see VHS & DVD 2010s).
Thanks to Bob Stacy for his extensive analysis of the performance in the TV episode and his decision that this is the take used for the withdrawn The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (R-0017) but with extra instrumentation! This leads Bob to the conclusion that here we have another track from the "electric" overdub session held by Tom Wilson without Bob at Columbia Studios, New York, 8 Dec 1964 (CO 84439 take 10), previously unreleased! The "electric" version of House Of The Risin' Sun comes from this session, and was not finally officially released until 1993 on the CD-ROM Highway 61 Interactive, see 1993.

R-0018    Talkin' John Birch Society Blues - still unreleased studio version (stereo), the one released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 in 1991 is a live performance from Carnegie Hall, New York, 26 Oct 1963
This performance also appears on a Columbia stereo acetate that surfaced in 2005. R-0018 was not released on the Sony Music Europe 4CD-R set The 50th Anniversary Collection in Dec 2012.

Thanks to Keith Venturoni for a scan of the US "TV Guide" for 12 May 1963, the day that "folksinger Bob Dylan" was listed to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, but walked out because they wouldn't let him sing this song.


"TV Guide" for 12 May 1963, scan by Keith Venturoni

Detail of "TV Guide" for 12 May 1963 with "Ed Sullivan Show", scan by Keith Venturoni

R-0551     Let Me Die In My Footsteps - unedited original version (stereo), the version released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 in 1991 has a verse missing
R-0551(M) was included on a 1962 Columbia acetate that surfaced in Nov
 1983, but was not released on the Sony Music Europe 4CD-R set The 50th Anniversary Collection in Dec 2012.

The other replaced track was Gamblin' Willie [Ramblin' Gamblin' Willie], the only one released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 in 1991 in the same form that it appeared on the withdrawn stereo album. (Gamblin' Willie is also shown on some copies as Gamblin' Willie's Dead Man's Hand.).


Columbia CS 8786 (USA) - front scan by Hans Seegers (stereo commercial release)
This rarity has a regular stereo sleeve but plays the withdrawn tracks. It has red Columbia commercial labels which list the withdrawn tracks also. The whereabouts of only two copies are known.

Matrix numbers for the stereo withdrawn album are: Side 1 - XSM-58719-1A, Side 2 - XSM-58720-1A.

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Columbia CS 8786 (stereo) - Side 1 (this record lists and plays the withdrawn tracks), picture from "Goldmine" magazine, Mar 2002

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Columbia CS 8786 (stereo) - Side 2 (this record lists and plays the withdrawn tracks), picture from "Goldmine" magazine, Mar 2002

Label pictures courtesy of Forever Young Records from "Goldmine" magazine, issue 564, 8 Mar 2002, from the article by Tim Neely, "Talkin' Freewheelin' Alteration Blues" - colour scans of the red labels required.

There is also a Singapore/Malaysia copy in the US Columbia Records sleeve where the record labels list the first version of the song titles as on the front of the Canadian releases as shown above. The record plays the regular songs. On balance it seems these labels are unauthorised.

Mono release - Columbia CL 1986 (USA)

R-0017M Solid Road [Rocks And Gravel] Lyrics on bobdylan.com here (where it's copyrighted by Bob Dylan, although other authorities list the song writers as Brownie McGhee and Leroy Carr - Glen Dundas and Michael Gray list it as "Traditional") - still unreleased performance (mono), recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 1 Nov 1962 (take 1)
R-0017(M) was not released on the Sony Music Europe 4CD-R set The 50th Anniversary Collection in Dec 2012.

R-0018M Talkin' John Birch Society Blues - still unreleased studio version (mono), the one released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 in 1991 is a live performance from Carnegie Hall, New York, 26 Oct 1963
This performance also appears on a UK Emidisc mono test pressing from the late 1960s, see Questionable Releases. R-0018(M) was not released on the Sony Music Europe 4CD-R set The 50th Anniversary Collection in Dec 2012.

R-0551M-2 Let Me Die In My Footsteps - unedited original version (mono), the version released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 in 1991 has a verse missing (this also appeared on a May 1962 Columbia acetate, see 1962 and on a 1962 Columbia acetate that surfaced in Nov 1983)
R-0551(M) was not released on the Sony Music Europe 4CD-R set The 50th Anniversary Collection in Dec 2012.

R-0550 Gamblin' Willie's Dead Man's Hand [Rambling Gambling Willie] - mono version, recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 24 Apr 1962 (take 4). This mono version of Gamblin' Willie also appeared on a UK Emidisc test pressing from the late 1960s, see Questionable Releases, and on a 1962 Columbia acetate which surfaced in Nov 1983.
 

Columbia CL 1986 (USA) - front scan by Jeff Gold (mono commercial copy of withdrawn album)

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Columbia CL 1986 (USA) - radio station mono promo copy of withdrawn album, scan by Hans Seegers (the timing strip has tracks 3 and 6 on Side 1 swapped)

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Columbia CL 1986 (USA) mono promo - Side 1 (this record lists the withdrawn tracks but plays the replacements), scan by Arie de Reus (matrix number XLP-58717-3A)
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Columbia CL 1986 (USA) mono promo - Side 2 (this record lists the withdrawn tracks but plays the replacements), scan by Arie de Reus (matrix number XLP-58718-2A)
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Columbia CL 1986 (USA) mono promo - Side 1 (this record lists and plays the replacement tracks), scan by Arie de Reus (matrix number XLP-58717-3A)
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Columbia CL 1986 (USA) mono promo - Side 2 (this record lists and plays the replacement tracks), scan by Arie de Reus (matrix number LP-58718-2A)

Apart from the regular mono release, this album is available in three rare formats:

  1. A white label promo which lists the withdrawn tracks on timing strip and labels, but plays the regular tracks

  2. A white label promo which lists withdrawn tracks on timing strip, the regular tracks on the labels, and plays the regular tracks (i.e. there are no white label promo copies that play the withdrawn tracks)

  3. A red label copy which lists the regular tracks but plays the withdrawn tracks (i.e. the only mono copies that play the withdrawn tracks have red labels).

Matrix numbers for the withdrawn mono album with commercial red labels are: Side 1 - XLP-58717-1A, Side 2 - XLP-58718-1A.
 

Promo note scan by Hans Seegers
Shown left is a note that was actually distributed in error with the replacement record, not the withdrawn record to which it refers. When the withdrawn album was pressed Band 3 and Band 6 were reversed on the vinyl itself, so that A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall was the third track and Let Me Die In My Footsteps was the sixth (on the labels illustrated Let Me Die In My Footsteps is the third track and A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall is the sixth, but as far as I know there are no records in existence with the tracks in this order). This is one sure way of identifying the withdrawn album without playing it - on Side 1 of the withdrawn disc A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall is track 3 and by far the widest track on the side. On all replacement records it's at the end of Side 1. The Canadian sleeve issued with the regular release at the top of this page actually shows the order of tracks on the withdrawn album in the correct order - it must have been printed after the distribution of the promo items shown here and thus be the front of the intended production sleeve.

The mono labels shown here are of the first commercial release - the labels of the withdrawn record are actually the same.


Columbia CL 1986 (USA) mono promo - Side 2 timing strip showing "Gamblin' Willie's Dead Man's Hand", photo by "Truman Peyote"

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Columbia CL 1986 (USA), first commercial release - "Guaranteed High Fidelity" Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia CL 1986 (USA), commercial copy of withdrawn release - detail of Side 1, photo by Jeff Gold (matrix number XLP-58717-1A)

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Columbia CL 1986 (USA), record store demonstration label side 2 - scan by Hans Seegers


Columbia CL 1986 (USA), commercial copy of withdrawn release - detail of Side 2, photo by Jeff Gold (matrix number XLP-58718-1A)

Thanks to Jeff Gold of Record Mecca, Gary Johnson of Rockaway Records and Michael Perri for information. Thanks to Jeff Gold, Hans Seegers, Arie de Reus and "Truman Peyote" for further information and pictures.


"The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" - fake test pressing, Columbia CL 1986 (mono) (USA), Dec 2011:


Record and sleeve photo from eBay
This at first convincing "test pressing" with the withdrawn tracks for auction on eBay from an Italian seller is actually a fake. The information sheet glued to the white card sleeve is nothing like a Columbia US information sheet of the time, and labels like these were not used for test pressings.

Thanks to Renaud Depierreux for information about this item, and to Jeff Gold of Record Mecca, Arie de Reus and Hans Seegers for confirming it's a fake.


White card sleeve with glued information sheet, photo from eBay


Side 1 photo from eBay


Side 2 photo from eBay

Various Artists - "The World Of Folk Music Starring Oscar Brand - Show #96 Guest Star Bob Dylan" - radio station disc, Warner Bros XGPB 508 (USA), broadcast May 1963:
This disc contains the whole 15 min show, but only the Dylan tracks are listed below. The show was broadcast on WNBC public service radio, New York, May 1963.

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Warner Bros XGPB 508 (USA) - scan by Hans Seegers

R-0316  Girl Of The North Country - live performance of song from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

R-0317  Only A Hobo (1:58) - live performance of out-take from The Times They Are A-Changin’, studio version released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3, 1991
For a Feb 1963 Broadside performance of this song, see below. For the Aug 1963 Witmark demo, now released in Oct 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964, see 1967

These two songs were recorded at WNBC Studios, New York, Mar 1963 especially for the Oscar Brand radio show. Both have now been released in Dec 2013 on The 50th Anniversary Collection 1963, see 2013.

Thanks to Yoshihiko Satake for clearing up the long-standing query about this disc - the answer was under my nose in Dundas all the time! Thanks to Hans Seegers for the scan.


"Ain't Gonna Grieve" - 10" acetate, Columbia (no catalogue number) (USA), Aug 1963:


"1963" acetate scan by Hans Seegers
R-0031    Ain't Gonna Grieve - Witmark demo recorded Aug 1963
Now officially released in mono in Oct 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964., so no longer a rarity.

This acetate has a generic Columbia promo white label with typewritten title "Ain't Gonna Grieve No More" and handwritten "23591" in red. This performance later appeared with eight other Witmark demos on a US Warner Bros/7 Arts Music 12" singled-sided acetate LP in 1967. It also surfaced in a set of US Music Publishers Holding Corporation acetates, see 2004.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scan. Thanks to Jeff Gold for information that this "1963" acetate is a fake, one of several that were made in the USA around 2000, also for other artists, and is now listed in Questionable Releases.

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Warner Bros. XTV 221567 (USA) - 1967 label scan by Hans Seegers


2004 acetate scan by A J LaRue

Various Artists - "Broadside Ballads Vol. 1" - mono vinyl LP, Broadside Records BR 301 (USA) later Folkways Records FH 5301 (USA)/Folkways Records F-05301 (UK), released Oct 1963; cassette release: Smithsonian Folkways Records FH 5301 (USA), 1980s; CD-R releases: Smithsonian Folkways Records FH 5301 (USA), 2000s:
All tracks were recorded Jan/Feb 1963 at the Broadside offices in New York. Bob appears as "Blind Boy Grunt". The French version was released in 1964 - see below.

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Broadside Records BR 301 (USA) - first release scan by Hans Seegers (1963)
R-0025 Talkin' Devil - otherwise unavailable performance, Jan 1963

R-0026 John Brown - original version, Feb 1963, now also on the Smithsonian Folkways boxed set The Best Of Broadside 1962-1988, 2000

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Folkways Records FH 5301 (USA) - picture from amazon.com


Broadside Records BR 301 (USA) - alternate colour scan by Wim van der Mark


Broadside Records BR 301 (USA) - alternate colour scan by David Plentus

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Broadside Records BR 301 (USA) - second release scan by Hans Seegers (1964)

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Folkways Records FH 5301 (USA) - front scan by Hans Seegers


Broadside Records BR 301 (USA) - booklet page with music and lyrics of R-0027 and R-0028, scan by Kenneth Robson

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Broadside Records BR 301 (USA) - Side 1 of first release, dated 1963, scan by Hans Seegers


Broadside Records BR 301 (USA) - Side 2 of first release, dated 1963, scan by Kenneth Robson

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Broadside Records BR 301 (USA) - Side 2 of second release, dated 1964, scan by Hans Seegers (the Folkways release also used this label)

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Broadside Records BR 301 (USA) - detail from rear of first release, scan by Hans Seegers

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Broadside Records BR 301 (USA) - detail from rear of second release, scan by Hans Seegers (text "Descriptive Notes are Inside Pocket" below catalogue number)

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Folkways Records FH 5301 (USA) - detail from rear, scan by Hans Seegers (same text below new catalogue number)

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Broadside Records BR 301 (USA) - detail from rear of first release, scan by Hans Seegers (no catalogue number to left of track list)

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Broadside Records BR 301 (USA) - detail from rear of second release, scan by Hans Seegers (BR 301 to left of track list)

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Folkways Records FH 5 301 (USA) - detail from rear, scan by Hans Seegers (FOLKWAYS FH 5301 to left of track list)


Outside of cassette release, picture found of eBay by Jean-Pol Hiernaux


Inside of cassette release with leaflet, picture found of eBay by Jean-Pol Hiernaux


Folkways FH-5301 (USA) - detail of CD-R slipcase rear, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

R-0027 Only A Hobo - otherwise unavailable performance, Feb 1963
The version released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 is an out-take from The Times They Are A-Changin', recorded Columbia Studios, New York, 12 Aug 1963 (CO78982, 3:28). For a May 1963 radio broadcast recording from The World Of Folk Music (Starring Oscar Brand), see above. For the Aug 1963 Witmark demo, now released in Oct 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964, see 1967.

R-0028 I Will Not Go Down Under The Ground [Let Me Die in My Footsteps] - Bob accompanies Happy Traum, Jan 1963, otherwise unavailable different performance from the one released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3

There was also a cover version of Blowin' In The Wind by The New World Singers. The album came with an 8-page booklet.

Broadside had a very small budget, and the first covers were printed in black and white because that was cheapest. The explanation for the later cover colour variations was kindly provided for me by Jeff Place of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings: "Actually there is no such thing as a standard color on a Folkways cover. Each run has the color of the paper that was on the printer's machine the day the cover slicks were run. Moses Asch saved a few cents by not having the printer change the paper. Of the records I have here in the Folkways archive, many of them have many colors for the cover." The cover variations shown apply also to the 1972 retrospective album Broadside Ballads Vol. 6: Broadside Reunion, see 1972.

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Kenneth Robson, Wim van der Mark, David Plentus and Jack Guerreiro for information and scans. Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for finding a Smithsonian cassette version on eBay. It comes in a black plastic case with the booklet folded in four inside.


Various Artists - "Broadside Vol.1: Protest Songs" - mono vinyl LP, Le Chant Du Monde/Folkways FWX 55301 (France), 1964 (recorded Jan/Feb 1963):
Bob appears as "Blind Boy Grunt". This is the Broadside/Folkways album Broadside Ballads Vol. 1 from Oct 1963 with a new title and cover

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Le Chant Du Monde/Folkways FWX 55301 (France) - scan by Hans Seegers

R-0025-2 Talkin' Devil - otherwise unavailable performance, Jan 1963

R-0026-2 John Brown - original version, Feb 1963, now also on the Smithsonian Folkways boxed set The Best Of Broadside 1962-1988, 2000

R-0027-2 Only A Hobo - otherwise unavailable performance, Feb 1963, different from the one released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 and also to R-0317 from The World Of Folk Music (Starring Oscar Brand), see above

R-0028-2 I Will Not Go Down Under The Ground [Let Me Die in My Footsteps] - Bob accompanies Happy Traum, otherwise unavailable performance, Jan 1963, different from to the one released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Various Artists - "Broadside Ballads Vol. 1" - mono vinyl LP, Nippon Columbia/Folkways Records YW-7017-FW (Japan), Oct 1976:


Nippon Columbia/Folkways Records YW-7017-FW (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Hans Seegers
This extremely rare mono release was made by Nippon Columbia on behalf of Folkways Records. Nippon Columbia has no link to Columbia US and indeed Sony still do not have the rights to use the Columbia name in Japan. The record comes in a black card sleeve with the Broadside cover slick in green pasted over the front and part of the back. The sleeve has the price ¥1,500. There is a red paper obi, also with price ¥1,500, and a double-sided insert in Japanese. The rear of the insert has the date "76.10" (Oct 1976). The record has orange Nippon Columbia labels.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Nippon Columbia/Folkways Records YW-7017-FW (Japan) - detail of front, scan by Hans Seegers


Nippon Columbia/Folkways Records YW-7017-FW (Japan) - obi scan by Hans Seegers

Nippon Columbia/Folkways Records YW-7017-FW (Japan) - rear scan by Hans Seegers


Nippon Columbia/Folkways Records YW-7017-FW (Japan) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers


Nippon Columbia/Folkways Records YW-7017-FW (Japan) - detail of rear of insert, scan by Hans Seegers


Nippon Columbia/Folkways Records YW-7017-FW (Japan) - front of insert, scan by Hans Seegers


Nippon Columbia/Folkways Records YW-7017-FW (Japan) - rear of insert, scan by Hans Seegers


Nippon Columbia/Folkways Records YW-7017-FW (Japan) - Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers


Nippon Columbia/Folkways Records YW-7017-FW (Japan) - detail of Side 1, scan by Hans Seegers


Nippon Columbia/Folkways Records YW-7017-FW (Japan) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers

Various Artists - "Broadside Ballads Vol. 1" - mono vinyl LP, Folkways Records/Discoplay DP 54.9227 (Spain), 1983:


Folkways Records/Discoplay DP 54.9227 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara


Folkways Records/Discoplay DP 54.9227 (Spain) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara


Folkways Records/Discoplay DP 54.9227 (Spain) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara


Folkways Records/Discoplay DP 54.9227 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

Folkways Records/Discoplay DP 54.9227 (Spain) - detail of rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

Folkways Records/Discoplay DP 54.9227 (Spain) - booklet front scan by Manuel García Jara

Folkways Records/Discoplay DP 54.9227 (Spain) - booklet rear scan by Manuel García Jara

Folkways Records/Discoplay DP 54.9227 (Spain) - detail of booklet rear, scan by Manuel García Jara

Folkways Records/Discoplay DP 54.9227 (Spain) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara

Folkways Records/Discoplay DP 54.9227 (Spain) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara

Folkways Records/Discoplay DP 54.9227 (Spain) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara

The publishing of this album is complicated: it is a Folkways record, manufactured in Spain by Iberofón S.A., released by Dial Discos S.A. and distributed exclusively by Discoplay of Madrid, the most important mail order store in Spain specialising in records. This album also includes a 12-page booklet with lyrics in Spanish and English and description of the songs. For the equivalent Spanish release of Broadside Ballads Vol. 6 - Broadside Reunion, see 1972.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Various Artists - "Broadside Ballads Vol. 1" - CD-R releases: Smithsonian Folkways Records FH 5301 (USA), 2000s:


Folkways FH-5301 (USA) - CD-R slipcase front, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

This album is now available by mail order from Smithsonian Folkways They can only supply CD-R copies of the original albums. Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for scans of the original CD-R release in a jewel case with only a printed rear insert. Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for information that the CD-Rs were subsequently housed in a Folkways slipcase (the same for each title), and come with photocopies of the original artwork, such as the examples shown above. Jean-Pol also informs me that much of the Broadside/Folkways music is now downloadable from the Smithsonian Folkways site. However, none of the tracks by Blind Boy Grunt and R-0028 with Happy Traum are included.

Thanks to Freddy Ordoñez Araque and David Plentus for information that the album is now on sale from amazon.com with the catalogue number FH 5301, both as a CD and for download for US residents only (you can just download the Dylan tracks if preferred). Thanks to Andrew Wellman for scans of his copy bought from amazon.com, which comes in a generic dark grey card folder with the original artwork and track listing pasted to the outside. The inside has pockets for the CD-R and a booklet.


Folkways FH-5301 (USA) - CD-R rear insert scan by Jack Guerreiro (there is no front insert)

Folkways FH-5301 (USA) - CD-R scan by Jack Guerreiro


Folkways FH-5301 (USA) - detail from page 2 of booklet, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux


Folkways FH-5301 (USA) - detail from page 3 of booklet, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Folkways FH-5301 (USA) - detail from page 5 of booklet, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Folkways FH-5301 (USA) - page 1 of booklet, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Smithsonian Folkways FH-5301 (USA) - front scan by Andrew Wellman

Smithsonian Folkways FH-5301 (USA) - outside of folder, scan by Andrew Wellman

Smithsonian Folkways FH-5301 (USA) - inside of folder, scan by Andrew Wellman (generic)

Smithsonian Folkways FH-5301 (USA) - CD-R scan by Andrew Wellman

Mono Singles & EPs for 1963

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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.

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The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963, mono)


Promotional/Regular Items for 1963


Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo items for 1963 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.

Freewheelin' 1963
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963, stereo)


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