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
With contributor Tracy Zank (left) in the Admiral Rodney pub, Prestbury, Cheshire, and my book Bob Dylan Worldwide: The First Twenty Years, Jul 2016
This yearly page now contains only the main Rarities List. Promotional Items (Albums and Singles) are now here. All Honourable Mentions are now here. Full details of "The 1966 Live Recordings", which together with the studio recordings from "The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 - Bob Dylan 1965-1966 The Cutting Edge Collector's Edition" form the equivalent of the "50th Anniversary Collection 1966" have been added here. Because "The 1966 Live Recordings" is a very limited edition, all tracks except Manchester, 17 May 1966, have been classified as rarities.
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: 01 January, 2018.
Titles in red are not available on a currently released Bob Dylan CD (for these see bobdylan.com )
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Audience recordings are indicated by (A).
Eric Clapton - "The Studio Collection 1970-1981" - 9LP boxed sets, Polydor/Universal (catalogue numbers?) (USA/Europe), 29 Jan 2016:
Front picture from www.amazon.co.uk
R-0122-6 Sign Language (with
Eric Clapton) - Bob
duets with Eric on this version of his otherwise unreleased song from Eric's
RSO album No Reason To Cry. Also see
1976 for all other releases
of this track.
The lyrics of this song on bobdylan.com are here.
Thanks to Wil Gielen for information.
RSO Deluxe 2479 179 (UK) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (1976)
Various Artists - "Root Hog or Die: 100 Year, 100 Songs - An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute" - 6LP boxed set, Mississippi Records MRP060LP (USA), 12 Feb 2016:
Mississippi Records MRP060LP (USA) - picture from www.lightintheattic.net
|R-1646 Masters Of War - previously
unreleased recording, Alan Lomax's apartment, Manhattan, New York, Jan 1963
As described by Ian Woodward in "Entering the 'Madhouse'" (Isis 175, July- August 2014), when Dylan returned from London in January 1963, Lomax recorded him not only playing Masters Of War but talking about how he had recorded it in Putney (where the "Madhouse" rehearsals took place) and about how it was prompted by the Macmillan-JFK talks regarding Britain getting Polaris.
Thanks to Fred Muller and Ian Woodward for information.
Various Artists - "The Collection: An Adventure In Sound" - hybrid SA-CD compilation, Mobile Fidelity AFZ5 240 (USA), Mar 2016:
Mobile Fidelity AFZ5 240 (USA) - front picture from Éamonn Ó Catháin
|Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information about this hybrid SA-CD sampler from Mobile Fidelity, which contains Lay, Lady, Lay from Nashville Skyline in SA-CD 4.0 (quadraphonic) surround sound, SA-CD stereo, and CD stereo. The 2003 Columbia hybrid SA-CD release of Nashville Skyline contains only a CD version and an SA-CD stereo version, and there was no surround sound version despite the fact the album was also released in quadraphonic sound.||
Mobile Fidelity AFZ5 240 (USA) - rear picture from Éamonn Ó Catháin
Columbia CH 90319 (USA) - front of digipak with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2003 release, SA-CD stereo only)
R-1647-2 Lay, Lady, Lay - mixed differently
from stereo version
on Quadraphonic release of Nashville
This 4.0 surround sound version of Lay, Lady, Lay is the original 1974 mix by Neil Wilburn, remastered by Steve Hoffman, and is reported to precede a 4.0 quadraphonic release of the Nashville Skyline album.
"Dylan Revisited: All Time Best" - 5CD boxed set, Sony Music SICP 4761-65 (Japan), 13 Apr 2016:
SICP 4761-65 (Japan) - front with obi and sticker, scan by Jack Guerreiro
|This 5CD limited edition boxed set with 87 tracks is being released in Japan in conjunction with Bob's April 2016 tour there, and also to celebrate his 75th birthday. The set was compiled by Kenta Hagiwara, who also wrote the liner notes, with lyrics translated by Goro Nakagawa (English lyrics for some songs aren't included "by the artist's intention"). The publicity says this is the first Dylan compilation exclusively released by Sony Music Japan, but reading the "Dylan-only Compilations" pages of this web-site will quickly show that this is very much untrue! There have been many exclusive Japanese releases from the 1960s onwards. The price of this set is ¥10,800 ($98)! It is listed here because of of the tracks on CD5 is a rarity. Full details are in Dylan-Only Compilations 2010s.||
SICP 4761-65 (Japan) - set photo from Freddy Ordóñez Araque
1. Song to Woody
2. Blowin' in the Wind
3. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
4. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
5. The Times They Are A-Changin'
6. One Too Many Mornings
7. All I Really Want to Do
8. It Ain't Me, Babe
9. My Back Pages
10. Subterranean Homesick Blues
11. Maggie's Farm
12. Mr. Tambourine Man
13. Like a Rolling Stone
14. Highway 61 Revisited
15. Queen Jane Approximately
16. Positively 4th Street
17. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
18. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
1. I Want You
2. Just Like a Woman
3. All Along the Watchtower
4. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
5. I Threw It All Away
6. Lay Lady Lay
7. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You
8. This Wheel's on Fire
9. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (from The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - The Basement Tapes Raw, The Basement Tapes 1975 version without overdubs)
11. If Not for You
12. The Man in Me
13. I Shall Be Released (Happy Traum version from Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II)
14. Watching the River Flow
15. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
16. On a Night Like This
17. Forever Young (slow version)
18. Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine (from Before the Flood)
19. Tangled Up in Blue
20. Simple Twist of Fate
2. One More Cup of Coffee
3. Changing of the Guards
4. Gotta Serve Somebody
5. Precious Angel
7. Sweetheart Like You
8. The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar
9. Every Grain of Sand
10. Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love?)
11. Brownsville Girl
13. Everything Is Broken
14. Ring Them Bells
15. Most of the Time
1. Under the Red Sky
2. Dignity (the Oh Mercy outtake that first appeared on Touched By An Angel: the Album, 1998, and then on Dylan, 2007)
3. Not Dark Yet
4. Tryin' to Get to Heaven
5. Things Have Changed
6. Make You Feel My Love
7. Summer Days
8. Po' Boy
9. Someday Baby
10. When the Deal Goes Down
11. Workingman's Blues #2
12. Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
13. I Feel a Change Comin' On
14. Duquesne Whistle
15. Long and Wasted Years
16. That Lucky Old Sun
CD5 - The Best of The Bootleg Series (including Biograph)
1. Dink's Song
2. Worried Blues
3. Mama, You Been on My Mind
4. Farewell, Angelina
5. I'll Keep It with Mine (Biograph version)
6. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
7. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (from The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 - The Cutting Edge)
8. Tell Me Momma (from The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 - Live 1966)
9. All You Have to Do Is Dream (Take 2)
10. Pretty Saro (Unreleased) This is actually the version from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) (CD1, track 3), which was unreleased until 2013.
11. Blind Willie McTell
12. Abandoned Love
13. Series of Dreams (from CD2 of Tell Tale Signs)
14. Born in Time (from Tell Tale Signs)
15. Cold Irons Bound (R-0617, from Masked & Anonymous, see 2003 and VHS & DVD 2000s Part 2)
16. Mississippi (from CD1 of Tell Tale Signs)
17. High Water (For Charley Patton) (from Tell Tale Signs)
R-0617-3 Cold Irons Bound - live from Jack Fate and his band, recorded at Stage 6, Ray-Art Studios, Canoga Park, CA, 18 Jul 2002
Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson, Freddy Ordóñez Araque, Les Kokay and Jack Guerreiro for information and scans.
Allen Ginsberg - "The Last Word On 'First Blues'" - 3CD set, Omnivore Records 7 DVCD-175 (USA), 20 May 2016:
Omnivore Records 7 DVCD-175 (USA) - front of sealed copy with sticker (2016, my copy)
Omnivore Records 7 DVCD-175 (USA) - front sticker (2016)
Omnivore Records 7 DVCD-175 (USA) - rear of sealed copy with sticker (2016)
Omnivore Records 7 DVCD-175 (USA) - picture from www.amazon.co.uk (2016)
Omnivore Records 7 DVCD-175 (USA) - photo from Omnivore Records web-site (2016)
Omnivore Records 7 DVCD-175 (USA) - CD2 (2016, no Dylan)
"Sing Out!" Flexi-disc included with magazine - scan by Hans Seegers (1972)
John Hammond Records W2X 37673 (USA) - front scan by Kenneth Robson (1983)
Ginsberg Recordings sampler front (2013, my copy)
CBS 3665 (Spain) - front scan by Hans Seegers (1975, Jimmy Berman on left)
This new 3CD set in a book-style digipak contains the original 1983 First Blues double LP on CDs 1 and 2 (see 1983), and on CD3 eleven previously unreleased songs from Ginsberg's 1971 and 1982 recording sessions plus demos and live recordings featuring Bob Dylan and Arthur Russell. In addition to the recordings, the set also includes writings and drawings from Ginsberg’s archives, a 28-page booklet of photos and an essay from set producer Pat Thomas featuring interviews with original participants.
The original 1983 First Blues double LP was released on CD in 2013, along with a seven track vinyl sampler, for which see 2013.
R-0157-3 Going To San Diego (Allen Ginsberg) - Bob contributes vocals and plays guitar, piano and organ, recorded New York, 9-17 Nov 1971, from First Blues (John Hammond Records, see 1983)
R-0159-4 Vomit Express (Allen Ginsberg-Bob Dylan) - Bob contributes vocals and plays guitar, piano and organ, recorded New York, 9-17 Nov 1971, from First Blues (see 1983), also on Allen Ginsberg's 1994 CD boxed set Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems And Songs 1949-1993 (see 1994)
R-0158-3 Jimmy Berman Rag (Allen Ginsberg/Bob Dylan) - Bob contributes vocals and plays guitar, piano and organ, recorded New York, 9-17 Nov 1971, first released on Disconnected - The Dial-A-Poem Poets Double, Giorno Poetry Systems (USA), 1974 (see 1974), also on First Blues (see 1983)
R-1648 Nurse's Song
(Allen Ginsberg/William Blake)
- Bob contributes vocals and plays guitar, piano
and organ, recorded at The Record Plant, New York, NY, 9-17 Nov 1971 (9:17), new to this
Thanks to Bob Stacy for information that Nurse's Song was one of the songs recorded at the Ginsberg sessions in Nov 1971, and that version of Nurse's Song (included here) is timed on bootlegs at 9:08. There are two versions of Nurse's Song (William Blake/Allen Ginsberg) on CD3 of Allen Ginsberg's 1994 CD boxed set Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems And Songs 1949-1993 (see 1994) - Nurse's Song (Experience) (track 9, 2:07) and Nurse's Song (Innocence) (track 21, 7:12), but Larry Crum says neither include Bob. Allen Ginsberg also performed Nurse's Song at PBS-TV Studios, New York, on 30 Oct 1971 with Bob on guitar, but that performance remains officially unreleased.
R-1649 Spring (Merrily Welcome) (Allen Ginsberg) - Bob contributes vocals and plays guitar, piano and organ, recorded at The Record Plant, New York, NY, 9-17 Nov 1971, new to this compilation
R-1650 September On
Jessore Road (Allen Ginsberg-Bob Dylan)
- recorded at The Record Plant, New York, NY, 9-17 Nov 1971, Bob plays
piano, organ, acoustic and electric guitars on this track (14:34), new to this
Thanks to Larry Crum for determining that the version of September On Jessore Road (10:34) which first appeared on Allen Ginsberg's 1994 CD boxed set Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems And Songs 1949-1993 (R-0235, see 1994), is different from this take, and also different from the 1:17 excerpt of this song which appeared on a Sing Out! magazine flexi-disc (R-0225, see 1972).
R-1651 Do The Meditation Rock (Allen
recorded Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, CA, 23 Feb 1982, Bob plays bass for Allen Ginsberg, new
to this compilation (4:14)
Thanks to Larry Crum for information that the version of this song on Allen Ginsberg's 1994 CD boxed set Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems And Songs 1949-1993 (see 1994) was recorded in 1989 without Bob.
In "Tangled Up In Tapes" Glen Dundas records that Bob may also have played on Tyger (the famous William Blake poem set to music by Allen Ginsberg) in New York on 20 Nov 1971 (CD2, track 8). However, he also states that this track may have been recorded at a later date without Bob, as indeed it was, in Feb-Mar 1981, as stated on the back page of the "Gallimaufry" (the insert with First Blues), where the actual musicians are credited.
Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin, Bob Stacy and Larry Crum for information.
The Band plus Guests - "The Last Waltz: 40th Anniversary Edition" - 2CD set, Rhino Records (catalogue number?) (USA), 11 Nov 2016; "The Last Waltz: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" - 4CD+DVD set, Rhino Records (catalogue number?) (USA), 11 Nov 2016; "The Last Waltz: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Vinyl Edition" - 6LP set, Rhino Records (catalogue number?) (USA), 11 Nov 2016:
Collector's Edition with 2 Blu-ray discs - picture from www.rhino.com
Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that there will be four
40th Anniversary editions of The Last Waltz by The Band, on CD, vinyl
The 6LP Deluxe Vinyl set
contains the complete audio from the concert, including rehearsals and
outtakes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl for the first time and presented in an
ornate hinged box.
There will also be a regular 2CD remastered set, a Deluxe Edition with the complete audio on CD plus a remastered release of the Martin Scorsese film on Blu-ray, and a Collector's Edition limited to 2,500 with the complete audio on CD, the film on Blu-ray, a second Blu-ray disc with rarely seen interviews and a 5.1 audio mix of the original release, plus a 300 page hardback book.
More information will be added when available.
Standard Edition - picture from www.amazon.co.uk
Deluxe Vinyl Edition - picture from www.uncut.co.uk
"The 1966 Live Recordings" - 36CD set, Columbia/Legacy 889853581924 (USA), 11 Nov 2016; Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 889853581924 (Europe), 11 Nov 2016; Sony Music SICP 5101-5136 (Japan), 23 Nov 2016:
Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 889853581924 (Europe) - front of box (my copy)
|Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin and Fred Muller for news that the "50th Anniversary Collection" this year will be a massive 36CD boxed set to be called The 1966 Live Recordings, released on 11 Nov 2016. Full details will be listed here. The track list of all 36 CDs is available online and more information will be given when available, but many online sources have already sold out. CDs 28-29 have been separately released on CD and vinyl as The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert!, see International Albums (Regular). CDs 1-2 have been separately released on vinyl in Australia only as Live In Sydney 1966, see below.||
Columbia/Legacy/ Sony Music 889853581924 (Europe) - rear of box
"Live In Sydney 1966" - mono vinyl 2LP set, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88985384101 (Europe for Australia), 2 Dec 2016:
Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88985384101 (Europe for Australia) - front scan by Stuart Moore
|Thanks to Allan Johansen for information about a mono vinyl 2LP Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music release of Live In Sydney 1966 from 13 Apr 1966. This release is Australia-only and limited to 1500 copies.||
Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88985384101 (Europe for Australia) - outside of gatefold sleeve (my copy)
Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88985384101 (Europe for Australia) - inside of gatefold sleeve (my copy)
Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88985384101 (Europe for Australia) - rear scan by Stuart Moore
Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88985384101 (Europe for Australia) - Side 1 scan by Stuart Moore (Record 1, Side 1)
Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88985384101 (Europe for Australia) - detail of Side 1 ("Made in the EU")
Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88985384101 (Europe for Australia) - Side 2 scan by Stuart Moore (Record 1, Side 2)
Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88985384101 (Europe for Australia) - Side 3 scan by Stuart Moore (Record 2, Side 1)
Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88985384101 (Europe for Australia) - Side 4 scan by Stuart Moore (Record 2, Side 2)
Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88985384101 (Europe for Australia) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve (my copy)
Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88985384101 (Europe for Australia) - spine of gatefold sleeve (my copy)
It comes in a gatefold sleeve and the records are in plain white paper sleeves. Surprisingly, the set was made in the EU, not Australia, probably in Holland. This set is also available on CD as CDs 1 and 2 of the 36CD set The 1966 Live Recordings, see above and here.
R-1656 She Belongs to Me (Incomplete) - live, Sydney Stadium,
R-1657 Fourth Time Around - live, Sydney Stadium,
R-1658 Visions of Johanna - live, Sydney Stadium,
R-1659 It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue - live, Sydney Stadium,
R-1660 Desolation Row - live, Sydney Stadium,
R-1661 Just Like A Woman - live, Sydney Stadium,
R-1662 Mr. Tambourine Man - live, Sydney Stadium,
R-1663 Tell Me, Momma - live with The Hawks, Sydney Stadium,
R-1664 I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) - live with The Hawks, Sydney Stadium,
R-1665 Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (Rev Gary Davies, arr. Eric von Schmidt) - live with The Hawks, Sydney Stadium,
R-1666 Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues - live with The Hawks, Sydney Stadium,
R-1667 Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat - live with The Hawks, Sydney Stadium,
R-1668 One Too Many Mornings - live with The Hawks, Sydney Stadium,
R-1669 Ballad of a Thin Man - live with The Hawks, Sydney Stadium,
R-1670 Positively 4th Street - live with The Hawks, Sydney Stadium,
Thanks to Stuart Moore for scans and to Éamonn Ó Catháin for the album!
Promotional/Regular Items for 2016
Stereo promo albums and singles for 2016 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.
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