"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 2018

All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
A-E F-J K-O P-S T-Z

 

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This yearly page now contains only the main Rarities List. 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: 13 May, 2018.


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)

Audience recordings are indicated by (A).


Rhythms Del Mundo - "Plastic Oceans" - CD release, Plastic Oceans (no catalogue number) (US/UK/Europe), Feb 2018:


Picture from http://oceansalbum.com/product/plastic-oceans/
This album by Rhythms Del Mundo is being sold to benefit Artists Project Earth, a UK organisation focusing on disaster relief and climate change awareness, in this case to combat plastic waste in the oceans. Other artists appearing are Ed Sheeran, Cold Play, Mumford & Sons, Laura Mvula and Amy Winehouse.

R-1914 I Shall be Released - new "Afro-Cuban" version of track from Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II by Rhythms Del Mundo featuring Bob Dylan

It appears that, like their 2010 version of A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall (see 2010), Bob's contribution to this album is a remix of his original version, not a new recording. The 2010 release was a CD in a digipak, but this appears to be currently download only.

Thanks to David McBride for information.


The Avener - "Masters of War (Rework)" - download single, Sony Music (no catalogue number) (Germany), 2 Mar 2018; 7" stereo single: Columbia/Sony Music 190758432977 (Europe), 21 Apr 2016:


Download picture from www.sonymusic.de

Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for news that a "rework" of Masters Of War, the album track from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, by The Avener (French "deep house"/electro producer Tristan Casara) was released by Sony Music Germany as a download on 2 Mar 2018. It can be purchased from iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and Amazon.


Columbia/Sony Music 190758432977 (Europe) - front of single, scan by Dr. Walter Roedl

Columbia/Sony Music 190758432977 (Europe) - rear of single, scan by Dr. Walter Roedl

Columbia/Sony Music 190758432977 (Europe) - A-side of single (R-1915), scan by Dr. Walter Roedl


Columbia/Sony Music 190758432977 (Europe) - detail of rear of single, scan by Dr. Walter Roedl


Columbia/Sony Music 190758432977 (Europe) - B-side of single (R-1916), scan by Dr. Walter Roedl


Columbia/Sony Music 190758432977 (Europe) - detail of A-side of single (R-1915), scan by Dr. Walter Roedl ("MADE IN THE EU")


Columbia/Sony Music 190758432977 (Europe) - detail of rear of single, scan by Dr. Walter Roedl (Gütersloh Germany address, "MADE IN THE EU")

R-1915 Masters Of War - "rework" of album track from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan by The Avener, download and A-side of single (2:48)

R-1916 Masters Of War - extended "rework" of album track from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan by The Avener, B-side of single (5:27)

Thanks to Larry Crum for news that R-1915 will be available as a 7" single on Record Store Day, 21 Apr 2018, in Europe only, not the USA. The B-side of the single is an extended version, R-1916.

Thanks to Dr. Walter Roedl and Ronald Born for information and scans.


Wynton Marsalis Septet - "United We Swing: Best Of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Galas" - CD release, Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA), 23 Mar 2018:


Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA) - front of digipak with sticker, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson

This Jazz CD compilation was recorded by the Wynton Marsalis Septet with guest artists at the Lincoln Center, New York, between 2003 and 2007. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas are organised by Ashley Schiff Ramos, head of Sotheby's, Palm Beach, FL. Her husband Mike Ramos works with Jimmy Buffett (also on this album) and is head of Mailboat Records. The front sticker is an clear overlay with names and birth places of the guest artists.


Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA) - detail of front of digipak, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson ("BOB DYLAN DULUTH, MN" on sticker)

Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA) - rear of digipak scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson

Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas organiser Ashley Schiff Ramos and husband Mike Ramos, photo from newyorksocialdiary.com

Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA) - outside of unfolded digipak, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson (front now missing artists' names and birth places)


Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA) - inside of unfolded digipak with CD tray in centre, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson


Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA) - front of insert, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson

Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA) - clear front sticker with names and birth places of guest artists, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson

Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA) - outside of booklet, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson

Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA) - rear of insert, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson

Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA) - CD scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson

Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA) - pages 4-5 of booklet, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson

Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA) - pages 6-7 of booklet, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson

Blue Engine Records BE0011 (USA) - detail of CD, scan by Sonny Boy McFitzson

R-1913 It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry - recorded live with the Wynton Marsalis Septet at the Apollo Theater, New York City, New York, 7 Jun 2004 as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2004 Spring Gala

Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar & harmonica) backed by the Wynton Marsalis Septet: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Ronald Westray (trombone), Victor Goines (tenor saxophone), Wess Anderson (alto saxophone), Aaron Diehl (piano), Reginald Veal (bass), Herlin Riley (drums). This performance, along with Don't Think Twice, It's All Right, not included here, is listed by Olof Björner in his "Yearly Chronologies" as having been available on bobdylan.com in Jun 2004, although I missed them at the time, see Online Performances (bobdylan.com).

There is also a 2LP vinyl release - details and scans required!

Thanks to Fred Muller, Thomas Michalzik and Tim Dunn for information and to Sonny Boy McFitzson for further information and scans.


Various Artists - "Universal Love - Wedding Songs Reimagined" - download, Columbia/Legacy (no catalogue number) (USA), 5 Apr 2018; stereo vinyl 12" single: Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 19075818301 (USA/Europe), 21 Apr 2018:


Columbia/Legacy 19075818301 (Europe) - 12" vinyl front with sticker (my copy)

R-1917 He's Funny That Way (Neil Moret/Richard Whiting) - new recording from 2017 or early 2018 (3:30)

This 6 track download EP commissioned by MGM Resorts consists of six "regendered" songs that could be played at LGBT weddings. Bob's song is a revised version of the 1928 song She's Funny That Way recorded by Frank Sinatra for his 1960 Capitol album Nice 'N' Easy. The other artists are St. Vincent, Kesha, Ben Gibbard, Valerie June and Kele Okereke.


Columbia/Legacy 19075818301 (Europe) - 12" vinyl front sticker


Columbia/Legacy 19075818301 (USA) - 12" vinyl front/disc picture from www.multivu.com

Download picture from www.amazon.com


Columbia/Legacy 19075818301 (Europe) - 12" vinyl rear


Columbia/Legacy 19075818301 (Europe) - 12" vinyl inner sleeve front


Columbia/Legacy 19075818301 (Europe) - 12" vinyl inner sleeve rear


Columbia/Sony Music 19075818301 (Europe) - detail of 12" vinyl inner sleeve rear


Columbia/Sony Music 19075818301 (Europe) - 12" vinyl lyrics insert (reverse is blank)


Columbia/Sony Music 19075818301 (Europe) - detail of 12" vinyl lyrics insert


Columbia/Sony Music 19075818301 (Europe) - 12" vinyl A-side (includes R-1917)


Columbia/Sony Music 19075818301 (Europe) - detail of 12" vinyl A-side ("Made in the EU")

Columbia/Sony Music 19075818301 (Europe) - 12" vinyl B-side (no Dylan)

Gene Austin - She's Funny That Way (Victor, USA, 1928), B-side of 78 single scan from www.45worlds.com


An Evening With Billie Holiday (Clef Records, USA, 1952) - Billie Holiday's 10" album with her version of He's Funny That Way


Nice 'N' Easy (Capitol, USA, 1960) - Frank Sinatra's album with his version of
She's Funny That Way


Columbia/Sony Music
19075818301 (Europe) - detail of 12" vinyl rear (Legacy and Sony Music logos, Gütersloh Germany address, "Made in the EU")

Thanks to Tim Dunn for information that Billie Holiday recorded the song as He's Funny That Way for her 1952 Clef Records 10" album An Evening With Billie Holiday. A revised version of this album, still containing He's Funny That Way, was released in 1956 by Clef Records in the 12" LP format as A Recital By Billie Holiday. Sonny Boy McFitzson thinks Bob's recording is actually very similar to Gene Austin's original Victor 1928 recording. Although the acoustic guitar here may be played by Stu Kimball, the arrangement also includes strings, so all of Bob's band may not be present.

The vinyl release was released as a 12" single on Record Store Day in the USA and Europe, 21 Apr 2018. The record comes in a card inner sleeve and has rainbow record labels. There is a single-sided lyrics insert. Scans of the US release required!

Thanks to Jack Guerreiro, Sergio Mariano Romay and Dag Braathen for information.


Promotional/Regular Items for 2018



Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo albums and singles for 2018 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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