"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: International Mono Releases - The Original Mono Recordings & The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings 2010

Up ] Bob Dylan 1962 Mono ] Freewheelin' 1963 Mono ] The Times They Are A-Changin' 1964 Mono ] Another Side Of Bob Dylan 1964 Mono ] Bringing It All Back Home 1965 Mono ] Highway 61 Revisited 1965 Mono ] Blonde On Blonde 1966 Mono ] Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits 1967 Mono ] John Wesley Harding 1968 Mono ] Nashville Skyline 1969 Mono ] Mono LPs - Dylan Compilations 1960s ] Mono LPs - Various Artist Compilations 1960s ] Mono LPs - Various Artist Compilations 1960s ] Self Portrait 1970 Mono ] New Morning 1970 Mono ] Mono LPs - Dylan Compilations 1970s ] Mono LPs - Various Artist Compilations 1970s ] [ Original Mono Recordings 2010 ] Mono 7" Singles 1961-64 ] Mono 7" Singles 1965 ] Mono 7" Singles 1966-68 ] Mono 7" Singles 1969 ] Mono 7" Singles 1970-76 ]

This page lists the international releases of this unique set of the first eight mono Bob Dylan studio albums. These LPs were listed in Searching For A Gem because the mono versions of Dylan songs were unavailable on CD until this 2010 release. Mono LPs with rare tracks (e.g. mono versions with significant differences from the album tracks, such as different mixes, edits or fades) are listed in the main chronological pages. Mono singles up to 1976 have their own pages, see the links above. For releases of the single CD The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings, see the bottom of the page.

These pages are still incomplete - 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 18 September, 2017.


Mono Vinyl Releases


"Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings" - 9LP set in 12" box, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761051 (USA), 21 Dec 2010; Columbia/Legacy/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 239-246 (NL), 7 Dec 2010:

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761051 (USA):


Columbia/Legacy 88697761051 (USA) - front of box with stickers, scan by Gerd Rundel

Thanks to "Isis" Newsletter 153½ for information about the vinyl box set - this was remixed by a different engineer from the CD set and the sound is noticeably warmer. There are some differences from the CD set: the black and white images on the reverse of the box have been rearranged; there is no inner slipcase; the 60-page booklet has been reduced to 46 pages by rearranging text and omitting some of the photographs. The two US inner sleeves and the Highway 61 Revisited portrait are included. There are also two flyers, one offering a digital download of the eight albums, and the other advertising The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964.


Columbia/Legacy 88697761051 (USA) - front sticker scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia/Legacy 88697761051 (USA) - detail of front of box, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia/Legacy 88697761051 (USA) - detail of front of box, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia/Legacy 88697761051 (USA) - front sticker scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia/Legacy 88697761051 (USA) - front of first flyer, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia/Legacy 88697761051 (USA) - rear of first flyer, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia/Legacy 88697761051 (USA) - front of second flyer, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia/Legacy 88697761051 (USA) - rear of second flyer, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia/Legacy 88697761051 (USA) - booklet front scan by Gerd Rundel (rear is the same)


Columbia/Legacy 88697761051 (USA) - rear of box with wrapper, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia/Legacy 88697761051 (USA) - detail of rear of box with numbered sticker, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia/Legacy 88697761051 (USA) - detail of rear of box with wrapper, scan by Gerd Rundel

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for scans of the US box, which has two front stickers and a rear wrapper under the shrink-wrap. It also has a limited edition numbered sticker on the rear of the box.


Columbia 88697761051-1/CL 1779 (USA) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)
The eight albums (9 LPs) have sleeves reproducing the original Columbia US mono sleeves. The records have labels reproducing original Columbia US 1960s first issue mono records labels.


Columbia 88697761051-1/CL 2389 (USA) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-1/CL 1779 (USA) - inner sleeve front scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-1/CL 1779 (USA) - inner sleeve rear scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-1/CL 1779 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-1/CL 1779 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-1/CL 1779 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-2/CL 1986 (USA) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-2/CL 1986 (USA) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-2/CL 1986 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-2/CL 1986 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-3/CL 2105 (USA) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-3/CL 2105 (USA) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-3/CL 2105 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-3/CL 2105 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-3/CL 2105 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-2/CL 1986 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-4/CL 2193 (USA) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-4/CL 2193 (USA) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-4/CL 2193 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-4/CL 2193 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-4/CL 2193 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-5/CL 2328 (USA) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-6/CL 2389 (USA) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-5/CL 2328 (USA) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-5/CL 2328 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-5/CL 2328 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-5/CL 2328 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-6/CL 2389 (USA) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-6/CL 2389 (USA) - insert scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-6/CL 2389 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-6/CL 2389 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-6/CL 2389 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-8/CL 2804 (USA) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-8/CL 2804 (USA) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-8/CL 2804 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-8/CL 2804 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-8/CL 2804 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

The inside of the gatefold sleeve of Blonde On Blonde has the revised seven photo layout without the photo of Claudia Cardinale although very few US mono copies of Blonde On Blonde were produced with the revised layout. As well as the original Columbia US "CL" catalogue numbers, the record sides are also numbered "88697761051-1A/B" - "88697761051-8A/B" (with the Blonde On Blonde sides numbered "88697761051-7A/B/C/D").

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for this excerpt from Roger Ford's interview with Steve Berkowitz and Mark Wilder regarding the mono reissue project. This applies to both the CD and vinyl box sets, but there are three albums where the original first-generation mono master could not be found. According to Steve Berkowitz:

"There was no mono tape anywhere of The Times They Are A-Changin’ that we could find, period. We tried all over the world, we tried collectors, we tried bootleggers, we tried everything. So we mixed it from the original three track, and enslaved ourselves to matching a 1A pressing. I would do blind comparisons, trying just to listen to the sound and the frequencies, and the sound of the guitar and the space around it – does the reverb go on as long, does the sound of the EQ of the echo match, and so on.

In the case of Highway 61 Revisited we looked, and we just didn’t have a mono tape in the United States. However, we found through the Sony Music archive in Germany a tape made in 1965 for manufacture in France of the album Highway 61 Revisited. And it is the best mono Highway 61 Revisited...

And with Blonde On Blonde we had to go through a whole bunch of different tapes, and we found a 1960s mono mix of it that sounded terrific and fresh. I don’t think it was the first generation mono master mix, but it sure was an early one. It is the original mono mix."

Columbia/Legacy/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 239-246 (NL):

Éamonn Ó Catháin has found the following Internet quote: "For vinyl Dylan releases any or all remastering work is carried out in New York by former Sony/Legacy executive producer Steve Berkowitz. Berkowitz (along with mastering engineer Mark Wilder) has been responsible for all of Dylan’s remastering work for a number of years. Berkowitz’s remastered tapes are sent to Music On Vinyl (MOV) as High Res digital audio files (96KHz/24 bit), MOV then make their test pressing which is sent to Berkowitz for approval. After final approval, vinyl pressing commences at MOV, Holland. In the case of the eight titles originally included in the Columbia box set Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings however, the above convention did not apply. When the eight mono albums (MOVLP239 Bob Dylan to MOVLP246 John Wesley Harding), were released individually in 2010 by Music On Vinyl, they were pressed using the same new metal plates that were created for the manufacture of the Columbia “Mono Recordings” box set. The metal parts were delivered directly to MOV, Holland by Sony / Columbia. These eight MOV albums are therefore truly AAA."


Columbia/Legacy/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 239-246 (NL) - vinyl LPs photo by Andreas Volkert

Andreas Volkert bought a set of the mono LPs sold separately without the box in the Saturn store in Cologne in Germany. These albums were released in Europe by the Dutch company Music On Vinyl under licence from Sony Music. The LPs themselves look identical to the US LPs. Each album comes in a clear Japanese-style cellophane wrapper which opens at the top with a self-adhesive flap at the back with a gold sticker in the top right corner of the front such as the one illustrated and a bar code sticker in the bottom right hand corner of the rear sleeve covering the US information. All the LPs have white inner sleeves, the first two albums do not have the reproduction printed inner sleeves, The Times They Are A-Changin' does not have the poetry insert, Highway 61 Revisited has the art print insert, and of course Blonde On Blonde does not have Claudia Cardinale on the inner sleeve.


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 239 (NL/USA) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 239 (NL/USA) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 239 (NL/USA) - rear with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 240 (NL/USA) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 240 (NL/USA) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 240 (NL/USA) - rear with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 241 (NL/USA) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 241 (NL/USA) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 241 (NL/USA) - rear with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 242 (NL/USA) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 242 (NL/USA) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 242 (NL/USA) - rear with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 243 (NL for Europe) - front with sticker, photo by Marc Kuszel (2010 release)


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 243 (NL for Europe) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 243 (NL for Europe) - rear photo by Marc Kuszel (2010 release)

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 244 (NL/USA) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 244 (NL/USA) - front sticker scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 244 (NL/USA) - rear with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 245 (NL for Europe) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia/Legacy/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 245 (NL) - front sticker photo by Andreas Volkert


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 245 (NL for Europe) - rear with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 246 (NL for Europe) - front with sticker, scan by Ronald Born

Columbia/Legacy/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 246 (NL) - front sticker photo by William Henry Prince

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 246 (NL for Europe) - rear scan by Ronald Born

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information that all these mono albums will be released on vinyl by Columbia/Legacy in Dec 2017.

Bob Dylan (mono) 0889854552718
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (mono) 0889854552817
The Times They Are a-Changin' (mono) 0889853443215
Another Side Of Bob Dylan (mono) 0889854552619
Bringing It All Back Home (mono) 088875146231
Highway 61 Revisited (mono) 088875146301
Blonde on Blonde (mono; 2LP) 0888751463110
John Wesley Harding (mono) 0889854516918

More information will be added when available.


CD Releases


"Bob Dylan 2010 Mono Box Set Advance CD" - promo compilation CD-R, Sony Music (no catalogue number) (France), Sep 2010:


CD scan by Jérôme Rey

The CD-R has no catalogue number but has the date of commercial release "Sortie le 18 Octobre 2010":

Tracklisting: Blowin' In The Wind (2.49); Bob Dylan's 115th Dream (6.32); Bob Dylan's Blues (2.21); Highway 51 (2.51); In My Time Of Dyin' (2.37); Like A Rolling Stone (5.58): Man Of Constant Sorrow (3.06); Mr. Tambourine Man (5.26); Pledging My Time (3.49); Queen Jane Approximately (4.57); Subterranean Homesick Blues (2.19), Talkin' New York (3.170; Temporary Like Achilles (5.00); You're No Good (1.37).

Jean-Pierre Mercier says that Bob Dylan's 115th Dream, Mr. Tambourine Man and Subterranean Homesick Blues on this sampler are in stereo! This means they cannot be taken from the boxed set.

Thanks to Hervé from France for information and to Jérôme Rey for the scan.


"Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings" - 9CD-R promo set, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music (no catalogue numbers) (USA), 31 Aug 2010:


Box front scan by Gerd Rundel
This US promo set consists of nine CD-Rs in clear plastic wallets inside a white plastic hinged box. The box has a title insert dated "8/31/10" with details of the albums and also information on the spine. Each wallet has a CD-R and a single-sided insert, and is attached to the inner spine of the plastic box, just like the CD carrying cases once sold to be used with portable CD players. Each CD-R just has the set title, disc number and album title, promo text "Promotional Copy Not For Sale", playing time and date of "8/31/10".

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Inside of box with discs, scan by Gerd Rundel


Insert 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

CD-R1 scan by Gerd Rundel

Insert 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

CD-R2 scan by Gerd Rundel

Insert 3 scan by Gerd Rundel

CD-R3 scan by Gerd Rundel

Insert 4 scan by Gerd Rundel

CD-R4 scan by Gerd Rundel

Insert 5 scan by Gerd Rundel

CD-R5 scan by Gerd Rundel

Insert 6 scan by Gerd Rundel

CD-R6 scan by Gerd Rundel

Insert 7 scan by Gerd Rundel

CD-R7 scan by Gerd Rundel

Insert 8 scan by Gerd Rundel

CD-R8 scan by Gerd Rundel

Insert 9 scan by Gerd Rundel

CD-R9 scan by Gerd Rundel

"Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings" - 8CD-R promo set, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music (no catalogue numbers) (UK), Sep 2010:


Front of all inserts, scan by Gerd Rundel
This UK promo set is different from the US set above in that it consists of eight CD-Rs in clear plastic wallets, each inside a folded paper insert with a photograph of the commercial set on the front and the album track list on the rear. The set is on eight CD-Rs instead of nine because Blonde On Blonde is here on one CD-R only, whereas in the commercial set and the US promo set above it's split over two discs. The rear of each insert has the set title and track list with the album title given in brackets after the first song title. Each CD-R just has the set title, disc number and promo text "FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY NOT FOR SALE".

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Rear insert for CD-R1, scan by Gerd Rundel (Bob Dylan)

CD-R1 scan by Gerd Rundel (Bob Dylan)


Unfolded insert for CD-R1, scan by Gerd Rundel (Bob Dylan)


Rear insert for CD-R2, scan by Gerd Rundel (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan)

CD-R2 scan by Gerd Rundel (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan)

Rear insert for CD-R3, scan by Gerd Rundel (The Times They Are A-Changin')

CD-R3 scan by Gerd Rundel (The Times They Are A-Changin')

Rear insert for CD-R4, scan by Gerd Rundel (Another Side Of Bob Dylan)

CD-R4 scan by Gerd Rundel (Another Side Of Bob Dylan)

Rear insert for CD-R5, scan by Gerd Rundel (Bringing It All Back Home)

CD-R5 scan by Gerd Rundel (Bringing It All Back Home)

Rear insert for CD-R6, scan by Gerd Rundel (Highway 61 Revisited)

CD-R6 scan by Gerd Rundel (Highway 61 Revisited)

Rear insert for CD-R7, scan by Gerd Rundel (Blonde On Blonde)

CD-R7 scan by Gerd Rundel (Blonde On Blonde)

Rear insert for CD-R8, scan by Gerd Rundel (John Wesley Harding)

CD-R8 scan by Gerd Rundel (John Wesley Harding)

"Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings" - 9CD set in 5" box, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (USA/Europe), 19 Oct 2010:


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (USA/Europe) - picture from bobdylan.com
This set of Bob's first eight albums in the original mono mixes comes in a cutaway card box inside an outer box. The CD albums are in thick card sleeves reproducing the original mono album artwork (Blonde On Blonde is a double CD album). The vinyl releases will be in a 12" box with reproductions of original full-sized sleeves. Orders from the Sony Music Store will receive an exclusive reproduction of a 1965 advertising poster (see below). The package includes details on how to download all the contents in MP3 format including Positively 4th Street, not included on any of the albums themselves. Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information that the albums can be downloaded in MP3 format from Play.com in the UK for £6.99 each or £0.89 per track. The Positively 4th Street 7" mono single is included on the single CD The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings, see International Compilations (Dylan-Only) 2010s.

Bob Dylan and The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan come in picture inner sleeves reproducing contemporary Columbia US LP inner sleeves, the other CDs are in plain white sleeves. The Times They Are A-Changin' has a double-sided insert reproducing the original LP insert with the remaining poems from "11 Outlined Epitaphs". Highway 61 Revisited has an insert reproducing the limited edition print given away with early US copies. Blonde On Blonde comes on 2CDs in a gatefold sleeve. Nearly all the US Blonde On Blonde mono albums used the 9-photo inner layout with Claudia Cardinale but this set uses the replacement 7-photo design that came with a comparatively few later US copies and was never used for European mono copies. It's very disappointing that Columbia were not able to resolve the copyright issue for the USA and Europe (if they even tried), although they did for Japan - see below.
 


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - front of outer box with sticker (my copy)


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - wrapper folded-over bottom of box (top is plain white) - this copy includes the Brandeis concert CD (see 2010) and has a second catalogue number of 88697804952)


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - spine of outer box


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - spine of inner box

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - front sticker


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - wrapper folded-over bottom of box - this copy doesn't include the Brandeis concert CD and has one catalogue number only, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - detail of front of outer box

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - paper wrapper over rear of outer box

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - digital download voucher (rear of flyer 1)


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (USA/Europe) - picture from bobdylan.com


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - back of outer box (behind wrapper)


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - rear wrapper unfolded

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - front of flyer 1, scan by Franck Faugere

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - front of flyer 2, scan by Franck Faugere


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - rear of flyer 2, scan by Franck Faugere


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (USA/Europe) - exclusive poster with orders from the Sony Music Store

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - front of inner box

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - rear of inner box

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 - front of book

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 - rear of book


"Hockey puck" photo from Ian Woodward


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-1/CL 1779 (Europe) - front of card sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-1/CL 1779 (Europe) - rear of card sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-1/CL 1779 (Europe) - front of inner sleeve


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-1/CL 1779 (Europe) - rear of inner sleeve


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-2/CL 1986 (Europe) - front of card sleeve


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-2/CL 1986 (Europe) - rear of card sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-3/CL 2105 (Europe) - front of card sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-3/CL 2105 (Europe) - rear of card sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-3/CL 2105 (Europe) - front of insert


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-3/CL 2105 (Europe) - rear of insert


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-4/CL 2193 (Europe) - front of card sleeve


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-4/CL 2193 (Europe) - rear of card sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-5/CL 2328 (Europe) - front of card sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-5/CL 2328 (Europe) - rear of card sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-6/CL 2389 (Europe) - front of card sleeve


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-6/CL 2389 (Europe) - rear of card sleeve


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-2/CL 1986 (Europe) - inner sleeve (same both sides)


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-7/C2L 41 (Europe) - outside of unfolded card sleeve


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-7/C2L 41 (Europe) - inside of unfolded card sleeve (replacement design used in a few US mono copies only)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-8/CL 2804 (Europe) - front of card sleeve


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-8/CL 2804 (Europe) - rear of card sleeve


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-6/CL 2389 (Europe) - reproduction of limited edition print


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-1/CL 1779 (Europe) - CD


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-1/CL 1779 (Europe) - detail of CD


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-2/CL 1986 (Europe) - CD


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-2/CL 1986 (Europe) - detail of CD


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-3/CL 2105 (Europe) - CD


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-3/CL 2105 (Europe) - detail of CD

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-4/CL 2193 (Europe) - CD


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-4/CL 2193 (Europe) - detail of CD


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-5/CL 2328 (Europe) - CD


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-5/CL 2328 (Europe) - detail of CD


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-6/CL 2389 (Europe) - CD


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-6/CL 2389 (Europe) - detail of CD


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-7-1/C2L 41 (Europe) - CD1


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-7-1/C2L 41 (Europe) - detail of CD1


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-7-2/C2L 41 (Europe) - CD2


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-7-2/C2L 41 (Europe) - detail of CD2


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-8/CL 2804 (Europe) - CD


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-8/CL 2804 (Europe) - detail of CD

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin and Jeremy Mayle for information and to Franck Faugere and Gerd Rundel for scans. Thanks to Ian Woodward for the photo of the promotional "hockey puck" made of rubber or similar material. It splits open to reveal a USB connector. On the memory stick are The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964 (see International Album Releases) and The Original Mono Recordings in MP3 format, but not the Brandeis concert (see 2010). Stuart Moore says his copy bought in Australia is exactly the same as the illustrated European release, but the bonus Brandeis concert CD is the Australian release. Harold Lepidus informs me of a US copy where the disc labelled John Wesley Harding is actually disc 2 of Blonde On Blonde and vice-versa, and such a copy has shown up for auction on eBay. The discs of my European copy are correctly labelled.


"Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings" - 9CD-R promo set, Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan), Oct 2010:


Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - promo front scan by Gerd Rundel

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - promo insert 1 scan by Gerd Rundel

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - promo insert 2 scan by Gerd Rundel

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - promo insert 3 scan by Gerd Rundel

Sony Music SICP 2951 (Japan) - promo CD-R1 scan by Gerd Rundel


Sony Music SICP 2951 (Japan) - detail of promo CD-R1, scan by Gerd Rundel (only this number changes on each CD-R)

Each CD-R of this 9CD-R promo set comes in a clear plastic wallet. The text on each CD-R is identical apart from the disc number.

There are three folded printed inserts, all of which are black on the reverse. The third insert has printing on one side of the fold only.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


Sony Music SICP 2952 (Japan) - promo CD-R2 scan by Gerd Rundel

Sony Music SICP 2953 (Japan) - promo CD-R3 scan by Gerd Rundel

Sony Music SICP 2954 (Japan) - promo CD-R4 scan by Gerd Rundel

Sony Music SICP 2955 (Japan) - promo CD-R5 scan by Gerd Rundel

Sony Music SICP 2956 (Japan) - promo CD-R6 scan by Gerd Rundel

Sony Music SICP 2957 (Japan) - promo CD-R7 scan by Gerd Rundel

Sony Music SICP 2958 (Japan) - promo CD-R8 scan by Gerd Rundel

Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - promo CD-R9 scan by Gerd Rundel

"Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings" - 9CD set in 5" box, Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan), 10 Nov 2010:


Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - front of box with obi and sticker, scan by Anthony Perry
Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for information about the Japanese release, Sony Music SICP 2151-59. It has a wrap-around obi with price ¥18,900 (¥18,000 plus sales tax). This has been reduced from the originally announced price of ¥25,000! The release date is shown as "10-11-10" (10 Nov 2010), the original release date as "10-10-18" (18 Oct 2010) and the withdrawal date as "11-5-9" (9 May 2011).

There is a voucher to send off for the Brandeis CD as in The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964 (Sony Music SICP 2960-61). The inner card box is slightly wider to accommodate the Brandeis disc. Thanks to Arie de Reus for information that the Japanese Brandeis concert CD will be shipped in Feb 2011 to Japanese addresses only (no international shipping). Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for information it actually arrived on 5 Mar 2011!

As the original mono albums were never released in Japan, each has a light blue top obi based on those of the original stereo releases. Good news is that the inside gatefold sleeve of Blonde On Blonde has the original layout with the Claudia Cardinale photo!


Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - spine of outer box with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - spine of outer box without obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - spine of inner box without obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - rear of box with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - front sticker scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - rear of box without obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - front of inner box, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - rear of inner box, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - front of English language book, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - rear of English language book, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951 (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - front of Japanese language book, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - rear of Japanese language book, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - front of Brandeis CD voucher, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - rear of Brandeis CD voucher, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951 (Japan) - front of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951 (Japan) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951 (Japan) - insert scan by Anthony Perry (original front sticker)

Sony Music SICP 2951 (Japan) - front of booklet, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951 (Japan) - inner sleeve front, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2951 (Japan) - inner sleeve rear, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2952 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2952 (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2952 (Japan) - front of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2952 (Japan) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2952 (Japan) - insert scan by Anthony Perry (original front sticker)

Sony Music SICP 2951 (Japan) - CD scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2953 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2953 (Japan) - back with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2953 (Japan) - front of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2952 (Japan) - booklet front scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2952 (Japan) - inner sleeve scan by Anthony Perry (same both sides)

Sony Music SICP 2952 (Japan) - CD scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2953 (Japan) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2953 (Japan) - front of insert, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2953 (Japan) - rear of insert, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2953 (Japan) - booklet front, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2953 (Japan) - inner sleeve scan by Anthony Perry (same both sides)

Sony Music SICP 2953 (Japan) - CD scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2954 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2954 (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2954 (Japan) - front of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2954 (Japan) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2954 (Japan) - booklet front scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2954 (Japan) - CD scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2955 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2955 (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2955 (Japan) - front of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2955 (Japan) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2955 (Japan) - insert scan by Anthony Perry (original front sticker)

Sony Music SICP 2955 (Japan) - booklet front scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2956 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2956 (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2956 (Japan) - front of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2956 (Japan) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2956 (Japan) - booklet front scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2955 (Japan) - CD scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - front of gatefold card sleeve with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - rear of gatefold card sleeve with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2956 (Japan) - insert scan by Anthony Perry (original front sticker)

Sony Music SICP 2956 (Japan) - insert scan by Anthony Perry (original front sticker)

Sony Music SICP 2956 (Japan) - insert scan by Anthony Perry (reproduction of limited edition print)

Sony Music SICP 2956 (Japan) - CD scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry (with Claudia Cardinale photo!)

Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - insert scan by Anthony Perry (original front sticker)

Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - booklet front scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - front with obi, scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - rear with obi, scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - front of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - rear of card sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2957 (Japan) - CD scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2958 (Japan) - CD scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2951 (Japan) - obi scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2952 (Japan) - obi scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - booklet front scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - CD scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2953 (Japan) - obi scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2954 (Japan) - obi scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2955 (Japan) - obi scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2956 (Japan) - obi scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - obi scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2959 (Japan) - obi scan by Anthony Perry

The discs are numbered from SICP 2151 to SICP 2159, and also have the "XLP" numbers as shown on the European discs above:

Bob Dylan - SICP 2151, x "Lp" 55619
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - SICP 2152, x "Lp" 58717
The Times They Are A-Changin' - SICP 2153, XLP 75526
Another Side Of Bob Dylan - SICP 2154, XLP 77042
Bringing It All Back Home - SICP 2155, XLP 79421
Highway 61 Revisited - SICP 2156, XLP 110638
Blonde On Blonde - SICP 2157, XLP 113764; SICP 2158, XLP 113764
John Wesley Harding - SICP 2159, XLP 135309

Thanks to Anthony Perry for information and scans.


The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings


"The Original Mono Recordings Promo Sampler" - promo compilation CD, Sony Music (no catalogue number) (Germany), Sep 2010:


Front scan by Gerd Rundel
This watermarked promo CD comes in a CD single jewel case with a folded front insert (blank on the reverse) and has a different tracklist from The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings (see below). On Gerd Rundel's CD-R the watermark number has been obscured with marker pen.

Tracklist: Song To Woody; Blowin' In The Wind; Boots Of Spanish Leather; Chimes Of Freedom; My Back Pages; Subterranean Homesick Blues; Love Minus Zero/No Limit; Mr. Tambourine Man; Like A Rolling Stone; Ballad Of A Thin Man; Desolation Row; Visions Of Johanna; 4th Time Around; All Along The Watchtower.


Unfolded insert scan by Gerd Rundel

CD-R scan by Gerd Rundel

Gerd has also found a French sampler on eBay with a different song selection (picture not shown as it's a distorted digital photo):

Tracklist: Blowin' In The Wind; Bob Dylan's 115th Dream; Bob Dylan's Blues; Highway 51; In My Time Of Dyin'; Like A Rolling Stone; Man Of Constant Sorrow; Mr. Tambourine Man; Pledging My Time; Queen Jane Approximately; Subterranean Homesick Blues; Talkin' New York; Temporary Like Achilles; You're No Good.

Thanks to Hervé from France and Gerd Rundel for information and scans.
 


"The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings" - compilation mono CD, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (USA/Europe/Australia), 19 Oct 2010:

This album is listed on the bobdylan.com albums page and includes the mono single Positively 4th Street, which does not appear on one of the eight original albums above. The other non-album US single, Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?, appeared in mono on 1985’s Biograph and the circulating stereo mix has never been officially released. (The single version released in Nov 2015 on the 18CD Collector's Edition of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 (CD10, track 12) may now be in stereo. Even if it is in stereo, R-0513 will still remain a rarity, because of the limited availability of this massive set.) This album actually contains all ten tracks of the 1967 US mono Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits plus Song To Woody; Chimes Of Freedom; Tombstone Blues; I'll Be Your Baby Tonight and All Along The Watchtower.


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Europe) - front of sealed copy with sticker (my copy)


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Europe) - front of sealed copy with French and German stickers, scan by Geoffrey John Lambourn

The front insert is a 12-page stapled booklet with notes by Greil Marcus and previously unseen photos. The rear insert of my European copy has "Made in the EU" but the CD does not. The European front sticker has different white text in the lower section than the USA sticker, the same as the Australian sticker. The European release also has the Sony Music logo on the rear insert. The European CD looks the same as the US CD, but the Australian CD has the Sony Music logo at the top.


Columbia/Legacy 88697791672 (USA) - front of sealed copy with sticker, scan by Bill Hester


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Australia) - front with sticker, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia/Legacy 88697791672 (USA) - front sticker scan by Bill Hester


Columbia/Legacy 88697791672 (USA) - rear insert scan by Bill Hester


Columbia/Legacy 88697791672 (USA) - detail of rear insert, scan by Bill Hester


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Europe) - outside of unfolded front insert booklet


Columbia/Legacy 88697791672 (USA) - CD scan by Bill Hester


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Europe) - rear insert


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Europe) - detail of rear insert


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Europe) - rear of sealed copy


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (USA/Europe) - picture from amazon.com


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Europe) - front sticker


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Europe) - reverse of rear insert (under clear CD tray)


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Europe) - outside of unfolded flyer


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Europe) - inside of unfolded flyer


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Australia) - front sticker scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Europe) - CD


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Australia) - detail of rear insert, scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Australia) - rear insert scan by Stuart Moore


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697791672 (Australia) - CD scan by Stuart Moore

Thanks to Bill Hester for the tracklist from amazon.com of the mono compilation CD extracted from the 9CD set Bob Dylan – The Original Mono Recordings.

1. Song to Woody
2. Blowin' in The Wind
3. The Times They Are A-Changin'
4. Chimes of Freedom
5. It Ain't Me Babe
6. Subterranean Homesick Blues
7. Mr. Tambourine Man
8. Like a Rolling Stone

9. Tombstone Blues
10. Positively 4th Street (7" mono single and on the mono release of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, 3:51 )
11. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
12. Just Like a Woman
13. I Want You
14. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
15. All Along The Watchtower

Readers will notice the inclusion of the mono single Positively 4th Street, which does not appear on one of the eight original albums. The other non-album US single, Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?, appeared in mono on 1985’s Biograph and the circulating stereo mix has never been officially released. This album actually contains all ten tracks of the 1967 US mono Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits plus Song To Woody; Chimes Of Freedom; Tombstone Blues; I'll Be Your Baby Tonight and All Along The Watchtower.

For completion, these are the other official releases in mono not on the 8CD set (excluding Columbia acetates of songs that were never released officially, the withdrawn first release of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan and the withdrawn album Bob Dylan In Concert):

R-0007 Mixed Up Confusion - A-side of 1962 US 7" single, original mono version
R-0008 Corrina, Corrina (traditional) - B-side of 1962 US 7" single, alternate mono take to The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan version
R-0044 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? - early, slower, version released on a 1965 Columbia US 7" single as Positively 4th Street by mistake and withdrawn very quickly, now released in stereo in Nov 2015 on the 6CD Deluxe Edition of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12. Because R-0044 is in mono, it remains a rarity.
R-0045 Like A Rolling Stone Part 1 (3:02) and R-0070 Like A Rolling Stone Part 2 (3:02), A- and B-sides of 1965 CBS Holland 7" single
R-0048 With God On Our Side (Début) (5:21) and R-0595 With God On Our Side (Fin) - (1:43), split over A- and B-sides of 1966 CBS France mono EP plus Motorpsycho Nitemare from Another Side Of Bob Dylan on B-side
R-0049M Positively 4th Street - mono alternate mix (4:12), longer than standard single (3:56), from 1965 Witmark tape and Columbia Disco Teen 66 compilation album (note the version on this album is only 3:51)
R-0051 Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - single edit (2:26) and R-0052 Pledging My Time - single edit (2:06) on 1966 CBS France mono 7" EP and 1966 Columbia US 7" mono single
R-0054 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - recorded live with the Hawks at The Odeon Theatre, Liverpool, England, 14 May 1966, B-side of 1966 Columbia US 7" mono single I Want You
R-0055 If You Gotta Go, Go Now - out-take from Bringing It All Back Home on 1967 CBS Holland mono 7" single (thanks to Tobias Levander for reminding me of this)
R-0145 Mixed Up Confusion - mono mix of the overdubbed, slowed down alternate take found on Mr D’s Collection #1 and #2 and Masterpieces
R-0282 Outlaw Blues - different mono mix from the one on the Bringin' It All Back Home album, from 1965 Columbia US 7" EP Discotheque Dance Music Vol. 9
R-0322
I Want You - slight edit, 2:54 (album version is 3:01), A-side of 1966 Columbia and CBS 7" mono singles
R-0323 Just Like A Woman - edit of Blonde On Blonde album version (2:56), the complete second verse ("Queen Mary") is removed and the harmonica solo at the end is truncated (the album version is 4:56), A-side of 1966 Columbia US 7" mono single
R-0368 Mr. Tambourine Man - edit of mono album track (2:25) on 1965 CBS France 7" mono EP
R-0447 Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat - edit (2:20, as opposed to 3:50 for album version), A-side of 1966 Columbia US 7" mono single
R-0471 Just Like A Woman - second 7" single edit (4:46), different from R-0323, 10 seconds shorter than the Blonde On Blonde album version (4:56), with a slightly earlier fade out, on 1966 CBS Australia and Greece 7" mono singles
R-0474 Highway 61 Revisited - 2:32 edit of mono album version on 1965 CBS France 7" mono EP (thanks to Paul S. Levine for reminding me of this)
R-0656M Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - shorter single edit (2:06) from CBS UK mono compilation album Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, not the 2:26 edit from 1966 Columbia US mono 7" singles (R-0051 above)
R-0739 Desolation Row - edited version shortened to the first two verses and the end harmonica solo on 1966 CBS Mexico 7" mono EP

All the mono tracks from these now-released albums that also appear on 7" singles and EPs and were given R-numbers because they were significantly different from the stereo album tracks have been reclassified as Released Rarities.

Thanks to Bill Hester and Stuart Moore for information and scans.


CD-R and insert photo found by Gerd Rundel
This "mega rare" promo CD-R of The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings purporting to be from Argentina is almost certainly a fake, so is listed in Questionable Recordings.

This is dated 2005 and the album is from 2010, by which time Sony BMG had become Sony Music with a new logo.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for finding this on eBay.


Detail of insert, photo found by Gerd Rundel

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