"Searching For A Gem"

Audio: "The Dark Side of the Road" - Questionable Releases
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This is a page of items formerly included in the main list which were sold legally at the time in their own countries, but which have been challenged by contributors. I have therefore moved them here to this page. As the number of "grey" Dylan releases is very large indeed, I am only looking for new entries to this list that contain material that would otherwise qualify for the main list, namely performances that are not available on a currently-released Dylan CD in the USA. I have only used an R- number where the performance on the questionable item is officially released elsewhere, performances exclusive to these questionable items now have their own Q- numbers. Questionable releases of official Dylan albums from Columbia and other record companies are now here. For Questionable video releases, see here.

Revised 17 January, 2017.


1960s


"Rollin' Along" - 10" mono metal acetate, CBS (no catalogue number) (UK), 1962:


Picture from eBay
This four track acetate called "Rollin' Along" (misspelled) has three tracks from Bob Dylan (one twice): on Side 1 it has House Of The Risin' Sun and Freight Train Blues; on Side 2 a second version of Freight Train Blues, the same performance but quieter, and Man Of Constant Sorrow. It comes from the same vendor who offered the Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands 1966 10" metal acetate below. This "ADVANCE COPY - NOT FOR SALE" generic label was used by CBS UK so the acetate may be genuine, but it's listed here until confirmation is received.

Thanks to Arie de Reus and Gerd Rundel for information.


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


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, so is now here.


"Blowin' In The Wind"/"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" - 7" mono single sleeve, Columbia 4-42856 (USA), 1963:


Columbia 4-42856 (USA) - unauthorised sleeve, front scan by Peter Denzler

Peter Denzler has a sleeve for the 1963 US single, Columbia 4-42856, that was unauthorised by Columbia and post-dates the single. The front photo is from 1965 and shows Bob with an electric guitar! For the single itself, see Mono 7" Singles & EPs 1962-64. It actually came in a generic Columbia sleeve, see 7" Single Sleeves. Ian Woodward has found yet another "sleeve" design online with a photo from later in the 1960s.

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Ian Woodward for further information about this item.


Columbia 4-42856 (USA) - unauthorised sleeve, rear scan by Peter Denzler

Columbia 4-42856 (USA) - unauthorised front sleeve picture found by Ian Woodward

"Percy's Song" - audiodisc 12" mono acetate, Columbia (USA), 1964?:


Picture from eBay
Q-0001 Percy's Song - mono version of performance released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 in 1991, out-take from The Times They Are A-Changin’, recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 23 Oct 1963

This acetate with a Columbia Recording Studios, New York, generic label is in a buff "audiodisc" sleeve and has two versions of the song at 7:40 and 7:00. I haven't allocated them separate "Q" numbers because of its doubtful provenance.

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for finding this on eBay and to Hans Seegers for information that this acetate may well be a fake from an Italian source.


Picture from eBay

"Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie" - audiodisc 12" mono acetate, Columbia (USA), 1964?:


Picture from eBay
Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie - live Town Hall, New York, 12 Apr 1963 (mono version), possibly same as from first version of cancelled Columbia album Bob Dylan In Concert, 1964, now released in stereo in 1991 on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3

This acetate with a Columbia Recording Studios, Nashville, TN, generic label is in a buff "audiodisc" sleeve. It's unusual that the Nashville studios would be used to produce a Dylan acetate since Bob had no association with those studios before 1966.

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for finding this on eBay and to Hans Seegers for information that this acetate may well be a fake from an Italian source.


Picture from eBay

"Long John" - 12" mono acetate, Columbia (USA), 1964?:


Picture from eBay
Q-0003 Long John (traditional) - from the "Minnesota Hotel Tape", Minneapolis, MN, 22 Dec 1961, otherwise unreleased

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for finding this on eBay and to Hans Seegers for information that this acetate may well be a fake from the same Italian source - it uses what appears to be a generic label from Columbia Recording Studios, Nashville, TN. Again, it's unusual that the Nashville studios would be used to produce a Dylan acetate since Bob had no association with those studios before 1966.


Picture from eBay

"Cocaine" - 12" mono acetate, Columbia (USA), 1964?:


Picture from eBay
Cocaine (traditional) - from the "Minnesota Hotel Tape", Minneapolis, MN, 22 Dec 1961, otherwise unreleased

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for finding this on eBay and to Hans Seegers for information that this acetate may well be a fake from the same Italian source - it again uses what appears to be a generic label from Columbia Recording Studios, Nashville, TN.


Picture from eBay

"Subterranean Homesick Blues"/"She Belongs To Me" - 7" mono single sleeve, Columbia 4-43242 (USA), 1965:


Columbia 4-43242 (USA) - fake front picture from bobdylan.com
Despite the fact that this humorous single sleeve comes from bobdylan.com it is definitely fake! Thanks to Ed Ricardo for spotting that the source photoi comes from a 1965 series called "Mountain Men of Crete" by Irving Penn. For the official US single, see Mono 7" Singles & EPs 1965.
Photo by Irving Penn from facebook.com

Columbia 4-43242 (USA) - promo single front, scan by Stefan Haras

"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" - 12" stereo acetate, Columbia (USA), 1965:


Scan by Gerhard Schinzel
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? - possibly R-0513, stereo version unreleased until 2015
The performance available on Masterpieces (1978) and Biograph (1985, remastered CD reissue 1997) and the 2000/2001 Essential Bob Dylan/Ultimate Bob Dylan compilations is from the original single and still in mono. 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) is in stereo and has been remixed from the original tapes. R-0513 will still remain a rarity, because of the limited availability of this massive set.

Thanks to Gerhard Schinzel for the scan and to Hans Seegers for information that this acetate may well be a fake from the same Italian source - it again uses what appears to be a generic label from Columbia Recording Studios, Nashville, TN.


"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"/"Highway 61 Revisited" - 7" mono single sleeve, Columbia 4-43477 (USA), Jan 1966:


"Columbia 43477" (USA) - front photo by Francisco Lima
Thanks to Francisco Lima for finding a picture sleeve for "Columbia 43477". Hans Seegers thinks this is not contemporary. For the official US single, which did not have a picture sleeve, see 1966.
"Columbia 43477" (USA) - rear photo by Francisco Lima

"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"/"Highway 61 Revisited" - 7" mono single sleeve, Columbia 4-43477 (USA), Jan 1966:


Columbia 4-43477 (USA) - unissued sleeve design, front scan by Peter Denzler
Peter Denzler has another sleeve for the US single, Columbia 4-43477, that was not actually used, and may be a fake. This time the photos are contemporary. For the official US single, which did not have a picture sleeve, see 1966.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for further information about this item.


Columbia 4-43477 (USA) - unissued sleeve design, rear scan by Peter Denzler

"Just Like A Woman"/"Obviously 5 Believers" - 7" mono single, Columbia 4-43792 (USA), Sep 1966:


Columbia 4-43792 (USA) - B-side with fake sleeve, picture from eBay
Thanks to Manuel García Jara for pointing out a copy of Columbia 4-43792 (first commercial variant) for auction on eBay with a fake sleeve described as a "special limited edition picture sleeve". For the official US single, which did not have a picture sleeve, see 1966.

"Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again"/"Visions Of Johanna" - 10" acetate, CBS (no catalogue number) (UK), offered for sale on eBay, 14 Feb 2013:


Picture from eBay
Thanks to Anders Lindh and Gerd Rundel for finding this supposed 1966 acetate on eBay.

Ian Woodward:

"My gut reaction is that it is NOT genuine but that is based largely on the question of "WHY?" Why would CBS in England press up a 10" acetate of these two tracks? It might have helped if the seller had indicated more clearly the differences between these and the regular album tracks. He does refer to different timings, so, if these tracks are shorter, it is just about possible that someone at CBS UK was trying these out for a potential single release. The seller also describes them as "Different versions". Again, it is just about possible that these would have been mixed differently for a potential single release. I'm not convinced but this is within the bounds of possibility. I am also worried about the "Not covered By Contract" stamp. Dylan went out of contract in October 1966 so, again, it is just about possible but I have never seen the likes of this before, nor heard of such a stamp. And I'm not even sure that Dylan going out of contract would have prevented Columbia/CBS from issuing material recorded when he was in contract. After all, in 1973, Columbia/CBS released the "DYLAN" album as soon as he joined Asylum. Finally, what the heck is "M8"? Have you ever seen anything like this before? It is almost as though someone has added it in, with the intention of making it seem more oddball. On the other hand, the colouration and state of the label, in the picture provided at least, does seem to have "age". On balance, I'd place this in the doubtful category (but accept that I could well be proved wrong)."

Roger Ford:

"I'm no expert in detecting fakes, and have no idea how common this sort of pretence might be. But a few thoughts:

  1. It's odd that this disc was made by CBS UK. Most of the other Dylan acetates or other pre-release discs that I can remember seeing have been from Columbia in New York (OK, and one from Fantasy in the US). I can't see that any very early versions of songs would have been deliberately shipped over to the UK (though we know that they did it accidentally for the BoB LP itself!)

  2. If it was indeed produced by UK CBS, what was its purpose, and what was it an advance copy *of*? These two tracks are both two long for any possible single, unless they're edits that we haven't come across before. Maybe advance album tracks for radio stations prior to the release of Blonde On Blonde?

  3. What's the significance of the "Not covered by contract" rubber stamp? The only thing I can think of is that at this time Dylan's newest songs would not have been covered by his publishing contract with Witmark / Warner Bros. In the UK the Blonde On Blonde songs were initially covered by Feldman. But then why not say that? Very odd.

  4. There's surprisingly little information in the ad about the disc, e.g. whether it's an acetate or a vinyl pressing, single or double sided, 45 or 33 rpm (you'd expect that to be on the label, no?), what sort of sleeve it's in, what its provenance is.

  5. Given that the main selling point is that the tracks are different versions and lengths of the songs than on "the stock record", it's surprising that the seller doesn't give the track timings or indicate what "stock record" he's talking about.

  6. I've no idea what the "M8" stamp could signify. Maybe just hocus-pocus?

  7. The mis-spelling of Johanna as Joanna is the sort of mistake someone could well have made at the time, or equally it could be an easy attempt to make it look more intriguing and genuine.

On balance, then, I'd guess it was a fake. If I'm wrong about that, which is quite possible, then I'd be surprised if the *versions* were anything other than the early (Nashville?) mono mixes of these two songs that appeared on all UK (and Canadian) mono copies of Blonde On Blonde. I'd be *really* surprised if they turned out to be previously unheard takes or mixes. They could perhaps be just edits of these two album tracks that might have been considered for release as a UK single in late '66 or '67, though it'd be the first we'd heard of such an intention."

Thanks to Ian Woodward and Roger Ford for their input!


"B. Dylan" - Emidisc 12" mono acetate, CBS? (UK) 1967(?):
"Emidisc" was EMI's brand of blank acetate which could be used by anyone in the recording industry - exactly like a CD-R today - and the name does not mean this recording was produced by EMI itself. I have other 1960s acetates pressed using Emidisc blanks.

Emidisc.jpg (16309 bytes)
Label scan by Hans Seegers
Side 1:

I Was Young When I Left Home (traditional) - from the "Minnesota Hotel Tape", Minneapolis, MN, 22 Dec 1961, now officially released on a bonus disc with the limited edition of "Love And Theft", Sep 2001 (R-0514, see 2001 and 2002)
Now also released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home, Sep 2005, but in a version with a spoken intro

Q-0001-2 Percy's Song - mono version of performance released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3 in 1991, out-take from The Times They Are A-Changin’, recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 23 Oct 1963

Q-0002 In The Evening (Leroy Carr) - from the "Minnesota Hotel Tape", Minneapolis, MN, 22 Dec 1961, otherwise unreleased

Q-0003-2 Long John (traditional) - from the "Minnesota Hotel Tape", Minneapolis, MN, 22 Dec 1961, otherwise unreleased

Side 2:

Mixed Up Confusion - A-side, original mono version (R-0007, see 1962)

Q-0004 I'll Keep It With Mine - mono version of Biograph track

Talkin' John Birch Society Blues - mono studio version from the original Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, (R-0018M, see 1963)
Surprisingly this is not included on the limited edition 4CD-R set The 50th Anniversary Collection, Dec 2012, see 2012.

Who Killed Davey Moore? - live, Carnegie Hall, New York, 26 Oct 1963 (mono), also surfaced in 1980 in a stereo version on unreleased Columbia acetates (R-0388, see 1980)

Q-0005 Eternal Circle - mono version of track from The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3

Gamblin' Willie's Dead Man's Hand [Rambling Gambling Willie] - mono version of track from The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3, also from the original Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (R-0550, see 1963)

All these songs were then unreleased in the UK. I'll Keep It With Mine was covered in the UK by Fairport Convention, on their 1968 Island album What We Did On Our Holidays. Percy's Song was also covered by Fairport Convention on their 1969 Island album Unhalfbricking.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scan.


"Positively Bob Dylan" - Columbia Studios Nashville 12" mono and stereo test pressings, Columbia (USA) 1967(?):


Picture from Mike Hobo's "Positively Bob Dylan" web-site
These 12" "test pressings" have generic labels from Columbia Recording Studios, Nashville, TN, and come in Columbia USA inner sleeves. The same material in mono and stereo on each single-sided disc is:

Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?; It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry; She's Got Everything She Needs [She Belongs To Me]; Love Minus Zero No Limit; It's All Over Now, Baby Blue; All Right Mama; Talkin' Hard Times New York Blues [Hard Times In New York Town]; Stealin'.


Columbia USA inner sleeve scan by Gerd Rundel (same both sides)

Two of these tracks are of interest:

R-0582 That's All Right, Mama (Arthur Crudup) - unreleased Freewheelin' out-take, from a 1962 Columbia acetate that surfaced in Nov 1983
This has now been released officially on the limited edition 4CD-R set The 50th Anniversary Collection, Dec 2012, see 2012.

Q-0024 Stealin' (Will Shade) - from the "Minnesota Hotel Tape", Minneapolis, MN, 22 Dec 1961, otherwise unreleased
This track has never been recorded in a Columbia studio.

The comments on the label are: "Note: Mr. Hammond not interested in releasing this material until it's reworked or polished. Too raw. Vocalist showing some promise. Sound crew and/or engineers call New York for clearance before reviewing this material. John Hammond property." These appear to be about a Bob Dylan audition, probably from 1961. The first five tracks on the discs are from 1965, when John Hammond was no longer producing Bob (he produced only Bob Dylan and The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan). All the material dates before Bob did any recording in Nashville, so I include these discs are questionable, as the other discs with Columbia Nashville labels above.

Thanks to Ian Woodward for information about this item, details of which can be found here


"Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" - Rubber/plastic musical postcards (no catalogue number) (Poland), late 1960s:


Front of postcard 1, scan by Hans Seegers
These unauthorised postcards are made of a rubbery plastic with the information embossed (therefore hard to read in the scans). Both play Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 from Blonde On Blonde and the first one also plays The Pied Piper by Crispin St. Peters. The reverse of the postcard has lines to write an address and a space for a message.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Detail of front of postcard 1 with enhanced contrast, scan by Hans Seegers


Reverse of postcard 1, scan by Hans Seegers


Front of postcard 2, scan by Hans Seegers

"Mr. Tambourine Man - Greatest Hits" - Set of six laminated musical postcards (no catalogue number) (Poland), late 1960s:


Outside of wrapper, scan by Hans Seegers
This set of six musical postcards is more conventional. There are six cards, three of each design - each plays a different Dylan song. Postcards 1-3 play Blowin' In The Wind; Don't Think Twice, It's All Right and Mr. Tambourine Man. Postcards 4-6 play The Times They Are A-Changin'; It Ain't Me, Babe and It's All Over Now, Baby Blue. The reverse of each postcard has lines to write an address and a space for a message.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Front of postcards 1-3, scan by Hans Seegers

Reverse of postcards 1-3, scan by Hans Seegers


Detail of outside of wrapper, scan by Hans Seegers


Front of postcards 4-6, scan by Hans Seegers

Reverse of postcards 4-6, scan by Hans Seegers

"I Want You" - Laminated musical postcards (no catalogue number) (Poland), late 1960s:


Front of postcard 1, scan by Hans Seegers
These unauthorised musical postcards are also more conventional. Both play I Want You from Blonde On Blonde. The reverse of the postcard has lines to write an address and a space for a message.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Reverse of postcard 1, scan by Hans Seegers

Front of postcard 2, scan by Hans Seegers

1970s


Various Artists - untitled compilation EP, Top 4 EX-4340 (Iran), 1970?:
This EP was legal in Iran at the time of release, but there is no association with Columbia. Whatever their legality, these Iranian releases are extremely rare and sell for very high prices.


Top 4 EX-4340 (Iran) - front scan by Hans Seegers

The A-side has Without Love by Tom Jones (1969)and A Place In The Sun by Englebert Humperdinck (1967). The B-side has Lay, Lady, Lay by Bob from Nashville Skyline (1969) and Leaving On A Jet Plane by Peter, Paul and Mary (1969). Matrix numbers: A-side - 4340A TP754, B-side - 4340B TP754. This EP is also available in multi-coloured vinyl.


Top 4 EX-4340 (Iran) - rear scan by Hans Seegers


Top 4 EX-4340 (Iran) - A-side scan by Hans Seegers (non-Dylan)


Top 4 EX-4340 (Iran) - B-side scan by Ronald Born (includes Dylan)


Top 4 EX-4340 (Iran) - A-side scan from Ronald Born (multi-coloured vinyl)

Thanks to Ronald Born and Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Various Artists - untitled compilation EPs, Royal RT 598/RT 616 (Iran), 1970/1980s?:
These EPs were legal in Iran at the time of release, but there is no association with Columbia. These Iranian releases are extremely rare and sell for very high prices.


Royal RT 598 (Iran) - front scan from eBay

Hans Seegers dates RT 616 from the 1980s although all the tracks are 1970 or before. Manuel García Jara thinks it's probably a 1980s reissue of an earlier EP. The record sleeve has the number RT 616 but the B-side record label has the number RT 598. Manuel has a copy of RT 598 which has a completely different front sleeve featuring Zager and Evans and A-side, but the same B-side. The RT 598 front sleeve is actually from a 1969 single by Zager and Evans with the Royal logo on a yellow sticker. The B-side of the single, Little Kids, is not on the Iranian EP! He has also found a copy of RT 598 on eBay with a blue sleeve that omits the Little Kids text but has the tracklist on the rear.


Royal RT 598 (Iran) - rear scan from eBay


Royal RT 598 (Iran) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (alternate version)


Royal RT 598 (Iran) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara (alternate version, blank)

Royal RT 616 (Iran) - front scan by Hans Seegers (rear is blank)

Royal RT 616 (Iran) - front scan by Hans Seegers (alternate version, lighter)


Royal RT 616 (Iran) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (numbered RT 616)


Royal RT 616 (Iran) - B-side scan by Hans Seegers (includes Dylan, numbered RT 598!)


Royal RT 598 (Iran) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)


Royal RT 598 (Iran) - B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (same B-side as RT 616, includes Dylan)

The RT 598 A-side has Make Me An Island by Joe Dolan (1969) and In The Year 2525 by Zager and Evans (1969). The B-side has In The Ghetto by Elvis Presley (1969) and Lay, Lady, Lay by Bob from Nashville Skyline (1969).

The RT 616 A-side has Thank You by Sly and The Family Stone (1969) plus I Can't Help Falling In Love With You by Andy Williams (1970, also covered by Bob). The B-side again has In The Ghetto by Elvis Presley (1969) and Lay, Lady, Lay by Bob from Nashville Skyline (1969).

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Various Artists - "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits" - 7" stereo EP, MTR Records MTR-178 (Thailand), 1970(?):


MTR Records MTR-178 (Thailand) - front scan by Michel Pomarede
This unauthorised Thai EP has four Dylan songs:

A-side: Like A Rolling Stone; I Want You

B-side: Mr Tambourine Man; Subterranean Homesick Blues

Thanks to Michel Pomarede for information and scans.


MTR Records MTR-178 (Thailand) - rear scan by Michel Pomarede


MTR Records MTR-178 (Thailand) - A-side scan by Michel Pomarede


MTR Records MTR-178 (Thailand) - B-side scan by Michel Pomarede

Various Artists - "Features Their Smash Hit Vol. VIII" - compilation EP, TK+ Records TK-344 (Thailand), 1970:
This EP was legal in Thailand at the time of release, but there is no association with Columbia. Again, whatever their legality, these releases are extremely rare and sell for very high prices.


TK+ Records TK-344 (Thailand) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
The A-side has See Ruby Fall by Johnny Cash (1969) plus Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You by Bob from Nashville Skyline (1969). The B-side has I Guess The Lord Must be In New York City by Harry Nilsson (1969) and Leaving On A Jet Plane by Peter, Paul and Mary (1969).

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


TK+ Records TK-344 (Thailand) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara


TK+ Records TK-344 (Thailand) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (includes Dylan)


TK+ Records TK-344 (Thailand) - B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

"If Not For You"/"Tomorrow Is A Long Time" - 7" stereo single, Columbia AE7-1039 (USA), Nov 1971?:
Both tracks are from Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II, regular stereo album versions.


Columbia AE7-1039 (USA) - front photo from eBay
Thanks for Gerd Rundel for finding this on eBay, but I'm assured by Arie de Reus and Hans Seegers that it's a fake. There is no single with the sleeve! This has therefore been added here.

"Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits: Mr Tambourine Man" - stereo compilation cassette, Michael 957 (Poland), 1970s:


Michael 957 (Poland) - outside of cassette insert (reverse is blank)
This unauthorised cassette release with the 1971 Bangladesh concert photo has tracks from the 1960s and 1970s up to Knockin' On Heaven's Door from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, 1974. The cassette has "957" rubber stamped and "BOB DYLAN" handwritten on Side 2 only, there is only the pre-printed Michael label on Side 1.

Thanks to Lars M. Banke for the loan of the cassette.


Michael 957 (Poland) - cassette Side 2


"Blowin' In The Wind'" - stereo compilation cassette, Una U620 (Poland), 1970s:


Una U620 (Poland) - outside of cassette insert

Una U620 (Poland) - inside of cassette insert

Una U620 (Poland) - cassette Side 1

Una U620 (Poland) - cassette Side 2

This unauthorised cassette release has tracks from the 1960s and 1970s up to I Shall Be Released from Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. 2, 1971. The cassette is in a Una case but has no Dylan information.

Thanks to Lars M. Banke for the loan of the cassette.


"The Times They Are A-Changin'" - stereo compilation cassette, Tango Music T-217 (Poland), 1970s:


Tango Music T-217 (Poland) - outside of cassette insert
This unauthorised cassette release has tracks from the 1960s and 1970s up to I Shall Be Released from Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. 2, 1971. The cassette is in a Tango Music case but has no Dylan information.

Thanks to Lars M. Banke for the loan of the cassette.


Tango Music T-217 (Poland) - inside of cassette insert


Tango Music T-217 (Poland) - cassette Side 1


"I Want You" - Laminated musical postcards (no catalogue number) (Poland), mid 1970s:


Front of postcard 1, scan by Hans Seegers
These 1970s unauthorised musical postcards again play I Want You from Blonde On Blonde. The reverse of the postcards have lines to write an address and a space for a message.

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Anneke Derksen for information and scans.


Reverse of postcard 1, scan by Hans Seegers


Front of postcard 2, scan by Anneke Derksen


Reverse of postcard 2, scan by Anneke Derksen

Various Artists - "Angie" - compilation EP, 4 Track Records M-180 (Thailand), 1973:
This EP was legal in Thailand at the time of release, but there is no association with Columbia. Again, whatever their legality, these releases are extremely collectable.


4 Track Records M-180 (Thailand) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
The A-side has Just You And Me by Chicago plus Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne by Looking Glass. The B-side has Angie by The Rolling Stones and Knockin' On Heaven's Door by Bob from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (1973).

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


4 Track Records M-180 (Thailand) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

4 Track Records M-180 (Thailand) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)

4 Track Records M-180 (Thailand) - B-side scan by Manuel García Jara (includes Dylan)

Various Artists - "Unnamed EP" - 7" stereo EP, Royal Records MTR-635 (Thailand), 1973:


Royal Records MTR-635 (Thailand) - front scan by Dag Braathen
Lily Of The West (Traditional, arranged E. Davies/J. Peterson) - New Morning out-take, recorded Columbia Studios, New York, 3 Jun 1970, released on the 1973 Dylan album (R-0097, see 1973)

Thanks to Dag Braathen for information and scans.


Royal Records MTR-635 (Thailand) - rear scan by Dag Braathen

Royal Records MTR-635 (Thailand) - A-side with R-0097, scan by Dag Braathen

"I Can't Help Falling In Love" - 7" single, Yegrin D-5 (South Korea), 1973:

Can't Help Falling In Love (Hugo Peretti/Luigi Creatore/George David Weiss) - from the 1973 Columbia album Dylan, (R-0100, see 1973).

More details of this item required, especially the B-side.


Various Artists - "Unnamed EP" - 7" stereo EP, Mak Records PN. 127 (Thailand), 1974:


Mak Records PN. 127 (Thailand) - front scan by Xavier Cunillera
This unauthorised Thai EP has a picture of Bob on the front but doesn't contain a Dylan track! The five tracks on the EP are from 1973 and 1974.

Thanks to Xavier Cunillera for information and scan.


Bob Dylan/The Joneses/The Hollies/Michael Jackson - "Unnamed EP" - 7" stereo EP, Express Songs EXP. 081 (Thailand), 1975:


Express Songs EXP. 081 (Thailand) - front scan by Victoria Stafford

Express Songs EXP. 081 (Thailand) - detail of front, scan by Victoria Stafford

Express Songs EXP. 081 (Thailand) - rear scan by Victoria Stafford

Express Songs EXP. 081 (Thailand) - detail of rear, scan by Victoria Stafford

Express Songs EXP. 081 (Thailand) - A-side scan by Victoria Stafford (includes Dylan)

Express Songs EXP. 081 (Thailand) - B-side scan by Victoria Stafford (no Dylan)

This unauthorised Thai EP has Tangled Up In Blue from Blood On The Tracks on the A-side with a song by The Joneses. On the B-side are songs from The Hollies and Michael Jackson. The relevance of the front picture featuring a crustacean is extremely obscure!

Thanks to Victoria Stafford for information and scans.


"Hurricane (Part I)"/"Hurricane (Part II)" - 7" commercial single, CBS 3841 (Spain), Nov 1975:


CBS 3841 (Spain) - fake front scan by Stefan Haras
The apparently attractive sleeve for the Spanish Hurricane single is really a blatant fake. The "No. 1 in USA" logo (printed, not a sticker) is actually taken from Asylum Spanish singles like the Eagles example shown. The real CBS Spain "NO. UNO EN USA" logo is shown on a Spanish Chicago single. The Hurricane single actually only reached #33 in the USA, although the Desire album did reach #1 (and was sold in Spain with this logo on the front sleeve).


Asylum 45-1469 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara


CBS 4603 (Spain) - front scan by Manuel García Jara

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CBS 3841 (Spain) - front scan by Magnus Sjöberg

Thanks to Magnus Sjöberg, Manuel García Jara and Stefan Haras for information and scans.


Barry Manilow/Bob Dylan/John Sebastian - "Unnamed EP" - 7" stereo EP, Express Songs EXP. 201 (Thailand), 1976:


Express Songs EXP. 201 (Thailand) - front scan by Gerard Germano


Express Songs EXP. 201 (Thailand) - detail of front, scan by Gerard Germano


Express Songs EXP. 201 (Thailand) - rear scan by Gerard Germano

Express Songs EXP. 201 (Thailand) - detail of rear, scan by Gerard Germano

Express Songs EXP. 201 (Thailand) - A-side scan by Gerard Germano (no Dylan)

Express Songs EXP. 201 (Thailand) - B-side scan by Gerard Germano (includes Dylan)

This second unauthorised Thai EP from Express Songs has two songs from Barry Manilow on the A-side with Mozambique from Desire on the B-side plus a song from John Sebastian.

Thanks to Gerard Germano for information and scans.


Various Artists - "Unnamed EP" - stereo 7" EP release, CashBox CB 085 (Thailand), 1976:


CashBox CB 085 (Thailand) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
This EP release with a Dylan rarity on the B-side is unauthorised so it's listed here. Other artists are Cliff Richard, the Rubettes plus Daryl Hall and John Oates.

R-0130-4 Rita May (Bob Dylan/Jacques Levy) , Desire out-take, recorded Jul 1975, lyrics on bobdylan.com here, for authorised singles releases see 1976 and 1977.


CashBox CB 085 (Thailand) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara


CashBox CB 085 (Thailand) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (no Dylan)


CashBox CB 085 (Thailand) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (includes R-0130)

R-0130 is also on the 1978 Japanese/Australian compilation Masterpieces, (see 1978) and on two limited edition Japanese CD releases, Mr. D's Collection #3 (see 1993) and Dylan Ga Rock (see 1993 and 2010). R-0130 appeared on the Sony Music Bob Dylan Custom Mix CD web-site, Apr 2003, see Online Performances (Other). It was also one of the 42 rarities included for download with the Aug 2006 Apple iTunes Bob Dylan Collection, also see Online Performances (Other). It is now also released on the 2010 version of Dylan Ga Rock (see 2010)

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


Various Artists - "Hitparade International" - stereo cassette release, Evelon 71002 (Italy), 1976:


Evelon 71002 (Italy) - front of cassette insert, scan by Dag Braathen
Q-0025 Hurricane from Desire (edit, fades out after 3:40)

This cassette release with Bob on Side 2 appears to be unauthorised, although it has the "SIAE" stamp of the Italian copyright organisation.

Thanks to Dag Braathen for information and scans.


Evelon 71002 (Italy) - unfolded cassette insert, scan by Dag Braathen

Evelon 71002 (Italy) - detail of rear of cassette insert, scan by Dag Braathen

Evelon 71002 (Italy) - cassette Side 2 scan by Dag Braathen

"The Best Of Bob Dylan" - stereo cassette release, Footprint S-3102A (Saudi Arabia), 1978:


Footprint S-3102A (Saudi Arabia) - cassette insert scan by Dag Braathen
This unauthorised cassette release uses the front design of the 1978 Japan/Australia 3LP set Masterpieces but has a unique tracklist:

Side 1: Mr. Tambourine Man; Just Like A Woman; Knockin' On Heaven's Door; I Shall Be Released; You Ain't Goin' Nowhere; If Not For You; I'll Be Your Baby Tonight.

Side 2: Blowin' In The Wind; Like A Rolling Stone; Lay, Lady, Lay; Rainy Day Women #12 & 35; The Times They Are A-Changin'; I Want You; Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You.

Thanks to Dag Braathen for information and scans.


Footprint S-3102A (Saudi Arabia) - cassette Side 1 scan by Dag Braathen

Footprint S-3102A (Saudi Arabia) - cassette Side 2 scan by Dag Braathen

"Changing Of The Guards" - 7" promo single, Columbia 3-10851 (USA), 24 Oct 1978:


Columbia 3-10851 (US promo) - short version (R-0147), first label variation with fake sleeve, picture from eBay
Thanks to Wiebke Dittmer for finding a promo copy of Columbia 3-10851 for auction on eBay with a fake sleeve described as a "special limited edition picture sleeve". For the promo single itself, which did not have a picture sleeve, see 1978.
Columbia 3-10851 (US promo) - full version, first label variation with fake sleeve, picture from eBay

Various Artists - "Unnamed EP" - 7" stereo EP, Diamond Sound Stereo Records 152 (Thailand), late 1970s:


Diamond Sound Stereo Records 152 (Thailand) - front scan from eBay
This unauthorised Thai EP has a picture of Bob in concert on the front but no songs from him! The songs are actually from The Who, The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins/Jim Messina and Rod Stewart.

Thanks to Francisco Lima for finding this on eBay.


Diamond Sound Stereo Records 152 (Thailand) - front plus A-side, scan from eBay

Diamond Sound Stereo Records 152 (Thailand) - rear plus B-side, scan from eBay

1980s


"Hurricane" - Laminated musical postcard (no catalogue number) (Poland), 1980s:


Front of postcard, scan by Hans Seegers
This 1980s unauthorised musical postcard plays Hurricane from Desire. The reverse of the postcard has lines to write an address and a space for a message.

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information and scans.


Reverse of postcard, scan by Hans Seegers


"Il Meglio Di Bob Dylan" - stereo compilation cassette, Teen (no catalogue number) (Italy), 1980s:


Outside of cassette insert (reverse is blank)
This unauthorised cassette release with the rear photo from 1978's Street-Legal has tracks from the 1960s and 1970s as well as Shot Of Love from the 1981 album. Hurricane from Desire is misspelled "Murricane"! The cassette is in a Teen case with the album title but no tracklist. The title was used for two official CBS Italian compilations in 1976.

Thanks to Lars M. Banke for the loan of the cassette.


Cassette Side 1 (Side 2 is the same except for "2" on left)


CBS Sugar 62847 (Italy, 1976) - front photo from eBay

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CBS Sugar 62911 (Italy, 1976) - front scan by Manfred Endtner

USA for Africa - "We Are The World"/Third World - "Sense Of Purpose" - stereo 7" single, CBS CBSA 4930 (NL?), 1985(?):


CBS CBSA 4930 (NL?) - front scan by Simon Blokker (fake)

CBS CBSA 4930 (NL?) - rear scan by Simon Blokker (fake)

CBS CBSA 4930 (NL?) - A-side scan by Simon Blokker (fake)

CBS CBSA 4930 (NL?) - B-side scan by Simon Blokker (fake)

CBS CBSA 4930 (NL) - A-side scan by Manuel García Jara (genuine)

Columbia 38-04733 (USA) - promo A-side picture from www.discogs.com (genuine)

This pirated single has the charity song We Are The World by USA For Africa on the A-side, and another 1985 single on the B-side. The catalogue number, CBS CBSA 4930, is actually that of a 1984 CBS single by Alison Moyet, Invisible, B-side Hitch Hike. The sleeve looks like a bad photocopy of the US single sleeve. The artist name on the A-side of this single is listed wrongly as "USA All Stars". It has the logo of the Dutch copyright organisations "BIEM/STEMRA" but was almost certainly made in Asia, probably Thailand. It also has an EU Label Code of "LC|0151", which according to www.discogs.com was never used - "LC|0149" was CBS Records and "LC|0162" was Columbia.

For all official releases containing We Are The World see 1985.

Thanks to Simon Blokker and Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


"Best Selection" - compilation CD release - Echo Industry Co. Ltd. VC-3009 (Japan), 1985; compilation stereo cassette - Pavel PV-002 (Poland), 1985(?):


Echo Industry Co. Ltd. VC-3009 (Japan) - front with obi, colour photocopy by Paul Shenton

Echo Industry Co. Ltd. VC-3009 (Japan) - front insert colour photocopy by Paul Shenton

Echo Industry Co. Ltd. VC-3009 (Japan) - rear insert colour photocopy by Paul Shenton

Echo Industry Co. Ltd. VC-3009 (Japan) - CD colour photocopy by Paul Shenton

Pavel PV-002 (Poland) - inside of cassette insert, scan from www.discogs.com

Echo Industry Co. Ltd. VC-3009 (Japan) - obi colour photocopy by Paul Shenton

Pavel PV-002 (Poland) - outside of cassette insert, scan from www.discogs.com

Pavel PV-002 (Poland) - cassette Side 1 scan from www.discogs.com

Pavel PV-002 (Poland) - cassette Side 2 scan from www.discogs.com

This unauthorised Japanese CD release is dated as 1985 on one Internet site, which is consistent with the price of ¥2,000 on the obi with no mention of sales tax, introduced in Japan in 1989. The CD has 18 tracks from the early 1960s to the early 1970s, 11 of which turned up in Poland on an unauthorised cassette release with the same red car front design, even including the Japanese CD catalogue number.

Thanks to Paul Shenton for information and colour photocopies.


"Bob Dylan" - compilation CD release - Bayer Corporation (no catalogue number) (Switzerland), 1987(?):


Front scan by Lars M. Banke

Lars M. Banke has this strange CD promoting the antibiotic drug Ciproxin from the Swiss subsidiary of the German pharmaceutical company Bayer. Ciproxin was first approved in 1987, which is when this CD could come from. It seems odd that a respectable company would authorise a bootleg! The CD was bought in a flea market in Basle, Switzerland, by Robin Lambert. The Ballad of Hollis Brown is misspelled as “Hollie Brown” on the rear insert and the reverse of the front insert.


Rear scan by Lars M. Banke

Outside of unfolded front insert, scan by Lars M. Banke

Inside of unfolded front insert, scan by Lars M. Banke

CD scan by Lars M. Banke

Various - "Like A Rolling Stone: 16 Original Superhits Of The 60s" - compilation LP, Duchesse Records 352004 (West Germany), 1988; compilation CD, Duchesse Records CD 352004 (West Germany), 1988:


Duchesse Records 352004 (West Germany) - LP front scan by Raoul Verolleman
This album has four tracks each by four artists, including Bob, who provides the title track. It was almost certainly unauthorised by Columbia.

Thanks to Raoul Verolleman and Dr. Walter Roedl for information and scans.


Duchesse Records 352004 (West Germany) - LP rear scan by Raoul Verolleman


Duchesse Records CD 352004 (West Germany) - CD front insert scan by Dr. Walter Roedl


Duchesse Records CD 352004 (West Germany) - CD scan by Dr. Walter Roedl

Various - "Love Is All Around... Vol. 1" - compilation CD, Kanold (no catalogue number) (West Germany), 1988-89:

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Front scan by Manfred Endtner
This "Flower Power" compilation was manufactured by German sweet (candy) makers Kanold. It contains two songs by Bob - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue and The Times They Are A-Changin'. It also includes Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds, Blowin' In The Wind by Stevie Wonder and House Of The Risin' Sun by The Animals. Hans Seegers is sure this release was unauthorised by Columbia.

Thanks to Manfred Endtner for information and scan.


Outside scan by Manfred Endtner

"Super Disco Hits Vol. 27" [Various Artists] - unauthorised cassette compilation, Starling S177 (Poland), 1989:


Starling S177 (Poland) - cassette insert scan by Artur Jarosinski
The Dylan track included on this unauthorised Polish cassette compilation is Mr. Tambourine Man from Bringing It All Back Home, here called "Mr. Tambourine Man 89".

Thanks to Artur Jarosinski for information and scan.


1990s


"Bob Dylan 1" - CD included with issue 62 of "Il Dizionario Del Rock", Armando Curcio Editore (Italy), 1991:

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Front scan by " Branca" (Carlo)

Two editions of this "Dictionary of Rock" magazine series have companion CDs with otherwise unreleased Dylan material. These CDs were almost certainly issued without authorisation from Columbia, but were legal under Italian copyright law at the time!
CD insert scan by " Branca" (Carlo)

Magazine #62 front page scan by "Branca" (Carlo)

Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 25 Jul 1965 - R-0300, R-0301, Q-0008 with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, R-0303, R-0304 solo acoustic:

Maggie's Farm - this performance also appeared in Murray Lerner's 1967 film Festival, (R-0300, see VHS & DVD 1960s, now released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home, Sep 2005

Like A Rolling Stone - now released on The Other Side Of The Mirror: Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965, Oct 2007 (R-0301, see VHS & DVD 2000s Part 4)

Q-0008 It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry, otherwise unreleased

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (solo acoustic) - now released on The Other Side Of The Mirror: Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965, Oct 2007 (R-0303, see VHS & DVD 2000s Part 4)

Mr. Tambourine Man (solo acoustic) - this performance also appeared in Murray Lerner's 1967 film Festival, (R-0304, see VHS & DVD 1960s)

Video of these performances (but not It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry) now appears on the 2007 US Columbia/Legacy DVD The Other Side Of The Mirror: Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965, see VHS & DVD 2000s Part 4.

The four tracks below are listed as being "Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, May, 1966 with The Hawks" but I strongly suspect they're part of the frequently wrongly-attributed Manchester Free Trade Hall concert. Confirmation required!

Q-0009 I Don't Believe You
Q-0010 Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (Rev Gary Davies, arr. Eric von Schmidt)
Q-0011 One Too Many Mornings
Q-0012 Ballad Of A Thin Man

All of these have now been released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 - Bob Dylan Live 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert in 1998 (if they're Manchester).

Thanks to "Branca" (Carlo) for information and scans.


"Bob Dylan 2" - CD included with issue of "Il Dizionario del Rock", Armando Curcio Editore, Italy, 1992:

The tracks below are described as "Live In London 1965" and are from a BBC TV broadcast recorded on 1 Jun 1965.

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Front scan by " Branca" (Carlo)

R-1575 Mr. Tambourine Man (formerly Q-0013)
R-1585 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (formerly Q-0014)
R-1579 It Ain't Me, Babe (formerly Q-0015)
R-1584 She Belongs To Me (formerly Q-0016)
R-1583 It's All Right, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (formerly Q-0017)
R-1578 The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll (formerly Q-0018)
R-1582 Boots Of Spanish Leather (formerly Q-0019)


CD insert scan by " Branca" (Carlo)

All these tracks have now been released on the 208 track download set 50th Anniversary Collection 1965, Columbia/Legacy (USA), 4 Dec 2015

Thanks to "Branca" (Carlo) for information and scans.


Various Artists - "Cambio 16 Presenta: Años 60  - Vol. 11 - Folk [Cambio 16 Presents: 60 Years - Vol. 11 - Folk]" - CD included with issue of "Cambio 16", Promo Way 11 (Spain), 17 May 1993:


Promo Way 11 (Spain) - front insert scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Q-0020 Baby, Please Don't Go (Big Joe Williams) - from the "Minnesota Hotel Tape", Minneapolis, MN, 22 Dec 1961


Promo Way 11 (Spain) - front scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Promo Way 11 (Spain) - rear insert scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Promo Way 11 (Spain) - reverse of front insert, scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

Promo Way 11 (Spain) - CD scan by Jean-Pol Hiernaux

This CD was legal in Spain at the time of issue, but the release was almost certainly not authorised by Columbia. This performance has not been officially released by Columbia, although other performances from this set have been. For example, see the Japanese live compilation Bob Dylan Live 1961-2000: Thirty Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances, 2001.

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for information and scans.


Various Artists - "Banana Split" - compilation cassette release, Dieci & Lode DL 8008 (Italy), 1993(?); compilation CD release, D&L (Dieci & Lode) DL CD 8008 (Italy), 5 Jul 2011:
Thanks to Manuel García Jara for confirming that this is definitely a grey area release, legal in Italy but unauthorised by Columbia/CBS.


Dieci & Lode DL 8008 (Italy) - front of cassette insert, scan by Dag Braathen
This 16 track Italian stereo compilation cassette release contains A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan on Side 1. The cassette and insert are undated, but an Internet site dates another Dieci & Lode compilation (DL 8004) as 1993.
Dieci & Lode DL 8008 (Italy) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Dag Braathen


Dieci & Lode DL 8008 (Italy) - cassette Side 1 scan by Dag Braathen


Dieci & Lode DL CD 8008 (Italy) - 2011 CD front picture from hmvdigital.com

This compilation is also available as a 12 track digital download from HMV UK, but that does not include the Dylan track.

Thanks to Dag Braathen for information and scans.


"A Rare Batch Of Little White Wonder" - compilation CD: Imagem 1101 (Brazil), 1993(?); compilation cassette Minstrel MC8 05 (Australia), 1993(?):


Imagem 1101 (Brazil) - front (my copy)
This compilation has a mixture of released and unreleased tracks. The Australian cassette release has track 11 to 19 of the CD plus Farewell Angelina.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information and scan.


Imagem 1101 (Brazil) - rear insert (my copy)

Minstrel MC8 05 (Australia) - outside of cassette insert, scan by Stuart Moore

The Grateful Dead - "The Dead Play Dylan", Red Robin (Germany), ROB 1033, 1994:
Two songs from Dylan and the Dead not on the Columbia album - I am not sure of the exact legal status of this album, but it was listed in a collectors' magazine that does not normally include bootlegs.


Front picture from Ole Lien

Q-0021 The Wicked Messenger (Bob sings vocals) - this performance is probably from East Rutherford, NJ, 12 Jul 1987, if so it was one that Jerry Garcia selected for the Columbia album but not used

Q-0022 The Times They Are A-Changin' (Bob sings vocals) - this performance is probably from Foxboro, MA, 4 Jul 1987

Thanks to Ole Lien for information.


Bob Dylan/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Bob Dylan & The Heartbreakers: New South Wales" - CD release, Stayed Tuned (Unknown), (no catalogue number), 1990s:


Front scan by Alex Ivanov
This CD of unknown origin contains performances recorded with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers in Sydney, Australia, 24-25 Feb 1986, officially released on the US HBO TV broadcast video Hard To Handle (see VHS & DVD 1980s) and the 3LP Westwood One US radio station set Superstar Concert Series: The Ultimate Radio Concerts (see 1986).


Rear insert scan by Alex Ivanov


Inside of front insert, scan by Alex Ivanov

CD scan by Alex Ivanov


Outside of front insert, scan by Alex Ivanov

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Superstar Concert Series: The Ultimate Radio Concerts Westwood One SS86-21 (USA) - front of box (my copy)

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Hard To Handle CBS/Sony 78 LP 106 laserdisc (Japan, 1986) - front with obi, scan by Michel Pomarede for Jean-Pierre Mercier

Tracklisting:

R-0172 In The Garden - 24 Feb 1986 (Hard To Handle)
R-0173 Just Like A Woman - 24 Feb 1986 (Hard To Handle)
R-0174 Like A Rolling Stone - 25 Feb 1986 (Hard To Handle)
R-0177 Lenny Bruce - 25 Feb 1986 (Hard To Handle)
R-0178 When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky - 24 Feb 1986 (Hard To Handle)
R-0179 Ballad Of A Thin Man - 24 Feb 1986 (Hard To Handle)
R-0180 I'll Remember You - 24 Feb 1986 (Hard To Handle)
R-0181 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - 25 Feb 1986 (Superstar Concert Series: The Ultimate Radio Concerts)
R-0183 Positively 4th Street - 24 Feb 1986 (Superstar Concert Series: The Ultimate Radio Concerts)
R-0185 Masters Of War - 24 Feb 1986 (Superstar Concert Series: The Ultimate Radio Concerts)
R-0186  I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know (Cecil A. Null) - 24 Feb 1986 (Superstar Concert Series: The Ultimate Radio Concerts)
R-0187  Blowin' In The Wind - 25 Feb 1986 (Superstar Concert Series: The Ultimate Radio Concerts)
R-0188  That Lucky Old Sun (Haven Gillespie-Beasley Smith) - 24 Feb 1986 (Superstar Concert Series: The Ultimate Radio Concerts)

Thanks to Alex Ivanov for information and scans.


Various Artists - Grandes De La Música: Mitos* Del Rock [Great Figures Of Music: Legends of Rock] - CD included with issue of "Diário de Noticias [News Diary]", (catalogue number?) (Spain), 1995:
"Diário de Noticias [News Diary]" is a newspaper from the Navarre area of Spain. This CD was legal in Spain at the time of issue, but the release was almost certainly not authorised by Columbia.


Logo of "Diário de Noticias" from their web-site
R-0758 California - early version of Outlaw Blues from Bringing It All Back Home with different lyrics (which appear in "Writings and Drawings" under this title, lyrics on bobdylan.com here), recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 13 Jan 1965
This was previously listed as Q-0023 but has now been allocated an R-number since it was legally released on the CBS TV soundtrack album NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack Vol. 2 in Nov 2009. For the DVD release, see VHS & DVD 2000s Part 4.

CBS CBSR029 (USA, 2009) - front of sealed copy with sticker (my copy)

Picture from amazon.com (USA, 2012)

California is no longer a rarity since it was released in Nov 2015 on The Best of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12.

Despite the fact it's from the 1960s, this song turned up again on an Open Records download-only album I Feel Good: 70s Hits in 2012.

*The distinction between “myth” and “legend” made in English isn’t made in other European languages – they’re both types of traditional stories, but basically a “myth” is a story that was never actually true, whereas a “legend” is a story that is based on true events or people. This means an “urban legend” should actually be called an “urban myth”, while Bob’s certainly a legend and definitely not a myth!

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for information. Scans of the magazine and CD artwork required!


"Blowin' In The Wind" - compilation CD release - Promo Sound AG CD 289 (Germany), 1996; compilation stereo cassette - Promo Sound AG MC 13088 (Germany), 1999:


Promo Sound AG CD 289 (Germany) - CD front colour photocopy by Paul Shenton
This unauthorised CD release from 1966 has sixteen tracks from the early to mid 1960s. The cassette equivalent from the same company dates from 1999 and has fifteen tracks, omitting Queen Jane Approximately.

Thanks to Paul Shenton for information and colour photocopies.


Promo Sound AG CD 289 (Germany) - CD rear insert colour photocopy by Paul Shenton

Promo Sound AG MC 13088 (Germany) - cassette Side 1 colour photocopy by Paul Shenton

Promo Sound AG CD 289 (Germany) - reverse of CD front insert, colour photocopy by Paul Shenton


Promo Sound AG MC 13088 (Germany) - outside of cassette insert, colour photocopy by Paul Shenton


Promo Sound AG CD 289 (Germany) - CD colour photocopy by Paul Shenton

Promo Sound AG MC 13088 (Germany) - cassette Side 2 colour photocopy by Paul Shenton

"Bob Dylan's Chronicles", Pop Magazyn Muzyczny 12/13, SelleS (Poland), 1998:


Magazine front page (my copy)

Magazine with "Bob Dylan's Chronicles" companion compilation CD - all tracks are readily available album versions, although the selection, including Wigwam and Billy 1, is unusual.

Thanks to Artur Jarosinski for this item!


Front of CD insert

"Golden Rock Classics" 2CD set, Club Eve CECD 60-2/61-2 (Poland), 1998:


Club Eve CECD 60-2/61-2 (Poland) - front (my copy)
This Polish record club set is again unusual in that most of CD2 is taken up with the full album of Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid! Apart from this and Forever Young, the entire selection is from the 1960s, all regular album tracks. The CD graphics are nice in that they're replica LPs, complete with track divisions!

Thanks to Artur Jarosinski for this item.

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Club Eve CECD 60-2/61-2 (Poland) - front insert unfolded
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Club Eve CECD 60-2/61-2 (Poland) - CD1

2000s


"Bob Dylan" - CD compilation, Music History/Halahup Records HAL 549 (Russia), 2000s:


Music History/Halahup Records HAL 549 (Russia) - front scan by Alex Ivanov


Music History/Halahup Records HAL 549 (Russia) - outside of unfolded front insert, scan by Alex Ivanov (reverse is blank)


Music History/Halahup Records HAL 549 (Russia) - rear insert scan by Alex Ivanov


Music History/Halahup Records HAL 549 (Russia) - CD scan by Alex Ivanov


Another Halahup Records 2000 release

Halahup Records were a pirate record company based in St. Petersburg, Russia, although the rear insert of this release claims falsely that the company was based in Germany and was part of Sony Music. The latest track in this compilation is Things Have Changed from the 2000 Wonder Boys soundtrack, once a rarity but now included on The Essential Bob Dylan, also 2000.

Thanks to Alex Ivanov for information and scans.


Cruzados - " Unreleased Early Recordings" - privately produced CD (no catalogue number) (USA), Feb 2000:
Although this CD is not an "official" CD in the sense that it was not issued by a record company, it is arguably also not a bootleg as some have reported. The CD was privately produced by the band themselves and can only be obtained from the Cruzados' official web-site

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Picture from Cruzados web-site

R-0452 Rising Sun (Hufsteter/Larriva/Marsico/Quintana) - Bob plays harmonica for the Cruzados (then the Plugz), 1984 (edited version, 4:40)
A re-recorded version of this song without Bob was released on the first Cruzados album just called Cruzados (Arista
ARCD 8383 (CD)/AC 8-8383 (LP), 1985).

The Cruzados were previously known as the Plugz, and accompanied Bob on the NBC TV show "Late Nite With David Letterman" in New York on 22 Mar 1984 for three songs: Don't Start Me Talkin' (the Sonny Boy Williamson blues number), Jokerman and Licence To Kill. A three track EP called Bob Dylan & The Plugz circulated after that, and this EP is definitely a bootleg!

R-0473, a longer version of R-0452 (5:42), was included on a cast-iron official release, the BMG Germany 2CD compilation May Your Song Always Be Sung: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Vol. 3, see 2003. It also appears on the 2007 US Bird Song Records soundtrack album for the 2005 film Camp Burlesque, see 2007, but is not in the film itself (included in VHS & DVD 2000s Part 3 for completeness).


Arista ARCD 8383 (CD)/AC 8-8383 (LP) (USA, 1985) with a non-Dylan version of Rising Sun

"Fonosfera" magazine, Issue 12 (Poland), Dec 2000:

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Magazine front scan by Artur Jarosinski
The CD included with this magazine contains hits from 1965, and includes the album version of Like A Rolling Stone from Highway 61 Revisited (track 18).

Thanks to Artur Jarosinski for information and scans.

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CD scan by Artur Jarosinski

"Forevers Hits" - compilation CD, "Sony Music" DTCD-359 (Taiwan), 2002:


"Sony Music" DTCD-359 (Taiwan) - front (my copy)
This Taiwanese release from 2002 purports to be an official Sony Music album, but is identifiable as being pirated for several reasons. The main one is the many spelling mistakes, even in the album title, but the quirky tracklist also gives it away. The 16 tracks include the whole of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, preceded by seven more recent tracks from Time Out Of Mind and "Love And Theft".

Thanks to James Schilling for the CD.


"Sony Music" DTCD-359 (Taiwan) - rear insert

"Sony Music" DTCD-359 (Taiwan) - reverse of rear insert

"Sony Music" DTCD-359 (Taiwan) - outside of front insert

"Sony Music" DTCD-359 (Taiwan) - inside pages of front insert with spelling mistakes in the song titles

"Sony Music" DTCD-359 (Taiwan) - CD

"Just Like A Woman" - compilation CD, Falcon (catalogue number?) (Germany), 1 Sep 2003:


Picture from amazon.co.uk
This compilation of 1960s tracks is definitely unauthorised, but is being sold by Amazon.

"Grandes Exitos Vol. 1 [Great Hits Vol. 1]" - compilation CD, GLD 28508 (Argentina), 2004:


GLD 28508 (Argentina) - front scan by Augie Krater
This compilation CD for the Argentinean and Chilean markets was pressed by Warners in Argentina, so was legal in those countries but is not an official release. It consists partly of live tracks in comparatively poor quality and even the studio tracks sound muted compared with those on the official albums. Track 14, Tell Me That It Isn't True, is actually a 1966 live version of Tell Me Momma. There was also a Vol. 2.

Thanks to Augie Krater and Manuel García Jara for information and scans.


GLD 28508 (Argentina) - rear insert scan by Augie Krater


GLD 28508 (Argentina) - CD scan by Augie Krater


Grandes Exitos Vol. 2 (Argentina) - photo from eBay

Bob Dylan & The Band with Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield - "Midnight Train" - compilation CD, Traditional Line (catalogue number?) (UK), 31 Oct 2005:


Picture from amazon.co.uk
Tracklist: Medicine Sunday; Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?; I Wanna Be Your Lover; Number One (instrumental); Visions of Johanna; She's Your Lover Now; Jet Pilot - Hawks Sessions, New York, NY, Oct 1965 - Jan 1966
If You Gotta Go, Go Now - Bringing It All Back Home outtake
One Too Many Mornings; Like A Rolling Stone - live, ABC Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland), 20 May 1966 (wrongly dated as 5 May 1966)
Girl From The North Country; Ballad Of Hollis Brown; Chimes Of Freedom; Only A Pawn In Their Game - live, Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA, Sep 1964

The Session (1989), picture from bobsboots.com


Live with The Band, Al Kooper, and Mike Bloomfield (1988), picture from bobsboots.com


He's Your Lover Now (LP, 1985), picture from bobsboots.com

This very unauthorised release is actually a clone of the 1988 Bob Dylan bootleg Live with The Band, Al Kooper, and Mike Bloomfield, also released in 1989 as The Session. However, neither Kooper nor Bloomfield appear on the album. A review from a Bob Dylan bootleg site says: "Cloned and more accurately repackaged as The Session. But to be avoided in either form as a haplessly scrambled, sonically inferior collection of unrelated tracks, all circulating in superior sound in more complete form. The issuer's identification of the Hawks session tracks as coming from 1965 tour rehearsals is ludicrously incorrect." Bobsboot.com lists the first ten tracks as coming from a 1985 German bootleg LP, He's Your Lover Now. Unbelievably, amazon.co.uk have this for sale at £22.93 ($36.13)!

Thanks to Paul S. Levine for information.


"Live And Studio" - compilation CD, Ouver Entertainment 0708853-2 (Brazil), 2006(?):


Ouver Entertainment 0708853-2 (Brazil) - front scan by Colm Redmond
This unauthorised compilation contains a mixture of songs from Studs Terkel's Wax Museum, Radio WFMT, Chicago, IL, 26 Apr 1963, with added electric accompaniment, plus songs from an as yet unidentified 1966 performance.

Studs Terkel performances: A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall; Bob Dylan's Dream; Boots Of Spanish Leather; John Brown; Blowin' In The Wind; Farewell (mistitled as "Farewell Angelina")'; Who Killed Davey Moore?
These tracks with superimposed electric backing appeared briefly on iTunes in Dec 2005 as Live Folk Masters: Blowin' In The Wind and Live Folk Masters: Visions Of Johannah, see Online Performances (Other).

1966 performances: Visions Of Johanna; 4th Time Around; It's All Over Now, Baby Blue; Desolation Row; Just Like A Woman; Mr Tambourine Man; Baby, Let Me Follow You Down.

Thanks to Colm Redmond for information and scans.


"Transmissions" - Enhanced CD and book set, Storming Music Company SMC 2520 (UK), 2007:

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Storming Music Company SMC 2520 (UK) - picture from eil.com
This unauthorised enhanced CD housed in a 74-page hardback book contains 13 audio and two video performances from TV and radio broadcasts between 1963 and 2002. This compilation was released by Northworld as a regular CD without the book as Live On Air in 2010 and Live To Air in 2014, see below.

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for information about this item.


Picture from amazon.co.uk (2010 release)

Picture from amazon.co.uk (2014 release)

"Re-Transmissions" - Enhanced CD and book set, Storming Music Company SMC 2642 (UK), 3 Mar 2008:


Storming Music Company SMC 2642 (UK) - picture from eil.com

This unauthorised enhanced CD with a 72-page book contains 12 audio performances from TV and radio broadcasts between 1979 and 1995, and two video performances, one of which is Mr. Tambourine Man with the Byrds from the Roy Orbison Tribute Concert, Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA, 24 Feb 1990, from the Columbia/Legacy 4CD boxed set The Byrds (R-0217, see 1990).

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux and Sergio Magnacca for information about this item.

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Storming Music Company SMC 2642 (UK) - picture from amazon.co.uk

"Bob Dylan" - compilation 2CD set, HMCD 9 787996 600643 (China), Jun 2009:


HMCD 9 787996 600643 (China) - front scan by Don Helling
This unauthorised compilation 2CD set dated Jun 2009 contains a compilation with tracks from Blowin' In The Wind to Someday Baby from Modern Times (2006) on CD1. CD2 is the complete Together Through Life album.

Thanks to Don Helling for information and scans.


HMCD 9 787996 600643 (China) - rear scan by Don Helling

"Christmas In The Heart" - compilation 2CD set, DTS-1053/DTS-578 (China), end 2009:


DTS-1053/DTS-578 (China) - front scan by Don Helling
This unauthorised compilation 2CD set contains Christmas In The Heart plus six extra tracks on CD1, with Together Through Life plus seven extra tracks on CD2.

Thanks to Don Helling for information and scans.


DTS-1053/DTS-578 (China) - rear scan by Don Helling

2010s


"Folksinger's Choice" - CD release, Left Field Media LFMCD 501 (UK), 28 Jun 2010; 2LP release: Left Field Media (catalogue number?) (UK), 23 Jan 2012:


Left Field Media LFMCD 501 (UK) - picture from "Isis" web-site (CD release)
This release is legal in the UK because it features a live radio broadcast originating from the USA or Canada. It consists of 11 songs, three of them newly-written Dylan originals, performed by Bob during an interview with Cynthia Gooding for the "Folksinger's Choice" WBAI radio programme, recorded 13 Jan 1962, in New York City, broadcast 11 Mar 1962. (These dates are speculative, some say the programme was never actually broadcast.)

The interview is notorious for the outrageous lies Bob tells to the admiring Cynthia about his early life!


Picture from spincds.com (2LP release)

R-0900    (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle (Hank Williams/Jimmie Davis)
R-0901    Fixin’ To Die (Bukka White)
R-0902    Smokestack Lightning (Howlin' Wolf [Chester Burnett])
R-0903    Hard Travelin’ (Woody Guthrie)
R-0904    The Death Of Emmett Till (Bob Dylan)
R-0905    Standing On The Highway (Bob Dylan)
R-0516-2 Roll On, John (Traditional)
R-0906    Stealin’, Stealin’ (Will Shade)
R-0907    Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad (Traditional)
R-0908    Baby Please Don’t Go (Big Joe Williams)
R-0922    Hard Times In New York Town (Bob Dylan)

One of these has been officially released before:

R-0516 Roll On John (Traditional) - released on CD on the Smithsonian Folkways album There Is No Eye: Music For Photographs, Nov 2001, accompanying a book of photographs "There Is No Eye" by John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers), see 2001

R-0900 - R-0922 were later officially released on the Pacifica Archives CD-R Bob Dylan And Cynthia Gooding, Mar 2011. Some copies of the Pacifica Archives CD-R end during Baby, Please Don't Go, which is cut, and are missing Hard Times In New York Town, which is why R-0922 has a later R-number

Thanks to Tim Dunn, Derek Barker of "Isis" magazine and Harold Lepidus for information. Thanks to Benoit Narinx of Belgium for the catalogue number.


"Live On Air" - enhanced CD release, Southworld/Intergroove (catalogue number?) (Germany), 27 Aug 2010:


Front picture from amazon.de
This enhanced CD with bonus video appears to be legal in Germany, and is probably a re-release of the 2007 UK Transmissions enhanced CD above as it contains the same 15 tracks. It was also released in 2014 as Live To Air, see below.
Rear picture from amazon.de
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Storming Music Company SMC 2520 (UK) - picture from eil.com (2007 release)

Picture from amazon.co.uk (2014 release)

1. Blowin In The Wind (TV show acoustic live)
2. Man Of Constant Sorrow (TV show acoustic live)
3. With God On Our Side (TV show acoustic live)
4. Hurricane (Live TV show)
5. Simple Twist Of Fate (Live TV show)
6. Oh Sister (Live TV show)
7. Jokerman (Live TV show)
8. Maggie’s Farm (Live / Farm Aid Illinois 1985 with Tom Petty & Willie Nelson)
9. All Along The Watchtower (Live)
10. My Back Pages (Live / NY 1992 with Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton & George Harrison)
11. Knockin’ On Heaven's Door (Live NY 1992 with friends)
12. Highway 61 Revisited (Live)
13. Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 (Live Woodstock 1994)
14. Girl From The North Country (With Johnny Cash)
15. Forever Young (With Bruce Springsteen)


Bob Dylan/Donovan - "1+1" - Barca Discos EP 6018 (Argentina), 2010:


Barca Discos EP 6018 (Argentina) - front scan by John-Willy Bakke
This unauthorised CD is legal in Argentina. Tracks 1-12 are by Bob and are selected from Another Side Of Bob Dylan and Bringing It All Back Home. Tracks 13-22 are by Donovan. The same 12 Dylan tracks are available on a separate album, Barca Discos XL 9011.

Thanks to John-Willy Bakke for information and scans.


Barca Discos EP 6018 (Argentina) - rear scan by John-Willy Bakke

Barca Discos XL 9011 (Argentina) - picture from Barca Discos web-site

"Studs Terkel's Wax Museum" - CD release, Left Field Media LFMCD504 (UK), 28 Mar 2011; 2LP release: Let Them Eat Vinyl (catalogue number?) (UK), Jan 2012:


Left Field Media LFMCD504 (UK) - front of slipcase (my copy)
Like Folksinger's Choice above, this release is legal in the UK because it features a live radio broadcast originating from the USA or Canada. It consists of seven songs, all Dylan originals, performed by Bob during an interview with Studs Terkel for his "Wax Museum" WFMT radio programme, recorded 26 Apr 1963, in Chicago, IL. The CD comes in a standard jewel case inside a card slipcase.

Tracklist: Farewell; A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall; Bob Dylan's Dream; Boots Of Spanish Leather; John Brown; Who Killed Davey Moore?; Blowin' In The Wind. This is the first recorded performance of Boots Of Spanish Leather.

These tracks with superimposed electric backing appeared briefly on iTunes in Dec 2005 as Live Folk Masters: Blowin' In The Wind and Live Folk Masters: Visions Of Johannah, see Online Performances (Other).


Left Field Media LFMCD504 (UK) - rear of slipcase

"On The Crest Of The Airwaves" - 4CD set in book-style digipak, Music Melon MMLTDBOX12 (UK), 28 Mar 2011:


Music Melon MMLTDBOX12 (UK) - picture from Music Melon web-site
Like the other releases above, this release is legal in the UK because it features live radio broadcasts originating from the USA or Canada. This set includes the full 1962 "Folksinger's Choice" interview with Cynthia Gooding (see above) on CD1, and other radio broadcasts between 1963-66 on CDs 2-4. It doesn't include the Studs Terkel show above.

Thanks to Allan Johansen for information.


Music Melon MMLTDBOX12 (UK) - picture from Music Melon web-site

"Performance" - CD release, Northworld (catalogue number?) (UK), 13 Jun 2011:


Front picture from amazon.co.uk
This unauthorised CD contains a mixture of live performances from TV broadcasts.

Dag Braathen thinks the origins are: Saturday Night Live, 20 Oct 1979; Farm Aid, 22 Sep 1985; Newport Folk Festival, 25 Jul 1965; Grammy Awards, 20 Feb 1991; Bobfest, 16 Oct 1992; Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 2 Sep 1995.

Thanks to Keith from Scotland and Dag Braathen for information.


Rear picture from amazon.co.uk

Traveling Wilburys - "Wil-berry Jam" - CD release, Forever Music TWPR-30240 (Japan?), 2011:


Forever Music TWPR-30240 (Japan?) - front with obi, scan by Tjeerd Timmerman
Thanks to Tjeerd Timmerman for scans of what is almost certainly a pirated 2011 CD release using a photo of the genuine Traveling Wilburys Wil-berry jam! This is probably really from Eastern Europe.

The tracks on the CD are: Runaway (R-0210, 1990), Handle With Care (extended version) (R-0197, 1988), End Of the Line (extended version) (R-0198, 1989), New Blue Moon (instrumental) (R-0211, 1990), Nobody's Child (R-0206, 1990), Like A Ship (R-0781, 2007), Maxine (R-0782, 2007) and Runaway (remix) (R-0783, 2007).


Forever Music TWPR-30240 (Japan?) - rear with obi, scan by Tjeerd Timmerman

"Life And Life Only: Radio & TV 1961-1965" - CD release, Left Field Media LFMCD517 (UK), 5 Dec 2011; 2LP release: Let Them Eat Vinyl (catalogue number?) (UK), 28 May 2012:


Left Field Media LFMCD517 (UK) - front of slipcase (my copy)
This unauthorised CD contains a mixture of live performances from radio and TV broadcasts, The tracklisting below includes three officially available rarities. The CD comes in a standard jewel case inside a card slipcase.
Left Field Media LFMCD517 (UK) - rear of slipcase

Let Them Eat Vinyl 2012 UK 2LP release - picture from bobdylanisis.com
  1. Introduction [Riverside Church]

  2. Handsome Molly [Riverside Church]

  3. Omie Wise [Riverside Church]

  4. Po' Lazarus [Riverside Church]

  5. Mean Old Southern Railroad [Riverside Church] (with Danny Kalb)

  6. Acne [Riverside Church] (R-0324-2 Live with Ramblin' Jack Elliott, recorded at the Riverside Church, New York, on 29 Jul 1961 for the WRVR radio programme "Saturday Of Folk Music" and broadcast the same day, from the 2000 Vanguard soundtrack album The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack, see 2000)

  7. Sally Gal [Oscar Brand Folk Festival]

  8. Girl I Left Behind [Oscar Brand Folk Festival]

  9. Oscar Brand Intro [Oscar Brand Show]

  10. Girl From The North Country [Oscar Brand Show] (R-0316 Recorded at WNBC Studios, New York, in Mar 1963 for the Oscar Brand radio show, from the Warner Bros. radio station disc The World Of Folk Music (Starring Oscar Brand), see 1963)

  11. Only A Hobo [Oscar Brand Show] (R-0317 Recorded as R-0316, see 1963)

  12. Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll [Steven Allen Show] (R-1126, now released on The 50th Anniversary Collection 1964, see 2014)

  13. Les Crane Introduction [Les Crane Show]

  14. It's All Over Now Baby Blue [Les Crane Show]

  15. Les Crane Interview [Les Crane Show]

  16. It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding [Les Crane Show]


"Someday Baby" - one-track promo CD-R single, Sony Music (no catalogue number) (Germany), 2012(?):


Photo from Gerd Rundel
This "Sony Music Germany" CD-R promo is almost certainly a fake, as it has the new Sony Music logo that had not been introduced in 2006. Dr. Hanns Peter Bushoff of Sony Music Germany also confirms the Berlin address shown on the insert is incorrect. It is included here as a warning to possible purchasers.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for finding this item.


"Dreamin' Of You" - promo CD-R single, Columbia/Legacy (no catalogue number) (USA), 2012(?):


Photo from Gerd Rundel
This "Columbia US" CD-R promo with the edit of Dreamin' Of You from The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 - Tell Tale Signs: Rare And Unreleased 1989-2006 is almost certainly a fake. It is included here as a warning to possible purchasers.

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for finding this item.


"The Minnesota Party Tape" - CD release, BDA Records BCACD 101 (UK), Feb 2012:
("BDA" stands for "Bob Dylan Archive")


BDA Records BCACD 101 (UK) - front of slipcase (my copy)
This CD contains 25 recording from May 1961, recorded by Tony Glover at Bonnie Beecher's apartment in Minneapolis, MN, where the "Minnesota Hotel Tape" was later recorded on 22 Dec 1961. The songs are on three separate tapes: tracks 1-7 are on Tape 1, tracks 8-18 on Tape 2, and tracks 19-25 on Tape 3. However, the exact recording dates of the tapes, on one night or over several, are not known, so the tapes may not be in the right order. (On the 1994 Wanted Man Music bootleg 3CD set, The Minnesota Tapes, the songs are ordered differently with Tapes 2 and 3 swapped.)
BDA Records BCACD 101 (UK) - rear of slipcase

Tracklisting:

  1. Ramblin' Round (Woody Guthrie)
  2. Death Don't Have No Mercy (Rev. Gary Davies)
  3. It's Hard To Be Blind (Rev. Gary Davies)
  4. This Train (Is Bound For Glory) (Woody Guthrie)
  5. Harmonica Solo
  6. Talking Fish Blues (Woody Guthrie)
  7. Pastures Of Plenty (Woody Guthrie)
  8. This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)
  9. Two Trains Runnin' (McKinley Morganfield)
  10. Wild Mountain Thyme (traditional)
  11. How Di Do (Woody Guthrie)
  12. Car Car (Woody Guthrie)
  13. Don't Push Me Down (Woody Guthrie)
  14. Come See (Woody Guthrie)
  15. I Want My Milk (Woody Guthrie)
  16. San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller)
  17. A Long Time A-Growin' (traditional)
  18. Devilish Mary (traditional)
  19. Railroad Bill (traditional)
  20. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Ada R. Haberschon/Charles H. Gabriel, arranged by A.P. Carter)
  21. Man Of Constant Sorrow (traditional)
  22. Pretty Polly (traditional)
  23. Railroad Boy (traditional)
  24. James Alley Blues (Richard (Rabbit) Brown)
  25. Bonnie, Why'd You Cut My Hair?

"Carnegie Chapter Hall 1961" - CD release, BDA Records BCACD 102 (UK), Feb 2012; 2LP release: Let Them Eat Vinyl (catalogue number?) (UK), 28 May 2012:


BDA Records BCACD 102 (UK) - front of slipcase (my copy)
This historic show, Bob's first "proper" New York concert, was recorded at the Carnegie Chapter Hall, New York, 4 Nov 1961. The Chapter Hall was a small auditorium in the Carnegie Hall building. Other sources list the concert as being from the "Carnegie Recital Hall", which was apparently a different hall in the same building. Izzy Young promoted the concert, and hoped to sell 250 tickets, but in the end only around 50 people attended, many of them with complimentary tickets handed out by Izzy!
BDA Records BCACD 102 (UK) - rear of slipcase

Let Them Eat Vinyl 2012 UK 2LP release - picture from bobdylanisis.com

Tracklisting (missing performances in italics):

  1. Pretty Peggy-O (Traditional)
  2. In the Pines (Lead Belly, here listed as Traditional)
  3. Gospel Plow (Traditional)
  4. 1913 Massacre (Woody Guthrie)
  5. Backwater Blues (A.J.P. Johnson/Bessie Smith) From the lyrics this is close to the version performed by Bessie Smith.
  6. A Long Time A-Growin’ [Young But Daily Growin’] (Traditional)
  7. Fixin’ to Die (Bukka White)
  8. San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller)
  9. Car Song (Woody Guthrie)
  10. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues
  11. Man on The Street
  12. Sally Gal (Woody Guthrie)
  13. This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)
  14. Talking Merchant Marine (Woody Guthrie)
  15. Black Cross (Joseph S Newman)
  16. He was A Friend Of Mine
  17. Pretty Polly (Traditional)
  18. House Of The Risin' Sun (Traditional)
  19. The Cuckoo Is A Pretty Bird (Traditional)
  20. Freight Train Blues (John Lair)
  21. Song to Woody
  22. Talking New York

Bob performed 22 songs at this concert, of which fifteen are in circulation. One of the available performances, Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land, has been officially released on No Direction Home - The Bootleg Series Vol. 7, and is not included on this CD.


"Live In New York: Gaslight Café - 6th September 1961" - CD release, Nova (catalogue number?) (UK), 30 Apr 2012:


Picture from amazon.co.uk
This seven song CD contains six songs from the "First Gaslight Tape", recorded in New York in 1961. Live At The Gaslight 1962, from the "Second Gaslight Tape" was released by Columbia as a limited edition in 2005.

1. He Was A Friend Of Mine
2. Riding in My Car (Woody Guthrie)
3. Man On The Street
4. Song To Woody
5. Talkin' Bear Mountain Massacre
6. Pretty Polly (traditional)

The seventh song on this CD, The Story Of East Orange, NJ, is actually from the "Minnesota Hotel Tape" recorded by Tony Glover at Bonnie Beecher's apartment in Minneapolis, MN, 22 Dec 1961 (see below). Reportedly based on a similar monologue called "State Of Arkansas" by Lee Hayes of the Weavers, this has also appeared on Sad Eyed Radio Of The Lowlands, US demo radio show LP, 1970


"Live In Minneapolis: Bonnie Beecher's Apartment - 22nd December 1961" - 2CD release, Nova (catalogue number?) (UK), 30 Apr 2012:


Picture from amazon.co.uk
This 2CD set, normally known as the "Minnesota Hotel Tape", contains 25 of the 26 songs recorded by Tony Glover at Bonnie Beecher's apartment in Minneapolis, MN, 22 Dec 1961, omitting The Story Of East Orange, NJ, which is on the Gaslight Café CD above. (On the 1994 Wanted Man Music bootleg 3CD set, The Minnesota Tapes, the 25 songs are ordered differently starting with Candy Man and ending with Black Cross.)

Disc: 1

1. Baby Please Don't Go (Big Joe Williams)
2. Man Of Constant Sorrow (traditional)
3. Candy Man (traditional arr. Rev Gary Davies)
4. Hard Times In New York Town
5. I Ain't Got No Home (Woody Guthrie)
6. I Was Young When I Left Home (traditional) (R-0514, now officially released on a bonus disc with the limited edition of "Love And Theft", Sep 2001 (R-0514, see 2001 and 2002). Now also released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home, Sep 2005, but in a version with a spoken intro
7. Stealin' (Will Shade)
8. Poor Lazarus (traditional) released on bobdylan.com in Sep 2001, see Online Performances (bobdylan.com)
9. It's Hard To Be Blind (Rev Gary Davies)
10. In The Evening (Leroy Carr) (Q-0002, see the 1964 and 1967 acetates above)
11. Naomi Wise (traditional)
12. Wade In The Water (traditional) (R-0240, released on
Bakhålls Litterära Röster (The Ambush's Literary Voices), compilation CD given away with an issue of the literary magazine "Bakhåll", Sweden, 1994 - an excerpt appeared on the Highway 61 Interactive CD-ROM, 1995. Also available in full on the Sony Music Japan live compilation Bob Dylan Live 1961-2000: Thirty Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances, 2001
13. Dink's Song (traditional) - now released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home, Sep 2005

Disc: 2

1. Sally Girl (Woody Guthrie)
2. Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Rev Gary Davies, arr. Eric von Schmidt)
3. Cocaine (traditional)
4. Gospel Plow (Hold On) (traditional)
5. Long John (traditional) (see the 1964 and 1967 acetates above)
6. Black Cross (Joseph S. Newman)
7. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
8. Ramblin' Around (Woody Guthrie)
9. VD Waltz (Woody Guthrie)
10. VD Blues (Woody Guthrie)
11. VD City (Woody Guthrie)
12. VD Gunner's Blues (Woody Guthrie)


"The Minneapolis Hotel Tape And The Gaslight Café" - CD release, BDA Records (catalogue number?) (UK), 8 May 2012:


Picture from "Isis" web-site
This CD (released by complete coincidence, of course) features all six songs from Dylan’s Sep 1961 Gaslight Café set and 18 of the songs performed at the home of Bonnie Beecher in Minneapolis on 22 Dec 1961. For copyright reasons, BDA has omitted tracks previously released by Columbia Records. This release is presented in deluxe packaging with a booklet of notes.

Tracklisting:
Man on the Street; He Was a Friend of Mine; Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues; Song To Woody; Pretty Polly; Car, Car [Gaslight Tape 1961]
Candy Man; Stealin’, Stealin’; It’s Hard To Be Blind; Man of Constant Sorrow; Omie Wise; In The Evening; Baby Let Me Follow You Down; Sally Gal; Gospel Plow; Long John; Cocaine; VD Blues; VD Waltz; VD City; VD Gunner’s Blues; See That My Grave is Kept Clean; Ramblin’ Round; Black Cross [Minneapolis Hotel Tape 1961].


"Oh, Sister"/Abandoned Love" - 7" stereo single, (no catalogue number) (Germany), 2012:


Front scan from eBay
This bootleg single, described as an "acetate" but actually black vinyl, contains Oh, Sister live from the Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, 21 Nov 1975, almost certainly the evening show performance released in 2002 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Live 1975 - The Rolling Thunder Revue, rather than the much rarer afternoon performance, plus Abandoned Love, released in 1985 on Biograph. The rear text includes "Another production by Gierschlund and Raffke Inc." ("Gierschlund and Raffke" is German for "Greedy Throat and Money Grubber"). The sleeve is a folded card and the "acetate" itself has blank white labels.

Thanks to Francisco Lima for finding this on eBay in 2012 and to Stefan Haras for the scan.


Rear scan by Stefan Haras

A-side scan from eBay (B-side is the same)

"The Live Collection" - 4CD release, Nova FFECD1003 (UK), 29 Oct 2012:


Nova FFECD1003 (UK) - picture from amazon.co.uk
This 4CD set contains the previous releases from Nova, namely the Minneapolis and Gaslight Café, New York, recordings. The individual CDs are numbered FFECD1003A-D.

Thanks to Stefan Kraft for information.


"Throughout The USA" - CD release, (record company?) (catalogue number?) (UK), Nov 2012:


Picture from amazon.co.uk
This unofficial CD release on amazon.co.uk with no record company or release information includes recordings from 1961.

Thanks to Ian Woodward for information.


"Bob Dylan" - unofficial download release with extra tracks, iTunes (Germany), Dec 2012:


Picture from iTunes Germany showing a pirated version of Bob Dylan with extra tracks including R-0002, R-0003 and R-0004, screenshot by Dag Braathen

Thanks to Dag Braathen for the screenshot from iTunes Germany in Dec 2012 showing a pirated version of Bob Dylan with four extra tracks from Carolyn Hester's 1962 self-titled Columbia album, three of which have Bob on harmonica (Los Bibilicos is included but does not include Bob). See 1962 for the official album.


Columbia CS 8596 (USA stereo, 1962) - front with sticker, scan by Gerd Rundel


"A Long Time A Growin'" - 6CD release, Rock Melon Music 0813142 (UK), 6 Dec 2012; 6 7" singles release, Rock Melon Music RMBOX4 (UK), Dec 2012:


Rock Melon Music
0813142 (UK) - picture from amazon.co.uk (CD box)
This unauthorised 6CD set in book style packaging collects officially unreleased live and home recordings from 1961, including the Minnesota Party Tape, Carnegie Chapter Hall, the 1961 Gaslight Café performances, etc.. The quality is apparently very variable, but it does collect all the circulating material in one place. There was also a limited edition set of six 7" singles from the set, tracklisting as follows:

Record 1: A. He Was A Friend Of Mine, B. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues
Record 2: A. Sally Gal, B. The Girl I Left Behind
Record 3: A. In The Pines, B. Backwater Blues
Record 4: A. A Long Time A Growin', B. Talking Merchant Marine
Record 5: A. Baby Please Don't Go, B. I Ain't Got No Home
Record 6: A. Man Of Constant Sorrow, B. In The Evening (Q-0002, see above)

There is also a 5LP set of picture discs, Rock Melon Music RMMLP001-5.

Thanks to John Willy Bakke and Andrew Klewan for information.


Rock Melon Music RMBOX4 (UK) - picture from eil.com (singles box)

Rock Melon Music (UK) - picture from spincds.com (picture disc)

"Folk Singer - Humdinger: Just About As Good As It Gets!" - 2CD set, Smith & Co SCCD 2448 (NL), 7 Jan 2013:


Smith & Co SCCD 2448 (NL) - picture from amazon.co.uk

This 2CD set consists of tracks from Bob's first album plus other tracks from 1961-62 including official rarities. It is presumably allowed because of copyright expiry in the EU after fifty years. The tracks are incredibly mixed up on the CDs, so that songs from the same source are not together.

Disc: 1

1. Gospel Plow; 2. Hard Times In New York Town; 3. Baby Let Me Follow You Down; 4. Highway 51 Blues; 5. Talking New York; 6. Roll On John (R-0516, see 2001); 7. Hard Travelin' (R-0903, see 2011); 8. In My Time Of Dyin'; 9. You're No Good; 10. Smokestack Lightning (R-0902, see 2011); 11. Man On The Street; 12. 1913 Massacre; 13. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues; 14. Fixin' To Die; 15. Stealin' Stealin' (R-0906, see 2011); 16. Baby Please Don't Go (R-0908, see 2011); 17. A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall (R-0701, see 2005); 18. Song To Woody; 19. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (R-0703, see 2005); 20. Handsome Molly (R-0467, see 2001 and 2005); 21. Kind Hearted Woman Blues (R-1001, see 2012); 22. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean; 23. House Of The Risin' Sun; 24. Acne (feat. Ramblin' Jack Elliot) (R-0324-3, see 2000); 25. Freight Train Blues.

Tracks 1, 3-5, 8-9, 14, 18, 22-23, 25 from Bob Dylan, 1962

Tracks 2, 6-7, 10, 15-16 from "Folksinger's Choice" WBAI radio programme, recorded 13 Jan 1962, in New York City, broadcast 11 Mar 1962

Tracks 11-13 recorded at Carnegie Chapter Hall, New York, 4 Nov 1961

Tracks 17, 19, 20-21 recorded at Gaslight Café, New York, Sep 1961 to Oct 1962

Track 24 recorded at "Hootenanny Special", Riverside Church, New York, 29 Jul 1961

Disc: 2

1. Mean Old Southern Railroad (Feat. Danny Kalb, vocals); 2. Rocks And Gravel (R-0702, see 2005); 3. Pretty Peggy-O; 4. Talking Merchant Marine; 5. Cocaine (R-0705, see 2005); 6. Ain't No More Cane On The Brazos (R-1004, see 2012); 7. The Cuckoo (R-0679, see 2004); 8. Sally Gal; 9. Ballad Of Hollis Brown (R-1003, see 2012); 10. Omie Wise; 11. Motherless Children Have A Hard Time (R-1000, see 2012); 12. I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow (R-0900, see 2011); 13. No More Auction Block; 14. Man Of Constant Sorrow; 15. The Death Of Emmett Till (R-0904, see 2012); 16. Po' Lazarus; 17. Moonshine Blues (R-0704, see 2005); 18. John Brown (R-0706, see 2005); 19. In The Pines; 20. Song To Woody (Live)

Tracks 1, 10, 16 recorded at "Hootenanny Special", WRVR-FM radio, Riverside Church, New York, 29 Jul 1961

Tracks 2, 5-7, 9, 11, 13, 17-18 recorded at Gaslight Café, New York, Sep 1961 to Oct 1962
Track 13 was released on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3, 1991.

Tracks 3, 14 from Bob Dylan, 1962

Tracks 4, 19-20 recorded at Carnegie Chapter Hall, New York, 4 Nov 1961

Track 8 recorded live for "Oscar Brand's Folk Song Festival", WNYC-AM radio, New York, 29 Oct 1961

Thanks to Bill Hester for information.


"Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands" - 10" mono metal acetate (no catalogue number) (UK), 22 Oct 1966:


A-side picture from eBay
This "alternate take" is timed at 4:56 (the album version from Blonde On Blonde is 11:17). The acetate is single-sided, and has a white label with the CBS logo, the address of CBS Recording Studios, 31-37 Whitfield Street, London, W1P 5RE, and typewritten text. It is dated "22 Oct '66". However, the CBS Studios in Whitfield Street were not opened until 1972, as confirmed by Derek Barker of "Isis" magazine, who visited there when they were brand new. Also, the modern postcode system was not in use in 1966, so the address would have just been "London W1". The acetate is therefore included here and an R-number has not been assigned to the take. I'm assuming it's just an edit of the mono album track.

Q-0026 Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands - mono edit (4:56)

This acetate sold on eBay for $530! Caveat emptor...

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for finding this on eBay and to Derek Barker for information.


B-side picture from eBay (blank)

"Finjan Club" - CD release, BDA Records (catalogue number?) (UK), Jan 2013:
These songs were recorded at the Finjan Club, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2 Jul 1962.


Picture from "Isis" web-site
The tracklisting of this unofficial compilation from "Isis" magazine of 11 previously unreleased live tracks is:
1 Death of Emmett Till; 2 Stealin’; 3 Hiram Hubbard; 4 Blowin’ in the Wind; 5 Rocks and Gravel; 6 Quit Your Lowdown Ways; 7 He Was a Friend of Mine; 8 Let Me Die in My Footsteps; 9 Two Trains Runnin’; 10 Ramblin’ on My Mind; 11 Muleskinner Blues (Blue Yodel #8).

All these tracks and many more have now been officially released on the Sony Music European limited edition 4CD-R set The 50th Anniversary Collection, see 2012.


Sony Music 8876546022 (Europe) - front insert scan from badlands.com

"The Freewheelin' Out-takes" - CD release, BDA Records BDACD105 (UK), Feb 2013:


BDA Records BDACD105 (UK) - picture from "Isis" web-site

The tracklisting of this unofficial compilation available from "Isis" magazine of 25 "previously unreleased tracks" is:
1 Going to New Orleans; 2 Sally Gal; 3 Corrina, Corrina; 4 The Death of Emmett Till; 5 (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle; 6 Rocks and Gravel; 7 Sally Gal; 8 Baby Please Don’t Go; 9 Milk Cow’s Calf’s Blues; 10 Wichita (Going to Louisiana); 11 Milk Cow’s Calf’s Blues; 12 Wichita (Going to Louisiana); 13 Baby, I’m In the Mood for You; 14 That’s All Right Mama; 15 Mixed-Up Confusion; 16 Mixed-Up Confusion; 17 That’s All Right Mama; 18 Ballad of Hollis Brown; 19 Whatcha Gonna Do; 20 Hero Blues; 21 Whatcha Gonna Do; 22 I Shall Be Free; 23 I Shall Be Free; 24 Hero Blue; 25 Hero Blues.

All these tracks and many more have now been officially released on the Sony Music European limited edition 4CD-R set The 50th Anniversary Collection, see 2012.


Sony Music 8876546022 (Europe) - front insert scan from badlands.com

"Dylan's Dream" - (mono?) vinyl LP release, LetThemEatVinyl/Cargo Records (catalogue number?) (UK), 1 Mar 2013:


Picture from www.amazon.co.uk
Thanks to John Willy Bakke for information about this 11 track vinyl release of tracks from 1961-62, again presumably allowed because of copyright expiry in the EU after fifty years.
  1. Man On The Street

  2. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues

  3. Song To Woody

  4. Pretty Polly

  5. Sally Gal

  6. Talking New York

  7. Standing On The Highway

  8. Hard Times In New York Town

  9. Only A Hobo

  10. Bob Dylan’s Dream

  11. Blowin’ In The Wind


"The McKenzie Tapes: Home Recordings 1961-62" - CD release, BDA Records BDACD107 (UK), 7 Oct 2013:


BDA Records BDACD 107 (UK) - picture from www.amazon.co.uk
Thanks to John-Willy Bakke for news that amazon.co.uk will be selling The McKenzie Tapes, recorded at the New York home of Eve and "Mac" Mackenzie (correct spelling) in 1961 and 1962, in a CD release from the "Bob Dylan Archive" (BDA Records). I assume this release is unauthorised! Six 1962 songs from the Mackenzie tapes appeared on the official but very limited Sony Music Europe 4CD-R release The 50th Anniversary Collection (see 2012). This CD contains 30 of these home recordings including those six (tracks 25-30 here).

Thanks also to Derek Barker for information.


"Live To Air" - CD release, The Store for Music (catalogue number?) (UK), 19 May 2014:


Picture from www.amazon.co.uk
Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for details of this unauthorised CD of live radio/TV broadcasts on sale at amazon.co.uk. Tracklist: Blowin' In The Wind; Man Of Constant Sorrow; With God On Our Side; Hurricane; Simple Twist Of Fate; Oh, Sister; Jokerman; Maggie's Farm; All Along The Watchtower; My Back Pages; Knocking On Heaven's Door; Highway 61 Revisited; Rainy Day Women #12 & 35; Girl Of The North Country; 15. Forever Young.

This is a re-release of the 2007 CD Transmissions and the 2010 CD Live On Air, see above,.


"Shelter From A Hard Rain" - CD release, Gossip GOSS010 (UK), 16 Jun 2014:


Gossip GOSS010 (UK) - front (my copy)
This unauthorised CD is taken from a live broadcast of the "Hard Rain TV Special", recorded at Fort Collins, CO, 16 Jun 1976, the concert from which much of Hard Rain was taken.

Tracks are:

1. A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall - officially unreleased, surprisingly not included on the Hard Rain album!
2. R-0221 Blowin' In The Wind - duet with Joan Baez, now officially released on her 1993 Vanguard boxed set Rare, Live & Classic, see 1993

3. Railroad Boy (Traditional) - duet with Joan Baez, officially unreleased
4. Deportees (Woody Guthrie) - duet with Joan Baez, officially unreleased

5. R-0757 I Pity The Poor Immigrant - duet with Joan Baez, now officially released on the Joan Baez CD and DVD How Sweet The Sound, 2009 and VHS & DVD 2000s Part 4.
6. Shelter From The Storm - included on the Hard Rain album
7. Maggie's Farm - included on the Hard Rain album
8. One Too Many Mornings - included on the Hard Rain album
9. Mozambique - officially unreleased
10. Idiot Wind - included on the Hard Rain album

It was reported in 1976 that the four Joan Baez tracks had to be left off Hard Rain for legal reasons, although two of them have since appeared on Joan Baez releases. An official DVD release of this show is long overdue!

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information.


"Folk Singer - Humdinger: Just About As Good As It Gets! Vol. 2" - 2CD set, Smith & Co SCCD 11365 (NL), 22 Sep 2014:


Smith & Co SCCD 11365 (NL) - picture from www.amazon.co.uk
Thanks to John Willy Bakke for information about this second instalment of early Dylan from "Smith & Co" (the first was from Jan 2013). Several of the songs included are official rarities. It never ceases to amaze me why Bob's legal people don't stop Amazon from selling these releases!

Disc: 1

1. Quit Your Lowdown Ways, Finjan Club, Montreal, Canada, 2 Jul 1962 (R-0987, see 2012)
2. Let Me Die in My Footsteps, Finjan Club, Montreal, Canada, 2 Jul 1962 (R-0989, see 2012)
3. Railroad Bill, Minneapolis, MN, 1961
4. James Alley Blues, Minneapolis, MN, 1961
5. Talking Fisherman's Blues, Minneapolis, MN, 1961
6. It's Hard To Be Blind, Minneapolis, MN, 1961
7. Standing On the Highway, WBAI Radio, New York, Mar 1962
8. He Was A Friend of Mine, Finjan Club, Montreal, Canada, 2 Jul 1962 (R-0988, see 2012)
9. Devilish Mary, Minneapolis, MN, 1961
10. Blowin' in the Wind (Version 1), Finjan Club, Montreal, Canada, 2 Jul 1962 (R-0985, see 2012)
11. The Girl I Left Behind, Oscar Brand's Folk Song Festival, WNYC-AM, 29 Oct 1961
12. San Francisco Bay Blues, Minneapolis, MN, 1961
13. Death Don't Have No Mercy, Minneapolis, MN, 1961
14. Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Minneapolis, MN, 1961
15. Pretty Polly, Minneapolis, MN, 1961
16. Railroad Boy, Minneapolis, MN, 1961
17. Rambling On My Mind, Finjan Club, Montreal, Canada, 2 Jul 1962 (R-0991, see 2012)
18. Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad, WBAI Radio, New York, Mar, 1962
19. Harmonica Solo, Minneapolis, MN, 1961
20. Black Cross, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, 4 Nov 1961
21. Barbara Allen, Gaslight Cafe, New York, Sep 1961-Oct 1962 (R-0707, see 2005)

Disc: 2

1. Sitting On Top Of The World - Big Joe Williams feat. Bob Dylan (Harmonica) (R-0005, see 1964)
2. Two Trains Running, Finjan Club, Montreal, Canada, 2 Jul 1962 (R-0990, see 2012)
3. Hiram Hubbard, Finjan Club, Montreal, Canada, 2 Jul 1962 (R-0984, see 2012)
4. Cocaine - Dick Farina & Eric von Schmidt feat. 'Blind Boy Grunt' (R-0014, see 1964)
5. Bob Dylan's Dream, Studs Terkel's radio show, WMFT, Chicago, IL
, 26 Apr 1963 (R-1073, see 2013)
6. Blowin' in the Wind (Version 2), Studs Terkel's radio show, WMFT, Chicago, IL
, 26 Apr 1963 (R-1079, see 2013)
7. Xmas Island - Dick Farina & Eric von Schmidt feat. 'Blind Boy Grunt' (R-0013, see 1964)
8. Come Back Baby - Carolyn Hester feat. Bob Dylan (Harmonica) (R-0003, see 1962)
9. Wichita - Big Joe Williams feat. Bob Dylan (Harmonica) (R-0006, see 1964)
10. Who Killed Davey Moore, Studs Terkel's radio show, WMFT, Chicago, IL
, 26 Apr 1963 (R-1078, see 2013)
11. John Brown, Studs Terkel's radio show, WMFT, Chicago, IL
, 26 Apr 1963 (R-1077, see 2013)
12. A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall, Studs Terkel's radio show, WMFT, Chicago, IL
, 26 Apr 1963 (R-1074, see 2013)
13. Overseas Stomp - Dick Farina & Eric von Schmidt feat. 'Blind Boy Grunt' (R-0013, see 1964)
Although Bob played on takes 5, 6 and 7 on 15 Jan 1963, the 2007 booklet from the 2CD reissue of Dick Fariña & Eric von Schmidt states the released take is take 3 from 14 Jan 1963 when Bob wasn't present.
14. Midnight Special - Harry Belafonte feat. Bob Dylan (Harmonica) (R-0001, see 1962)
15. Boots of Spanish Leather, Studs Terkel's radio show, WMFT, Chicago, IL
, 26 Apr 1963 (R-1076, see 2013)
16. I'll Fly Away - Carolyn Hester feat. Bob Dylan (Harmonica) (R-0002, see 1962)
17. Glory Glory - Dick Farina & Eric von Schmidt feat. 'Blind Boy Grunt' (R-0011, see 1964)
18. Backwater Blues (Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, 4 Nov 1961)
19. My Own True Love (Farewell), Studs Terkel's radio show, WMFT, Chicago, IL
, 26 Apr 1963 (R-1073, see 2013)
20. You Can Always Tell - Dick Farina & Eric von Schmidt feat. 'Blind Boy Grunt' (R-0012, see 1964)
Again, the 2007 booklet from the 2CD reissue of Dick Fariña & Eric von Schmidt states that Bob wasn't present on
You Can Always Tell. There is a prominent harmonica player, but it's probably Richard Fariña.
21. Only a Hobo, Oscar Brand Show, Spring 1963 (R-0317, see 1963)
22. West Texas (R-0708, see 2005)


Neil Young and Friends - "S.N.A.C.K. Benefit, Kezar Stadium, SF 23rd March 1975" - CD release, Rox Vox RVCD 1008 (UK), 27 Apr 2015:


Rox Vox RVCD 1008 (UK) - front picture from www.spincds.com

These tracks were broadcast from the S.N.A.C.K. Benefit, Kezar Stadium, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, 23 Mar 1975. S.N.A.C.K. stands for “Students Need Athletic And Cultural Kicks”. This CD is legal because the concert was broadcast by K101-FM radio in San Francisco. However, although Bob appears on every track, his microphone was not functioning and his vocals are therefore almost inaudible (only picked up by other mikes). This is one for completists only!


Rox Vox RVCD 1008 (UK) - front in jewel case (my copy)

Rox Vox RVCD 1008 (UK) - rear in jewel case

1. Are You Ready For The Country? (Neil Young)
2. Ain't That A Lot Of Love (Homer Banks/William Parker)
3. Looking For A Love (Neil Young)
4. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (Ivy Hunter/Stevie Wonder)
5. I Want You
6. The Weight (Robbie Robertson)
7. Helpless (Neil Young)
8. Knockin' On Heaven's Door ("Knockin' On Dragon's Door")
9. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (A. P. Carter)

Bob Dylan (piano, guitar, harmonica), Neil Young (piano, guitar), Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar). Tim Drummond (guitar), Garth Hudson (keyboards), Rick Danko (bass), Levon Helm (drums).

1, 5, 7 - Bob Dylan guitar, harmonica, vocal.
2 - Bob Dylan piano, Levon Helm vocal.
3, 7, 8 - Bob Dylan guitar, Neil Young vocal.
4, 6 - Bob Dylan guitar, Levon Helm & Rick Danko vocals.
9 - Bob Dylan vocal & guitar, Neil Young vocal.

Thanks to David McBride for information.


"It Ain't Me, Babe" - CD release, Stargrove Entertainment (catalogue number?) (Canada), 2015:


Picture from www.walmart.ca
This unauthorised compilation from Canadian budget record company Stargrove Entertainment contains tracks from Bob's first four albums, and is being sold in Canadian Walmart stores for $5. Stargrove took advantage of the previous Canadian copyright laws that limited copyright to 50 years, and have also released albums by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys. Copyright was extended to 70 years by the Canadian Government in Jun 2015, but material which passed into the public domain before that date was not recopyrighted.

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin and Tim Dunn for information.


"The Legendary Broadcasts 1960-1964"/"The Legendary Broadcasts 1969-1984"/"The Legendary Broadcasts 1985-1993" - CD releases, BDA BDACD 110/108/109 (UK), Jun 2016:


BDA BDACD110 (UK) - picture from "Isis" web-site
Exploiting a loophole in UK law that exempts radio and TV broadcasts from copyright, these three CDs compile broadcasts by Bob from 1961 to 1993. Most if not all of these appear on other unauthorised releases above, and some are already released official rarities.
BDA BDACD108 (UK) - picture from "Isis" web-site

BDA BDACD109 (UK) - picture from "Isis" web-site

BDA BDACD110 (1960-1964)

Saturday of Folk Music, July 1961
1 Omie Wise (Trad.) 4.01; 2 Po’ Lazarus (Trad./Arr. Dylan) 4.47
Folksong Festival, October 1961
3 Sally Gal (Dylan) 2.05; 4 The Girl I Left Behind (Trad.) 4.14
Folksinger’s Choice, January 1962
5 The Death of Emmett Till (Dylan) 5.20; 6 Hard Times in New York Town (Dylan) 2.27
Billy Faier Show, October 1962
7 Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Trad./Davis) 3.22; 8 Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues (Dylan) 4.25; 9 Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor (Trad.) 3.14
Folk Songs And More Folk Songs, March 1963
10 Blowin’ in the Wind (Dylan) 2.34; 11 Man Of Constant Sorrow (Trad./Arr. Dylan) 3.06; 12 Ballad of Hollis Brown (Dylan) 4.54
The Studs Terkel Program, April 1963
13 Bob Dylan’s Dream (Dylan) 3.34; 14 Boots of Spanish Leather (Dylan) 4.45
Quest, March 1964
15 Talkin’ World War III Blues (Dylan) 4.56; 16 The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (Dylan) 5.24; 17 A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Dylan) 6.01; 18 Girl from the North Country (Dylan) 3.20; 19 Restless Farewell (Dylan) 5.03

BDA BDACD108 (1969-1984)

1. I Threw It All Away 2. Living the Blues 3. Girl from the North Country 4. Oh Sister 5. Simple Twist of Fate 6. Hurricane 7. Gotta Serve Somebody 8. I Believe In You 9. When You Gonna Wake Up 10. Gotta Serve Somebody 11. Don’t Start Me Talkin’ 12. License to Kill 13. Jokerman

BDA BDACD109 (1985-1993)

Live Aid, July 1985
1 Ballad of Hollis Brown; 2 When the Ship Comes In; 3 Blowin’ in the Wind
Farm Aid, September 1985
4 Shake; 5 I’ll Remember You; 6 Trust Yourself; 7 Maggie’s Farm
Chabad, August 1986
8 Thank God
Byrds & Bob Dylan May 1990
9 Mr Tambourine Man (R-0217, see 1990)
Grammy Awards, February 1991
10 Masters of War
Guitar Legends, October 1991
11 All Along the Watchtower (R-0432, see 1992); 12 Boots of Spanish Leather/Across the Borderline; 13 Answer Me, My Love; 14 Shake Rattle and Roll (R-0433, see 1992)
David Letterman, January 1992 & November 1993
15 Like a Rolling Stone; 16 Forever Young

Thanks to David McBride for information.


"The Many Faces Of Bob Dylan" - 3CD set, Record Company? (catalogue number?) (Europe), 25 Nov 2016:


Picture from www.amazon.co.uk
This 3CD set consists of two discs of material from Bob's early years that are now in the public domain and a third disc of songs by other artists from the early 1960s Greenwich Village scene.

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information.


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