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These are records that have been wrongly associated with Bob but which definitely have no connection with him!

"In literature, a red herring is a false clue that leads readers or characters towards a false conclusion." (Wikipedia)

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Revised 30 January, 2017.


Barry McGuire - "Eve Of Destruction" (1965)/Stealers Wheel - "Stuck In The Middle With You" (1972):

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Anthology, Barry McGuire, One Way Records (USA), 1993
Online sites where you can download music frequently show Eve Of Destruction and Stuck In The Middle With You (most recently famous from its use as soundtrack to the ear-cutting scene in "Reservoir Dogs") as being by Bob Dylan. They're not, they're by Barry McGuire and Stealer's Wheel respectively. Bob's recording and performing career has been extensively documented by people like Michael Krogsgaard and Glen Dundas, and he has never performed either song!

Both songs appear on many compilation CDs, the CDs shown are the only ones now available entirely by these artists.


The Best Of Stealers Wheel, Connoisseur (UK), 1993

Grupa Skifflowa with Piotr Janczerski - "No To Co" - 7" vinyl EP, Muza N 0520 (Poland), mid 1960s:


Muza N 0520 (Poland) - front of EP scan by Manuel García Jara
This Polish EP from the mid 1960s contains on the B-side a Polish language song called "Ballada Bez Tytulu [A Ballad Without Title]" credited to "B. Dylan - R. Tur". It's not a Dylan song at all, but a version with new Polish lyrics of The Universal Soldier, popularised by Donovan in 1965 but actually written by Buffy Sainte-Marie from her 1964 Vanguard US album It's My Way!
Muza N 0520 (Poland) - rear of EP scan by Manuel García Jara

Muza N 0520 (Poland) - EP B-side scan by Manuel García Jara

It's My Way! (Vanguard VSD-79142, USA, 1964) by Buffy Sainte-Marie with her version of The Universal Soldier, picture from wikipedia.com

The Universal Soldier (Pye NEP 24219, UK, 1965) by Donovan, picture from wikipedia.com

Thanks to Manuel García Jara for information and scans, and to Anneke Derksen and Dag Braathen for further information.


Norma Tanega - "Walking My Cat Named Dog" - 7" vinyl single, NewVoice 14 20 (USA), Stateside S5496 (UK), 1966:


NewVoice 14 20 (USA)

Bob was reported as playing harmonica on the 1966 NewVoice single by Norma Tanega, Walking My Cat Named Dog. It is now generally accepted that this is not true.

Her NewVoice album named after this single was re-released on CD by Collectables Records in 1999 and is still available.


Tom Rush - "Take A Little Walk With Me" - vinyl LP releases, Elektra EKL 308 (mono)/EKLS 7308 (stereo), (USA), 1966/CD: Collector's Choice Music WWCCM0230 2 (USA), Sep 2001:

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EKL 308 (mono LP, 1966) - scan by Mike Silk
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EKLS 7308 (stereo LP, 1966) - scan by Hans Seegers

Musician credits from rear sleeve, scan by Hans Seegers

Collector's Choice Music WWCCM0230 2 (USA) - 2001 CD picture from Collector's Choice website

Elektra 8122 73566-2 (Germany for Europe) - 2001 CD set, slipcase front (my copy)

Paul Cable says in his book "Bob Dylan: His Unreleased Recordings" (Scorpion/Dark Star, 1978) that the "Roosevelt Gook" who plays piano on all six tracks on side 1 of this album is thought to be Bob. However, both Tom Rush in an Oct 1999 interview and Al Kooper in his book "Back Stage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards" (Billboard Books, New York, 1998) say that the person using this pseudonym was actually Al Kooper. Al Kooper is credited with playing electric guitar and celesta as well as co-production on this album (as illustrated below from the rear sleeve), and apparently wanted a separate fee rather than just a payment for "doubling up"! These tracks are therefore included here for completeness. (Bob names a companion as "Roosevelt Gook" during a phone-in on the Bob Fass Show, WBAI radio, New York, 26 Jan 1966, and Clinton Heylin says this was definitely Al Kooper.)

Stereo versions

R-0056 You Can't Tell A Book By Its Cover (Willie Dixon)

R-0057 Who Do You Love? (Elias McDaniels - "Bo Diddley") - this track was also included on the 1974 triple LP compilation The Bitter End Years, Roxbury (USA) RXL 300, see 1974

R-0058 Love's Made A Fool Of You (Buddy Holly-Wes Montgomery)

R-0059 Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry)

R-0060 Money Honey (Jesse Stone)

Thanks to Dean Chambers for reminding me that Bob recorded several takes of this song at Sony Studios, New York, 30 Sep 1994. Two takes are available on some bootleg recordings.

R-0061 On The Road Again (Tom Rush - not a cover of the Dylan song)

Mono versions

R-0056M You Can't Tell A Book By Its Cover (Willie Dixon) - mono version

R-0057M Who Do You Love? (Elias McDaniels - "Bo Diddley") - mono version

R-0058M Love's Made A Fool Of You (Buddy Holly-Wes Montgomery)

R-0059M Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry)

R-0060M Money Honey (Jesse Stone)

R-0061M On The Road Again (Tom Rush - not a cover of the Dylan song)

This album was finally released on CD by Collector's Choice in Sep 2001, and also as part of an Elektra Classics 2CD set in Germany in 2001. Other Tom Rush original Elektra LPs are also being released by Collector's Choice, see their website .

"Roosevelt Gook" also appears on the 1968 album The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper, and was again thought to be Bob Dylan, see below.

Thanks to Mike Silk and Hans Seegers for information and scans, and to Peter Gilmer for the 2CD set.


Tom Rush - "On The Road Again"/"Love's Made A Fool Of You" - 7" mono vinyl single, Elektra EKSN 45015 (USA), 1967:


Elektra EKSN 45015 (USA) - Side 1 scan by David Burgess

R-0061M-2 On The Road Again (Tom Rush) A-side (mono version) - Bob was once thought to be the "Roosevelt Gook" playing piano, see comments above

R-0058M-2 Love's Made A Fool Of You (Buddy Holly-Wes Montgomery) - B-side (mono version), comments as for R-0061M

Thanks to David Burgess for information about this single and the label scans - this single does not appear to have had a picture sleeve.


Elektra EKSN 45015 (USA) - Side 2 scan by David Burgess


Various Artists - "The Bitter End Years" - 3LP set, Roxbury RLX 300 (USA), Oct 1974:


Roxbury RLX 300 (USA) - picture from Wim van der Mark
R-0057-2 Who Do You Love? (Elias McDaniels - "Bo Diddley") - Bob was once thought to be the "Roosevelt Gook" who plays piano for Tom Rush on this track taken from Tom's 1966 Elektra album Take A Little Walk With Me, see above.

Thanks to Wim van der Mark for information and picture.


Tom Rush - "Tom Rush"/"Take A Little Walk With Me" - 2CD set, Elektra/Warner Strategic Marketing 8122 73566-2 (Germany for Europe), 2001:

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Elektra/Warner Strategic Marketing 8122 73566-2 (Germany for Europe) - front of slipcase (my copy)

This 2CD set has the 1966 album on CD2 with R-0056 - R-0061. It comes in a 2CD slimline jewel case in a card slipcase. Rush2CDSetEurBoxBack.jpg (33337 bytes)
Elektra/Warner Strategic Marketing 8122 73566-2 (Germany for Europe) - rear of slipcase
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Elektra/Warner Strategic Marketing 8122 73566-2 (Germany for Europe) - front of insert
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Elektra/Warner Strategic Marketing 8122 73566-2 (Germany for Europe) - rear insert
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Elektra/Warner Strategic Marketing 8122 73566-2 (Germany for Europe) - CD2 with R-0056 - R-0061

I flattened the slipcase to scan it so the top and bottom edges and the rear flap can be seen. Thanks to Peter Gilmer for the copy of the set.


Earth Opera - "Earth Opera" - LP, Elektra (catalogue number?) (UK), 1968/"The Great American Eagle Tragedy" - LP, Elektra (catalogue number?) (UK), 1969:

The following tracks are shown in some collectors' reference books, such as the "'Music Master' Price Guide for Record Collectors" by Nick Hamlyn, published by MBC Information Services, London, as being unreleased acetates by Bob Dylan:


Earth Opera (1968)

As It Is Before; Time And Again
Celebration For A Passage Of Time
Death By Fire; To Care At All
When You Were Full Of Wonder; Mad Lydia’s Waltz


The Great American Eagle Tragedy (1969)

In fact, these acetates from Elektra USA are all tracks by EARTH OPERA, and not by Bob Dylan. Earth Opera was a Boston rock group formed in the late 60s (information from George Rothe ). Thanks also to Marc Blaker and Rob van Estrik for more information about Earth Opera and the subsequent careers of members Peter Rowan and David Grisman. David Grisman has appeared as a guest musician at Bob shows, e.g. playing mandolin on 4th December 1980 in Portland, OR, and the David Grisman Quintet appear with Bob on the Grateful Dead tribute album Stolen Roses, see 2000. (David Grisman also recorded with Jerry García.) The story goes that, since Earth Opera follow Bob Dylan in alphabetical listings, one reference book omitted their name so these songs were shown as Bob's. Since then other reference works such as the one above have reprinted this error!

All the songs listed except Celebration For A Passage Of Time appeared on the Elektra albums Earth Opera (1968) and The Great American Eagle Tragedy (1969).


The Masked Marauders - "The Masked Marauders" - LP, Deity/Reprise 6378 (USA), Oct 1969:

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Deity/Reprise 6378 (USA) - front scan by Olav Langum

This was an album that appeared in October 1969 supposedly by a supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, and others. In fact it was a hoax cooked up by rock critic Greil Marcus. For more details, see "Who's Who" on Expecting Rain

Olav Langum adds: "This album, which I have in my possession, is definitely a fake. At the time I bought this record from my source in US, the press was pretty overwhelmed with the "fact" that a monster superstar album, where people like Dylan, Lennon, Jagger etc. secretly had teamed up, was surfacing to the record buying public. It was praised as the ultimate album of the decade, the 60s, that is. We have to remember that a lot of supergroups surfaced in those days, so someone took the opportunity to con us all. And they succeeded with me..."

Tracklist:

Side 1: I Can't Get No Nookie; Duke Of Earl [the 1962 Gene Chandler hit, written by Eugene Dixon/Earl Edwards/Bernice Williams]; Cow Pie; I Am The Japanese Sandman (Rang Tang Ding Dong); The Book Of Love [the 1958 Monotones hit, written by Warren Davis/George Malone/Charles Patrick].

Side 2: Later; More Or Less Hudson's Bay Again; Season Of The Witch [Donovan]; Saturday Night At The Cow Palace.

Cow Pie and More Or Less Hudson's Bay Again are spoof Dylan songs.

The insert reproduces the spoof album review from "Rolling Stone" magazine, 18 Oct 1969. This describes a 2LP set, with additional songs such as James Brown's Prisoner Of Love, Mammy, Kick Out The Jams and Oh, Happy Day, all covers.

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Deity/Reprise 6378 (USA) - rear scan by Olav Langum (see text below)
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Deity/Reprise 6378 (USA) - insert scan by Olav Langum - fake review from "Rolling Stone"
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Deity/Reprise 6378 (USA) - insert scan by Olav Langum - fake review from "The San Francisco Chronicle"

Spoof text from the rear sleeve (scanned by Olav Langum):

THE MASKED MARAUDERS

Only once in a lifetime does an album like this appear. Only once in a millennium does it become possible at all. But like the return of Hegel's Comet every 738 years or the coming of fresh leaves in the icy breath of spring, it was inevitable. It had to happen. In a world shrouded in the pitch darkness of war and political strife, The Masked Marauders stand as a luminescent flashbulb of truth exploding before our eyes.

Super sessions come and super sessions go. Ever since Socrates jammed with Alcibiades and Anthony played with Cleopatra, they have been a mainstay of Western Civilization. All of them are memorable. All of them produce music beyond precedent. For when the gods meet and pool their talents, even if only for a few brief hours, the result is certain to be a monument to creativity itself.

Sly critics, of course, will continue to scoff. From their flimsy tin thrones of journalistic cynicism they will continue to exclaim “It's all a shuck” and “What can you expect from prima donnas who’ve never even rehearsed together?” But truly devout rock listeners will not be swayed by such bitterness. They know a super session when they hear one.

When I was asked to attend The Masked Marauders recording date several months ago, I couldn't believe it was true. A humble man like myself listening to the spontaneous creations of … of all those great performers! It was only as I mushed my dog sled that last two miles front the Hudson Bay Air Terminal to the basement studio of Igloo Productions that I was able to convince myself that a fantastic dream would become a reality. A meeting of the gods at last!

The session went quickly. After brief troubles with the magnificent 80 track tape machine and some minor adjustments to the microphones, we were off and rolling. Inspired by the peaceful glow of the aurora borealis overhead, the musicians seemed to merge into it single body. Seldom was more than one take needed to finish a given cut. Often it required less than that.

There is an unforgettable story behind each song on this epoch-making album. “I Can't Get No Nookie”, for example, was recorded at 4:00 in the morning after an all night party on the tundra with the local Eskimos. "Boy, those Eskimo women sure are something:' the lead guitarist said to me as he shook the snow from his parka. He was right. The title of the song actually refers to one of them – “Nookie”, the lovely girl friend of Nanook of the North who attended the sessions. Rumors that the title and lyrics contain an obscene reference are nothing more than a vile ethnic slur cooked up by some demented mind.

 Looking back on it now, I am certain that the magical element which held it altogether was the incredibly solid rhythm section. We have all heard the great Memphis sidemen and their compelling beat. In recent months the Nashville rhythm sections have achieved a long-deserved acclaim. But compared to the distinctive groove of the Hudson Bay group, all of these seem weak and uninteresting. These men produce a rhythm which literally jolts the listener with the spirit of that simple, joyous early rock and roll. It is, unmistakably, the sound of the future - the Hudson Bay Sound.

Unfortunately, the musicians on this record must remain anonymous. The web of entangling legal commitments in which they have become enmeshed over the last few years prevents them from revealing their true identifies. But here they are, nonetheless. As strong as ever. That distinctive lead guitar. The haunting thump-thump-thump of the drums. The rippling chords of the piano. The moaning of the harp and dobro. The familiar voices which shook foundations of two continents. Yes, they are all here.

None of them is dead.

Leading experts now estimate that the music business is currently 90% hype and 10% bullshit. The Masked Marauders, bless their hearts, have gone far beyond that. Their music needs no hype. It transcends the very essence of the bullshit for which the public pays millions each year. Do not be fooled by gossip and idle rumors. In a world of sham. The Masked Marauders are truly the genuine article.

- T M. Christian


Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper - "The Live Adventures Of Michael Bloomfield And Al Kooper" 2LP set, Columbia KGP 6 (USA)/CBS 66216 (UK), 1968:

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Columbia KGP 6 (USA)
This album was recorded live at Bill Graham's Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 26-28 Sep 1967, with star guests such as Elvin Bishop and Carlos Santana. Overdubbing was carried out in the studio by Paul Simon on 59th Street Bridge Song and on piano on a track called Together Till The End Of Time by "Roosevelt Gook", giving rise to speculation this was Bob. However, it was definitely Al Kooper.

For the appearance of "Roosevelt Gook" on Tom Rush's 1966 Elektra album Take A Little Walk With Me, see above.


The Ravers/The Kettles - "Teenager's Party" - mono vinyl LP, Triumph 240 031 (France), 1970:


Triumph 240 031 (France) - front scan by Manuel García Jara
This compilation contains Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) from Self Portrait. However, this is not by Bob as originally reported, but in a version by the German group Die Kettels (The Kettles)! This cover version is also included on the German 2001 Bear Family compilation CD Die Kettels.
Triumph 240 031 (France) - rear scan by Manuel García Jara

Triumph 240 031 (France) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (The Ravers)

Triumph 240 031 (France) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (The Kettles including Dylan cover)

Die Kettels - 2001 Bear Family Germany compilation CD including their version of The Mighty Quinn

The compilation actually is of songs by two groups only - Side 1 consists of folk songs by The Ravers, all traditional; and Side 2 consists of "pop" songs by The Kettles including The Mighty Quinn.

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


Bob Neuwirth - "Bob Neuwirth" - stereo vinyl LP, Asylum 7E-1008 (USA), 20 Aug 1974; CD release: Water 109 (USA), 21 Feb 2003:


Asylum 7E-1008 (USA) - picture from amazon.com
Thanks to Tim Dunn for information that Al Aronowitz claims in his book "Bob Dylan and The Beatles: Volume One of 'The Best of the Blacklisted Journalist'" (1st Books, 2003) that an uncredited Bob contributes harmonica to Bob Neuwirth's cover of Don Gibson's A Legend In My Time, on which Bob (N) duets with Don Everly. However, other sources state that although Bob was present in the studio and did play harmonica on rehearsals of this song, his contribution was never taped. There is harmonica present on the released take, but it may not be Bob (D).

Thanks to Bob Stacy, Derek Barker and Ian Woodward for further information.


Joan Baez - "Joan Baez Sings Dylan Vol. 1" - stereo vinyl LP, Vanguard VSD 7051 (NL)/VIP Records 101055 (NL), 1975


Vanguard VSD 7051 (NL) - scan by Wim van der Mark

With God On Our Side - this song is just shown as "live".

I originally listed this in 1975 thinking it might be the version with Bob from the Vanguard album Newport Broadside: Topical Songs (R-0818, see 1964). The cover of the VIP LP leads one to suspect Bob performs on the album, but he actually doesn't.

Thanks to Tom Willems for confirming there's no Dylan involvement.


VIP Records 101055 (NL) - scan by Wim van der Mark

Sammy Walker - "Broadside Ballads Vol. 8 - Song For Patty", LP, Broadside/Folkways BR5310 (USA), 1975:

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Broadside/Folkways BR5310 (USA) - front scan by Lars M. Banke
The title track Song For Patty is shown on some record retailer web-sites as being by Bob Dylan - in fact it's a 1974 song about kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst by Sammy Walker from his first album produced by Phil Ochs. This song can today be found on the Broadside boxed set The Best Of Broadside 1962- 1988, see 2000. The confusion may have arisen because Patty Valentine is one of the people mentioned in Bob's 1975 song Hurricane, from Desire. She sued Bob because of it, and became the subject of an ironic bootleg album title Songs For Patty Valentine containing the withdrawn original version of Hurricane!
"Songs For Patty Valentine"

Kinky Friedman - "Lasso from El Paso"  - stereo vinyl LP, Epic EPC 34304 (USA)/Epic SEPC 81640 (UK), Nov 1976:

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Epic EPC 34304 (USA) - front scan by Olav Langum
Several people have asked me about this record because the second track Sold American is a live version recorded during the Rolling Thunder Revue, Fort Collins, CO,  23 May 1976 (one of the dates recorded for Hard Rain) and is credited as "Recorded live with Bob Dylan and The Rolling Thunder Revue". Bob was not on stage when the song was recorded. There is also a cover of the then unreleased Dylan song Catfish as well as The Ballad Of Ira Hayes (for Bob's version on the 1973 Dylan album, see 1973).

The book "Bob Dylan: An Illustrated Discography" by Stuart Hoggard and Jim Shields started a hare running by speculating about the identity of a certain "Little Jewford Shelby", who plays keyboards, co-wrote Bananas And Cream and plays the part of the camel in Ahab The Arab! In fact he's Jeff Shelby, a member of Kinky's band The Texas Jewboys, and who also worked with Kinky before in a band called the Carrons. (Information from "The Guinness Encyclopaedia of Popular Music".) Bob does not appear at all on the live track or anywhere else on the album.

This album was released on CD on Uni/Varèse Sarabande Records in Mar 1999 - the credit for Sold American was changed to "Recorded live with The Rolling Thunder Revue".

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Epic EPC 34304 (USA) - rear sleeve credits scan by Olav Langum ("Recorded live with Bob Dylan and The Rolling Thunder Revue")
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Epic EPC 34304 (USA) - rear sleeve personnel scan by Olav Langum (Bob is not mentioned although The Rolling Thunder Revue is credited with background vocals)

Laurent Voulzy - "Rockollection" - 12" single: RCA 8066 (France)/RCA Victor (catalogue number?) (Argentina), 1977; 7" single: RCA PB 8067 (West Germany), 1977:


RCA 8066 (France) - 12" single front scan by Franck Faugere
Rockollection (Laurent Voulzy) - 12" medley including a "disco" cover of Mr. Tambourine Man (11:42)

It was originally reported that this medley included a sample of Bob's studio version of Mr. Tambourine Man from Bringing It All Back Home, but this does not seem to be true.  There are at least four versions of this single: the original "Version Integrale Club Mix" is 11:42 and there is a live version at 18:19 (see below). Both have Mr Tambourine Man, although the 1977 French 7" single version at 4:08 doesn't. David Plentus has a West German 7" single which has a different selection: Part I (3:50)/Part II with Mr. Tambourine Man (3:40).

Thanks to Franck Faugere, David Plentus and thanks to Argentinean radio DJ Alejandro Segura for information about these singles. There is also a Spanish 12" single with different artwork.


RCA PB 8067 (West Germany) - 7" single front scan by David Plentus

RCA PB 8067 (West Germany) - 7" single B-side scan by David Plentus

Laurent Voulzy - "Voulzy Tour" - 2CD set, BMG France 74321 228232 (France), 1994:


BMG 74321 228232 (France) - front scan by Franck Faugere


BMG 74321 228232 (France) - rear scan by Franck Faugere


BMG 74321 228232 (France) - inside of booklet showing songs in Rockollection medley including Mr. Tambourine Man, scan by Franck Faugere


BMG 74321 228232 (France) - CD1 scan by Franck Faugere


BMG 74321 228232 (France) - CD2 scan by Franck Faugere

Rockollection (Laurent Voulzy) - live medley single including a "disco" cover of Mr. Tambourine Man (18:19)

This live double album features the live version of the song at 18:19.

Thanks to Franck Faugere for information and scans.


Laurent Voulzy - "Rockollection" - CD: BMG 74321 55995-2 (Argentina), 1998:

BMG 74321 55995-2 (Argentina, 1998) - picture from eBay
Rockollection (Laurent Voulzy) - 12" medley including a "disco" cover of Mr. Tambourine Man (11:42)

Rockollection (Laurent Voulzy) - live medley including a "disco" cover of Mr. Tambourine Man (18:19)

Thanks to Alejandro Segura for the information that this album contains the 1977 11:42 version, the 1994 18:19 live version and a Spanish language version.


Laurent Voulzy - "Saisons" - 2CD compilation with bonus CD single, BMG 28765 60152 (France), Nov 2003:
This album is in a slipcase containing the 30-track 2CD set in a single-width jewel case plus the CD single in a card sleeve. The  barcode number on the slipcase is 28765 60152 and on the jewel case rear insert is 28765 53362.
 

BMG 28765 60152 (France) - album front insert, scan by Franck Faugere

Rockollection (Laurent Voulzy) - 12" medley including a "disco" cover of Mr. Tambourine Man (11:42)

The live 18:19 version isn't included here, the 11:42 version is on the CD single and the 4:08 version (which doesn't include the cover) is on the 2CD set.

Thanks to Franck Faugere for information and scans.


BMG 28765 60152 (France) - sticker on front of slipcase, scan by Franck Faugere

BMG 28765 60152 (France) - rear of slipcase, scan by Franck Faugere

BMG 28765 60152 (France) - CD single sleeve front, scan by Franck Faugere


BMG 28765 60152 (France) - CD single sleeve back, scan by Franck Faugere


BMG 28765 60152 (France) - CD single scan by Franck Faugere

BMG 28765 60152 (France) - album rear insert, scan by Franck Faugere

BMG 28765 60152 (France) - album CD1 scan by Franck Faugere

BMG 28765 60152 (France) - album CD2 scan by Franck Faugere


Scott McCaughey - "My Chartreuse Opinion" - East Side Digital 80382 (USA), 1989:


East Side Digital 80382 (USA) - picture from allmusic.com
On www.allmusic.com the performers listed for this album include "Drums: Bob Dylan". This is because the information on the reverse of the front insert is deliberately misleading! It says:

"Who Played On This Record?" Drums: Bob Dylan...
followed by
"Who Really Played On This Album?" where the real drummer is given as Dennis Diken from a band called The Smithereens.

Thanks to Freddy Ordoñez Araque for pointing out this entry and to Peter Gilmer for the truth and the scan!


East Side Digital 80382 (USA) - rear of front insert scan by Peter Gilmer

Bonnie Guitar - "Still The Same"/"If You Were Here" - 7" vinyl single, Playback Records B-75714 (USA), Dec 1989:


Playback Records B-75714 (USA) - Side 1 (my copy)
Thanks to Ian Woodward and Tim Dunn for information about Bonnie "Guitar" Buckingham's 1989 US Playback Records 7" single Still The Same which is credited to Bob Dylan and copyrighted to Dwarf Music. The single does not have a picture sleeve.

One country music web-site lists this single in their Bonnie Guitar discography as also being performed with Bob Dylan. In fact the song is by Bob Seger, from his 1978 Capitol album Stranger In Town (shown below right), so Bob Dylan did not write the song and also does not appear on Bonnie's performance. Bonnie's cover of Still The Same can also be found on her 1999 K-Tel compilation CD Dark Moon And Other Country Favorites (hopefully correctly credited).

Information from Tim Dunn: "Bonnie Guitar’s version of "Still The Same" entered the "Billboard Hot Country Singles" chart at #83 on 2 Dec 1989 with "B. Dylan" as the songwriter, copyrighted to "Dwarf Music, ASCAP". The single was on the same chart at #79 on 9 Dec with the same information. Its final week on the chart @ #81 was 16 Dec 1989, again with the same information. The single was no longer on the chart of 23 Dec 1989." As can be seen, the record label is the source of the misinformation! Thanks to Ian Woodward for the single and the scan.


Playback Records B-75714 (USA) - detail of Side 1 (my copy)


Picture from amazon.com


Bonnie Guitar, 1957


"Billboard" US 1966 advert, scan by Ian Woodward (using the 1957 photo)


Picture from amazon.com

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "In The Hot Seat", Victor VICP-60646 (Japan), Sep 1994; Victory/PolyGram 828 554-2 (Europe), 2000:


Victor VICP-60646 (Japan) - front with obi (my copy)
R-0460 Man In The Long Black Coat - Bob is credited in the "Allmusic" online database with guitar and vocals and as arranger on this cover version

This is almost certainly a mistake - he certainly doesn't appear on vocals, and the track is credited "Dylan, arrangement: Emerson".

Thanks to Alex from Brazil for information about this item, thanks also to Olav Langum for scans of the European release.

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Victor VICP-60646 (Japan)/Victory 828 554-2 (Europe) - front

Delinquent Habits - "Delinquent Habits", RCA BG2-66929 (USA), 1996:

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RCA BG2-66929 (USA) - picture from amazon.com
Good Times (Bob Dylan/Alex Martinez/Keimonti Thomas/Ives Martin) - this song contains an "interpolation" of Lay, Lady, Lay.

This is not, as I originally reported, a sample of the Nashville Skyline original, but from the cover version by the Byrds. The Byrds version can be found on their 1969 album Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde (remastered reissue Columbia Legacy 486 753 2, which also contains a previously unreleased alternate take of the song).

Thanks to Tim Dunn and Keith Venturoni for information.


Beck - "Odelay", Uni/DGC DGCD-24823 (USA), 1996:

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Uni/DGC DGCD-24823 (USA) - picture from amazon.com
Jack-Ass (Beck Hansen/Mike Simpson/John King/Bob Dylan) - this song by Beck features a sample of It's All Over Now, Baby Blue and has actually been copyrighted by Bob.

Again this was previously misreported - this is not a sample of the Bringing It All Back Home original but from the cover version by Them. This song is also listed on the "J" page of Bob Dylan's Unreleased Songs.

Thanks to Tim Dunn for information. Thanks to Lars-Arne Klintworth for reporting that he has a vinyl copy of Odelay, Bong Load Records BL 30. There is also a 2016 vinyl release on IMS-Geffen Records.


Various Artists - "Diana Princess Of Wales: Tribute" - 2CD set, Columbia C2K 69012 (USA), 2 Dec 1997:


Columbia C2K 69012 (USA) - picture from Sony Music Store
Another misreporting! On this album Love Minus Zero/No Limit is sung by Rod Stewart, not Bob!

Thanks to Michele Simpson and David Plentus for information about this album.


Various Artists - "The Annoying Music Show's The Annoying Music Show CD", The Annoying Music Show Records AMS 220820 (USA), Nov 1999:

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Annoying Music Show Records AMS 220820 (USA)
This is one case where Bob is billed on an officially-released CD but does not actually appear! This record (along with 21 other annoying songs from NPR's "The Annoying Music Show") contains a "duet" of Sonny and Cher's I Got You, Babe, as performed by "Tiny Tim and Bob Dylan". Inside the booklet is more honest saying "OK, you're right. This song was recorded by Herbert Khaury and Robert Zimmerman. Legend says Mr. Khaury sings both parts." Herbert Khaury was Tiny Tim's real name, and he does indeed sing both parts! (Thanks to Peter Stone Brown for the information that this version where Tim sings both parts is from his first album.)

There is, however, a strong Dylan connection, in that Bob and Tiny Tim were friends, and this song was recorded again by Tiny Tim and Eleanor Baruchian with The Band during the Basement Tapes sessions, at Big Pink, Woodstock, New York State, in Summer 1967. It and Be My Baby are included in the film by Peter Yarrow and Barry Feinstein, "You Are What You Eat". Bob may have been present at the session, although he definitely doesn't perform.

Thanks to Tim Dunn for the information about the record, and to Peter Stone Brown and Daniel Luth for further information.


Elliott Murphy - "Coming Home Again" - Download: iTunes, 16 Jan 2007; CD: Last Call 3121482 (France), 26 Feb 2007/Blue Rose BLU DP 0416 (Germany); Last Call Records 312148 (USA), 13 Mar 2007; 2LP set with two bonus tracks: Blue Rose BLU LP 0416 (Germany), 15 Jan 2007:


Last Call 3121482 (France) - picture from Elliott Murphy's web-site
R-0764 Mary Ann's Garage Sale (Elliott Murphy) - Bob is rumoured to contribute backing vocals to this song by Elliott Murphy

This story appeared in "Expecting Rain" in early Mar 2007. Elliott Murphy is an American musician based in France, and the album was recorded at Studio Franklin, Le Havre, France, from 23 Oct 2006. Bob was touring in the USA until 20 Nov 2006, so his appearance is unlikely. He is not included in the credits for this track and Arie de Reus is convinced the performance is of Elliott Murphy duetting with himself!

Thanks to Jean-Pol Hiernaux for information and picture, to Tim Dunn for details of the US release and to Arie de Reus for the final verdict.


Kris Kristofferson - "Closer To The Bone" - New West Records (catalogue number?), Sep 2009:


Picture from amazon.com
Thanks to Harold Lepidus and Fred Muller for information that allmusic.com claims that Bob makes an uncredited vocal appearance on the title track of Kris Kristofferson's Sep 2009 New West Records album Closer To The Bone. Closer To The Bone was produced by Don Was, who also produced Bob's 1990 album Under The Red Sky.

Thanks to Freddy Ordóñez Araque for confirming that the singer on Kris Kristofferson's album is Stephen Bruton, not Bob after all.


Rebecca Black - "Friday" - Ark Music Factory (catalogue number?), May 2011:


Picture from amazon.com
Rebecca Black's single Friday released by Ark Music Factory was written by Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson, and is not a lost composition by Bob Dylan from The Basement Tapes, as has been reported. The version on YouTube purporting to be a lost recording by Bob and accompanied by a fake Columbia promo record label, is actually a hoax by Mike Bauer. As can be seen, the fake record label is a doctored version of a genuine 1971 Columbia US promo for Watching The River Flow, see 1971.
Fake promo record picture from YouTube

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Columbia 4-45409 (USA) - 1971 mono promo, both sides scan by Hans Seegers


Rebecca Black - picture from YouTube

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