"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities

Audio: 2020

All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.


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This yearly page now contains only the main Rarities List. Promotional Items (Albums and Singles) are now here. All Honourable Mentions are now here.

If you have any entries to add to the list or additions/corrections to existing entries, please let me know! Please note I cannot value your Dylan rarities - see the Mission page for reasons why. Contact the dealers on my Trading page for assistance!

Revised: 08 February, 2020.

Titles in red are not available on a currently released Bob Dylan CD (for these see bobdylan.com )

Key to symbols used:
Links to other World Wide Web pages -
Links to email addresses -
Performances currently available on commercial CD are marked by (these are the ones that count as obscurities rather than as rarities)

Audience recordings are indicated by (A).

The Avener - "Heaven" - CD/stereo vinyl releases, Capitol (catalogue numbers?) (Europe), 24 Jan 2020:

CD/LP front picture from www.amazon.co.uk
R-1915-2 Masters Of War - "rework" of album track from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan by The Avener (2:48)
For the original single, see 2018.

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information.

"Japanese Singles Collection" - 2CD set, Sony Music SICP-31361~2 (Japan), 25 Mar 2020:

Sony Music SICP-31361~2 (Japan) - picture from www.sonymusic.co.jp
This 2CD set will be released on Blu-spec CD2 discs to mark Bob's tour of Japan in April 2020. Track by track liner notes will be by Heckel Sugano. The CD obi and front stickers are expected to show "来日記念盤" for "Japan Tour Edition".


1. Subterranean Homesick Blues (CBS
LL-764-C, 1965)
2. Like A Rolling Stone (CBS
LL-821-C, 1965)
3. Positively 4th Street (CBS
LL-847-C, 1965)
4. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (CBS
LL-882-C, 1966)
5. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) (CBS
LL-919-C, 1966)
6. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (CBS
LL-928-C, 1966)
7. I Want You (CBS
LL-956-C, 1966)
8. Just Like A Woman (CBS
LL-987-C, 1966)
9. Blowin' In The Wind (CBS
LSS-434-C, 1966)
10. The Times They Are A-Changin' (CBS
LSS-434-C, 1966)
11. Lay, Lady, Lay (CBS/Sony
CBSA 82001, 1969)
12. Take A Message To Mary (CBS/Sony
CBSA 82070, 1970)
13. Watching The River Flow (CBS/Sony
CBSA 82116, 1971)
14. When I Paint My Masterpiece (CBS/Sony
CBSA 82132, 1971)
15. George Jackson (Big Band Version) (CBS/Sony
SOPA 1, 1972)
16. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (CBS/Sony
SOPB 257, 1973)
17. A Fool Such As I (CBS/Sony
SOPB 269, 1973)

1. On A Night Like This (Asylum/Warner-Pioneer
P-1293 Y, 1974)
2. Something There Is About You (Asylum/Warner-Pioneer
P-1315 Y, 1974)
3. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) (from Before The Flood) (Asylum/Warner-Pioneer
P-1330Y, 1974)*
4. Tangled Up In Blue (CBS/Sony
SOPB 307, 1975)
5. Mr. Tambourine Man (CBS/Sony
SOPB 321, 1975)
6. Hurricane (Part 1) (CBS/Sony
SOPB 349, 1975)*
7. Mozambique (CBS/Sony
SOPB 360, 1976)
8. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below) (CBS/Sony
06SP 1, 1976)
9. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (from Hard Rain) (CBS/Sony
06SP 126, 1976)*
10. Baby Stop Crying (CBS/Sony
06SP 241, 1978)
11. Gotta Serve Somebody (CBS/Sony
06SP 410, 1979)*
12. Man Gave Names To All The Animals (CBS/Sony
06SP 433, 1979)
13. Sweetheart Like You (CBS/Sony
07SP 765, 1983)
14. Tight Connection To My Heart (CBS/Sony
07SP 901, 1985)
* Single version

CBS LL-764-C (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (Subterranean Homesick Blues)

CBS LL-821-C (Japan) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (Like A Rolling Stone)

CBS LL-847-C (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (Positively 4th Street)

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CBS LL-882-C (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?)

CBS LL-919-C (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later))

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CBS LL-928-C (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (Rainy Day Women #12 & 35)

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CBS LL-956-C (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (I Want You)

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CBS LL-987-C (Japan) - front| scan by Hans Seegers (Just Like A Woman)

CBS LSS-434-C (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (Blowin' In The Wind, The Times They Are A-Changin')

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CBS/Sony CBSA 82001 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (Lay, Lady, Lay)

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CBS/Sony CBSA 82070 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (Take A Message To Mary)

CBS/Sony SCBSA 82116 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (Watching The River Flow)

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CBS/Sony CBSA 82132 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (When I Paint My Masterpiece)

CBS/Sony SOPA 1 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (George Jackson)

CBS/Sony SOPB 257 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (Knockin' On Heaven's Door)

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CBS/Sony SOPB 269 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (A Fool Such As I)

Asylum P-1293Y (Japan) - front scan by
Wil Gielen (On A Night Like This)

Asylum P-1315Y (Japan) - front scan by Wil Gielen (
Something There Is About You)

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Asylum/Warner-Pioneer P-1330Y (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (
Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) - live)

CBS/Sony SOPB 307 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (Tangled Up In Blue)

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CBS/Sony SOPB 321 (Japan) - front scan by Wil Gielen (Mr. Tambourine Man)

CBS/Sony SOPB 349 (Japan) - front scan by Ronald Born (Hurricane Part I)

CBS/Sony SOPB 360 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (Mozambique)

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CBS/Sony 06SP 1 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (
One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below))

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CBS/Sony 06SP 126 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again - live)

CBS/Sony 06SP 241 (Japan) - front of insert, scan by Hans Seegers (Baby Stop Crying)

CBS/Sony 06SP 410 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (Gotta Serve Somebody)

CBS/Sony 06SP 433 (Japan)- front scan by Hans Seegers (
Man Gave Names To All The Animals)

SweetheartJpnFront.JPG (23778 bytes)
CBS/Sony 07SP 765 (Japan) - front (Sweetheart Like You, my copy)

CBS/Sony 07SP 901 (Japan) - front scan by Hans Seegers (Tight Connection To My Heart)

All the singles from which these tracks were selected are listed here.  Sonny Boy McFitzson points out that for Sony Music to re-release these CBS singles, originally released by Nippon Columbia, is as big a deal as when Columbia/CBS bought the rights to reissue Planet Waves and Before The Flood from Asylum in 1982. All the CBS "LL" singles are in mono.

The set includes four rarities, all from CBS/Sony singles:

R-0084-15 George Jackson - "Big Band" version, A-side of 1971 Columbia single (see 1971), lyrics on bobdylan.com here
For full details of all appearances on LP and CD compilations, see 1971.

R-0099-12 A Fool Such As I (Bill Trader) - Self Portrait out-take recorded at Columbia Studios, Nashville, TN, 26 Apr 1969
This is the stereo version from the 1973 Dylan album, see 1973
. This song was written by Bill Trader, but is frequently wrongly credited on releases of this album and Columbia singles to "B. Abner" (Buford Abner) - see authorship note here! A mono version (presumably a reduction from stereo) was released on Columbia 7" singles (R-0099M, see 1974).

R-0126-12 Hurricane (Part I) (Bob Dylan/Jacques Levy) : A-side of single (3:45), swear-word not bleeped (stereo version), see Hurricane 7" singles 1975-76 for full details

R-0128-5   Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again - 3:35 edit of live version from the Hard Rain album (6:06), see 1976 for the original Japanese single release.

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Wil Gielen, Ronald Born, Jack from Canada, Moise Potié, Michel Pomarede and Sonny Boy McFitzson for information.

Promotional/Regular Items for 2020

Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases

Stereo promo albums and singles for 2019 which don't contain rare material but which are still very collectable are now included with promo releases of regular albums and commercially released singles on the appropriate page in International Stereo Releases.

The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 - Travelin' Thru 1967-1969 (2019)

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