"Searching For A Gem"

Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities



[The Official Rarities Yearly Lists] [Traveling Wilburys] [Online Performances (bobdylan.com)] [Online Performances (Other)] [Interviews with Bob] [VHS & DVD] [International Mono Releases] [International Stereo Releases] [Released Rarities] [Honourable Mentions] [Honourable Mentions Video] [Questionable Releases] [Questionable Video Releases]

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[The Official Rarities Yearly Lists]
The Rarities Header page for each decade now contains links to the other audio pages for that decade.
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"There are those who worship loneliness, I'm not one of them,
In this age of fibreglass I'm searching for a gem."

Bob Dylan, "Dirge", ©
1973/2001 by Ram's Horn Music

A list-in-progress of officially released but elusive recordings of Bob Dylan, compiled by Alan Fraser.

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All the songs listed in the Official Rarities section are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
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Living In Another Country: International Stereo Releases


Starlight In The East: Bob Dylanís Unreleased Songs


Bob Dylan at the Movies: An Overview of all Films with Dylan Performances

The Blonde On Blonde Missing Pictures
Other Flying Pig Pages

22 Mar 2024: Thanks to Sergio Mariano Romay for information that Sony Music is planning to release a boxed set of live recordings of Bob Dylan and The Band from Jan-Feb 1974 in 2024. A double LP was released by Asylum as Before The Flood in June 1974. Even though a wide range of songs were performed during the tour, including non-album songs Hero Blues (twice) and Nobody ĎCept You (eight times), the tracklist of the double album stuck to 1960s favourites, so the new set will be very welcome.

18 Mar 2024: I am currently working on a new format for the Searching For A Gem database on a new platform. Someone is kindly doing all the coding so I shall add the data. This will be a considerable task so you will have to be patient until the site is restored in its new format. My aim is that registered contributors will add their own Dylan items to the online database.

 

16 Mar 2024: I have been notified about multiple errors on the Searching For A Gem website including broken links and missing pictures. These problems are caused by the HTML software Expression Web 4 and are far too extensive for me to fix.

Firstly the navigation bar links at the top and bottom of each page throughout the website were generated by MS FrontPage and Expression Web 4 does not support them. FrontPage has been discontinued by Microsoft and does not work with Windows 11. The navigation bars would all have to be recreated manually. Secondly the website is divided into seven folders, from the 1960s to the 2020s. FrontPage allowed links between folders but Expression Web 4 does not. For example, all the broken links for Blonde On Blonde are from the 2020s and my source page is correct. Expression Web 4 incorrectly tries to find them in a 2020s folder inside the 1960s folder instead of the right place. To correct this I would need to make copies of all the referenced pictures in the 1960s folder and so on throughout the site.

Easyspace and a couple of Dylan webmasters Iíve spoken to all say I should have the website rebuilt using modern software but I cannot do this myself or afford to pay a software company to do it. I have therefore decided to cancel the Easyspace contract from 1st May and close the website permanently. Sorry to be closing down after 26 years!

 

29 Feb 2024: I am now accepting contributions but I must re-emphasise that I only want scans of items that you possess in your own collection, not pictures from the Internet. I have used some pictures from Discogs.com to illustrate important missing items but to avoid unpleasant confrontations with other web-site owners or collectors I do not want pictures from other web sites or from any Internet auction site. I also do not accept replacements for existing scans under any circumstances. Thank you for your co-operation.

 
 


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I must offer grateful thanks to Philip Jump and Mike Ward of the award-winning Badlands Record Shop, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, for supporting this web-site and the provision of many Bob Dylan rarities including the very limited 50th Anniversary Collection series.


Bob Dylan's Official Rarities Pages


Official Rarities and Obscurities

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Traveling Wilburys

Online Performances (bobdylan.com)

Online Performances (Other)

Interviews with Bob

VHS & DVD
 
International Mono Releases

International Stereo Releases

Released Rarities

Index of International Releases by Country (work in progress)
 

Honourable Mentions

Honourable Mentions (Dylan's Roots)

Honourable Mentions - Blowin' In The Wind Covers

Honourable Mentions - Covers (Misc)

Honourable Mentions Video
 
 
Questionable Releases

Questionable Releases of Official Dylan Albums

Questionable Releases of Official Dylan Singles

Questionable Releases Video
 

"International Stereo Releases" is organised by album and split into "Regular Albums" (again with one page per album),  "Compilations" and "Stereo Singles (All Formats)".  The new "Index of International Releases by Country" will summarise both mono and stereo album and single releases by individual country.


Lists compiled from "Searching For A Gem"

All the pages below contain lists of tracks that aren't on Bob's regular albums. There is no overlap between them, in that each rarity is listed on one page only.

Mr. D's Apochrypha
"Mr. D's Apocrypha"

(Columbia releases with tracks that aren't on Bob's regular albums)

Bob's "Field Recordings" 1961-87
Bob's Early "Field Recordings" 1961-87

The Never-Ending Tour Official "Field Recordings"
Bob Dylan's Never-Ending Tour Official "Field Recordings
" 1988 Onwards

Bob's Appearances on Compilations
Bob's Appearances on Compilations
(including Film Soundtracks)

Duets with Bob
Duets with Bob

Bob Supporting Other Artists
Bob "On The Side"

Revised:23 March, 2024


Contacting Bob Dylan: This is a fan site with no connection to Bob - that means you can't contact him through me! I used to have a postal address for Bob's New York business office that I thought was correct, but I have since been informed by someone who wrote to that address that their mail was returned. I have never had an email address. I can only suggest you contact Bob's publisher Simon & Schuster or use the feedback page at www.bobdylan.com. I also have no means of helping anyone who wants to meet Bob Dylan or obtain his autograph!

Access the yearly pages from here by going to the Official Rarities Yearly Lists. Traveling Wilburys now have their own pages. "VHS & DVD" is now split into multiple pages, including pages for films and TV series with Dylan rarities and pages for films and TV series with Dylan album tracks. "International Mono Releases" now has a page per official album plus pages for compilation albums, mono 7" singles and mono 7" EPs. "International Stereo Releases" is split into "Regular Albums" (again with one page per album),  "Compilations" and "Stereo Singles (All Formats)". "Honourable Mentions" are items which don't qualify for these lists, but may be of interest to Dylan collectors. "Questionable Releases" and "Questionable Releases Video" are items sent in by contributors of dubious provenance.

[The Official Rarities Yearly Lists] [Traveling Wilburys] [Online Performances (bobdylan.com)] [Online Performances (Other)] [Interviews with Bob] [VHS & DVD]
[International Mono Releases] [International Stereo Releases] [Released Rarities] [Honourable Mentions]
[Honourable Mentions Video] [Questionable Releases] [Questionable Releases Video]

[News] [Updates] [Red Herrings] [Trading] [Other Pages]

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

The Searching For A Gem site is always under sustained attack from Spammers, with 13,300 messages once received in one day. These messages are filtered out, and the Spam filters mean that if you do not put "Dylan" in the subject of a message it will be deleted and not reach the Searching For A Gem mailbox. If you have sent a message and not received a reply, please send it again with "Dylan" in the subject.

I obviously have to make this site's email address openly available so it's open to abuse by third parties. Some correspondents use ISPs whose Anti-Spam policies wrongly reject replies from me as Spam. If I can't send a message to you, I'll post a reply on the Updates page. Therefore, if you're expecting a reply from me and haven't received one, please look there.


Mission

Privacy

Acknowledgements


 

For this site's mission and inclusion/exclusion policies, see here.

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The list of people who've contributed to the site is now long enough to merit its own Thanks page!

Red Herrings

Traders

Links

For records that have been wrongly associated with Bob but definitely have no connection with him, see here. Sorry, for legal and other reasons it is not possible for this site to offer valuations of your Dylan rarities, for details of online Dylan traders, see here. For other Bob Dylan related sites that may be of interest to Searching For A Gem visitors, see here.


EDLIS "Gemologist"!

Searching For A Gem is compiled by:

Alan Fraser
Macclesfield, Cheshire,
England
For more information on England's Macclesfield, see . There is also a Macclesfield in North Carolina, USA, and two in Australia: one in South Australia (near Adelaide) and one in Victoria (near Melbourne)! All three towns were founded by Cheshire expatriates.

Alan has contributed to the UK magazines "Record Collector", "Q", "Mojo" and "Uncut" as well as to the "Village Voice", Dylan fanzines "Isis" and "The Bridge" and several books on Bob Dylan, and has also appeared on BBC Radio talking about this site. He is the co-author with Christoph Maus of "Bob Dylan Worldwide: The First Twenty Years". Alan is the EDLIS "Gemologist", for the EDLIS Parties and Gatherings Facebook page, go to .

For Alan's science fiction book reviews for the British Science Fiction Association's review magazine "Vector", go here .

 


Alan Fraser, UK - webmaster
Email: [email protected]

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Hans Seegers, Holland - Dylan discographer and collector supreme

The font used for the titles of each page is appropriately called "Jokerman", if you can't see it, download it here:

The original version of "Bob Dylan's Official Rarities" was hosted on Guilio Molfese's "Breadcrumb Sins" site and also appeared in "The Bob Dylan Companion", edited by Carl Benson, Schirmer Books, New York, 1998.

This site is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Larry "Lambchop" Eden, who followed Bob all over the world for many years, and sadly died in 2007. I bought part of his Dylan collection when he was raising money to move to India some years before. He's one of the few fans Bob has ever acknowledged from the stage, saying "This is Lambchop. He's been to more of my shows than I have!". Let's hear it for the Chopper!

Also remembering Hans Seegers, who died on 30 Nov 2022 aged only 71. Hans was a Dylan collector extraordinaire, whose collection became a vital part of my Searching For A Gem website.


Larry Eden in his trademark Rolling Thunder hat, photo by "jackobob"

[The Official Rarities Yearly Lists] [Traveling Wilburys] [Online Performances (bobdylan.com)] [Online Performances (Other)] [Interviews with Bob] [VHS & DVD] [International Mono Releases] [International Stereo Releases] [Released Rarities] [Honourable Mentions] [Honourable Mentions Video] [Questionable Releases] [Questionable Video Releases]

[News] [Updates] [Red Herrings] [Trading] [Other Pages]

All the songs listed on this web-site are cross-referenced by song title in these alphabetical pages.
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