Bob Dylan The Freewheelin
Label: Columbia CL 1986
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Incredibly rare version of the US version (stereo) which features four songs left off all subsequent releases.
The Bob Dylan‘s second album, ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.’ was released in 1963.
Contains the protest song, ‘Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues.’
The version was recalled on the eve of its release after Columbia Records feared litigation from the extremist right-wing group over the lyrics.
Three other songs, ‘Rambling Gambling Willie,’ ‘Rocks and Gravel’ and ‘Let Me Die in My Footsteps’ were also removed, and replaced by ‘Masters of War,’ Bob Dylan’s Dream,’ ‘Talkin’ World War III Blues’ and ‘Girl from the North Country.’
Columbia believed they had destroyed the old copies, but several managed to escape!
Original copies have matrix numbers ending in -1A on both side and include these four songs:
Rocks and Gravel
Let Me Die In My Footsteps
Gamblin’ Willie’s Dead Man’s Hand
Talkin’ John Birch Blues.
Stereo copies list the rare tracks on the labels mono copies list the replacement tracks.
In either case, the record must play these four songs, not just list them on the cover or labels.
According to reporting by RecordMecca, only 2 stereo copies and fewer than 20 mono copies of this extremely rare album have surfaced.
Estimated:$35,000(The mono versions bringing in about half that)