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    "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" Rare LP with Four Deleted Tracks Columbia 1986 Mono (1963). This extremely rare album variation is cited by the Goldmine Album Guide at the top of its "100 Most Valuable U. S. Albums" chart. After Freewheelin' was recorded in 1963, there were four tracks that did not make the final release -- "Talkin' John Birch Society Blues," "Let Me Die in My Footsteps," "Rocks and Gravel," and "Gamblin' Willies Dead Man's Hand." The reasons for this depend on whom you ask; some say CBS pressured Dylan to remove "Talkin' John Birch" because they feared some would find it offensive; others say Dylan simply chose to reshuffle the track list for artistic reasons (a number of tracks recorded with a full backing band had already been scrapped to maintain Dylan's presence as an acoustic folk performer). Either way, just before the first version of the album was to be shipped, the decision was made to replace four of the songs. Somehow a number of the original discs got out, although the covers and the record labels showed the revised songlist. Naturally, these have become much sought-after collectors' items. In our October 2005 auction, this same copy sold for just over $20,000, and is available at this time because of the untimely death of the winning bidder. It is thought that only a few other mono copies exist, and the only two known stereo copies of this version are now valued at upwards of $75,000. Oh, and the songs listed on the cover and on the labels of this copy that supplanted the originals listed above, and which were included on the common commercial-release version are "Girl From The North Country", "Masters Of War", "Bob Dylan's Dream", and "Talking World War III Blues". The cover on this copy is in MT 9 condition and still in the original shrink wrap. The record itself is in EX 7 condition with some minor noise on "Blowin' in the Wind." This is one of the prize offerings in the auction. Condition: MT 9/ EX 7.

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    October, 2006
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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