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    Bob Dylan "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" LP Columbia 1986 Mono with Four Deleted Tracks (1963). Featured here is the record that the Goldmine Album Guide lists 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 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, the first version of the album was ready to be shipped when it was pulled and restamped; somehow a number of those original discs were relabeled and released into circulation, and have become much sought-after collectors' items. In the mid-1990s a couple of mono copies sold for $10,000 to $12,000, and the only two stereo copies of this version to be discovered are valued at $35,000 to $40,000. The cover on this copy is in MT- condition and still in the original shrink wrap; the record itself is in VG+ condition with some minor noise on "Blowin' in the Wind." You won't have a better chance to own one of the most desirable rare records in the world.

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