Rare Dylan “BOtT” Test Pressing Sells for $12,000


Somebody made a pretty nice score, eh?

By Uncle Blurt

Me, I’ve got lots of Bob Dylan bootlegs, including the so-called “New York Mix” of his classic Blood On the Tracks LP. So the news that emerged yesterday about an ultra-rare test pressing of the record surfacing for sale at Amoeba Records in Hollywood—for the modest sum of $12,000—was fascinating, to say the least. Media outlets, including Rolling Stone, wrote breathlessly about the item, and rightly so, because it is indeed one of the rarest records ever, given that there are only five known copies of it in existence. That’s a bigger prize than even a pristine Butcher Cover version of the Beatles’ Yesterday and Today.


Well, it also sold yesterday, presumably for that asking price, so you’re all out of luck, collectors. As consolation, though, check out the photo above and this blurb from Amoeba

We recently purchased a large record collection that had a lot of great, rare and one-of-a-kind items. But one piece in particular that stands out from the rest.

One of only five test pressings known to exist of an early version of Bob Dylan’s classic album Blood on the Tracks now sits on the shelves of Amoeba Hollywood. The pressing includes four previously unreleased takes of songs from the album (“Lily, Rosemary & The Jack Of Hearts,” “Idiot Wind,” “If You See Her, Say Hello” and “Tangled Up In Blue”), plus an alternate take of “You’re a Big Girl Now” that was released on 1985’s Biograph box set.

The story goes that in the fall of 1974, Bob Dylan went home for the holidays with a copy of his newly recorded album Blood on the Tracks, which was set to release in weeks. The album had been written after touring with The Band and becoming estranged from his wife, Sara, and though the resulting album delves deeply into troubled relationships, Dylan himself has denied that the album is autobiographical.

Upon listening to the record, which was recorded at A & R Recording in New York, Dylan’s brother, David Zimmerman, suggested that Dylan re-record some of the songs because too many sounded the same. Dylan then stopped production of the album to re-record half of it at Sound 80 in Minneapolis with different musicians, ending up with a 10-song album evenly split between the two sessions.

The ultra rare pressing was made at a Columbia Records plant in Santa Maria, Calif. It is listed at $12,000, making it the most expensive piece Amoeba has ever had for sale. Come to Amoeba Hollywood and see it along with other collected Dylan merchandise from our stock!

This item is so rare that it is available for purchase in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood. No holds, mail order, internet, layaway. First come, first served. Certified cashier’s check, cash and guaranteed funds only.


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