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Ask The Expert: Rare Bob Dylan?

A Goldmine expert is asked: Is there any worth in a particular Bob Dylan record?
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Q: Have you ever seen this before? (Photos above) I think it’s a test pressing. Not sure.

— Jim Meeker, via email

A: No, we haven’t, but the absence of any label, copyright or manufacturing information, plus the somewhat crude appearance of the jacket, would suggest it’s a pirate edition. The label print and layout is also very similar to that employed on a lot of early-’70s bootlegs. However, a clearer photo of the back cover (particularly the text in the upper left-hand corner) and a note of any inscriptions in the dead wax area might well help with a more positive identification.

— Dave Thompson
Author of Goldmine's 45 RPM Records Price Guide, 8th Ed.