3812 + 3814: BOB DYLAN ‘Alias’ EP + ‘THE GASLIGHT TAPES’ (Visions Through A Window) Album

Dylan Gaslight Tapes + Alias

Above: A complete early package with the Alias EP, a very rare find these days and worth about four to six times as much as the average CBM release.

The EP is shown here with a white label and no cover, as opposed to what is described on bobsboots.com. The following is supposed to be the first issue EP cover:

Bob Dylan Alias 2

Dylan Alias EP label

Dylan Alias EP Mogul

“Later it became individually available with a slightly different sleeve (the one shown above).”

Dylan Alias v 3Above: A third version (?), shown inserted into the back of The Gaslight Tapes LP


Dylan Alias + Gaslight TDylan Alias EP lbl 2




Side 1: BILLY 1/ INSTRUMENTAL / BILLY 2 / BILLY 3                                                                                  Side 2: KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR / RIVER THEME / FINAL THEME / BILLY 4

From bobsboots.com: “First released along with The Gaslight Tapes, this EP was then to be found alone, with a white cover and a slightly different insert. This EP is a selection of music from the “Real” soundtrack of the film “Pat Garrett and Billy the kid”.  It is not very well known that the Columbia soundtrack is entirely (even if slightly) different from the music used for the screen.  This is quite remarkable and seems to indicate that Dylan wished to re-record most of the tracks for the record.  The last “Billy” ( No. 4) is complete and features Dylan almost alone on guitar.  All other tracks are partial or incomplete (like in the film mostly).  Also “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” is from the film, and different from the album.  Quality is medium or fairly good.” D. Roques

The accompanying album:

Dylan Gaslight Tapes

In every single image I have found, the Contraband disc symbol on the top left is slightly clipped, even on the large slip sheet shown on the very first image at the start.

Descriptions from bobsboots.com:

“The dust jackets were black print on white sleeves.  The labels were full printed blue with red type. The Gaslight LP insert that was included with this release is slightly smaller than the one that is with the single release LP [the one shown above actually looks like the largest insert found].

This contraband album, undertitled “Visions through a window”, was first released together with the alias EP.  It was then released alone, with the same cover. It was reissued in 1976 with various record labels including ‘Instant analysis’. One version of this re-release has a brown sleeve with a white CBM insert. (Pressed from original master plates). A second version has a white sleeve with a CBM insert and cartoon on back. Blank labels. Several different labels were used on this issue. “

Dylan Gaslight Tapes 2

Dylan Gaslight Tapes blue lbl

Side 1: Blowin’ in the Wind  / Rocks and Gravel  / Quit your Lowdown  / Instrumental  / He was a friend of mine  / Hiram Hubbard                                                                                                                Source: Finjan Club, Montreal, June 1962

Side 2: Hard rain  / Don’t think twice  / Black Cross  / No more auction block  / Rocks and Gravel  / Moonshiner                                                                                                                                                 Source: Gaslight Cafe, NY, October ’62

LP matrix: WEC-3814

“…fairly good quality, except “Hard rain” (very Poor).  All tracks are much better on (the 1974 TAKRL 1912 LP)“Ode for Barbara Allen”.”  “Exm” rating in Hot Wacks.

“These Gaslight recordings have circulated among Dylan collectors for many years. They made their first appearance on bootleg LPs no later than 1973 [probably on this very CBM LP], and have appeared, in various forms, on several bootleg LPs and CDs and on many Dylan fan CDR projects. The full set of recordings, including 17 tracks, is usually referred to by Dylan collectors as the “Second Gaslight Tape,” but some refer to the recordings as a compilation of the “Second” and “Third Gaslight Tape,” believing them to be compiled from two different sets at the Gaslight. The source recording is not continuous, and its exact provenance has not been firmly established.” (Wikipedia)


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