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GUEST,Lin Rare Dylan album (5) Rare Dylan album 03 Jul 15

In today's edition of the Los Angeles Times - July 03, 2015 in the Calendar section of the paper there is short article entitled, "Amoeba has rare Dylan album for sale.
"Right now at Amoeba Music (large record store) in Hollywood has one copy of the rarest pieces of Bob Dylan ephemera ever produced. It is a test pressing of his landmark 1975 album "Blood on the Tracks" that contains alternate versions of half the songs on the LP.

Legend has it Dylan test pressed this version to listen to in 1974 to prepare for its Columbia Records release, but after taking advice from his brother David that too many songs sounded alike, he stopped the presses and re-recorded five songs on the album. Only five copies of this test pressing are known to exist.

The store said it came up on this one during a massive buy from a collection in New Jersey, and it is the most expensive item Amoeba Music in Hollywood has ever put on sale for $12,000 to the public, and placed right alongside the rest of rare Dylan music behind the counter in the sprawling record store."

(I'm wondering who the buyer will be?) I'm guessing someone in the music business who has a lot of money.

Can you imagine spending $12,000 for just half the songs being alternative versions (not even the entire album.)
I wonder what the store paid for the massive collection or if the person who sold it even knew he/she had this rare alternative version, especially if there is no indication by looking at the album that it was different. What I mean it the person selling the massive collection of records to Amoeba may not have known that 5 of the songs were rare on an album that looks like the normal "Blood on the Tracks" LP.

But I am sure it is a huge collector's item for some big Dylan fan with money!

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