Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan 1962 U.S. stereo “6 eye” promotional LP


Free U.S. shipping!  An original 1962 U.S. stereo promotional pressing of Bob Dylan, the self-titled debut LP by Bob Dylan.

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Offered for sale is an original 1962 U.S. stereo promotional pressing of Bob Dylan, the self-titled debut LP by Bob Dylan.

About this copy: This copy of Bob Dylan is a 1962 U.S. stereo pressing on the “6 eye” Columbia label that was discontinued shortly after the release of this album.

Reportedly, Columbia only pressed 500 copies of this album in stereo with the “6 eye” label.

The cover is VG, with light general wear, but no splits.  There is a sticker in the lower left-hand corner that says “A New Star on Columbia Records.”   The words “DEMONSTRATION NOT FOR SALE” are stamped on the back cover.  There is a bit of glue residue along the lower spine where a piece of tape was removed.

The disc is a stock stereo disc with a white sticker attached to the side one label that says “FOR DEMONSTRATION USE ONLY NOT FOR SALE.”

The disc is VG+ with a few spindle marks on the labels, and a couple of light scuffs.  Side one has a couple of faint hairlines.  It’s a clean disc that has had little play.  It does play with slight surface noise between tracks.

Stamper numbers:

Side 1: XSM 55621-1E
Side 2: XSM 55622-1F

A nice copy of a very rare Bob Dylan LP.

Background: Bob Dylan’s 1962 debut got the attention of a few critics, but didn’t do much in the way of sales until later in the decade when he became somewhat more famous.  The first album consisted mostly of cover tunes; it wasn’t until his next album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, that he started to record mostly self-penned material.

Bob Dylan went almost unnoticed upon the original release in 1962, though it did reach #13 on the UK charts, likely after he had success with later efforts.

While this album has been available in stereo for decades, early stereo copies, such as this one, are actually considerably rarer than their mono counterparts.  In the mid-1960s, the vast majority of records sold were in mono, making this early stereo pressing somewhat scarce, particularly in this condition. gave Bob Dylan a 4 star review:

Bob Dylan’s first album is a lot like the debut albums by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones — a sterling effort, outclassing most, if not all, of what came before it in the genre, but similarly eclipsed by the artist’s own subsequent efforts. … Within a year of its release, Dylan, initially in tandem with young folk/protest singers like Peter, Paul & Mary and Phil Ochs, would alter the boundaries of that revival beyond recognition, but this album marked the pinnacle of that earlier phase, before it was overshadowed by this artist’s more ambitious subsequent work. In that regard, the two original songs here serve as the bridge between Dylan’s stylistic roots, as delineated on this album, and the more powerful and daringly original work that followed.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
CS 8579
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo
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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in