Rules

1 Vocals

These albums consist entirely of Dylan compositions, with vocals, and in English.

  • All tracks are performed by one artist, either solo or as a group.
  • The album may have a few non-Dylan tracks if Dylan is mentioned in the title. [Example: Steve Gibbons The Dylan Project] (If the non-Dylan tracks are by another writer also mentioned in the title – see shared section.)
  • In some cases albums are included even if they contain one or two non-Dylan songs, especially if they are somehow Dylan related (about him or a traditional song associated with him.) Also, one non-Dylan track is forgiven if the album is intended as a Dylan tribute.

Translations

Albums with Dylan songs translated into other languages that qualify under the same rules as the VOCAL section.

  • All translated albums are listed in the translations section, even if they only qualify for the shared, near-misses, E.P.s or various artists sections. [Example: various Bob Dylan Revisitado]
  • No judgement is made regarding the relation of the translation to the original English lyrics, i.e. if Dylan is credited as writer or co-writer, it is considered a Dylan cover. [Example: Oddvar Torsheim Tur-Retur Blues]

3 Instrumentals

Albums with Dylan songs performed as instrumentals that qualify under the same rules as the Cover Albums section.

  • All instrumental albums are listed in the instrumental section, even if they only qualify as shared, near-misses, E.P.s or various artists sections [Example: Glen Campbell Mr.12 String Guitar]
  • Albums that contain both VOCAL and INSTRUMENTAL tracks are considered VOCAL albums. If the album is obviously intended as an instrumental album and contains minimal vocals, it is listed as an INSTRUMENTAL album. [Example: John Schroeder Dylan Vibrations]
  • Karaoke and sing-a-long items are also included.
  • Instructional items of any kind are not included.

4 Shared

Albums that mention Dylan in the title, or sub-title, in addition to one or more other songwriters. "And others" is acceptable. [Example: Richie Havens Sings Beatles & Dylan]

  • At least 2 of the tracks must be Dylan covers.

5 Near misses / 3+

Albums that do not qualify in the regular sections, but contain enough Dylan covers to deserve mention. Albums must satisfy one of these other rules:

  • At least 50% of the tracks are Dylan covers. [Example: The Silkie You've Got To Hide Your Love Away]
  • There are 10 or more Dylan covers, regardless of the percent of total. [Example: Jimmy LaFave Trail]
  • The album title is a Dylan title, or derived from one, and the album contains at least 3 Dylan covers.
    [Examples: Peter Paul & Mary In The Wind; The Surfaris It Ain't Me, Babe]
  • The album is somehow related to another included album. [Example: Flatt & Scruggs Nashville Airplane]
  • A compilation with a sub-section titled as a Dylan-covers section. [Example: Joan Baez Satisfied Mind]
  • An executive decision to include it despite failing a thru f. [Example: The Crust Brothers Marquee Mark]

6 Various artists

Rules for the Vocals section apply.

  • Album is performed by more than one artist.
  • Album may be recorded specifically as a tribute album, or be a compilation of previously recorded tracks.

7 Various artists translations

Albums with Dylan songs translated into other languages performed by Various Artists that qualify under the same rules as the Translations plus Various Artists sections.

  • All translated albums are listed in the translations section, even if they only qualify for the shared, near-misses, E.P.s or various artists sections. [Example: various Bob Dylan Revisitado]
  • Album is performed by more than one artist.

  • Album may be recorded specifically as a tribute album, or be a compilation of previously recorded tracks.

  • No judgement is made regarding the relation of the translation to the original English lyrics, i.e. if Dylan is credited as writer or co-writer, it is considered a Dylan cover. [Example: Oddvar Torsheim Tur-Retur Blues]

8 E.P.'s

For this section, E.P.'s (Extended-Plays) are defined as more than a 2-track single, and less than a full album, including mini-albums of less than 25 minutes playing time.

  • All formats are allowed:
    - CD3 (3-inch CD)
    - CD5 or CD-S or CD-EP (5-inch CD)
    - 7” vinyl;  33-1/3 or 45 RPM
    - 10” vinyl;  33-1/3 or 45 RPM
    - 12” vinyl;  33-1/3 or 45 RPM
  • E.P.'s with at least 3 Dylan covers  (multiple versions of the same song are allowed.)
  • E.P.'s that mention Dylan in their title,  even with only one Dylan cover.  [Example: Portable Flower Factory]
  • 2-track 45s with a unique title that mentions Dylan.  [Example:  Peter Paul & Mary Cantano Bob Dylan]

9 Birthday- and Tribute Shows

Soundboard- or audience recordings of Bob Dylan tribute shows, Bob Dylan birthday shows, Bobfests, etc. Performers may be one band/artist or various artists,