Bob Dylan: Dylan - Deluxe Set

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Label: LEGACY/Columbia
Catalog: 88697114202
Format: CD

Disc: 1 1. Song to Woody 2. Blowin' in the Wind 3. Masters of War 4. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right 5. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 6. The Times They Are A-Changin' 7. All I Really Want to Do 8. My Back Pages 9. It Ain't Me, Babe 10. Subterranean Homesick Blues 11. Mr. Tambourine Man 12. Maggie's Farm 13. Like a Rolling Stone 14. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 15. Positively 4th Street 16. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 17. Just Like a Woman 18. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) 19. All Along the Watchtower Disc: 2 1. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere 2. Lay, Lady, Lay 3. If Not for You 4. I Shall Be Released 5. Knockin' on Heaven's Door 6. On a Night Like This 7. Forever Young 8. Tangled Up in Blue 9. Simple Twist of Fate 10. Hurricane 11. Changing of the Guards 12. Gotta Serve Somebody 13. Precious Angel 14. The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar 15. Jokerman 16. Dark Eyes Disc: 3 1. Blind Willie McTell 2. Brownsville Girl 3. Silvio 4. Ring Them Bells 5. Dignity 6. Everything Is Broken 7. Under the Red Sky 8. You're Gonna Quit Me 9. Blood in My Eyes 10. Not Dark Yet 11. Things Have Changed 12. Make You Feel My Love 13. High Water (For Charley Patton) 14. Po' Boy 15. Someday Baby 16. When the Deal Goes Down

It's about time the record-buying public was offered up a decent, updated Dylan compilation! After all, artists with far less in the way of cultural influence, sales figures, or sheer release numbers have put out many more retrospective collections. Think of this, then, as your Dummies' Guide to Dylan. And for those who really aren't sure if they like the reedy Poet of a Generation® or not, there's even a single CD Cliffs Notes-sized version. For everyone else, there's a triple-disc edition with deluxe packaging and nifty artwork. Even the most marginal fan might quibble with the selection--shouldn't, like, half of it be taken from The Basement Tapes, rather than just one tune?--but there's not a mediocre song on here. It's a tad surprising that the songs are arranged chronologically, rather than grouped by grand themes, the way Johnny Cash's music was on his Love, God, Murder set. But then it is such a pleasure to watch Dylan's progression, to listen as he so quickly works through his influences, goes electric, discovers country music and then God—and then finally somehow wraps it all up together like some alchemical, one-man version of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. No matter how you wrap it up, or which commercials it acts as the soundtrack to, or what professors might try to eulogize it to death, this is music that remains as thrillingly alive today as a rattlesnake coiled and hissing in your boots tomorrow morning. --Mike McGonigal

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