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Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Indeed includes Blowin' in the Wind; Rainy Day Women #12 & 35; The Times They Are A-Changin'; Like a Rolling Stone; It Ain't Me Babe; Mr. Tambourine Man; Subterranean Homesick Blues; I Want You; Positively 4th Street , and Just Like a Woman .
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: June 1, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000J7SM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
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By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on December 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Bob Dylan recorded so many classic songs in the 1960s that trying to pick out a single disc's worth as being definitive is a fool's errand at best. Fortunately, "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits" was follwed by a double disc "Volume 2" that together make for two incredibly strong anthology albums. This album does contain perhaps the most well known songs of Dylan's incredible output from the 60's, though songs like "Mr. Tamborine Man" (The Byrds) and "It Ain't Me Babe" (The Turtles) were chart hits for other artists. The epic "Like a Rolling Stone" was the biggest chart hit for Dylan himeslf, while "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They are a-Changing" came to define the protest generation. "Positively 4th Street" is one of the most biting putdowns ever recorded while on "I Want You" and "Just Like a Woman" Bob proved he can write great romantic songs as well.
Overall, this is a great disc to start your Dylan collection and will ultimately leave you wanting more.
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No point in going over each song. There is no greatest hit collection to compare to this one. If you're clueless to Dylan and his music, and you're a thinking human being with the slightest sense of humanity and poetry in your soul, buy it, listen to it, listen to it, listen to it. He was the voice of the 60's that stretches beyond, above, behind and everywhere else. So many have given their interpretations of his songs. I never get tired of hearing a new Dylan song re-interpreted. I'm energized when I hear a Dylan tune on the radio. I mean, how can you not feel the eternal pain of "Blowin' In The Wind", the TRUTH of "Like A Rolling Stone", the poetry of "Mr. Tambourine Man", the cutting insights of "It Aint Me Babe", the words of "Positively 4th Street". There is no replacement "singer" or "writer" to compare to Dylan. He changed all of us in ways we have all lost sight of. Thanks, Bob.
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Those who bash this best-of for not being complete enough are, I think, missing the point; "Greatest Hits" was never intended to be anything like a definitive overview of Dylan's early work. It was, quite simply, an attempt by Columbia Records to cash in on a hot talent and, simultaneously, provide consumers with "new" product while the artist himself pieced himself back together (physically, mentally, and artistically). Crass? Exploitative? Shameless? You betcha. But in spite of its unholy origins, "Greatest Hits" works.
For one thing, there's absolutely no filler here; every cut is a stone-cold classic. (Granted, that's not because of any special care on Columbia's part but because Dylan is incapable of writing a totally worthless song.) For another, it functions admirably well as a "starter kit"; I, for one, was first introduced to Dylan's work though this album; if not for "Greatest Hits" to whet my appetite I might never have gone on and discovered his "real" albums.
That said, I have to wonder why Columbia didn't take a little more care with the reissue CD. Sure, the remastered sound is a marked improvement, but why not throw in a few bonus tracks? And couldn't a decent booklet with liner notes and session information have been provided? If and when the rest of Dylan's catalog is reissued, I hope Columbia gives them more the kind of treatment they've given the Byrds and Miles Davis. Those complaints aside, I see no reason to be ashamed of owning, and liking, this CD.
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Because Amazon agglomerates reviews of various editions of this CD, please note that this is a review of the new Audio Fidelity Gold CD, produced by mastering genius Steve Hoffman. Needless to say, the music on both CDs is magnificent, and in fact the track listing is the same. The difference is what Steve Hoffman brings to the production, which is to go back to the original masters and attempt to restore the sound is close to that of the master tape as possible. Also, he is brilliant at restoring the "pulse" that CDs so often seem to miss when compared to their vinyl counterparts. He has succeeded incredibly well on this disk, and it would be worth the relatively steep purchase price just to obtain what now must be viewed as the "definitive" presentation of Like a Rolling Stone. On this gold CD, the song, which has appeared in many iterations from LP to SACD, literally pulses with rhythmic energy that Dylan himself has said is what really makes the song special to him. The rest of the mastering is at the same high level, essentially as good as these songs will ever sound short of listening to the master tape (or by means of some as yet un-invented technology that presents the master tape identically). It has been a joy to listen to these songs again with such fine sound quality, and I highly recommend this CD to all Dylan lovers.
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This is a collection of 10 of the greatest anthems of the 1960's - indeed, ever. Here we get a sampling of everything from early folk protest Dylan (Blowin' In The Wind, The Times They Are A-Changin') to the stoned/semi-psychedelic Dylan (Mr. Tambourine Man, Rainy Day Women - better known as "The 'Everybody Must Get Stoned'" song), to sneering electric Dylan (Like A Rolling Stone, Positively Fourth Street.) The album isn't assembled chronologically, neither is it categorized, and the running order makes for an interesting, if somewhat scattershot listen. It gives an interesting (very) brief overview of Dylan's 60's work... though it is BY NO MEANS a full representation of his work from that period. The album was a Record Company idea, put out after Dylan secluded himself from public view (and hence, the recording studio) after his motorcyle accident in '66. Though he had a few bona-fide hit singles (and many, many, many cover versions of his songs have been turned into big hits by other artists), Dylan was never a singles artist. After all, it was Bob - and not Led Zeppelin, as is often stated - who introduced the concept of an album as a flowing complete work, rather than just simply a collection of songs. Thus, the music on this album is absolutely wonderful - some of the best songs of the 20th century - but, please, please, don't take this as the final word on Bob Dylan. You are only depriving yourself of one of the greatest and most valuable artists of our time if you are. If you get it, use it as your intro into the wonderful World of Bob. However, if you're just getting into Bob - and insist on a compilation - then the more recently released Essential Bob Dylan is a better starting place. However, this is still a fine, 5-star album for emphasis and historical perspective.
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