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Dylan (3CD) (Deluxe Edition) Collector's Edition


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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Collector's Edition
  • Label: Sony Music Distribution
  • ASIN: B000V1Z01M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'
See all 18 tracks on this disc
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
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Blind Willie McTell
2. Brownsville Girl
3. Silvio
4. Ring Them Bells
5. Dignity
6. Everything Is Broken
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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Dylan is a career spanning retrospective of Bob Dylan's music. This definitive Bob Dylan collection chronicles the artist's four decades of groundbreaking studio recordings, as well as his unparalleled influence on popular music and culture. Dylan serves as both a comprehensive introduction for new fans and an expansive, cherished overview for long time Bob Dylan Devotees.

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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

Customer Reviews

I gave this album 5 stars simply because it contains many of Dylan's best.
Mr. Hatch
Of course many great songs are missing; truthfully, in order to get all of Dylan's great work one must buy all of his albums.
Barack Obama
Give us more editions of "The Bootleg Series," not another "hits" collection.
Brian W. Fairbanks

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191 of 208 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on October 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Dylan is cropping up all over the place in the last few years, whether it's his (panned) 2003 flick MASKED AND ANONYMOUS, the Scorsese PBS documentary from 2005 NO DIRECTION HOME, his first number one album in 30 years, MODERN TIMES, the Mirror dvd chronicling his Newport concerts from 1964, and now this release. And that's not all. There are already some very heavy rumours Dylan is going to be recording MODERN TIMES's followup with producer Rick Ruben (!!!!) in early 2008. A lot of stuff going on for the Dylan community.

When we found out about this set, the Dylan fanbase met the news with trepidation. A lot of us thought ultimately it would be of little interest to us who already know his music. Then we found out Mark Ronson would be remixing "Most Likely You Go Your Way and I Go Mine", which was interesting, if little more than a novelty. Disappointingly enough, [that] this remix appears only on the single disc compilation issued in conjunction with the triple disc set. What a marketing ripoff. So how does the Dylan set came hold up? Depends on whose asking.

The problem with any Dylan anthology Columbia will put out is there are two primary audiences who will consider buying it.

The first audience are those [There are the] hardcore Dylan fans who have been listening to him (perhaps obsessively) for years, who read the bios, who haunt fan websites, and who collect as many boots as possible. I belong to this group, and have for the last several years.

The second audience are the casual fans, those who may have heard of Dylan but never really listened to him other than the few stray tracks they may have heard on the radio (and trust me, most of Dylan's work is NOT played on the radio).
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Passionate About Music on October 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Who should buy this? Someone who only owns one or two or three Dylan discs and wants to get a better sense of the whole career. No one who owns more than 10 Dylan discs needs this collection. Use the money to buy three more discs you don't have.

The "Deluxe Box Set" version is getting a lot of one-star reviews because it's so obviously a piece of overpriced product. THIS version costs no more than $35 at full price (compared to $50 for the deluxe version). That puts it at $10 more than "The Essential Bob Dylan," the two-disc career overview. (If you buy the greatest hits collections, volumes 1, 2, and 3, you get ripped off with volume 1, which has the short playing time of the original vinyl album, and you get ripped off with volume 2, which puts 78 minutes of music on two discs and then charges you accordingly.)

So, dollar for dollar, this box set is the best investment for a casual fan who wants to hear more. YOU GET THE MAXIMUM MINUTES OF MUSIC FOR YOUR MONEY, AND IT COVERS THE WHOLE CAREER.

However, there is absolutely nothing imaginative about the set of songs chosen here. There are no real rarities, either. At least "Greatest Hits Volume 2" was imaginative and offers rarities.

If you already have "Greatest Hits," I'd skip this and buy "Biograph." Now THAT was a great box set!
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98 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Gianmarco Manzione on October 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
An album is not a "collector's edition" just because the record company says it is. "Collectors" are people who prowled the streets for those vinyl copies of Neil Young's "The Beach" or "Reactor" before he finally re-released them on CD. They are the ones who frothed at the mouth when Tom Waits released "Orphans"; they sniff around in underground record shops for volumes of "The Genuine Bootleg Series". A "Collector's Edition," in short, is valuable to "collectors" because it allows them access to prized moments in a songwriter's career that they could not have procured on their own.

Far from a "collector's" edition, this is a shamelessly cheap marketing stunt that contributes absolutely nothing to Dylan's legacy, and the only way to NOT see that is if you're consciously deluding yourself. But, hey, it's out just in time to take advantage of the imminent holiday shopping season, and that, plainly, is all these clowns in midtown care about.

Good job, Columbia: keep regurgitating recycled glories while those that languish under a film of dust in the vaults remain unheard.

The single redeeming attribute of this otherwise offensive gesture is that it will introduce lost gems like the incomparable "Dark Eyes" to new ears. But "Collector's Edition"? Puh-leeze! If "Dylan" is a collector's prize, then I'm a sea otter.

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By James Baack on October 5, 2007
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A few Months ago Columbia had announced this project as a retrospective of Dylan's career spaning four decades and this was to be a collection for the fans of Bob Dylan. Well, it aint! This is just Bob Dylan's Greatist Hits Volume 1, 2, and 3 with a few extra songs. This is a good set for someone who doesn't have any Bob Dylan albums but for the fans this is not worth the time or money.
Also, who chose this set list? Was it really necessary to include "Hurricane" and "Gotta Serve Somebody" again? What about "Gates of Eden", "Chimes of Freedom", "The Hour When the Ship Comes In",or even "Every Grain of Sand"? Also, Where is "Series of Dreams"? I just dont understand this.
I would have rather Columbia release another "Bootleg Series Release" How about Bob Dylan Live 1986? That great tour he did with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Queens of Rythm. That would be a great album.
Trust me, there is no one that loves Bob more than myself. I have seen him live at least 17 times , I own his entire catalog plus own several "boots". I was really looking forward to this and to my dismay, it is just another greatist hits album, and with a bad album cover to top it off.
"Biograph" is infinitely superior as so is "Bootleg Series- Volume 1,2.3".
Save your $50.00 and spend it on a Bob Dylan concert ticket instead.
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deluxe edition?
I'm pretty sure this is. Amazon just has the wrong track listing. It's listed as 3 discs and the price sure looks like a deluxe edition to me. There's more info on the three versions at Dylan07(dot)com.
Aug 26, 2007 by Personal Robot |  See all 6 posts
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There are 18 tracks not on those 3 albums, and the sound here is very good if you have some older CDs - plus the booklet and collectible cards are a nice bonus. So - I guess it depends on the price and how much those extra tracks are worth to you.
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