Two discs of music don't exactly provide for a thorough overview of four decades of recording, particularly if the subject of the retrospective is one of the most important and prolific performers of his time. So The Essential Bob Dylan
definitely skates over the leagues-deep oeuvre of Dylan, summarizing his monumental first half-dozen years in disc one and skirting over the following 34 years in disc two. Delving into Columbia's three Dylan greatest-hits packages (though curiously purging "I Want You," a genuine hit single in its day), Essential
offers only a few surprises, opting for The Basement Tapes
version of "Quinn the Eskimo" over the Self Portrait
remake that made it onto Greatest Hits Volume II
and tossing in "Things Have Changed" from the Wonder Boys soundtrack
for completists. But this 30-track overview is designed with newcomers, not Dylanologists, in mind. --Steven Stolder
Includes Blowin' in the Wind; Don't Think Twice, It's All Right; The Times They Are A-Changin'; It Ain't Me Babe; Maggie's Farm; It's All Over Now, Baby Blue; Mr. Tambourine Man; Subterranean Homesick Blues; Like a Rolling Stone; Positively 4th Street; Just Like a Woman; Rainy Day Women #12 & 35; All Along the Watchtower; Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn); Lay, Lady, Lay , and more. 30 tracks!