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The Essential 3.0 Bob Dylan (Eco-Friendly Packaging)

Bob DylanAudio CD
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BOB DYLAN Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to ... Read more in Amazon's Bob Dylan Store

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  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Blowin' In The Wind
2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
3. The Times They Are A-Changin'
4. It Ain't Me, Babe
5. Maggie's Farm
6. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
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Disc: 2
1. Lay, Lady, Lay
2. If Not For You
3. I Shall Be Released
4. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
5. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
6. Forever Young
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Disc: 3
1. Thunder On The Mountain
2. Mississippi
3. Blind Willie McTell
4. Make You Feel My Love
5. Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
6. Dark Eyes

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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Listening September 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
After years of owning and losing Bob Dylan albums, I decided to buy one CD that would best represent my appreciation for this genius' work. I considered some of the box sets, but eventually purchased the Essentials. It was money well spent.

This is a complete set for anyone just discovering Bob Dylan, or for old guys like myself who are trying to rediscover the sounds of their youth-without having to buy a dozen CDs. The Essentials covers the range of tunes and styles of Bob Dylan and opens the door for further discovery of his music--by the way, there's a ton of it.

Songs like "Knock, Knocking on Heaven's Door," and "Positively 4th Street" remind me of summer days at the Drive-In listening to the jukebox and playing pool (when I had some quarters). The man puts his heart and soul into every song, and you can feel this. He's not some image created by a studio and thrust on the consumer by the media. Dylan came of age before million dollar endorsements and the era of goddesses (britney) who spit out focus group music created by committees for big sales. Dylan's songs on the other hand, reflect the attitudes, values, and events impacting the time in which they were written. You may think you have never heard Dylan, but I assure you, if you listen to these songs, you will be shocked how much of this man's music is a part of our culture and music traditions.

You won't go wrong buying this collection. As for the re-mastering part, I'm skeptical, but then again, my hearing is shot from 40 years of playing my stereo too loud.
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90 of 101 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surely not the best available Bob Dylan-compilation August 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Whether or not you agree with the compilers' choice of songs is obviously a question of taste, and very subjective, too. And I'm sure that a lot of people will think that this collection is all good and fine, but despite the high quality of almost every song, I still believe a significantly better "essential" collection could have been made - and has been made, too.

First of all, this is obviously a collection for relative newcomers rather than seasoned Dylan-fans. Second of all, those newcomers should stick to the original "Greatest Hits" and "More Greatest Hits" for the 60s and early 70s material, and hand-pick the best of Dylan's later releases for the rest of his most important output.
There are just too many of Bob Dylan's best songs missing here, especially from the 70s and 90s. "Blood On The Tracks" is represented by only two songs, "Desire" is (mis-)represented only by "Hurricane"...and if non-album classics like "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and "Watching The River Flow" shouldn't be on a supposed "essential" collection, where should they be?

The compilers have opted for songs like "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Silvio", "Everything Is Broken" and "Tight Connection To My Heart", and they are certainly not bad songs, but they could have done much better.
Leave this album alone, and go get the original Bob Dylan compilations, 1967's "Greatest Hits" and 1972's "Greatest Hits volume 2" - the one with 21 tracks on two CDs, leading off with "Watching The River Flow" on disc 1. Or pick up the classic albums "Highway 61 Revisited", "Bringing It All Back Home", and "Blood On The Tracks". Those will get you turned on to Bob Dylan much better than this good-but-not-great attempt at making a definitive Dylan compilation.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Picasso of music July 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Trying to make a compilation of Bob Dylan's music is equal to taking 30 of Picasso's works, and saying "this is the artist"; the immense creativity is too deep, the development and changes too wide.
There will always be songs that the listener will feel were a mistake to omit, and for me "Ballad of a Thin Man" is the one I wish had been in this collection.
Disc One starts in 1962, with the folk days of "Blowing in the Wind", to when he went electric with "Like a Rolling Stone" from the ground-breaking Highway 61 Revisited, to the soft lilting folk/country sound of "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" from John Wesley Harding, released in 1967.
Disc Two starts with the romantic "Lay, Lady, Lay" from 1969's Nashville Skyline, through the 70's and the return of acoustic guitar and harmonica with two songs from Blood on the Tracks, to end the decade with the beginning of his Christian recordings, and a great track from Slow Train Coming, "Gotta Serve Someone".
Ten years later brings him to the fabulous "Everything is Broken", from Oh Mercy, and the collection ends with "Things Have Changed" from 1999, which was featured in the film "Wonder Boys", and the reason I bought this CD set. After viewing the film, what I remembered and liked the most was this powerful, marvelous song..
I am one of those that feel no one sings Dylan better than Dylan, and truly enjoy his rough, expressive voice; it is interesting to hear it through the span of nearly forty years on one has become huskier, with a bit more wobble, but to my ears better than ever.
Total time for Disc One is 56:24, Disc Two 68:31, and the sound quality varies somewhat from song to song, but overall it is excellent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 3 days ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great!
This is not the best compilation released from the old man, come to think about, there's not gonna be a good one never! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Sebastian Aulestia
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Colections, Fine Remastering
I can't find enough on Bob Dylan. I find his music, his lyrics, his approach to life to be intoxicating. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Steve Paul
3.0 out of 5 stars Great artist, could be better song order/choice
Dylan rules, but the song order/choice on this collection is worse than the other two best of vol1/2 disc choice that are out there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Kohoutek
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL THE FAVORITES
This is a two CD set. It has all the old Bob Dylan favorites, and the sound quality is better than I remembered ever hearing them. Remastered? We play these nearly every day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan
Nice selection of Dylan songs. I got it for the piece Knock, Knock, Knockin on Heaven's Door but enjoyed many of the other pieces as well.
Published 1 month ago by Ron
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs I like
I grew up listening to Bob Dylan and although I was never a huge fan, I did like alot of his music. I purchased this because it had many of the songs I really enjoyed. I still do. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frank L. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Love his music and I got Free Auto Rip so it is on my cloud player.
It was a great purchase and I am glad I got it while it offered the free auto rip. Unbeatable to get all those songs on cd as well as on my cloud player for free. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SR Willia
3.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, poor shipping
probably my fault for ordering a hammer along with a CD haha For some reason I didnt think they would come in the same package. Read more
Published 3 months ago by caleb
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the Money
This has all of his best music on two discs -- from the whimsical "Mr. Tambourine Man" to his downcast "It Ain't me, Babe"
Published 4 months ago by Steve Novak
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