The Essential Bob Dylan
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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!
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
Top Customer Reviews
The other thing I love about this album is listening to the progression in Dylan's playing style and vocals. It's amazing to see how his music evolved over the decades.
One note: the track listing on Amazon and Wiki are incorrect, this has a unique track listing that does not follow the CD track order. The sleeve has a track listing along with the album each song originated in.
So, if you're not a diehard fan or just a new comer - stick to his original cuts.
The album is 5 stars for me - I gave it 3 because it wasn't clear what was being sold.
While we're on the subject of Dylan albums, the Dylan album I purchased prior to the Essentials lasted approximately 2 months before all three of my CD players displayed 'Could Not Read' . Ummm.... maybe I should listen to my 18 year old nephew "You're so old. Nobody buys CDs anymore!"