GREATEST HITS-VOLUME 2
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Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Volume II
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, June 1, 1999
Bob Dylan agreed to release a second "greatest hits" compilation, provided he could compile it himself, issue it as a double album, and include several older compositions which he had written but never issued. Dylans first Greatest Hits collection included his most popular songs from the "60s," while this volume gathers most of the rest. "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Volume ll" is close to perfection. Five of the cuts are previously uncollected or unreleased. Three of them have been established as indubitable classics by other artists, and the other two begin and end the album.
There are sentimental romantic ballads ("Lay Lady Lay," "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You") and wordy rants ("Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"). There are angry political rants ("Maggie's Farm," "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall") and spiritually uplifting songs ("I Shall Be Released," "When I Paint My Masterpiece"). Dylan shows both his folkie side and his rock and roll side ane he's never been in better voice.
While the double SACD doew contain several genuine hits, it is largely comprised of album tracks that became classics, either through Dylan's own version or through covers that were big hits for other artists, including "All I Really Want to Do" (The Byrds), "All Along the Watchtower" (Jimi Hendrix) and "The Mighty Quinn" (Manfred Mann), but nearly all of Dylan's versions remain definitive.
The big draw, however, are the previously unavailable tracks unique to this edition: "Watching the River Flow," "When I Paint My Masterpiece," and "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" don't appear anywhere else and "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" and "Down In The Flood" are different takes than heard on"The Basement Tapes"
The songs flow nicely almost exclusively alternating between electric and acoustic. Some are obvious choices, others unexpected pleasures.
Mastered by Steve Hoffman
at Stephen Marsh Mastering
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.68 x 3.19 x 0.47 inches; 4 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Audio Fidelity
- Original Release Date : 2015
- Date First Available : March 24, 2013
- Label : Audio Fidelity
- ASIN : B00BZYIA7K
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #404,596 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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If this is some compilation then you'll agree. A wonderful mix of later Dylan songs as well as old favorites plus a few extras thrown in to make a great double disc compilation. If you love the first volume, you will twice as love this one too.
If you like Dylan, then this is required listening.
If you are new to Dylan, a good place to start.
I just listened to the stereo SACD layer, and I was admittedly a bit disappointed. Still, it's a great album, so I heard it all the way through. I switched over to the CD layer and skipped through, and the sound was very similar to the SACD layer.
Then I played the remastered Sony CD from a couple of years ago. It sounded awful compared to this SACD! So curiousity made me put on the original Columbia CD from the nineties, and that was unlistenable. Man, I can't believe I used to listen to that disc constantly. I guess my ears have improved with time.
The point is, these recordings aren't perfect, but Hoffman definitely nailed the mastering on this one. This is as good as it'll ever be - full frequency response, nice detail. There always seems to be one or two things in the mixes that bother me, but those annoyances are minimized in this edition. And again, the detail is staggering.
As a bonus, "Tomorrow Is Such A Long Time", which always faded up on the LP and subsequent CDs, now starts with Dylan telling the audience "This one's called Tomorrow Is Such A Long Time", which is a very cool bonus for a quickee live recording that's become an icon over the decades.
Buy this before it's gone, which will probably happen very soon.