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  • Bob Dylan: "Johnny Cash's voice was so big, it made the world grow small... When I first heard 'I Walk the Line' so many years earlier, it sounded like a voice calling out 'What are you doing there, boy?' I was trying to keep my eyes wide opened, too." Read more musical excerpts from Chronicles, Vol. 1 on our Music You Should Hear page.


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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
  2. Mr. Tambourine Man
  3. Just Like a Woman
  4. I Shall Be Released
  5. Tears of Rage
  6. All Along the Watchtower
  7. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
  8. Like a Rolling Stone
  9. The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)
  10. Tomorrow Is a Long Time
  11. Lay Lady Lay
  12. Idiot Wind

Disc: 2

  1. Mixed Up Confusion
  2. Positively 4th Street
  3. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
  4. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
  5. Spanish Is the Loving Tongue
  6. George Jackson [Big Band Version]
  7. Rita May
  8. Blowin' in the Wind
  9. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
  10. The Times They Are A-Changin'
  11. Masters of War
  12. Hurricane

Disc: 3

  1. Maggie's Farm
  2. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  3. Ballad of a Thin Man
  4. Mozambique
  5. This Wheel's on Fire
  6. I Want You
  7. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
  8. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  9. Song to Woody
  10. It Ain't Me Babe
  11. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  12. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  13. If Not for You
  14. If You See Her, Say Hello
  15. Sara


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Tristar
  • ASIN: B00000E93D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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... and I'm not about to disagree. It was released on vinyl only in New Zealand, Australia and Japan in 1978. I listened to my vinyl version again a few days ago and on the basis of that was moved to track it down on CD. Mission accomplished! (If you're ever in Auckland, New Zealand, Real Groovy Records is well worth a visit).

The version of Spanish is the Loving Tongue on this is superb and I haven't seen it on anything else.

Don't buy it for the sleeve notes though!
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Sometime in the mid 90's, there was a glut of cheap import releases here in the states, mostly from Austrailia. I got my copy of this from Best Buy for $12.99. They had about 6 or 7 copies. Looking back, I clearly should have sprung for a couple more copies, kept 'em unopened and buried in a box in the back of a closet for 20 years, then pull 'em out and sell for $200 a pop.
This is a decent, if somewhat bizarre, collection that mines Dylan's catalog from his first album through Hard Rain. A few rare tracks make an appearance here. The B-side from the I Want You single, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues is a blistering live take from the 1966 tour. Rita May, an otherwise unavailable Desire era single. The big band version of the George Jackson single. A number of hits appear as well, like Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Hurricane.
Then there are the odd choices: rather than the studio version of Like A Rolling Stone, we get the far inferior live version from Self Portrait. Lay Lady Lay from Hard Rain. Only one cut from Blood On The Tracks, and that's If You See Her Say Hello (Idiot Wind is the brutal live take from Hard Rain). From an album that spawned Tangled Up In Blue, Shelter From The Storm, and Simple Twist Of Fate this is almost unforgivable.
There's a lot of interesting choices that are normally not found on compilations- Basement Tapes tracks, off the wall album cuts (Mozambique?), and should've been classics (Love Minus Zero/No Limit).
Packaging is sparse, little information other than the track listing and a few photos are included in a tri-fold insert.
If you can find a copy for a decent price, this is worth it. If you don't care about the rare cuts, you could probably find or compile a better collection.
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Masterpieces is B. Dylan at his best! I understand it is a compilation of his work up to a certain point, but wow, what a compilation! Some of the songs on it I DO have on other single albums, but his renditions of them on this Masterpieces album is especially exquisite. For example, my favorite on the entire Masterpieces collection is by far "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right". "Another Cup of Coffee" is also another personal favorite anytime I hear it, and I'm glad to see he has included it on this compilation. In short, while I do have "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" on several other albums, the performance of it on this one is unparalleled, & not like he sings it on any other album, and I have most of his work on singles (vinyl). So I do know of which I speak on this. In sum, I feel at age 58 I can die happy any time now, as I have also managed to see Bob Dylan perform in person. <3
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"Masterpieces" is an excellent survey of Bob Dylan's music up until 1978.

It's choice of exciting studio and live recordings is impeccable and the poetry, melody, and rhythmic variety of Dylan's songs are simply awe-inspiring. A great tribute to this greatest of American musical geniuses.
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When this album came out all those years ago in Australia, American Dylan fans went nuts trying to get it, because of all the stuff on it that you couldn't get anywhere else, unless of course you owned the singles

A lot of that extra stuff was B sides or in the the case of "George Jackson," a single that never made it to an LP in the States or Europe, but the Aussies, canny individuals that they were, saw a chance to make a different kind of Dylan record and they did.

A great CD and well worth owning if you can find it.
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Bob Dylan / Masterpieces: This is an excellent 3 CD overview of Dylan's career up to that point (the late 1970's). This set may seem redundant compared to the many other retrospectives on Dylan's work, and it largely is, with the exception of a few rare live performances. However, considering this set by itself, as it is, this is a Five Star set (but an unnecessary one).
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