- 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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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!
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.
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.
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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This might be a five star rating if you are looking to buy a compilation CD of Dylan's work up to 1978. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Privacy
"Masterpieces" is an excellent three CD retrospective of Bob Dylan's music up until 1976.
This item is no longer in print and is somewhat of a rarity.
God knows I must have some of these tracks umpteen times over, however, 'Masterpieces' gets a thumbs-up from me simply because of the presence of a few otherwise unobtainable, or... Read morePublished on July 14, 2009 by Og Oggilby
This album is one of my favorite Bob Dylan Titles that I own, I have almost every album printed. I am very happy with the quality of service and material from CD Now they do a... Read morePublished on September 13, 2003