Essential Bob Dylan

Performers Bob Dylan

Columbia | July 30, 2002 | Compact Disc

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An excellent introduction to one of the most important troubadours in the tradition of folk rock, these two discs offer several chunks of characteristically Dylan gold. Selecting the best from Dylan's 40 years of recording, The Essential Bob Dylan does an astonishing job in answering the challenge of culling the most important bits from his wide-ranging and immense repertoire. Meant as an accessible collection for newcomers to Bob Dylan, the limited edition compilation also includes a booklet with rare photos. Moving from the early days of "Blowin' in the Wind" and the harmonica-imbued protest classic "The Times They Are A'Changin," to songs like the bluesy "I Shall Be Released" and the steady growl and beat of "Things Have Changed," this is a handy collection that proves once again there's nobody like Dylan.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: July 30, 2002

Genre: Country Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2000

Label Name: Columbia

UPC: 696998516823

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Essential Bob Dylan

Performers Bob Dylan

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: July 30, 2002

Genre: Country Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2000

Label Name: Columbia

UPC: 696998516823


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Title Track Time
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 --
7.Mr. Tambourine Man --
8.Subterranean Homesick Blues --
9.Like A Rolling Stone --
10.Positively 4th Street --
11.Just Like A Woman --
12.Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 --
13.All Along The Watchtower --
14.Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) --
15.I'll Be Your Baby Tonight --
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 --
7.Tangled Up In Blue --
8.Shelter From The Storm --
9.Hurricane --
10.Gotta Serve Somebody --
11.Jokerman --
12.Silvio --
13.Everything Is Broken --
14.Not Dark Yet --
15.Things Have Changed --

Editorial Notes

This two-disc 2000 release looks back on Bob Dylan's 38 years of recording and pulls out most of the signature tunes from the songwriting giant's prolific career. For an artist of such stature, it's no easy task to assemble an "essential" compilation in just 30 cuts, but it's hard to argue with the choices made here. Most of the high points in the Minnesotan troubadour's catalog are touched on, and the chronological sequencing provides a kind of tour through Dylan's various phases.
We're taken through the pioneering protest-folk period ("Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They are A-Changin'"), the Rimbaud-inspired songpoet mode ("It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," "Mr. Tambourine Man"), the amphetamine-fueled rocker phase ("Like A Rolling Stone"), and all the rest of Dylan's many twists and turns. From the poignant introspection of "Shelter From the Storm" to the born-again R&B of "You Gotta Serve Somebody" and the searing narrative of "Hurricane," we get the broad view of an awe-inspiring body of work. Diehards will doubtlessly complain about various disincluded tracks, but on the evidence presented, it's easy to see why the genius tag is so often applied to this artist.
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