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Saturday, October 11, 2008


DYLAN (2007)
320 KBPS

In 1985 Bob Dylan's Biograph established the blueprint for weighty rock & roll retrospectives, blending rare and unreleased material with classics over the course of a three-disc set that wound up being the template for rock & roll boxes for the next 20 years or so. Twenty-two years later, Dylan's second triple-disc retrospective arrived, and it's quite a different beast, bucking all the conventions that Biograph instituted. Simply called Dylan, thereby creating confusion with the 1973 rarities set Dylan that Columbia released in a pique of anger as he recorded with Asylum briefly, the set is nothing more and nothing less than a concise introduction to Bob, with all the rarities trimmed away. As befitting its companion status to Todd Haynes' impressionistic biopic I'm Not There — where no less than six actors played the Bard, including actress Cate Blanchett — Dylan comes in a multitude of forms, beginning with a terse single disc, then expanding out to a three-disc set, which is then offered in a variety of limited-edition sets. Although the single disc is good, it's the three-disc set that commands attention for it's a truly exceptional encapsulation of his work.
Yes, there are great, even significant, songs missing — no other songwriter has quite as deep a catalog — but the remarkable thing is that there is no dip in quality here, thanks to judicious selections from the '80s but also Dylan's remarkable comeback of the late '90s/2000s. It was the great third act that his great career needed, and while he is sure to make more great music, the 22 years uncovered by Biograph but present her turn Dylan into a richer aural biography. It hits many, but not all, of the '60s and early-'70s highlights, soft-sells the scatteredness of the '80s albums by picking the best songs (including "Blind Willie McTell," unearthed on the first Bootleg Series; nothing can quite save those slick, cavernous productions), and in this context the '90s and 2000s work sounds even more impressive. This doesn't give you everything you should hear, but as an introduction to Dylan in his entirety, this can't be beat

CD 1
1. Song To Woody
2. Blowin' In The Wind
3. Masters Of War
4. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
5. A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall
6. The Times They Are A Changin'
7. All I Really Want To Do
8. My Back Pages
9. It Ain't Me, Babe
10. Subterranean Homesick Blues
11. Mr Tambourine Man
12. Maggie's Farm
13. Like A Rolling Stone
14. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
15. Positively 4th Street
16. Rainy Day Women 12 & 35
17. Just Like A Woman
18. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'Ll Go Mine)
19. All Along The Watchtower

CD 2
1. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
2. Lay Lady Lay
3. If Not For You
4. I Shall Be Released
5. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
6. On A Night Like This
7. Forever Young
8. Tangled Up In Blue
9. Simple Twist Of Fate
10. Hurricane
11. Changing Of The Guards
12. Gotta Serve Somebody
13. Precious Angel
14. The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar
15. Jokerman
16. Dark Eyes

CD 3
1. Blind Willie McTell
2. Brownsville Girl
3. Silvio
4. Ring Them Bells
5. Dignity
6. Everything Is Broken
7. Under The Red Sky
8. You're Gonna Quit Me
9. Blood In My Eyes
10. Not Dark Yet
11. Things Have Changed
12. Make You Feel My Love
13. High Water (For Charley Patton)
14. Po' Boy
15. Someday Baby
16. When The Deal Goes Down


Anonymous said...

Bravo, phénix, et courage... j'espère que Moodswings n'est pas une perte totale, il nous manquerait presque déjà.
Je signale juste une petite erreur dans la précipitation : les 2 liens pour Dylan concernent la 1ère partie : je reviendrai avec plaisir :-)

Mr Moodswings said...

Je corrige ça de suite ! ;)

Anonymous said...

Merci merci...
Longue vie au partage de la culture et à Moodswings ;)