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Bob Dylan - More Greatest Hits (1996) Retail CD
Rock & Roll
I was busy learning how to breathe and walk about the time this second Greatest Hits album was released in 1971, so this period of Bob Dylan’s career was quite unknown to me when I became a fan as a teenager. I was familiar with early classics such as Blowin’ in the Wind and Like a Rolling Stone, but the songs featured on this Greatest Hits Volume 2 package have been somewhat overlooked over the years. What few Dylan songs I would hear on the radio were the early wonders featured on the original Greatest Hits album. Thus, this 2-CD set of songs has helped fill a real void in mymore… musical knowledge and experience. Dylan’s remarkable versatility and diverse means of delivering his message are revealed in this collection of songs hand-picked by the man himself. There is great variety here, from up-tempo tracks such as Maggie’s Farm and The Mighty Quinn to slow, romantic ballads like Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You and If Not For You to long, story-telling songs such as Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues and A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall which bear traces of stream-of-consciousness revelatory wonder. What strikes me the most here, though, is the dramatic difference in Dylan’s vocal delivery. Tunes such as Lay, Lady, Lay and Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You feature a rather smooth, even refined voice that bears only a slight resemblance to the gritty vocals of Dylan’s youth and the gravelly potency of his later releases. The very notion of “greatest hits” almost seems beneath Dylan’s standards. A Dylan “hit” is not necessarily a song that topped the charts; each of these songs is a hit because of the incredible writing and singing that gave it life. Some of these tracks weren’t even popularized by Bob Dylan: All Along the Watchtower, for example, immediately brings to mind Jimi Hendrix. Notwithstanding this, each of these 21 tracks belong heart and soul to the man who wrote them and performed them in his unmatched, unique way. The most significant of these tracks, in my opinion, are Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again, My Back Pages, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, and It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue. Perhaps the most wonderful thing about this compilation, though, is its inclusion of the powerful, previously unreleased recordings Watching the River Flow, Tomorrow Is a Long Time (a live version from 1963, no less), the incredible When I Paint My Masterpiece, I Shall Be Released, You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere, and Down in the Flood.I think a person needs to have a degree of appreciation of Bob Dylan before introducing himself to the songs on this second volume of his greatest hits. Start with his early classics and/or his critically acclaimed albums of the late 90s and early twenty-first century. Once you are properly grounded in Dylanology, you will marvel at the talent and power displayed on the somewhat neglected and definitely underappreciated tracks featured on this Greatest Hits Volume 2 compilation.
|1||Watching the river flow|
|2||Don't think twice it's alright|
|3||Lay lady lay|
|4||Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis blues again|
|5||I'll be your baby tonight|
|6||All I really want to do|
|7||My back pages|
|9||Tonight I'll be staying here with you|
|10||She belongs to me|
|11||All along the watchtower|
|13||Just like Tom Thumb's blues|
|14||Hard rain's a gonna fall|
|15||If not for you|
|16||It's all over now baby blue|
|17||Tomorrow is a long time|
|18||When I paint my masterpiece|
|19||I shall be released|
|20||You ain't goin' nowhere|
|21||Down in the flood|
- Bob Dylan - More Greatest Hits (1996) Retail CD
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