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Vol. 2-Greatest Hits [SACD, Import]

Bob Dylan Audio CD
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Limited double 24kt gold SACD pressing. Bob Dylan agreed to release a second "greatest hits" compilation, provided he could compile it himself, issue it as a double album, and include several older compositions which he had written but never issued. Greatest Hits Volume ll is close to perfection. There are sentimental romantic ballads ("Lay Lady Lay," "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You") and wordy rants ("Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"). There are angry political rants ("Maggie's Farm," "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall") and spiritually uplifting songs ("I Shall Be Released," "When I Paint My Masterpiece"). The big draw, however, are the previously unavailable tracks unique to this edition: "Watching the River Flow," "When I Paint My Masterpiece," and "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" don't appear anywhere else and "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" and "Down In The Flood" are different takes than heard on The Basement Tapes.


This time selected and programmed by the man himself, the two-disc second installment in Dylan's Greatest Hits series comes off as much more idiosyncratic than its brother, famed songs ("Lay Lady Lay," "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall") notwithstanding. An even richer cut-by-cut listen than the earlier best-of, this 1971 set masterfully casts the classics into new light and adds previously non-LP singles (the smashing "Watching the River Flow," with the Amazon.com fave line "People disagreein' just about everywhere you look / Makes you wanna stop and read a book; let's have lunch, Bob"), a then-unheard live 1963 "Tomorrow Is a Long Time," and new, stunning, off-the-cuff takes of "I Shall Be Released," "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," and "Down in the Flood." --Rickey Wright --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable collection of underappreciated songs June 19 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I was busy learning how to 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 my 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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It Has A Great Flow Sept. 17 2003
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This is an excellent start for someone interested in the music of Bob Dylan. This two CD set flows nicely from acoustic to rock to country and a few oddball tracks in between. Watching The River Flow is a great opener with some awesome guitar and keyboard playing. Dylan had the good sense to emply some top musicians on many of his tracks.
Then of course there is the long winded but strong lyrical epic Stuck Inside A Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again. Gosh even that title is long. But the words are so so cool with Bobby Boy getting his eyelids smoked and cigarette punched.
So many other gems on this near masterpiece. How about When I Paint My Masterpiece with searing vocals. Down In The Flood is another tune loaded with spunk and verve. The key to the value of this recording is balance as one can surely get a picture of Bob Dylan's vivid imagery.
Like I said before, this is a good place to start for newbies. However, established fans of the man who want a extensive summary of his quality years can do little wrong with this collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is "the" one April 26 2004
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There are many brilliant albums by Bob Dylan. So it utimately comes to a matter of personal choice. You really can't go wrong with any of them. However, in the catagory of collections and greatest hits, this is outstanding, even for Bob. The second disc is especially good because there are some of the more obscure tracks. And for me, Dylan really shines on lesser known stuff, like Quinn the Eskimo and Down in the flood. Don't bother with the first Greatest Hits and head straight for the golden volume 2.
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This is an absolutely great sounding SACD. The songs still unavailable anywhere else (other than the new complete set) are worth the price alone. Hoffman's mastering brings out the best of everything without the piercing harmonica or lack of definition of the original CD (or even LP) version.
One of my favorite songs "Tomorrow is a Long Time" has it's great spoken intro restored/retained. Some of the best sounding Dylan you'll find.
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By Mike London TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As Amazon notes, this is a much more idiosyncratic approach to Dylan's catalogue than GREATEST HITS VOL I. The central problem with the previous volume is its scant collection and much too literal interpretation of what should be on a greatest hits volume. GREATEST HITS VOL. II loosens up quite a bit, and as a result this stands as a much better testament of Dylan's songwriting skills and how varied an artist he really is. This record focuses more on Dylan as a songwriter than any genuine hits, although there are several here. In this manner, GREATEST HITS VOL II stands as a valid introduction, much more so than the first volume. The first volume feels like exactly what it is: a "new" record that Columbia put out to make some money because Dylan was recouping from his famous motorcycle accident. This set feels more like an appreciation and a study of what made Dylan's body of work so rich and the direction Dylan was then progressing.

This album is locked very firmly in the Dylan's direction was then going. Overall, this compilation has a mellow, country feeling to it. No less than five songs on this are new on GREATEST HITS VOL. II which further document Dylan's progression toward this facet in his art. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," and "I Shall Be Released," were already famous compositions in their own right, and Dylan chose this opportunity to release his own version. "Watching the River Flow," "Down in the Flood," "When I Paint My Masterpiece," and the live cut "Tomorrow Is a Long Time," are still only available here. There's also a live cut of "Quinn". All five studio cuts are excellent tracks.
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