Vol. 2-Greatest Hits SACD
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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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This is the definitive collection from Bob Dylan's classic period and is essential for any rock fan who does not own the original Dylan albums.
Aside from the sound quality this is just a great collection of songs. Most were made famous by other artits, but nearly all of Bob's versions remain definitive. The other reason to buy this cd is that five of the tracks are 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".
All in all a excellent package and probably the best introduction to Dylan outside of his egregiously famous songs (Found on Greatest Hits Vol. 1).
And he obviously knew what he wanted on this thing. It is a volume two so all the obvious sixties hits are on volume one. You wont get ROLLING STONE or RAINY DAY WOMEN (aka Everybody must get stoned) but you do get A.) the big hits from 67-71, B.) the rest of the hits from 62-66, and C.) stuff that was unrelesed prior to this record.... So what does that mean?
Well in the A.) category you get: the countrified LAY LADY LAY (sweet) you get ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER (one of his most recognized songs ever via Hendrix) the very fun pair of I'LL BE YOUR BABY and TONIGHT I'LL BE STAYING HERE, you get the sincere warmer IF NOT FOR YOU and the also very fun QUINN THE ESKIMO... nice selection.
In the B.) category you get the ones that couldn't fit on the first HITS like DONT THINK TWICE which is better than that other song from FREEWHEELIN' the one about the wind, you know, and how its blowin. MAGGIES FARM, SHE BELONGS TO ME, ALL I REALLY WANT TO DO, one of the goods from Another Side, plus the killer tunes HARD RAIN, TOM THUMBS and BABY BLUE, all very necessary.
The highlights though are the "new" stuff in C.) WATCHING THE RIVER FLOW is one of my personal faves, really jams, WHEN I PAINT MY MASTERPEICE and the very awesome basement tape YOU AIN'T GOING NOWHERE; that one also another fave of mine recorded with The Band.
This is a unique package. If you are a casual DYLAN fan, but are looking for something a little bit different than what everyone else has- I'd go with this. Its a very ecclectic collection of early DYLAN.