Saturday, December 16, 2000

50 years ago: Patti Page hit #1 for first of 13 weeks with “Tennessee Waltz”

Tennessee Waltz

Pee Wee King

Writer(s):Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart (see lyrics here)


First Charted: April 3, 1948


Peak: 30 US, 3 CW, 13 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): --


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 3.0 radio, 0.13 video, 0.03 streaming

Tennessee Waltz

Patti Page


First Charted: November 18, 1950


Peak: 113 US, 16 HP, 16 CB, 2 CW, 19 UK, 13 AU, 2 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 6.0 US, -- UK, 10.0 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 3.0 radio, 12.43 video, 16.02 streaming

Awards (King):

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Awards (Page):

About the Song:

Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart played in a band called the Golden West Cowboys. Stewart was a singer and fiddler while King, who was born Julius Frank Kuczynski, brought accordion and brass into his music, which helped shape the merger of country and jazz in what has been called Western swing. While riding in Stewart’s truck one day in 1947, the pair scribbled out “Tennessee Waltz”, LW modeling it after “Kentucky Waltz” by Bill Monroe.

In 1948, King’s recording of the song hit #3 on the country charts. Cowboy Copas’ recording hit the same peak and a version by Roy Acuff went to #12. However, when Patti Page, the best-selling female singer of the ‘50s, JA put her stamp on the song, it marked the moment when country went mainstream. LW With 13 weeks at #1 on the pop charts and sales of six million, it was the biggest hit of 1950 and one of the ten best sellers of the first half of the century. PM

At the end of World War II, the “Swing Era” of big-band-oriented music had given way to the “Sing Era”, which was more dominated by individual vocalists. However, record companies didn’t generally entrust the singers to find their own material. They enlisted A&R men for the task. It was Jerry Wexler, the man who later produced Aretha Franklin, who saw the song’s potential. Page was a dance band singer with a voice reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald. LW Page’s recording was significant for the use of multi-tracking. Even though audiotape wasn’t used yet in recording, Page sang four-part harmony with herselfSadowskiDavid. SA

The song’s success encouraged other performers to turn to country for cover material as well. In addition, the song inspired more state waltzes. JA King and Stewart’s composition became the official Tennessee state song in 1965. LW


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First posted 11/18/2011; last updated 11/23/2022.

Tuesday, December 5, 2000

O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack released

O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack

Various Artists


Released: December 5, 2000


Peak: 12 US, 135 CW, 20 UK, 3 CN, 15 AU


Sales (in millions): 8.18 US, 0.3 UK, 10.3 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: country/folk/Americana


Tracks:

Song Title (ACT) (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Po’ Lazarus (JAMES CARTER)
  2. Big Rock Candy Mountain (HARRY McCLINTOCK)
  3. You Are My Sunshine (NORMAN BLAKE)
  4. Down to the River to Pray (ALISON KRAUSS)
  5. Man of Constant Sorrow (SOGGY BOTTOM BOYS/ DAN TYMINKSI) (3/17/01, 35 CW)
  6. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues (CHRIS THOMAS KING)
  7. Man of Constant Sorrow [instrumental] (NORMAN BLAKE)
  8. Keep on the Sunny Side (THE WHITES)
  9. I’ll Fly Away (ALISON KRAUSS/ GILLIAN WELCH)
  10. Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby (EMMYLOU HARRIS/ ALISON KRAUSS/ GILLIAN WELCH)
  11. In the Highways (LEAH, SARAH & HANNAH PEASALL)
  12. I Am Weary, Let Me Rest (COX FAMILY)
  13. Man of Constant Sorrow [instrumental] (JOHN HARTFORD)
  14. O Death (RALPH STANLEY)
  15. In the Jailhouse Now (SOGGY BOTTOM BOYS/ TIM NELSON)
  16. Man of Constant Sorrow [alternate take] (SOGGY BOTTOM BOYS/ DAN TYMINKSI)
  17. Indian War Whoop [instrumental] (JOHN HARTFORD)
  18. Lonesome Valley (FAIRFIELD FOUR)
  19. Angel Band (STANLEY BROTHERS)


Total Running Time: 61:24

Rating:

4.304 out of 5.00 (average of 10 ratings)


Quotable: “A powerful tribute not only to the time-honored but commercially ignored genres of bluegrass and mountain music.” – Evan Cater, All Music Guide


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“The critical consensus at the end of 2000 was that it had been one of the weakest film years in recent memory.” AMG However, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Coen brothers’ delightfully warm and weird Depression-era re-telling of Homer’s Odyssey,” AMG was one of the bright spots – if not for the movie, then definitely for the soundtrack. “The best soundtracks are like movies for the ears, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? joins the likes of Saturday Night Fever and The Harder They Come as cinematic pinnacles of song.” AZ “People left theaters humming the prominently featured songs, rerecordings of hymns, and old-time laments that helped the Coens evoke the ethics and beliefs of a simpler time.” TM

“In order to capture the sound of Mississippi circa 1932, the Coens commissioned T-Bone Burnett, a masterful producer whose work with artists like Elvis Costello, Sam Phillips, Joseph Arthur, and Counting Crows has earned him a special place in the folk-rock hall of fame.” AMG He tapped “an impressive assembly of old-time country veterans (Fairfield Four, Ralph Stanley, the Whites) and talented newcomers (Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris)” AMG to “re-create the country, bluegrass, folk, gospel, and blues of the era.” AMG

“There are no original compositions here (though Burnett is given a ‘music by’ credit usually reserved for composers), and the characters do not generally break into stylized song and dance numbers.” AMG However, “nearly every scene in O Brother is set to a period song, and the music frequently drives and defines the action.” AMG For example, “a significant segment of the plot hinges on the (utterly plausible) notion that Dan Tyminksi’s ebullient rendition of I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow could be a runaway hit.” AMG

In another example, “a memorable sequence involving three riverside sirens centers around an eerie version of Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby.” AMG As “the album’s spiritual centerpiece” AZ this “gospel lullaby” AZ finds Krauss, Welch, and Harris sounding “like a chorus of Appalachian angels.” AZ

The material is featured “in arrangements that are either a cappella or feature bare-bones accompaniment.” AZ “Nothing mucks up these homespun tunes” TM “which were made without the meddling clarity of digital technology” AMG but instead in a style “reminiscent of the single-microphone, wax-cylinder recordings of the 1930s.” TM They “give the film much of its power and authenticity.” AMG Every song was recorded for the film with the exception of “a stunning 1955 Alan Lomax recording of a black prison chain gang singing Po Lazarus, and Harry McClintock’s Big Rock Candy Mountain.” AMG

“Highlights range from the aching purity of Krauss’ Down to the River to Pray to the plainspoken faith of the Whites’ Keep on the Sunny Side to Stanley's chillingly plaintive O Death.” AZ a cappella performance on the latter “sets a chilling tone for a climactic struggle at a Ku Klux Klan rally.” AMG

“Throughout, Burnett’s steady guiding hand is evident.” AMG The soundtrack is “chock-full of ol’-timey fun” ZS as “a great throwback to pickin’, grinnin’, fiddling, and knee-slappin’” ZS music, all a testament to “Burnett’s remarkable skills as a producer.” AMG It serves as “a powerful tribute not only to the time-honored but commercially ignored genres of bluegrass and mountain music.” AMG “Within a year the soundtrack had sold over five million copies, renewed interest in classic bluegrass and traditional American music, and spawned an extensive concert tour and a slew of subsequent releases. For a while, any performer with a speck of bluegrass in the back catalog was opportunistically riding the O Brother bandwagon.” TM


Notes: An August 2011 reissue added 14 tracks not on the original soundtrack, including a dozen unreleased cuts from the O Brother sessions. WK

Resources and Related Links:

  • DMDB Encyclopedia entry for T-Bone Burnett
  • AMG All Music Guide review by Evan Cater
  • AZ Amazon.com review by Don McLeese
  • TM Tom Moon (2008). 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. Workman Publishing Company, Inc.: New York, NY.
  • WK Wikipedia
  • ZS Zagat Survey (2003). Music Guide: 1,000 Top Albums of All Time. Coordinator: Pat Blashill. Music Editor: Holly George-Warren. Editors: Betsy Andrews and Randi Gollin. Zagat Survey, LLC: New York, NY.


First posted 3/30/2008; last updated 4/20/2022.

Tuesday, November 28, 2000

Bob Dylan: Retrospective (1962-2007)

Bob Dylan

A Retrospective: 1962-2007

Overview:

Folk-rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica player born Robert Allen Zimmerman on 5/24/1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. Took stage name from poet Dylan Thomas. Gained a reputation as one of rock music’s greatest lyricists with his political and socially conscious songs, even winning a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his lyrics.

He went to New York City in 1960 and worked in folk clubs in Greenwich Village. He signed to Columbia Records in October 1961. Retired briefly following a motorcycle accident on 7/29/1966. He was born into a Jewish family, but became a born-again Christian in the late ‘70s and released several gospel-oriented albums from 1979-81 before returning to more folk-rock oriented fare. He has steadily toured since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. Member of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys (88-91).

Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” and Jimi Hendrix’s cover of “All Along the Watchtower” are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999. Three of his albums – Highway 61 Revisited (1965), Blonde on Blonde (1966), and Blood on the Tracks (1975) – are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.


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Awards:

Hover over badge for details. Click to go to DMDB page for that award.

Studio Albums:

Compilations:

Under each album snapshot, songs featured on the anthologies are noted. If the song charted, the date of the song’s release or first chart appearance and its chart peaks are noted in parentheses. Click for codes to charts.

Live Albums:

Listed chronologically by recording date, not release date.

Under each album snapshot, songs featured on the live albums are noted. If the song charted, the date of the song’s release or first chart appearance and its chart peaks are noted in parentheses. Click for codes to charts.

Archives:

Listed chronologically by recording date, not release date.

Under each album snapshot, songs featured on the archival collections are noted. If the song charted, the date of the song’s release or first chart appearance and its chart peaks are noted in parentheses. Click for codes to charts.

Top 100 Songs

These are the top songs by Bob Dylan (recorded by him and other artists) as ranked by the DMDB. The codes beside the songs indicate which of the above albums the songs appear on. In addition, you can scroll farther down the page to see a snapshot of the individual albums with the singles from each indicated. The songs are again followed by the codes, but also for those songs that charted, the date of the song’s release or first chart appearance and its chart peaks are noted in parentheses.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Like a Rolling Stone (1965)
2. All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1968)
3. Mr. Tambourine Man (The Byrds, 1965)
4. Blowin’ in the Wind (1963)

DMDB Top 2%:

5. The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964)
6. Tangled Up in Blue (1975)
7. Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965)
8. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (1973)

DMDB Top 5%:

9. Positively 4th Street (1965)
10. Hurricane (1975)

11. Just Like a Woman (1966)
12. Blowin’ in the Wind (Peter, Paul & Mary; 1963)
13. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (1966)
14. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (1963)
15. Lay Lady Lay (1969)
16. I Want You (1966)
17. Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)

DMDB Top 10%:

18. To Make You Feel My Love (Adele, 2008)
19. Visions of Johanna (1966)
20. Blowin’ in the Wind (Stevie Wonder, 1966)

21. My Back Pages (The Byrds, 1967)
22. If Not for You (Olivia Newton-John, 1971)
23. The Mighty Quinn (Manfred Mann, 1968)
24. Gotta Serve Somebody (1979)
25. Masters of War (1963)
26. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Guns N’ Roses, 1987)
27. Handle with Care (Traveling Wilburys, 1988)
28. The House of the Rising Sun (1962)
29. All Along the Watchtower (1967)
30. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (1965)

DMDB Top 20%:

31. Forever Young (1974)
32. Desolation Row (1965)
33. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (1963)
34. Things Have Changed (2000)
35. Like a Rolling Stone (The Rolling Stones, 1995)
36. Maggie’s Farm (1965)
37. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Eric Clapton, 1975)
38. Ballad of a Thin Man (1965)
39. I Threw It All Away (1969)
40. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (1966)

41. Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
42. Steel Bars (Michael Bolton, 1991)
43. Can You Please Crawl Out My Window? (1966)
44. Like a Rolling Stone (John Mellencamp, 1992)
45. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (The Byrds, 1968)
46. End of the Line (Traveling Wilburys, 1988)
47. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Bryan Ferry, 1973)
48. My Back Pages (1964)
49. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again (1966)
50. If Not for You (1970)

51. Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine (live with the Band, 1974)
52. Girl from the North Country (1963)
53. Like a Rolling Stone (The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1967)
54. On a Night Like This (with the Band, 1974)
55. I Shall Be Released (1967)
56. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (1967)
57. It Ain’t Me, Babe (The Turtles, 1965)
58. Blowin’ in the Wind (U2, 1984)
59. My Back Pages (live with Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, & George Harrison, 1992)
60. Not Dark Yet (1997)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

61. Shelter from the Storm (1975)
62. Wigwam (1970)
63. Mississippi (2001)
64. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Robert Palmer with UB40, 1990)
65. The Mighty Quinn (with the Band, 1967)
66. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You (1969)
67. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (with the Band, 1967)
68. All Along the Watchtower (Indigo Girls, 1990)
69. Dignity (1994)
70. Isis (1976)

71. It Ain’t Me, Babe (Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash, 1964)
72. Everything Is Broken (1989)
73. It Ain’t Me, Babe (1964)
74. Masters of War (Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready live, 1992)
75. One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) (1966)
76. Blind Willie McTell (1983)
77. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Randy Crawford with Eric Clapton & David Sanborn, 1989)
78. To Make You Feel My Love (Garth Brooks, 1998)
79. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (1975)
80. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (The Four Seasons, 1965)

81. All Along the Watchtower (U2 live, 1987)
82. I Believe in You (1979)
83. George Jackson (1971)
84. Silvio (1988)
85. A Fool Such As I (1969)
86. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (1966)
87. She’s My Baby (Traveling Wilburys, 1990)
88. All I Really Want to Do (1964)
89. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, 1990)
90. Idiot Wind (1975)

91. I Shall Be Released (The Band, 1968)
92. Every Grain of Sand (1981)
93. Like a Rolling Stone (Flatt & Scruggs, 1968)
94. Mozambique (1976)
95. Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (1964)
96. The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Tracy Chapman, 1992)
97. Mr. Tambourine Man (Crowded House with Roger McGuinn as Byrdhouse, 1989)
98. Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts (1967)
99. I Shall Be Released (The Box Tops, 1969)
100. Love Sick (1997)

Top 50 Albums

These are the top albums by Bob Dylan. Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by album’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, critics’ ratings, and awards.

Ranked in Dave’s Music Database’s Top 1000 Albums of All Time:

1. Blonde on Blonde (1966)
2. Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
3. Blood on the Tracks (1975)
4. Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
5. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963)
6. Love and Theft (2001)
7. Modern Times (2006)
8. Time Out of Mind (1997)
9. Greatest Hits (compilation: 1962-66, released 1967)
10. Desire (1976)

11. John Wesley Harding (1967)
12. The Royal Albert Hall Concert (The Bootleg Series Volume 4) (live, recorded 1966)
13. Nashville Skyline (1969)
14. Biograph (box set: 1962-1981, released in 1985)
15. Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964)
16. The Basement Tapes (archives, recorded in 1967 with the Band)

Beyond Dave’s Music Database’s Top 1000 Albums of All Time:

17. Greatest Hits Vol. II (compilation: 1962-71, released 1971)
18. Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020)
19. The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964)
20. The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (archives, released 1991)

21. Dylan (box set: 1962-2006, released 2007)
22. Planet Waves (with the Band, 1974)
23. Oh Mercy (1989)
24. Bob Dylan (1962)
25. Slow Train Coming (1979)
26. Greatest Hits Volume 3 (compilation: 1973-90, released 1994)
27. Triplicate (2017)
28. Before the Flood (live with the Band, 1974)
29. Tempest (2012)
30. Together Through Life (2009)

31. New Morning (1970)
32. Street Legal (1978)
33. Infidels (1983)
34. Good As I Been to You (1992)
35. Shot of Love (1981)
36. The Rolling Thunder Revue (The Bootleg Series Volume 5) (live, recorded 1975)
37. World Gone Wrong (1993)
38. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (soundtrack, 1973)
39. Don’t Look Back (soundtrack, 1967)
40. Self Portrait (1970)

41. The Concert at Philharmonic Hall (The Bootleg Series Volume 6) (live, recorded 1964)
42. Shadows in the Night (2015)
43. Empire Burlesque (1985)
44. The Witmark Demos (The Bootleg Series Volume 9) (archives, recorded 1962-1964)
45. The Cutting Edge (The Bootleg Series, Volume 12) (demos box, 1965-66, released 2015)
46. No Direction Home (The Bootleg Seris Volume 7) (archives/soundtrack, recorded 1959-1966)
47. Saved (1980)
48. Under the Red Sky (1990)
49. Knocked Out Loaded (1988)
50. Hard Rain (live, 1976)

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Released: March 19, 1962


Peak: --


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.302 out of 5.00 (average of 20 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. You’re No Good
  2. Talkin’ New York
  3. In My Time of Dyin’
  4. Man of Constant Sorrow ND
  5. Fixin’ to Die
  6. Pretty Peggy-O
  7. Highway 51
  8. Gospel Plow
  9. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (first recorded 11/20/61) WD, RA, BG
  10. The House of the Rising Sun
  11. Freight Train Blues
  12. Song to Woody ND, MP, DE
  13. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean


Total Running Time: 36:54


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • When I Got Troubles (recorded by Dylan’s high school friend Ric Kangas, 1959) ND
  • Rambler, Gambler (home recording, late 1960) ND
  • This Land Is Your Land (live, 11/4/61) ND
  • Dink’s Song (Minnesota Hotel Tape, 12/22/61) ND
  • I Was Young When I Left Home (Minnesota Hotel Tape, 12/22/61) ND
  • Talkin’ Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (first recorded 2/2/62) BU
  • Man on the Street (recorded Feb. ’62) WD
  • Hard Times in New York Town (recorded Feb. ’62) WD
  • Poor Boy Blues (recorded Feb. ’62) WD
  • Ballad for a Friend (recorded Feb. ’62) WD
  • Rambling, Gambling Willie (recorded Feb. ’62) WD
  • Standing on the Highway (recorded Feb. ’62) WD


About the Album:
“Bob Dylan's first album is a lot like the debut albums by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones — a sterling effort, outclassing most, if not all, of what came before it in the genre, but similarly eclipsed by the artist's own subsequent efforts. The difference was that not very many people heard Bob Dylan on its original release…At the time of Bob Dylan’s release, the folk revival was rolling, and interpretation was considered more important than original composition by most of that audience. A significant portion of the record is possessed by the style and spirit of Woody Guthrie, whose influence as a singer and guitarist hovers over Man of Constant Sorrow and Pretty Peggy-O.” AMG He also covers House of the Rising Sun, later made famous by the Animals. Despite the rumors, their version was inspired by Josh White, not Dylan. AMG

There are also “two originals here, the savagely witty Talkin’ New York and the poignant Song to Woody; and it's also hard to believe that he wasn’t aware of Jimmie Rodgers and Roy Acuff when he cut Freight Train Blues.” AMG They “serve as the bridge between Dylan's stylistic roots, as delineated on this album, and the more powerful and daringly original work that followed.” AMG

“One can also hear the influences of Bukka White, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson, and Furry Lewis…and this is where Dylan departed significantly from most of his contemporaries. Other white folksingers of the era, including his older contemporaries Eric Von Schmidt and Dave Van Ronk, had incorporated blues in their work, but Dylan’s presentation was more in your face, resembling in some respects (albeit in a more self-conscious way) the work of John Hammond, Jr., the son of the man who signed Dylan to Columbia Records and produced this album, who was just starting out in his own career at the time this record was made. There’s a punk-like aggressiveness to the singing and playing here.” AMG

“His raspy-voiced delivery and guitar style were modeled largely on Guthrie’s classic 1940s and early 1950s recordings, but the assertiveness of the bluesmen he admires also comes out, making this one of the most powerful records to come out of the folk revival…Within a year of its release, Dylan…would alter the boundaries of that revival beyond recognition, but this album marked the pinnacle of that earlier phase, before it was overshadowed by this artist’s more ambitious subsequent work.” AMG


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The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Released: May 27, 1963


Peak: 22 US, 12 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 3.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.678 out of 5.00 (average of 25 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

Tracks:

  1. Blowin’ in the Wind [2:49] (8/13/63, 1 CL) G1, ND, BF, RT, MP, BG, B1, ES, DE, SE
  2. Girl from the North Country [3:23] (first recorded 5/63) WD
  3. Masters of War [4:38] (first recorded 3/63, 9 CL) BU, WD, ND, MP, BG, DE
  4. Down the Highway [3:32]
  5. Bob Dylan’s Blues [2:28] (first recorded 4/63) WD
  6. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall [6:53] (first recorded 12/62, 11 CL) WD, PH, ND, G2, RT, MP, B2, DE
  7. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right [3:40] (first recorded 3/63, 5 CL) WD, PH, ND, G2, BF, MP, B1, ES, DE
  8. Bob Dylan’s Dream [5:02] (first recorded 4/63) BU, WD
  9. Oxford Town [1:50] (first recorded 3/63) WD
  10. Talking World War III Blues [6:27] BU, PH
  11. Corrina, Corrina (traditional) [2:44]
  12. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance (Dylan/Thomas) [2:00] BU
  13. I Shall Be Free [4:47] (first recorded 4/63) WD
Songs written by Bob Dylan unless noted otherwise.


Total Running Time: 44:14


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • Sally Gal (recorded 4/24/62) ND
  • Let Me Die in My Footsteps (recorded 4/25/62) WD
  • Baby, I’m in the Mood for You (recorded 7/9/62) BG
  • Let Me Die in My Footsteps (recorded 4/25/62) WD
  • Long Ago, Far Away (recorded 11/1/62) WD
  • The Death of Emmett Till (recorded Dec. ‘62) WD
  • Quit Your Low Down Ways (recorded Dec. ‘62) WD
  • Tomorrow Is a Long Time (first recorded Dec. ‘62) WD, G2, MP
  • Bound to Lose, Bound to Win (recorded Feb. ‘63) WD
  • All Over You (recorded Feb. ‘63) WD
  • I’d Hate to Be You on That Dreadful Day (recorded Feb. ‘63) WD
  • Long Time Gone (recorded Feb. ‘63) WD
  • Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues (recorded Feb. ’63) BU, WD, PH
  • Farewell (recorded Mar. ‘63) WD
  • Walkin’ Down the Line (recorded Mar. ‘63) WD
  • Seven Curses (recorded May ‘63) WD
  • Hero Blues (recorded May ‘63) WD


About the Album:
“It's hard to overestimate the importance of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, the record that firmly established Dylan as an unparalleled songwriter, one of considerable skill, imagination, and vision. At the time, folk had been quite popular on college campuses and bohemian circles, making headway onto the pop charts in diluted form, and while there certainly were a number of gifted songwriters, nobody had transcended the scene as Dylan did with this record.” AMG

“There are a couple (very good) covers, with Corrina Corrina and Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance, but they pale with the originals here. At the time, the social protests received the most attention, and deservedly so, since Blowin’ in the Wind , Masters of War, and A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall weren’t just specific in their targets; they were gracefully executed and even melodic.” AMG

“Although they’ve proven resilient throughout the years, if that’s all Freewheelin' had to offer, it wouldn’t have had its seismic impact, but this also revealed a songwriter who could turn out whimsy (Don't Think Twice, It’s All Right), gorgeous love songs (Girl from the North Country), and cheerfully absurdist humor (Bob Dylan's Blues, Bob Dylan's Dream) with equal skill.” AMG

“This is rich, imaginative music, capturing the sound and spirit of America as much as that of Louis Armstrong, Hank Williams, or Elvis Presley. Dylan, in many ways, recorded music that equaled this, but he never topped it.” AMG


Review Source(s):

In Concert: Brandeis University 1963

Bob Dylan


Recorded: May 10, 1963


Released: April 11, 2011

Peak: 128 US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.283 out of 5.00 (average of 8 ratings)

Tracks: (1) Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance (2) Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues (3) Ballad of Hollis Brown (4) Masters of War (5) Talking’ World War III Blues (6) Bob Dylan’s Dream (7) Talkin’ Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues


Total Running Time: 38:22


About the Album:
A tape of this concert performed at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, was found in the basement of Ralph Gleason, a co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine, after his death. In the liner notes, critic Michael Gray calls it “the last live performance we have of Bob Dylan before he became a star.”

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Bob Dylan

Released: January 13, 1964


Peak: 20 US, 20 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 2.0 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.778 out of 5.00 (average of 23 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

Tracks:

  1. The Times They Are A-Changin’ [3:15] (first recorded 10/24/63, released as single 3/25/65, 2 CL, 9 UK) WD, PH, G1, MP, BG, B1, ES, DE, SE
  2. Ballad of Hollis Brown [5:06] (first recorded 12/62) BU, WD
  3. With God on Our Side [7:08] PH
  4. One Too Many Mornings [2:41] RA, IW
  5. North Country Blues [4:35]
  6. Only a Pawn in Their Game [3:33]
  7. Boots of Spanish Leather [4:40] (first recorded 4/63) WD
  8. When the Ship Comes In [3:18] ND
  9. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll [5:48] PH, RT, BG
  10. Restless Farewell [5:32]
All songs written by Bob Dylan.


Total Running Time: 45:36


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • Whatcha Gonna Do (recorded 8/63) WD
  • Gypsy Lou (recorded 8/63) WD
  • Ain’t Gonna Grieve (recorded 8/63) WD
  • John Brown (recorded 8/63) WD
  • Only a Hobo (recorded 8/63) WD, AS
  • When the Ship Comes In (recorded 8/63) WD
  • Percy’s Song (recorded 10/23/63) BG
  • Lay Down Your Weary Tune (recorded 10/24/63) BG
  • Paths of Victory (recorded Dec. ’63) WD
  • Guess I’m Doing Fine (recorded Jan. ‘84) WD


About the Album:
The Times They Are a-Changin’ is Dylan’s first collection of all originals. It “isn’t a marked step forward from The Freewheelin' Bob DylanAMG and “isn’t as rich” AMG “but it’s terrific by any other standard.” AMG With the title cut “he wrote an anthem that nearly equaled” AMGBlowin’ in the Wind,” from Freewheelin’.

With God on Our Side and Only a Pawn in Their Game are nearly as good, while Ballad of Hollis Brown and The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll are remarkably skilled re-castings of contemporary tales of injustice.” AMG

“Dylan has tempered his sense of humor considerably, choosing to concentrate on social protests.” AMG “His absurdity is missed, but he makes up for it with the wonderful One Too Many Mornings and Boots of Spanish Leather, two lovely classics.” AMG

“If there are a couple of songs that don’t achieve the level of the aforementioned songs, that speaks more to the quality of those songs than the weakness of the remainder of the record.” AMG


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Another Side of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Released: August 8, 1964


Peak: 43 US, 8 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 1.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.206 out of 5.00 (average of 31 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

Tracks:

  1. All I Really Want to Do [4:04] PH, G2, DE
  2. Black Crow Blues [3:14]
  3. Spanish Harlem Incident [2:24] PH
  4. Chimes of Freedom [7:10] ND
  5. I Shall Be Free, No. 10 [4:47]
  6. To Ramona [3:52] PH, IW, BG
  7. Motorpsycho Nitemare [4:33]
  8. My Back Pages [4:22] (20 CL) G2, DE
  9. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) [4:22] PH, RA, BG
  10. Ballad in Plain D [8:16]
  11. It Ain’t Me Babe [3:33] (13 CL) PH, G1, IW, BF, RT, MP, BG, ES, B2, DE
All songs written by Bob Dylan.


Total Running Time: 50:37


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • Mama, You Been on My Mind (recorded 6/9/64) WD, PH, RT
  • I’ll Keep It with Mine (first recorded 6/64) WD, CE, BG


About the Album:
“The other side of Bob Dylan referred to in the title is presumably his romantic, absurdist, and whimsical one — anything that wasn’t featured on the staunchly folky, protest-heavy Times They Are a-Changin', really. Because of this, Another Side of Bob Dylan is a more varied record and it's more successful, too, since it captures Dylan expanding his music, turning in imaginative, poetic performances on love songs and protest tunes alike.” AMG

“This has an equal number of classics to its predecessor, actually, with All I Really Want to Do, Chimes of Freedom, My Back Pages, I Don’t Believe You, and It Ain’t Me Babe standing among his standards, but the key to the record’s success is the album tracks, which are graceful, poetic, and layered. Both the lyrics and music have gotten deeper and Dylan's trying more things — this, in its construction and attitude, is hardly strictly folk, as it encompasses far more than that. The result is one of his very best records, a lovely intimate affair.” AMG


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Bringing It All Back Home

Bob Dylan

Released: March 22, 1965


Peak: 6 US, 11 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 1.5 US, -- UK, 3.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.567 out of 5.00 (average of 29 ratings)

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Tracks:

  1. Subterranean Homesick Blues [2:21] (4/3/65, 39 US, 52 CB, 53 HR, 6 AC, 2 CL, 9 UK) G1, CE, MP, BG, ES, B2, DE, SE
  2. She Belongs to Me [2:47] RA, ND, CE, IW, G2
  3. Maggie’s Farm [3:54] (6/19/65, 12 CL, 22 UK) ND, IW, G2, MP, ES, DE, SE
  4. Love Minus Zero/No Limit [2:51] CE, RT, MP
  5. Outlaw Blues [3:05] CE
  6. On the Road Again [2:35] CE
  7. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream [6:30] CE
  8. Mr. Tambourine Man [5:30] (first recorded 6/64, single released 12/65, 4 CL) PH, G1, RA, ND, CE, IW, RT, MP, BG, B1, ES, DE, SE
  9. Gates of Eden [5:40] PH
  10. It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding [7:29] PH, BF
  11. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue [4:12] (16 CL) RA, ND, RT, B2, BG, ES, DE
All songs written by Bob Dylan.


Total Running Time: 47:21


About the Album:
Go to the DMDB page for this album.

The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 9)

Bob Dylan


Recorded: February 1962 – June 1964


Released: October 19, 2010

Peak: 12 US, 18 UK, -- CN, 36 AU


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.999 out of 5.00 (average of 16 ratings)

Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Man on the Street (Fragment) (2) Hard Times in New York Town (3) Poor Boys Blues (4) Ballad for a Friend (5) Ramblin’, Gambling Wine (6) Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (7) Standing on the Highway (8) Man on the Street (9) Blowin’ in the Wind (10) Long Ago, Far Away (11) A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (12) Tomorrow Is a Long Time (13) The Death of Emmett Till (14) Let Me Die in My Footsteps (15) Ballad of Hollis Brown (16) Quit Your Low Down Ways (17) Baby, I’m in the Mood for You (18) Bound to Lose, Bound to Win (19) All Over You (20) I’d Hate to Be You on That Dreadful Day (21) Long Time Gone (22) Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues (23) Masters of War (24) Oxford Town (25) Farewell

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (2) Walkin’ Down the Line (3) I Shall Be Free (4) Bob Dylan’s Blues (5) Bob Dylan’s Dream (6) Boots of Spanish Leather (7) Girl from the North Country (8) Seven Curses (9) Hero Blues (10) Whatcha Gonna Do? (11) Gypsy Lou (12) Ain’t Gonna Grieve (13) John Brown (14) Only a Hobo (15) When the Ship Comes In (16) The Times They Are A-Changin’ (17) Paths of Victory (18) Guess I’m Doing Fine (19) Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (20) Mama, You Been on My Mind (21) Mr. Tambourine Man (22) I’ll Keep It with Mine


About the Album:
This two-disc collection gathers demos Bob Dylan recorded with his first two publishing companies, Leeds Music and M. Witmark & Sons. It includes early versions of songs found on his first five studio albums as well as more than a dozen cuts not featured on any of Dylan’s studio albums.

Concert at Philharmonic Hall, 1964 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 6)

Bob Dylan


Recorded: October 31, 1964


Released: March 30, 2004

Peak: 28 US, 33 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.104 out of 5.00 (average of 9 ratings)

Tracks, Disc 1: (1) The Times They Are A-Changin’ (2) Spanish Harlem Incident (3) Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues (4) To Ramona (5) Who Killed Davey Moore? (6) Gates of Eden (7) If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Got to Stay All Night) (8) It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (9) I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (1) Mr. Tambourine Man (11) A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) Talkin’ World War III Blues (2) Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (3) The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (4) Mama, You Been on My Mind (5) Silver Dagger (6) With God on Our Side (7) It Ain’t Me, Babe (8) All I Really Want to Do


Total Running Time: 104:12


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Who Killed Davey Moore? PH
  • If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Got to Stay All Night) PH, CE
  • Silver Dagger PH


About the Album:
This is a live recording of a concert Bob Dylan performed on Halloween night in 1964 at the Philharmonic Hall in Manhattan, New York. It included a few songs which wouldn’t officially be released until Dylan’s 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home.

Highway 61 Revisited

Bob Dylan

Released: August 30, 1965


Peak: 3 US, 4 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 1.5 US, 0.1 UK, 10.0 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.755 out of 5.00 (average of 28 ratings)

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Tracks:

  1. Like a Rolling Stone [6:13] (7/20/65, 2 US, 1 CB, 2 HR, 1 CL, 4 UK, 2 CN, 7 AU) G1, RA, ND, CE, IW, BF, BG, MP, B1, ES, DE, SE
  2. Tombstone Blues [6:00] ND, CE, BG
  3. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry [4:09] ND, CE, RT
  4. From a Buick 6 [3:19]
  5. Ballad of a Thin Man [5:58] RA, ND, BF, MP
  6. Queen Jane Approximately [5:31] CE
  7. Highway 61 Revisited [3:30] ND, CE, IW, AS, BF, B2
  8. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues [5:32] RA, ND, CE, G2, MP
  9. Desolation Row [11:22] RA, ND, CE


Total Running Time: 51:26


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • Farewell, Angelina (recorded 1/13/65) CE
  • You Don’t Have to Do That (recorded 1/13/65) CE
  • California (recorded 1/13/65) CE
  • Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence (recorded 6/15/65) CE


About the Album:
Go to the DMDB page for this album.

Blonde on Blonde

Bob Dylan

Released: June 20, 1966


Peak: 9 US, 3 UK, -- CN, 4 AU


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.3 UK, 10.0 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.694 out of 5.00 (average of 28 ratings)

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Tracks:

  1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 [4:36] (4/16/66, 2 US, 2 CB, 2 HR, 2 CL, 7 UK) G1, BF, MP, ES, B2, DE, SE
  2. Pledging My Time [3:50] CE
  3. Visions of Johanna [7:33] (5 CL) RA, ND, CE, BG
  4. One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) [4:54] CE
  5. I Want You [3:07] (7/2/66, 20 US, 25 CB, 22 HR, 9 CL, 16 UK) G1, CE, MP, BG, B2
  6. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again [7:05] (16 CL) ND, CE, G2
  7. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat [3:58] RA, ND, CE
  8. Just Like a Woman [4:52] (9/10/66, 33 US, 28 CB, 26 HR, 3 CL, 43 UK) G1, RA, CE, BF, RT, MP, BG, B1, ES, DE, SE
  9. Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine [3:30] (live: 7/27/74, 66 US, 47 CB, 79 HR, 20 CL) BF, BG, DE
  10. Temporary Like Achilles [5:02]
  11. Absolutely Sweet Marie [4:57] CE
  12. 4th Time Around [4:35] RA
  13. Obviously 5 Believers [3:35]
  14. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands [11:20]
All songs written by Bob Dylan.


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • Positively 4th Street (9/25/65, 7 US, 9 CB, 9 HR, 3 CL, 8 UK, 1 CN) G1, CE, MP, BG, ES, B2, DE, SE
  • Medicine Sunday (recorded 10/5/65) CE
  • I Wanna Be Your Lover (recorded 10/65) BG
  • Jet Pilot (recorded 10/65) BG
  • Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (1/1/66, 58 US, 58 CB, 55 HR, 18 CL, 17 UK) CE, MP, BG
  • She’s Your Lover Now (recorded 1/21/66) CE
  • Lunatic Princess (recorded 1/27/66) CE
  • Tell Me, Momma (live 5/17/66) RA


Total Running Time: 72:57


About the Album:
Go to the DMDB page for this album.

Greatest Hits

Bob Dylan


Recorded: 1962-1966


Released: March 27, 1967


Peak: 10 US, 6 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 5.0 US, -- UK, 11.7 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.533 out of 5.00 (average of 12 ratings)

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Tracks: (1) Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (2) Blowin’ in the Wind (3) The Times They Are A-Changin’ (4) It Ain’t Me Babe (5) Like a Rolling Stone (6) Mr. Tambourine Man (7) Subterranean Homesick Blues (8) I Want You (9) Positively 4th Street (10) Just Like a Woman


Total Running Time: 40:44


About the Album:
Dylan released seven albums from 1962 to 1966 and, frankly, would have achieved legendary status if he never recorded again. Amongst the iconic songs recorded during this period and featured on this collection are Blowin’ in the Wind, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, and, of course, Like a Rolling Stone, one of the most legendary songs in the history of rock and roll.

The Royal Albert Hall Concert (The Bootleg Series Vol. 4)

Bob Dylan


Recorded: May 17, 1966


Released: October 13, 1998

Peak: 31 US, 19 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 0.06 UK


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.388 out of 5.00 (average of 21 ratings)

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Tracks, Disc 1: (1) She Belongs to Me (2) 4th Time Around (3) Visions of Johanna (4) It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (5) Desolation Row (6) Just Like a Woman (7) Mr. Tambourine Man

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) Tell Me, Momma (2) I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (3) Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (4) Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (5) Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (6) One Too Many Mornings (7) Ballad of a Thin Man (8) Like a Rolling Stone


Total Running Time: 95:18


About the Album:
Go to the DMDB page for this album.

No Direction Home Soundtrack (The Bootleg Series Vol. 7)

Bob Dylan


Recorded: 1959-1966


Released: August 30, 2005

Peak: 16 US, 21 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 0.1 UK


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.512 out of 5.00 (average of 10 ratings)

Tracks, Disc 1: (1) When I Got Troubles (2) Rambler, Gambler (3) This Land Is Your Land (live) (4) Song to Woody (5) Dink’s Song (6) I Was Young When I Left Home (7) Sally Gal (8) Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (9) Man of Constant Sorrow (10) Blowin’ in the Wind (live) (11) Masters of War (live) (12) A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (live) (13) When the Ship Comes In (live) (14) Mr. Tambourine Man (15) Chimes of Freedom (live) (16) It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) She Belongs to Me (2) Maggie’s Farm (live) (3) It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (4) Tombstone Blues (5) Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (6) Desolation Row (7) Highway 61 Revisited (8) Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (9) Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again (10) Visions of Johanna (11) Ballad of a Thin Man (live) (13) Like a Rolling Stone (live)


Total Running Time: 144:31


About the Album:
This served as the soundtrack for No Direction Home, a PBS television documentary on Dylan by Martin Scorsese. The two-disc compilation gathered outtakes and live recordings covering Dylan’s seven studio albums from 1962 to 1966 and gathering some rare material from before he recorded his debut album.

The Cutting Edge 1965-1966 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 12)

Bob Dylan


Recorded: January 13, 1965 to May 13, 1966


Released: November 6, 2015

Peak: 33 US, 12 UK (peaks for 2-disc version)


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.150 out of 5.00 (average of 16 ratings)

Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Love Minus Zero/No Limit (2) I’ll Keep It with Mine (3) Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream (4) She Belongs to Me (5) Subterranean Homesick Blues (6) Outlaw Blues (7) On the Road Again (8) Farewell Angelina (9) If You Gotta Go, Go Now (10) You Don’t Have to Do That (11) California (12) Mr. Tambourine Man (13) It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (14) Like a Rolling Stone (short version) (15) Like a Rolling Stone (16) Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence (17) Medicine Sunday (18) Desolation Row (take 2, piano demo) (19) Desolation Row (take 1, alternate version)

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) Tombstone Blues (2) Positively 4th Street (3) Can You Please Crawl Out Your Wind? (4) Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (5) Highway 61 Revisited (take 3, alternate take) (6) Queen Jane Approximately (7) Visions of Johanna (8) She’s Your Lover Now (9) Lunatic Princess (10) Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (11) One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) (12) Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again (13) Absolutely Sweet Marie (14) Just Like a Woman (15) Pledging My Time (16) I Want You (17) Highway 61 Revisited (take 7, false start)


Total Running Time: 144:31


About the Album:
The Cutting Edge gathers demos and outtakes Dylan recording during the sessions for Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde on Blonde. It was released in three versions – the standard, six-disc version, the two-disc best of (track listing above), and a whopping 18-disc collector’s edition that included every take and alternate version of all songs recorded by Dylan from 1965-1966. See the full track listing and recording details for the collector’s edition at BobDylan.com.

The Basement Tapes

Bob Dylan & The Band


Recorded: June – October 1967

Released: June 26, 1975


Peak: 7 US, 8 UK, 22 CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 0.1 UK, 1.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock/Americana


Rating:

4.109 out of 5.00 (average of 28 ratings)

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Tracks, Disc 1:

  1. Odds and Ends
  2. Orange Juice Blues (Blues for Breakfast)
  3. Million Dollar Bash BG
  4. Yazoo Street Scandel
  5. Goin’ to Acapulco
  6. Katie’s Been Gone
  7. Lo and Behold!
  8. Bessie Smith
  9. Clothes Line Saga
  10. Apple Suckling Tree
  11. Please, Mrs. Henry
  12. Tears of Rage MP

Tracks, Disc 2:

  1. Too Much of Nothing
  2. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread
  3. Ain’t No More Cane
  4. Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)
  5. Ruben Remus
  6. Tiny Montgomery
  7. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (first recorded 10/67, 47 CL) G2, ES, DE
  8. Don’t Ya Tell Henry
  9. Nothing Was Delivered
  10. Open the Door, Homer
  11. Long Distance Operator
  12. This Wheel’s on Fire MP


Total Running Time: 76:41


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) (first recorded 7/67, 47 CL) IW, G2, MP, BG, ES, B2
  • I Shall Be Released (first recorded 10/67, 47 CL) G2, BF, RT, MP, BG, B1, ES, DE
  • Minstrel Boy (recorded 1967) IW, AS


About the Album:
Go to the DMDB page for this album.

The Basement Tapes Complete

Bob Dylan & The Band


Recorded: June – October 1967


Released: November 4, 2014

Peak: 41 US, 17 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: folk rock/Americana


Rating:

4.495 out of 5.00 (average of 11 ratings)

About the Album:
The original Basement Tapes was already an archival collection of Bob Dylan and the Band’s 1967 recordings when it was released in 1975. This 2014 release expands the collection to a six-disc set, The Basement Tapes Complete (see track listing here) or the two-disc version, The Basement Tapes Raw (see track listing here).

John Wesley Harding

Bob Dylan

Released: December 27, 1967


Peak: 2 US, 113 UK, -- CN, 11 AU


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 4.0 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.123 out of 5.00 (average of 26 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

Tracks:

  1. John Wesley Harding TT
  2. As I Went Out One Morning TT
  3. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine TT, IW
  4. All Along the Watchtower (5 CL) TT, G2, BF, BG, B1, MP, ES, DE, SE
  5. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
  6. Drifter’s Escape TT
  7. Dear Landlord BG
  8. I Am a Lonesome Hobo TT
  9. I Pity the Poor Immigrant TT, IW
  10. The Wicked Messenger
  11. Down Along the Cove
  12. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (34 CL) IW, AS, G2, MP, BG, ES, B2


Total Running Time: 38:24


About the Album:
“Bob Dylan returned from exile with John Wesley Harding, a quiet, country-tinged album that split dramatically from his previous three.” AMG It is “a calm, reflective album” AMG that “strips away all of the wilder tendencies of Dylan's rock albums — even the then-unreleased Basement Tapes he made the previous year — but it isn’t a return to his folk roots.” AMG

“If anything, the album is his first serious foray into country, but only a handful of songs, such as I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, are straight country songs. Instead, John Wesley Harding is informed by the rustic sound of country, as well as many rural myths, with seemingly simple songs like All Along the Watchtower, I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine, and The Wicked Messenger revealing several layers of meaning with repeated plays.” AMG

“Although the lyrics are somewhat enigmatic, the music is simple, direct, and melodic, providing a touchstone for the country-rock revolution that swept through rock in the late '60s.” AMG


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Nashville Skyline

Bob Dylan

Released: April 9, 1969


Peak: 3 US, 14 UK, 3 CN, 2 AU


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 4.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock/country


Rating:

3.929 out of 5.00 (average of 25 ratings)

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Tracks:

  1. Girl from the North Country (with Johnny Cash) TT
  2. Nashville Skyline Rag TT
  3. To Be Alone with You TT
  4. I Threw It All Away (5/14/69, 85 BB, 30 UK) TT, IW, AS
  5. Peggy Day TT
  6. Lay Lady Lay (7/12/69, 7 US, 8 CB, 7 HR, 19 AC, 5 CL, 5 UK) TT, IW, G2, BF, BG, B1, MP, ES, DE, SE
  7. One More Night TT
  8. Tell Me That It Isn’t True TT
  9. Country Pie TT, AS
  10. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You (11/1/69, 50 BB) G2, RT


Total Running Time: 26:46


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • Western Road (recorded 2/13/69) TT


About the Album:
John Wesley Harding suggested country with its textures and structures, but Nashville Skyline was a full-fledged country album, complete with steel guitars and brief, direct songs. It's a warm, friendly album, particularly since Bob Dylan is singing in a previously unheard gentle croon — the sound of his voice is so different it may be disarming upon first listen, but it suits the songs. While there are a handful of lightweight numbers on the record, at its core are several excellent songs — Lay Lady Lay, To Be Alone with You, I Threw It All Away, Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You, as well as a duet with Johnny Cash on Girl from the North Country — that have become country-rock standards. And there's no discounting that Nashville Skyline, arriving in the spring of 1969, established country-rock as a vital force in pop music, as well as a commercially viable genre.” AMG


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Travelin’ Thru (The Bootleg Series Vol. 15)

Bob Dylan


Recorded: October 17, 1967 to May 17, 1970


Released: November 1, 2019

Peak: 27 US, 6 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: folk rock/country


Rating:

3.600 out of 5.00 (average of 13 ratings)

Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Drifter’s Escape (2) I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine (3) All Along the Watchtower (4) John Wesley Harding (5) As I Went Out One Morning (6) I Pity the Poor Immigrant (7) I Am a Lonesome Hobo (8) I Threw It All Away (9) To Be Alone with You (10) Lay Lady Lay (11) One More Night (12) Western Road (13) Peggy Day (14) Tell Me That It Isn’t True (15) Country Pie

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) I Still Miss Someone (take 5) * (2) Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right/Understand Your Man * (3) One Too Many Mornings * (4) Mountain Dew (take 1) * (5) Mountain Dew (take 2) * (6) I Still Miss Someone (take 2) * (7) Careless Love * (8) Matchbox * (9) That’s All Right, Mama * (10) Mystery Train/This Train Is Bound for Glory * (11) Big River * (12) Girl from the North Country (rehearsal) * (13) Girl from the North Country (take 1) * (14) I Walk the Line * (15) Guess Things Happen That Way (rehearsal) * (16) Guess Things Happen That Way (take 3) * (17) Five Feet High and Rising * (18) You Are My Sunshine * (19) Ring of Fire *

Tracks, Disc 3: (1) Studio Chatter ** (2) Wanted Man ** (3) Amen ** (4) Just a Closer Walk with Thee ** (5) Jimmie Rodgers Medley No. 1 (“Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)”/ “The Brakeman's Blues (Yodeling the Blues Away)” / “Blue Yodel No. 5 (It’s Raining Here)”) ** (6) Jimmie Rodgers Medley No. 2 (“Waiting for a Train” / “Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)” / “The Brakeman's Blues (Yodeling the Blues Away)”) ** (7) I Threw It All Away *** (8) Living the Blues *** (9) Girl from the North Country *** (10) Ring of Fire ^ (11) Folsom Prison Blues ^ (12) Earl Scruggs Interview ^^ (13) East Virginia Blues ^^ (14) To Be Alone with You ^^ (15) Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance ^^ (16) Nashville Skyline Rag ^^


Notes:

  • * with Johnny Cash, 2/17/1969
  • ** with Johnny Cash, 2/18/1969
  • *** with Johnny Cash, live at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on 5/1/1969. Broadcast on The Johnny Cash Show on 6/7/1969.
  • ^ Bob Dylan, studio sessions, 5/3/1969
  • ^^ with Earl Scruggs, 5/17/1970


Total Running Time: 133:44


About the Album:
This three-disc archival collection gathers alternate takes from Dylan’s recording sessions for his John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline albums alongside more than a disc’s worth of material recorded with Johnny Cash for The Johnny Cash Show, and a few cuts from Dylan’s appearance with Earl Scruggs on the special Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends. See full details on the dates of the recording sessions here.

Live at the Isle of Wight Festival

Bob Dylan


Recorded: August 31, 1969


Released: August 27, 2013

Peak: 21 US, 5 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.06 UK


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.950 out of 5.00 (average of 7 ratings)

Tracks: (1) Intro (2) She Belongs to Me (3) I Threw It All Away (4) Maggie’s Farm (5) Wild Mountain Thyme (6) It Ain’t Me, Babe (7) To Ramona (8) Mr. Tambourine Man (9) I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine (10) Lay Lady Lay (11) Highway 61 Revisited (12) One Too Many Mornings (13) I Pity the Poor Immigrant (14) Like a Rolling Stone (15) I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (16) Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) (17) Minstrel Boy (18) Rainy Day Women #12 & 35


Total Running Time: 60:41


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Wild Mountain Thyme (recorded live 8/31/69) IW


About the Album:
This live performance at the Isle of Wight Festival was released in 2013 as part of the deluxe edition of Another Self Portrait: 1969-1971 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 10).

Self Portrait

Bob Dylan

Released: June 8, 1970


Peak: 4 US, 11 UK, 4 CN, 3 AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 2.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

2.721 out of 5.00 (average of 22 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. All the Tired Horses AS
  2. Alberta, No. 1
  3. I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know
  4. Days of ‘49 AS
  5. Early Morning Rain
  6. In Search of Little Sadie AS
  7. Let It Be Me
  8. Little Sadie AS
  9. Woogie Boogie
  10. Belle Isle AS
  11. Living the Blues
  12. Like a Rolling Stone (live)
  13. Copper Kettle AS
  14. Gotta Travel On
  15. Blue Moon
  16. The Boxer
  17. The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) (live)
  18. Take Me As I Am Or Let Me Go
  19. Take a Message to Mary
  20. It Hurts Me Too
  21. Minstrel Boy (live)
  22. She Belongs to Me (live)
  23. Wigwam (7/25/70, 41 BB, 13 AC) AS
  24. Alberta #2


Total Running Time: 73:15


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • Pretty Saro (recorded 3/3/70) AS
  • These Hands (recorded 3/3/70) AS
  • Alberta #3 (recorded 3/4/70) AS
  • Annie’s Going to Sing Her Song (recorded 3/4/70) AS
  • Railroad Bill (recorded 3/4/70) AS
  • Thirsty Boots (recorded 3/4/70) AS
  • This Evening So Soon (recorded 3/4/70) AS
  • House Carpenter (recorded 3/4/70) AS
  • Tattle O’Day (recorded 3/4/70) AS
  • Working on a Guru (recorded 5/1/70) AS


About the Album:
This “baffling, double album” AMG feels like a deliberate “attempt to shed an audience.” AMG It is a “sprawling affair that runs the gamut from self-portrait to self-parody, touching on operatic pop, rowdy Basement Tapes leftovers, slight whimsy, and covers of wannabe Dylans from Paul Simon to Gordon Lightfoot. To say the least, it's confusing, especially arriving at the end of a decade of unmitigated brilliance.” AMG

“Decades have passed and it still doesn’t make much sense, even for Dylanphiles.” AMG “This isn’t a matter of deciphering cryptic lyrics or interpreting lyrics, it’s all about discerning intent, figuring out what the hell Dylan was thinking when he was recording — not trying to decode a song.” AMG

“There are times where it’s quite clearly played for a laugh — if his shambling version of The Boxer isn’t a pointed parody of Paul Simon, there was no reason to cut it — but he’s poker-faced elsewhere, and the songs (apart from such earthed gems as Mighty Quinn, which aren’t presented in their best versions) are simply not worth much consideration.” AMG


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New Morning

Bob Dylan

Released: October 21, 1970


Peak: 7 US, 11 UK, 5 CN, 4 AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 2.0 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.457 out of 5.00 (average of 22 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. If Not for You (3/71, 47 CL) AS, G2, MP, BG, B1, ES, DE
  2. Day of the Locusts
  3. Time Passes Slowly
  4. Went to See the Gypsy AS
  5. Winterlude
  6. If Dogs Run Free AS
  7. New Morning AS
  8. Sign on the Window AS
  9. One More Weekend
  10. The Man in Me
  11. Three Angels
  12. Father of Night
  13. Time Passes Slowly AS, BG


Total Running Time: 35:21


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • Spanish Is the Loving Tongue (recorded 6/2/70, 6/3/71, B-side of “Watching the River Flow”) AS,MP
  • Bring Me a Little Water (recorded 6/4/70) AS


About the Album:
“Dylan rushed out New Morning in the wake of the commercial and critical disaster Self Portrait, and the difference between the two albums suggests that its legendary failed predecessor was intentionally flawed. New Morning expands on the laid-back country-rock of John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline by adding a more pronounced rock & roll edge.” AMG

While there are only a couple of genuine classics on the record (If Not for You, One More Weekend), the overall quality is quite high, and many of the songs explore idiosyncratic routes Dylan had previously left untouched, whether it’s the jazzy experiments of Sign on the Window and Winterlude, the rambling spoken word piece If Dogs Run Free or the Elvis parable Went to See the Gypsy. Such offbeat songs make New Morning a charming, endearing record.” AMG


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Greatest Hits, Vol. II

Bob Dylan


Recorded: 1962-1971


Released: November 17, 1971


Peak: 14 US, 12 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 5.0 US, -- UK, 6.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.099 out of 5.00 (average of 11 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

Tracks: (1) Watching the River Flow (2) Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (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 (8) Maggie’s Farm (9) Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You (10) She Belongs to Me (11) All Along the Watchtower (12) The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) (13) Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (14) A 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


Total Running Time: 77:31


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • When I Paint My Masterpiece (recorded 3/19/71, 49 CL) AS, G2
  • Watching the River Flow (6/3/71, 41 US, 31 CB, 37 HR, 15 CL, 24 UK) G2
  • Wallflower (recorded 11/4/71) AS
  • George Jackson (11/12/71, --) MP
  • Down in the Flood G2


About the Album:
This compilation only featured six songs representing the four studio albums released since Dylan’s first greatest hits. However, this set also added five new songs, a live cut from 1963, and another nine songs from Dylan’s earlier albums. It made for more of a mish-mash than the first compilation. Ideally, the two collections should be re-released as one set with the cuts compiled in chronological order.

Another Self Portrait (The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10)

Bob Dylan


Recorded: 1969-1971


Released: August 27, 2013

Peak: 21 US, 5 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.06 UK


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.150 out of 5.00 (average of 6 ratings)

Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Went to See the Gypsy (2) Little Sadie (3) Pretty Saro (4) Alberta #3 (5) Spanish Is the Loving Tongue (6) Annie’s Going to Sing Her Song (7) Time Passes Slowly #1 (8) Only a Hobo (9) Minstrel Boy (10) I Threw It All Away (11) Railroad Bill (12) Thirsty Boots (13) This Evening So Soon (14) These Hands (15) In Search of Little Sadie (16) House Carpenter (17) All the Tired Horses

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) If Not for You (2) Wallflower (3) Wigwam (4) Days of ’49 (5) Working on a Guru (6) Country Pie (7) I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (8) Highway 61 Revisited (9) Copper Kettle (10) Bring Me a Little Water (11) Sign on the Window (12) Tattle O’Day (13) If Dogs Run Free (14) New Morning (15) Went to See the Gypsy (16) Belle Isle (17) Time Passes Slowly #2 (18) When I Paint My Masterpiece


Total Running Time: 113:27


About the Album:
This two-disc archival collection gathers outtakes and alternate recordings from the sessions that produced Bob Dylan’s studio albums Self Portrait and New Morning.

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Bob Dylan

Released: July 13, 1973


Peak: 16 US, 29 UK, 22 CN, 28 AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 1.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock/soundtrack


Rating:

2.990 out of 5.00 (average of 19 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. Main Title Theme (Billy)
  2. Cantina Theme (Workin’ for the Law)
  3. Billy 1
  4. Bunkhouse Theme
  5. River Theme
  6. Turkey Chase
  7. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (9/1/73, 12 US, 10 CB, 11 HR, 10 RR, 5 AC, 2 CL, 14 UK) BF, RT, MP, BG, B1, G3, ES, DE, SE
  8. Final Theme
  9. Billy 4
  10. Billy 7


Total Running Time: 35:23


About the Album:
“This album was unusual on several counts. For starters, it was a soundtrack (for Sam Peckinpah's movie of the same title), a first venture of its kind for Bob Dylan. For another, it was Dylan's first new LP in three years — he hadn't been heard from in any form other than the single ‘George Jackson,’ his appearance at the Bangladesh benefit concert in 1971, in all of that time. Finally, it came out at an odd moment of juxtaposition in pop culture history, appearing in July 1973 on the same date as the release of Paul McCartney's own first prominent venture into film music, on the Live and Let Die soundtrack (the Beatles bassist had previously scored The Family Way, a British project overlooked amid the frenzy of the Beatles' success).” AMG

“Interestingly, each effort reunited the artist with a significant musician/collaborator from his respective past: McCartney with producer George Martin and Dylan with guitarist Bruce Langhorne, who'd played with him on his early albums up to Bringing It All Back Home, before being supplanted by Mike Bloomfield, et al. But that was where the similarities between the two projects ended — apart from the title song, Live and Let Die was Martin's project rather than McCartney's, whereas Dylan was all over Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid as a composer, musician, etc. Additionally, whereas McCartney's work was a piece of pure pop-oriented rock in connection with a crowd-pleasing action-fantasy film, Dylan's work comprised an entire LP, and the resulting album was a beautifully simple, sometimes rough-at-the-edges and sometimes gently refined piece of country- and folk-influenced rock, devised to underscore a very serious historical film by one of the movies' great directorial stylists. It was also as strong as any of his recent albums, featuring not just Langhorne but also such luminaries as Booker T. Jones, Roger McGuinn, and Byron Berline.” AMG

Knockin’ on Heaven's Door may have been the biggest hit to come out of a Western in at least 21 years, since Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington had given "High Noon" to Tex Ritter to sing in Fred Zinnemann's High Noon in 1952 (and Katy Jurado was in both movies), and he'd also outdone Ritter on two counts, writing the music — a full score, to boot — and getting a cameo appearance in the film.” AMG

“‘Knockin’ on Heaven's Door’ was the obvious hit off the album, and helped drive the sales, but Billy 1, Billy 4, and Billy 7 were good songs, too — had any of them shown up on bootlegs, they'd have kept the Dylan semiologists and hagiographers busy for years working over them.” AMG

“The instrumentals surrounding them were also worth hearing as manifestations of Dylan's music-making; Bunkhouse Theme was downright gorgeous.” AMG

“It was the first time since New Morning, in 1970, that Dylan had released more than five minutes of new music at once, and it was a gift to fans as well as to Peckinpah — little did anyone realize at the time that it heralded a period of new recording and a national tour (with the Band), along with a brief label switch, and Dylan's greatest period of sustained musical visibility since 1966. This record also proved that Dylan could shoehorn his music within the requirements of a movie score without compromising its content or quality, something that only the Beatles, unique among rock artists, had really managed to do up to that time, and that was in their own movie, A Hard Day’s Night.” AMG

“The album was later kind of overlooked and neglected in the wake of the tour that followed and the imposing musical attributes of, say, Blood on the Tracks and Desire, but heard on its own terms it holds up 30-plus years later.” AMG


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Planet Waves

Bob Dylan & The Band

Released: January 17, 1974


Peak: 14 US, 7 UK, 11 CN, 21 AU, 11 DF


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 3.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock/Americana


Rating:

3.359 out of 5.00 (average of 26 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

Tracks:

  1. On a Night Like This (2/16/74, 44 BB, 30 CB, 43 HR, 19 CL) BG, DE
  2. Going, Going, Gone
  3. Tough Mama
  4. Hazel
  5. Something There Is About You (4/74) --
  6. Forever Young (slow version) (12 CL; demo from Biograph, recorded 6/73) BG, B1, G3, ES, B2, DE, SE
  7. Forever Young (fast version)
  8. Dirge
  9. You Angel You (25 CL) BG
  10. Never Say Goodbye
  11. Wedding Song


Total Running Time: 42:12


About the Album:
“Reteaming with the Band, Bob Dylan winds up with an album that recalls New Morning more than The Basement Tapes, since Planet Waves is given to a relaxed intimate tone — all the more appropriate for a collection of modest songs about domestic life. As such, it may seem a little anticlimactic since it has none of the wildness of the best Dylan and Band music of the '60s — just an approximation of the homespun rusticness. Considering that the record was knocked out in the course of three days, its unassuming nature shouldn't be a surprise, and sometimes it's as much a flaw as a virtue, since there are several cuts that float into the ether. Still, it is a virtue in places, as there are moments — On a Night Like This, Something There Is About You, the lovely Forever Young — where it just gels, almost making the diffuse nature of the rest of the record acceptable.” AMG


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Before the Flood

Bob Dylan & the Band


Recorded: January – February 1974


Released: June 20, 1974

Peak: 3 US, 8 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.04 UK, 3.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: folk rock/Americana


Rating:

3.838 out of 5.00 (average of 15 ratings)

Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine (2) Lay Lady Lay (3) Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (4) Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (5) It Ain’t Me, Babe (6) Ballad of a Thin Man (7) Up on Cripple Creek (8) I Shall Be Released (9) Endless Highway (10) The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (11) Stage Fright

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (2) Just Like a Woman (3) It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (4) The Shape I’m In (5) When You Awake (6) The Weight (7) All Along the Watchtower (8) Highway 61 Revisited (9) Like a Rolling Stone (10) Blowin’ in the Wind


Total Running Time: 92:26


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums *:

  • The Weight (The Band, 8/8/68, 63 BB, 59 CB, 28 GR, 46 HR, 2 CL, 21 UK, 36 CN, 2 DF)
  • The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band, 9/22/69, 7 CL, 10 CN, 3 DF)
  • Up on Cripple Creek (The Band, 10/18/69, 25 BB, 26 CB, 20 GR, 27 HR, 4 CL, 10 CN, 7 DF)
  • When You Awake (The Band, 9/22/69, album cut from The Band)
  • The Shape I’m In (The Band, 1/2/71, 9 CL)
  • Stage Fright (The Band, 9/5/70 album cut from Stage Fright, 12 CL)
  • Endless Highway (Bob Dylan & The Band, live 1974)

* Chart information and dates are for original studio versions.


About the Album:
The Band started out as Bob Dylan’s backup band, The Hawks. In 1967, Dylan and The Band recorded The Basement Tapes, a collection which became pivotal in shaping Americana music. In 1974, Dylan and The Band got back together to record the album Planet Waves and tour together. This live album served as a memento of that reunion.

Blood on the Tracks

Bob Dylan

Released: January 20, 1975


Peak: 12 US, 4 UK, 12 CN, 4 AU, 13 DF


Sales (in millions): 3.0 US, 0.1 UK, 10.0 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.602 out of 5.00 (average of 28 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. Tangled Up in Blue [5:41] (3/8/75, 31 BB, 43 CB, 62 HR, 2 CL, 4 DF) RT, MB, BG, B1, G3, ES, DE, SE
  2. Simple Twist of Fate [4:17] (19 CL) RT, MB, B2, DE
  3. You’re a Big Girl Now [4:34] (37 DF) (Biograph version recorded 9/25/74) MB, BG
  4. Idiot Wind [7:47] (28 DF) MB, MP
  5. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go [2:55] (46 CL, 8 DF) MT
  6. Meet Me in the Morning [4:21] (38 DF) MT
  7. Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts [8:52] (9 CL, 32 DF) MT
  8. If You See Her, Say Hello [4:47] MB, MP
  9. Shelter from the Storm [5:00] (13 CL, 28 DF) MB, B1, ES
  10. Buckets of Rain [3:22] MB


Total Running Time: 51:46


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • Up to Me (recorded 9/25/74) BG


About the Album:
Go to the DMDB page for this album.

More Blood, More Tracks (The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14)

Bob Dylan


Recorded: September and December 1974


Released: November 2, 2018

Peak: 25 US, 9 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.412 out of 5.00 (average of 9 ratings)

Tracks: (1) Tangled Up in Blue (2) Simple Twist of Fate (3) Shelter from the Storm (4) You’re a Big Girl Now (5) Buckets of Rain (6) If You See Her, Say Hello (7) Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts (8) Meet Me in the Morning (9) Idiot Wind (10) You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (11) Up to Me


Total Running Time: 62:01


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Up to Me (take 2, recorded 9/19/74) MT


About the Album:
This collection of alternate takes from the sessions for Blood on the Tracks effectively recreates the album with all ten tracks represented as well as the song “Up to Me” from the same sessions. Most of these outtakes had actually been previously released via Biograph and The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3. A six-disc version was also released that included multiple takes of each song plus the songs “Call Letter Blues” and “Spanish Is the Loving Tongue.”

Desire

Bob Dylan

Released: January 16, 1976


Peak: 15 US, 3 UK, 3 CN, 13 AU, 11 DF


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, -- UK, 7.0 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.120 out of 5.00 (average of 26 ratings)

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Tracks:

  1. Hurricane (11/22/75, 33 BB, 27 CB, 66 HR, 3 CL, 43 UK, 4 DF) RT, MP, G3, ES, B2, DE, SE
  2. Isis (15 CL) RT, BG
  3. Mozambique (3/13/76, 54 BB) MP
  4. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) RT, MP
  5. Oh, Sister RT, B1
  6. Joey
  7. Romance in Durango RT, BG
  8. Black Diamond Bay
  9. Sara RT, MP


Total Running Time: 56:13


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • Rita May (recorded 7/30/75, released 11/30/76, --) MP
  • Abandoned Love (recorded 7/75) BG


About the Album:
“If Blood on the Tracks was an unapologetically intimate affair, Desire is unwieldy and messy, the deliberate work of a collective. And while Bob Dylan directly addresses his crumbling relationship with his wife, SaraAMG “at his most nakedly emotional” AMG “on the final track, Desire is hardly as personal as its predecessor, finding Dylan returning to topical songwriting and folk tales for the core of the record. It's all over the map, as far as songwriting goes, and so is it musically, capturing Dylan at the beginning of the Rolling Thunder Revue era, which was more notable for its chaos than its music.” AMG

“And, so it's only fitting that Desire fits that description as well, as it careens between surging folk-rock, Mideastern dirges, skipping pop, and epic narratives. It's little surprise that Desire doesn't quite gel, yet it retains its own character — really, there's no other place where Dylan tried as many different styles, as many weird detours, as he does here. And, there's something to be said for its rambling, sprawling character, which has a charm of its own. Even so, the record would have been assisted by a more consistent set of songs; there are some masterpieces here, though: Hurricane is the best-known, but the effervescent Mozambique is Dylan at his breeziest…and Isis is one of his very best songs of the '70s, a hypnotic, contemporized spin on a classic fable.” AMG

“This may not add up to a masterpiece, but it does result in one of his most fascinating records of the '70s and '80s — more intriguing, lyrically and musically, than most of his latter-day affairs.” AMG


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The Rolling Thunder Revue (The Bootleg Series Vol. 5)

Bob Dylan


Recorded: November 19-21 and December 4, 1975


Released: November 26, 2002

Peak: 56 US, 69 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.837 out of 5.00 (average of 6 ratings)

Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You (2) It Ain’t Me, Babe (3) A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (4) The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (5) Romance in Durango (6) Isis (7) Mr. Tambourine Man (8) Simple Twist of Fate (9) Blowin’ in the Wind (10) Mama, You Been on My Mind (11) I Shall Be Released

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (2) Love Minus Zero/No Limit (3) Tangled Up in Blue (4) The Water Is Wide (5) It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (6) Oh, Sister (7) Hurricane (8) One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) (9) Sara (10) Just Like a Woman (11) Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door


Total Running Time: 101:48


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • The Water Is Wide (recorded live 11/21/75) RT


About the Album:
This entry into Dylan’s Bootleg Series covers the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour in support of his Blood on the Tracks and yet-to-be-released Desire albums. The 1976 release Hard Rain covered the second leg of the same tour.

Hard Rain

Bob Dylan


Recorded: live May 16 and 23, 1976


Released: September 13, 1976

Peak: 17 US, 3 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 2.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.121 out of 5.00 (average of 11 ratings)

Tracks: (1) Maggie’s Farm (2) One Too Many Mornings (3) Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again (4) Oh, Sister (5) Lay Lady Lay (6) Shelter from the Storm (7) You’re a Big Girl Now (8) I Threw It All Away (9) Idiot Wind


Total Running Time: 51:06


About the Album:
This live album was recorded during the second leg of Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour, which supported his Blood on the Tracks and Desire albums. Rolling Stone critic Janet Maslin wrote that while the tour was “so joyful and electrifying in its first performances…[it] had just plain run out of steam” by the time this set was recorded. In 2002, The Rolling Thunder Revue (The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 captured the first leg of the tour. In 2019, Martin Scorsese directed a documentary of the tour, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, that was accompanied by a 14-disc collection documenting the tour.

Masterpieces

Bob Dylan


Recorded: 1962-1978


Released: March 12, 1978

Peak: --


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 0.24 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.469 out of 5.00 (average of 7 ratings)

Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (2) Mr. Tambourine Man (3) Just Like a Woman (4) I Shall Be Released (5) Tears of Rage (6) All Along the Watchtower (7) One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) (8) Like a Rolling Stone (live) (9) Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) (live) (10) Tomorrow Is a Long Time (live) (11) Lay Lady Lay (live) (12) Idiot Wind (live)

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) Mixed-Up Confusion (2) Positively 4th Street (3) Can You Please Call Out Your Window? (4) Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (live) (5) Spanish Is the Loving Tongue (6) George Jackson (7) Rita May (8) Blowin’ in the Wind (9) A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (10) The Times They Are A-Changin’ (11) Masters of War (12) Hurricane

Tracks, Disc 3: (1) Maggie’s Farm (2) Subterranean Homesick Blues (3) Ballad of a Thin Man (4) Mozambique (5) This Wheel’s on Fire (6) I Want You (7) Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (8) Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (9) Song to Woody (10) It Ain’t Me Babe (11) Love Minus Zero/No Limit (12) If Not for You (13) If You See Her, Say Hello (14) Sara


About the Album:
This now out-of-print box set was released in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. It features five songs never released on a Dylan album as well as live versions of “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Quinn the Eskimo” (both from Self Portrait), “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” (from Greatest Hits Vol. II), and “Lay Lady Lay,” “Idiot Wind,” and “Maggie’s Farm” (from Hard Rain). There’s also a live version of “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” from 5/14/1966 at the Odeon Theatre in Liverpool, England, which was previously released as the B-side of the “I Want You” single.

Street Legal

Bob Dylan

Released: June 15, 1978


Peak: 11 US, 2 UK, 4 CN, 5 AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 0.3 UK, 3.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.195 out of 5.00 (average of 24 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. Changing of the Guards (12/78, --) G3, B2, DE
  2. New Pony
  3. No Time to Think
  4. Baby Stop Crying (5/78, 13 UK)
  5. Is Your Love in Vain? (10/28/78, 56 UK)
  6. Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) (49 CL) BG
  7. True Love Tends to Forget
  8. We Better Talk This Over
  9. Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)


Total Running Time: 49:56


About the Album:
“Arriving after the twin peaks of Blood on the Tracks and Desire, Street Legal seemed like a disappointment upon its 1978 release, and it still seems a little subpar, years after its release. Perhaps that's because Bob Dylan was uncertain himself, not just writing a set of songs with no connecting themes but replacing the sprawl of the Rolling Thunder Revue with a slick, professional big band, featuring a horn section and several backing vocalists. The interesting thing about this is that the music and slick production don't jibe with the songs, which are as dense as anything Dylan had written since before his motorcycle accident. So, Street Legal becomes an interesting dichotomy, filled with songs that deserve close attention but recorded in arrangements that discourage such listening. As such, Street Legal is fascinating just for that reason — in another setting, these are songs that would have been hailed as near-masterpieces, but covered in gloss, they seem strange. Consequentially, it's not surprising that there are factions of Dylanphiles that find this worth the time, while just as many consider it a missed opportunity.” AMG


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Slow Train Coming

Bob Dylan

Released: August 18, 1979


Peak: 3 US, 2 UK, 13 CN, 12 AU


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 3.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock/Christian


Rating:

3.491 out of 5.00 (average of 24 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. Gotta Serve Somebody (9/8/79, 24 BB, 37 CB, 42 HR, 13 CL) BG, B1, G3, ES, DE
  2. Precious Angel (8/79, –) DE
  3. I Believe in You (47 CL) BG
  4. Slow Train * (3/80, 8 AR)
  5. Gonna Change My Way of Thinking
  6. Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others0
  7. When You Gonna Wake Up
  8. Man Gave Names to All the Animals (10/79) –
  9. When He Returns

* First released as a single on 3/80, but AR charted version is actually a live performance with the Grateful Dead that didn’t chart until 2/4/89.


Total Running Time: 46:19


About the Album:
“Perhaps it was inevitable that Bob Dylan would change direction at the end of the '70s, since he had dabbled in everything from full-on repudiation of his legacy to a quiet embrace of it, to dipping his toe into pure showmanship. Nobody really could have expected that he would turn to Christianity on Slow Train Coming, embracing a born-again philosophy with enthusiasm. He has no problem in believing in a vengeful god — you gotta serve somebody, after all — and this is pure brimstone and fire throughout the record, even on such lovely testimonials as I Believe in You. The unexpected side effect of his conversion is that it gave Dylan a focus he hadn't had since Blood on the Tracks, and his concentration carries over to the music, which is lean and direct in a way that he hadn't been since, well, Blood on the Tracks. Focus isn't necessarily the same thing as consistency, and this does suffer from being a bit too dogmatic, not just in its religion, but in its musical approach. Still, it's hard to deny that Dylan doesn't sound revitalized here, and the result is a modest success that at least works on its own terms.” AMG


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Saved

Bob Dylan

Released: June 20, 1980


Peak: 24 US, 3 UK, 30 CN, 18 AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 1.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock/Christian


Rating:

2.379 out of 5.00 (average of 21 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. A Satisfied Mind
  2. Saved (6/80, --)
  3. Covenant Woman
  4. What Can I Do for You?
  5. Solid Rock (5/80, 50 CL) BG
  6. Pressing On
  7. In the Garden
  8. Saving Grace
  9. Are You Ready


Total Running Time: 42:39


About the Album:
“If Saved did anything, it proved that the born-again Christianity of Slow Train Coming wasn't merely a passing fad, and that it did, in fact, mean something significant to Dylan. Whether it meant something significant to his audience was another matter entirely, since this is where his religion overshadows his music, turning the album into a sermon to an audience that is nearly certainly unconverted — and never will be, either. Dylan himself may be part of that audience, since he did back away from such a staunchly dogged viewpoint not long afterward, but that doesn't change Saved’s status as being a fairly flat — and, for Dylan, fairly pedestrian — testament to his faith. And, if Slow Train Coming found him at a fairly creative peak of songwriting and supported by a supple backing band, he's turning out routine songs here, and the backing follows suit, resulting in his flattest record yet.” AMG


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Shot of Love

Bob Dylan

Released: August 12, 1981


Peak: 33 US, 6 UK, -- CN, 22 AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 1.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock/Christian


Rating:

2.926 out of 5.00 (average of 22 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. Shot of Love (8/29/81, 38 AR) (Biograph version: live, 8/81) BG
  2. Heart of Mine (6/81, 50 CL)
  3. Property of Jesus
  4. Lenny Bruce (9/81, --)
  5. Watered-Down Love
  6. The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar (49 CL) BG, G3, DE
  7. Dead Man, Dead Man
  8. In the Summertime
  9. Trouble
  10. Every Grain of Sand (34 CL) BG


Total Running Time: 44:27


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • Caribbean Wind (recorded 4/30/81) BG


About the Album:
Shot of Love finds Dylan still in born-again mode, but he's starting to come alive again — which isn't as much a value judgment as it is an observation that he no longer seems beholden to repeating dogma, loosening up and crafting songs again. And it's not just that his writing is looser, the music is, too, as he lets himself — and his backing band — rock a little harder, a little more convincingly. Shot of Love still isn't a great album, but it once again has flashes of brilliance, such as Every Grain of Sand, which point the way to the rebirth of Infidels.” AMG


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Biograph

Bob Dylan


Recorded: 1962-1981


Released: November 7, 1985


Peak: 33 US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.605 out of 5.00 (average of 16 ratings)

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Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Lay Lady Lay (2) Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (3) If Not for You (4) I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (5) I’ll Keep It with Mine (6) The Times They Are A-Changin’ (7) Blowin’ in the Wind (8) Masters of War (9) The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (10) Percy’s Song (11) Mixed-Up Confusion (12) Tombstone Blues (13) The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar (14) Most Likely You Go Your Way (15) Like a Rolling Stone (16) Lay Down Your Weary Tune (17) Subterranean Homesick Blues (18) I Don’t Believe You

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) Visions of Johanna (2) Every Grain of Sand (3) Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) (4) Mr. Tambourine Man (5) Dear Landlord (6) It Ain’t Me, Babe (7) You Angel You (8) Million Dollar Bash (9) To Ramona (10) You’re a Big Girl Now (11) Abandoned Love (12) Tangled Up in Blue (13) It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (14) Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (15) Positively 4th Street (16) Isis (17) Jet Pilot

Tracks, Disc 3: (1) Caribbean Wind (2) Up to Me (3) Baby, I’m in the Mood for You (4) I Wanna Be Your Lover (5) I Want You (6) Heart of Mine (7) On a Night Like This (8) Just Like a Woman (9) Romance in Durango (10) Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) (11) Gotta Serve Somebody (12) I Believe in You (13) Time Passes Slowly (14) I Shall Be Released (15) Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (16) All Along the Watchtower (17) Solid Rock (18) Forever Young


Total Running Time: 214:50


About the Album:
This box set captured 20 years of Bob Dylan’s career, pulling tracks from studio albums from 1962’s Bob Dylan through 1981’s Shot of Love. 18 of the 53 cuts from the box were previously unreleased. While many of Dylan’s best-known songs are featured, there are notable exceptions such as “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and “Hurricane.”

Infidels

Bob Dylan

Released: November 1, 1983


Peak: 20 US, 9 UK, 14 CN, 6 AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 2.0 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.294 out of 5.00 (average of 22 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. Jokerman (5/84, 23 DF) B1, G3, ES, DE
  2. Sweetheart Like You (12/17/83, 55 US
  3. Neighborhood Bully (12/17/83, 37 AR
  4. License to Kill B2
  5. Man of Peace
  6. Union Sundown (10/83) –
  7. I and I
  8. Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight


Total Running Time: 41:39


About the Album:
Infidels was the first secular record Bob Dylan recorded since Street Legal, and it's far more like a classicist Dylan album than that one, filled with songs that are evocative in their imagery and direct in their approach. This is lean, much like Slow Train Coming, but its writing is closer to Dylan's peak of the mid-'70s, and some of the songs here — particularly on the first side — are minor classics, capturing him reviving his sense of social consciousness and his gift for poetic, elegant love songs. For a while, Infidels seems like a latter-day masterpiece, but toward the end of the record it runs out of steam, preventing itself from being a triumph. Still, in comparison to everything that arrived in the near-decade before it, Infidels is a triumph, finding Dylan coming tantalizingly close to regaining all his powers.” AMG


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Empire Burlesque

Bob Dylan

Released: June 8, 1985


Peak: 33 US, 11 UK, 21 CN, 7 AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

2.915 out of 5.00 (average of 22 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love?) (6/15/85, 19 AR
  2. Seeing the Real You at Last
  3. I’ll Remember You
  4. Clean Cut Kid
  5. Never Gonna Be the Same Again
  6. Trust Yourself
  7. Emotionally Yours
  8. When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky (8/85) --
  9. Something’s Burning, Baby
  10. Dark Eyes DE


Total Running Time: 46:24


About the Album:
“Say what you want about Empire Burlesque — at the very least, it's the most consistent record Bob Dylan has made since Blood on the Tracks, even if it isn't quite as interesting as Desire. However, it is a better set of songs, all deriving from the same place and filled with subtle gems — the most obvious being Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love?), but also Emotionally Yours and Dark Eyes — proving that his powers are still there. The rest of the album may not be as graceful, but it's still well-crafted songwriting that never fails to be interesting. The record's biggest flaw is its state-of-the-art production; this is every bit as slick as Street Legal, but now sounds more focused and more of its time — thanks to a reliance on synthesizers and mildly sequenced beats — than it did upon its original release. All this makes Empire Burlesque seem more transient than it actually is, since — discounting the production — this is as good as Dylan gets in his latter days.” AMG


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Knocked Out Loaded

Bob Dylan

Released: August 8, 1986


Peak: 53 US, 35 UK, 47 CN, 27 AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

2.257 out of 5.00 (average of 18 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. You Wanna Ramble
  2. They Killed Him
  3. Driftin’ Too Far from Shore
  4. Precious Memories
  5. Maybe Someday
  6. Brownsville Girl G3, D3
  7. I’ve Got My Mind Made Up (8/2/86, 2 AR
  8. Under Your Spell


Total Running Time: 35:18


About the Album:
“It's easy to dismiss Knocked Out Loaded out of hand, considering it an extension of the slick professionalism of Empire Burlesque, only not written completely by Dylan. He collaborates with everyone from Tom Petty to Sam Shepard, relying on recordings cut at various times in the mid-'80s, which makes its scattershot effect perhaps not so surprising. Still, that scattershot approach has its charms, especially when it results in winding epics like the Shepard collaboration Brownsville Girl. But even with songs as good and interesting as that, the record follows too many detours to be consistently compelling, and some of those detours wind down roads that are indisputably dead ends. By 1986, such uneven records weren't entirely unexpected by Dylan, but that didn't make them any less frustrating.” AMG


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Down in the Groove

Bob Dylan

Released: May 31, 1988


Peak: 61 US, 32 UK, 46 CN, 41 AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 0.75 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

2.315 out of 5.00 (average of 19 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. Let’s Stick Together
  2. When Did You Leave Heaven?
  3. Sally Sue Brown
  4. Death Is Not the End
  5. Had a Dream about You, Baby
  6. Ugliest Girl in the World
  7. Silvio (6/11/88, 5 AR, 22 DF) G3, D3
  8. Ninety Miles an Hour Down a Dead End Street
  9. Shenandoah
  10. Rank Strangers to Me


Total Running Time: 32:04


About the Album:
“If the diffuseness of Knocked Out Loaded was excusable due to its collaborators and various recording sessions, Down in the Groove has less of an excuse, since it's relatively from the same time period, even if it's culled from several different sessions with several different backing band. Nevertheless, the main difference is that, while Down in the Groove was ambitious, this is positively unassuming, at best hoping to capture the mellow roots rock of the Grateful Dead (which it does, on Dylan's irresistible collaborations with Robert Hunter, Ugliest Girl in the World and Silvio). The rest of the record strolls through covers with amiable ease, whether he's backed by ex-punks or lifetime pros. That may not make for a great record by any stretch, but it's a rather ingratiating one, a little more focused than Knocked Out Loaded and a little looser and funkier than Empire Burlesque. Actually, not as heavy on great moments as either (especially Burlesque), but it's still rather nice in its low-key way.” AMG


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Oh Mercy

Bob Dylan

Released: September 19, 1989


Peak: 30 US, 6 UK, 23 CN, 26 AU, 2 DF


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 1.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.743 out of 5.00 (average of 24 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. Political World (2/90, --)
  2. Where Teardrops Fall
  3. Everything Is Broken (9/30/89, 8 AR, 12 DF) B1, ES
  4. Ring Them Bells (22 DF) G3, DE
  5. Man in the Long Black Coat
  6. Most of the Time
  7. What Good Am I?
  8. Disease of Conceit
  9. What Was It You Wanted
  10. Shooting Star


Total Running Time: 38:46


Non-Album Tracks from That Era:

  • Series of Dreams (recorded 3/23/1989) G3
  • Dignity (recorded March/April 1989, charted 5/20/95, 33 UK, 12 DF) G3, B2, DE


About the Album:
Oh Mercy was hailed as a comeback, not just because it had songs noticeably more meaningful than anything Bob Dylan had recently released, but because Daniel Lanois' production gave it cohesion. There was cohesion on Empire Burlesque, of course, but that cohesion was a little too slick, a little too commercial, whereas this record was filled with atmospheric, hazy production — a sound as arty as most assumed the songs to be. And Dylan followed suit, giving Lanois significant songs — palpably social works, love songs, and poems — that seemed to connect with his past. And, at the time, this production made it seem like the equivalent of his '60s records, meaning that its artiness was cutting edge, not portentous. Over the years, Oh Mercy hasn't aged particularly well, seeming as self-conscious as such other gauzy Lanois productions as [Peter Gabriel’s] So and [U2’s] The Joshua Tree, even though it makes more sense than the ersatz pizzazz of Burlesque. Still, the songs make Oh Mercy noteworthy; they find Dylan quietly raging against the materialism of President Reagan and accepting maturity, albeit with a slight reluctance. So, Oh Mercy is finally more interesting for what it tries to achieve than for what it actually does achieve. At its best, this is a collection of small, shining moments, with the best songs shining brighter than their production or the album's overall effect.” AMG


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Best of, Volume 1

Bob Dylan


Recorded: 1963-1989


Released: June 2, 1997

Peak: -- US, 6 UK, -- CN, 15 AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.1 UK, 1.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.514 out of 5.00 (average of 8 ratings)

Tracks: (1) Blowin’ in the Wind (2) The Times They Are A-Changin’ (3) Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (4) Mr. Tambourine Man (5) Like a Rolling Stone (6) Just Like a Woman (7) All Along the Watchtower (8) Lay Lady Lay (9) I Shall Be Released (10) If Not for You (11) Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (12) Forever Young (13) Tangled Up in Blue (14) Oh, Sister (15) Gotta Serve Somebody (16) Jokerman (17) Everything is Broken (18) Shelter from the Storm (alternate version)


Total Running Time: 76:10


About the Album:
This UK-only single-disc anthology covers more than 25 years of Dylan’s career. It’s a great place for a casual fan to start.

Under the Red Sky

Bob Dylan

Released: September 11, 1990


Peak: 38 US, 13 UK, 39 CN, 38 AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

2.554 out of 5.00 (average of 14 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. Wiggle Wiggle
  2. Under the Red Sky G3, D3
  3. Unbelievable (9/29/90, 21 AR)
  4. Born in Time
  5. T.V. Talkin’ Song
  6. 10,000 Men
  7. 2 X 2
  8. God Knows
  9. Handy Dandy
  10. Cat’s in the Well


Total Running Time: 35:21


About the Album:
“Dylan followed Oh Mercy, his most critically acclaimed album in years, with Under the Red Sky, a record that seemed like a conscious recoil from that album's depth and atmosphere. By signing Don Was, the king of mature retro-rock, as producer, he guaranteed that the record would be lean and direct, which is perhaps exactly what this collection of simplistic songs deserves. Still, this record feels a little ephemeral, a collection of songs that Dylan didn't really care that much about. In a way, that makes it a little easier to warm to than its predecessor, since it has a looseness that suits him well, especially with songs this deliberately lightweight. As such, Under the Red Sky is certainly lightweight, but rather appealing in its own lack of substance, since Dylan has never made a record so breezy, apart from (maybe) Down in the Groove. That doesn't make it a great, or even good, record, but it does have its own charms that will be worth searching out for Dylanphiles.” AMG


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Greatest Hits Volume 3

Bob Dylan


Recorded: 1973-1990


Released: November 15, 1994

Peak: --


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.150 out of 5.00 (average of 6 ratings)

Tracks: (1) Tangled Up in Blue (2) Changing of the Guards (3) The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar (4) Hurricane (5) Forever Young (6) Jokerman (7) Dignity (8) Silvio (9) Ring Them Bells (10) Gotta Serve Somebody (11) Series of Dreams (12) Brownsville Girl (13) Under the Red Sky (14) Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door


Total Running Time: 77:24


About the Album:
While the third official Greatest Hits from Dylan covers some of his leaner years, the song selection makes this a worthy collection. Included are “Dignity” and “Series of Dreams,” both outtakes from the sessions for his 1989 Oh Mercy album.

Good As I Been to You

Bob Dylan

Released: November 3, 1992


Peak: 51 US, 18 UK, 38 CN, -- AU, 2 DF


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 0.75 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock/covers


Rating:

3.268 out of 5.00 (average of 24 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. Frankie and Albert
  2. Jim Jones
  3. Black Jack Davey
  4. Canadee-I-O
  5. Sitting on Top of the World
  6. Little Maggie
  7. Hard Times
  8. Step It Up and Go
  9. Tomorrow Night
  10. Arthur McBride
  11. You’re Gonna Quit Me D3
  12. Diamond Joe
  13. Froggie Went A-Courtin’


Total Running Time: 55:31


About the Album:
“Given the acclaim of The Bootleg Series and the perceived disappointment of Under the Red Sky, it seemed like it was time for Dylan to bounce back with a convincing album of original material. Instead, he delivered a record of folk songs, his first straight covers album ever, not to mention his first guitar, harmonica, and voice record since the early '60s. That alone would make it an anomaly, but Good as I Been to You is more than that, because it's a really good traditional folk album, having just enough familiar tunes — Frankie & Albert, Blackjack Davey, Sittin’ on Top of the World, Froggie Went a Courtin’ — to provide an entryway to the less familiar numbers, which are delivered equally well. Yes, this could be seen as a rather unassuming record, but that's what's special about it. In 1992, not even folksingers were working with this material, but Dylan did, reviving folk's (and rock's) ties to the past at an unexpected time and with unexpectedly strong results. A minor high point in his catalog.” AMG


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World Gone Wrong

Bob Dylan

Released: October 26, 1993


Peak: 70 US, 35 UK, 37 CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 0.3 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock/covers


Rating:

3.213 out of 5.00 (average of 24 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. World Gone Wrong
  2. Love Henry
  3. Ragged & Dirty
  4. Blood in My Eyes D3
  5. Broke Down Engine
  6. Delia
  7. Stack-A-Lee
  8. Two Soldiers
  9. Jack-A-Roe
  10. Lone Pilgrim


Total Running Time: 43:51


About the Album:
“If Good as I Been to You was a strong traditionalist folk record, World Gone Wrong was an exceptional one, boasting an exceptional set of songs given performances so fully realized that they seemed like modern protest songs. Much of this record is fairly obscure to anyone outside of dedicated folk fans; Delia (covered by Johnny Cash the following year) and Stack-A-Lee are the most familiar items, yet they're given traditional readings, meaning that the latter doesn't quite seem like Stagger Lee. But even if these are traditionalist, they're spirited and lively renditions, and Dylan seems more connected to the music than he has in years. That sense of connection, plus the terrific choice of songs, makes this one of his best, strongest albums of the second half of his career.” AMG


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Time Out of Mind

Bob Dylan

Released: September 30, 1997


Peak: -- US, 10 UK, 27 CN, 24 AU, 15 DF


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.1 UK, 2.5 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.101 out of 5.00 (average of 28 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

Tracks:

  1. Love Sick (7/11/98, 64 UK)
  2. Dirt Road Blues
  3. Standing in the Doorway
  4. Million Miles
  5. Tryin’ to Get to Heaven
  6. ‘Til I Fell in Love with You
  7. Not Dark Yet (23 DF) ES, B2, DE
  8. Cold Irons Bound
  9. Make You Feel My Love (12 DF) DE, SE
  10. Can’t Wait
  11. Highlands


Total Running Time: 72:50


About the Album:
Go to the DMDB page for this album.

The Essential

Bob Dylan


Recorded: 1962-2000


Released: October 31, 2000

Peak: 67 US, 9 UK, -- CN, 36 AU


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.3 UK


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.972 out of 5.00 (average of 7 ratings)

Tracks, Disc 1: (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

Tracks, Disc 2: (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


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Things Have Changed (2/19/00, 2 AA, 58 UK, 17 DF) ES, B2, DE, SE


About the Album:
Cramming four decades of the most celebrated songwriter in rock history into two discs is no easy task, but this compilation does an admirable job of gathering up a nice sampling of some of Dylan’s most significant songs. It includes “Things Have Changed,” which was featured in the movie Wonder Boys. This marks its first inclusion on a Dylan release.

A limited edition of this collection offered a third disc with the songs “Thunder on the Mountain,” “Mississippi,” “Blind Willie McTell,” “Make You Feel My Love,” “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’,” and “Dark Eyes.”

Best of, Volume 2

Bob Dylan


Recorded: 1963-2000


Released: November 28, 2000

Peak: -- US, 22 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.990 out of 5.00 (average of 9 ratings)

Tracks: (1) Things Have Changed (2) A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (3) It Ain’t Me, Babe (4) Subterranean Homesick Blues (5) Positively 4th Street (6) Highway 61 Revisited (7) Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (8) I Want You (9) I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (10) Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) (11) Simple Twist of Fate (12) Hurricane (13) Changing of the Guards (14) License to Kill (15) Silvio (16) Dignity (17) Not Dark Yet (18) Forever Young


Total Running Time: 79:15


About the Album:
This British-only release is a companion to the Best of compilation released in 1997. Clearly these aren’t as essential as the songs on the first set, but the two collections together offer a nice overview of Dylan’s career.

Love and Theft

Bob Dylan

Released: September 11, 2001


Peak: 5 US, 3 UK, 3 CN, 6 AU, 11 DF


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.1 UK


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

3.890 out of 5.00 (average of 29 ratings)

Tracks:

  1. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  2. Mississippi
  3. Summer Days
  4. Bye and Bye
  5. Lonesome Day Blues
  6. Floater (Too Much to Ask)
  7. High Water (For Charley Patton) DE
  8. Moonlight
  9. Honest with Me
  10. Po’ Boy DE
  11. Cry a While
  12. Sugar Baby


Total Running Time: 57:25


About the Album:
Go to the DMDB page for this album.

Modern Times

Bob Dylan

Released: August 29, 2006


Peak: 11 US, 3 UK, 11 CN, 11 AU, 12 DF


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 2.7 world (includes US + UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.071 out of 5.00 (average of 28 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

Tracks:

  1. Thunder on the Mountain
  2. Spirit on the Water
  3. Rollin’ and Tumblin’
  4. When the Deal Goes Down DE
  5. Someday Baby (9/23/06, --) DE, SE
  6. Workingman’s Blues #2
  7. Beyond the Horizon
  8. Nettie Moore
  9. The Levee’s Gonna Break
  10. Ain’t Talkin’


Total Running Time: 63:04


About the Album:
Go to the DMDB page for this album.

Dylan

Bob Dylan


Recorded: 1962-2006


Released: October 2, 2007

Peak: 36 US, 10 UK, -- CN, 25 AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 0.84 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: folk rock


Rating:

4.246 out of 5.00 (average of 7 ratings)

Tracks, Disc 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

Tracks, Disc 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

Tracks, Disc 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

Tracks (Single Disc Standard Edition): (1) Blowin’ in the Wind (2) The Times They Are A-Changin’ (3) Subterranean Homesick Blues (4) Mr. Tambourine Man (5) Like a Rolling Stone (6) Maggie’s Farm (7) Positively 4th Street (8) Just Like a Woman (9) Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (10) All Along the Watchtower (11) Lay Lady Lay (12) Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (13) Tangled Up in Blue (14) Hurricane (15) Make You Feel My Love (16) Things Have Changed (17) Someday Baby (18) Forever Young


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Blind Willie McTell (recorded 5/5/1983, released 3/26/1991) DE


About the Album:
The deluxe edition of Dylan is a three-disc retrospective covering 45 years. In addition to the myriad of album cuts, the set features “Blind Willie McTell,” a cut never released on a Dylan studio album. The standard edition is a one-disc collection.

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First posted 5/24/2013; last updated 5/19/2024.