Essential Bob Dylan [Australian Bonus Tracks]

by: Bob Dylan

A double-disc set released for the holiday season of 2000, The Essential Bob Dylan is a fine choice for the casual listener who just wants all the songs they know on one collection -- it's Dylan's equivalent of Beatles 1. Outside of the remastering and the previously non-LP (and very good) "Things Have Changed," there's nothing here for collectors, but, then again, that's not who this was designed for. This collection is for the listener who wants "Blowin' in the Wind," "Like a Rolling Stone," "All Along the Watchtower," "Quinn the Eskimo," "Lay Lady Lay," and "Tangled Up in Blue" in one tidy place. Yes, it's easy to find great songs missing, but for those casual fans, and for those looking for a fairly comprehensive yet concise entry point, The Essential Bob Dylan comes close to living up to its title. [The Australian edition sprinkles five extra songs throughout the original track listing: "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?," "I Want You," "Changing of the Guards," "Blind Willie McTell," and "Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love?)."] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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