Unlike the other bootleg series, volume 5 is a collection of exerts from Dylan's Rolling Thunder tour in 1975, rather than a continuous recording from a single concert. In my opinion, it is all the better for it since it only means that the better performances are put on the CD and there is no question of cohesion in the track listing (at first you might even think it <i>was</i> one single concert!)
The songs on it are brilliant, predominantly coming from "Blood on the Tracks" and "Desire" - two of Dylan's best albums and certainly the best of his later works. The album offers every side of Dylan: Dylan in protest in "Hurricane", laid-back Dylan in "Mr Tambourine Man", sorrowful Dylan in "Sara" (an extremely sad song, heightened by the timing of these performances, still in the wake of his break-up with his wife Sara). Dylan's habit of altering words and even perspective comes through here too ("Knockin' on Heaven's Door" has completely new lyrics and "Tangled Up In Blue" is sung entirely from the 3rd person). Joan Baez also lends heavy support and "Water is Wide" is all the more sublime for her part in the duet.
Ultimately, 1975 gives a diverse flavour of Dylan that no other CD can really match, making it perfect for someone just becomming interested in Dylan (and packing more diverse songs than a greatest hits often will). For a serious Dylan fan, 1975 is essential in offering an incite into Dylan's later concerts and is so brilliantly performed that it really is a necessity.