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Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to ... Read more in Amazon's Bob Dylan Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B00005K3IT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Forever Young
2. Tangled Up In Blue
3. Shelter From The Storm
4. Hurricane
5. Changin' Of The Guards
6. Gotta Serve Somebody
7. Blind Willie McTell
8. Jokerman
9. Tight Connection To My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love?)
10. Silvio
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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The two discs of The Essential Bob Dylan don't exactly provide a thorough overview of four decades of recording by one of the most important and prolific performers of his time. So the collection definitely skates over his leagues-deep oeuvre, summarizing his monumental first half-dozen years in disc one and skirting over the following 34 years in disc two. Delving into Columbia's three Dylan greatest-hits packages, Essential offers only a few surprises, opting for The Basement Tapes version of "Quinn The Eskimo" over the Self Portrait remake that made it onto Greatest Hits Volume II and tossing in "Things Have Changed" from the Wonder Boys soundtrack for completists. But this overview is designed with newcomers, not Dylan-ologists, in mind. --Steven Stolder

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 5 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Trying to make a compilation of Bob Dylan's music is equal to taking 30 of Picasso's works, and saying "this is the artist"; the immense creativity is too deep, the development and changes too wide.
There will always be songs that the listener will feel were a mistake to omit, and for me "Ballad of a Thin Man" is the one I wish had been in this collection.
Disc One starts in 1962, with the folk days of "Blowing in the Wind", to when he went electric with "Like a Rolling Stone" from the ground-breaking Highway 61 Revisited, to the soft lilting folk/country sound of "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" from John Wesley Harding, released in 1967.
Disc Two starts with the romantic "Lay, Lady, Lay" from 1969's Nashville Skyline, through the 70's and the return of acoustic guitar and harmonica with two songs from Blood on the Tracks, to end the decade with the beginning of his Christian recordings, and a great track from Slow Train Coming, "Gotta Serve Someone".
Ten years later brings him to the fabulous "Everything is Broken", from Oh Mercy, and the collection ends with "Things Have Changed" from 1999, which was featured in the film "Wonder Boys", and the reason I bought this CD set. After viewing the film, what I remembered and liked the most was this powerful, marvelous song..
I am one of those that feel no one sings Dylan better than Dylan, and truly enjoy his rough, expressive voice; it is interesting to hear it through the span of nearly forty years on one compilation...it has become huskier, with a bit more wobble, but to my ears better than ever.
Total time for Disc One is 56:24, Disc Two 68:31, and the sound quality varies somewhat from song to song, but overall it is excellent.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Alcat on 19 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to Bob Dylan not long ago, when I bought one of his cds on a whim. Truth to be told, I liked it so much that I wanted to buy another one, if possible a cd that would allow me to listen to some of his best songs without having to buy too many cds at the same time.
I am happy to say that with this cd, "Essential Bob Dylan", I managed to do just that. Among the wonderful songs included in this cd you will find jewels such as "Like a rolling stone", "Blowin´in the wind", "Subterranean homesick blues", "Positively 4th Street" and "The times they´re a- changin´".
I am pretty sure that I will go on buying Dylan´s cds, as I enjoy his songs, and specially the the fact that his creativity knows no limits. All the same, I certainly don´t regret buying this cd, and I strongly recommend it to all those who like Bob Dylan, and to those who don´t know much about him but want to give his songs a try.
Belen Alcat
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By john_stracey@bluesconnections.com on 15 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Essential Bob Dylan unleashes all that we have come to expect from the poetic genius whilst capturing arguably his most influential songs on 2 CD's. Disk 1 catalogues Dylan's early years and his 'prophetic' rise to fame, whilst Disk 2 confirms that he is still able to produce classics in the form of 'Blind Willie McTell' and more recently 'Things have changed'. Dylan remains his enigmatic self whilst purveying a certain honesty and intensity about all his music, leaving us mortals hoping that he remains 'Forever Young'. As with all compilations, the inevitable 'flaws' debate will ensue regarding which tracks should or should not have been included. For someone buying Dylan for the first time or anyone who has taken a long sabbatical from his work over the last four decades, then this is indeed, the ideal package for you.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
As a Dylan snob since the age of eighteen, I'd barely listened to anything he recorded after the 1975 high point of Blood On The Tracks, assuming that the 1991 'official' bootleg compilation contained everything that was worth listening to in the last 25 years. I cower, humbled. If you're a newcomer, get this collection for the only introduction to Bob you'll ever need. If you're an addict, the second CD is worth the price. I'd never heard Jokerman, Changing Of The Guard or Tight Connection To My Heart before, and they're proof that genius is a sustainable quality. Gratifyingly, Positively Fourth Street is included again (after the last Best Of decided to jettison it)... I'd have added Idiot Wind and The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll, at the expense of Rainy Day Women and I Shall Be Released, but that's not enough to justify awarding this superb offering anything less than five stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to Bob Dylan through the Beatles (not in person obviously - although that would have been nice!)

I started listening to Dylan and could instantly understand why he is held in such high regard, I'd never heard poetry like it.

This album is the perfect stepping stone for someone (like I was) who has little knowledge of Bob Dylan's work. It introduces you to some of his most melodic and well known tracks and hopefully hooks you to explore his other work.

Bob Dylan has one of the biggest back catalogues of albums, he tried different styles (not to everyone's delight) and as a result there is such a rich collection of his music to be enjoyed.

As I said before, this album is a perfect way to introduce someone to him, my favourite tracks are Tangled up in Blue and Knocking on Heaven's Door, amongst others.

There are no weak songs on here, if I could only ever listen to one album - this would be it. The songs are emotive, often political, and often tell a great story. This is music at its very best.
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