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That One Dylan Track That You Gotta Have?
on 16 September 2010
In days long past Columbia used to release Bob Dylan compilations as 'Greatest Hits', 'More Greatest Hits' and 'The Essential Bob Dylan'. If you were a collector, fan of the man, you bought them because they, invariably, contained one track that you couldn't otherwise get. Well, here we are again covering similar ground. Looking forward to the release of Bob Dylan's 'Mono Collection of his first eight albums? Got it on pre-order? Don't think you need this?
Think again. This set contains one track unavailable in Mono on CD, namely 'Positively 4th Street'. I used to be a Dylan completist, as much as funds would allow but not so much in these austere times. But if you haven't got a Mono copy via the original single or EP or from 'Greatest Hits Mono LP [Pity they missed that out, it contained 'Positively 4th Street' just as 'More Greatest Hits' contained a great version of 'Watching The River Flow and 'You ain't Going Nowhere']from the sixties are you sure you can let this go? Of course what we really need now is 'Bob Dylan - The Singles' including the EP's. It would make a nice addition to the CD catalogue, lavishly packed, each CD in an historically accurate sleeve with the Old Columbia Label on the CD and containing all the B Sides with a booklet containing liner notes from Greil Marcus or Clinton Heylin.
UPDATE: If you buy 8 Album 'Mono Series' you will receive the bonus of a download of all eight albums together with 'Positively 4th Street' so, finally, this disc is an affordable taster for those who wish to sample Dylan's Mono recordings before, possibly, spending £63 on the whole collection or those who simply cannot afford 'The Mono Series'. Incidentally, if this is a series it suggests it may be the first of a new collection of Mono recordings. We've got the chance to get the albums now. Will future releases in the series contain EPs and Singles in Deluxe packaging - ie carefully produced facsimiles of art work etc?