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5.0 out of 5 stars A great album, but do we really need yet another compilation?, 11 Nov 2013
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Firstly, this is a very good album. The poorest tracks on it are very good (e.g beyond here lies nothing, mighty quinn). Whilst the best are masterpieces (take your pick).Dylan has such an enormous back catalogue, containing some of the greatest songs ever written, and given that fact compilations of his best/most popular works will always be in demand. However, how many compilations do we actually need? Sony have already released Bob Dylan's greatest hits Vols 1, 2 and 3,as well as 'the best of Bob Dylan' vols 1 and 2, they also released the 2 cd set ' the essential Bob Dylan', a recent single disc compilation and the 2 and 3 cd compilation sets 'Dylan', as well as the 3 cd compilation 'the real Bob Dylan' (actually one of the best and cheapest of the compilations currently available. Now we have the very best of Bob Dylan available in both single and double cd formats. Why? By my calculations that amounts to 12 compilation albums. The actual figure is much higher than this as there are also many other Dylan compilations which can only be obtained on import (e.g Masterpieces, a 3 cd collection which was only released in Australia and Japan, there are more Dylan compilations out there than there are official Beatles albums. To summarise another excellent but absolutely unnecessary release.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2013 15:49:14 GMT
I don't really see the problem with so many compilation albums. How many uninitiated will pick this up on a whim, only to discover they've just made the best discovery of their music listening lives? Nothing wrong with keeping his music in the public eye.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2013 16:14:45 GMT
Mr. D. Bain says:
Trompe Le Monde may well be right regarding the possibility of newcomers to dylan stumbling across one of his numerous compilations. This is probably the intention of the record company. I still think however that releasing so many different compilations smacks of overkill. How do the uninitiated decide which one to buy?

Posted on 20 Nov 2013 20:32:25 GMT
Dave Bain........... I could not disagree with a single word of your review. This is just the big boys cashing in yet again.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2013 18:41:16 GMT
The uninitiated can just buy anyone of them, and take it from there, as the rest of us have done.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2013 18:45:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Nov 2013 18:46:27 GMT
Not all of us Shane. I am one of the relics who bought them new from the early to mid seventies on . But I take your good point . If People want to go on about Dylan , buy the music.
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