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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