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Biograph became the blueprint for countless box sets that followed. Released in 1985 at the onset of the CD age, Biograph consisted of five vinyl records or three compact discs. It summarized Bob Dylan's career to that point in an elliptical style. Newer recordings were juxtaposed with older ones, popular tracks were placed by obscure cuts, well-known songs were presented in unexpected live versions, and unreleased recordings made their debuts. It marks the first album appearance of such highlights as "Lay Down Your Weary Tune," "Percy's Song," "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window," "Up to Me," and "I Wanna Be Your Lover," among many. "Tangled Up in Blue" is the standard studio take, while "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" is a live acoustic version that offers a deserving second look at an established classic. The live acoustic version of "Visions of Johanna" acknowledged the existence of bootlegged live recordings that would see full attention with the impressive Bootleg Series, starting in 1991. Biograph isn't a traditional greatest-hits collection; it's far more lyrical than that. Including nearly every popular song Dylan ever recorded, it tells a grander, more ambitious tale.

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Buy Abandoned Love

Among this gold mine of tracks there is a rare gem only found here. The track is Abandoned Love (#29). I am a huge Dylan fan and this song is quickly moving up the ranks in my list of top Dylan tracks of all time. Musically, lyrically and ideally it is brilliant - pure poetry. Buy, listen and enjoy! You won't regret it!

One Of The Better Compilations Out There

Along with the Muddy Waters 4 box set and the Robert Johnson complete set, Biograph might be one of the best compilation sets of any artist. Dylan is a founder of the classic folk rock music, and these 53 tunes are a good example why he is a Hall Of Famer. Dont hesitate download now.

Lay Down Your Weary Tune

Cover song, but what a beautiful version. Saw Steve Earle in NYC a month ago and he did it also, with a great preamble recounting Dylan's opening words. Great song.


Born: May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock....
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