14 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This best-of summarizes Bob Dylan’s inexhaustible years between 1973–’89. There are hits, such as the soulful, gospel-charged “Gotta Serve Somebody,” and the stunningly lyrical and wool-sweater warm “Tangled Up in Blue,” as well as clever choices like gospel-rocker “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar,” and “Silvio,” a glossy R&B popper written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. The rolling, ambient “Series of Dreams” and the open-hearted shuffle-rocker “Dignity” are outtakes from 1989’s Oh Mercy album sessions, two tracks that could’ve been released as singles.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This best-of summarizes Bob Dylan’s inexhaustible years between 1973–’89. There are hits, such as the soulful, gospel-charged “Gotta Serve Somebody,” and the stunningly lyrical and wool-sweater warm “Tangled Up in Blue,” as well as clever choices like gospel-rocker “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar,” and “Silvio,” a glossy R&B popper written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. The rolling, ambient “Series of Dreams” and the open-hearted shuffle-rocker “Dignity” are outtakes from 1989’s Oh Mercy album sessions, two tracks that could’ve been released as singles.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
22 Ratings
22 Ratings
Tally 408 ,

Very surprised

Stumbled upon this and every song is a gem. Maybe not what bob is known for but I like it very much.

NG794 ,

Hurricane

I love that song!!!

Blackelsluck ,

Does Bob Choose Which Songs Belong Here?


I am amazed that the B-Side tune "The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar" is included on this Greatest Hits album. Is it because it is a good song (which it is), or because the record label wants to stretch out his hits for more Greatest Hits albums (which they do), or that someone released it outside the USA and it sold well there? Did it get much airplay around the USA?

Dylan once said that he never knew that the song "Man Gave Names (To All The Animals)", from the Slow Train Coming album, had been released as a single in France, and had done well. When he performed in concert in Paris, he did not do the song and fans complained of it's omission. Fans in Israel have complained of his omission of "Neighborhood Bully", while not wanting to hear "In The Garden". All of us who have seen him in concert could complain that something has been omitted, due to the expansive volume of his catalog.

Personally, I think the tune that does not belong here is "Brownsville Girl", but some reviewers have raved about how much they like it. That is one reason that iTunes is great. You can cherry pick your favorites, get other opinions (if you are open-minded), and sample listen to songs you might have missed along the way.

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