21 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1971 set, compiled by Bob Dylan, is rich with hits and overlooked album cuts, rarities, and essential, then-new recordings. The delights are many, such as the single-only blues rocker “Watching the River Flow,” the dusty, dobro-enhanced outtake of “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” and the nimble love epistle “Tomorrow Is a Long Time.” Tunes re-recorded that year with folk singer Happy Traum—including Dylan’s ultimate song of reclamation, “I Shall Be Released,” and a singsong, banjo-stoked version of “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”—sound even truer to Dylan’s ’60s gospel.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1971 set, compiled by Bob Dylan, is rich with hits and overlooked album cuts, rarities, and essential, then-new recordings. The delights are many, such as the single-only blues rocker “Watching the River Flow,” the dusty, dobro-enhanced outtake of “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” and the nimble love epistle “Tomorrow Is a Long Time.” Tunes re-recorded that year with folk singer Happy Traum—including Dylan’s ultimate song of reclamation, “I Shall Be Released,” and a singsong, banjo-stoked version of “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”—sound even truer to Dylan’s ’60s gospel.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
50 Ratings
50 Ratings
mftalbot ,

Stunning Songs

This album really showcases the amazing breadth of Dylan's talent in his popular prime. There are treasures galore here - from the early virtuosity and lilt of "Don't think Twice," the disillusioned "My Back Pages" and the wonderfully bitter kiss-off, "Positively 4th Street"...One particular gem is the spare, lovely live recording of "Tomorrow is a Long Time", a stunningly personal, shell-shocked expression of the after-effects of love gone wrong, sung with harrowing, rough-sawn tenderness.

oldguyhazbin ,

Arguably Dylan's greatest collection from the glory years

Almost every song here is a gem. The top song, by far, is Watching the River Flow: Dylan rocks! (Or, rather, Leon Russell gets him to rock). And it's great fun to hear so many songs covered by the yrds here so as to argue forever about which version is better.

If the only Dylan you know is the croaking old guy, get this album to hear him at his best.

Breezypt ,

Ain’t going Nowhere

I bought this song to use in a birthday video for my son. WhenI tried to post it to youtube, my entire sound track was muted. I was only using part of the song but what is the point of purchasing it if I can’t use it for background music in a family video? I returned it.

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