Monday, 27 August 2018

Bob Dylan - Biograph


This is a compilation of Bob Dylan material with no particular chronological order, with is a little frustrating and, also, no real concept behind the choices other than being a sort of "best of" together with many notable unreleased rarities. It is these that are of most interest to most Dylan fans, although it can also function pretty well as a "best of" too. With remasterings now available for much of the material, the sound on the set is not of as good a standard as these later remasters, and it has always sounded a bit muffled to me.

Anyway, on to those rarities. They are:-

I'll Keep It With Mine - a Bringing It All Back Home outtake
Percy's Song - a Times They Are A-Changin' outtake
Mixed-Up Confusion - single
The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar - b side
Jet Pilot - a Blonde On Blonde outtake
Lay Down Your Weary Tune - a Times They Are A-Changin' outtake
I Don't Believe You - live
Visions of Johanna - live
Quinn The Eskimo - from The Basement Tapes
You're A Big Girl Now - a Blood On The Tracks outtake
Abandoned Love - a Desire outtake
It's All Over Now Baby Blue - live
Isis - live
Caribbean Wind - a Shot Of Love outtake
Up To Me - a Blood On The Tracks outtake
Baby I'm In The Mood For You - a Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake
I Wanna Be Your Lover - a Blonde On Blonde outtake
Heart Of Mine - live
Romance In Durango - live
Forever Young - demo version

The ones that are of particular interest to me are the two Blood On The Tracks outtakes and the Blonde On Blonde and Desire material. However, quite a few of these tracks have subsequently been made available, in remastered sound, via the Complete Works box set, rendering this set pretty redundant.


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