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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