|Released March 26, 1991|
|Dylan in the early 1960s at the height of his protest music phase|
|Dylan expands his sound during the making of Highway 61 Revisited (1965)|
The second volume covers quite a bit of ground, spanning ten years 1964-1974. Further acoustic outtakes reveal a more introspective streak, especially on "Mama, You Been on My Mind," a song Dylan loved to sing with Joan Baez. Dylan's transition to "electric" music on Bringing it all Back Home (1965) with an early demo of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and the exuberant rocker "If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Gotta Stay All Night)". Only a few selections are included from Highway 61 Revisited, with possibly his first attempt at "Like A Rolling Stone." On "She's Your Lover Now," an early outtake from Blonde on Blonde, you can possibly hear Dylan's creative breakthrough that led to those magical sessions in Nashville, a special moment for sure. Then the disc jumps ahead, a highlight being Dylan's duet with George Harrison on "If Not For You."
|Dylan joins friend George Harrison onstage at the Concert For Bangladesh (1971)|
The highlight of the second disc are the amazing alternate cuts from the 1974 New York sessions of Blood on the Tracks, which were ready for release until Dylan decided to start over with a group of Minneapolis musicians on the advice of his brother. Early versions of "Tangled Up in Blue," "Idiot Wind," and "If You See Her, Say Hello" are much quieter and melancholy than the songs that appeared on the official release. Also, don't miss "Call Letter Blues" a far more viscous version of what became "Meet Me in the Morning."
|Dylan continued to tour throughout the 1980s, here Tom Petty joins him onstage.|
A valuable collection for any serious Dylan fan, these discs are a worthwhile overview of Dylan's first three decades as a recording artist.
|Dylan's peers pay tribute at the 30th Anniversary Concert on October 16, 1992.|
Some must listens on Vols. 1,2,3
"He Was a Friend of Mine"
"Let Me Die in My Footsteps"
"Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues"
"Mama, You Been on My Mind"
"She's Your Lover Now"
'Tangled Up in Blue"
"Blind Willie McTell"
"Series of Dreams"