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Bob Dylan 1985

Review

Historically, Biograph is significant not for what it did for Dylan's career, but for establishing the box set, complete with hits and rarities, as a viable part of rock history. Following Biograph, multi-disc box sets for veteran rockers became accepted and almost the norm, but that doesn't discount this set's strengths as a summary of Dylan's career, using the familiar and the rare to draw a fully rounded portrait of his strengths as a songwriter, musician, and record-maker in a way that conventional choices alone couldn't achieve. Certainly, the chief attraction of this set, even years after its initial release, is its smattering of rarities that aren't just rare, but revealing -- ranging from forgotten rock B-sides and singles to demos, alternate takes, and unreleased songs that rival official releases. But Biograph is really remarkable for weaving these songs into a fabric that reveals the true trajectory of Dylan's career, offering as much to the curious as it does to the dedicated. That sets a standard for box sets that has rarely been matched, making Biograph all the more impressive in retrospect. [In 1997, Columbia Records issued an upgraded, reconfigured version of Biograph, with a new catalog number (65298), a lower list price, and with its packaging and booklet reduced from an LP-size box to a CD-size slipcase. The original 1985 set in the large-size box, which marked the first time that the label had gone back to original first-generation tapes on a Dylan CD, was pretty impressive; but the 1997 CD-size box version, remastered in Sony's Super Bit Mapping process, is a significant improvement over that, and is to be preferred.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Lay Lady Lay Bob Dylan 3:17
  3. 2 Baby, Let Me Follow You Down Bob Dylan 2:33
  4. 3 If Not for You Bob Dylan 2:39
  5. 4 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight Bob Dylan 2:39
  6. 5 I'll Keep It With Mine Bob Dylan 3:44
  7. 6 The Times They Are A-Changin' Bob Dylan 3:13
  8. 7 Blowin' in the Wind Bob Dylan 2:45
  9. 8 Masters of War Bob Dylan 4:30
  10. 9 Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll Bob Dylan 5:43
  11. 10 Percy's Song Bob Dylan 7:41
  12. 11 Mixed Up Confusion Bob Dylan 2:21
  13. 12 Tombstone Blues Bob Dylan 5:56
  14. 13 Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar Bob Dylan 4:2
  15. 14 Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) Bob Dylan 3:25
  16. 15 Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan 6:5
  17. 16 Lay Down Your Weary Tune Bob Dylan 4:35
  18. 17 Subterranean Homesick Blues Bob Dylan 2:18
  19. 18 I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) Bob Dylan 5:17
  20. 1 Visions of Johanna Bob Dylan 7:31
  21. 2 Every Grain of Sand Bob Dylan 6:10
  22. 3 The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) Bob Dylan 2:16
  23. 4 Mr. Tambourine Man Bob Dylan 5:28
  24. 5 Dear Landlord Bob Dylan 3:15
  25. 6 It Ain't Me Babe Bob Dylan 3:33
  26. 7 You Angel You Bob Dylan 2:52
  27. 8 Million Dollar Bash Bob Dylan 2:32
  28. 9 To Ramona Bob Dylan 3:52
  29. 10 You're a Big Girl Now Bob Dylan 4:22
  30. 11 Abandoned Love Bob Dylan 4:28
  31. 12 Tangled Up in Blue Bob Dylan 5:42
  32. 13 It's All over Now, Baby Blue Bob Dylan 5:41
  33. 14 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? Bob Dylan 3:31
  34. 15 Positively 4th Street Bob Dylan 3:51
  35. 16 Isis Bob Dylan 5:18
  36. 17 Jet Pilot Bob Dylan 0:50
  37. 1 Caribbean Wind Bob Dylan 5:52
  38. 2 Up to Me Bob Dylan 6:15
  39. 3 Baby, I'm in the Mood for You Bob Dylan 2:55
  40. 4 I Wanna Be Your Lover Bob Dylan 3:26
  41. 5 I Want You Bob Dylan 3:3
  42. 6 Heart of Mine Bob Dylan 3:43
  43. 7 On a Night Like This Bob Dylan 2:51
  44. 8 Just Like a Woman Bob Dylan 4:53
  45. 9 Romance in Durango Bob Dylan 4:38
  46. 10 Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) Bob Dylan 5:41
  47. 11 Gotta Serve Somebody Bob Dylan 5:24
  48. 12 I Believe in You Bob Dylan 5:11
  49. 13 Time Passes Slowly Bob Dylan 2:33
  50. 14 I Shall Be Released Bob Dylan 3:3
  51. 15 Knockin' on Heaven's Door Bob Dylan 2:28
  52. 16 All Along the Watchtower Bob Dylan 2:59
  53. 17 Solid Rock Bob Dylan 3:55
  54. 18 Forever Young Bob Dylan 2:2

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