BOB DYLAN - Biograph (1985)
"Biograph  A 5-LP box (3 CD BOX) set retrospective of Dylan’s work from 1962–81, packaged with an unprecedented collection of personal and rare photographs and equally unprecedented interview comments by Dylan about the songs themselves, plus other interview material ranging over many topics in which Dylan, sometimes surly but more often open, remains unpredictable and spikey. Though criticised (inevitably) by some collectors, it is a fine if quirky selection of previously issued album tracks plus a significant number of previously unreleased recordings: a different take of ‘Mixed-Up Confusion’ (1962); ‘Baby, I’m in the Mood for You’ (1962); the exquisitely performed ‘protest’ number ‘Percy’s Song’ (1963); the incomparable ‘Lay Down Your Weary Tune’ (1963); by no means the best take of ‘I’ll Keep It with Mine’ (1965); a fragment, previously unknown even to avid collectors, from the Highway 61 Revisited sessions, ‘Jet Pilot’ (1965); the wonderful ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ (1965); live cuts from the 1966 tour— the electric ‘I Don’t Believe You’ and the acoustic solo ‘Visions of Johanna’ and ‘It’s All Over Now Baby Blue’; the belated release of take 2 of the original 1967 Dylan & the Crackers takes of ‘Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)’—though take 1 had long circulated unofficially; a publisher’s office demo solo of ‘Forever Young’ (1973); the original studio cut of ‘You’re a Big Girl Now’ and the Blood on the Tracks outtake ‘Up to Me’(1974); the lovely Desire outtake ‘Abandoned Love’ (1975); excellent live recordings of two other Desire songs, ‘Isis’ and ‘Romance in Durango’, from the first Rolling Thunder Revue (1975); a major song from the Shot of Love sessions, ‘Caribbean Wind’ (1981), and a live ‘Heart of Mine’ (1981). An affirmation of the astonishing variety as well as richness of Dylan’s corpus, the collection was well-received by the public and went some way to reviving that fickle thing, Dylan’s critical reputation."
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