Thursday, August 06, 2009

Another new compilation CD - Bob Dylan: The Collection

Though it’s not aimed at readers of specialist web sites such as this one, Bob Dylan: The Collection - yet another new official compilation CD – demonstrates that Sony are keenly developing the Dylan market among younger listeners.

The new CD was on sale last night in my local supermarket on the bargain “CDs from £3” racks – suggesting it’s targeted at older cheapskates as well as new converts.

But can you represent Dylan’s vast songbook in just 12 tracks? Well, Sony/Camden have had a fair crack, resisting the temptation to treat Dylan as a 1960s museum piece by including songs from four decades – but note, there’s nothing from the

Blowin' In The Wind
The Times They Are A-Changin'
Mr. Tambourine Man
Like A Rolling Stone
Positively 4th Street
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Lay, Lady, Lay
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Tangled Up In Blue
Not Dark Yet
Things Have Changed

Gerry Smith