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    I hope you like 'Blonde on Blonde'. The drunken parade songs ('Rainy Day Women' and 'Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat') took me awhile to get used too, since they can mess up the soft, pretty moods of the rest of the first half of the album. And I sometimes find 'Sad-eyed Lady' goes on too long. But 'Visions of Johanna', 'Memphis Blues Again' and 'I Want You' are classics and, along with the country and rock'n'roll and even a parody of 'Norwegian Wood', the whole thing ends up being Dylan's White Album.

    If you don't want to shell out all at once for 11 albums, you might try 'The Essential Bob Dylan' 2-CD collection. Here's what allmusic.com says about it:

    "A double-disc set released for the holiday season of 2000, The Essential Bob Dylan is a fine choice for the casual listener that just wants all the songs they know on one collection -- it's Dylan's equivalent of Beatles One. Outside of the remastering and the previously non-LP (and very good) "Things Have Changed," there's nothing here for collectors, but, then again, that's not who this was designed for. This collection is for the listener that wants "Blowin' in the Wind," "Like a Rolling Stone," "All Along the Watchtower," "Quinn the Eskimo," "Lay Lady Lay," and "Tangled Up in Blue" in one tidy place. Yes, it's easy to find great songs missing, but for those casual fans, and for those looking for a fairly comprehensive yet concise entry point, The Essential Bob Dylan comes close to living up to its title."

    Then again I have several friends and brothers who think a decent rock collection needs at least 30 Dylan albums.

    "Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Albert Einstein

    by Brecht on Mon Aug 22, 2005 at 09:07:25 AM PDT

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