Wednesday, September 26, 2007
A message from Bob Dylan
Big month for Bob Dylan devotees (and I hope that means most of you) coming up: a single-disc "greatest songs" CD out October 1, the 3-CD "Dylan" box set due the same day and "The Other Side of the Mirror," the Dylan Newport performances DVD, out October 30. Yes, I'm sure that you own most of the music, as I do, but any month is a good month to celebrate Bob Dylan.

(Update, 9/28: Of course, much of this Dylan mania ties in with the release of the new Todd Haynes film, "I'm Not There," which opens in November.)

In the meantime, want to make your own Bob Dylan "Subterranean Homesick Blues" video? Click here to send a message.
This new Dylan boxset is totally pointless. Even moderate fans have most of these tracks and the Mark Ronson remix of "Most Likely You'll Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" is abominable. This release reeks of 'contract filler'.
Agreed. The Ronson remix is abyssmal. I hardly see the point in remixing that song anyway. I'm surprised that Dylan would even agree to it, considering his comments about how bad most records sound these days and his devotion to more traditional vibes.

That said, I think we ARE witnessing a sort of Dylan renaissance, and the last two albums, I think, are getting back to something like a classic dylan feel - not in how they are recorded per se, but in the songs and moods. The song 'Huck's Tune' he did for that movie recently is pretty good as well, and hopefully points to the kind of stuff he is going to pursue soon.

After years of wandering in the desert - from about 1976 to 1997 - he is finally back.

The only point to the box set is for those newer fans who don't yet have or know the so-called dylan canon. That's probably why they have that remix anyway - to get younger folk to take notice - especially in England and Europe where people sort of still buy cds.
My fondest memories of Dylan are my introduction to his music Highway 66 revisited as a freshman in college and when I went to see him live the first time in Ft Collins, CO with Joan Baez and many others on stage. It rained all day and there was no shelter from the storm Later the album came out recorded there called Hard Rain. I, too, own everything Dylan and can hardly wait for the DVD. I really like many musicians but no one except Clapton has ever come close and they're really too different to compare. If you see a fork in the road, take it.
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