Bob Dylan: Biograph
A five-LP, three-CD retrospective of Dylan's first 20 years of recording, with an emphasis on presenting some of the mountain
of unreleased songs that began leaking out unofficially in the late '60s. The only reason this massive, brilliantly executed album
is not listed as an essential pick is its expense - in fact, it's not a bad place to start in trying to appreciate the whole of Dylan's
On the original release of Biograph, The Hawks/Band appear on one 1965 studio track, and a live performance from 1966.
According to Record Collector November 1997, the first US pressings of the repackaged and reissued triple CD version of Biograph had the wrong version of "I Don't Believe You." The original 1985 release contained the version recorded live in Belfast on 5 June 1966. When the reissue was put together, it was inadvertently replaced with the heavily bootlegged Manchester Free Trade Hall version, May 17, 1966 (once thought to be recorded at the Royal Albert Hall). It's clear that Sony reassembled the whole thing from tape, searching for better quality masters. The Manchester version had been processed ready for the abandoned 1996 Bootleg Series 4 & 5 project (which can be heard on the bootleg Guitars Kissing and The Contemporary Fix). This is the very first officially released version of this performance.
Sidemen(only members of the Band listed)
Bob Dylan - Biograph - 214:50 - 1985 - Columbia C5X 38830
AMG Rating: 9 (out of 9)