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Biograph is a box set compilation spanning the career of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on November 7, 1985 by Columbia Records. Consisting of 53 released and unreleased tracks from 1962 to 1981, the box set was released as a five-LP set, a three cassette tape set, and a three compact disc set. Biograph reached #33 on the Billboard 200 in the US and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[4]

Biograph
A red-tinted photograph of Dylan's face in profile
Box set by Bob Dylan
Released November 7, 1985 (1985-11-07)
Recorded November 1961–August 1981
Genre Rock, folk
Length 214:50
Label Columbia
Producer Jeff Rosen
Bob Dylan chronology
Empire Burlesque
(1985)Empire Burlesque1985
Biograph
(1985)
Knocked Out Loaded
(1986)Knocked Out Loaded1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
MusicHound 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[3]

ContentEdit

The recordings on Biograph are a mix of rarities, hit singles, and album tracks. They are not presented in chronological order; 18 of its 53 tracks had not been previously issued, and three more had only been previously available on singles. Every studio album released by Dylan prior to the appearance of this box set is represented by at least one track, with the exceptions of Self Portrait, Dylan, Desire, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque, although two songs from Desire appear in live versions. The set comes accompanied with a 42-page booklet, containing rare photos and liner notes by Cameron Crowe, who interviews Dylan about each of the tracks.

While too comprehensive to be strictly a greatest hits album, it does include nine of the dozen Top 40 hits by Dylan during the time period covered. Missing are "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," "George Jackson," and "Hurricane." Nine of the ten tracks from Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits appear on this compilation.

Initially released in all formats in a box conforming to the dimensions of a vinyl long-playing album, on August 19, 1997 it was reissued by Legacy Records in a smaller compact disc brick package, the tracks remastered using Sony's Super-Bit Mapping process. On August 6, 2002, it was reissued again in a booklet format with three discs; yet another new issue of this edition appeared in the marketplace on April 5, 2011. The 2011 edition was mastered at Sterling Sound Studios in New York City.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Bob Dylan except "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" by Gary Davis, Dave Van Ronk, and Eric von Schmidt, and both "Isis" and "Romance in Durango" by Dylan and Jacques Levy. The compact disc running order is the same, except disc two ends with "Jet Pilot" inserted after "Isis." Disc one ends with "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)," and disc two begins with "Visions of Johanna." Disc three begins with "Caribbean Wind."

Side one
No. Title Source Length
1. "Lay Lady Lay" Nashville Skyline, 1969 3:18
2. "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" Bob Dylan, 1962 2:34
3. "If Not for You" New Morning, 1970 2:42
4. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" John Wesley Harding, 1967 2:38
5. "I'll Keep It with Mine" (Bringing It All Back Home outtake) previously unreleased 3:45
Side two
No. Title Source Length
1. "The Times They Are a-Changin'" The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964 3:13
2. "Blowin' in the Wind" The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963 2:47
3. "Masters of War" The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan 4:32
4. "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" The Times They Are A-Changin' 5:46
5. "Percy's Song" (The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake) previously unreleased 7:42
Side three
No. Title Source Length
1. "Mixed-Up Confusion" A-side single, November 1962 2:28
2. "Tombstone Blues" Highway 61 Revisited, 1965 5:57
3. "The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar" b-side single, September 1981 4:04
4. "Most Likely You Go Your Way" Before the Flood, 1974 3:29
5. "Like a Rolling Stone" Highway 61 Revisited 6:09
6. "Jet Pilot" (Blonde on Blonde outtake) previously unreleased 0:49
Side four
No. Title Source Length
1. "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" (The Times They Are A-Changin' outtake) previously unreleased 4:36
2. "Subterranean Homesick Blues" Bringing It All Back Home, 1965 2:20
3. "I Don't Believe You" (live at the ABC Theatre Belfast 5/6/66) previously unreleased 5:18
4. "Visions of Johanna" (live at The Royal Albert Hall 5/26/66) previously unreleased 7:33
5. "Every Grain of Sand" Shot of Love, 1981 6:15
Side five
No. Title Source Length
1. "Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)" (The Basement Tapes track) previously unreleased 2:20
2. "Mr. Tambourine Man" Bringing It All Back Home 5:29
3. "Dear Landlord" John Wesley Harding 3:16
4. "It Ain't Me, Babe" Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964 3:34
5. "You Angel You" Planet Waves, 1974 2:54
6. "Million Dollar Bash" The Basement Tapes, 1974 2:33
Side six
No. Title Source Length
1. "To Ramona" Another Side of Bob Dylan 3:54
2. "You're a Big Girl Now" (New York sessions to Blood on the Tracks outtake) previously unreleased 4:23
3. "Abandoned Love" (Desire outtake) previously unreleased 4:29
4. "Tangled Up in Blue" Blood on the Tracks, 1975 5:45
5. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (live at the Free Trade Hall Manchester 5/17/66) previously unreleased 5:40
Side seven
No. Title Source Length
1. "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" A-side single, December 1965 3:34
2. "Positively 4th Street" A-side single, September 1965 3:54
3. "Isis" (live at the Montreal Forum 12/4/75) previously unreleased 5:21
4. "Caribbean Wind" (Shot of Love outtake) previously unreleased 5:54
5. "Up to Me" (New York sessions to Blood on the Tracks outtake) previously unreleased 6:18
Side eight
No. Title Source Length
1. "Baby, I'm in the Mood for You" (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan outtake) previously unreleased 2:56
2. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" (Blonde on Blonde outtake) previously unreleased 3:27
3. "I Want You" Blonde on Blonde, 1966 3:07
4. "Heart of Mine" (live in New Orleans 8/81) previously unreleased 3:43
5. "On a Night Like This" Planet Waves 2:58
6. "Just Like a Woman" Blonde on Blonde 4:55
Side nine
No. Title Source Length
1. "Romance in Durango" (live at the Montreal Forum 12/4/75) previously unreleased 4:39
2. "Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)" Street-Legal, 1978 5:41
3. "Gotta Serve Somebody" Slow Train Coming, 1979 5:25
4. "I Believe in You" Slow Train Coming 5:10
5. "Time Passes Slowly" New Morning 2:36
Side ten
No. Title Source Length
1. "I Shall Be Released" Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II, 1971 3:04
2. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, 1973 2:30
3. "All Along the Watchtower" Before the Flood 3:04
4. "Solid Rock" Saved, 1980 3:58
5. "Forever Young" (recording demo 6/73) previously unreleased 2:02

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen. "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  2. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (2nd ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 371. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  3. ^ Biograph - Rolling Stone
  4. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum database retrieved 22 October 2012.