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Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Collection Vol. One

Off-topic: Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Collection Volume 1 – CD Box Set and limited-edition harmonica-shaped USB stick

Bob Dylan - The Complete Album Collection Vol. One

The Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One is a colossal box set encompassing the entire official discography of the American songwriter-performer. The collection contains 35 studio titles, 6 live albums, a new 2CD compilation of tracks not included on the original albums, extensive new album-by-album liner notes, and more! A must-have for any collector.

This release really got me thinking. What is the purpose of these releases? If you are a Bob Dylan fan (like me), you most likely have the whole discography already. As for casual listener, 35 CDs is a bit hefty package. Another thing that got me thinking, is the name “Vol. One”. If (and when) Bob decides to release a new album. Do they make a similar 36 CD box-set called “Vol. Two”?

Would I buy a similar Bruce Springsteen box-set? Hell no.

Does this box offer anything new?

“Also included in The Complete Album Collection, Vol. One is Side Tracks, a new two-disc set of songs from non-album singles, compilations and more”

I’m not really that hardcore fan that I can tell if the two-disc set has anything previously unreleased. For me the interesting part is the USB version. Why? Because it has lossless 24-bit versions of each album. Are they upgrades over the excellent SACD releases? I have no idea. Price is too ridiculous to find that one out.. (244.02EUR/$319.98) You gotta be kidding me. Both packages look great, but the prices are so high, that whoever decided them must have been high. “A must-have for any collector”. With this economic situation, you really have to hardcore collector with money burning your pocket.

The Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One will be available on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

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2 Comments

  1. Addressing your post, there actually is going to be a Volume Two next year that is being said will include the Bootleg Series of releases as well as some other albums and recordings that don’t fit the concept for Volume One.

    If you are a collector or at least have a major interest in Dylan’s discography, the box does not offer anything new except for additional remastering for albums not previously remastered.

    I’m a collector and collectors of anything are pretty nuts, so, I’m going to buy this. After all, what else would us collectors do, so, maybe we just don’t count in the scheme of things because we are nuts.

    This is a great CD purchase to put together an instant Dylan collection because each disc costs around $6+ (my estimate based on amazon.com’s current price). Obviously, you have to have the funds, but it’s a decent enough deal.

    In the end, however you decide, you have to be a fairly big fan to want this much all at once, but, if you’re into it, I would highly recommend it (even if they release all of the new remasters and the ‘Side Tracks’ individually). I got the similar Miles Davis box set and I thought that was worth it.

  2. When it comes to large CD boxes, $6+ is just too much. ZZ Top’s The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 [10CD Box set] is fine example of cheap + quality release: http://goo.gl/A8Lmbp And yes, it doesn’t have any extra books or anything like that.

    Are you buying the CD version and/or the USB version? I think the USB stick thing is aimed more for the true collectors.

    I’m Bruce Springsteen collector, but items like this I would skip.

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