Now that I’m the proud owner of the Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Collection Vol. One I now have to consider the best way to actually tackle listening to this behemoth. Given that this is a 47 disc box set including 35 studio albums, 6 live albums and another album of miscellaneous non-album tracks, I’m not really going to be able to listen to it all in a quiet afternoon.
My plan is to progressively listen to either one album from this set or revisit another related piece of Bob Dylan music or media every couple of weeks. I’m quite interested in what the cumulative effect of listening to and thinking about the music and career of possibly the greatest ever songwriter will be. While this means that I will have to listen to the much dreaded Dylan and the Dead album again, it will be genuinely interesting to revisit this in the context of his overall career.
For each album or other item that I’m revisiting, I’ll provide a brief background and review, as well as my reaction to the piece as part of Dylan’s overall career. I’ll also make note of my favourite track, as well as my favourite cover version of a track from each album.