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As a die-hard Dylan fan (I have everything he ever put out officially as well as over 100 bootlegs), I have to say, 'Greatest Hits Volume 3' is a great start if you are a Dylan fan who is new to the post-'New Morning' stuff. This collection contains just about every "hit" (I say that in quotes, because Dylan is a much better album artist than a hit single artist) he had from 1973-1991. This collection spans 1973's 'Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid' soundtrack through 1990's 'Under the Red Sky,' and includes one song from 1991's 'The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1989' as well as a new remix of a previously unreleased 'Oh Mercy' (1989) outtake.
That's a brief synopsis of this disc. Now, to the review.
I'll write this in a pros and cons fashion, so you, the listener, know what you are getting and what you are missing.
- As stated above, almost every "hit" from 1973-1991 is here. 'Changing of the Guards' (from 1978's 'Street Legal'), 'Jokerman' (from 1983's classic 'Infidels'), 'Tangled Up in Blue' (from 1974's masterpiece 'Blood on the Tracks'), 'Hurricane' (from 1976's 'Desire') and 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' (from 1973's soundtrack to 'Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid') all appear here.
- The new 1994 Brendan O'Brien remix of 'Dignity,' which is a 1989 'Oh Mercy' outtake, is great and fits perfectly here. While, if I am being honest, I prefer the original 1989 version (which appears on the 'Touched by an Angel' soundtrack) over the remix, but both are very good and are absolutely necessary if you are Dylan completist like myself.
- ALBUM TRACKS ARE HERE TOO!!! 'Brownsville Girl,' 'Silvio,' 'Series of Dreams,' and 'The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar' all appear on this set for your pleasure.
- The sound quality is great, even for a 1994 disc! It's crisp, clean, and sounds great on any set of speakers.
- Too many missing songs. Where is 'Simple Twist of Fate' (from 'Blood on the Tracks'), 'Sweetheart Like You' (from 'Infidels'), 'Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)' (from 'Street Legal'), 'Every Grain of Sand' (perhaps my favorite Dylan song, from 1981's 'Shot of Love'), and the most inexcusable omission, 'Dark Eyes' (from 1985's 'Empire Burlesque' perhaps one of the most haunting songs he ever wrote)!?! These omissions automatically drag the star rating down.
- Why nothing from the acoustic albums? 1992's 'Good as I Been to You' and 1993's 'World Gone Wrong,' while they are not Dylan's most popular albums by any stretch, are both excellent albums showing the raw talent of Dylan and his acoustic guitar (a return to his early-'60s days) and also have him playing folk and blues standards. At least one song from both of these albums should be here, in my honest opinion. This is disappointing.
Overall, for the time period covered, this is as good a retrospective as you are going to find. Still, it's slightly disappointing and has plenty of flaws. However, for what it is, it does a great job. It gives the casual listener (because that is likely the target audience) a taste of what Dylan was up to during these 18 very formative years. If you stopped listening to Bob Dylan after 'Greatest Hits Vol. II' came out in 1971, this is a great way to pick up where you left off.
I recommend this disc for the curious casual fan who wants to explore past the 1960s Bob Dylan and for the Dylan purist (if only for the 1994 remix of 'Dignity'). This is a very good (not great, but we'll leave it at "very good") collection of some of Dylan's finest from that era, and picks up right where 'Greatest Hits Vol. II' left off 23 years earlier. This earns a Dylanologist's stamp of approval.
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This is an excellent overview of Dylan's career for a variety of reasons, although it does leave off several choice tracks. This will always happen in a career as long and as varied as Dylan's is, however, but it does make a good presentation of what made Dylan tick since the sixties. It also gives you the worthwhile cuts from the 1980s, which to many is the critical wasteland of Dylan's output. The chief flaw of this record is, because it is trying to span this vast amount of time, some of the lesser songs are included where others that should have been on there are left off. There is no album represented more than once. But for my money you could easily eliminate "Silvio", "Under the Red Sky", and perhaps "Ring Them Bells" in favour of "Tight Connection" from EMPIRE BURELESQUE, "Simple Twist of Fate" from BLOOD, and "Every Grain of Sand" which has been oddly neglected by compilers. OH MERCY, although a critical favorite and an excellent record in its own right, for this listener it's god. OH MERCY should be represented, but I'm not sure it should be "Ring Them Bells".
Most of the tracks here are gems. "Tangled" stands as one of Dylan's best songs, with lyrics instantly memorable and a very catchy melody. The writing itself has a unique place in the Dylan canon with the multiple POV shifts. This track is just as good as "Like a Rolling Stone."
"Changing of the Guard", is one of Dylan's better mid-career album tracks, although I always find myself mimicking the background singers in a voice too high for me. STREET LEGAL contains very dense lyrics.
Dylan rocks out on "Groom's Still Waiting at the Alter." Originally a B-Side backing a single from 1981's SHOT OF LOVE album, "Groom" has included in the running order of SHOT OF LOVE since 1985. The thing I want to know is why don't they do that with Dylan's other albums? I can name several tracks that should be on his other albums but aren't. "Every Grain of Sand", which, along with "Brownsvill Girl", "Jokerman", "Series of Dreams", "Foot of Pride", and "Blind Willie McTell", are the really essential recordings from this era in Dylan's life and is on par with anything he did in the Sixties, yet it is included neither here nor THE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN. What's up with that?
"Hurricane", which is a great protest song, is the representation from DESIRE, which does not do a good job presenting the feel from that album (which always struck me as a very weird album coming from Dylan). It's the story of Ruben Carter, a good 25 years before the movie came out. Has some good writing in it.
"Forever Young" is a pleasant song supposedly written for Dylan's children.
"Jokerman" stands as one of my favorite Dylan compositions. Email me interpretations if you have them. I really like the music on this one, which proves to be as interesting as Dylan's lyrics. This is one of the best marriages of Dylan's lyrics and Dylan's music into one cohesive work of art.
"Dignity" and "Series of Dreams" show the very real problem with Dylan and the track selection of his albums. Both of these should have been included on "Oh Mercy", just as "Foot of Pride" and "Blind Willie McTell" should have been on INFIDELS. I am glad that BOOTLEG SERIES was represented in this Greatest Hits Collection, which the ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN chooses to ignore. I would argue against "Series of Dreams" because we have two outtakes from OH MERCY represented, and "Foot of Pride" would have been a good inclusion, but "Series of Dreams" we have for the very first time without the crossfade of "When the Night Comes Falling", so this is very good. "Ring Them Bells" is a worthy contribution from OH MERCY, although there may have been a better choice than that, I'm not sure.
"Gotta Serve Somebody", with its Christian lyrics, stands as one of Dylan's coolest contributions to Christian music. "Under the Red Sky" should have been left off, as that album is a children's album, and, while interesting, is very lightweight and Dylan has a lot better songs than this. "Knocking on Heaven's Door" is one of Dylan's most enduring compositons from an otherwise dismissible soundtrack. "Silvio" is a good song from an otherwise critically panned album.
We know come to "Brownsville Girl", which is simply amazing. Its hard to believe that this five star track could come from what is generally considered among Dylan's worst albums. The only problem I have with this, as well as DESIRE, is when Dylan collaborates you don't know what's Dylan and what's the other person's contributions. But with this track, it doesn't matter. It gives you a panorama of America, which consistent streams of simply high quality quotes ("If there was an original thought out there I could use it right now", "The only thing we knew about Henry Porter as his name wasn't Henry Porter"). And whenever he sings the line about he's not in the mood to remember when he was her only man it always reminds me of a BLOOD ON THE TRACKS and how far away that has become. You have to wonder how much is Sam Shepard though.
In conclusion, a good overview of Dylan's mid to late career, although there are some stronger tracks out there. Whatever happened to EMPIRE BURLESQUE, which is one of my personal favorites? I'd take "Tight Connection" over "Silvio" and "Under the Red Sky" any day. But its worth it just for "Brownsville Girl".
Oh, by the way, for those who don't know, the Gregory Peck movie mentioned in "Brownsville Girl" is none other than THE GUNMAN from 1950.