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Old 05-18-07, 11:04 AM
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The Bob Dylan Mixtape Challenge

Okay, here's the deal. Looking to make a Bob Dylan mixtape for my upcoming road trip and I need a little help from my MusicTalk friends. Obviously, we could all fill up several CDs worth of hits from Dylan and each would be a fantastic mix. But, those are songs we've all heard a million times before. For this mix, I want to uncover some of the hidden gems that often get overlooked. I've got plenty in mind and I'm sure you do too. Therefore, help me make a Dylan mixtape with none of the "greatest hits". In order to keep this easy, we will consider any songs off of his three Greatest Hits albums and the Essential album to be off limits. Here they are:

Greatest Hits
1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
2. Blowin' In The Wind
3. The Times They Are A-Changin'
4. It Ain't Me, Babe
5. Like A Rolling Stone
6. Mr. Tambourine Man
7. Subterranean Homesick Blues
8. I Want You
9. Positively 4th Street
10. Just Like A Woman

Greatest Hits - Volume 2
Disc: 1
1. Watching The River Flow
2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
3. Lay, Lady, Lay
4. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
5. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
6. All I Really Want To Do
7. My Back Pages
8. Maggie's Farm
9. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You

Disc: 2
1. She Belongs To Me
2. All Along The Watchtower
3. The Mighty Quinn (Quinn, The Eskimo)
4. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
5. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
6. If Not For You
7. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
8. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
9. When I Paint My Masterpiece
10. I Shall Be Released
11. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
12. Down In The Flood

Greatest Hits - Volume 3
1. Tangled Up In Blue
2. Changing Of The Guards
3. The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar
4. Hurricane
5. Forever Young
6. Jokerman
7. Dignity
8. Silvio
9. Ring Them Bells
10. Gotta Serve Somebody
11. Series Of Dreams
12. Brownsville Girl
13. Under The Red Sky
14. Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Essential Bob Dylan
Disc: 1
1. Blowin' In The Wind
2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
3. The Times They Are A-Changin'
4. It Ain't Me, Babe
5. Maggie's Farm
6. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
7. Mr. Tambourine Man
8. Subterranean Homesick Blues
9. Like A Rolling Stone
10. Positively 4th Street
11. Just Like A Woman
12. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
13. All Along The Watchtower
14. Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
15. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

Disc: 2
1. Lay, Lady, Lay
2. If Not For You
3. I Shall Be Released
4. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
5. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
6. Forever Young
7. Tangled Up In Blue
8. Shelter From The Storm
9. Hurricane
10. Gotta Serve Somebody
11. Jokerman
12. Silvio
13. Everything Is Broken
14. Not Dark Yet
15. Things Have Changed
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This will be challenging, but fun.
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Abandoned Love - from Biograph
Blind Willie McTell - Bootleg Series
Highway 61 Revisited - Highway 61 Revisited
All Along the Watchtower - Biograph
Ballad of a Thin Man - Highway 61 Revisited
Idiot Wind - Blood on the Tracks
oh geez - lots of things - Tombstone Blues, Simple Twist of Fate, When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky, Political World, Most of theTime, Rollin' and Tumblin'

have a good trip
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Old 05-18-07, 11:49 AM
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Here are 20 songs, cobbled together pretty quickly:

Absolutely Sweet Marie
Ballad of a Thin Man
Ballad of Hollis Brown
Desolation Row
Dirge
Girl From the North Country
I Don't Believe You
I Dreamed I Saw Saint Augustine
It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
Most Likely You'll Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
Obviously 5 Believers
Sara
Simple Twist of Fate
Slow Train
Temporary Like Achilles
The Groom's Still Waiting At the Altar
The Man In Me
Visions of Johanna
Went To See the Gypsy
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Love Minus Zero/No Limit
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Old 05-18-07, 12:02 PM
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A couple of my absolute favorite Dylan tunes...

"Goin' to Acapulco"

"I'm not there"


Both are from the Basement Tapes, though I'm talking about the *complete* ones. "Acapulco" does show up on that (rather terrible) official release with the screwed up stereo and way too few tunes, but "I'm not there" does not (in keeping with its title, perhaps).

More:
Idiot Wind (Blood on the Tracks)
Seven Curses (Bootleg Series 1-3)
Love Minus Zero/No Limit, It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), Gates of Eden (Bringing It All Back Home)
Visions of Johanna (I prefer Live 1966, but Blonde on Blonde version is great, too)
4th Time Around (Blonde on Blonde)

And so many more it seems silly to stop here... (but I will)
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Old 05-18-07, 12:58 PM
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We should be able to include the 'Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You" from the bootleg version. It's basically completely different....and better than the original

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Originally Posted by krazykat72
We should be able to include the 'Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You" from the bootleg version. It's basically completely different....and better than the original

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From Live 1975?
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Here is the album I'd submit:

1. Idiot Wind (Blood on the Tracks)
2. Masters Of War (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan)
3. I Threw It All Away (Nashville Skyline)
4. Boots Of Spanish Leather (The Times They Are A-Changin')
5. Most Of The Time (Oh Mercy)
6. Isis (Desire)
7. You Belong To Me (Natural Born Killer's Soundtrack)
8. Thunder On The Mountain (Modern Times)
9. Visions Of Johanna (Blonde on Blonde)
10. Cold Irons Bound (Time Out Of Mind)
11. With God On Our Side (The Times They Are A-Changin')
12. Desolation Row (Highway 61 Revisited)
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you could bookend your mixtape with Idiot Wind - there is a great stipped down version on the bootleg series boxset - even nastier if that's conceivable.
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Originally Posted by auto
From Live 1975?

yes...The one from Volume 5 of the bootleg series......That version of that song is one of my favorite Dylan tracks ever....


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Old 05-18-07, 03:49 PM
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Ones that quickly pop into my head

It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
Bob Dylan's 115th Dream
Honey One More Chance
Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues
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Originally Posted by yojimbo44
you could bookend your mixtape with Idiot Wind - there is a great stipped down version on the bootleg series boxset - even nastier if that's conceivable.
Although I listed the "Blood on the Tracks" version of "Idiot Wind" above, I like the acoustic version on Bootleg Series 1-3 every bit as much and possibly more.

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Old 05-18-07, 05:57 PM
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"Girl from the North Country" is a flawless song. My only other recommendation, "Not Dark Yet" is on the essential album.

I don't like Dylan much.
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Here's a few I don't think have been mentioned...

"Emotionally Yours" (Empire Burlesque) A very sweet song.

"Dark Eyes" (Empire Burlesque) A throwback to his early days (and very out of place on that album, but in a good way).

"New Danville Girl" This is the earlier, better version of "Brownsville Girl". I've only seen this on one of the Genuine Bootleg Series, but if you can track it down, it's well worth it.

"Bonnie Ship the Diamond" (unreleased Basement Tapes) A fishing song that sounds a bit sinister (to these ears).

"All You Have to Do is Dream (take 1)" (unreleased Basement Tapes) Kinda sloppy sounding, yet oddly tuneful. Very suprised that this wasn't covered in the 60's.

"Idiot Wind" (live version from Hard Rain) I know this song's been mentioned, but the one from Hard Rain is fucking lethal.
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-"Series of Dreams" (the best song he has done, period)
-"Abandoned Love"
-"Visions of Johanna" (Biograph version)
-"You're a Big Girl Now"
-"Caribbean Wind"
-"Foot of Pride"
-"Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands"
-"Lay Down Your Weary Tune"
-"When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky" (Bootleg #1-3 version)
-"Most Likely You Go Your Way"
-"I Believe in You"
-"Blind Willie McTell"
-"Ramblin, Gamblin' Willie"
-"I Pity the Poor Immigrant"
-"Only a Pawn in Their Game"
-"She's Your Lover Now" (unfinished)
-"Walls of Red Wing"
-"Paths of Victory"
-"Seven Curses"
-"Solid Rock"
-"Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum"
-"Sugar Baby"
-"New Pony"
-"No Time to Think"
-"Is Your Love in Vain"
-"We Better Talk this Over"

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Originally Posted by Norm de Plume
-"Just Like a Woman"
*buzzer* YOU LOSE!

(It's song 10 on his first GH cd.)
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^Sorry, missed it. Anyway, just count the rest of my choices.

Just realized, I also missed "Changing of the Guards". I'll elide those two.
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I suppose I am not very in line with Dylan's hit songs as pretty much all of my favorites don't seem to be listed there... Here is my choices, not really in an order.

Ballad in Plain D
Chimes of Freedom
Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
Temporary Like Achilles
If You See Her, Say Hello
You're a Big Girl Now
Love Minus Zero/No Limit
When The Ship Comes In
Gates of Eden
Oh, Sister
Day of the Locusts
Tell Me That It Isn't True
Wedding Song
Time Passes Slowly
I Threw It All Away
Boots of Spanish Leather
Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance
Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues
Goin' To Acapulco
Idiot Wind
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1. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts - (from Blood on the Tracks)
2. Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine - (from Blonde on Blonde)
3. Isis - (from Desire)
4. Outlaw Blues - (from Bringing It All Back Home)
5. Queen Jane Approximately - (from Highway 61 Revisited)
6. Ninety Miles An Hour (Down a Dead End Street) - (from Down in the Groove)
7. Lenny Bruce - (from Shot of Love)
8. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) - (from Desire)
9. Desolation Row - (from Live 1966)
10. Restless Farewell - (from The Times They Are A-Changin')
11. Sara - (from Live 1975)
12. Man In The Long Black Coat - (from Oh Mercy)
13. Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) - (from Street Legal)
14. Chimes Of Freedom - (from Another Side of Bob Dylan)
15. Arthur McBride - (from Good As I Been To You)
16. Song To Woody - (from Bob Dylan)
17. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll - (from The Times They Are A-Changin')
18. Is Your Love In Vain? - (from Street Legal)
19. Idiot Wind - (from Blood on the Tracks)
20. Death Is Not The End - (from Down in the Groove)
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Too lazy to list an entire mix, but include "Buckets of Rain" and "Fourth Time Around."

Edited to add: "Love Sick" is a hell of a song as well.

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On A Night Like This (Planet Waves)
If Not For You (New Morning)
All I Want to Do (Another Side of Bob Dylan)
Where Are You Tonight (Journey Through Dark Heat) (Street Legal)
Bob Dylan's 115th Dream (Bringing It All Back Home)
Dear Landlord (John Wesley Harding)
Bob Dylan's Dream (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan)
Isis (Desire)
Motorpsycho Nitemare (Another Side of Bob Dylan)
Boots of Spanish Leather (The Times They Are A-Changin')
Wigwam (Self Portrait)

Sequencing isn't too good on the mix though.
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Well, here's what I might add to a mix tape...

1. I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) [Another Side of...]
2. Absolutely Sweet Marie [Blonde on Blonde]
3. Day of Locusts [New Morning]
4. Nobody 'Cept You [Bootleg Series v. 2]
5. Black Diamond Bay [Desire]
6. Abandoned Love [Biograph]
7. We Better Talk This Over [Street Legal]
8. Precious Angel [Slow Train Coming]
9. Every Grain of Sand [Bootleg Series v. 3]
10. Don't Fall Apart on Me Tonight [Infidels]
11. Emotionally Yours [Empire Burlesque]
12. Shooting Star [Oh Mercy]
13. Born in Time [Under the Red Sky]
14. Standing in the Doorway [Time Out of Mind]
15. Mississippi [Love and Theft]
16. Workingman's Blues #2 [Modern Times]
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A lot of my favorites have already been mentioned:
Desolation Row
Tombstone Blues
Highway 61 Revisited
Chimes of Freedom

A couple of good ones that haven't been mentioned:
Cry A While
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