I'm Done Buying Every Bob Dylan Album Over and Over (Probably)
It's possible, I suppose, that there's a youngster out there somewhere who is just now getting into Dylan (oh, to be there again!) for whom this box set might make an excellent gift. But Dylan's discography is too staggering to ingest all at once; if you're going through that getting-into-Dylan-phase, you're probably better served to absorb these albums one at a time. To try otherwise is to do a disservice to both Dylan and yourself.
Which leaves only one option: Columbia's banking on the completists buying this one -- those poor souls who're going to be suckered with the "Side Tracks" compilation, a wealth of previously released non-album singles, tracks from Biograph and other compilations, songs from films, and more. I admit, it tempts me too.
But I'm not falling for it this time. I'll save up instead for the now-out-of-print Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton and assume that Dylan himself would support the decision.
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