Sony Music and Columbia Records are proud to announce the release of the 'Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One', a colossal box set encompassing the entire official discography of the American songwriter-performer who's revolutionized folk, pop and rock music over the past half century with a profoundly influential catalogue of songs and sounds. 'Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One' will be available on Monday 4 November 2013.
Also released on this day is 'The Very Best Of Bob Dylan', a timely compilation which offers not just the best of Dylan, but the very finest songs that rock music has to offer.
'Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One'
Beginning with tracks recorded for his eponymous 1962 Columbia Records debut album, the 'Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One' box set follows Dylan's restless transformations across six decades as a singer, a songwriter, a concert performer and a studio artist who is continually finding fresh ways of expressing and exploring the varieties of human experience, worldly and other, with music.
'Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One' brings together for the first time, on two "Side Tracks" discs, a wealth of previously released non-album singles, tracks from Biograph and other compilations, songs from films and more.
The CD boxed set contains 35 studio titles (including the first-ever North American release of 1973's Dylan album on CD), 6 live albums, the 2-CD "Side Tracks," and a hardcover book featuring extensive new album-by-album liner notes penned by Clinton Heylin and a new introduction written by Bill Flanagan.
'The Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One' will be available as a limited-edition harmonica-shaped USB stick containing all the music, in both MP3 and FLAC lossless formats, with a digital version of the hardcover booklet, housed in a deluxe numbered box.
Each of the albums in the 'Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One' is being made available in state-of-the-art sound, with 14 titles* remastered especially for this set.
'The Very Best of Bob Dylan'
Distilled onto a single CD, also available as a deluxe double package and replicated digitally, 'The Very Best Of Bob Dylan' offers exactly that - the finest work of a writer whose songs have, for the past half-century, defined the times we live in.
'The Very Best Of Bob Dylan' contains Dylan hits - including 'Mr Tambourine Man', 'Lay Lady Lay' and 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' - alongside key album tracks such as 'Mississippi', 'Duquesne Whistle' and 'Jokerman'. Altogether a stellar collection that proves Coldplay's Chris Martin was spot on when he said recently : "Dylan's got the greatest song library ever."
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Dylan is currently enjoying the critical and commercial success of The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), the latest release in the acclaimed Bootleg Series of previously unreleased live and studio recordings. 'The Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. Two', slated for release next year, will compile the entire Bootleg Series for the first time.
Bob Dylan and his band will be touring Europe and the UK next month, including two shows in Glasgow and Blackpool, and three shows at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall.
"There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music," said President Barack Obama when presenting Dylan with the nation's highest civilian honor at the Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony on May 29, 2012. "A modern-day troubadour, Bob Dylan established himself as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. The rich poetry of his lyrics opened up new possibilities for popular song and inspired generations. His melodies have brought ancient traditions into the modern age. More than 50 years after his career began, Bob Dylan remains an eminent voice in our national conversation and around the world."
Bob Dylan is perhaps the only recording artist to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Pulitzer Prize (a special citation awarded in 2008 for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power"), an Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Things Have Changed") alongside multiple Grammy Awards.
'Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One' includes:
Bob Dylan (1962)
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)
The Times They Are a-Changin' (1964)
Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964)
Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
Blonde on Blonde (1966)
John Wesley Harding (1967)
Nashville Skyline (1969)
*Self Portrait (1970) - newly remastered for this collection
New Morning (1970)
*Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) - newly remastered for this collection
*Dylan (1973) - newly remastered for this collection
Planet Waves (1974)
Blood on the Tracks (1975)
The Basement Tapes (1975)
*Street Legal (1978) - newly remastered for this collection
Slow Train Coming (1979)
*Saved (1980) - newly remastered for this collection
Shot of Love (1981)
*Empire Burlesque (1985) - newly remastered for this collection
*Knocked Out Loaded (1986) - newly remastered for this collection
*Down in the Groove (1988) - newly remastered for this collection
Oh Mercy (1989)
*Under the Red Sky (1990) - newly remastered for this collection
*Good as I Been to You (1992) - newly remastered for this collection
*World Gone Wrong (1993) - newly remastered for this collection
Time Out of Mind (1997)
Love and Theft (2001)
Modern Times (2006)
Together Through Life (2009)
Christmas in the Heart (2009)
Before the Flood (1972)
*Hard Rain (1976) - newly remastered for this collection
*Bob Dylan at Budokan (1979) - newly remastered for this collection
*Real Live (1984) - newly remastered for this collection
Dylan & the Dead (1989)
MTV Unplugged (1995)
Baby, I'm in the Mood for You
Tomorrow Is a Long Time (live)
Lay Down Your Weary Tune
I'll Keep It with Mine
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
Positively 4th Street
I Wanna Be Your Lover
I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (live)
Visions of Johanna (live)
Quinn the Eskimo
Watching the River Flow
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Down in the Flood
I Shall Be Released
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
George Jackson (acoustic version)
You're a Big Girl Now
Up to Me
Romance in Durango (live)
Heart of Mine (live)
Series of Dreams
Things Have Changed
'The Very Best Of Bob Dylan'
1 CD Standard / Standard Digital
2 CD Deluxe / Deluxe Digital
1. Like a Rolling Stone
2. Blowin' in the Wind
3. Subterranean Homesick Blues
4. Lay, Lady, Lay
5. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
6. I Want You
7. All Along the Watchtower
8. Tangled up in Blue
9. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
11. Just Like a Woman
12. Mr. Tambourine Man
13. It Ain't Me Babe
14. The Times They Are A-Changin'
15. Duquesne Whistle
16. Baby, Stop Crying
17. Make You Feel My Love
18. Thunder on the Mountain
Disc 2 (2 CD Deluxe / Deluxe Digital version only)
1. Maggie's Farm
2. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
3. Girl from the North Country
4. Positively 4th Street
5. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
6. Shelter from the Storm
8. (Quinn the Eskimo) The Mighty Quinn
9. I Shall Be Released
10. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
11. Forever Young
12. Gotta Serve Somebody
13. Things Have Changed
15. Not Dark Yet
16. Ring Them Bells
17. Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
Coinciding with the release of the 'Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One', four decade-specific digital album collections - 'Bob Dylan - The Complete Album Collection - The 60's, The 70's, The 80's, The 90's - 00's' - will be released as online downloads. A fifth digital album collection, 'Bob Dylan - The Original Mono Recordings', the artist's first 8 studio albums in mono, will also be released as downloads.