mjzee

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Wow, $20 for the 2-cd set and $150 for the 6 cd's?... Pretty lame pricing, unless they want people to jump in when it drops back down to $90 or so.

They did the same thing on the Self-Portrait set, and I have resisted the deluxe version, even though it is the only major missing piece in my Dylan collection.

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Wow, $20 for the 2-cd set and $150 for the 6 cd's?... Pretty lame pricing, unless they want people to jump in when it drops back down to $90 or so.

They did the same thing on the Self-Portrait set, and I have resisted the deluxe version, even though it is the only major missing piece in my Dylan collection.

The Self Portrait set was the first deluxe set I bought, and it was only for the Isle of Wight disc (which is pretty great). I must say that the books and presentation are handsome, but (IMHO) the music and approach didn't live up to the price (I saw no real integration of the Self Portrait and New Morning sessions, or a coherent overview of what was going on with Dylan during that time; Greil Marcus's essay was unimpressive). I will probably buy the 6-CD set, but agree about the too-high price. Hopefully, someplace like amazon.co.uk will have it for less.

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Massive Paul McCartney tribute CD due - Dylan sings Things We Said Today - Seattle Times.

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Heads up for a good price on the complete set from amazon.de, shipped to Canada for 81 euro:

http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00MXILU3S/

But will the liner notes be in English or German?

I doubt they make any other versions besides English.

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I listened to the track "Yea Heavy! (And A Bottle Of Bread)" this morning, and it crystallized for me one of my ambivalent feelings about this box. I've known this song now for 40 years or so, and still have no idea what it's about. Dylan could be singing in a foreign language, for all the clarity this track gives me. Then, every so often, there's a line that makes me laugh, such as "Slap that drummer with a pie that smells." That could come out of Trout Mask Replica! So I fear that the accompanying book will "explain it all to me," tell me what Dylan was talking about, put it in its historic context, tell me which incident he's obliquely referring to, etc etc etc. I don't know that I want any of that. It's like, if I'm struggling with a puzzle, I don't want someone to give me the answer. But more that I have "my" experience with this song, and now the package will give me how I'm supposed to react to this song.

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I personally doubt that the book will attempt to explain "Yay Heavy and a Bottle of Bread" or other songs in the manner you fear.

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Got the 2 cd set in yesterday (gave it to one of my brothers for his birthday) and the complete set today from amazon.ca. Wow. This stuff sounds frikkin' fantastic. And you have nothing to fear from the book mj.

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I'm in a pissy mood right now, don't feel like shoveling Bob more of my money. I'm sure it'll pass, but I'm standing firm right now.

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Been enjoying the complete Basement Tapes set. Fascinating for me, these recordings always have, and this version sounds so good in comparison to the boots.

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I see the Complete box is now $82.79 at Amazon; this might sway me.

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Broke down and bought the box. Liner notes are wonderful; maybe I'm just a sucker for pictures of reel-to-reel tapes.

Oh, the box included a flyer for a new Dylan album, "Shadows In The Night," to be released next year. The cover design will be very familiar to Blue Note fans. I suppose it comes full circle because Reid Miles created the cover for the 1975 release of The Basement Tapes.

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I see the Complete box is now $82.79 at Amazon; this might sway me.

Yeah, they really fleeced the preorders on this one!

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My five favorite Dylan songs that were recorded by others before he released his versions:

"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"

"I'll Keep It with Mine"

"Open the Door, Homer"

"Farewell Angelina"

"Million Dollar Bash"

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The notes say that Million Dollar Bash is one of only two instances where Dylan play harmonica. What's the other one? The 2nd take?

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The notes say that Million Dollar Bash is one of only two instances where Dylan play harmonica. What's the other one? The 2nd take?

It's quite the barstool trivia. He plays harmonica on Warren Zevon's "The Factory" from the 1987 album Sentimental Hygiene. So his doing 3 covers or so on the tour after Zevon died make more sense.

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Thoroughly enjoying disc 3 of the Basement Tapes box (disc 2 was a bit of a wasteland, but disc 3 is allllllllll right). These tracks and that sound are part of my DNA; The Great White Wonder was the first Dylan album I bought, at age 14. I'm struck again by the quality of the accompaniment; Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson are otherworldly. The liner notes make clear something I never connected before: that there's no drummer on most of these tracks. Sure doesn't sound like it; simply incredible. Also nice to have the veneer of noise, dust and fog removed from the familiar tracks.

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Have we gotten around to discussion of Dylan's new record that is a tribute to Frank Sinatra?

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Many are going to hate this new album (many without even listening to more than a few seconds here and there). I'm very interested to hear it, I think it will hold some fascinating moments. I'm not a Sinatra fan, but I am a Dylan fan and will enjoy hearing his interpretation of these songs.

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