|Desolation Row||Highway 61 Revisited|
|Foot Of Pride||The Bootleg Series, Vol 1-3|
|Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues||Highway 61 Revisited|
|Love Minus Zero/No Limit||Bringing It All Back Home|
|Mississippi||Love And Theft|
|Mr Tambourine Man||Bringing It All Back Home|
|My Back Pages||Another Side Of Bob Dylan|
|One Too Many Mornings||The Times They Are A-Changin'|
|Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)||Street Legal|
|Visions Of Johanna||Blonde On Blonde|
Contributor: Roger Woods
Choosing the best of Dylan is a task which is always distorted because in 1965 and 1966 he issued three of the best rock albums of all time. In an amazing period of creativity he released Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited in the same year – 1965. These outstandingly original pieces of music were followed by a double album with the mysterious title, Blonde on Blonde, within a period of eight months. This was at a time when The Beatles, arguably the best rock group ever, were using up unprecedented amounts of studio time to produce successive records.
In making my choice I’ve largely taken exemplars from a small fraction of his album output. There are many fine tracks, for instance, on Street Legal and I’ve completely neglected what I consider his fourth and fifth best albums, Blood On The Tracks and Desire, in favour of including Foot of Pride (which he cast away and didn’t release) and Mississippi.