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Artist: Bob Dylan
Label: Benson
Genre: Rock
Release: Jan 1966   My Rating: 0
Duration: 340:37
Summary: Here we have the ultimate artifact from the bestselling Wow series: "Wow #1s: 31 of the Greatest Christian Music Hits Ever". This collection does have some great anthems, but they're the kind of tunes that anyone who's given even a cursory listen to Christian pop radio in the `90s or `00s has heard dozens of times by now. It's hard not to see this release as the result of a zeal on the part of the Wow organization to reduce contemporary Christian music to the sort of bite-sized, sales-driven, "best of the best" mentality that fuels so much of secular consumer culture. For the most part, the result is a blanched and overproduced mess: very little of the music remotely urban or exciting, almost all of it overly sentimental. Rather than a hearty meal, it's like eating a cake made entirely of frosting. Many if not most of the artists themselves are talented, of course, and if even one more listener can get turned on to the highly personal rock of Rich Mullins or the sublime, beyond-diva-level vocalizings of Nicole C. Mullen, that's never a bad thing. "--Mike McGonigal"

Artist: Bob Dylan
Label: Sony
Genre: Rock
Release: Jan 1971   My Rating: 0
Duration: 35:56
Summary: This time selected and programmed by the man himself, the two-disc second installment in Dylan's "Greatest Hits" series comes off as much more idiosyncratic than its brother, famed songs ("Lay Lady Lay," "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall") notwithstanding. An even richer cut-by-cut listen than the earlier best-of, this 1971 set masterfully casts the classics into new light and adds previously non-LP singles (the smashing "Watching the River Flow," with the fave line "People disagreein' just about everywhere you look / Makes you wanna stop and read a book; let's have lunch, Bob"), a then-unheard live 1963 "Tomorrow Is a Long Time," and new, stunning, off-the-cuff takes of "I Shall Be Released," "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," and "Down in the Flood." "--Rickey Wright"

Artist: Bob Dylan
Label: Sony
Genre: Folk
Release: Jan 2006   My Rating: 0
Duration: 62:43
Summary: At a time when the majority of those his age are drifting into retirement, 65-year-old Bob Dylan has put the capper on a three-record run that ranks with the best in his storied, 44-album career. Like "Time Out of Mind" and "Love and Theft" before it, "Modern Times" is a rootsy, blues-soaked pool of the purest form of Americana--skipping the progressive bells or whistles for an understated backing by his touring band. Dylan's voice, which cracks, rasps and moans from the pop singer's pulpit, hasn't been this rich and emotive since 1976's "Desire". And while his lyrics prolong his steadfast allusions to a higher power and his own immortality, they are not without the Dylan mirth, as when he sings of tracking pop queen Alicia Keys from Hell's Kitchen to Tennessee in "Thunder on the Mountain," the album's opener, which teams with "Someday Baby" and "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (for which Dylan misguidedly claims writing credit) as the record's most fiery numbers. Still, it's the Dylan that tells of a slave-loving owner ("Nettie Moore"), brings New Orleans to the front burner ("The Levee's Gonna Break") and plays the part of an eloquent lounge singer ("Spirit on the Water," "When the Deal Goes Down" and "Beyond the Horizon") that makes "Modern Times" sound just like old times. "--Scott Holter"

Dylan Classics and Collections

"The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"

"The Times They Are A-Changin'"

"Bringing It All Back Home"

"Highway 61 Revisited"

"Blonde on Blonde"

"Blood on the Tracks"

"No Direction Home: The Soundtrack"

"Biograph" (Box Set)

"Bootleg Series 1-3: Rare 1961-1991" (Box Set)