BIOGRAPH features 53 digitally remastered Bob Dylan recordings spanning the years 1961-1981, 18 of which were previously unissued.
Includes liner notes and song annotations by Cameron Crowe including comments by Bob Dylan.
Personnel: Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards); Rick Danko (vocals, guitar, electric bass); Robbie Robertson (guitar); Richard Manuel (piano); Garth Hudson (organ).
Audio Mixers: Jim Ball; Thom Panunzio.
Liner Note Author: Cameron Crowe.
Recording information: Belfast, Ireland (11/20/1961-08/??/1981); LA, CA (11/20/1961-08/??/1981); London, England (11/20/1961-08/??/1981); Los Angeles, CA (11/20/1961-08/??/1981); Manchester, England (11/20/1961-08/??/1981); Manchester, NH (11/20/1961-08/??/1981); Montreal, Quebec, Canada (11/20/1961-08/??/1981); Nashville, TN (11/20/1961-08/??/1981); Ne (11/20/1961-08/??/1981); New York, NY (11/20/1961-08/??/1981); Woodstock, NY (11/20/1961-08/??/1981).
Photographers: Len Siegler; Ken Regan; Ruth Bernal; David Gahr; Morgan Renard; Dale Smith; Howard Alk; Joel Bernstein.
Arranger: Bob Dylan.
This three-disc set was Columbia's first attempt to anthologize Dylan in the box-set format. Unlike the later BOOTLEG SERIES, though, BIOGRAPH does double duty as treasure trove of previously unreleased material and greatest hits package. From "Tangled Up in Blue" to "I Want You," most of Dylan's FM radio staples are here, painting a clear historical picture of both his development as an artist and his transformation from rabble-rousing underdog to popular culture icon.
The real gems here are, naturally, the previously unreleased songs. Some, like "Isis" and the surrealistic epic "Visions of Johanna" are Dylan album cuts heard here in revelatory live versions. Some are Dylan's version of songs he wrote that were recorded by others ("Mighty Quinn," a hit for Manfred Mann, and "I'll Keep It With Mine," recorded by Nico and others). The most striking tunes on BIOGRAPH are the ones that had never been released before in any form, like "Mixed Up Confusion" and the whimsical "Jet Pilot."